SANTA FE ― Investigate the nature of social life in Cuba today, during a four-week class that begins Oct. 3, 2017, at the School for Advanced Research (SAR), taught by Dr. Paul Ryer, director of Scholar Programs.
The class is offered to the public in conjunction with an already sold-out SAR field trip to Cuba, led by Professor Ryer and Peggy Gaustad of Cuba Cultural Travels, Nov. 1-8, 2017. These classes continue SAR’s tradition of offering classes to the general public (with discounts for SAR members) on topics of current social and cultural relevance.
Titled Inside the Revolution: An Anthropological Approach to Contemporary Cuba, the class will combine lectures and discussion of related readings to explore the historical and ethnographic context of a still-socialist revolutionary state in the Caribbean. After a brief historical overview of Cuban society before 1959, Dr. Ryer will lead participants in a discussion of the formal and informal socialist economy established during the Soviet era; gender relations, racial identities, and migration; and arts, material culture, religion, and politics within one of the more distinctive republics in the Americas today.
Dr. Ryer has taught at Williams College, Mt. Holyoke College, and the University of California, Riverside. He has also conducted long-term research on Cuba and its diasporas.
All sessions meet from 3 to 5 p.m. in SAR’s Dobkin Boardroom, 660 Garcia Street. Topics include:
Oct. 3: From Colony to Revolution
Oct. 10: State Socialism
Oct. 17: Daily Life in the Post-Soviet Era
Oct. 24: Arts, Material Culture, Religion, and Politics Today.
The cost is $200 for SAR members; $250 for nonmembers. For information and to register for the class, visit http://sarweb.org/?classes.