Cuba: Historically rich, culturally diverse, environmentally magnificent. For decades, the Caribbean’s largest island—roughly 90 miles away from U.S. soil—has been but a mystery, perceived through secondhand sources and beyond the grasp of most American travelers.
Now that People-to-People exchanges are possible, we invite you to embark on a captivating journey that reveals Cuba’s complex history and culture. This trip is specially designed to broaden your understanding of this nation of stark contradictions molded by a turbulent past. Time seems to stand still as you watch vintage 1950s-era automobiles roll along cobbled streets past beautifully preserved Spanish colonial buildings. As the hub for economic and political heritage, Havana presents an ideal setting to interact with local citizens and uncover new perspectives. You will gain insight into the country’s thriving arts community through discussions with independent artists and visits to performing arts schools and studios. You’ll also journey beyond the spirited capital to fertile tobacco and sugar cane fields that permeate the countryside, revealing a glimpse into rural Cuban life. Along the southern coastline, you’ll visit the beautifully preserved colonial cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
This exclusive opportunity to explore Cuba is organized and operated by Go Next, Inc., which holds a People-to-People license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), authorizing registered travelers on this educational exchange program to visit Cuba. Go Next invites you to personally experience the people, culture, landscape, and architecture of this distinct Caribbean nation on a week-long journey developed for alumni and parents of Hamilton College and those of our travel partner, Connecticut College.
With an intimate group of just 25 travelers, you will share enriching activities that illuminate the realities of Cuban citizens, providing an ideal gateway into their daily lives. Through informative and educational People-to-People exchanges, you will uncover Cuba’s lush beauty, paradoxes and remarkable intrigue on this unforgettable adventure. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to unravel the mysteries of a fascinating country through its most candid, inspiring source—its people.
Our featured faculty member, Carl A. Rubino, is Winslow Professor of Classics at Hamilton College. A long-time devotee of Cuban history and culture, he has visited the island five times to speak and give workshops on the problem of time and the impact of the theory of evolution upon ethics. He is Vice President of a non-profit association supporting research in Cuba which funds workshops there, sponsors visits to the U.S. by Cuban scholars, and purchases scholarly and scientific books for use in Cuba.
Professor Rubino has published and lectured extensively on classics, comparative literature, literary theory, and issues in science and the humanities. His work in Cuba has led to a number of publications, including a coedited book, Emergence, Complexity, and Self-Organization: Precursors and Prototypes (2008, paperback 2010), and “The Consolations of Uncertainty: Time, Change, and Complexity,” a chapter in Reframing Complexity: Perspectives from the North and South (2007).
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For more information, contact our travel partner, Go Next, at 800-842-9023.