UC Davis Summer Abroad
Status: Full—Waitlist Open
Cuba — Narratives of Resistance
Arrive Date: August 2, 2017 End Date: August 30, 2017
Since the Spanish conquest, Cuba has been a major site of resistance—first against Spain, and later against the United States. On our journey to Havana, Cuba, we will examine various narratives of resistance with regards to slavery, rebellion, and revolution as they have been articulated across different media platforms. We will immerse ourselves in Cuban culture by reading Cuban literature, listening to Afro-Cuban music, watching Cuban films, and visiting locations and institutions that shed light on Cuba’s political and cultural history of resistance. We will also examine how U.S. thinkers and writers have used Cuba and its revolutions as a model of resistance against racism and oppression.
Instructor: Raquel Scherr
Taught in: English
Max Enrollment: 30
Program Coordinator: Rosana Avila
Info Session Presentation
Comparative Literature (COM) 165S. Caribbean Literatures (4 units)
Comparative Literature (COM) 198. Direct Group Study (4 units, P/NP)
- Live in Havana.
- Visit places such as Trinidad, Santa Clara, Varadero.
- Learn about the slave trade, the slave rebellions and revolutionary wars against foreign governments.
- Visit the site of the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
- Read and watch Cuban films about Jose Marti, the great Liberator of Cuba, as well as other films that underscore historical and social forces at work in Cuba.
- Americans in Paris (France)
- Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture (Peru)
- Buenos Aires—Music, Film and Culture in the Global City (Argentina)
- Chiapas—Literary and Social Movements (Mexico)
- Costa Rican Communities (Costa Rica)
- Human Rights and Democracy (Chile)