Past Minicourses & Workshops
Introduction to Cuba's Post-Soviet Economy
During the last three decades of the Cold War, Cuba has had one of the
most collectivized, egalitarian, and subsidized economies within the
Socialist camp. Massive shifts in global politics in the early 1990s
plunged the island into severe economic crisis from which it is still
reeling. These seminars will examine the changes in Cuba's socioeconomic
condition since the crisis, the strategies adopted in response to it,
and the major problems and challenges still facing Cuban economy and
Instructor: Mario A. Gonzalez-Corzo, Ph.D. (2003),
is a Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Change and Governance
at Rutgers University.
From Son to Salsa: The Origins and Development of Cuban Popular
Music in the 20th Century
Famed Cuban anthropologist Fernando Ortiz once called Cuban popular
music "a love affair between the African drum and the Spanish guitar."
This class will trace the origins and development of Cuban popular music
during the 20th century. We will give special emphasis to how Cuban
music has successfully "crossed borders" to the United States
and the rest of Latin America, re-inventing itself along the way. We
will also sample some of the many different styles of Cuban popular
music including rumba, son, danzon, conga, mambo, cha-cha-cha, boogaloo,
bolero, filin, trova, nueva trova, Latin jazz, and today's styles of
salsa, timba, and rap cubano.
Instructor: Ted Henken, Professor, Baruch College.
4 Tuesdays, March 8, March 29, April 12 and April 26 6-7:30
Fee: $65 series, $20 individual
Tuesday, March 8 6-7:30
This course will trace the Spanish and African roots of Cuban music,
up to 1920.
Tuesday, March 29 6-7:30
This class will focus on Cuban music from 1920 to 1960, the period
of its mass popularization in Cuba, the U.S., and worldwide.
- The Birth of Salsa
Tuesday, April 12 6-7:30
This class will look at the effect the break with the U.S. had on
Cuban music and the subsequent development of Salsa in the United
States since the early 1970s.
- Revolution and Return
Tuesday, April 26 6-7:30
This final class will look at the changes in Cuban music styles and
production on the island since 1959 with special emphasis on the emergence
of timba and rap and the (re)emergence of son in the 1990s.
- São Paulo: Leading Region and Global City
Sao Paulo has been the leader of Brazilian development for over a
century and is poised to remain the largest economy in South America.
This minicourse will examine the various factors that attribute to
the region's economic dynamism, including the role of export agriculture
and industry; the centrality of the city of Sao Paulo; the impact
of state-level processes of reform and responses to globalization;
and Sao Paulo's subsequent emergence as a political power and transformation
into a hub of modern Brazilian labor and business activism.
Instructor: Mauricio Font, Professor of Sociology,
Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY; Director of the Bildner
Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY; author
of numerous studies of Brazil, including his most recent Transforming
Brazil: A Reform Era in Perspective (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003) and
his forthcoming Brazilian Statism: Rise, Limits, and Decline.
Friday, June 3 10:00am-12:00pm
Previous Minicourses & Workshops: 2001
- 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2006