Ground students' understanding of contemporary Cuba within the global context. How do those outside the island imagine Cuba and why? What are the realities? In a world of U.S. dominated globalization, only recently have we relaxed a forceful economical blockade on the island: what does the U.S. mean in the Cuban imaginary, both in the past and present? To attend to global processes as they affect local (Cuban) experience, texts from anthropology, history, policy, literature, film and music will be drawn upon. Students will learn how long-standing patterns regarding race, color, class and gender relations have evolved into the socialist and now the post-socialist context. Same as ANTH 5735.