“Cuban Literature and Culture” is a two-week long study abroad program lead by seasoned faculty member Professor Walker Rutledge. Professor Rutledge has lead the course each January for several years. Unfortunately, the trip did not make for January of 2016, but Professor Rutledge has intentions of leading the trip again in the future.
The coursework focuses on a study of Cuban poets, writers, and historical and cultural studies. Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea is also studied. On several days of the two-week trip, a quiz over the material is given. These and essays make up a student’s grade for the course.
While in Cuba, students will encounter Cuban culture, art, and lifestyles. With a base in Havana, the class travels to tourist highlights and historic sites across Cuba, including a real tobacco-farm; Valle de Vinales; Ernesto Che Guevara’s burial site, located under a massive statue of the revolutionary; Ernest Hemingway’s home, Finca Vigía; and many other fantastic locations.
Students experience first-hand what communism means to a country and to a people. Leaving technology behind, students let go of the media-crazed world and momentarily escape into an anachronism in today’s modern world nudged only 90 miles off the coast of Florida. When American students return home, they returned enlightened, having experienced something in the communist country that cannot be explained.
To view pictures from the 2015 trip, click here.