Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

International Programs

Summer in Cuba: Language, Culture, and Society
Havana | May 21 – June 18, 2016

The Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute is proud to offer once again its summer study abroad program in Havana, Cuba in 2016. This four-week program provides the 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 updates 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 changes and challenges firsthand!

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 at the University of Havana). 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.


  • LAST 3130 (required; 3 credits): Team-taught in English by the directors of the program, Professors Ana López and Carolina Caballero, 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 with a focus on the Cuban short story.

The cost of the 2016 program is TBD. It includes six Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), shared room and two meals at day at the ANAP, medical insurance, airfare to/from Tampa-Havana, airport transportation in Havana to/from residence, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings. Airfare to/from Tampa, one-night hotel stay in designated city of departure, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost.

Scholarships: The TULASO Scholarship is available to Tulane undergraduates applying to this program. For more information on this and other available scholarships, visit

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. 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 2016 to apply to this program. That does not include high school students, staff, or faculty from outside institutions.)

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; OR online with credit card)

The updated program application through Tulane’s Office of Study Abroad will be available very soon (fall 2015). Please check back for updates!
For questions, call 504.862.8629, or send an email to
Applications will be due February 26, 2016.

Download a printable flyer for this program here.

For questions, please call 504.862.8629, or email to

View photos from past programs here!




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Upcoming Events

Racismo vs. socialismo: Un conflicto fuera de lugar (Guest Speaker Robert Zurbano)

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“Racism vs. Socialism: A conflict out of place. Mapping the Cuban Racial Debate, Internal Colonialism, and the New Racist Economy”

Roberto Zurbano Torres (1965) is a writer and essayist, cultural critic, and anti-racism activist. He is the author of the books Elogio del lector (1990), Ramón Rubiera: un astro ilusorio (1992), Poética de los noventa: Ganancias de la expresión (1994), Los estados nacientes: Literatura cubana y postmodernidad (1996), and essays such as Raza, literatura y nación: el triángulo invisible del siglo XX cubano, El rap cubano: un discurso hambriento de realidad and Cuba 2012: Doce dificultades para enfrentar los neo-racismos. He is a two-time winner of the DADOR, a Cultural Journalism award, and the Medal for National Culture. His works have appeared in Temas, La Gaceta, Universidad de La Habana, La Letra del Escriba, Casa de las Américas, Catauro, Movimiento, Afrohispanic Review, Meridional, and the New York Times.

Zurbano works at the Centro de Investigaciones Literarias at the Casa de las Américas. He has given lectures all around Latin America as well as Europe, specializing in popular culture, race, music, and black writers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through his work in activism he recently founded the Proyecto Pichon Haitien, which promotes the contributions of Haitian immigrants to Cuban national culture. He is a member of the UNEAC, LASA, and Articulación Regional Afrodescendiente de América Latina y el Caribe, Capítulo Cubano (ARAAC).

This event is free and open to the public. The talk will be given in Spanish. Sponsored by the Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute. For questions email

La Habana Vieja: Una ciudad viva (A Talk by Eusebio Leal)

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Eusebio Leal Spengler, (Havana, Cuba, 1942), is the historian of the city of Havana, director of the restoration program of Old Havana and its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Deputy to the National Assembly of the Popular Power in the IV, V, and VI Legislature, and the Ambassador of Good Will of the United Nations. He holds a Master’s degree in Latin American, Caribbean, and Cuban Studies, and a doctorate in Historical Sciences, both from the University of Havana. He is President of the Commission of Monuments in the City of Havana, and a specialist in Archeological Sciences.

Dr. Leal’s talk, presented in Spanish, will outline the decades-long process of restoring the historic core of Old Havana and the challenges of maintaining a balance between historical preservation and social restoration.

This event is free and open to the public. The talk will be in Spanish and a translation to English will be provided. Reception to follow in Woodward Way.
Sponsored by the Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute. For questions email

Social Work Practice in Cuba with Odalys de la Luz González Jubán

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Odalys de la Luz González Jubán is a founding member and President of SOCUTRAS (the Society of Social Workers in Health Care) in Cuba. In this position, she works to help integrate social work into the country’s national health system and also advocates for Cuban social work around the world. Ms. Jubán is a scholar, educator and practitioner of social work and she will share her experiences and the status of the social work profession in Cuba.

Sponsored by the Office of Global Programs. Light lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP to Melinda at

Call for Papers: National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies

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The National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies announces its 2016 Call for Papers for the 24th annual national conference. The conference will be in Baton Rouge, LA, February 8-13, 2016.

Abstracts, not to exceed two pages, should be submitted that relate to any aspect of the Hispanic, Latino, or Chicano experience. Subjects may include, but are not limited to: literature, demographics, history, politics, economics, education, health care, fine arts, religion, social sciences, business, and many other subjects. Please indicate the time required for presentation of your paper (25 minutes or 45 minutes).

Abstracts with title of paper, presenter’s name, home and institution/organization address, and email should be post marked by: Saturday, November 7, 2015.

Send attracts to:
Lemuel Berry, Jr., Ph.D.
Executive Director, NAAAS & Affiliates
PO Box 6670
Scarborough, ME 04070-6670

Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame

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Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame
March 10-12, 2016
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

We offer our conference as a forum in which to peruse and absorb the visual turn in contemporary inquiry from the unique vantage points of the Caribbean, circum-Caribbean and Caribbean diasporas. We conceive the tropical exposure as a frame for representing the region’s strengths and vulnerabilities and for questioning the interaction of Antillean sensibilities with a plethora of images and mediascapes. Our invited keynote speakers include photographer Virginia Beahan and artist Francisco Crespo, whose work appears on this page.

Tropical Exposures welcomes proposals for papers that address any facet of Caribbean visual representation in photography, film, art, popular culture, and other media, as well as the interaction of word and image more generally. Scholars are also encouraged to present proposals that consider social and cultural shifts toward the increasing intermediality of representation in the Caribbean frame.

Conference Updates:
Tropical Exposures is now accepting proposals. Please see the Call for Papers page for more information. Proposals are due by September 15, 2015.