Summer: Rutgers- US-Cuban Counterpoints: Aesthetics and Politics in Translation
Havana, Cuba; Havana, Cuba; Santiago, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Santiago de Cuba, located on the Eastern point of the island, was colonized by the Spanish 500-years ago, and represents a key historical and cultural site for encountering Afro-Caribbean culture and Cuba's revolutionary history. Today, Santiago is the second largest city in Cuba, and its main institution of higher education, Universidad de Oriente, and in particular the Centre for the Teaching of Foreign Languages, is Rutgers' institutional partner for the our Program. Santiago hosts the Fiesta del Fuego or conference and celebration of Caribbean culture each year during the first week in July, which coincides with our time in that City.
Havana, is the metropolitan center of Cuba, and is a city of architectural, artistic, cinematic, theatrical and musical splendor that dates to the colonial period. Undergoing a major restoration under the leadership of the office of the City's Historian, Havana Vieja is the location of Cuba's major museums, institutions and key historical and cultural sites, including the University of Havana, the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí, the Instituto de Literatura y Lingüística, Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinemátograficos (ICAIC), Casa de las Américas, Instituto Juan Marinello among many others.
This program will introduce graduate students to Cuban culture and politics from the late 18th century through the contemporary period, with a special focus on entanglements between Cuba and the United States from the Haitian Revolution to the re-establishment of US-Cuban diplomatic relations in 2014. This program brings into focus the unique interrelation between culture and politics in socialist Cuba, and uses readings and analysis of cultural forms to illuminate political processes and relationships over time. Through visits to the site of Columbus' first arrival in Baracoa, the monument to the Cimarrón (or escaped Slave), the battle of San Juan Hill in Santiago, the burial place of José Martí, the Museum of the Revolution, Casa de las Americas, Center for Martí Studies, ICAIC, students will gain insight into the long history and contributions of Revolutionary Cuba.
Complementing the official history, students will read and discuss representations of the marginalized history of revolts led by Aponte in 1810 and Plácido in 1844 in Matanzas, the Cuban Revolutionary Party's origins inside the empire's belly in New York and Tampa, racial segregation, and the Race War of 1912 during the Cuban Republic, the complex situation of the Cuban diaspora, Afro-Cuban religiosities and current forms of unofficial anti-racist, feminist and other social movements, including protest of prison conditions in Guantanamo, Cuba.
Mornings will be dedicated to research in archives or independent study and reading in various library facilities throughout the cities in which the program will take place.
To view the program’s 2016 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
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Arrival: July 1st
Departure: August 1st
Accommodations and Meals
Participants will be housed in local 3-star hotels after the first week of the program, when they will stay in "casas particulares" residences.
Program Cost: Summer 2016
PROGRAM COST INCLUDES (Billable)
PROGRAM COST DOES NOT INCLUDE (Non-Billable
*Please note that flights from Miami to Havana and Havana to Miami are included in the program cost. Participants are responsible for getting to Miami in time to make an early-morning charter flight to Havana. Any hotel or other housing expenses incurred in Miami are the responsibility of the participants.
For more information about the additional non-billable expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
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Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. Please visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and national scholarships.