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Faculty contribute to the interdisciplinary Center for Sustainability and Master of Science in Sustainable Tourism in many and varied ways reflecting the multidisciplinary interest on the campus in sustainable tourism and a generous willingness to engage in the research, teaching and outreach activities of the center. Examples of these contributions include service on the MS-ST Faculty Graduate Committee, on thesis and non-thesis projects, on search committees, in recruiting and mentoring students, on external funding activities, on special projects and initiatives, in teaching core courses, on interdisciplinary research and publication efforts and on hosting visiting scholars, among others. Faculty affiliates are encouraged to cross over with other disciplines in research interests to the extent possible in order to become fully aware of, and take advantage of, the many interdisciplinary approaches and opportunities.
Cultural Awareness between Cuba and the U.S.
Luci FernandesProfessor & Researcher, Department of Anthropology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
I am interested in building bridges of communication and cultural awareness between people of the United States and Cuba through my research and teaching. This is my main role and relationship here at the Center for Sustainable Tourism. I present my research through visual media and text. I have long been fascinated by the social, political, and economic structures of Cuba along with the blending of socialism with Latin American and Caribbean culture history.
I am a cultural anthropologist whose area of interest is contemporary Cuban history and culture. My current research involves a detailed analysis of resource distribution and social networks. I analyze how people make ends meet despite scarcity of goods, restrictions on trade and business, along with the importance of social relations to guarantee the allocation of goods and services.I have given several presentations nationally and internationally from East Carolina University to the University of Havana. I am also a part of an interdisciplinary research team that studies social spaces and commemorative monuments of the 1959 Revolution. Since 2005, we have documented numerous sites in both Santiago de Cuba and Havana. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2004. My dissertation focused on documenting the Kichwa Indians community development project Kallari, which offers alternative economic options to people living in the Amazon Basin.
ANTH 1050: Global Understanding
ANTH 2200: Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 4202/6503: Visual Anthropology
HNRS 2013: Cuba: So Near, Yet So Foreign
INTL 5000: Seminar in International Studies
INTL 6005: Communication Across Cultures