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January

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Venue:Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, Otto G. Richter Library, 1300 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables

The Cuban Research Institute and the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries will present a recent book by Dr. Anita Casavantes Bradford.

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

In this book, Drs. Archibald R. M. Ritter and Ted A. Henken contrast the approaches of Fidel and Raúl Castro toward small private enterprises and explore in depth the responses of Cuban entrepreneurs to the new environment.

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

Author Marius Jovaiša will document his journey as the first artist to receive permission from the Cuban government to fly over the country and photograph it.

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center Ballrooms

The Student Government Association at FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus will host its traditional commemoration of the birth of Cuba's national hero and poet.

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

In his new book, acclaimed author Gustavo Pérez Firmat revisits America's hometown—as represented in "The Andrew Griffith Show"—to discover the source of its enduring appeal. Unfortunately, this event has been canceled due to weather conditions in New York.

February

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

This year's meeting will focus on racial politics in Cuba and the Americas. It will be dedicated to the economist Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago, in honor of his numerous contributions to the field of Cuban studies.

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

To address the implications of the new U.S.-Cuba relations, the Cuban Research Institute has convened a roundtable with several FIU Cuba experts.

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

Glenn Gebhard's documentary tells the story of two forgotten revolutionaries who created the landscape for Fidel Castro's victory in 1959: Frank País, the head of the M-26-7 urban underground, and José Antonio Echeverría, the leader of the Directorio Revolucionario in Havana.

March

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC Pavilion

Four distinguished scholars will examine important dimensions of Cuba's current foreign relations and what these mean for human rights and the process of democratization on the island.

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

FIU's Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment, in collaboration with the Cuban Research Institute, will sponsor an examination of the potential implications of immigration reform for South Florida.

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

Dr. de Aragón's first major novel explores the lives of two twin sisters separated at the outset of the Cuban Revolution.

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

In Uva de Aragón's poignant novel, presented in a bilingual edition, the underlying theme of reconciliation is a refreshing message and, most importantly, a timely one.

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

Experienced reporters who have covered news in Cuba on the ground will share their thoughts and experiences about how to keep a balanced and objective perspective while living on the island and facing multiple political pressures.

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Venue:Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

The Cuban Research Institute and other FIU units will cosponsor this public program on the exile experience, as part of the Florida Grand Opera's community conversation series.

April

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

This film documentary by Arístides Falcón-Paradí unravels the African and Andalusian origins of rumba and follows ordinary people and famous musicians through the dances, drums, and clave rhythm of the genre. By paying homage to the grand masters of the genre, such as Chano Pozo and his collaborations with Dizzy Gillespie, the film traces the history of rumba in New York City.

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

In this lecture, Dr. Ramona Oviedo Prieto will discuss the richness of Cuban flora and the wide diversity of its endemic species in various habitats on the island.

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

This book by Dr. Jesús E. Jambrina explores the poetics of the Cuban writer Virgilio Piñera, in dialogue with the cultural and historical tensions of the context in which he lived.

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

Marilyn Fernández Pérez and Salvador Gomila González will present the results of a large-scale study of the housing situation in Cuba, supported by UN-Habitat and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Deuxieme Maison 353

This presentation by Matthew R. Berger will trace lesser-known aspects of early drum set history and development in New Orleans and illuminate the details of how, when, and by whom it was incorporated into the musics of Cuba.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall (WPAC 150)

Join musicologist Dr. Miriam Escudero on a journey through some of Cuba's most beloved 18th-century musical works by composer Esteban Salas.

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

This revised and updated edition by Drs. Alejandro Portes and Rubén G. Rumbaut explores the economic, political, spatial, and linguistic aspects of immigration; the role of religion in the acculturation and social integration of foreign minorities; and the adaptation process for the second generation.

May

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

This lecture by Emilio Cueto will illustrate the various ways in which women have played leading roles in Cuban music—as educators, directors, and performers, as well as contributors to musicography.

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

In this lecture, Michael E. Parmly will argue that the new stage of normalized relations between the United States and Cuba opens a whole new perspective for mutually beneficial economic and societal cooperation.

June

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

According to the author, Dr. Rafael Rojas, the great egalitarian project of Cuban socialism, through the universalization of basic social rights, had as its background the Soviet subsidy and the restriction of civic and political rights.

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

One of the main goals of this lecture by Dr. María Elena Cobas Cobiellas is to establish a comparison between current Cuban legislation and the precedent Cuban law, with special reference to property law.

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The Frost Art Museum will be hosting two major exhibitions related to Cuba and its diaspora: one by photographer Richard Sexton and another on the Cuban-American painter Carlos Luna.

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Venue:Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center

This year's meeting features several panels focusing on Cuban Jews on the Island and in the United States. Speakers include Margalit Bejarano, Ruth Behar, Maritza Corrales, Rosa Perelmuter, Stephen Silverstein, Saúl Berenthal, and Eduardo Torres.

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center Bay Vista Ballrooms, Room 221

Anthropologist and filmmaker Dr. Ruth Behar will screen excerpts of her film "Adio Kerida," reflecting on the changes that have transpired in Jewish Cuba, offering updates on the protagonists in her film, and presenting her new research on Jews in Cuba and Sephardim.

July

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

The institute, entitled "Art, Culture, and Identity: Picturing Cuba through the Darlene M. and Jorge M. Pérez Art Collection at FIU," seeks to make more widely accessible the valuable resources of Florida International University.

August

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

This comprehensive biography of Eduardo René Chibás (1907–1951) by Dr. Ilan Ehrlich traces the life and times of Cuba's most popular and charismatic politician during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

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

A major conribution to the debate over U.S. colonialism, this book by Dr. Teresita A. Levy shows how Puerto Ricans won inclusion in the empire, in terms that were defined not only by the colonial power, but also by the colonized.

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

The purpose of this symposium is to examine the key role of the Catholic Church as the leading nongovernmental organization in Cuba and its efforts to promote understanding and reconciliation among Cubans on the Island and abroad.

September

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

Dr. Jairo Grijalba Ruiz writes about the pioneering Afro-Cuban musician Arsenio Rodríguez and his contributions to "son," mambo, and salsa.

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Venue:Roberto G. Goizueta Pavilion, Otto G. Richter Library, 1300 Memorial Dr., Coral Gables

In this book, Dr. Yeidy M. Rivero shows how television owners, regulatory entities, critics, and the state produced Cuban modernity for television.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center 243

In this lecture, Emilio Cueto will trace the historical development of the Virgin as a symbol of Cuban national identity on the Island and abroad.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC Pavilion

This workshop, led by Bob Brazofsky, Frank Mora, Hugh Gladwin, Marifeli Pérez-Stable, and Jorge Duany, is presented by FIU's Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center in partnership with the Cuban Research Institute, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and the Florida Task Force for Hispanic Studies.

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Venue:Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

In this lecture, Eurydice Losada will discuss the results of her research on the development of musical skills among Cuban children from 8 to 11 years old.

October

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Frost Art Museum, Room 105

This lecture will be offered by Pablo Barrios Almazor, a Spanish career diplomat who served as General Consul of Spain in Havana between 2007 and 2011.

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

Pavel Telička, a member of the European Parliament for the Czech Republic, will discuss the ongoing negotiations for a new bilateral treaty between the EU and Cuba, including the most sensitive aspect of this diplomatic process: the issue of human rights and Cuban civil society.

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

In this illustrated lecture, Cuban dancer and choreographer Irene Rodríguez will discuss how her company is blending flamenco with Cuban rhythms, and is bringing together tradition and modernity to an international genre.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Wertheim Performing Arsts Center

The Hon. Dr. Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, will speak about "The US-Cuba Accord: How the Caribbean Paved the Way."

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

Authors Guillermo Grenier and Corinna Moebius trace the history and growth of this Latino epicenter in the first in-depth portrait of a world-renowned neighborhood.

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

Zoé Valdés, one of the most famous Cuban novelists, will discuss recent literary trends, works, and authors of Cuban origin living outside the Island.

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Venue:Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables

In her latest work, Cuban writer Zoé Valdés chronicles her personal history of the city of her birth, from an especially sensitive perspective, that of exile.

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

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Mariel boatlift, the Cuban Research Institute has convened several experts from various disciplines to reflect upon the significance of this historic event, both for the United States and for Cuba.

November

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

This compilation by Jesús J. Barquet and Virgilio López Lemus is the first to offer a mosaic of contemporary Cuban poetry dealing with the homoaffective or homoerotic impulse.

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

This book by Dr. Violaine Jolivet analyzes the transformations of Miami since the 1960s and examines how these transformations are manifested from the local neighborhood scale to metropolitan and macro-regional scales.

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Venue:Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to cosponsor the U.S. premiere of the film directed by Laurent Cantent and co-written by Leonardo Padura.

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Venue:Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

In this lecture, Dr. Patricia Price will report on her interviews with Cuban exile individuals and groups to gain a better sense of how they make a home in the world.

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

This lecture by Professor Elizabeth Santana Cepero will analyze the historical and sociolinguistic characteristics of spoken Spanish in Cuba, including the use of Cubanisms in different dialectal zones on the Island.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, College of Business Complex 254

Lázaro Castillo is one of the leading young poets in contemporary Cuba. Daily life, a collection of itinerant anecdotes, and the amorous vocation that precedes pain are present in his poetry.

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

In this book, photographer Cynthia Carris Alonso captures, with an insider's access and a visitor's sense of wonder, two starkly different worlds contained within Cuba: the luxurious realm where foreigners flock and the unseen corners where ordinary citizens dwell away from tourist's eyes.

December

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

The 11th annual installment of its "Classically Cuban" series featured the Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist Albita Rodríguez.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Deuxieme Maison (DM) 353

Dr. Jorge Gutiérrez will discuss a project led by the National Botanic Garden of Cuba to revise and update a previous study of the Island's flora, produced between 1946 and 1969.

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

In this study of Cuba's economic development under communism, Dr. Jorge Salazar-Carrillo and Andro Nodarse-León find that the island has gone backward since the Cuban Revolution in 1959.