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Exploring the Culture of Little Havana

A  Learning Community Project (School of Education, the College of Arts and Science and Eaton Residential College, University of Miami)

Professors Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr., Department of Teaching and Learning, School of Education and  Rafael Montes, Department of English Composition , College of Arts and Sciences

TAL 101 (Introduction to Education) and ENG 105 (Introduction to English Composition) Class Members: Jason Berry, Marko Djokic, Liz Hackley, Karen Hochman, Shana Hornstein, Adam Kendler, Chris Leonidas, Ilia Maldonado, Danielle Rosario, Melissa Shay, Mike Simmons, Raina Trocki, Dawn Williams

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Welcome and Overview

The web site which follows is a cultural tour of Little Havana created by students in our learning community during the Fall semester of 1998. Our learning community combined together not only the members of TAL 101 (Introduction to Education) and English 105 (English Composition), but also students and staff from Eaton Residential College.                  

From the beginning of the semester Professors Provenzo and Montes worked closely on a linked curriculum. Online technology played an important role in how we learned and shared materials from the course.

An online web site made it possible for us to participate in threaded discussions dealing with questions of race, gender and ethnicity in American society for both the education and composition courses.

Our first shared experience with Eaton College took place early in the semester, when we went on a Sunday afternoon bus tour of historic and cross cultural sites in Miami.

Coconut Grove Cemetery

Our tour was led by Dr. Paul George, a   well-known local historian who teaches at Miami Dade Community Collge. We stopped first in Coconut Grove where     we visited the cemeteries for the Greater St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church. Here are buried   many of the leading figures in early Black Miami. Many of the 19th century settlers whose graves are found here were of   Bahamian origin. The graves, which are above ground, reflect burial practices traditionally found on the islands..

From Coconut Grove we proceeded downtown to the Miami River and the original founding site for the City of Miami. After a brief tour of the historic African American community of Overtown, we headed West on Eighth Street (Calle Ocho) to the center of Little Havana. It was this neighborhood full of interesting shops and markets, as well as parks and memorials, that we as a class decided to focus on in developing our project for the semester.

@Havnna Monument

The buttons found on the left hand side of this page will link you to various parts of of this online exploration. By clicking on any these buttons, you will find information about Little Havana that is of interest to you, as well as subjects we have researched such as  Cuban cooking, Cuban historical figures and so on. Finally, a list of web links will take you to a wide-range of online resources that deal with Cuba, Cuban Culture and the Little Havana Community.

Web Links for Cuban  American and Miami Sites

The Ultimate Cuban Webpage in English http://members.aol.com/Clubcubano/engli.html

The Cuban Megalinks Tour Center               http://www.laker.net/nike/megalinks.html

Cuba and Cuban Exiles Internet Resources http://www.library.miami.edu/staff/lmc/cubanet.html

Cuba Info                                                   http://sunsite.oit.unc.edu/mao/cuba/links.html

Miami City Net                                     http://mall.miamicity.net/cgi-bin/guide.storefront

Cuban American National Foundation Website                      http://www.canfnet.org/