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Cuba: Race, Gender & Nation

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This faculty-led, short-term, study-abroad course seeks to ground students’ understanding of contemporary Cuba by exploring how Cuban writers, photographers, visual artists, musicians, and others have told their own stories about ‘who they are’ and ‘what it means to be Cuban’. These stories are often told through literature, painting, film, photography, music, monumental design, and architecture and they stand against a backdrop of polarized and stereotypical images that have been circulating in the USA for over fifty years. Many other stories have never been heard. Special attention will be given to the intersection of race, gender, immigration, and nationhood in representations of contemporary Cuban society and Cuban identity. Questions we will consider are: How do those outside the island, especially the US, imagine Cuba and why? What are the realities? How does Cuba imagine itself? What are the ways/means in which Cuba represents itself as a nation? Who is included and excluded from those representations and why? What does it mean to be Cuban?

Course: AAH 262: Landmarks: Cuba – “Race, Gender & Nation in Contemporary Cuba: Representations and Realities” (NB: Additional cross-listed courses to be determined shortly)
Dates: May 25-June 8, 2016
Liberal Learning: Literary, Visual and Performing Arts, Global, Race and Ethnicity

Eligibility:  There are no pre-requisites for the program – all students in good academic standing may apply.

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Remixing Revolution: Contemporary Culture in Cuba, an exhibition staged by AAH 262 students and faculty who spent Winter Session in Havana, Cuba, will be staged from March 12 to April 26 in AIMM 104 and 111.
Remixing Revolution: Contemporary Culture in Cuba, an exhibition staged by AAH 262 students and faculty who spent Winter Session in Havana, Cuba, will be staged from March 12 to April 26 in AIMM 104 and 111.

Program Directors:

  • Dr. Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Chair, African-American Studies and Professor of Sociology
  • Dr. Alvin Joaquín Figueroa, Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Dr. Marla Jaksch, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

Media Coverage from 2015 Program

Daily Itinerary: TBD

Below is a list of sites to be visited by the program.

  • Habana Vieja tour of historic sites, including
    • Plaza de la Catedral
    • Plaza de Armas
    • Plaza Vieja
    • Plaza de San Francisco
  • Museum on Santeria Traditions (chance to meet with religious leaders)
  • Visit to a printing press in Matanzas with readings by local poets
  • National Ballet (to be confirmed)
  • Folkloric Dance performance
  • Salsa Dance Lessons
  • Tropicana with dinner
  • Tour of the Universidad de La Habana
  • Full-day tour of community projects/cooperatives in Old Habana (including Papito’s Arte Corte)
  • Cuban Art Museum
  • Guided Half-Day Trip to Mariano with Michael Sanchez
  • Overnight excursion to Varadero, spending the following day in Mataznas
  • Overnight excursion to Vinales –  Pinar del Rio

2016 Program Cost: $4,714.08

Includes:

    • $150 Non-Refundable Application Fee
    • $500 Non-Refundable Program Deposit Fee
    • Tuition/Fees for 1 TCNJ unit (in-state and out-of-state)
    • Accommodation and meals in casas particulares/B&Bs in Havana or at excursion sites
    • Transportation for all class trips
    • Airport transfers in Cuba
    • All excursions, day trips, tickets and fees
    • International Student Insurance

Does Not Include: 

    • Airfare to and from Cuba
    • Visa fees
    • Transportation to/from US airportgrimms fairy tales
    • Personal Items
    • Books

Payment Schedule (Cash or Check Payable to TCNJ): 

All payments should be brought to the Student Accounts office, Green Hall 119.

Plan A:

  • $150 application fee (submitted with application)
  • $500 confirmation fee (submitted upon acceptance)
  • $2,350.00 (balance of travel costs) due on March 19, 2016
  • $1,714.08 (course tuition/fees) due on May 15, 2016

Plan B:

  • $150 application fee (submitted with application)
  • $500 confirmation fee (submitted upon acceptance)
  • Create a payment plan (arranged by the student in the Student Accounts office – please see their instructions for Installment Payment Planshere)  for the balance of travel costs + tuition/fees =
    • $783.33 due in March
    • $783.33 due in April
    • $783.33 due in May
    • Payment in full by May 15, 2016

Refund, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy – Please review our policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.

Questions?  Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at goglobal@tcnj.edu, 609-771-2596.

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