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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75
Language Requirement: No Credit Type: Skidmore Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Class Year: 01- First Year, 02- Sophomore, 03- Junior, 04- Senior
Program Description:
This travel seminar will explore Cuban social and cultural dynamics associated with the “Special Period in a Time of Peace” that began with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.  The seminar will trace how the contemporary issues relate to the evolution of Cuban society from the revolution of 1959 to the present, with a particular focus on the impact of the revolution on Cuban society, as well as on the contemporary history of Latin America and the United States. In many ways Cuba has been an experimental society since the revolution. The theory and practice of socialist thought and its effect on the welfare of the Cuban nation will be examined through a variety of lenses, including those of class, race, gender, religion and sexuality. The current strains on Cuban socialism will be discussed in the context of socialist and capitalist economics and political systems, particularly those of Cuba and the U.S. Life in Cuba through the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the U.S. embargo will receive special attention.  Through intellectual engagement with faculty and guest lectures and [Cuba 1]  visits to museums and community organizations, and the personal experience of living in Cuba for three weeks, students will be able to achieve a better understanding of the complexity of this exceptional historical moment in Cuba, as well as re-imagine the place and reality of a new Cuba in the political map of the twenty-first century.

The 3-week travel seminar begins in Havana, the capital city, with walking tours and visits to neighborhoods, community projects, and art and history museums. Guest lectures and museum visits provide background on Cuba's colonial and post-colonial ties to Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the U.S. Site visits and cultural activities engage with social and cultural diversity related to work and family life, education, health care, the arts, environmental conservation, and urban planning.  The second part of the program tours the countryside with visits to a range of sites, including the Bay of Pigs, a national park, beaches, former sugar mills, regional history museums, historic monuments, and Afro-Cuban cultural and religious organizations.  The programs includes guided tours of principle cities such as Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Holguin, and Santiago de Cuba. Students use information from site visits to develop projects on a particular topic of interest.  Throughout the program, students deepen their knowledge of Cuban culture by lodging and eating meals with homestay families (casas particulares).  There is no language requirements and English is the language of instruction. Students are encouraged to complete coursework in Spanish prior to traveling to Cuba, and students, with proficiency in Spanish will have many opportunities to use and develop Spanish language skills in natural settings. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Travel Sem- January 2021 03/15/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA