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January

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, CBC 232-233

The Executive Director of Roots of Hope, Raúl Moas, will discuss the organization's projects aimed at bringing resources and access to information to the island.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Frost Art Museum

This symposium will focus on the social, cultural, and artistic history of the Caribbean region as portrayed in the current exhibition at the Frost Art Museum, "Tracing Antilles," by the Cuban-American artist Humberto Castro.

February

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC 140

In this extraordinary documentary, Lisandra Alvarez pulls back the veil to reveal significant changes in Cuba that are impacting public opinion, government policy, and the economic system.

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Venue:Pérez Art Museum of Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

In partnership with Miami Dade County Public Schools, FIU's Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) and Cuban Research Institute (CRI) and the Pérez Art Museum of Miami (PAMM) will sponsor a two-day workshop for public school teachers led by Aldo Menéndez and featuring demonstrations by Ivonne Ferrer.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC Pavilion

The Cuban Research Institute will hold a half-day seminar with a group of experts from FIU and profesional organizations such as the Cuban American Association of Civil Engineers.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL220

The Cuban Research Institute is cosponsoring this lecture on Sara Gómez's (and F.G. Lorca's) journey to the Cuban Orient with guest speaker Dr. Lourdes Martínez-Echazábal.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center, Central Ballroom

In this lecture, Leonardo Padura reflects upon the origins of his last novel, "Herejes" (Heretics).

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Venue:Biltmore Hotel, Danielson Gallery Room, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables

CRI is partnering with the Atlantic Council to launch the latter's national poll on U.S.-Cuba relations. Pre-registration is required to attend this event in Miami.

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Venue:Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables

Leonardo Padura presents his most recent novel, "Herejes" ("Heretics," 2013), and "The Man Who Loved Dogs" (2014), the English translation of "El hombre que amaba los perros" (2009).

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

Eloísa Echazábal will share a brief film and heartfelt personal testimony of the ordeals she and others as herself endured as Cuban children who arrived alone in the United States.

March

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Barnes and Noble Bookstore

This new book by Elizabeth Aranda, Sallie Hughes, and Elena Sabogal charts the rise of Miami as a global city and provides a panoramic study of the changing dynamics of the immigration experience.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC 243

World-renowned Cuban-American author and FIU alumna Ana Menéndez will be speaking about the exile experience, the allure of flight, and the desire for escape.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 220

In this lecture, Dr. Nancy Regal analyzes the less known aspects of rural Cuba, including free labor, small-scale agriculture, small and medium-size land proprietorship, the internal market, and immigration movements to non-sugar regions.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

This panel discussion will assess the legacy of the political activist and writer for Cuban history.

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Venue:Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Building 7, Room 7128

CRI is cosponsoring an event with Miami Dade College, to discuss the topic of Cuban racism with academics and activists from the Island and the diaspora.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

This lecture by Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova will explore the history and consequences of Hershey's involvement in Cuba and it impact back home.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

Professor Miguel A. De La Torre will explore the negative impact of eating meat on the Latin American region, while also paying special attention to sugar in Cuba, bananas in Guatemala, and corn in Mexico.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

This lecture by Dr. Phillip M. Carter will present data from a social-psychological and sociolinguistic study conducted in Miami, which sheds light on the role of deep perceptions in the cross-generational loss of Spanish in the U.S.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center, Pit Area

Join the members of CASO for a celebration of Cuban music, dance, and food.

April

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

This event will inaugurate a photographic exhibit on the topic and launch the first issue of the journal "Identidades."

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Frost Art Museum

Drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection, this exhibition presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-twentieth century.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

In this informal presentation, Dr. E. Carmen Ramos will reconsider the career of Landaluze, the Spanish painter, caricaturist, and illustrator who spent most of his life in Cuba.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center 150

This international conference will commemorate the work and life of the Cuban writer Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, as well as the emergence and consolidation of a national literature in Cuba during the nineteenth century.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

This presentation by Dr. Andrea Queeley analyzes the revitalization of community institutions by the descendants of black immigrants from the Anglophone Caribbean in Cuba.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

The lecturer, Reina María Rodríguez, is recognized not only as a major poet but as an advocate for nonstate cultural spaces in Cuba.

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

The Cuban poet presents her latest books, "Otras mitologías" (Other Mythologies) and "Catch and Release."

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

Join us for the presentation of Emilio Guede's powerful book of memoirs and reflections by one of the main propaganda chiefs against Fulgencio Batista's dictatorship.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center 150

The meeting will bring together leading FIU experts to examine the current status and future needs of Cubans and Cuban Americans in the area of public health.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center 150

Join us for an end-of-semester special event with visiting Cuban rappers Raudel Collazo (Eskuadrón Patriota), David Escalona (Omni Zona Franca), Silvio Rodríguez (Silvito "El Libre"), and Aldo Rodríguez Baquero (Los Aldeanos).

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

The FIU School of Music, together with CRI, WDNA, and the Cuban-American Student Organization (CASO), presents Grammy Award-winner Ignacio Berroa in concert.

May

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Frost Art Museum

Miami-based Cuban-American artists María Brito, María Martínez-Cañas, and Arturo Rodríguez speak about their artworks and the exhibition "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art."

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Venue:Biltmore Hotel, Laguna Room, 1220 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables

This presentation will feature a lecture on the "Economics of Transition" from the Central European perspective by Dr. Jan Švejnar. He will be joined in a panel discussion by Drs. Jorge Salazar-Carrillo and Rolando Castañeda.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center 150

This forum will explore the history of the Jewish diaspora to Cuba as well as the resettlement of Cuban Jews in Miami after the 1959 Revolution.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center 150

In this documentary, distinguished anthropologist Ruth Behar returns to her native Cuba to profile the island's remaining Sephardic Jews and crhonicle her family's journey to the U.S. as Cuban-Jewish exiles.

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Venue:Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

The Jewish Museum of Florida is sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Scott Miller on the MS St. Louis, which carried 937 Jewish refugees from Hamburg, Germany, to Havana, Cuba, in 1939.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 353

This lecture by Marysol Quevedo will examine the work of Cuban composers Harold Gramatges, Juan Blanco, and Leo Brouwer. These three composers promoted new, avant-garde, and experimental music by contextualizing that music within the reconfigured cultural framework of the Cuban Revolution.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 353

In this lecture, Darío Tejeda will discuss the links established by Cuban and Dominican musicians and musical groups and their recordings that reveal those links.

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

Join us for the presentation of a collection of stories by a new crop of Cuban writers, edited by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center 140

Spanning the past 60 years of Cuban history, "Cubamerican" evokes universal themes of loss, freedom, assimilation, struggle, and triumph through the stories of Cuban exiles who have achieved acclaim in diverse fields in the U.S. and beyond.

June

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center, Panther Suite, and Centro Cultural Español de Miami

Ediciones La Gota de Agua has organized a three-day celebration of the anniversaries of the birth of two great Cuban-Spanish writers.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 370

This lecture by Dr. Anita Casavantes Bradford will critically analyze the ways in which former Pedro Pan children, their siblings, and parents have remembered, individually and collectivelly, their experiences as unaccompanied minors in the United States, as well as the personal and political meanings they have attributed to those experiences.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Frost Art Museum, Room 107

Drs. Guillermo J. Grenier and Hugh Gladwin, the poll's lead investigators, will present the results of their latest research. The poll provides the most complete picture of Cuban-American political attitudes over time.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Frost Art Museum

This exhibit centers on works on paper by the Cuban-American artist Arturo Rodríguez. The exhibit runs through August 24 at the Frost Art Museum.

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Venue:Hall of the States Building, Conference Room 333, 444 North Capitol St., Washington, D.C.

CRI goes to Washington, D.C., to present the results of the latest FIU Cuba Poll, led by Drs. Guillermo J. Grenier and Hugh Gladwin. Drs. Mark Hugo López and William LeoGrande will join the panel discussion.

July

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Frost Art Museum

Curated by Janet Batet, this exhibition features over 20 years of work by Cuban-American artist Leonel Matheu, providing a comprehensive overview of his most distinctive imagery.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

This lecture by Professor María Elena Cobas Cobiella will explain the most significant aspects of civil law in Cuba in the past, present, and future.

August

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

In this informal conversation, Eliécer Ávila will share his experiences and impressions about the year since his first visit to Miami and his direct interaction with Cubans throughout the island.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center 150

The Cuban Research Institute has convened a symposium to examine the student leader's role in the anti-Batista movement in Cuba during the 1950s.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

In this lecture, Dr. Madeline Cámara Betancourt considers several key cultural, political, and literary events as "crossroads" that have generated alternative thoughts in the quest for a Cuban identity after 1959.

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

Dr. Lillian Guerra's new book of short stories seeks to understand the experience of exile as a complex mixture of different cultures.

September

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center 150

The twentieth anniversary of the "balsero" crisis is a propitious occasion to reexamine several key issues raised by the contemporary Cuban diaspora. The Cuban Research Institute has invited a distinguished group of scholars, artists, and professionals who were directly involved with this crisis.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Frost Art Museum

This exhibition explores the experiences of individuals who have been connected directly with or associated with Guantánamo through art, including American military personnel and their families, Haitian refugees, Cuban refugees, and post 9/11 detainees.

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

This book, written by Dr. Jossianna Arroyo, analyzes the Masonic, literary, and political writings of Spanish Caribbean intellectuals who lived in the decades of anticolonial struggle in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola (1860–1898).

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Venue:Spanish Cultural Center, 1490 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

This interactive community art project is a joint effort between the Centro Cultural Español de Miami and Aluna Art Foundation that pays homage—on the 20th anniversary of the "balsero" crisis—to all those who embark each day on the uncertain path of emigration.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Rafael Díaz Balart Hall, Room 1000

CRI and the FIU College of Law will sponsor a panel discussion of the implications, relevance, and future of U.S. legislation that allows Cuban immigrants to become residents of the U.S. after one year of arriving in the country.

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

This bilingual volume, edited by CRI Director Jorge Duany, gathers a selection of the papers presented at the Ninth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at FIU.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

This lecture by Raúl Rubio and Christian Larsen will parlay both the theory and praxis of a wide range of topics concerning Cuban material cultures, collecting and curating Cuban things.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

The acclaimed Cuban-American writer Daína Chaviano will show that fantasy can be a socially subversive and personally risky tool.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center, Pit Area

The Cuban-American Student Organization (CASO) invites all to a day filled with Cuban music, food, and cultural activities.

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Venue:Room 7128, Miami Dade College, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami

This conference will explore the role that dignity plays as a central element in facilitating reconciliation and consider how this knowledge may be applied to an eventual process of reconciliation among Cubans.

October

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

In this lecture, Zeila Frade will analyze the relationship among children's literature, ideology, and cultural identity in Cuba.

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Venue:Koubek Theater, 2705 SW 3rd St., Miami

Based on the original novel by Uva de Aragón, this play dramatizes the separation and reconciliation between two sisters after the Cuban Revolution of 1959.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center, Center Ballroom

This illustrated lecture by José Ruiz Elcoro will provide a historical overview of the Cuban "danzón," from its origins in the 19th century to contemporary times. All available spaces have been reserved for this event.

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Venue:Casa Bacardí, University of Miami, 1531 Brescia Avenue, Coral Gables

This book by Emilio Cueto is based on a meticulous, intensive, and prolonged investigation of the role of the Virgin through time and her artistic representations by hundreds of authors of various genres.

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

The book, authored by Dr. Gerald E. Poyo, is a comprehensive account of how José D. Poyo and his revolutionary colleagues spurred the working-class community of Key West to become critical actors in the struggle for Cuban independence from Spain.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 353

This talk by Dr. Alexis Jardines Chacón will pose the question of the concertation of all ideological trends in a multi-party opposition movement capable of filling the void, both of ideology and power, left by a post-totalitarian regime.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 220 Green Library

In this informal presentation, Juan Carlos González Leiva will share his experiences as an activist for human rights in Cuba.

November

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

Dr. Luis Martínez-Fernández's book is the first in more than three decades to offer a complete and chronological history of revolutionary Cuba, including the years of rebellion that led to the revolution and bringing the reader to the present-day transformations initiated by Raúl Castro.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Frost Art Museum

This lecture by Jorge A. Hernández will allow the audience to discover more than 100 sculptures, monuments, murals, and art installations created by Cuban artists that grace the visual landscape of the city of Miami.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A.Madique Campus, Green Library 220

Miguel Barroso and Carlos Alberto Montaner will engage in a conversation about democracy and freedom and how these can be achieved.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

Cultural anthropologist Ariana Hernández-Reguant and artist Ernesto Oroza will present their collaborative work-in-progress in Hialeah.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

In this presentation, Dr. Catalina Quesada will interview Mercedes Sarduy, Severo Sarduy's sister and president of the Severo Sarduy Cultural Foundation.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center, Faculty Club

In this illustrated lecture, Cecilio E. Tieles Ferrer will discuss the development of Cuban music during the 19th century, particularly the "contradanza."

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

In this lecture, Dr. Michael Connors will lead attendees on an unprecedented tour in Havana of the stunning and architecturally important private homes and buildings that have been meticulously preserved, previously unphotographed, and mostly inaccessible to visitors.

December

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to hold the tenth annual "Classically Cuban" concert, with the internationally renowned pianist Enrique Chía. All tickets for this event have been sold.