Quick Info

  • Havana, Cuba
  • Spring Break
  • : Panther Program
  • : Africana Studies, Anthropology and Archaeology, History, Political Science, Spanish Language, Literature, and Studies
  • : March 9 - March 16, 2019
  • : $2,699 In-State / $2,899 Out-of-State (Updated price)
  • : Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


You'll earn one credit for participating in this Spring Break program. 

AFRCANA XXXX - Revolutions, Rebellions, and Race

Taught in Havana, this one week-long 1 credit spring-break course examines the social and historic dynamic of resistance, rebellion, revolution and race in Cuba. Focusing on the island’s rich history of resistance and revolution from the inception of European contact with Cuba’s first inhabitants, through the period of enslavement, to the socialist Revolution and beyond we will explore the culture and depth of Cuba’s tradition of rebellion and its racial intricacies. Students will study Cuba’s rebels and their impact on race and society both internally and within the African diaspora. They will also explore the role of African, European, and Asian Cubans in shaping Cuban national identity. To enhance classroom discussion, students will participate in field trips to historic sites of rebellion and resistance, plantations, street art, meetings with musicians, artists, and university students. Pre-departure activities in Pittsburgh include reading and film commentary assignments. In Havana, students are required to read the assigned articles and to be prepared to discuss them in morning lecture.


On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies. Her research and teaching focus on the history of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America, and Afro-Latinos in the U.S. Her previous research focused on race relations and politics in colonial Cuba. Her current research offers comparative perspectives on freedom within slavery, colonial race and gender relations, and immigration and identity during the age of revolution in Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad. Projects in development explore Caribbean migration to the Rust Belt.  She serves as the Director of the Afro-Latin American and Latino Studies Initiative, the Afro-Cuban History and Culture Study Abroad Program to Havana, and the Afro-Latin American Studies seminar to Cuba for graduate students.  

Dr. Shawn Alfonso-Wells is an Anthropologist of the Caribbean and Latin America. Her primary area of research includes race and ethnicity with a focus on Cuba. Other research interests consist of delving into the complexities of sex and gender. She has investigated race relations and the color classification system in Cuba as well as the intersections of sex, race, and class, particularly as they combine in the Atlantic World. In addition to co-directing the Afro-Cuban History and Culture Study Abroad Program to Havana, Dr. Alfonso-Wells is an advisor at Pitt and teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.



El Costillar de Rocinante (also known as the Journalist Hotel, El Hotelito, and many other names) is your home for the program. Located just 5 minutes on foot from La Universidad de Habana and 15 minutes from the Malecón, El Costillar de Rocinante is a comortable and typical Cuban residence.  A large dining room (with two meals per day included) and a spacious and cool lobby open onto a wrap-around veranda.  Enjoy the Cuban breeze as you work on school work, relax with friends, or chat with other guests at the hotel.  Double rooms (with air conidtioning) open onto a second-floor veranda as well. El Costillar is no Hilton but is a safe and comfortable place to stay in Havana. 

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$2,699 $2,899
Arrive in Havana Depart Havana
Saturday, March 9, 2019 Saturday, March 16, 2019

Keep in mind that dates are subject to slight change.


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 1 credits
  • Roundtrip airfare from PIT to HAV (see note below)
  • Housing in double rooms at the Costillar de Rocinante
  • Breakfast and dinner each day 
  • All museum entrances, excursions in Havana, and transportation
  • Tourist visa

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Personal expenses ($200-$300)
  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your account)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

The mandatory pre-departure meeting for this program will be held on Friday, November 9 from 6-8 PM.  Mark your calendars! 

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Brice Lynn

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Hey there.  I'm Brice and I'm one of the Assistant Directors at Pitt Study Abroad.  I'm a born-and-raised Pittsburgher (and have the accent to prove it).  My own study abroad experience as a Pitt student took me to Granada, Spain.  Between my host family, the food, and all of the embarrassing language mistakes I made, it turned out to be some of the best months of my life. Now, I'm here to help you make your own study abroad experience a reality.  When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me falling out of yoga poses, riding my bike, and ruining all of these physical activities with a plate of pierogi (extra butter and onions, please).  Get in touch with me at bel18@pitt.edu or 412-383-1029.

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