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Block Break Away: Cuba with Political Science Professor Juan Lindau
Feb. 3-12, 2017

Dear Alumni and Friends,

My fascination with Cuba began in adolescence and has lasted throughout my adult life. I grew up in Mexico, and Cuba always intrigued me because of its difference from the rest of Latin America. Given the overall conservatism of Latin America, why did Cuba, alone in the region, experience a home grown and authentically socialist revolution? What historical factors explained this development? How did the Castro government seek to confront ancestral racial, gender and social inequities and what were the successes and failures of these efforts? What are the cost and benefits of socialism for the majority of the population? What explained the Janus faced character of the Castro regime: enormous social gains on the one hand and notably egregious human rights abuses on the other?

Exploring these questions led me to take several courses on Cuba during college and then complete my PhD under Jorge Dominguez at Harvard University, arguably the foremost expert in the United States on Cuba. As a result of my enduring interest in the island, I have taught a course on Cuba every year since arriving at Colorado College in 1989. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Cuba has become a fascinating test case of some of the challenges involved in constructing a post-hydrocarbon economy (for those interested in the environment and climate change) and of the impacts of dollarization on social and economic equality. Of course, Cuba's incredibly vibrant culture, its music, its films, its literature - all constitute an additional allure and source of fascination.

CC alumni and friends are visiting Cuba for the second time, on February 3-12, 2017. The first journey in 2014 was such a success that the trip has been reprised with some variations that will allow us to cover more territory. We have a few slots left, so join us if you can. See the brochure for more information.

Juan Lindau
Professor of Political Science
Cuba Faculty Leader

Day 1: Depart the U.S./Arrive Havana, Cuba
Day 2: Havana
Day 3: Havana/Pinar del Río and Viñales Valley
Day 4: Havana/Cienfuegos/Embark m.y. Le Ponant
Day 5: Cienfuegos for Santa Clara
Day 6: Trinidad
Day 7: Cruising the Caribbean Sea
Day 8: Santiago de Cuba
Day 9: Santiago de Cuba for Bayamo
Day 10: Santiago de Cuba/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S.

For full details and pricing, please view the brochure

Travel insurance is recommended.

If you have questions, contact Thomas P. Gohagan Travel at 800-922-3088.

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Baja Family Adventure
Costa Rica
Walking trip through Scotland

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Fax: (719) 389-6271

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Tutt Alumni House
1205 North Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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