UMAIE Course Number: T4215
SAU Course Equivalency: IS 210, Selected Topics in Culture and Civilization or SPAN 336, Cuban Revolution in Literature (for Spanish majors and minors) (four credits)
Instructor: Pilar Cabrera and Daniel Gerling, Augustana College
Dates: January 6-29, 2014. (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 15)
Location: Cuba (Havana, Varadero, Vinales) and Miami, Florida
Price: $5,495 (subject to change)
Cuba offers students a unique opportunity to experience a strikingly different culture, one of the few remaining socialist states, and a formerly forbidden destination. In spite of its relatively small size, Cuba has exercised considerable influence in the world's political and cultural history. A place of ethnic convergences between African, European, Native American, and even Asian peoples, Cuba is the birthplace of a rich and multifaceted culture.
Today, even as the socialist experience in general, and Cuba's in particular, is largely considered as a failure, the Cuban Revolution's legend and its main figures (Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Fidel Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos) continue to inspire people who wish for a more equitable world. For all the above reasons, not to mention its geographic proximity and the large number of Cuban-Americans in the U.S., it is important for Americans to gain a better understanding of this unique nation.
Our course seeks to understand Cuba's history in the 20th century, especially in its areas of cross-pollination, intersection, and conflict with the U.S. In order to achieve this goal, we engage not only with academic and political discourses, but with a wide range of cultural manifestations including music, film, literature, and the visual arts. We also reserve a special time at the culmination of our course to devote to the Cuban exiles in Miami and to examine their experiences and perspectives.
Priority Deadline: April 12, 2013
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (300 Ambrose Hall).
Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.