The New School: Havana - Cuba Field Program

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  • Location(s): Havana, Cuba
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad

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Country Context: Cuba is witnessing profound change. The COVID-19 pandemic and the political changes in Cuba (with Miguel Díaz-Canel as president since 2018) and the United States (with the Trump and Biden administrations promoting a different sta... read more

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Country Context: 
Cuba is witnessing profound change. The COVID-19 pandemic and the political changes in Cuba (with Miguel Díaz-Canel as president since 2018) and the United States (with the Trump and Biden administrations promoting a different stance on Cuba from Obama's) are dramatically redesigning the social, political, and economic reality on the island. This shifting environment positions Cuba as an ideal site to explore issues related to socialism, economic transformation, race relations, gender and sexuality, illicit/informal economies, poverty, food security and environmental risk, and urban challenges and planning as they unfold.

Project Context:
The objective of the Cuba IFP is to provide you with a unique research-oriented experience in which lectures and interactions with your peers from different countries provide you with a more in-depth understanding of global problems at play in a specific context. By studying the emergence of neoliberal practices in an allegedly market-less economy, of class and race disparity in a purportedly classless and post-racial society, and of gender equality in a highly gendered reality, you will acquire a political grammar that will make you a better citizen of your own country. 

Project and Partner Organizations: 
Havana is Cuba’s economic, touristic, and political heart and a place where you will learn as much on the streets as in the classroom and through your involvement with Cuban organizations. Given the many assumptions of people outside, the shifting landscape within, and the need for cultural mediation in between, the project is articulated around three cores. First, you will take classes with leading Cuban intellectuals, providing you with an alternative viewpoint on concepts we question from and against a neoliberal perspective in the United States. Second, you will gain hands-on experience through visits, workshops, and direct engagement with projects run by Cuban NGOs and CBOs. Third, you will have to conceive, execute, and evaluate a research project leading to a publishable paper or other final product (e.g., a documentary film) — this can be an individual or group research project. 

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Environmental Design
  • Architecture History, Architectural Criticism
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Housing and Human Environments
  • Historic Preservation
  • Global Studies
  • Diversity Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Anthropology
  • Demography, Population Studies
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Urban Studies
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Dance
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business
Year Founded:
2002
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