His lecture titled, “Cuba from the Streets: A Yankee Travels in Castro’s Cuba” will discuss what it was like for him as one of the first American journalist to travel through Cuba since Fidel Castro came to power in 1959. He wrote many articles for various news outlets about life in Cuba and his experiences have inspired several books that describe his unprecedented travels throughout one of the world’s only Communist countries.
Miller has been writing about Latin America for more than thirty years. A veteran of the underground press in the 1960s, Miller’s work has appeared in Smithsonian, The New Yorker, LIFE, The New York Times, Natural History, and many other publications. His book, Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels through Castro’s Cuba (Basic Books, 2nd ed., 2008) chronicles his encounters with everyday Cubans during eight months of travel on the island.
Miller will be on campus for a two-day residency where he’ll talk to students about border and immigration issues. The experiences he shares from his travels in a developing country will offer insight to other students traveling off campus, especially to the students in Professor Carolyn Tuttle’s U.S.-Mexico Border class who head down to Mexico this spring.