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Postcards From Cuba

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves, and we travel, next to find ourselves.
-Pico Iyer

For centuries, travelers have been documenting their journeys to parts unknown. The travel narrative is the “oldest in the world” says travel writer, Paul Theroux. This course examines the history of travel literature and photography, while also challenging each student to document his/her first hand experience of travel to Cuba. 

Program Overview

We will reference a wide range of forms: the essay, the report, the journal, the novel, film, the photograph, and photo essay. We will also explore different points of entry: ethnographer, mapmaker, geographical explorer, photographer, adventurer, social activist and tourist. In doing so, we will hone in on principles of travel writing and photography, along with basic guidelines governing the interaction between word and image. Memory and history as essential components will inform our conversation.

The course will include site visits to 2 locations, exposing the student to everyday life in a rich and complex culture, in addition to brief weekly “walkabouts” to nearby neighborhoods. Students will be asked to document their travel experience in word and image into form worthy of a reader.

Photo by Nora Harless

Curriculum

Postcards From Cuba

IFMTV-UT 2049/ISPEC-GT 102 | 4 units | Instructor: Darrell Wilson

At the completion of the course, each student will be able to:

1. chart the basic stages/events in the history of travel writing, travel photography and deltiology (history of postcards)

2. recognize the various forms of travel writing, as well as the different points of view or entry.

3. demonstrate a capacity to represent travel experience in work that combines writing with image(s) in a personal approach.

4. articulate the process of deriving a concept and strategy for the final creative project incorporating writing with image.     

Graduate students interested in applying to this program should contact the Office of Tisch Special Programs.

Program Dates

January 2018

  • Student Arrival: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
  • Student Departure: Friday, January 19, 2018

Admissions

Application Deadline: Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5PM ET.

Application: Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.  

Photo by Leo Rothschild

Expenses

  • Undergraduate Tuition and Registration and Services Fee: $6,328
  • Graduate Tuition and Registration and Services Fee: $7,760

Additional Fees Include:

  • Program Fee (includes housing): $1,046
  • Airfare: Approximately $850 (roundtrip from New York City)

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Visit the NYU Office of the Bursar for additional information on tuition and fees.

Housing

You will be housed in the Vedado district of Havana in home-stays (casas particulares). Students are provided with breakfast and dinner at their casas.

  • Double bedroom
  • Breakfast and dinner included in program costs
  • Limited laundry facilities on-site
  • No internet available in residence, but will be available nearby at additional cost
  • Rooms furnished with linens and towels included
  • No overnight guests allowed