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Cuba Mini Mosaic: The African Diaspora
Havana, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Mosaic
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Program Description:

Cuba Mini-Mosaic: The African Diaspora

Cuba Mosaic 2


Students on this program will be hosted in Cuba by MetaMovements, a leading Latin Dance Company and entrepreneurial Artist Collective. It is dedicated to using the arts as a tool for positive transformation. 
Special Features of the Program:
  • Build historical understanding of the African influence on Cuban culture and life over several
  • centuries
  • Engage with academics & historians, specializing in the multiple branches of Afro-Cuban ancestry: Yoruba, Congo, Arara, and Abakua, as well as strong Haitian & Jamaican
  • traditions
  • Enjoy personalized dance or music workshops from friendly, knowledgeable professionals who will help you feel the Cuban rhythms with the greatest of ease... whatever your level of
  • experience!
  • Immerse yourself in the dance and music of the island, from the Afro-Cuban roots to the Salsa of today, observing breath-taking performances, and getting behind the scenes to
  • meet the artists.
  • Experience Cuba’s natural beauty as it connects to the Orishas of the Yoruba Pantheon, accompanied by experts in Afro-Cuban traditions...from the ocean and the river, to the
  • forest and the mountain.
  • Meet celebrated artists and view their art, in their home studios and at local crafts markets
  • Visit important historical locations including Old Havana and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as urban and rural Cuban living environments
  • Open exchange and dialogue with Cubans who share some of the same interests as you … learn directly from them about their every-day lives, opinions, and goals for the future.



Course information (students must be enrolled in one of the following during the spring semester)

Cuba Mosaic
  • AFST 320/LALC 300-02 African Americans in Cuba, 1859 to 1960 (Prof. Masiki)
  • MUAC 210 Music, Gender, and Performance (Prof. Gray)
  • MUAC 355  Seminar in Ethnomusicology (Prof. Gray)
  • SPAN 380-01/LALC 300-01 Cubania and Cuban Cinema (Prof. Frohlich) 
  • THDA 316-01: Dance History Seminar: Modernism and the Body (Prof. Skaggs)

Will the course count toward my major?  

Please check with your academic advisor to see if the course will count toward your specific major. 


When is orientation?

Orientation will be held during the spring 2018 semester.

What are program dates? 

The tentative program dates are May 21-28, 2018  

Is there a group flight?

Yes, students will receive information about the group flight. The flight will likely be a direct flight from Newark to Havana. 


What is the program fee?

The program fee for this program is $2600. Please note, the program fee does not include airfare.

What is included in the program fee?

Lodging, meals, on-site transportation, entrance fees for sites are included in the program fee. Airfare and visa fees are not included. 

The cost of your flight is taken into consideration when your financial aid need is calculated. You must complete the online application through CGSE.

How much money do I need to bring?

The amount depends on how much you want to spend on gifts and other personal items. 


Where will we stay as we travel?

Students will be lodged in either casas paticulares or hotels. 


Do I need a visa for this program?

If you are a US passport holder, you are required to obtain a visa before traveling to Cuba. More details about the visa process will be shared closer to the start of the program.
You are required to have a passport that is valid at least six months beyond the end date of the program. If you do not have a passport or need to renew your passport, please apply as soon as possible. It can take at least six to eight weeks to receive a new passport.

If I’m not a U.S. passport holder, are there any additional requirements?

Yes, if you are NOT a U.S. citizen, it is your responsibility to research and familiarize yourself with any special requirements for a visa. Also, you are responsible to secure any special entry papers or documentation that may be required for the visa. Please contact the Cuban embassy or consulate in the U.S. or your home country for further guidelines and assistance. You may need to apply in person at the embassy or consulate in your home country. If a visa is required, the cost of the visa is not covered by the program and will be the responsibility of the student. The Center for Global Study and Engagement may be able to help you with some of the required documents.


Trent Masiki
Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies 

Susan Rose
Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology 

Center for Global Study and Engagement
Dickinson College

This program is currently not accepting applications.