This interdisciplinary course analyzes the role of race and culture in the formation of contemporary Cuban politics and national identity. We will seek to understand contemporary Cuba by exploring Cuba's African roots, resistance, and emancipation in Cuba; the development of Cuban national identity during Cuba's colonial period; the achievements and challenges of revolutionary Cuba; and the Afro-Cuban challenge to the race blind political and cultural movement of the Cuban Republic.
This program will pay special attention to the role of the arts – music, film, and literature – as a means of resistance to social injustice in contemporary Cuba. Participants will explore constructions of Blackness and racial identity outside of the American context and as a result develop a broader understanding of race, culture, heritage, and resistance in the African Diaspora.
The program in Cuba will be based in the capital city of Havana. The student will also spend one day and night in Varadero, Cuba, a beach town located along Cuba's Hicacos Peninsula, approximately two hours east of Havana.
Everyone will stay in Casa Particulares, which are private accommodations or private homestays that are very similar to bed and breakfasts.
Admitted participants are required to register for three credits of ASC 2798 associated with this program. This course first takes place on OSU's campus from May 8 – May 17. Admitted participants will also meet up for one post-travel session on (tentatively) June 1 on OSU Campus.
For the travel portion of this course, students will hear lectures from and Cuban scholars and activists on topics such as race, religion, health, and education. Participants will visit important sites of slave resistance and gain a better understanding of the African roots of contemporary Cuban culture through activities such as dance and drum workshops and visiting museums.
The ASC 2798 course fulfills the GE: Education Abroad requirement.
Full participation on campus, both before and after the travel portion, is mandatory.
Students from all majors and ranks are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to students from the Newark campus and students who have not previously participated in international study or OIA academic programs.
All applicants will need to submit an academic reference letter from a recent professor/TA in order to complete the application.
All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $1,000 program fee. The program fee includes airfare, accommodations, program activities, visas, transportation in Cuba, and most meals. The program fee does not include personal expenses, the cost of a passport, or some meals. Please refer to the budget sheetfor the full estimated costs.
Newark campus has generously subsidized this program fee.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Tuesday, October 17th from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM in Enarson Classroom Building room 100
Monday, November 13th from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Enarson Classroom Building room 160
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.
Please review this information about the Zika Virus and other pre-travel health considerations.
The most valuable thing I gained from this program was learning about race among Cubans, but race among my peers as well. Before this study abroad class I was not very involved with the many racial issues that are in the United States. However, after talking with my peers I have realized just how prevalent racial issues are in the United States.
— Summer, 2017 Participant
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
NOTE: That there are mandatory dates before and after these program dates:
May 8-17 (OSU)
May 19-30 (Cuba)
June 1 (OSU) tentatively