January 5–16, 2015 (group departs from Miami very early morning on January 5) 
*Note: Dates subject to change

Since early in the 19th century, Cuba's cultural production has far exceeded what might be normal for a small, underdeveloped and perennially beset island nation. Contemporary culture there is an extraordinary mix that reflects the country's historical contacts with European modernism, African traditions, US popular culture, a homegrown version of state socialism, Soviet orthodox Marxism, and, through all of that, a healthy dose of particularly Cuban poetics, skepticism, ardor and humor.

While travel to Cuba has recently become easier (and, legal), nearly all of the travel opportunities available to US citizens are highly filtered, official tours replete with kitsch versions of this very complex place. Unlike those tours, our trip will be filled with direct encounters with a whole spectrum of individuals, institutions and viewpoints.

As a socialist country with a rich heritage of cultural excellence, Cuba is an extraordinary place to study the interactions between local conditions and a globalized art world. Cuban cultural policies have given rise to ambitious artistic programs and an extraordinary network of artists and intellectuals: over the decades, though, they have also precipitated crises related to governmental control of creative expression. We will gain inside views into the complex art ecologies that have evolved in Havana, through conversations with artists, curators, gallery directors, administrators and government officials. We will focus primarily on visual art, but will also include historic preservation, AfroCuban culture and architecture in our program, in order to understand as much as possible about the overall situation for culture on the island.

Credits: 3 credits ARTHI (4000-level) and / or 3 credits STUDIO (4000-level)

Rachel Weiss, Arts Administration and Policy
Susan Caraballo

Program fee: Approximately $3,300 (including round-trip flight from Miami to Havana, accommodation, admissions, ground transport, and some group meals. Not including airfare to Miami).

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,381 per credit hour
Graduate—$1,467 per credit hour

Students must arrange their own transportation to Miami. Budget at least $450 if flying directly from Chicago. The group round-trip flight from Miami to Havana is covered under the program fee.

Application process:
Instructor consent required. Submit the Application for CUBA Winter Study Trip [PDF] to faculty by October 2 for pre-approval to register.

Online registration begins: October 9, 2014

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information sessions:
Wednesday, September 10, 12:10 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 501

Wednesday, September 24, 12:10 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 620