Mar 15, 2020 — Mar 23, 2020
Eastern Cuba: Crossroads of Culture, History, and Politics
With Ambassador Vicki Huddleston
About the Trip
Join us join us in Eastern Cuba for the experience of a lifetime! Rich in nature, culture, and history, Eastern Cuba offers travelers a perfect sampling of the country’s treasures. Our journey is distinguished by our leader, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, a former State Department diplomat whose expertise will provide deeper understanding and context about U.S.-Cuba relations. In addition to Ambassador Huddleston, we’ll be accompanied by researcher and naturalist Carlos Peña for the duration of our time in Cuba, with opportunities to meet other experts along the way. Experience the vibrant spirit of everyday Cuban people, through authentic art, music, and meals. Gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding of the country’s rich history, natural bounty, and resilient people.
From approximately $6,295 per person including airfare from/to Miami/Holguín
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About the Lecturer
Ambassador Vicki Huddleston is an American diplomat with expertise in foreign, defense, and development policy. She led American diplomatic missions in Mali, Madagascar, Ethiopia, and Cuba; was a senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. Military Command for Africa; and managed a USAID development project in Haiti. She managed American policy toward Cuba as the Coordinator of Cuban Affairs in Washington, D.C., and carried it out as the Principal Officer at the United States Interests Section in Cuba—our diplomatic mission in Cuba before it became an embassy in 2014. After leaving the State Department, she became a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she co-led a project on U.S.-Cuba relations that resulted in a book, “Learning to Salsa– New Steps in U.S.-Cuban Relations.” Recently she published “Our Woman in Havana: A Diplomat’s Chronicle of our Long Struggle with Castro’s Cuba.” She is Secretary of the Finca Vijia Board that in cooperation with the Cuban Ministry of Culture has preserved Hemingway’s documents and his home in Havana. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Havana Heritage Foundation and the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum.
“Having Vicki Huddleston with us lending insight and information each day was priceless.”
“The whole trip was a highlight. Cuba is a beautiful country with friendly people."