Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

International Programs

Summer in Cuba 2015: Language, Culture, and Society
Havana | May 23 – June 20, 2015

The Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute will be offering its distinguished four-week summer study abroad program in Havana, Cuba in 2015. The program provides a unique opportunity to earn six credits while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and people that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand! Currently this program is only offered to undergraduates.

Tulane’s summer program is locally sponsored and supported by the University of Havana and its affiliate the Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos de los Estados Unidos (CEHSEU). Students stay in the Asociación Nacional de Agricultores Pequeños (ANAP) residence, which is within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and several cultural venues. Earn six credits by taking a Cuban society and culture course (taught in English by Tulane faculty), and either a course on the socio-political history of the Cuban revolution (taught in English by University of Havana faculty), or a literature course on the Cuban short story (taught in Spanish). In addition to field trips in Havana, there will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, and trips to the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara, Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs), Matanzas, and Varadero.

COURSES OFFERED:

  • LAST 3130 (required; 3 credits): Team-taught in English by the directors of the program, Professors Ana López and Carolina Caballero, LAST 3130: Society and Culture of Cuba will explore current trends and issues in Cuban culture and society through readings, films, and lectures. The course includes a series of talks by prominent Cuban intellectuals and local field trips to important political and cultural sights throughout Havana.
  • HISL 3950 (3 credits): The History of Cuba: The Evolution of Cuban Nationalism is taught in English by instructors from CEHSEU provides the students with an overview of contemporary Cuban history in order to trace the formation of Cuba’s national identity and its effects on the island’s complex reality and current affairs.
  • SPAN 3130 (3 credits) -OR- SPAN 4130 (3 credits): This Spanish course on contemporary Cuban literature is taught through the Facultad de Artes y Letras at the University of Havana, and gives students a panoramic view of the major authors, texts, themes, and styles found in contemporary Cuban literature.

PROGRAM COST:
The cost of the 2015 program is TBA. It will include six Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), shared room and two meals at day at the ANAP, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana from designated city of departure*, airport transportation in Havana to/from residence, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings. Airfare to/from designated city of departure, one-night hotel stay in designated city of departure, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost.

*Designated city of departure will either be Tampa or Miami.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:
Students interested in applying must be in good academic standing, have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5, and have completed at least one semester of Spanish at Tulane University. Students who plan to take the Cuban Short Story course must have completed SPAN 3040 or equivalent. Non-Tulane students are welcome to apply to this program, but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer.
Please note: Due to current regulations, the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control only approves student travel to Cuba if students are (1) registered in a degree-seeking program and (2) the credits earned in Cuba count towards that degree. (i.e. You must be a current university student who will not have graduated on or before May/June 2015 to apply to this program. That does not include high school students, staff, or faculty from outside institutions.)

PROGRAM APPLICATIONS:
Complete applications will include:
+ online application form
+ official copy of transcript
+ two letters of recommendation
+ $300 non-refundable deposit (check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Laura Wise, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118)

Applications with further details will be available Fall 2014, and will be due Spring 2015. Please check back for updates.

For questions, contact Laura Wise at 504.862.8629, or at sclassum_at_tulane.edu.

View photos from the 2014 program here!

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Guantánamo Public Memory Project

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The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past, present, and future.

For more information about the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, visit http://gitmomemory.org.

The exhibit will run from September 2nd to October 30th. All are welcome to stop by and see the exhibit during open hours of Jones Hall, or during one of the special events of the exhibit (to be posted).