UNEAC, the National Association of Writers and Artists of Cuba, is an organization that represents Cuban writers, and artists of all kinds. This group consists of renowned and active writers and artists as well as academics from the University of Havana, and other institutions of higher learning. These writers, artists, and scholars provide students in the Hampshire College program with a unique opportunity to fully develop their creative potential in a wide variety of fields, in the distinctive setting of the city of Havana. Acting as tutors, Cuban writers,visual and performance artists, or musicians work directly with students on independent projects, catering to each individual’s set of academic goals.
The Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad de la Habana (Office of the Historian of the City of Havana) is a prestigious institution entrusted with cataloging, preserving, promoting, and rebuilding the city of Havana’s rich architectural and historic heritage. Hampshire faculty and students have actively worked with the office over the past few years in compiling a digital photographic record of Havana’s historic Old City. Through this and other collaborations, Hampshire College has forged some special partnerships with the office. These partnerships provide for unique experiences and academic possibilities for students participating on the Hampshire College program in Havana. Students can work again in a tutorial capacity in projects from sociological inquiries to actual participation in the rebuilding process.
ICAIC - Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematográficos. Members of ICAIC will provide a series of lectures in combination with the Havana film festival. Additional time will be shared between tutors and students, assigned readings, and festival activities.
CIPS - The Center for the Study of Psychology and Sociology
ISA- The Instituto Superior de Arte is the only university in Cuba dedicated exclusively to the arts. The institute is composed of faculties of music, plastic arts (sculpture, painting, photography), scenic arts (ballet, contemporary dance, modern dance, folkloric dance, acting, and theater and playwriting), and the faculty of radio, cinema and television. Enrolled students follow a five-year course of study, while there are non-degree courses and workshops of varying lengths for foreign students, working professionals, and artists.
TEMAS - Temas is a quarterly journal first published in January 1995 with the expressed purpose of creating a place for critical reflection and debate in regards to contemporary issues in culture and social thought affecting Cuba and abroad. The magazine exhibits diverse points of view and ideas which can enrich the knowledge of Cuban and international reality from a multidisciplinary perspective, through this stimulating the exchange of ideas and offering a space to a plurality of opinions. Members of its editiorial committee come from varied fields such as political science, sociology, social science, cultural theory, and the arts.
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