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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Cuba and the U.S.: Looking Back to Move Forward

January 13-20, 2012

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Just as U.S.-Cuba policy shifts, we will delve into the rich and complicated history between this island and the United States and consider possibilities for renewed relations. Our Cuban guides will introduce us to the beauties of Old Havana and Trinidad as well as the old commercial city of Cienfuegos. We will visit museums and sites important to our interwoven pasts: Havana Harbor, the site of the sinking of the USS Maine; the Capitolio and the Presidential Palace, where U.S.-picked politicians (including Cornell alum President Mario Garcia Menocal) ruled Cuba; Playa Girón, the site of the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion; and Hemingway's favorite bar, El Floridita, which still preserves his favorite table.

Eminent Cuban scholars will talk with us about Cuban architecture and city planning, art and music, Cuba's changing socialist economy, and Cuban perspectives on U.S.-Cuba relations. Our panel discussions and ninety-minute question-and-answer sessions are designed to promote the exchange of ideas and debate. Maria Cristina Garcia will shed light on a wide range of relevant historical events and facilitate lively discussions about what "normalized" relations might mean going forward.

Maria Cristina Garcia Maria Cristina Garcia is a professor of history at Cornell who studies refugees, immigrants, exiles, and transnationals in the Americas. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin and is the author of two books, Havana USA and Seeking Refuge.

Program notes

Double occupancy:$4,976
Single supplement:$520
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Fitness scale:Slightly strenuous. May require extended walking over uneven ground as well as the ability to climb stairs and to stand for considerable periods of time.