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.