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Landscapes of Memory: History, Culture, and Historic Preservation in Cuba

Program Description

Landscapes of Memory: History, Culture and Historic Preservation in Cuba offers an exciting 15-day study abroad experience in the "Pearl of the Antilles," as it has been called. The program is designed to deepen students' understanding of the history and culture of Cuba, and how the country is working to preserve its historic sites, parks and cultural landscapes.

The program will consider the ways in which history is selectively remembered, preserved and presented to the public. Students will develop skills in combining and communicating the results of field experiences and research. Visits to historic sites, parks, places of memory and cultural landscapes will be interspersed with lectures and discussion led by the instructors and local experts in the field.

We will visit:
•Havana, whose vibrant neighborhoods stretch westward in a chronological parade of architectural exuberance. The political climate of the last 48 years has spared 400 years of urban fabric from the modern-day ravages of freeway construction and urban renewal.
•Cienfuegos, called "The Pearl of the South," a coastal city designed in a grid pattern with the Malecón running along the water.
•Trinidad, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the number of architectural and historical sites that have been virtually untouched by the last two centuries.
•Santa Clara, the capital city of the Cuban province of Villa Clara. This important industrial town, central to the province and country, set the stage for Che Guevara's final battle against Batista and retains many sites associated with the Rebel Army.
•Pinar del Río, a province of Cuba where tobacco and sugarcane are still grown today. The natural resources of Cuba abound in the UNESCO designated biosphere reserves, and the city of Pinar del Río boasts many neoclassical buildings with decorative art nouveau frontages.

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Application Deadline

January 20, 2012

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The program is offered to all students at the graduate level. Upper division undergraduates may take the course with instructor approval. Alumni and professionals in the field are also welcome.

**Due to the popularity of this program, priority acceptance will be given to students, faculty, staff and other members of the Georgia State University community.

Others will be assigned to the waiting list and accepted as space permits.**
*International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at 404-413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status

Courses and Credit

Students wishing to receive academic credit at the graduate level will register for HIST 8660, Case Studies in International Preservation, for summer 2012 term, and undergraduates will register for HIST 4345. All participants will attend an orientation session on March 24, 2012, at Georgia State University. Course credit will be 4 semester hours. Students from other institutions should follow their school's regulations concerning transfer credits


Participants will stay in high-quality local hotel accommodations (Three- and Four-Star Hotels) throughout the various regions of Cuba.


Program costs may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The cost is tentatively set at $2,600, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-ofstate students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

*Program fee includes
- Charter flight from Atlanta to Havana and return flight from Havana to Atlanta
- hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy; single occupancy request will require additional charges)
- some meals
- ground transportation, excursions, and entrance fees
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation Insurance

**Program fee does NOT include
- tuition and fees
- passport fees
- personal expenses, excess baggage charges and tips

Payment Schedule

January 20, 2012: $600 deposit with application
February 17, 2012: $1,000
March 16, 2012: $1,000 remaining balance
*the deposit is non-refundable after January 27, 2012


For more information about the program or to submit your application, contact
Richard Laub, Heritage Preservation Program, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences
Phone: 404-413-6365
Office: 34 Peachtree Street, 20th floor