Since President Obama's historic declaration about the changing nature of the U.S. relationship with Cuba, there is no better time to see the current state of affairs in the island nation.
As the nature of U.S.-Cuba relations continues to evolve, one may harken back to earlier times. Travel back in time, February 11-18, 2017, to stroll the streets of Havana and its environs and envision the Cuba of the 40s and 50s — a feat not too difficult in the current moment, though as the pace of change increases now may be the best time to try.
Visit the hilltop village of San Francisco de Paula to pay your respects at Finca Vigía, the airy estate where Ernest Hemingway made his home from 1939 to 1960. The site where he wrote some of his most memorable works, such as The Old Man and the Sea and A Moveable Feast, the home is now a museum left mostly untouched from the days when he lived and worked in its embrace. View the rooms through open windows, see Papa's beloved boat, Pilar, and hear about Princeton's connections to the site. And don't miss your chance at sampling a daiquiri from the Floridita, the author's favorite watering hole.
Interspersed with recollections of Hemingway's past, this program offers opportunities for travelers to meet those who can talk about the Cuba of today. The Office of Alumni Affairs has certified that each traveler on our program will have a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the travelers and individuals in Cuba. So, expect daily opportunities to converse and engage with Cuban people from all walks of life who embody the richness of unique and proud traditions in music, art, culture and history. Engage with leading intellectuals, on-the-ground change-makers and up-and-coming artists from acclaimed galleries. Share ideas with representatives from various sectors of Cuban society to gain a deeper understanding of the transitions the Cuban people are experiencing today.
This tour, like our very popular past trips, is focused on people-to-people exchange. With the increased demand for accommodations in the city, Princeton Journeys is pleased to provide this opportunity to stay at one of the finest hotels on the island and experience a diversity of people-to-people experiences.
About the Study Leader
Jeremy Rosen '01, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Utah, will serve as Princeton Study Leader for this Journey. Professor Rosen's research and teaching focus on 20th- and 21st-century American and world literatures, with particular interests in contemporary rewritings and adaptations of canonical texts and the complex intersections between literary prestige, genre fiction, and the marketplace. He teaches courses on modernist and postmodernist novels, genre fiction, and literary celebrity. His writing has appeared in Post-45, New Literary History, and Contemporary Literature. His first book, Minor Characters Have Their Day: Genre and the Contemporary Literary Marketplace, is due out with Columbia University Press in 2016. He earned his A.B. at Princeton and M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.