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The Cuban-Russian Connection
War and Revolution Remembered

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Neither modern Cuba nor Russia can be understood without understanding the wars, revolutions, and communist forces they have experienced over the past century. The Cuban-Russian Connection explores how identity formation in each of these fascinating countries is carried out via culture, language, history, and religion. Cuba and Russia have both played important, strategic, and very often interrelated roles in US foreign policy. Understanding both countries is essential to understanding US interests in today's changing geopolitical landscape.

The Cuban-Russian Connection will spend one week experiencing Cuba in tradition and transition and then move to three weeks of course work and excursions in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The course will cover  the Russian-American relationship from the 18th to the 20th century; the Soviet-Cuban relationship, including a comparison of the two revolutions (1917 and 1959); and the cultural impact of the Cuban Revolution on the USSR and modern Russia. Class discussions will consider the political triangle of Cuba/US/Russia that evolved from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the present. In Russia, we will also focus on selected topics in Russian culture and history: peasants and nobles, church and state, with special focus on the Revolution.

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- Dates and Costs -

Summer: $5,995*
May 14 – June 11, 2017  (Apply by March 10, 2017)


Program Add-ons (special prices):

Russian language study extension in St. Petersburg:
$495 per week - 20 academic hours of Russian per week


Security and Society Summer School (Warsaw, Poland), Course block 2 (June 18 - July 7) - $2,995
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- Scholarships and Funding -

Students may apply for a $500 ACCESS GRANT for this program. Grant participants will be expected to contribute weekly (a total of 3) write-ups of specific program experiences and one program summary video with footage taken while abroad. Write-ups will be about one page long and can include synopsis of lectures or excursions. The summary video review will cover generally what the scholarship participant experienced and learned on this program and how they plan to use this knowledge and experience in the future. The grant is awarded after all conditions are met. 

To apply, send in a 30-second video of yourself saying why you want to study with this program. Submit this plus two writing samples (e.g. papers written for college-level classes, preferably on religion, sociology, or concerning any topic on any country within Eurasia) when applying for this program (under the materials section).


- Housing and Hosting -

This program is led by by Profs. Valeria Nollan and Anthony Qualin of Texas Tech University. The program is hosted in Cuba by Estudio Sampere and in St. Petersburg, Russia at St. Petersburg State University of Economics. Accommodation in Cuba will be with host families. In St. Petersburg, students will stay in the university dorms.


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*Costs: Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, Russian student visa, pre-departure materials, local orientation, accommodations in home stay or dorm, meals (either included or as stipend), health and accident insurance, round-trip airport transfers, and in-country support.

*Academic Credit: A transcript for this course will be issued by St. Petersburg State University of Economics for the course "Cuba and Russia in the 20th Century: Culture and Revolution." Course hours will transfer back to most institutions as three (3) US semester credits. Be sure to check with your home institution for pre-approval and/or verification of credit transfer procedures.

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