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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.

The Catholic Church in Cuba: Current Status and Challenges

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

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: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: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

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