Overview

Flight and itinerary
Students will travel to Havana on a flight from Orlando International Airport. See itinerary for the 13-day, 12-night trip.

Tentative dates of travel
June 26 to July 8, 2017.

Highlights

16-IMG_4267-1Trip will include visits to:

  • Historic landmarks: Morro Castle, the National Capitol Building and other landmarks in Havana; the historic district of Trinidad, one of Cuba’s oldest cities; Playa Girón or the Bay of Pigs, where Cuban fighters defeated CIA-supported invaders in 1961.
  • Museums: Museum of the Revolution, Museum of the Interior.
  • Plazas: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de la Revolución.
  • Music and entertainment venues: Fabrica de Arte Cubano, a trendy spot for music, art and dance; and La Zorra y el Cuervo, a famous jazz club.
  • Artistic sites: The studio of Kcho, also known as Alexis Leiva Machado, another internationally known artist; Callejon de Hamel, a street known for its Afro-Cuban culture, art and music.

Trip leaders
Assistant Professor Tracey Eaton and Professor Tracy Halcomb.

Enrollment
Minimum enrollment is seven students. A second trip leader will not be added unless at least 14 students enroll. Trip capacity is expected to be 15 students.

Eligibility and requirements
Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or above and have attempted at least 24 credit hours at Flagler College. Students must also have approval from the instructor and from the Office of Academic Affairs. Eligible students must also submit a 500-word essay describing their reasons for wanting to make the trip to Cuba.
Students majoring in communication, international studies, political science, business, art, history and other disciplines are welcome to participate. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful, but not required.

Cost estimate
Tuition: $1,347 for the three-credit summer class
Program fee: $3,137
Sub-total: $4,484
Non-program costs: approximately $270 (includes meals not covered by program fee)
Total: $4,754

Additional expenses:
Students must pay $135 for a U.S. passport, if they don’t already have one.

Required program fee deposits and payment deadlines
$500 deposit due Oct. 31, 2016
Additional $500 due Nov. 21, 2016
$2,137 balance of payment due Feb. 1, 2017

The sign reads, "Revolution is: Full Equality and Freedom
The sign reads, “Revolution is: Full Equality and Freedom

Academics
The summer program will include a three-credit course called COM 340: Cuba: Revolution at a Crossroads. The program also requires a one-credit spring orientation course.

Method of instruction
Lectures, discussions, briefings, pre-travel and post-travel writing assignments and a travel journal.

Course learning objectives
Upon completion of the course, Cuba: Revolution at a Crossroads, students will be able to:

  • Recount key moments in the history of U.S.-Cuba relations from the start of the revolution in 1953 to present day.
  • Explain the role of the U.S. government in Cuba’s political and economic evolution. Describe scope and impact of U.S. government-financed democracy programs sponsored by the Agency for International Development, the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
  • Describe and cite examples illustrating Cuban state-run media’s approach in covering domestic and international news.
  • Explain the “Battle of Ideas,” which pits state-run media in Cuba against foes of the socialist regime.
  • Discuss the characteristics of Cuba’s informal economy and the plight of self-employed entrepreneurs.
  • Write a 1,000-word article about the prospects for change in Cuba based on readings and discussions that students have with experts and ordinary people on the island.

28-IMG_9876-1Study abroad experience
Students taking part in the program will hear about a wide range of topics. They will be expected to:

  • Understand social and economic conditions that led to the start of the Cuban revolution in 1953.
  • Understand key events in the 1950s that led to Fidel Castro’s victory in 1959.
  • Appreciate the historic and cultural importance of Old Havana.
  • Understand some of the challenges facing Cuban journalists today.
  • Appreciate the challenges and opportunities of private entrepreneurship in Cuba.
  • Get a first-hand view of the American Embassy, the site of numerous U.S.-Cuba propaganda wars since the 1990s.
  • Appreciate some of the high and low points in U.S.-Cuba relations.
  • Understand the characteristics of Cuba’s real estate market.
  • See properties that the Cuban government confiscated from American citizens and U.S. companies in the early 1960s.
  • Gain an appreciation for contemporary Cuban art.
  • Appreciate Cuba’s African heritage.
  • Gain an understanding of the Cuban revolution from actual participants.
  • Learn about the role of American organized crime in Cuba in the 1950s.
  • Gain a better understanding of the work that Ernest Hemingway did while living in Cuba for more than two decades.
  • Learn how the Internet and increased connectivity are changing the lives of young Cubans.
  • Appreciate the challenges of farming in Cuba.
  • Understand the historical significance of the Bay of Pigs invasion.
  • Appreciate the historical importance of the Escambray Mountains, where anti-Castro activists hid out in the 1960s.

Required books
Mark Frank, Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana, Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2013.

40-059-IMG_0480-1-1Other readings (professor will supply these readings):

  • “Obama’s Long Game for Cubans’ Rights” by William LeoGrande, The New York Times, 2016.
  • “Castro’s Secrets” by Brian Latell (pages 1 to 21), Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • “Havana Real: One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth about Cuba Today,” by Yoani Sanchez (pages 6-30, 182-233), Melville House, 2011.
  • “Without Fidel” by Ann Louise Bardach, (pages 3 to 30), Scribner, 2009.
  • “After Fidel,” by Brian Latell (pages 5 to 21), Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
  • “A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution under Raul Castro,” Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. (pages 39 to 47: “Continuity and Change in Cuba at Fifty: The Revolution at a Crossroads,” by Carlos Alzugaray Treto; pages 99 to 110: “From Cyberspace to Public Space?: The Emergent Blogosphere and Cuban Civil Society,” by Ted Henken and Sjamme van de Voort; pages 271 to 276; “The Cuban Five and the U.S. War Against Terror,” by Saul Landau; pages 393 to 397, “Memorable Characters of Cuba,” by Tracey Eaton.)

Additional readings TBA

Application instructions
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Note: This page was last updated on Sept. 7, 2016.

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