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Revolutionary Cuba

March 10 - March 18

This delegation is now open to anyone, but it will be a university student centered delegation.

Only 90 miles from the United States, Cuba has remained a forbidden territory for most U.S. citizens since the Revolution of 1959. Cuba is a former Spanish colony and sugar-producing slave society, and one of the last countries of Latin America to achieve independence from Spain in 1898. Between 1898 and 1959, the United States held an outsized influence on the island. In 1959, Cuban was the site of the hemisphere’s first successful socialist revolution. While most people in the United States know little about Cuba today, Cubans are acutely aware of the United States and the long intertwined history between the two countries.

During this trip, we will learn the history of Cuba in a Latin American context, taking a close look at issues of global economics, conflict and peace, race, culture, the environment, and U.S. relations. We will study the history of the Cuban Revolution and then see it first-hand over spring break 2018 for an intensive international learning experience.

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During this trip, we will:

  • Examine Cuban national priorities, such as universal education and health care.
  • Visit schools, museums, cultural and historical sites.
  • Discuss with Cubans the effects of recent changes in U.S. and Cuban relations including the longstanding U.S. embargo on Cuba.
  • Visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum at Santa Clara.
  • Learn about Cuba’s history of sugar production and slavery.
  • Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of old Havana, its neighborhoods, and the surrounding countryside.

As a result of this trip, we will:

  • develop a knowledge of Cuba’s social and cultural heritage.
  • gain insight into the social impacts of economic structures.
  • act of economic structures.
  • learn to interpret personal observations and integrate them into secondary literature.
  • develop critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills.


Deadline: Applications and a $350 non-refundable deposit are due by Friday, January 19, 2018. Half of the remaining balance is due by February 1, 2018, and the second half by February 15, 2018.

Cost: $2,466 (with Truman State University credit) or $1,900 (with no credit). Scholarships & fundraising support may be available.

*Price includes: visa fee, insurance, all meals, lodging, facilitation, interpretation, and transportation while in Cuba.

*Price doesn’t include: passport costs, airfare, and personal incidentals.

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Truman State University students can earn one credit for this study abroad experience (CUB 310). The course is open to all majors, and has no prerequisites. The course runs parallel to Latin American Revolutions (HIST 391), but enrollment in that class is not a requirement.

For more information, contact Marc Becker, Professor of History, Truman State University, MC 227, marc@truman.edu, 660-785-6036.

Marc Becker teaches Latin American history at Truman State University. His research focuses on the history of the Latin American left. Among his publications are Twentieth-Century Latin American Revolutions (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017) and The FBI in Latin America: The Ecuador Files (Duke University Press, 2017).




March 10
March 18
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