Study Abroad: Cultural Diplomacy Studies in Cuba and Russia

Neither modern Cuba nor Russia can be appreciated without understanding the wars, revolutions, and political forces they have experienced over the past century. The Cuba-Russia Connection invites students, through selected topics in cultural diplomacy, to become better informed about these two fascinating countries. Cuba and Russia have played important strategic and often interrelated roles in US foreign policy. Moreover, their cultural production in the areas of music, literature, and art has extended beyond the two countries' boundaries to make lasting contributions to the international canons of these forms of human expression. A deeper familiarity with both countries is essential to understanding U.S. interests in today’s complex geopolitical landscape.


Participants in the Cuba-Russia Connection will spend one-and-one-half weeks experiencing Cuba in tradition and transition, and then move to three weeks of course work and excursions in St. Petersburg, Russia. Language study of Spanish and Russian in the respective countries is included in the program, because of its central role in manifesting the ways in which people formulate meaning and conceptualize their world.


Weeks 1-2: Havana, Cuba

-Hemingway Museum
-Museo de Bellas Artes
-Visit to a Russian Orthodox Church
-Lectures on Cuban Revolution, Cuban Missile Crisis, José Martí, Che Guevara and more
-Trip to Trinidad and Cienfuegos


Weeks 3-5: St. Petersburg, Russia

-White Nights concert festival
-Museum of the Great Patriotic War
-Trip to Novgorod
-Tsarskoe Selo
-Hermitage Museum
-Dostoevsky Museum
-Lectures on 1917 Revolution, Russian music, the Soviet Union in World War II, and more


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Program dates: May 26 - June 29, 2018

Application deadline: March 1, 2018

Cost: $5,695