Current and Emerging Research Challenges
In 2002, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies concluded a multi-year project on Cuba, funded by the Ford Foundation. The grant supported two conferences and travel by Notre Dame faculty to Cuba. The first meeting, in October 1998, gathered scholars from Cuba and the United Sates, and focused on the state of social science research on Cuba. The second workshop, in June 2002, focused on “Cuban Catholicism: Island and Diaspora.” Scholars and church leaders from Cuba and abroad gathered at Notre Dame to discuss the emerging new history of the Catholic Church in Cuba; its shifting role in contemporary society; relations among Cuban Catholics on the island and abroad; and new pastoral activities. The project led to subsequent activities related to Cuba, including two conferences in 2003 (in January at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and in September at the Institute).