This June, Trinity students will have the opportunity to travel to Cuba. There is nothing quite like this island nation, frozen in time yet in the midst of dramatic change, with so many differing opinions, supporters and critics. Over the course of seven days, students will gain an understanding of the history, economics, politics and culture of Cuba. Students will study domestic and foreign policies from both American and Cuban perspectives, as well as the changes that have occurred within the past few years due to diplomacy, technological advancement, market reforms and new modes of communication. Students will engage in conversations about the revolution and its consequences over the past half century under Fidel Castro, including discussions about trade, health care, and the education system. Students will also develop an understanding of the ethnic and religious influences of the African slave trade. We will travel outside of Havana to view its most recent developments of organic farming. In addition, students will explore the rich and vibrant culture of Cuba, viewing its art, reading its literature, and hearing its music.
Students will visit national sites and museums, as well as participate in various humanitarian efforts with local schools, churches, synagogues, and philanthropic organizations. They will converse with economists, scientists, and members of the embassy. In addition, the trip will include visits to artists’ studios and homes. Students will be able to make curricular ties and gain an understanding of international relations through these conversations, as well as compare these ideas with other viewpoints brought by discussions with citizens and government guides. Some sights of interests may include the capital building, Museo de Bellas Artes & Museo Universal de Bellas Artes, Museo de la Revolución, National Ballet, Partagas tobacco factory, and Ernest Hemingway’s former estate, La Finca Vigia.