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Alumni Travel Reading: Caribbean Pearls


Caribbean Pearls

Beach with bright turqoise water and city with green mountains

Beach by Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Courtesy of


Selected and Annotated By:

Rebecca Stuhr
Coordinator for Humanities Collections
Classical Studies

For more information about this and other excursions, visit the Penn Alumni Travel Webpage.

Film: In the Time of the Butterflies

 In the Time of the Butterflies. Directed by Mariano Barroso, 2002. 

This film, like The Feast of the Goat, is  based on historical events surrounding the final years of the Trujillo dictatorship. Based on the book by Julia Alvarez, this film tells the story of the three Mirabel sisters who, in 1960, lost their lives opposing the Trujillo regime. 

Watch the trailer below.

Film: Sugar

Sugar. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, 2008.

This film portrays the story of Miguel “Sugar” Santos, a 19 year old from the Dominican Republic, who is recruited by the Kansas City Royals to play on one of their minor league teams. Miguel is sent to Iowa, where he finds that his path to success is not an easy one.  

Watch the trailer below.


Carribean mountains with rain in distance

South shore of Puerto Rico seen from Jayuya. Courtesy of


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