Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University


The Institute has also been involved in the promotion of cultural relations between New Orleans and Havana. New Orleans, a city much more caribbean than southern, shares much history with Cuba, and specifically Havana. The cities of New Orleans and Havana share a rich historical heritage which continues to be a strong bonding force today. The Spanish presence impacted the culture of both cities in similar ways and is readily seen in the beautiful architecture of many of New Orleans’ and Havana’s old buildings. Enhancing this historic cultural bond was the strong trade relationship that existed between these two cities. In the middle part of this century, over one third of the trade from the Port of New Orleans was destined to Havana and over 6,000 people in the city were employed in areas directly related to trade with Cuba. Today, the cities continue to have many similarities: both cities are approximately the same size and both of their economies are dependent on sugar, tourism and maritime commerce. The large Cuban, Creole and African descendent populations that live in Havana and New Orleans further link these two communities. In addition, the cities are leaders in tropical medicine and both share a susceptibility to natural disasters. Symbolic of the historic bond and feeling of sisterhood that exists between the two cities is the fact that D’Iberville is interred in Havana and that Jose Martí spent time in New Orleans during his residence in the United States.




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Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-12 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce a two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and hear firsthand about the Cuban national literacy campaign from the teachers themselves.

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Please email or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.