Hartford, Connecticut, March 8, 2017 – Beginning this fall, students in the Trinity in Trinidad study away program will travel to Cuba for an eight-day study tour. This will be the first time that a Trinity College professor will lead students to Cuba.
Approaching its 20th anniversary, Trinity in Trinidad is the college’s program for exploring Caribbean civilization. Trinity in Trinidad is a “hybrid” study abroad program, in that its students take courses taught by a combination of Trinity College faculty based in Trinidad and courses at a local university. Additionally, students complete an internship worth one credit, study Festival Arts, participate in Carnival, and travel to key sites around the dual island nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
The study tour to Cuba will be part of the program’s core course taken by all students, “Caribbean Civilization” (TNTB 300), which provides students with a framework for understanding their semester in Trinidad and Tobago in the context of the Grand Caribbean. The course was developed by Professor of History and International Studies Dario Euraque and his fellow Trinity in Trinidad coordinators, James J. Goodwin Professor of English Milla Riggio and Professor of Fine Arts Pablo Delano.
“The academic rationale for designing, organizing, and implementing a student study and travel segment to Cuba associated with our Trinity in Trinidad Program is to juxtapose the English Caribbean and the Spanish Caribbean because it deepens students’ skills in comparing and contrasting the Grand Caribbean in a globalized and urbanized world,” Euraque said. “Comparable only to Puerto Rico, Cuba most illustrates a Spanish Caribbean country whose colonial and post-colonial history and contemporary life is most linked to the U.S. and to the history of the Atlantic world, slavery, the African diaspora, European migrations, and to the ebb and flow of the products of the economies and cultures in this region.”
Led by Trinity in Trinidad faculty, the students will tour historic locations, hear from guest lecturers, and engage in cultural activities while staying with local families in Cuba. Program participants studying away in the English-speaking Trinidad will have the unique opportunity to engage in a comparative experience in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.
“This new opportunity for students highlights Trinity’s commitment to world-relevant academics,” said Study Away Director Jennifer Summerhays. “When the political geography shifted, so did we. We can now provide our students with unique opportunities in Cuba, a country that has been scarcely traveled by Americans. It’s our commitment in the Office of Study Away to stay current and nimble in order to connect students and faculty to the world in new and engaging ways.”
This new experience in Cuba builds off the success of the study tour to Costa Rica that the Trinidad program has offered since 2011. Olivia DeJoie ’17, a Trinity in Trinidad alumna and student assistant in the Office of Study Away, said, “The study tour was great because it allowed me to see a different part of the Caribbean. Limon, Costa Rica, is a long a way from Port-of-Spain, but the study tour allowed me to understand my time in Trinidad in the context of this Grand Caribbean.”
The opportunity to learn about and study in Cuba comes on the heels of the launch of the Center for Caribbean Studies last fall.
For more information about the Trinity in Trinidad study away program, please contact Study Away Advisor Zachary Macinnes. Applications to study away for the fall semester are due by March 15.