Twelve University of Alaska Southeast undergraduates are in the final weeks of a 10-week course in Cuba. Four faculty members joined the students in Cuba for 21 days, overlapping each other by a week to insure continuity.
After preparatory meetings in Juneau, students travelled with Spanish faculty Claudia Wakefield to Cuba. The first three weeks of the course focused on language development and getting comfortable negotiating daily life in Cuba.
Outdoor Studies program head Forest Wagner then joined students and asked them to consider issues of place and ecotourism during his three weeks.
The following three weeks were dedicated to the study of Ernest Hemingway’s place-based literature with English faculty Kevin Maier.
For the final three weeks, students explore the culture from an anthropological perspective, facilitated by Anthropology faculty Dan Monteith. Students are developing a rich and deep understanding of Cuba.
To follow the adventure more closely, see the UAS Semester in Cuba blog at uascuba.tumblr.com.