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January

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Venue:Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212-260 NE 59th Terrace, Miami

This exhibition features historical material and works by 15 contemporary artists who respond to the Cuban freedom fighter José Antonio Aponte's lost "Book of Paintings." The accompanying symposium brings together a group of scholars with some of the artists in the show to explore Aponte's history and the contemporary art inspired by his story.

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

This pioneering book by Dr. Abigail McEwen offers the first in-depth examination of Cuban art during the 1950s, following the intersecting trajectories of the artist groups "Los Once" and "Los Diez" against a dramatic backdrop of modernization and armed rebellion.

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Venue:Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St, Miami, FL

This stellar panel will feature curator Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta, art historians Alejandro Anreus and Abigail McEwen, and Hortensia Soriano, Director of the Rafael Soriano Foundation. The panelists will discuss Soriano's place within the abstract art movement in Cuba during the 1950s as well as the changes in his work after moving to the United States in 1962.

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

Directed and produced by Carlos Gutiérrez, this documentary film illustrates the story of the largest recorded child refugee exodus in the Western Hemisphere. This event is sold out.

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

The Student Government Council and Campus Life at FIU-BBC Campus will once again honor the life and legacy of Cuban patriot and journalist, José Martí. The program will feature a light breakfast and speakers discussing issues of relevance to Martí's work. In addition, this year's scholarship recipient will be recognized.

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

Father José Conrado Rodríguez, rector of the San Francisco de Paula parish in Trinidad, Cuba, will reflect on the present and future situation of the Church on the island.

February

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

Professor Leonardo Martín will examine the modernization experience of Uruguay in the early 20th century and its contemporary relevance for the Latin American region, including a future transition in Cuba.

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

The Cuban-American Studies Association (CASA), together with the Modern Languages Graduate Student Organization (MLGSO) and Sigma Delta Pi, welcome you to a new semester. Refreshments will be served.

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

Cuban-American poet Ricardo Pau-Llosa will read from his most recent book of poems with Cuban or Cuban exile themes, translated by Dr. Enrico Mario Santí.

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Venue:FIU Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St, Miami

The third edition of the festival, sponsored by FIU's School of Music, will be devoted to celebrating Miami's Cuban heritage, featuring extraordinary artists in eleven concerts, six masterclasses, five lectures, and a round-table composers panel.

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

Sisy Gómez Peña will reflect on her work as director and scriptwriter of short fiction and documentary film, within the context of a new generation of filmmakers born in Cuba after the 1990s.

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Venue:Spanish Cultural Center, 1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

With CRI's cosponsorship, the Spanish Cultural Center in Miami will present a sample of independent filmmakers from Cuba, including several fiction, nonfiction, and animated films.

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

On the 50th anniversary of the film, the Coral Gables Art Cinema is showing the restored version of this classic work, widely regarded as the best Cuban film of all time. Film critic Alejandro Ríos will introduce the film and lead a discussion with the audience.

March

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

Directed by Tony Méndez, this short film tells the story of a man trying to escape Cuba during the Mariel boatlift of 1980.

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

Dr. Alan West-Durán will examine the influence of Ocha, Palo, and Abakuá in the island's music and their intimate relationship with Cuban daily life.

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

Dr. Alan West-Durán invites readers to enter Cuban history from the perspective of the island's uniquely creative cultural forms, especially in literature, music, and film.

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

Based on ethnographic research, Dr. Mrinalini Tankha will address the socio-cultural and political implications of the currency reform process to show how it partly dissolves economic bifurcation, but also throws into sharp relief over two decades of psychological separations and conflicting expectations of state and market spheres in Cuba.

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

With CRI's cosponsorship, the Coral Gables Art Cinema pays tribute to largely unsung movie heroes from Cuba with a 9-program, 25-film salute, featuring in-person attendance, Q&As, and a panel discussion with the filmmakers.

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

Dr. Alfredo Rodríguez López-Vázquez will examine the feminine myths of classical Greek theater in the work of several 20th-century Cuban and Puerto Rican playwrights.

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

This documentary, produced by Dr. Nelson Varas-Díaz, explores heavy metal in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, focusing on the sociopolitical realities that inform the bands in this region, the music's deep history, and how it has survived throughout the years.

April

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

This new bilingual volume, edited by Alberto Sosa Cabanas, compiles critical essays by 21 scholars specializing in Cuban culture, who invite readers to rethink and update their notions of the Cuban nation. The book brings together diverse approaches to Cuba's literary and cultural production inside and outside the island, including theater, documentary film, and the Internet.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Madique Campus, Deuxième Maison 353

This lecture by Yurima Blanco proposes a first approximation to Ernesto Lecuona's score and eventually the analysis, reconstruction, and performance of his unpublished work.

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

Dr. Lillian Guerra draws on her years of research in newly opened archives and on personal interviews to shed light on the men and women of Cuba who participated in mass mobilization and civic activism to establish social movements in their quest for social and racial justice and for more accountable leadership.

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

In this important and timely volume, Dr. Lillian Guerra fills a significant gap in the literature, illuminating how Cuba's sovereign electoral democracy underwent a tumultuous transformation into a military dictatorship.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Madique Campus, Deuxième Maison 353

This lecture by David Virelles González will examine the Cuban "cinquillo," a rhythmic cell that can be found throughout sub-Saharan Africa and in several Cuban styles that emerged during Spanish colonial times.

May

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

This volume by renowned photographer Cynthia Carris Alonso is a stunning culinary and visual journey through Cuba that presents 75 authentic, never-before-shared recipes from the world's most inventive chefs.

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

This collection of essays by Dr. Jorge Sanguinetty focuses on the misery of political economy and the institutions that have managed recent changes in Cuba's economy, as well as provides glimpses of future solutions based on solid realism.

June

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Madique Campus, Deuxième Maison 353

Dr. Jorge Camacho will assess Carlos Ripoll's contributions to our understanding of José Martí, and how Camacho's research project has led him to publish more than 50 previously unknown chronicles that Martí wrote while living in New York in the 1880s.

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

Fulbright Scholar Dr. Anna Kaganiec-Kamieńska will focus on the linguistic situation and cultural identity in Puerto Rico.

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

CRI Visiting Scholar Estíbaliz Santamaría Cadaval will showcase one of the most important examples of the visibility achieved by the Galician song: "Cántiga, Unha noite," composed by the Galician poet Curros Enríquez and musicians Alonso Salgado and José Castro "Chané."

July

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

One of the greatest Cuban films of all time, "Lucía" is director Humberto Solás' magnum opus, a sprawling historical triptych featuring women (who share the same first name) at a time of significant change on the island.

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Venue:Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Modesto A. Maidique Campus

The fourth annual Summer Art Institute for K-12 teachers focuses on contemporary Cuban exile art, based on the work of two artists on view at the Frost Art Museum, Glexis Novoa and Sandra Ramos.

August

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

This illustrated lecture by Tony Pinelli will trace the history of the Cuban son from its origins in the rural areas of Oriente province in the late 19th century, to its extension to Santiago de Cuba and other cities in the 20th century.

September

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Venue:Cernuda Arte, 3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables

In this richly illustrated book, Emilio Cueto and Julio Larramendi document the long, broad, and profound presence of the largest island of the West Indies in the United States.

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

Historically rich and engrossing, this book by Dr. Lisandro Pérez analyzes the major forces that shaped the Cuban community in New York, but also tells the stories of individuals and families that made up the fabric of a little-known immigrant world that represents the origins of the city's dynamic Latino presence.

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

This lecture by Dr. Ileana Pérez Drago will center on constructions of Havana's late colonial period and their relationship with European exponents of ironwork via a comparison of catalogs from England, Germany, France, and Spain.

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

The Cuban-American Studies Association (CASA) invites you to its welcoming reception for fall 2018. An opportunity to meet and greet. Drop by and keep in touch! Cuban and Hispanic refreshments will be provided.

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

Directed by Ernesto Fundora Hernández, "Lezama Lima: Speaking Freely" ("Lezama Lima: soltar la lengua") surveys the life and work of one of the most complex and interesting writers in the Spanish language.

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

The third centenary of the publication of Don Quixote was celebrated throughout the Spanish-speaking world, but the Cuban commemoration was particularly problematic because of the social divisions that remained on the Island following the recent War of Independence. Dr. Ricardo Castells analyzes how the speeches of the University of Havana's professors reflected an early optimism about the young Republic's boundless opportunities, even as they dealt with the Island's recent colonial history.

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

Cuban musicologist Eurydice Losada will present a project, developed by musicians, creators, and promoters of art and culture, to integrate Hispanic children into U.S. society through music.

October

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

Leonardo Falcón, a Ph.D. candidate in History, presents the latest findings of his dissertation research in Mexico, Chile, Spain and Cuba, which has determined the efforts to establish an Inquisition Tribunal in Havana to counteract the English establishment of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607.

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

For reasons as varied as the differences between them, three major Cuban literary figures left the island where they were born and—without losing their identities—made an indelible imprint on the world at large. What the three documentary portraits that comprise this series have in common is the devotion of the filmmakers to rescue from oblivion and celebrate the spirit of these artists, to ensure that their memory will outlive us all.

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

This book by Dr. Robert Ceresa studies civic organizations as the heart of the story of the social and political power and influence of Miami's Cuban community.

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

This presentation by Dr. Don E. Walicek discusses the infractions on freedom that have taken place within and around Guantánamo Bay since it was seized by U.S. troops in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.

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

This book, edited by Drs. Don E. Walicek and Jessica Adams, explores the humanities as an insightful platform for understanding and responding to the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, other manifestations of "Guantánamo," and the contested place of freedom in American Empire.

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

Repeatedly and powerfully throughout Cuban history, the mulata, a woman of mixed racial identity, features prominently in Cuban visual and performative culture. Tracing the figure, Dr. Alison Fraunhar looks at the representation and performance in both elite and popular culture.

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Venue:Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St, Miami

"Relational Undercurrents" is the first major survey of twenty-first century art of the Caribbean, including Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. The exhibition opens after a panel discussion featuring curator Tatiana Flores, artists Adler Guerrier and Charo Oquet, and anthropologist Dr. Andrea J. Queeley.

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Venue:Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W Flagler St, Miami

The well-known pianist will play from his extensive repertoire of Cuban and international music, accompanied by the singer Cristy Arias, the Duo Contraste, and dancers Darcy and Odaray.

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

National arts leader Carolina García Jayaram discusses the future of arts education, her leadership of some of the nation's premier cultural organizations, and the surprising choice she made as an undergraduate that helped her get to where she is today. The Humanities Edge FIU Director Ana Menéndez will moderate the conversation.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center 355, 10955 SW 15 St., Miami

Sonia Fritz's documentary "Después de María: Las 2 orillas" is a look at Puerto Rico eight months after the passing of the hurricane. It explores several grassroots inititives around the island and the stories of families who emigrated to Orlando after the hurricane, as well as the important contribution of the diaspora in the reconstruction of the island.

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

"Havana Habibi" looks at the cross-cultural exchange and intermigration between Africa, Cuba, and the United States; examines what it means to be a Cuban belly dancer in revolutionary Cuba as well as the diaspora; and travels through time, geography, and space to tell a human story of healing, transformation, empowerment, liberation, and identity through the sensual metaphor of belly dancing.

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

In this illustrated lecture, researcher and music collector Ramón Gómez will review the artistic life of the Cuban singer Celia Cruz, focusing on her role as a performer of bolero music, and sharing images and boleros recorded by Celia throughout her glorious career.

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

This comparative analysis by Drs. Elaine Acosta González, Florencia Picasso Risso, and Valentina Perrotta González examines the public policies and social programs toward the aged population in three different countries.

November

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Student Academic Success Center (SASC) 150

Organized by "The Humanities Edge: Creating a Pathway to Diversified Scholarship," this panel discussion will recount the unwritten and half-forgotten histories of the city, including the experiences of Jamaican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Haitian immigrants.

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

Maite Morales, a Ph.D. candidate in History, will examine how carnival and festivals were transformed into sites of state control that defined Cuba's socialist culture during the second decade of the Revolution.

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

CRI Visiting Scholar Nelson Jaime Santana will analyze the causes and consequences of the rising numbers of Cuban professionals and managers who have relocated in Santiago de Chile.

December

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Venue:FIU Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami

Virtuoso pianists and Cuban brothers Orlay Alonso and Orlando Alonso present an immersive experience that places the audience at the center of the "Golden Era" of Cuban music and entertainment of the 1940s and 1950s.