Reflections on Race, Gender, and Culture in Cuba
Edited By Venessa Ann Brown and Menah Pratt-Clarke
A Promising Reality: Reflections on Race, Gender, and Culture in Cuba is a compilation of the reflections of a group of chief diversity officers, faculty, and educators from the United States about Cuba. As part of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education delegation to Cuba in July, 2015, A Promising Reality represents a collection of voices, experiences, and perspectives about issues of race, gender, cultural identity, and the African experience in Cuba. Key themes explored include Cuban culture, the Cuban Revolution, politics, economics, education, equity, and social change. Utilizing narrative inquiry, some of the reflections are comparative with the United States, and some reflections focus exclusively on Cuba. The book takes readers on a journey of thought-provoking stories that reflect the excitement, uncertainty, complexity, and promising possibilities on the cusp of changing diplomatic, political, economic, and social relationships between the United States and Cuba. A Promising Reality seeks to broaden the perspectives of its readers regarding US-Cuban relations. This book is ideal for courses on international relations, international studies, international affairs, comparative cultures, political science, education, politics, sociology, history, race, gender, and social justice. It is a must-read for anyone traveling to Cuba as part of study-abroad, professional development, or personal adventure.
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- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2018. XX, 138 pp., 10 color ill.
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- Table of Contents
- Foreword (Benjamin D. Reese, Jr.)
- Venessa Ann Brown
- Menah Pratt-Clarke
- 1. Introduction (Venessa Ann Brown / Menah Pratt-Clarke)
- 2. An Overview of Race, Class, and Culture in Cuba (Venessa Ann Brown / Sarah Walker-Leard)
- A Brief History of Relations Between Cuba and the United States
- Race in Cuba
- Gender in Cuba
- Culture in Cuba
- Cuba Trip
- 3. International Cultural Exchanges as Professional Development Opportunities for Diversity Professionals (Archie W. Ervin)
- 4. Cuba and Connections to Childhood (Venessa Ann Brown)
- Cuba: The Chance of a Lifetime
- My Story
- 5. Transformation, Empowerment, and the Cuban Revolution: Reflections on Gender, Race, and Culture (Menah Pratt-Clarke)
- Creating the Context: Transformation and Empowerment of Women in Cuba
- Creating the Context: The Literacy Campaign and Empowerment
- Reflections on Race, Gender, Culture, and Revolutions
- 6. Two Sides to Every Story: Lessons in Life from Cuba (Howard J. Ross)
- A Travelogue from Cuba: July 10–18, 2015
- 7. Two Wings of the Same Bird: Reflections of a Puerto Rican in Cuba (Diana Ariza)
- ¿Quien Soy Yo? [Who am I?] Puertorriqueña Hasta la Muerte [Puerto Rican Until Death]
- El Encuentro [The Encounter]—People to People
- Cuba Linda [Beautiful Cuba]—Here I Come!
- Returning Home: [El Descubrimiento] “The Discovery”
- Cuba Sigue Siendo Hermosa y Libre Como Puerto Rico [Cuba Continues Being as Beautiful and Free as Puerto Rico]
- 8. Finding Home in Cuba (Na’im Madyun)
- 9. Missing in Plain Sight: The Complicated Story of Race in Cuba Today (Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh)
- Preparation for the Cuba Visit
- Arrival in Cuba: “Cuba, Here I Come!”
- The Introduction of Blackness in Cuba
- Communism, Religion, and Race
- 10. Dear Ché (Christine Clark)
- 11. The New Cuba: Factors Supporting the Cultivation of Resilience (Sadie Burton-Goss)
- Havana: Latin American Getaway for the Rich, Famous, and Infamous
- This Far by Faiths
- US Embargo and the Literacy Movement
- Tiny Nation, Multinational Contributions
- The “Special Period” and a Healthier Nation
- The Denial of Race, Racism, or Colorism in Cuban Society
- Women: Challenges and Expectations for Exchange
- Potential Risk Factors
- Potential Protective Factors
- Final Reflections
- 12. A Promising Reality (Menah Pratt-Clarke / Venessa Ann Brown)
- 13. Postscript: A Story of Resilience (How I Came to the USA) (Jorge-Felix Morfa)
- Series index
About the author(s)/editor(s)
About the author
Venessa A. Brown received her PhD from Clark Atlanta University. She is Associate Chancellor for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion; Chief Diversity Officer; and Professor of Social Work at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Menah Pratt-Clarke received her PhD and her JD from Vanderbilt University. She is Vice President for Strategic Affairs; Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity; and Professor of Education at Virginia Tech.
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