The trip was co-led by Mark Naison, Ph.D., professor of history and African American history.
In the 48 years Naison has taught at Fordham, music has played a large part in the way he teaches history. So it should come as no surprise that he helped develop a tour to explore the musical traditions of Cuba.
The idea for the trip, offered through the Office of Alumni Relations travel program, came about after Naison went on a guided tour of Cuba in 2017 and left wanting to know more about the Afro-Cuban music he heard on the streets. He worked with Shannon Hirrel Quinn, associate director of Alumni Relations, to make the “Exploring Havana’s Music and Afro-Cuban Traditions” trip a reality.
“The result was everything I dreamed of exploring and experiencing,” said Naison.
The following photos were taken by Naison; Melissa Castillo Planas, GSAS ‘11, an assistant professor of English at Lehman College; and Rafael Zapata, chief diversity officer at Fordham.