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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 10, 2004

(Mahwah) – Ramapo College of New Jersey recently announced the establishment of a study abroad program to Cuba. The course of study, Cuban Cinema and Culture, will be offered at the International School of Film and Television (EICTV) June 5 through June 19.

This is an academically intensive and creatively stimulating two-week course that exposes students to culture, arts and media in contemporary Cuba,” says Steven Perry, dean, School of Contemporary Arts.

The program,” he notes, will give students an opportunity to spend time in another country, experiencing first -hand the history, culture, and landscape of the place. Our course will explore Cuban culture through the work of Cuban filmmakers. Seminars will examine several topics reflecting Cuban arts and humanities, such as literary adaptations, visual arts and music. Others will explore social issues, such as sexuality, race, and ethnicity, as well as feminist discourse.” Marta N. Bautis, assistant professor of news/documentary video, will teach the course, intended for students enrolled in the College’s School of Contemporary Arts.

The students are required to document their experiences and observations using still photography, video and feature or journal writing. The course will be taught in English and seminars by EICTV professors will be translated into English when necessary.

Travel to Cuba is generally restricted to those who have family there or who have permission to pursue educational endeavors. We have been discussing this with administrators at EICTV for two years,” says Perry. Given the travel restrictions, it is significant that Ramapo College is able to establish this program.” The dean is aware of other collaborative programs between EICTV and New York University, the University of Maryland and Maryville College of Tennessee. He believes Ramapo College is the first New Jersey institution there.

EICTV is located in San Antonio de los Baños, about 20 miles from Havana. The school was founded in 1986 by the Committee of Latin American Filmmakers and presided over by Columbian Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez. From its beginning, the school’s philosophy was to have active filmmakers as teachers who could transmit to students the knowledge acquired through practice and experimentation of the craft. EICTV’s current director is filmmaker Julio García Espinoza, one of the founders of the New Latin American Cinema movement.

Students will be able to participate in field trips to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of the Revolution, the Museum of the City of Havana, the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT), animation workshops at the Cuban Cinema Institute (ICAIC), performances by a contemporary dance and a folkloric ballet company and a popular music concert.

For more information on study abroad programs at Ramapo College of New Jersey, call 201.684.7463.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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