Cuba is subject of next ASU Faculty Lecture


On a recent trip to Cuba, organized by Adams State University Dr. Benjamin Waddell, students helped out in the fields.

On a recent trip to Cuba, Adams State students help out in the fields.

Throughout history humans have been drawn to the forbidden. In part, this helps explain widespread fascination with Cuba, where U.S. citizens have been prohibited from traveling to for nearly six decades. Adams State University Dr. Benjamin Waddell, associate professor of sociology, recently organized a trip to Cuba for students to learn about the culture. His lecture Modern Cuba: Stories from the Forbidden Side of Paradise begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Porter Hall room 130.

"In this talk I reflect on the lessons we can learn from Cuba's isolation from the outside world," Waddell said. In his talk he will draw on insight gained during two recent trips to the Caribbean's largest island, which is a mere 90 miles from the Florida coast. "Specifically, my talk focuses on what we can learn about the rest of society by looking into the eyes of social pariahs."

All ASU Faculty Lectures in the series are free and open to the public. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Kristy Duran, associate professor of biology, at 719-587-7767, or