Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Summer K-12 Teacher Institute in Cuba

June 21st, 2014 - July 5th, 2014

Location
Havana, Cuba

Teaching Cuban Culture and Society: A Summer K-12 Teacher Institute in Cuba
Havana, Cuba | June 21 – July 5, 2014

APPLICATIONS FOR THE PROGRAM ARE AVAILABLE NOW!
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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is offering a unique summer study abroad program for K-12 teachers in Havana, Cuba in 2014. This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans, earn academic credit while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and people that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

Those interested in applying must be a K-12 educator or librarian. There is no Spanish language requirement for this program. Please note: This program is only open to K-12 educators who are currently teaching, are pre-service teachers or are serving in a school or public library.

All participants will be enrolled in LAST 3130 (3 undergraduate credits): Society and Culture of Cuba taught by Professor Annie Gibson. The course enables all participants to explore Cuba with the guidance of an experienced Tulane faculty member while meeting Cuban artists, scholars, visiting local schools, non-profit organizations and more. At the end of the 15 day trip, participants will have classroom resources and activities to bring into their classrooms.

Program Cost:
The cost of the program is $3,900 which includes 3 Tulane credits, shared room and two meals a day at the ANAP, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana from Tampa, FL; OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings. Airfare to/from Tampa, one-night hotel stay in Tampa, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost.

Program Application:
K-12 educators interested in applying must be currently teaching in the classroom. Spanish proficiency is NOT required for this program. Complete applications (application form, statement of purpose, two recommendation letters, copy of front page of passport, and sample lesson plan) and a $150 non-refundable deposit are due by 5:00 PM on March 28, 2014.

You will be notified of your admission to the program by April 7th.

Application can be downloaded here

For more information and an application please visit the institute website.

ITINERARY – 15 DAYS

  • Day 1 – U.S./HAVANA, CUBA
    Depart from Tampa, FL, Upon arrival, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception followed by an informal walk on the Malecón.
  • Day 2 – HAVANA
    Havana Vieja Tour with Afro-Cuban Dance in the evening.
  • Day 3 – HAVANA
    Curriculum development and lecture with Professor Alfredo Prieto on “Cuba Today.”
  • Day 4 – HAVANA
    Walking tour of Calle Obispo in the morning with Professor Rafael Hernández. Visit to after-school arts program in the afternoon.
  • Day 5 – HAVANA
    Presentation by Professor Isabel Rigol on “Current Challenges Facing Havan’s Effort to Preserve its Architecture and Heritage.” Evening walk and visit to the Cañonazo at the Morro.
  • Day 6 – VINALES
    Day excursion to explore geography of Cuba’s tobacco and sugar plantations.
  • Day 7 – ALAMAR
    Day excursion to Organiponico in Alamar to explore sustainable farming in Cuba.
  • Day 8 – HAVANA/JAIMANITAS
    Visit to Cementerio Colón, Plaza de la Revolución. Afternoon visit to workshop of ceramic artist, José Fuster. Curriculum development in the evening.
  • Day 9 – SANTA CLARA, TRINIDAD
    Travel to Trinidad via Santa Clara a town founded by 175 people on July 15, 1689. It is the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in 1958. In Trinidad, we explore Cuba’s best-preserved colonial city.
  • Day 10 – TRINIDAD
    We continue to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site (since 1988). It was founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar and became a central piece of Cuba’s economy with the sugar mills.
  • Day 11 – CIENFUEGOS
    We will head to Cienfuegos, a town known for its architectural beauty which reveals its French colonial roots.
  • Day 12 – HAVANA
    We will hear from Professor Olga Marta about the Children’s Youth Literacy Scene in Cuba today. In the afternoon we will visit the Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA), a school founded in 1976 as Cuba’s national school of the arts.
  • Day 13 – PLAYA GIRON (Site of Bay of Pigs)
    Day excursion to the historic site of the Bay of Pigs, one of the landing sites for the 1961 US-backed invasion.
  • Day 14 – HAVANA
    Wrap-up curriculum workshop followed by a free afternoon ending in a celebratory dinner.
  • Day 15 – HAVANA/U.S.
    Morning departure for the U.S.

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For more information and a full list of Brown Bag talks, visit the Brown Bag Website.

"Dámaso Pérez Prado, the king of Mambo: controversies of his life and work" a talk by Ulises Rodríguez Febles

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Given in Spanish.

Rodríguez Febles will talk about the creator of the Mambo and his influences. He will focus on his most important mambos from the 40s and 50s, the musician’s unique rhythms, and contributions to international culture in commemoration of the centenary of Pérez Prado’s birth.

Ulises Rodríguez Febles (Cárdenas, August 30, 1968) is a Cuban playwright, researcher, novelist, and scriptwriter for radio and television. He directs the House of Scenic Memory and Itinerant Theater (Casa de la Memoria Escénica), and is a theatrical adviser of the Provincial Council of the performing arts and other groups and institutions in Matanzas. He is vice-president of the Rolando Ferrer Chair of Drama in Havana and the José Jacinto Milanés Chair in Matanzas. He is also member of the Freddy Artiles Chair of Children’s and Puppet Theater at ISA. (Instituto Superior de Arte).

The Political Struggle Over Gender Violence Law in Nicaragua

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Dr. Pamela Neumann will give a talk at Fridays at Newcomb titled “The Political Struggle Over Gender Violence Law in Nicaragua.”

Dr. Neumann is currently a Zemurray-Stone Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Neumann’s research interests include gender-based violence, social movements, and environmental inequalities in Latin America. Her current book project draws on ethnographic research and in-depth interviews to examine the everyday bureaucratic practices in police stations and prosecutor’s offices that contribute to impunity, while also considering the promise and limitations of legal advocacy for addressing violence against women. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Neumann worked for a non-governmental organization in Nicaragua and as a service-learning coordinator in Texas.

Sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute. Please visit the event webpage for more information.

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Participants will receive lunch, teaching materials and CEUs.

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Bring a friend! Register with a colleague from the same institution and you can receive a 2 for 1 registration. Please register only one time and follow instructions on the registration form to provide your colleague’s information.

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