USM to renew Cuban Studies Program this spring

USM will be renewing its Cuban Studies program this May.
USM will be renewing its Cuban Studies program this May.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A program designed to expose University of Southern Mississippi students to Cuban culture has been renewed.

The Southern Miss Cuban Studies program will take about three dozen students to the island nation for two weeks of study from May 9-24.

Students will attend lectures on history, education or social work and will visit museums, landmarks, schools and historic sites in the capital of Havana.

The trip is a 3-hour credit course.

Southern Miss had a Cuban Studies program from 1993-2003. And organizers said this new program was being developed before the Obama administration announced it was establishing diplomatic relations with the communist country.

"This program was originally conceived to bring USM students there under the old regulations," said Dr. Matthew Casey, an assistant professor of history who will be making the trip to Cuba. "Now, we're just hoping that the new regulations make it even easier for us to do this," he said. 

An information session about the program will be held Thursday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. at Java Werks coffee shop on Hardy Street.

The deadline to apply for the program is Feb. 27.