Living/Learning Center Programs

The University of Vermont



Cuba: Past and Present

A Residential TAP Program. Open only to incoming first-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Cuba: Past and Present

Required Course Information

Fall Semester

History 095E (90410), 3 credits, Prof. Kathryn Dungy

Spring Semester

Spring semester activities will be announced during the fall semester.



This seminar will confront the many myths and realities that surround our perceptions of this island nation. Topics will be both historical and current. The class will examine historical issues related to colonization, race relations, culture and politics and will also delve into contemporary issues related to the Cuban Revolution and Cuba’s current global relations. Works produced by historians, economists, politicians, and Cubans themselves will be read, analyzed and discussed to explore the multi-faceted views that describe Cuba. Course work will include short writing assignments, a book project, a current event project, and a final paper.

The Cuba: Past and Present is designed as a residential course. Students are expected to live together in the Living Learning dormitory during the entire first year experience. The TAP class will take place during the fall semester. During the spring semester students will be expected to have designed events to take place at least once a month (eg: film series, lecture series, cultural events). It is hoped that a travel component will be available at the end of the spring semester.


It is our hope that our colleague at the University of Havana, Dr. Digna Castenada, will join us as a scholar in residence for the 2003-2004 academic year.