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Cuba, Its Past, Present, and Future

Explore the intriguing island of Cuba, looking past the famous beaches and music to a much more complex and interesting picture.

Cuba is a country that has long held our interest for its beauty, its culture and the resiliency of the people to continue to adapt to the ever change pressures brought to bear by the ever evolving relationships in their post-revolutionary period. Being sandwiched between the pressures of two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, has had a profound influence both on the way that Cubans have conducted both their public and private lives.

In this program, participants will have an opportunity to use both their anthropological as well as their development studies lenses to consider Cuba in its past as well as in the contemporary. Students will participate in seminar style discussions of selected readings as well as regular debriefing sessions on what they are learning and experiencing. They will also undertake a research project from inception to completion.  

There will be several meetings on campus prior to travel which will support student’s infield experience. Three weeks in Cuba will take the group from central Havana to the tranquility of an ecological zone in the Bay of Pigs. Each of the destinations and planned activities will help us to better consider where Cuba is headed into its future.  

International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Program typeGroup Study
Application statusClosed
Application deadline

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Catherine Fisher 

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