Summer Abroad Cuba

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Revolutionary Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Arrive Date:  July 27, 2020   End Date:  August 25, 2020

Program Overview

Study the history and contemporary significance of the Cuban Revolution while living and traveling in Cuba. Students will read historical narratives, watch Cuban films, meet with Cuban scholars and students, and immerse themselves in daily life to develop their 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? The group 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."

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  26

Program Coordinator:  Erin Schlemmer


History (HIS) 165. Latin American Social Revolutions (4 units)


History (HIS) 103Topics in Historical Research (4 units). Available only for students who have already taken HIS 165

History (HIS) 198Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights

  • 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.

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