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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

Lesson 4: Policies from Obama to Trump to Biden

Lesson 5: Patria y Vida: How One Song Fueled an Uprising

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