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A Promising Reality

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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Names: Brown, Venessa Ann, editor. | Pratt-Clarke, Menah A. E., editor. Title: A promising reality: reflections on race, gender, and culture in Cuba / edited by Venessa Ann Brown and Menah Pratt-Clarke. Other titles: Reflections on race, gender, and culture in Cuba Description: New York: Peter Lang. Series: Black studies and critical thinking; 105 | ISSN 1947-5985 Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2017026090 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3308-4 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-3307-7 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1872-2 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-4651-0 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4652-7 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: LCSH: Cuba—Race relations. | Social classes—Cuba. Women—Cuba—Social conditions. | Multiculturalism—Cuba. National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (U.S.) Educational exchanges—Cuba. | Educational exchanges—United States. Classification: LCC F1789.A1 P76 | DDC 305.097291—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/978-1-4539-1872-2

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