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Spring 2011-2012
WWS 488 (SA)   na, npdf

Special Topics in Public Affairs - Arts and Cultural Policy in Contemporary Cuba

Shanti Pillai


This course will address the creation, promotion and consumption of art and culture in Cuba--and will analyze the policy framework within which this takes place. It will examine the goals of the revolutionary government with respect to literacy and cultural democracy and will review how these objectives have been realized through changing circumstances since 1959. It will ask how cultural policy relates to diversity, emigration, tourism, the preservation of heritage, and the fraught histories of imperialism and nationalism.

Sample reading list:
Ernesto Che Guervara, Socialism and Man in Cuba
Fidel Castro, Palabras a los Intelectuales
David Craven, Selections from Art and Revolution
Antoni Kapcia, Selections from Havana: The Making of Cuban Culture
Sujatha Fernandes, Cuba Represent!
Robin D. Moore, Music & Revolution: Cultural Change in Socialist Cuba

Reading/Writing assignments:
100 pages per week

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
This course will be offered in Cuba to participants in the Princeton program in Havana..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42737 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Off Site      Enrolled:6 Limit:6 Closed