Contemporary Cuban Society

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Information for term Contemporary Cuban Society

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 4 – 14, 2018 (2 weeks)

Application Deadline

March 16, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: March 16, 2018
  • Dates: Jun 18 – 28, 2018 (2 weeks)


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Get beyond the worn-out clichés of “island stuck in time” and “land of lost utopias,” and get to know the Havana that more than 2 million Cubans call home. Since Cuba’s Revolution in 1959, the island and its people have been undergoing constant (dialectical, even) change. Come explore the fascinating contradictions of an island in constant flux, and connect with a nation that’s known to be isolated, yet has more embassies abroad than any other nation of its size. Be part of writing a new story about Cuba by joining us for this exciting International Faculty Development Seminar.

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Based in Havana, participants fly in and out of Havana on a group flight from Miami, FL.

With a population of two million, Havana is the largest city in Cuba and the political and economic hub of the country. Enjoy a vibrant arts scene – from the music for which the island nation is famous to film, dance, and visual arts. In 1982, Old Havana was named a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the restoration process praised for combining historic preservation with local community development.”


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This seminar combines academic and cultural exchanges with local hosts. You’ll begin each day with lectures from Cuban scholars on different topics relevant to Cuba today. In the afternoon, you'll go out to field sites for experiential activities designed to teach you firsthand about daily life in Havana, far beyond what tourists see. Below is a sample of past lectures, discussions, and activities that have been a part of this program.


  • Social Stratification in Cuba
  • A Panorama of the Current Cuban Economy: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Working in Cuba: New Spaces and New Subjectivities of Labor
  • Women’s Lives and Household Strategies in Cuba
  • Poverty in Cuba: Defining Poverty in a Socialist Society
  • Public Policy and Social Welfare in Cuba, an Historical View
  • Race and Emerging Inequalities: Remittances, Private Sector Work, Migration
  • Emerging Private Sector in Cuba
  • Cuba’s New Cooperative Boom, Origins, and Future
  • Trends in International and Internal Migration
  • Community Development


  • Take an historical tour of Old Havana
  • Visit nongovernmental organizations that are working on gender issues in Cuba
  • Attend a performance by the Casa de Africa folkloric group
  • Visit agricultural markets to study food provisioning in urban Havana
  • Visit the University of Havana
  • Visit a home-restaurant for lunch and discussion with small business owners/self-employed individuals about working in new nonstate sectors
  • Visit a community-development project, "Muraleando"
  • Weekend visit to Viñales, a beautiful rural area outside of Havana

All activities, lectures, and discussion are subject to change at any time. Cuba is constantly changing and our itinerary might have to as well!

Ready to change your life?