Discover the culture, history, and music of Eastern Cuba as you explore Baracoa, the country’s first settlement and Santiago de Cuba, birthplace of the Cuban Revolution.

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Havana and Eastern Cuba

Featuring Baracoa and Santiago

10 days from $6,995

Discover the culture, history, and music of Eastern Cuba as you explore Baracoa, the country’s first settlement and Santiago de Cuba, birthplace of the Cuban Revolution.

or Call 855-330-1542

Feb 15 - 24, 2017 Departure
Felix Masud-Piloto

Felix Masud-Piloto

Felix Masud-Piloto was born and raised in Havana, Cuba and immigrated with his parents to the U.S. in 1961. In 1975 he graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. in Political Science, and later earned a M.A. in International Relations, and a Ph.D. in History in 1985, both from Florida State University.

Before joining DePaul University in 1990, Dr. Masud-Piloto was Visiting Professor at Cornell University, where he helped organize and launch that institution’s Latino Studies Program. From 1992 to 2009 he directed DePaul’s Center for Latino Research, and was the founding editor of Diálogo, a multidisciplinary journal of Latin American and Latino affairs. He currently holds the rank of Professor in the Department of History and directs the department’s graduate studies program. He regularly teaches courses on Latin American Revolutions, Immigration, the Cuban Revolution, the Caribbean, the Southern Cone, and Latinos in the U.S. He has traveled extensively in Latin America and lectures regularly on his areas of expertise.  For more than twenty years, he has led Study Abroad Programs in Cuba, Chile, and Argentina.

Professor Masud-Piloto is the author of With Open Arms: Cuban Migration to the U.S. and its revised and expanded edition, From Welcomed Exiles to Illegal Immigrants: The Cuban Migration to the U.S., 1959-1995, and is presently working on Contesting Asylum: Cuba, Peru, the U.S., and the Cuban Refugee Crisis of 1980, a history of the Mariel boatlift and its impact on U.S.-Cuba relations.  He is also the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and essays on Latin American immigration, Latinos in the U.S., and U.S.-Cuba relations. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Cuban Studies and The Latino Review of Books.

Dr. Masud-Piloto travels frequently to Cuba for research, and in 1994, 1995, and 2005, he participated in a series of dialogues between the Cuban Government and members of the Cuban Exile Community.   He co-Chaired the Section on Scholarly Relations with Cuba in the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) from 2005 to 2008, and is a founding member of the Emergency Network of Cuban-American Scholars and Artists (ENCASA/USA) Steering Committee, an organization that advocates for the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations. In 2007, The Cuban Ministry of Culture awarded Professor Masud-Piloto the Distinción por la Cultura Nacional Medal for his contributions to the scholarly study of Cuban history, and for his lifelong work building academic and cultural bridges between the U.S. and Cuba.