—Katie French, staff reporter, DatelineAlabama.com
The Alabama-Cuba Initiative is seeking project proposals for the upcoming Alabama-Cuba Week. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to submit proposals.
Alabama-Cuba Week, running in conjunction with the nationwide International Week, will be held March 17-22, and is aimed at gaining support and momentum for long-term projects.
“Our ultimate aim is to increase on-going research between UA and Cuban counterparts leading to new discoveries, to mutual learning experiences and to providing the UA community with a new and accessible window into the world,” the official Alabama-Cuba Web site stated.
By showcasing on-going and new projects, the initiative seeks to enhance the university’s purpose of research, teaching and service. Proposals should apply to Cuban art, letters, religion, business or various other Cuban-related endeavors.
In order to participate, applicants must provide submissions to either Larry Clayton, professor and chairman of the Department of History, or Carmen Taylor, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Submissions must include the identity of a Cuban participant (whom the faculty member will sponsor), as many as two collaborators or performers, or a detailed budget and the description of a long-term project.
Sample proposals can be found at the Web site. Every proposal will be considered, and some will receive grants of $750 to encourage further research and progress.
“Probably about 10 to 20 [grants will be awarded], depending upon the number of requests,” Clayton said. “We hope to provide seed funding for virtually all.”