Evening at Egan brings home the flavor of Cuba

At tonight’s Evening at Egan lecture, students will share their experience in Cuba last year with the public beginning at 7 p.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall at the University of Alaska Southeast.


The students, along with UAS assistant professor Kevin Maier, spent their Spring 2012 UAS semester in the country of Cuba. The 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.

According to a release from the university, Maier will give an overview of the trip, talk a bit about his class on Hemingway and introduce the four student presenters.

“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.

2012 graduate Ellie Sica will speak on preconceptions and how living in Cuba either confirmed or complicated them.

“I make the point that the two-month immersion was important for both our studies and our lives,” Sica said. “Through this time we were given so many more opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible had the program been a couple weeks. Since Cuba is an ever-changing society, I end with the statement that no matter how emotional or unknown the trip might’ve been at first, we were witnesses of history in the making.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.


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