About the Project

During an intense two weeks in June 2013, the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) traveled to Cuba with a group of student researchers, artists, and journalists to create and collect multi-media content that documents the activity on a one kilometer long street, Calle Obispo, that runs through the heart of old Havana. The TRPI team worked collaboratively with a group of students from the University of Havana to collect data, visual images and interviews on the people and business that occupy every building on the street.  The result is a compelling website chock full of information about Calle Obispo, Old Havana and Cuba. The set of interactive maps and short documentary films draw upon the rich data collected first-hand by the students on the street.

Project partners

University of Southern California affiliated partners:

USC Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI) and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Partners in Cuba:

Revista Temas, Instituto Cubano del Arte y la Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) and Universidad de la Habana

Project team

Roberto Suro, Director, USC Tomas Rivera Policy Institute

Anna Fischer, Program Coordinator, USC Tomas Rivera Policy Institute

The project team's makeshift office in the Hotel Florida on Calle Obispo.

The project team’s makeshift office in the Hotel Florida on Calle Obispo.

Cuba research group

University of Southern California and University of Havana students at Hotel Florida on Calle Obispo.

Students

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism:
Everette Boyle, MA ’13
Bridgette Bugay, MA ’13
Hayley Burgess, BA ’15
Leila Dougan, MA ’14
Taylor Golia, BA ’14
Colin Hale, MPD ’14
Blaire Murphy, MPD ’14
Syuzanna Petrosyan, MPD ’14
Dallas Pulver, MA ’14
Neftalie Williams, MPD ‘14
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy:
Pricilla Cotton, MPP ’14
Loren Holzem, MPP ’14
Jennifer Moore, MPP ’14
Amira Resnick, MPA ’13
Owen Serra, MPA/MPL ’14
Universidad de la Habana:
Glensy Palay Alonso
Susell Alvarez
Raquel Sicilia Lorenzo
Rocio Mora Quiñones