On the evening of March 22, 2016, the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities hosted Dr. Bettie Truitt, President of Black Hawk College. In her “Cuba Today” presentation, Dr. Truitt discussed a week-long visit to Cuba last year – a timely topic considering President Barack Obama’s recent trip. The visit was sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board, and focused on better understanding the country in order to facilitate cultural exchanges. Dr. Truitt recounted the Cuban professors she met (some of which have been able to travel to Illinois and Black Hawk College, specifically), the universities of economics and art that she visited, as well as her understanding of the Cuban people as she interacted with them. The resiliency of the Cuban population was a key theme, illustrated in pictures of 1950’s cars with heavily modified engines and scenes of neighborhood artwork. Dr. Truitt also shared useful travel tips, including avoiding tap water and being open to last-minute schedule changes, and ended with a question and answer session.
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