Religion, Culture, and Identity in Cuba – J-Term 2014
EXPERIENCE THE CULTURE: This January 2014 course will take students across the island – from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to the capital city of Havana to the western region of Pinar del Rio. This rare opportunity will enable participants to see Cuba through the eyes of Cubans, and explore the ways they define themselves, their society, their faith, and their future. Through invited speakers, concerts, dance performances, and visits to cultural and religious sites, you will experience the culture of this amazing island.
SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, UNKNOWN TO MOST AMERICANS: Cuba is a country of great natural beauty, exquisite colonial architecture, and warm, friendly people. Cuban musical styles – like Rumba and Cuban salsa – are world renowed.
STUDY CUBA’S AWESOME CULTURE: Rich, diverse, and complex! Cubans have Spanish and African roots, later influenced by Chinese, Soviet, and North American cultures. Religiously, the country includes Catholics, evangelical Protestants, a small but growing Islamic presence, and practitioners of Judaism as well as the African-based Yoruba religion santeria.