Wake Forest University’s Cuba summer program is based in the beautiful capital city, Havana. The mixture of urban districts and colonial architecture in Havana provides an ideal setting to capture the rich and diverse culture and art of Cuban society. Among the many exciting places in Havana, are the residential and theater district in Vedado, the financial and commercial district in Miramar, and Old Havana, a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site with a fascinating mixture of colonial, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco architecture.
Students take SPN 379 Cuban Art and Cultural Expressions (3hrs) course that focuses on Cuban culture and history with emphasis on visual and performance arts. Students will engage with professors, artists, and scholars from the University of Havana, the School of the Arts, and prestigious foundations and organizations. Student will learn outside of the traditional classroom and partake in organized field trips to witness the creative process of the visual arts, contemporary dance, music, theater, and literature. SPN 379 counts toward Spanish major and minor or as elective. Optional : Students can sign up for SPN 198 Service Learning (1.5) for an extra fee.
The group travels to Matanzas, a location famous for its poets and Afro-Cuban culture, the gorgeous beaches of Varadero, the famous colonial cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, and the breathtaking countryside of Pinar del Río and Soroa (a fascinating ecological experiment and a sustainable community).