Cuba at the Crossroads
Cuba at the Crossroads was prepared by Elise Weisenbach for Tulane University’s Stone Center for Lation American Studies Summer Teacher Institute, Havana, Cuba, 2016.
Unit Introduction and Credits
Lesson 1: 90 Miles Eleguá
Focus: Cuban culture, migration, music; Afro-Cuban contributions to music and religion
Perspective: Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan
Lesson 2: The Reality Tour
Focus: Cuba during the 1990’s Special Period of economic crisis after the dissolution of the Soviet Union
Perspective: American cartoonist Bill Griffith
Lesson 3: Superheroes of the 21st Century
Focus: Normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba
Perspective: Cuban artist Pablo Borges; Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco
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