Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Perspectives on Race & Science in Cuban Society 

Havana, Cuba

Winter 2018: January 1-15, 2018*

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: 

Cuba is a place of fascination for many, with its history of struggle, its revolution, its arts and its complex racial relations. It offers an ideal scenario to examine similarities and difference in how race is understood in the United States and in Cuba. This will be a unique opportunity to understand and observe the contributions of biological and social ways of thinking about the concept of race in a setting quite different from that of the United States.

In addition to the course's theoretical framework, the program will add several opportunities to discuss with Cuban academics, Cuban college students, and people from different socioeconomic strata and political experiences.

 Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

INFORMATION SESSIONS:

Information sessions will be held from 1:40-2:55 (community hour), in the New Building, room 1.76.

  • Wednesday, October 4
  • Wednesday, October 18
  • Tuesday, October 24

 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE 

Race and Science (3 credits): This is a Scientific World course that examines the concept of ‘race’ from the historical and biological perspectives. The definition of race, and racist and ethnocentric thinking have been historically supported by a scientific discourse. Here. we will analyze and critique this approach. The course will also cover the main biological concepts use around the definition of ‘race’, including genetic variation in the human population and human evolution. It will contrast the definition of race in the Cuban and US societies, and discuss the Afro-Cuban experience and its connections to the African-American experience.  We will conclude the course by analyzing whether these different societies have different ‘scientific’ definitions of the concept of 'race'.

Click here (pdf) for course syllabus                                           

PREREQUISITES:
  1. 2.5 GPA
  2. ENG 101
  3. Sophomore standing (or above), or permission of professor

                                                                                            

PROGRAM NOTES:
  • Housing: Students will stay in double-occupancy accommodations.
  • Fluctuating exchange rates and other fees may lead to program cost changes.
  • Program cost is based on a minimum number of participants for the program.
  • Students should discuss applicability of financial aid with the Financial Aid office.
  • All CUNY students must meet with their study abroad advisor to be sure the proper e-Permit registration process is followed.
  • All non-CUNY students are encouraged to apply early, to be sure there is ample time to apply and register for classes at John Jay College. Please contact OISP for more information regarding the application process. Please note: Tuition rate per credit is different for non-CUNY students. More tuition information can be found here: http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/undergraduate-tuition-fees 

    Photo by: Yesenia Ariza
    Havana, Cuba - Summer 2017

  • Refund Policy: Payment of the program deposit indicates the student understands and agrees to the Office of International Studies & Program’s payment and refund policies.  Students who withdraw from a John Jay College program after confirming participation, but before the program begins, will lose the non-refundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs: students will be refunded 50 percent of program fees 30 days prior to the program start date, and 25 percent of program fees 14 days prior to the program start date. After the start of the program, no refunds will be provided, and the student is responsible for all program fees. If the program fee is not paid in full, there will be a hold placed on her/his CUNYfirst account.
  • For faculty-led programs, tuition refunds will be granted following the College’s policies.  For more information, please visit: http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/understading-your-financial-obligation.
  • College-based funders retain the right to recoup funds from the student account if the student does not follow rules of the CUNY Travel Waiver & Release Form, uses the funds for other purposes, or withdraws from the program. Students must understand that they are responsible for full payment of the amount owed to the department.
  • The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) has the right to modify or cancel the program, including  changes to the program dates, costs, scheduled visits, program itinerary, etc., as dictated by economic and/or political situations, etc.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare, and for their itinerary. Due to possible changes in program dates/itinerary information, students are not to purchase airfare until prompted by OISP.
  • Students are encouraged to apply early, due to limited space.
  • Information is tentative, and subject to change*, **program cost(s), syllabi, *dates, etc.

 

HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS TO CUBA:
It is important to be aware of the health information provided by the US Center for Disease Control and
Prevention. All vaccines should be up to date, and it is important to check the vaccines and medicines list and
visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. Ask your
doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you
will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US. 
 
More information can be found on the Center for Disease Control website.
 

Please note that all travelers:

Should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

Routine vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

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Please note that most travelers:

Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.

Typhoid

You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Cuba. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

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Hepatitis A

CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Cuba, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

 

APPLICATION & DEADLINE:

Applications are available from the Office of International Studies & Programs (Haaren Hall, Suite 530). Applications can also be found here.

Application Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017However, qualified applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis until places are filled. Thus, due to limited places, students are encouraged to apply early.

Please note: An application fee of $40.00 is due at the time of application. Money orders, personal checks and cash are accepted. Applications will not be accepted if incomplete. More information can be found here.

All non-CUNY students will need to pay an additional $65.00 at time of application due to a non-degree application fee. 

PROGRAM COST:

Estimated Program Fee: $3,100.00**

**Subject to change. Includes double occupancy accommodations, roundtrip airfare, visa costs, some meals, international health insurance, excursions and on-site transportation associated with program. Does not include tuition, some meals, personal expenses & excursions, local transportation not associated with the program, etc.

John Jay College Tuition and Fees
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS:

Students should make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office, at their home College, to discuss the applicability of their financial aid to this program. 

Inquire at the Office of International Studies & Programs regarding scholarship information. If you are a JJC student, you can apply for the John Jay Study Abroad Scholarship (JJSAS) and the Student Travel Fund, among other JJC-sponsored scholarships. For more on scholarship opportunities click here. U.S.-wide scholarship opportunites can be found here.

JJC students can contact Michael Scaduto for more information regarding the JJSAS, and general scholarship opportunities,  at 212-237-8872 or email at mscaduto@jjay.cuny.edu.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Prof. Lissette Delgado-Cruzata, Department of Sciences (Academic Inquiries)
ldelgado-cruzata@jjay.cuny.edu

Ken Yanes, Dep. Director
212-484-1339, kyanes@jjay.cuny.edu

Emily Ahmetaj, Coordinator
212-887-6105, eahmetaj@jjay.cuny.edu  

studyabroad@jjay.cuny.edu
212-484-1390 

Office Location & Mailing Address:
Office of International Studies & Programs
John Jay College, CUNY
524 West 59th Street
Haaren Hall, Suite 530
New York, NY 10019 USA