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ERIC Number: EJ891465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
The Power of Being There: Study Abroad in Cuba and the Promotion of a "Culture of Peace"
Bond, Lynne; Koont, Sinan; Stephenson, Skye
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v11 p99-120 Aug 2005
If one of the main purposes of study abroad is to promote a greater understanding between members of the host and home nation via face-to-face relations and in-country living experiences, there is no place in the world where United States students studying abroad takes on more significance than it does in Cuba. Given a situation in which home and host nation, at least at a governmental level, view each other as the enemy and restrict and regulate travel between them, this is particularly important. In the case of the US and Cuba, "being there" takes on a heightened power and may contribute significantly to bringing forth a "culture of peace." Each of this article's authors led short-term study abroad programs to Cuba during 2004. The institution that had hosted their sending institutions' programs on site, "La Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales" (FLACSO)/Cuba, is their common link. FLACSO/Cuba's director, Dr. Beatriz Diaz Gonzalez, fervently believes that educational exchanges between the US and Cuba have played a significant role in promoting greater understanding between the peoples of the two countries. She is convinced that US-Cuban exchanges have actively promoted a "culture of peace" in the otherwise tense and conflict-ridden relationship between Cuba and the US, and had elaborated on this point in a presentation to the Latin American Studies Association (2003). In this article, the authors discuss the results of their study which explores the power of US study abroad in Cuba for promoting a culture of peace. (Contains 4 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cuba