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Wednesday December 5

Morning- Registrations through 4:00 PM

Evening-  Conference Opening, Dinner & Performance
Hotel Meliá Santiago
Music from Santiago’s rich heritage:
LA TUMBA FRANCESA! ♪

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Thursday December 6

Early Morning- Participatory Tai chi:
The gentle way to fight stress: “Meditation in Motion” with community residents

After Learn about MEDICC: GATEWAYS People-to-people travel fits the interests of your organization or institution.
MEDICC REVIEW This peer-reviewed, MEDLINE-indexed, open-access journal publishes Cuban health professionals’ research & commentaries.

 

Afternoon- Concurrent sessions (choose)
● HISTORIC SANTIAGO: Explore Santiago’s rich patrimony with Cuban historians…from San Juan Hill to the Morro Castle and beyond.

● SANTIAGO’S CULTURE & RELIGIONS: Learn how history, belief systems and Caribbean diversity make Santiago Cuba’s most unique city, joined by the people who practice these
traditions. Visit the Monument to the Runaway Slave by noted artist Alberto Lescay, plus the
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Cuba’s Patron Saint, all in the company of specialists from the Casa del Caribe (House of the Caribbean).

● EDUCATION & THE ENVIRONMENT: Visit a unique primary school, the brainchild of
its principal, students and teachers…who have made it a haven for creativity. Join them in
their “work”! THEN set sail to Granma Key, where culture meets environmental cleanup, and young people transform the bay’s flotsam and jetsam into art. You’ll want to get involved!

NOTE: Lunches on site at the Terraza de Caridad (where you’ll be making your own coffee the old-fashioned way); the Morro Castle with spectacular views; and Granma Key, in the midst of
Santiago’s beautiful bay.

Evening- Buffet Dinner Hotel Meliá Santiago
THEN find out more about Santiago’s Caribbean identity at the Casa del Caribe (House of the Caribbean). Enjoy both the conversation and rich music and dance, offered this evening
just for you.

 

 

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Friday December 7

Morning- All-day Session: COUNTRY LIFE, HEALTH & HISTORY in a rural town in the majestic Sierra Maestra mountains. Hear from cooperative farmers, family doctors and nurses, and local museum curators…walk the town’s streets and visit health care, rehab and senior centers. Learn by doing… as co-op farmers teach the delicate task of harvesting ripe coffee beans
from the vine.

NOTE: Lunch on site, prepared for small groups of participants at three
cooperatives, all ingredients locally grown and raised.

Evening- Buffet Dinner Hotel Meliá Santiago at small tables with Haitian students at the Latin American Medical School & Cuban health professionals who have served in Haiti and other countries.

FREE EVENING

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Saturday December 8

Early Morning- Participatory Tai chi:
The gentle way to fight stress: “Meditation in Motion” with community residents.

After Learn about MEDICC: Support for US students at the Latin American Medical School (MD Pipeline to Community Service), plus leaders of underserved US communities who bring home insights from Cuban health care (Community Partnerships for Health Equity).

Afternoon- Concurrent sessions (choose)
● HISTORIC SANTIAGO: Explore Santiago’s rich patrimony with Cuban historians…from San Juan Hill to the Morro Castle and beyond.

● SANTIAGO’S CULTURE & RELIGIONS: Learn how history, belief systems and Caribbean diversity make Santiago Cuba’s most unique city, joined by the people who practice these
traditions. Visit the Monument to the Runaway Slave by noted artist Alberto Lescay, plus the
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Cuba’s Patron Saint, all in the company of specialists from the Casa del Caribe (House of the Caribbean).

● EDUCATION & THE ENVIRONMENT: Learn from specialists at a lush tropical garden, a private-public partnership in action to enhance the environment. THEN set sail to Granma Key, where culture meets environmental cleanup, and young people transform the bay’s flotsam and jetsam into art. You’ll want to get involved!

NOTE: Lunches on site at the Terraza de Caridad (where you’ll be making your own coffee the old-fashioned way); the Morro Castle with spectacular views; and Granma Key, in the midst of
Santiago’s beautiful bay.

Evening- Conference Closing DINNER & GALA

Santiago Café
Hotel Meliá Santiago
Music from the extraordinary SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO!♪
Plus Special Guests

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Sunday December 9

Morning- All-day Session: Journey thru 20th Century History
Historians accompany you by jeep and then a hike into the heart of the Sierra Maestra mountains to La Plata, where Fidel Castro’s Rebel Army made its headquarters in the 1950s. A rare look inside the well-preserved site of the outnumbered rebels who defeated Fulgencio Batista’s forces and marched into Santiago on January 1, 1959.

LUNCH on site.

NOTE: For those who may not be up to the hike, but wish to stay for Sunday, conference organizers offer the opportunity to join in the Sunday activities of the Casa de la Trova, emblematic site of Cuban music, from son to salsa, rhumba to bolero. A chance to listen to the best and move with their rhythms, as curators explain the origins of the music itself.