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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Web Designers and Research Assistants

2021-to present: Hanna Bloomquist, Andrew Bono, Samantha Esposito, Joshua Josephy-Zack, Mia Josephy Zack, Sushant Kunwar, Alex Sweeney

2020_2021 Riyanshu Bam, Hanna Bloomquist, Ashley Duong, Samantha Esposito, Joshua Josephy-Zack, Mia Josephy Zack, Abigail Pawlowicz

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Photography Contributions

Special thanks to Caitlin Daley, Branford High School, Class of 2016, for generously sharing photographs of the disappeared at the Museo de la Memoria, Plaza San Martin, Córdoba, Argentina. The Museo de la Memoria is the actual police building that was a clandestined centre for detention and torture during the Dirty War 1976-1983.