T5083 – Race, Gender and Revolution in Cuba

Havana, Varadero, Santiago de Cuba
Faculty: Dr. Pilar Cabrera and Dr. Daniel Gerling
01/07/2019 – 01/28/2019


We approach Cuban society through conversations with citizens from all backgrounds about the histories and experiences of discrimination in the island.

Academic Overview
This course gives students an opportunity to see for themselves a neighboring country from which we have become distant due to a history of political conflict. In two major cities of the island, Havana and Santiago de Cuba, students will be able to engage with Cuban scholars, artists, students, religious leaders, workers, and other social actors. Through home stays, conferences, visits to cultural centers, and daily explorations of urban and natural landscapes, students will form their own opinions about Cuba. Our focus on race and gender places our study of Cuba on a comparative perspective. Students will uncover similarities and divergences between Cuba and the United States as countries that up to this day are dealing with histories fraught by slavery and racism but also distinguished by the vibrancy of their mixed cultural heritages. Students will also be able to compare changing formulations of gender roles, and the struggles of women as well as the LGBTQ+ to assert their rights under both capitalism and socialism. Our investigation of prejudice will extend from its roots in Colonial times to encompass the transformations that have taken place with the socialist Revolution, from its initial persecution of sexual dissidence to its current more open stance.

Program Fee/Cost
Program Fee includes:  Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, and home stays, continental breakfast daily, five lunches and eleven dinners (subject to change).

Prerequisites
For SPAN 397 credit: SPAN 211 (fourth semester of college-level Spanish) or equivalent by exam results. No prerequisites for ENG 200 or MDFL 397

Required Readings

  • Castillo Bueno, M.R., and Castillo D. Rubiera. Reyita: The Life of a Black Woman in the Twentieth Century. Durham: Duke UP, 2000. Spanish version for SPAN 397 students (PRINT AT HOME AND BRING)
  • Course reading packet (containing the articles and book selections listed in the itinerary)
  • Article for individual presentation (PRINT AT HOME AND BRING)
  • Spanish-English dictionary
  • 200 pp of notebook paper

Evaluation

  • Lively participation in classes and site visits……………………………………15%
  • Presentation of individual article………………………………………………………15%
  • Presentation of common reader article…………………………………………..15%
  • Journals ……………………………………………………………………………………………15%
  • Final essay (in Spanish for SPAN 397)……………………………………………40%

Faculty Directors
Pilar Cabrera
, Augustana University, (605) 274.5524, email: pcabrera@augie.edu
Daniel Gerling, Augustana University, (605) 271.4034, email: dgerling@augie.edu

Description of Faculty Directors
Dr. Cabrera, Associate Professor of Spanish, teaches in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages at Augustana University.  She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in Cuban literature and culture. She was born in Mexico to a Cuban mother. She is a member of the editorial board of Cubanabooks. This is the second time Dr. Cabrera has instructed this course.

Dr. Gerling is a Professor of English at Augustana University. He graduated from the Ph.D. program of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation includes research on American policies on sanitation implemented in both Cuba and the Philippines during the Progressive era. As an instructor at the University of Texas at Austin, he designed and taught courses on the American Dream and American cultural diplomacy. This is his second time co-instructing this course.

Application Procedures & Deadline
· Select the How to Apply link to start your online application.
· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2018.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

For more information on course content, contact Pilar Cabrera
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.

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