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Cuba Havana

Semester: Spring
Date: Mid-February to late May
Offered: Spring 2021
Program Focus: Country Study

Prerequisites:

HIST 348: Modern Cuba
SPAN 202 with a “B” average or better in language study                                       

   
Campus Contact:

Elliott Young
Professor of History
eyoung@lclark.edu
Ext. 7454

Program Design:
Academic study focuses on the study of the construction of the Cuban nation with emphasis on issues of race, slavery, socialism and relations with the U.S. The program will be based at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) and will include excursions to Santiago, Trinidad and Pinar del Rio.  Students live in homestays.

Requirements Fulfilled:

Fulfills the overseas requirement for Latin American Studies minor and the two-course international studies requirement.  The Art and Culture course fulfills the Creative Art General Education requirement.

Credits:
4 courses per semester/16 credits

Curriculum:

Art and Culture in Modern Cuba (Art History, Art – 4 credits):
This course will review the major trends and movements in Cuban music, film, dance, and plastic arts in the twentieth century.  The course will not only teach students how to appreciate these cultural expressions, but it will situate these movements within the context of the evolving Cuban society.

Spanish Language (300 Level Spanish Credit – 4 credits):
The focus of this class will be on comprehension and oral skills. Review and perfection of Spanish grammar, and literature will also be integrated as part of the curriculum, but the class would seek to raise the students’ level of Spanish to facilitate their understanding and participation in the other classes that will also be taught in Spanish.

Contemporary Cuban Voices (4 credits):
This course will introduce students to a wide variety of contemporary Cuban intellectuals, artists and writers through weekly guest lectures.  Students will also be asked to process their experiences and discuss the guest lectures.

Community-Based Research (4 credits):
This course will introduce students to basic oral history and ethnographic methodologies. Students will develop field research projects through internships and participant-observation.  Their projects will culminate in a 15 page field-research paper.

Cuba, Havana

Blog Feed: Cuba

  • June 12, 2017 at 11:37am
    I am writing my final post on my flight back home after having landed in Atlanta with a short layover. Being back in the United States, even just in the airport, was pretty startling. I found myself instinctively speaking in Spanish, saying “hola” and “permiso” to all the TSA agents and customs officers. I will […]
  • June 12, 2017 at 11:35am
    Last weekend, we took a trip too the small town of Trinidad, passing through the town of Santa Clara. Trinidad is located relatively in the middle of Cuba’s southern coast. It has beautiful scenery and it nestled surrounded by mountains and forest.  Our trip started off with a 9 am bus ride from Havana. We […]
  • June 12, 2017 at 11:34am
    Its a hot day in late April and I’m in my casa with two days before the end of the study abroad program. It’s hard to think that it will all be over in a few short days; this has been one of the quickest three months of my life. There have been many challenges […]
  • May 12, 2017 at 9:29am
    Arriving in Havana was like waking up in a submarine after a night of half-awake haze. I look out the window feeling confident that I have left my home but am not yet sure that this new life is all too different from that I am accustomed to. Soon I realize that this submarine ride […]
  • May 9, 2017 at 10:06am
    From the moment I boarded the airplane from Havana to Atlanta and I noticed the stark differences between that plane and the last one we took back from Santiago I knew that readjusting to life back in the states wasn’t going to be easy. I nearly lost my mind when I took a bite of […]
  • April 21, 2017 at 1:05pm
    Just came back from a 6 day trip to Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa all the way on the other end of the island. The weather wasn’t great but the food, the people and the increased Cubanidad really made up for it. I didn’t realize how when living in Havana you can almost sometimes forget […]
  • April 21, 2017 at 1:02pm
    Upon arriving to Cuba, our group had made it clear to our professors that we wanted to better understand cuban culture. We wanted to learn the local dialect, the lifestyle and the struggles. We wanted to learn about politics, athletics, nationalism and socialism. We wanted to make friends, gain a new perspective on both who […]
  • April 21, 2017 at 1:01pm
    In the start of March, a fellow student and I began to take weekly walks throughout the city. We’ve explored abandoned ferry terminals, hotels and apartment buildings. Our favorites thus far have been an old housing complex in Playa (a neighborhood just west of the city) and an old loading dock in Havana Vieja. The […]
  • April 19, 2017 at 12:24pm
    I’ve had many wonderful adventures so far, and traveled to Santiago de Cuba, Matanzas and Viñales most recently, as well as taken up salsa lessons and made friends with gen-u-ine Cubans, which has been a great accomplishment in itself. Tomorrow we all depart for Trinidad Province just in time for Good Friday and Easter, both […]
  • April 19, 2017 at 12:08pm
    We now only have about three weeks left in Cuba. Something lately that has been most rewarding is having the confidence to reach out to people and talk to them. It has taken a long time to get to that point and at times has been easy to retreat into the comfort of the group […]

 

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