Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 9/11/01Cuba Presentation Postponed to September 18

MARLBORO, VT - A report to the community of the spring Cuba trip by Marlboro College staff, faculty, and students has been postponed to Tuesday, September 18.

Three faculty members, one staff member and 18 students of Marlboro College spent three weeks in Cuba in May as part of an expeditionary learning program headed by outdoor program director Randy Elliot-Knaggs. They will present a report about their experiences in Cuba. The presentation will include journal-sharing, a photographic exhibit, video footage and a panel discussion.

Expeditionary learning, says Elliot-Knaggs, helps to provide first-time travelers with travel skills. Immersion in the culture, through homestays with local families and community service, teaches them about the difference between being a traveler and being a tourist. These skills can prove very helpful for students who wish to pursue more lengthy internships in their junior or senior years.

The group arrived in Havana and spent four days getting acquainted with the city, then broke off into two focus groups. One, a dance troop from the college, stayed in Havana with dance professor Dana Holby, and worked with a Cuban folkloric dance group learning dances and chanting traditional to Santeria, a religion popular on the island. The other group ventured out of the city into the more rural parts of Cuba, visiting Los Terraces, an intentional ecological community, and Vinales Valley, where the explored natural sites and did community service. Later faculty member Peter Gould presented a mime performance and the group was able to study marine biology and even do some scuba diving.

Edmund Brelsford, Marlboro¹s professor of foreign languages and literatures, will head the presentation. It will take place at 7 p.m. In Dalrymple classroom 38 on the Marlboro College campus.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this or other events at Marlboro, call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at http://www.marlboro.edu.

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