Students enroll in a prescribed program of study, that consists of four credit-bearing courses, each of which meet for a total of 60 hours. Courses tentatively selected for fall 2012:
Identity and Society
What does it mean to be Cuban? This course explores the role of gender, race, class, religion, and sexual orientation in the articulation of individual and collective forms of identity. Using media analysis as a vehicle to approach these problems, we will introduce students to the rich universe of Cuban popular culture.
Literature and the Arts
This class provides an overview of Cuban cultural production during the last five decades, with emphasis on contributions by writers, visual artists, filmmakers, dancers, and performers. Students will have the opportunity to meet contemporary creators, to ask them questions, and see them at work.
Politics and Public Culture
The relationship between intellectuals and the state has always been problematic in Cuba. To understand the ultimate nature of these conflicts requires a grasp of historical as well as contemporary debates that can only be obtained from the participants themselves. This course provides our students with a unique opportunity to learn about some of the most crucial moments in the recent history of Cuban political culture through weekly discussions with the intellectuals involved in these events.
The Social History of Atlantic Cuba
This class examines the political, demographical, environmental, ideological, and cultural consequences of Cuba’s continuous involvement with the rest of the Atlantic world from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Students will discuss a wide range of primary and secondary sources charting the social development of the island.