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Cuba five

SCC professor completes Cuban studies class

For the second year, Dr. David Donathan’s students have successfully completed their field research in Cuba. The Professor of Management at St. Catharine College supervised students from both American Military University and the University of Arizona during a week-long research trip to Havana and Vinalles Valley as part of their academic work. The interactive research included site visits to local and national historic sites, meeting faculty and students at both academic (escuela) and technical (taller) schools and interviews and meetings with national leaders in sports and the arts.

Jennifer Craig, a St. Catharine management alum, is completing her Masters in Sports Leadership and was able to observe school, public and national sports facilities. The culmination of her research into women in sports was a one-on-one interview with Ms. Adelaida Ramos. Ms. Ramos serves in several key positions including Director of Training for the National Institute of Sport, Physical Education, and Recreation (INDER); national Director for Physical Education; and as a member of the Cuban Olympic selection committee.

In completing her research on Cuban art, Tabetha Johnson’s field work included visiting the National Art Museum, where she was able to see the spectrum of styles and techniques of Cuban artists from early colonial Cuba to current day. She also met renowned Afro-Cuban artist Salvador (Salvador Gonzáles Escalona) a renowned painter, muralist and sculptor during her visit to Calle de Hamel, his outdoor and indoor site showcasing his work which he describes as a blending  of surrealism, cubism and abstract art. One of the highlights of her research was traveling to Fusterlandia where she met artist Jose Fuster. Senor Fuster is an artist, painter and sculptor who decorates his own combination house-studio, as well as his neighbour’s houses with his art work – all of which he funds from sales of his art.

In addition to their specialized research, both students were able to benefit from a wide range of experiences which presented a well-balanced study of Cuban history, arts, economic changes, social issues, education and politics.