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January

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

This biography by Jesús Díaz Loyola focuses on an Asturian immigrant who created the first radio station to air in Cuba in 1920.

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, WUC Ballrooms, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami

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:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

Worldwide Cuban Music, in conjunction with the Díaz-Ayala Music Collection at the FIU Libraries and CRI, invite you to participate in an event to recognize the luthier Pablo Quintana, considered the most important luthier in the history of Cuban music.

February

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

Edited by Dr. Alejandro de la Fuente, the journal showcases the best scholarship on Cuba in the humanities and social sciences.

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

This panel will bring together several experts from different disciplines to examine various aspects of the emerging cultural identities of young Cubans in the United States.

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

This book by Dr. Iraida H. López explores narratives of literal and figurative return, including memoirs, fiction, and the visual arts, by those who left Cuba as children or adolescents.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, School of International and Public Affairs 502

Centering on the music and lives of black-identified "raperos" (rappers), Dr. Marc D. Perry examines the ways in which these young artists craft notions of black Cuban identity and racial citizenship, along with calls for racial justice.

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

FIU's Student Programming Council (SPC) presents the actress from the TV show "Orange Is the New Black," who will discuss her growing up with immigrant parents from Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

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

This panel will gather the author of the book "Seagull One," Lily Prellezo; her collaborator José Basulto; and her translator Vicente Echerri.

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

In this lecture, Cuban blogger Harold Cárdenas Lema examines the expansion of public spaces to discuss the island's future.

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

Professor Eduardo del Valle will present his autobiography, revealing beautiful, evocative, and sometimes painful photographs leading through the author's childhood in Cuba.

March

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

This series of lectures by Dr. Alexis Jardines will examine the ideological context for a future Cuban transition to democracy.

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

This lecture by Elaine Vilar Madruga intends to examine the axis of the new generations of Cuban writers, their points of approximation or distancing in connection with their poetics as individual creators.

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

This newly released Spanish translation of the book "Seagull One," by Lily Prellezo, tells the never-before told story of the men and women who saved the lives of over 4,200 Cuban rafters.

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

The Exile Studies Program, in collaboration with the Betsy-South Beach Hotel and other FIU units, is sponsoring a lecture by Scholar/Writer in Residence Dr. Monika Zgustova.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, CBC 232

The Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy presents a timely discussion by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Pavel Bělobrádek. Among the questions to be discussed are the changing relations between the Czech Republic and Cuba.

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

Dr. Michelle Chase's book describes how Cuban insurrectionists mobilized familiar gendered notions, such as masculine honor and maternal sacrifice, in ways that strengthened the coalition against Fulgencio Batista. But, after 1959, the mobilization of women and the societal transformations that brought more women and young people into the political process opened the political platform to increasingly urgent demands for women's rights.

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

The Exile Studies Program, together with other FIU units, is sponsoring a panel discussion with the acclaimed Czech writer Monika Zgustova; Cuban film critic Alejandro Ríos; former Czech Ambassador Martin Palous; and FIU Professor Marian Demos.

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

The Cuban Research Institute has organized a panel of distinguished experts on the Chinese diaspora in Cuba, who will examine its incorporation into Cuban society and culture, as well as its ties to home villages in China, among other topics.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, College of Business Complex 232

To discuss the broader implications of the president's trip to the Island, the Cuban Research Institute and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center have convened a group of commentators with diverse opinions on the subject.

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

This lecture by Dr. Silvia Betti will examine the fusion of the Spanish and English languages in the United States from various perspectives.

April

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

In this presentation, Dr. Matías Montes Huidobro will discuss the relationship among myth, history, current events, academic research, and the creative process within his novel "Una saga yoruba."

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

Based on her fieldwork in Santiago and Guantánamo, Dr. Andrea J. Queeley looks at local and regional identity formations as well as racial politics in revolutionary Cuba.

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

This is the second lecture of Dr. Alexis Jardines' series, entitled "Neo-Castrism and the Opposition."

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

This book by Leonard Ray Teel is a deft analysis of the tension between propaganda and objectivity in the work of U.S. foreign correspondents.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA Café

In this lecture, Dr. Jacques Rupnik will explore the process of democratic transitions, their common elements, and the relevance of the Havel "legacy" for today's Cuba, among other topics.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA Café

This exhibition by Czech photographer Hana Jakrlova focuses on unique stories of Cuban citizens living beyond the view of tourists and other visitors to the Island.

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

This panel will examine the socioeconomic implications of recent demographic trends in Cuba, including increasing dependency ratios, the rising costs of pension funds and health care, and the loss of young and skilled workers as a result of selective emigration.

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

This illustrated presentation by Dr. Noraliz Ruiz Caraballo will examine the historical and cultural connections in the performance of "décimas" in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Canary Islands.

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

The Díaz-Ayala Collection presents an illustrated lecture by Annie Basulto about the life and career of Cuban-born musician and composer Pedro Telleria.

May

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

This lecture by Emilio Cueto will discuss the recent publication of 19 prints illustrating the principal cities and landscapes of the Oriente region of Cuba during the second half of the 19th century.

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Venue:Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

This exhibit at the FIU-Wolfsonian will feature hundreds of American-Cuban tourist trade products from 1920-1959, including travel brochures, posters, and promotional films that framed Cuba as an escape for wealthy Americans.

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

This lecture by Liliana Casanella Cué will analyze a textual corpus of the guaracha to explore how its various models surpass musical fashions to maintain its attachment to the essential characteristics of Cubanness.

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

This lecture by Maikel Fariñas Borrego will explore the motivation for urban business people in Cuba to form and join civic associations and the importance they had on the Island.

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

In this talk, Dr. Gabriela G. Alfaraz will discuss the findings of a comparative analysis of three generational cohorts of Cubans that showed both stability and changes in the pronominal system.

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

In her lecture, Dr. Uva de Aragón will offer a brief summary of the life and literary works of Cuba's Founding Father, as well as focus on the events leading to his untimely death, and its consequences for Cuba.

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

In the last of three lectures, Dr. Alexis Jardines will discuss the recent redefinition of Cuban socialism and the ideological derivation toward a postmodern left.

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

Three members of the Cuban Committee for Human Rights will tell the story of how the group was created in 1976, and will discuss its legacy for contemporary Cuban history.

June

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

An exile's vacillating search for a second home: this is the overriding theme of Dr. Gustavo Pérez Firmat's two most recent books.

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Venue:The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Drawing on a broad range of sources—songs, movies, ads, novels, tourist brochures—this lecture by Dr. Gustavo Pérez-Firmat will explore the large role that the small island of Cuba—so near and yet so foreign—has played in America's psychic life.

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Venue:Senatssaal, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

FIU will hold a panel discussion on Cuba's relations with the United States and the European Union, as part of the efforts to showcase FIU's preeminent scholarship and global successes.

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

The Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, in partnership with the Cuban Research Institute at FIU, will hold the Second Annual Summer Cuban Art Institute for Teachers.

July

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

The prominent collector has selected ten relevant items to illustrate the history of Cuban music from the collection he donated to FIU in 2001.

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Venue:Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

This documentary by Cuban filmmaker Marcelo Martín chronicles a painful journey that begins at the Morón train station and ends at Punta Alegre in the central Cuban province of Ciego de Avila.

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

This lecture by Pedro Campos Santos will analyze socialism as a state construction in Cuba, fundamentally based on the wage exploitation of state property, and will identify the economic, political, and social factors that lead to its failure.

September

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

Please join us to celebrate the publication of Dr. Uva de Aragón's detective novel about Cuban-American characters in Miami.

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

Drs. Guillermo J. Grenier and Hugh Gladwin will present the results of the latest edition of the longest-running research project tracking the opinions of the Cuban-American community in South Florida.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA First Floor

FIU welcomes the artists of Espacio 08, a group formed in Havana by four professors at the prestigious Higher Institute of Art as a collaboration between the academic and the artistic.

October

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

Dr. Jorge Salazar-Carrillo's work seeks to provide a better understanding, ideas, and conclusions to combat the economic woes of the many countries found in the Americas.

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

Directed by Marcelo Martín, this documentary follows several residents of a crumbling building, located in Central Havana, over a three-year period. This event has been canceled due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew; we will announce when it is rescheduled.

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

The FIU Music Festival will present over 12 concerts of music from Classical to Jazz to Latin America, performed by some of the best local, national, and international performers, ensembles, and orchestra.

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

Pedro G. Menocal details the diverse history of the Spanish language in Cuba, embracing the hilarious and historic value of words and their interpretations.

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

Dr. Michael Bustamante will examine how the Cuban revolutionary state's evolving models of self-representation reached a peak of retrospective simplification during the 1970s.

November

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Glenn Hubert Library

The Glenn Hubert Library will display the large format photos and interpretive material by Clyde Butcher and an expedition team funded by UNESCO, which traversed the mountains and coastline of Cuba.

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Glenn Hubert Campus, HL 175, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami

To mark the opening of the photo exhibit "Cuba: The Natural Beauty," this session will feature photographers Clyde Butcher and Patrick Farrell, as well as ecologist Evelyn Gaiser and geographer Jennifer Gebelein. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Mercedes Vigón.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, College of Law, Rafael Diaz Balart 1000

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Cuban Adjustment Act, the FIU College of Law will sponsor a panel discussion on its past and future.

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

This volume edited by Vitalina Alfonso is a compilation of Dr. Uva de Aragón's journalistic columns published by the "Diario Las Américas" over a period of two decades.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green School Gallery (SIPA First Floor)

Please join artists and musicians Jônatas Chimen Dias DaSilva-Benayon, Susana Behar, José Luis de la Paz, and Reza Filsoofi as they draw on their own family histories to evoke the cultural heritage of their Sephardic ancestors.

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

The Cuban-Mexican journalist, photographer, and editor Mayra A. Martínez will share her work interviewing some of the great figures in the history of Cuban music.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, College of Business Complex 243

The Department of Modern Languages and the Cuban Research Institute have organized this meeting to examine the complex connections between culture and social praxis in Cuban and Cuban-American literature.

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

For the past six years, director Olatz López Garmendia and co-producer Miguel Sirgado have been documenting life in Havana away from the clichés of American vintage cars cruising the streets and European tourists cavorting in search of a walk on the wild side.

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

This presentation by Petra Kuivala will analyze how the Catholic Church has consciously developed the idea of Cuban Catholicism both as a reaction and a precaution in regard to the Cuban social context.

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

This lecture by José Miguel Sánchez (Yoss) opens a window into the history of Cuban sci-fi, and explains how it became a code, not only to evade censorship, but also to try looking beyond the everyday.

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Venue:Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Dr. Rosa Perelmuter will discuss the complicated public, private, and inherited memories of the Holocaust and its reception by the Jews of Cuba, and her ongoing efforts as a member of the Cuban yishuv to capture an accurate picture using insider documents and personal and family anecdotes.

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

This documentary by Marcelo Martín follows the residents of a crumbling building in Central Havana over a period of three years.

December

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Venue:Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

Memory ADN/Memoria DNA is a voyage through the sayings, customs, and stereotypes, at times filled with humor, at times nostalgic, that explores the idea of what is "Spanish" from the perspective of a particular group of Latino immigrants (namely Caribbean and coastal).

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

The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce the 12th installment of its Classically Cuban concert series. The concert will be devoted to romantic piano compositions and lyric music from Cuba from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including well-known titles by Ernesto Lecuona and Jorge Anckermann.

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Venue:Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

Join the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy for an engaging presentation and dialogue focused on human rights, Cuba, and the international community. Distinguished member of the European Parliament Pavel Telička will be joined by three prominent figures of the Cuban democratic opposition, Rosa María Payá, Pedro Fuentes-Cid, and Orlando Gutiérrez.