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Cuba’s Kaleidoscope

Since Christopher Columbus declared Cuba part of the Spanish Empire in 1492, the island has served as a way station of New World wealth on its way across the Atlantic, a playground of American mob bosses and literati, and a tropical outpost of communism. The story of its past is told in the streets of its soulful cities, where Russian-made Ladas buzz alongside classic American cars, and majestic façades now stand in various states of decay or restoration. Amid this tableau that seems frozen in time, Cuban creativity is alive and thriving. Join Chautauqua Institution for an in-depth exploration of contemporary Cuba, hearing the unique perspectives of artists and entrepreneurs, farmers and dancers, urban planners and political experts. During five fascinating days in and around Havana, visit family homes as well as important historic sites, enjoy private performances by renowned musicians and dance companies, and meet artists in their studios. Through panel discussions with local experts and interactions with everyday Cubans, gain insights into a rich and storied culture and the challenges and joys of life in Cuba.

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Chautauqua Bookstore is proud to offer the following reading list to engage travelers in this forthcoming trip as part of the Chautauqua Travels program. 

Recommended Reading:

Cuba (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): An American History By Dr. Ada Ferrer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501154560
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - June 28th, 2022

The Old Man and the Sea: The Hemingway Library Edition By Ernest Hemingway Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476787855
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - July 19th, 2022

Worm: A Cuban American Odyssey By Edel Rodriguez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250753977
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Metropolitan Books - November 7th, 2023

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