Cuba1OSU IN CUBA 2017

Dates of travel: Thurs 22 June – Tues 4 July 2017

 Program Description:

Students have a unique opportunity to learn about Cuba through this short term study abroad program in summer 2017. As a participant in the course, you will engage in a rigorous and active daily program, including—but hardly limited to—visits to museums and cultural centers, art installations, medical clinics, schools, farms, sporting facilities, the new US Embassy, and sites claiming historic and cultural significance. You will encounter the vibrancy of La Habana and its surroundings while exploring the artistic, cultural, historical and political landscape through conversations, lectures and lessons from a diversity of local experts. You’ll inevitably gain an understanding of Cuba’s very special place on the world stage (and in particular its changing relationship with the US), and an appreciation of its people, as defined by the complex cultural, linguistic and ethnic heritage they claim.

To get a feel for what past participants have taken away from this experience, see the original videos below from students in the 2016 cohort and view the 2015 program itinerary  and 2016 program itinerary.

Food Rationing by Anesat León Guerrero
Cuban Architecture & Design by Ryan Khalife
Agriculture in Cuba by Victor García
Race and Racism in Cuba by Bree Hagerman
Cuban Transportation by Eric George

Program Details:

The six-credit OSU IN CUBA 2017 requires enrollment in the preceding spring course, CUBAN CULTURE, POLITICS & ARTS. This four-credit course introduces students to Cuban culture, politics (and particularly Cuba-U.S. relations during and after the Revolution) and arts via a combination of lectures/lessons led by invited specialists in their fields, readings, films and student activities. Students will learn about a variety of topics including migration, agriculture, health care, education, economics, religion/spirituality, gender, race, and the arts (literature, music and other performance). This course meets twice a week for two hours each class; Students are also required to attend two Saturday retreats. These retreats are paramount for developing a tight-knit community of traveling scholars; They’ll be used for team-building exercises, activities and pre-departure preparations.

Both courses are be taught by OSU Professors Adam Schwartz (School of Language, Culture & Society) and Christina León (School of Writing, Literature & Film).

 Program eligibility requirements:

•    Good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.75

•    Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate-level standing

•    Completion of the course ‘CUBAN CULTURE, POLITICS & ARTS’ (offered during Spring term 2017)

•    Spanish language is useful, but not required – all lectures/conversations will be translated into English

•    Maturity and ability to participate in a rigorous daily program  

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Dr. Adam Schwartz

Dr. Christina León

 APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Wednesday, 1 February 2017