Cuba: Stuck in a Time Warp

Course Leaders
Day of Week: Thursday
Course Length: 5 weeks
Starting: 11/04/2021
Ending: 12/09/2021
Period of Day: Period 3
Course Fee: $50.00
Standard period time.

Course Description:

Cuba is close enough to the US to receive television transmissions from Miami, but so far away from what we consider normal life as to seem stuck in a time warp: American cars from the 1950s, empty highways, travel on horseback, crumbling buildings, an educated populace. This course will look at Cuba from several aspects: its history and geography, the Communism of Castro and the relationship with the Soviet Union, and the life of ordinary people today. The last session will be a class discussion as to what we think should be U. S. foreign policy vis a vis Cuba today. Suggested reading is a new book on Cuba, The Cubans, Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times.

The class will include lecture, films, PowerPoint, and class discussion. Reading will be about 1-2 hours a week. If you have visited Cuba or have some personal connection, the class will benefit from your input.

Books and Other Resources:

The Cubans, Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times, by Anthony DePalma

Course Leader Bio(s)

Carole Levy

I have been a long-time member of LLAIC, have taught several courses in past semesters and am a member of the Board. My activities and participation in LLAIC fulfill the strong need I have for intellectual stimulation and social contact. In my prior life I worked as a high school teacher of English, History, and English as a Second Language (in Israel.) I am a graduate of Penn State University and the Heller School at Brandeis.