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Spring 2018 - EDHI788X: Embargoed Dialogues: International Investigations in Cuban Education

EDHI788X: Embargoed Dialogues: International Investigations in Cuban Education
Section: SB04
Instructors: Gilberto Garcia Batista, Taylor C. Woodman, Martha Naufrille Morris
Credits: 3
Partner Institutuons: Association of Cuban Educators (APC)
and Pedagogical University Enrique José Varona (UCPEJV), Cuba
Restriction: Graduate students with a preference for College of Education students.​

Course Description: Immerse yourself in the complex global education and social issues facing the world today. The course combines both a virtual learning environment with a travel component to Cuba. In these environments, students will have the opportunity to conduct international research related to their academic interests and receive feedback from an international audience. The workshop style of the program allows you to engage with local Cuban educators through scholarly lectures, collaborative exchanges, interviews, and site visits.

Award Year: 2017
Name of Faculty: Taylor C. Woodman
Title & Affiliation: Ph.D. Student/Lecturer; Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy program
Title of Proposed Course: Embargoed Dialogues: Critical Studies in US and Cuban Education
Partner institution: University of Havana, Cuba

Embargoed Dialogues is a course that aims to transcend the political barriers that divide Cuba and the US to build a virtual education research community between the University of Maryland, College of Education and educators in Cuba. As a part of this community, UMD and Cuban future education leaders will collaborate in virtual, domestic and international activities to envision what academic collaboration could and will look like in a post-embargo world.
Technology will be utilized to create a virtual space for Cubans and Maryland students to respond to a critical issue in education and develop potential solutions that utilize both Cuban and Maryland educational philosophies. A week long, in country Cuba component will allow the groups to further their projects, visit educational sites in Cuba and engage in debate about the future of global education policy.