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--------------------- Forwarded message: From: email@example.com (Michael Eisenscher) Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com, h-UCLEA@h-net.msu.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, OIFAC@CMSA.BERKELEY.EDU, firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 97-04-27 17:44:19 EDT ------------------ At the request of Jack Kurzweil, I am forwarding this announcement and invitation regarding a trip to Cuba. Michael ================================================= To: Higher Education Activists interested in Cuba From: Jack Kurzweil, San Jose State University email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 510-548-7645 In conjuction with the organization Global Exchange based in San Francisco, I am organizing a trip to Cuba to examine the condition of socialism in Cuba and its prospects. Cuba: Socialism in Transition January 5-13, 1998 This trip is intended for those who are interested in learning about Cuba sees itself evolving as a socialist country absent the support of the Soviet Union, blockaded by the United States, and developing a variety of partnerships with multinational capital. The trip is entirely legal and involves no risk of unwanted entanglements with the INS or the State Department. I have recently returned from a trip to Cuba with Global Exchange. This was my fourth trip since 1971 and my first since Cuba began its current process of active decentralization in certain sections of the economy, political reform, and accelerated relationships with foreign capital. I came away thinking that if Cuba is successful in developing its economy within this framework and simultaneously maintaining its social framework of medical care and education, we will be witnessing a line of development that many of us had not considered. Aside from that, Cuba is simply an exciting place to visit. I have included below a very tentative itinerary based on initial discussions with Global Exchange. This itinerary gives you an idea of the kinds of things that we can do. It should be fully expected that the itinerary will change according to the interests of those who participate and better information about who is available to meet with us in Cuba. The current itinerary combines discussions, cultural events, trips outside Havana, and hanging out. We will be staying at the Hotel Capri, run by George Raft for the Mafia until the Revolution, which is right in the center of things. Near the Havana Libre, the Malecon, the University of Havana, and a short walk from historic Old Havana. It is necessary to have a minimum of 15 people to make the trip happen and we must have commitments from those 15 by mid September. The maximum participation is 30. The cost of the trip is $1350 departing from and returning to Cancun. When you add the cost of getting to Cancun, staying overnight before departure on Jan 5, and pocket money in Cuba, the total becomes around $2300. Please feel free to circulate this to your friends and colleagues. The earlier that I hear from you, the better. 1. Co-Sponsoring organizations and contact persons Global Exchange 2017 Mission St. #303 San Francisco, CA 94110 Tel: 415-255-7296 Fax: 415-255-7498 Sonia Lee, Cuba Seminars Coordinator E-Mail: email@example.com 2. Tentative Program Day 1 Monday, Jan 5 Departure from Cancún to Havana. Arrive, check-in to Hotel Capri which is located near the University of Havana, near the Malecon, and near many theaters and restaurants. It's really in the center of things. Welcome, orientation meeting and walk around Old Havana and dinner. EVE: Meeting with Juan Jacomino, a journalist at Radio Havana Cuba who specializes in the economy and was previously a functionary at the Foreign Ministry. Day 2 Tuesday, Jan 6 AM: Tour of the University of Havana to meet with university professors and students. The University of Havana is the main and largest university in Cuba, with a student body of 30,000 students and 1700 professors. Lunch with members of Faculty PM: Optional visit to museums and art galleries in Old Havana (eg: Museo de la Revolucion, Museo de la Musica or Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes ) EVE: Optional excursion to salsa club or theater/ballet performance ( to be arranged) Day 3 Wednesday, Jan 7 AM: Meeting with Julio Carranza, economist with the Institute for the Study of the Cuban Economy. Lunch at El Bambu, vegetarian restaurant, and meet with the restaurant managers Dr. Tito Nuńez and Dr. Madeleine Valdez about their ongoing national project to develop vegetarian restaurants and societies for the promotion and understanding of the nutritional aspects of a healthy lifestyle. PM: Visits to urban gardens, a farmer's market, a green pharmacy and La Maqueta de la Habana, a scale model of the city with the Group for the Integral Development of the Capital. EVE: Optional meeting with members and their families of the Committee for Defense of the Revolution and/or visit to a club or attend performance. ( to be arranged) Day 4 Thursday, Jan 8 AM: Day trip to Matanzas - visits and/or meetings will include: *Agricultural cooperative. Discuss how collective farming is working in Cuba and how the agricultural laws are evolving. * Lunch with head government official of Province - woman leader. * Factory visit (to be arranged) * Dinner with CDR members and their families * Back to Havana Day 5 Friday, Jan 9 AM: Meeting with Cuban Trade Union (CTC) officials. PM: Visit with the Union of Writers and Artists. (UNEAC) EVE: Meeting with Estella Bravo, film-makers and writers. Day 6 Saturday, Jan 10 AM: Visit to the Biotech Institute and/or meet with Philosophers/Social scientists. PM: Overview of Cuban Health Care System; in-depth talk on the integration of traditional and alternative practices in all aspects of Cuban health care: lecture led by Dr. Leoncio Padron Caceres, Director, Division of Traditional and Natural Medicine of the Ministry of Public Health, and Dr. Marta Perez, Havana director for Traditional and Natural Medicine. EVE: Optional salsa night. Day 7 Sunday, Jan 11 AM/PM: Visit Varadero and relax at the beach. Meeting with tourism officials. EVE: Optional cultural event. Day 8 Monday, Jan 12 AM: Visit with CUBASOLAR, Cuba's foremost non-governmental organization promoting renewable energy products utilizing wind, hydro, biomass conversion and solar energy. Lunch and meeting with Federation of Cuban Women. PM/EVE: Dinner and evening event with Cuban Communist Party official as is available. Day 9 Tuesday, Jan 13 Departure for Cancún and return to US. This tentative program is subject to change. We will endeavor to accommodate program requirements as much as is possible within our control, however we may need to adjust or remove some of the scheduled meetings/visits if time does not allow for them. We will try to arrange optional meetings to suit participants' particular interests (as available). 3. Costs The cost for this delegation is $1350 per person based on a minimum of 15 people. The price includes * Round-trip airfare between Cancún and Havana * All hotels based on double occupancy basis* * Transportation by private, air-conditioned motor coach, minibuses, or minivans as well as transfers as appropriate * Spanish/English speaking tour guides and Global Exchange trip leader will accompany the group throughout the touring period * Preparatory reading materials * Admission and fees to museums and program activities, except where noted as optional on itinerary * Breakfast and dinner each day * Cuban visa The price does not include the following: * Expenses of a purely personal nature * Lunches * Airport taxes * Room service charges * Transportation of excess luggage in excess of limit * Conveyance fees used for private purposes * Gratuities to the tour guides, hotel personnel, and drivers * Evening excursions/events/parties * Single rooms are available for an additional fee of $250 per person. 4. Global Exchange's Responsibilities Global Exchange agrees to arrange all the necessary logistics for the delegations: * processing of applications * reservations of all flights * organization and confirmation of the itinerary * arrangement for all accommodations * preparatory materials 6. Payment Based on the above-stated trip dates, the following dates hold true. Deposits and Payment Schedule: * A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a space for all participants. Deposits are due no later than Sept 30, 1997. * Final payment: The remaining balance is due on November 21, 1997. 7. Cancellations Cancellations and/or amendments must be received in writing and all cancellations will be effective on the date the written notification is received. Penalties in accordance with the following schedule: Date Penalty After receipt of deposit Full deposit After November 21 100% of total tour cost