Cuban Conservation

(August 1, 2016 / Fall 2016 issue) -- For more than decade — while leisure travel for Americans to Cuba was forbidden — UTSA architecture professor William Dupont made the trip about twice a year without much fanfare.

But that changed this past spring when news of Dupont’s longtime collaboration with the Boston-based Finca Vigía Foundation and the Cuban Ministry of Culture to restore Ernest Hemingway’s midcentury home collided with the loosening of America’s embargo and travel restrictions to the Caribbean nation.

Suddenly, his trips became national news, and Dupont, who at UTSA is director of the Center for Cultural Sustainability as well as a San Antonio Conservation Society Endowed professor, was able to provide a small window to the island nation where the Nobel Prize–winning author lived during much of his final 20 years.

For the story, visit UTSA’s Sombrilla Magazine. Sombrilla is the primary vehicle for communicating with alumni and other university supporters. It is published two times a year by the Office of University Communications and Marketing. Read the full online edition of the Fall 2016 issue of Sombrilla Magazine here.