CO-CURRICULAR AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
WEEKLY CASA SEMINAR
During the semester the program will hold mandatory weekly meetings with all students to discuss experiences and coordinate program activities.
Once a week throughout the semester we invite important researchers and practitioners to give short talks on subjects of current interest in Cuba over a light lunch in the gallery for participants in the seminar.
In addition to the Eastern Cuba field trip, CASA will, over the course of the term, organize a variety of special lectures and local field visits that expose students to the tremendous cultural mosaic of Cuba. Topics may include Cuban music, food, religion, race and ethnicity, sports, and politics and will capitalize on CASA’s extended network of contacts throughout Havana.
INTERNSHIPS AND RESEARCH PROJECTS
Internships in Cuba are less common than in the United States and not always possible to accommodate in all realms but CASA will offer a variety of activities and help facilitating others for interested students. These extracurricular activities may include community-based volunteer opportunities and working with Casa de las Américas on a project in one of their many branches of activities: publication, exhibitions, theatre, conferences, as well as other established institutions and novel initiatives.
CASA students have the opportunity to teach beginning and advanced English Language classes for Casa de las Américas staff and collaborators.
BEYOND THE SUGAR CURTAIN
CASA- Cuba collaborates with a Brown-based initiative to facilitate critical reflection on your experiences in Cuba to facilitate publications in Beyond the Sugar Curtain: Tracing Cuba-U.S. Connections (1959-Present) which seeks to contribute to a new age of diplomatic normalization by exploring the past and present of travel and encounter between the two nations. Against depictions of a ¨sugar curtain¨ or ¨emotional embargo¨, this project features spaces and moments of connection in the post-1959 period, including but not limited to those between the United States and Cuba. From students to activists, family members and journalists, human ties have long defied political obstacles, bridging the material and affective barriers wrought by diplomatic isolation. Even in the most unpropitious circumstances, citizens of both countries have thus found room for mutual inspiration, productive disagreement, and even friendship and love.
OTHER CULTURAL EVENTS
Depending on student interests each semester CASA Cuba offers yoga and Cuban dance classes to students.
Beyond the cultural opportunities offered by the CASA Cuba program specifically for our students the city of Havana is full of opportunities for getting in contact with the rich cultural life in Cuba. We keep students informed through notices posted in the gallery and group e-mails. Our Facebook group is updated regularly with information about cultural and academic events taking place at the Casa de las Américas and in and around Havana.