Study the history and contemporary significance of the Cuban Revolution while living and traveling in Cuba. We will read historical narratives, watch Cuban films, meet with Cuban scholars and students, and immerse ourselves in daily life to develop our own interpretations of Cuba’s revolutionary tradition. What historical forces and circumstances led to the Cuban Revolution? How did participants, bystanders, and detractors experience the upheaval, and how have they struggled over its meaning and memory? How did the revolution impact hemispheric affairs and global politics? What does the future hold for Cuba and its revolutionary tradition? We will spend three weeks in Havana—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—before embarking on a ten-day road trip across the island to Santiago de Cuba, the self-proclaimed “City of Revolutionaries.”
- Listen to Cuban music, learn about Afro-Cuban religions, and explore places in which these developed.
- Examine the historic crossroads of slavery, piracy, and colonial opulence in the cobbled streets of Trinidad.
- Talk with tobacco farmers beneath the limestone monoliths of Viñales Valley, the heart of Cuba’s agricultural region.
- Unpack the contentious history of US-Cuban relations at the Bay of Pigs.
- Untangle history and myth at the Ernesto “Che” Guevara Memorial in Santa Clara.