Cuban Studies Program set for May 9-24
Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:31pm | By: David Tisdale
As the United States and Cuba resume diplomatic relations after more than half a century, The University of Southern Mississippi offers a study abroad program on the Caribbean island nation May 9-24.
Students can enroll in one of the program's 3-hour courses in education, social work or history, and attend discipline-specific lectures and collective group presentations. Other elements of the program will include daily visits to selected national museums, historic sites, public artworks, landmarks and human service agencies such as schools, literacy programs, health prevention programs, child welfare and mental health programs in the capital city of Havana.
Additionally, students will be able to enjoy Cuba's beautiful weather, coastal views and cultural life.
“It's a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of other social, economic and political institutions, as well as an appreciation for differences in other cultures,” said. Dr. Tim Rehner, director of the Cuban Studies Program and the university's School of Social Work.
Along with Dr. Rehner, other faculty participants in the program include Dr. Matthew Casey, assistant professor of history; and Dr. Lissa Stapleton, assistant professor of higher education. A Cuban Studies program information session, “Havana Nights” will be held Thursday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. at Java Werks coffee shop, located on Hardy Street across from the entrance of the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. The application deadline for the program is Feb. 27.
For more information, contact Southern Miss International Education at 601.266.4344 or visit http://www.usm.edu/study-abroad/cuban-studies.