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Contemporary Cuban Society

Day 1: Sunday, January 6

Flight from Miami: Time TBD
Arrival in Havana
Transfer to hotel
Program briefing/information meeting
Welcome dinner
Introductory presentation: Alfredo Prieto, UNEAC

Day 2: Monday, January 7

Breakfast at the hotel
City Historian’s Office and Old Havana walking tour (coordinated through UNEAC with architect Jaime Rodriguez with the Office of the Historian of the City)
Lunch at Hotel Valencia
Talk/panel presentation on living in contemporary Cuba with Myra Espina, Juan Valdes Paz, Lilia Nunez, at UNEAC
Free time for dinner and cultural options on your own (with recommendations)

Day 3: Tuesday, January 8

Breakfast at the hotel
Fine Arts Museum with artist Eduardo Hernandez
Walk around Central Havana with Eduardo and visit to artists’ studios and galleries arranged by Eduardo
Lunch, free time (on your own)
Dinner and discussion on Cuban Religions of African Origin, with Natalya Bolivar, at Natalya’s home

Day 4: Wednesday, January 9

Breakfast at the hotel
Nelson Rodriguez, senior editor with ICAIC, will be sharing the inside story of Cuba’s revolutionary cinema through sequences from some of its classics as well as personal anecdotes
Light lunch at Fresa y Chocolate
Showing of Suite Havana and discussion with filmmaker Fernando Pérez
Dinner and cultural options (own your own, with recommendations)

Day 5: Thursday, January 10

Breakfast at the hotel
Women and the Special Period through literature: Talks/discussions with Maggie Mateo, Mirta Yañez, Zaida Capote
Lunch
Walking tour of Vedado with Mario Coyula

Day 6: Friday, January 11

Breakfast at the hotel
All day excursion to Las Terrazas (with Maria Rosa Almendros, one of the founders of Las Terrazas)
Exploration of the community and the Eco projects
Lunch: Pig roast by the San Juan River (for carnivores) or El Romero Vegetarian Restaurant (for vegetarians, vegans)
Return to Havana
Dinner on your own

Day 7: Saturday, January 12

Breakfast at the hotel
Dance lessons with choreographer and dancer Danza Voluminosa, Juan Miguel Mas, and dancer Maria Cristina Aldana at the Teatro Nacional
Lunch and free time
Talk on identity, gender, and construction of sexuality in Cuba with Abel Sierra

Day 8: Sunday, January 13

Breakfast at the hotel
Talk on U.S.-Cuba relations at both governmental and people-to-people level, and on Cuban-Cuban Diaspora relations. Speakers: Alfredo Prieto and Ambrosio Fornet
Trip to Jamanitas to home of ceramic artist Jose Fuster
Lunch at Fuster’s
Farewell Dinner and Party

Day 9: Monday, January 14

Breakfast at the hotel
Bus/transfer to airport

 

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Alumni and Family Relations
Hampshire College
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Amherst, MA 01002
413.559.6638
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alumni@hampshire.edu
 

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