"The Outermost Boundaries of Propinquity: Teaching Cuba as our World-Historical Neighborhood"
Geoffroy de Laforcade is an Associate Professor of Latin American History and the Academic Coordinator of International Programs at Norfolk State University in Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2001, and has also taught at Tufts and Wesleyan. Before becoming a scholar he was an international journalist in France, West Africa and the Caribbean, and a translator of books in history and the social sciences. Dr. de Laforcade began travelling frequently to Cuba in the 1980s. He is responsible for creating and coordinating a 10-week, 15-credit summer study program, focused on issues of the African diaspora (history, visual arts, religion, music), that began in June 2011 at the Casa de las Americas in Havana. The students are spending time in classroom with specially assigned Cuban professors, but also immersing themselves in the communities of the Havana suburb of La Lisa, and attending, with full ;academic registration, the week-long Caribbean Festival in Santiago de Cuba in early July. Among the other short and long-term study abroad programs that Dr. de Laforcade has organized in the past are Anhui and Wuhan, China; Natitingu, Benin; Gao and Timbuktu, Mali; Agades, Niger; Marseille and Paris, France; and Mendoza, Argentina.
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