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CIPR Hosts Symposium on Venezuelan Elections

December 10th, 2015

On Friday, December 3rd, CIPR was pleased to host a symposium about Venezuela’s December 6th elections. Three esteemed Venezuela scholars participated in the event: Dr.…  read more

Dr. Rose Spalding Explores Free Market Reform and its Resistance in Central America

December 10th, 2015

On November 20th, CIPR was pleased to welcome Dr. Rose J. Spalding to present her book: “Contesting Trade in Central America: Market Reform and Resistance.”…  read more

CIPR Research Fellowship Applications Available

December 8th, 2015

The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) invites applications for four (4) research fellowships for the Academic year of 2016-2017, two with program administration…  read more

CIPR Visiting Researcher to Speak in South Africa on Venezuela

November 17th, 2015

Professor Steve Ellner will be in South Africa during November 2015 speaking on the following: “Regionalism in Latin America and the Caribbean I: ALBA’s emergence…  read more

International Scholars Gather at Tulane to Unpack the Paradox of Violence in Venezuela

November 5th, 2015

This past Halloween weekend, Tulane welcomed 15 national and international scholars as they attended the Paradox of Violence in Venezuela: A Comparative Approach Conference hosted…  read more

Nora Lustig awarded 4.9 million dollars by Gates Foundation for the Commitment to Equity Institute

November 3rd, 2015

The CEQ Institute at Tulane University has been awarded a $4.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study ways to reduce…  read more

New Article by CIPR Post-Doc Bertucci Published in PS

October 28th, 2015

Abstract: Graduate students and young scholars with a passion for making a difference in the real world through research are often advised to put those…  read more

Work by CIPR Post-Doc Published by Ashgate

October 28th, 2015

“This new collection blends traditions of research on social movements and contentious politics from various regions with Latin American perspectives in the Latin American context.…  read more

Dr. Susan Stokes Discusses Impact of Repression on Street Protests

October 22nd, 2015

On October 9th, the Tulane Political Science department and CIPR were proud to welcome Dr. Susan Stokes to present her paper: “Repression and Street Protests:…  read more

Announcing the Most Recent 2015 CEQ Publications

September 25th, 2015

The Commitment to Equity Institute announced a slate of new articles published by its collaborators in academic journals and institutional reports. These works continue to…  read more

Call for Papers: REPAL 2016 Annual Conference

September 3rd, 2015

Red de Economía Política de América Latina Repal is a new network of researchers (institutionally affiliated with universities in Latin America, North America, and Europe)…  read more

Nora Lustig Publishes Article in World Development Journal

August 11th, 2015

Fiscal Policy, Inequality, and the Ethnic Divide in Guatemala Nora Lustig, the Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and Director of the Commitment…  read more

Tulane University launches the Commitment to Equity Institute (CEQI)

July 29th, 2015

The CEQ Institute, launched on May 2015, is the result of the CEQ project’s success. The Commitment to Equity Project, led by Professor Nora Lustig,…  read more

Representation & Effectiveness in Latin American Democracies, A CIPR Project Now Available in Paperback

July 17th, 2015

Legislatures, the judiciary and civil society are important actors in representative democracies. In what ways and how well do they represent? And how effectively do…  read more

Nora Lustig Reelected to the ECINEQ Council

July 17th, 2015

Nora Lustig, the Samuel Z. Stone Chair in Latin American Economics and Director of the Commitment to Equity Institute (CEQI) at Tulane University, has been…  read more

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Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba
Havana, Cuba | June 23 – July 7, 2018
Program Application
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University join forces with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies to take K-16 educators to Cuba. This is our fourth year running the Cuban Culture & Society K-16 Educator Institute and we are excited about this year’s itinerary. The institute will approach Cuban society and culture form a multidisciplinary perspective focused on the arts, the geography, and history of the country. Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past three years provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of Tulane’s relationship with the University of Havana and Cuba’s National Union of Writers and Artists, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for developing that approach in their K-16 classrooms. Conducted in English by Professor Carolina Caballero, the institute will explore current trends and issues in Cuban culture and society through readings, films, and lectures. The program includes a series of talks by prominent Cuban intellectuals and local field trips to important political and cultural sights throughout Havana.

This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country 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.

The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks in Cuba. The institute incorporates visits to local museums and exposes participants to arts organizations, schools, and teachers from the country’s national literacy campaign. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and many cultural venues. There will be group excursions to the historic Che Guevara monument, a visit to the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion, and a special visit to the town of Hershey, the town developed by Milton Hershey to begin his chocolate enterprise with the sugar from Cuba’s plantations. There will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, Playa Girón, and Viñales, focusing on their role in the development of the economy and culture of the country

PROGRAM COST: $3,500
The cost will include a shared room and two meals a day, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana from Tampa, Florida*, airport transportation in Havana to/from residence, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings.

*Airfare to/from Tampa, Florida, a one-night hotel stay in Tampa, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost. You are responsible for your own air flight to/from Tampa, FL.

PROGRAM APPLICATION
Those interested in applying must be a K-16 educator or librarian. There is no Spanish language requirement for this program. The application deadline is March 2, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

Please note: This program is only open to K-16 educators who are currently teaching, are pre-service teachers or are serving in a school or public library.

PROPOSED ITINERARY – 15 DAYS
Please be advised that this itinerary is subject to change based on availability in Cuba. The itinerary below is the schedule from the 2017 institute.

  • Day 1 – U.S./HAVANA, CUBA
    Depart from Tampa, FL, Upon arrival, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception followed by an informal walk and people watching on the Malecón.
  • Day 2 – HAVANA
    Habana Vieja (Old Havana) Tour with local preservation experts to discuss in depth the history of local landmarks, historical preservation efforts, and future plans. Visit Muraleando Lawton, a community art project in the Lawton neighborhood of Havana. Hear from the founders of this project on how the neighborhood developed to promote skills in the community and support the local economy and meet with local community leaders, students and elderly folks at the community center.
  • Day 3 – HAVANA
    Lecture with Professor Carlos Alzugaray on Cuba Since the Special Period. Visit the elementary school Sergio Luis Ferriol in Habana Vieja. Connect with teachers and administrators about their experiences in the classroom.
  • Day 4 – HAVANA
    Visit the Museo Nacional de la Alfabetización (National Museum of the Literacy Campaign) and connect with members of the literacy brigade, teachers from the literacy campaign.
  • Day 5 – HAVANA
    Visit and explore Ernest Hemingway’s house. Have lunch in the infamous fishing village of Cojimar. In the afternoon, explore art by taking a tour of the Cuban Collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes accompanied by a curator then visit with artists at the Taller de Gráfica.
  • Day 6 – HERSHEY
    Day trip to the Hershey, Cuba and nature park. The site where famous chocolatier Milton Hershey developed his chocolate business by setting up sugar mills in the early 1900’s. Explore the natural side of Cuba in this country town.
  • Day 7 – HAVANA
    Learn about children’s literature and the book publishing business in Cuba by visiting Cuba’s national publisher UNEAC and hear first hand from children’s book authors. We will hear from children’s book author Olga Marta Pérez about the children’s/ youth Literacy Scene in Cuba today.
  • Day 8 – HAVANA/REGLA
    Take the ferry across the bay in Havana to the town of Regla to learn about Afro-Cuban dance and music from musicologist Cari Diez and an Afro-Cuban dance performance group.
  • 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. Visit to the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara. Also visit the historic sugar plantation of Manaca Iznaga before arriving in Trinidad.
  • Day 10 – TRINIDAD
    Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuellar. Trinidad was a central piece of Cuba’s sugar-based economy. Guided city tour with the city historian. Visit the Trinidad library to learn about the importance of libraries and debate questions of intellectual freedom with the staff.
  • Day 11 – PLAYA GIRON (SITE OF BAY OF PIGS) Ciénega de Zapata, Playa Larga
    Day excursion to the historic site of the Bay of Pigs, one of the landing sites for the 1961 US-backed invasion. Visit the Finca Fiesta Campesina farm, the Playa Girón museum, the Parque Ciénaga de Zapata, the Laguna del Tesoro, and the Taino Indian village. Snorkel in the Bay of Pigs!
  • Day 12 – HAVANA
    Visit the U.S. Embassy and hear first-hand about the state of current relations between the U.S. and Cuba. In the afternoon, we head over to meet up with the famous hip-hop group, Obsesión to hear about their music and experience as hip-hop artists in Cuba.
  • Day 13 – MATANZAS/VARADERO
    Take a day trip to Matanzas, the capital of the Cuban province of Matanzas. Known for its poets, culture, and Afro-Cuban folklore, we will explore the Triunvirato Plantation and the Castillo San Severino where we will hear about the history of slavery in Cuba. The rest of the afternoon we relax and explore the beautiful beaches of Varadero, a popular resort town covering Cuba’s narrow Hicacos Peninsula.
  • 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.

Explore our past trips through these photos and curricula:

Program Application

For more information, please contact Denise Woltering-Vargas at dwolteri@tulane.edu or call the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at 504-862-3143.