Academic Program: The Cuban-Russian Connection Summer Program (SRAS)

Deadline for Applications: March 01, 2017

The Cuban-Russian Connection
War and Revolution Remembered

Neither modern Cuba nor Russia can be understood without understanding the wars, revolutions, and communist forces they have experienced over the past century. The Cuban-Russian Connection explores how identity formation in each of these fascinating countries is carried out via culture, language, history, and religion. Cuba and Russia have both played important, strategic, and very often interrelated roles in US foreign policy. Understanding both countries is essential to understanding US interests in today’s changing geopolitical landscape.

The Cuban-Russian Connection will spend one week experiencing Cuba in tradition and transition and then move to three weeks of course work and excursions in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The course will cover  the Russian-American relationship from the 18th to the 20th century; the Soviet-Cuban relationship, including a comparison of the two revolutions (1917 and 1959); and the cultural impact of the Cuban Revolution on the USSR and modern Russia. Class discussions will consider the political triangle of Cuba/US/Russia that evolved from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the present. In Russia, we will also focus on selected topics in Russian culture and history: peasants and nobles, church and state, with special focus on the Revolution.

– Dates and Costs –

Summer: $5,995*
May 14 – June 11, 2017  (Apply by March 1, 2017)

Program Add-ons (special prices):
Russian language study extension in St. Petersburg:
$495 per week – 20 academic hours of Russian per week
Security and Society Summer School
(Warsaw, Poland), Course block 2 (June 18 – July 7) – $2,995
See link for details

For more information, and to apply, click here.

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