Professor: Rubén Gallo
Course Assistant: Ingrid Brioso Rieumont
Tori Styers ‘21 studies in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. In Havana, she studied the Hemingway House and the theme of censorship. Her highlight of the trip was traveling to Playa Veradero.
Daniela Alvarez ‘21 is a Spanish major with certificates in Latin American Studies and Journalism. She studied Regla and the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Regla while in Havana, and investigated afrocuban religion and the role of women within the religion. The highlight of her trip was seeing Santa y Andrés, a movie that was censured in 2017, alongside the director and the actors, and being able to converse with them about their experiences with censorship.
Cecilia Rojas ‘20 is an Economics major with certificates in Latin American Studies and Finance. In Havana, she studied the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). Her favorite moment in Havana was watching the movie Santa y Andrés, with the director Carlos Lechuga and the lead actors, Lola Amores and Eduardo Martinez. She thought the movie was very well-made and the actors were incredible, so it was a surreal experience to watch it with them. Since the movie was about censorship and they were telling us about their experience with censorship, she felt like the movie had come to real life.
Hayoung Park ‘20 is an Economics major with a certificate in Spanish Language and Culture. In Havana, she studied how Korean culture and identity and how it has formed and developed over the years. Her favorite moment of the trip was interviewing Mr. Nelson Lim, the grandson of Mr. Jeronimo Lim who formed the Korean Cuban identity in the country. She was able to learn about the connections between the two countries, the history, and what this identity means for people at this moment.
Gabriela Hayward-Lara ‘21 is a Molecular Biology major with a certificate in Spanish Language and Culture. She studied CENESEX, the Cuban National Center for Sex Education, and gender expression in Cuban art. Her favorite moment from the trip was seeing The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant at Teatro Trianón and interviewing Carlos Diaz, the director, afterwards. The incredible artistry of the play and the director’s way of viewing the world made it a fascinating conversation.
Amy Torres ‘22 is an Art History and Archaeology major with certificates in Latin American Studies and European Cultural Studies. In Havana, she studied censorship in film during the 60’s and 70’s with Jorge Fornet and CENESEX, the Cuban National Center for Sex Education. The highlight of her trip was talking to Cuban people — whether they were taxi drivers, people on the street, university students, or security guards.
Emerson Thomas ‘20 is a BSE Computer Science major with a certificate in Latin American Studies. She studied the University of Havana, and her favorite part of the trip was photographing the streets and the street art she saw in the city.
Diego Ayala ‘22 is a History major with a certificate in Latin American Studies. In Havana, he studied agriculture. His highlights from the trip were the play, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, and the Fábrica de Arte.
Julia Campbell ‘22 is a Politics major with a certificate in Spanish Language and Culture. In Havana, she studied the Ernest Hemingway House. Her favorite part of the trip was going to La Fábrica de Arte Cubano, a fusion of a night club and an art gallery.
Andrea Mejia ‘23 is an Anthropology major with a certificate in Latin American Studies. In Havana, she studied the University of Havana and her favorite part of the trip was going to Old Havana, as well as La Fábrica de Arte Cubano.
Sergio Serna is an East Asian Studies major.
Marisela Neff is a Chemistry Major.
Danny Pinto is a German Major.