EHM 316 – Cuba and Sustainability

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Sustainability Studies Abroad in Cuba, Winter

For students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) this program fulfills HUM, GLO, and EXP+.
For students following the Diversified Education Curriculum (DEC) this program fulfills DEC G.

About the Program

For a number of reasons, Cuba represents a wonderful case study for the value of using the natural history, arts, media and cultural traditions as a means of encouraging citizens to adopt environmentally sustainable practices. Since the 1990s, Cuba has been in the unique situation of being forced to address sustainable agricultural and environmental practices. Given the pressure to increase tourism to keep money flowing into Cuba, the need to reform industrial farming practices, and the need to address failing infrastructure after the end of Soviet assistance (called the Special Period), Cuba has made a number of dramatic decisions to move toward sustainability.

As governments around the world have found, laws and incentives may do a lot to encourage changes in daily choices toward sustainability, long-term change must use existing arts to make sustainability a part of culture. Working with the University of Havana Geography Department, as well as Artes Escenicas Cubanas (Performing Arts organization) and Cuban writers about the environment, the class will explore the complexities of sustainability with an emphasis on the role of humanities in a global context with hands-on experience.

Highlights include field trips to the following sites:

  • The Bay of Pigs
  • The Cienaga de Zapata
  • Organic Farms
  • Rio Almendares (Havana’s primary water source)
  • Vinales and Pinar del Rio

To apply for the program, please visit the Study Abroad & Exchange Program

From the Stony Brook Undergraduate Bulletin

Bay of Pigs

The Bay of Pigs

The Cienaga de Zapata

The Cienaga de Zapata

Rio Almendares

Rio Almendares (Havana’s primary water source)



Pinar del Rio

Pinar del Rio
David Taylor

David Taylor

Assistant Professor / Faculty Director, EHM

environmental humanities, history of naturalist studies, American Literature, nature writing

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