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Evening at Egan Friday Fall Lecture Series, “UAS in Cuba: A Semester-long search for Che, Hemingway, el Papa’, and the Authentic Tourist”

Juneau, Alaska
Date of Press Release: October 24, 2012

 Friday, October 26, 7 p.m. Egan Lecture Hall, 
UAS Students and Kevin Maier, Assistant Professor of English, Facilitator

At the next Evening at Egan, students who spent their Spring 2012 UAS Semester in the fascinating country of Cuba will share vignettes and photographs from the unique experience.  Last spring a dozen UAS students travelled to Cuba with four faculty members to hone their Spanish language skills, study the country’s rich cultural history, witness the impact of tourism on the island’s life ways, and contemplate the legacy of the famous American author, Ernest Hemingway, who spent a third of his life living near Havana.

English faculty Kevin Maier will give an overview of the trip, talk a bit about his class on Hemingway and introduce the four student presenters. "As one of the students put it in one of the last entries in the daily journal they kept as part of each course, 'it would take two months to fully explain all my impressions of Cuba.'  He's right but are hoping to offer a few quick snapshots that speak to the experience of the 15-credit, two-month long immersion experience," said Maier.

2012 graduate Ellie Sica will speak on preconceptions and how living in Cuba either confirmed or complicated them. “I make the point that the two month immersion was important for both our studies and our lives,” said Sica. “Through this time we were given so many more opportunities that wouldn't have been possible had the program been a couple weeks. Since Cuba is an ever-changing society, I end with the statement that no matter how emotional or unknown the trip might've been at first, we were witnesses of history in the making.”

Photo taken in Cuba

All Evening at Egan lectures are simulcast on UATV Cable Channel 11. Live via streaming video.

Contacts:

Kevin Maier, Assistant Professor of English

Arts and Sciences - Humanities, Juneau campus

(907) 796-6021