Last spring, a dozen UAS students travelled to Cuba with four faculty members to hone their Spanish language skills, study the country’s rich cultural history, witness the impact of tourism on the island’s life ways, and contemplate the legacy of the famous American author, Ernest Hemingway, who spent a third of his life living near Havana. Four of those students will share vignettes and photographs from the unique semester-long experience at this week’s Evening at Egan lecture, “UAS in Cuba: A Semester-long search for Che, Hemingway, el Papa’, and the Authentic Tourist.”
Facilitator Kevin Maier, Assistant Professor of English at UAS, will give an overview of the trip, talk a bit about his class on Hemingway and introduce the four student presenters, Ellie Sica, Andria Budbill, Dominic Lodovici, and Lars Johnson.
“As one of the students put it in one of the last entries in the daily journal they kept as part of each course, ‘It would take two months to fully explain all my impressions of Cuba.’ He’s right, but are hoping to offer a few quick snapshots that speak to the experience of the 15-credit, two-month long immersion experience,” Maier said.
The talk begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Egan Lecture Hall. For more information, visit www.uas.alaska.edu/eganlecture.