Travel & Learn

Cuba and the African Diaspora

Legacy and Current Realities

June 18-25, 2017

An In-Depth 8-Day People-to-People Educational Program in Cuba

Join KFLA for an experiential and educational journey to Cuba, in partnership with trip leaders:

Evelyn Hu-DeHart (KNFP-05)
Professor of History, American Studies; Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Brown University
Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya
Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Department
City University of New York, Brooklyn College

The mission of this Travel & Learn is to introduce and expose participants to the historical origins of the African Diaspora in Cuba through an intensive on-site engagement of the island’s culture, history, and structural continuities from the nineteenth century to the present.

Fellows are welcome to bring a guest who is accustomed to the rigor of this style of experiential travel and prepared to engage the complex theme of the trip. Space is limited to 20 travelers.

Trip Highlights

  • 8 Days & 8 Nights, including travel to multiple communities in Cuba
  • Our trip leaders are experts on Cuba, our topics, and have used their extensive connections throughout the Island to arranged truly unique sessions
  • In-depth intellectual exchanges with internationally acclaimed academics, practitioners, artists, and leaders
  • Opportunities for sightseeing and relaxation between sessions, including two nights at a beachfront hotel
  • Tours, dialogues, and exchanges conducted in English
  • Includes all meals, lodging in 4-star hotels, and transportation in Cuba
  • Our Licensed Travel Services partner arranges your travel documentation and insurance policies


$4499  +  Airfare
Per Person
Double Occupancy
Visa, Entry/exit fees INCL.
Note: Our travel agents will contact you to book roundtrip air travel between your home airport and Havana.
You will be billed for airfare when the ticked is issued.

Single Room Upgrade:
per Single Room 

Payment Plan Available

Deposit 25%  Due at registration
Second Installment 25% Due March 31 
Final Installment 50% Due April 30
Airfare 100% Due when ticketed



Please note: if you are registering a guest, you each must complete a separate registration form.


Letter of Invitation

Dear Fellows:

I am delighted to be asked by Martha Lee to take a group of Kellogg Fellows to visit Cuba this summer, June 18-25, 2017. I have been going to Cuba since the late eighties—I like to say “before the Soviets, during the Soviets, after the Soviets”—and I recently spent eight months in Havana directing an American study abroad program. Now, with the Chinese poised to invest heavily in Cuba, and the United States finally acknowledged that the long embargo had failed to isolate Cuba from the world, Cuba has reached another moment of transition.

The mission of this Travel & Learn is to introduce and expose participants to the historical origins and current realities of the African Diaspora in Cuba through an intensive on-site engagement with the island’s culture, history, and structural continuities from the nineteenth century to the present. By visiting the island’s African-based zones (Matanzas, Trinidad, and Havana), we will also learn about the nation’s systems of education, health, and nutrition.

Participants will visit and personally examine significant locales which represent the core of Cuba’s African Diaspora, as well as engage in meaningful exchanges with leading scholars, intellectuals, and practitioners to acquire a holistic view of the proposed themes. We will come away with a deep appreciation of the continuities and changes from the island nation’s past to the present, the connection between slavery and race, and race relations. The learning experience will also be contextualized within the changing and developing dynamics of U.S.-Cuban relations and the implications of such initiatives for the future of African descendants in Cuba.

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Joining me in leading this KFLA Travel & Learn delegation is my good friend and esteemed colleague Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya of the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Brooklyn College, NYC. Reynaldo is Afro-Dominican American, an expert on Slavery and Race in the Americas, and frequent visitor to Cuba. My own research deals with the Chinese in Cuba, including Afro-Asian interactions and intersections.

We will do some sightseeing of course, in Havana and throughout Cuba, and shop for Cuban rum and cigars! We will eat Cuban food, drink Hemingway’s mojitos, listen to a lot of wonderful Cuban music and dance Cuban salsa. This themed Travel and Learn is designed for everyone who is keen to learn about the essence of Cuban history, culture and national identity.

Evelyn Hu-DeHart

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  • Agents from GoLatin Travel will contact you to book a round-trip flight from your home airport to Havana, Cuba.
  • You must arrive in Havana no later than 5PM on Sunday, June 18. NOTE: For some travelers this may require travel beginning on Saturday, June 18.
  • You will be contacted by GoLatin Travel to secure your arrangements shortly after you register.
    New: Our flights to Havana will now official commercial flights, meaning our agents can help you use frequent flyer miles and/or book connecting flights on a single itenerary at your request.


This is a legal People-to-People Educational Program arranged by GoLatin Travel, a licensed Travel Service Provider, and customized for Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance. The Itinerary, presented in brief above, constitutes a full-time program of People to People activities undertaken in Cuba pursuant to the “People to People” general license of the United States Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control.


  • All gratuities for guides, drivers, restaurants, and people-to-people sponsors
  • US and Cuban travel & emergency medical insurance policies
  • All meals in Cuba
  • English speaking Cuban guides
  • All transportation in A/C bus
  • Lodging in Standard Rooms (All hotels in Cuba are 4-Star)
  • 2 bottles of water (500mL) daily while in Cuba
  • Documentation to travel legally to Cuba for Americans, visa preperation, and fees are included.


  • Airfare from your home to Havana, Cuba is not included.
  • Note that your roundtrip airfare from your Home airport to Havana will be billed seperately from your tour package when ticket is issued. See "Cost" section for more information.
  • Baggage fees and overweight fees are additonal
  • Daily tips for hotel housekeepers; Additional tips at your discretion for outstanding service
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the trip unless specified
  • Personal incidentals (including transportation and admission/entertainment expenses during your free time)


  • Due to the costs incurred by KFLA and GoLatin in securing your spot on the tour--no refunds are available for any reason, including weather or medical issues. Participants are responsible for obtaining travel insurance if they wish to recover their costs.
  • Your Package includes basic travel insurance, but does not include trip cancellation or interruption insurance.
  • Trip interruption and cancellation insurance is available from our travel services partner (for an additonal fee) and is recommended for participants who wish to recover the cost of their trip in these cases.
  • Details on refund, cancellations, and insurance will be provided at the time of registration.