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January

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus

FIU's Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and Cuban Research Institute, together with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will hold a post-secondary faculty seminar on Cuba in Miami.

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

This book by Drs. Alejandro Portes and Ariel Armony traces the history of Miami's rise and the simultaneous emergence of a highly diverse but contentious ethnic mosaic. The existential threat to the future of the city posed by a rising ocean makes Miami a key case study for the pros and cons of present-day, capitalist-led globalization.

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Glenn Hubert Library, 300 NE 151st St, Miami

The FIU Libraries invite you to celebrate the life and legacy of Cuban poet and activist José Martí on his 166th birthday.

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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 and Sigma Delta Pi, invites you to its welcoming reception for Spring 2019. Refreshments will be served.

February

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

This lecture by John Vertovec discusses how new state policies and regulations in Cuba shape opportunities, challenges, and economic behaviors in unequal ways for a diverse group of self-employed people.

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Glenn Hubert Library, 300 NE 151st St., Miami

FIU's Glenn Hubert Library will hold an opening reception for Hugo Fernández's exhibition of his photographs of the Hemingway House on the outskirts of Havana.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center

The Cuban Research Institute continues its tradition of convening scholars, students, and other persons interested in the study of Cuba and Cuban Americans by announcing its 12th Conference. The main theme of the 2019 conference will be "Cuba and Puerto Rico: Two Wings of One Bird?"

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

Several experts and collectors—Drs. Michael Bustamante and María Antonia Cabrera, Emilio Cueto, and Annia González—will discuss the challenges of collecting objects related to Cuban culture, focusing on Cueto's extensive collection of Cuban documents, artworks, and memorabilia.

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Venue:Weiss Serota Heffman Cole & Pierman, P.L., 2525 Ponce de Leon Ave., Coral Gables

The Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), in partnership with FIU's Cuban Research Institute and CasaCuba, will cosponsor a panel discussion exploring the history of the Cuban Constitution, its present implementation, newly proposed revisions, and its future.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 420

In this presentation, José Ignacio Ramírez will discuss the impact on Cuba when Castro's regime came into power and abolished professional baseball during the 1960-61 season and the difficult choices young men had to face in pursuit of their dreams. This lecture will also highlight Mr. Ramírez's personal journey as a young boy who immigrated into the United States under the Operation Pedro Pan Program.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, RDB 1009

A group of experts in law and the social sciences examines the main amendments to Cuba's magna carta, which were approved in a referendum on February 24, 2019.

March

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

In this presentation, Dr. Marysol Quevedo explores the goals of a group of young Cuban composers studying under the tutelage of José Ardévol, with a particular focus on Argeliers León.

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

In this book, Dr. Megan Feeney argues that the freedom fighting extolled in American World War II dramas and the rebellious values and behaviors seen in postwar film noir helped condition Cuban audiences to expect and even demand purer forms of Cuban democracy and national sovereignty. At the same time, influential Cuban intellectuals worked to translate Hollywood ethics into revolutionary rhetoric—which, ironically, led to pointed critiques and subversions of the US presence in Cuba.

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

Journalist Judy Cantor-Navas discusses the history of Panart Records, the first record pressing facility in Havana, with highlights from the Panart catalog in the Díaz-Ayala Music Collection.

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

This volume, edited by Drs. Michael J. Bustamante and Jennifer L. Lambe, brings together new historical research with comparative and methodological reflections on the challenges of writing about the Cuban Revolution.

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

Based on eighty in-depth interviews recently conducted in Cuba, this book edited by Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago captures actual voices from this evolving economic sector. It offers fascinating insights into today's Cuban economy from the non-state sector, while also reflecting on its potential for development and the obstacles it faces.

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

Three distinguished scholars—Drs. Matthew Casey, Jorge Giovannetti, and Andrea Queeley—will examine the social and economic impact of migrants from Haiti, Jamaica, and other West Indian islands to Cuba during the first third of the 20th century.

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

Grounded in extensive and rigorous multisited research, this book by Dr. Jorge L. Giovannetti-Torres examines the different migration experiences of Jamaican, Leeward, and Windward Islanders, along with the transnational processes of labor recruitment and the local control of workers in the plantation.

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

Thirty-five years ago, Oscar-winning cinematographer Néstor Almendros ("Days of Heaven") and "El Super" co-director Orlando Jiménez Leal joined forces to document the systemic violation of human rights and the persecution of homosexuals in Castro's Cuba.

April

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

In this lecture, Dr. Ana Mary Rusch will discuss her recent ethnographic fieldwork on Cuban immigrants in Berlin, focusing on the dynamics of integration, the complexity of identity, and the heterogeneity of the Cuban diaspora.

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Venue:FIU Downtown on Brickell, Room FDBS 1010, 1101 Brickell Avenue, Miami

This forum brings together scholars, legal experts, and business leaders to discuss recent developments with the Helms-Burton Act, the U.S. embargo of Cuba, and the right to sue for expropriated properties.

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

The Exile Studies Program, together with the Betsy-South Beach Hotel and the Department of English, invites you to its Writer-in-Residence Lecture by Dr. Martin Tucker, a leading scholar in the field of Exile Literary Studies, which he helped found and define.

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

Historian Víctor Andrés Triay discusses his research on the unaccompanied children who came from Cuba to the United States between 1960 and 1962.

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

Based on research at the General Archive of the State Administration of Alcalá de Henares, Dr. Omar García-Obregón analyzes why Reinaldo Arenas' narrative work was never published in Franco's Spain or Castro's Cuba.

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

Dr. Horacio Sierra's presentation will examine how the musical careers of Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, and Pitbull have defined and expanded Cuban-American identity over the last sixty years.

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

Directed by Carlos D. Díaz Montero and produced by Dr. Elaine Acosta, this documentary presents an intimate view of the "Dean of Cuban Studies" and "Master of Social Security in Latin America," Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago. His personal and academic history is told as a counterpoint between chance and the tireless pursuit of objectivity.

May

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

Through unused archives and oral history, Dr. Lillian Guerra delves into the mechanisms through which grassroots support was constructed and challenged in Cuba between the 1960s and 1980s. Finding that the burdens of revolutionary citizenship often blurred lines, Dr. Guerra illuminates an ironically apolitical nation within the binary of patriot vs. traitor: there, a creative, collective individualism thrived.

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

In this book, Drs. Jorge Salazar-Carrillo and Daniel O. Murgo analyze the most intimate details of how the economy operates in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

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

Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Havana between 2015 and 2019, Andrés García Molina explores the economic and aesthetic significance of the resurgence of street vendors and their "pregones," or songs, after several decades of silence following the 1959 Cuban Revolution.

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

Ethnomusicologist Dean Craven will explore prerevolutionary recordings housed in the Díaz-Ayala Collection to identify the shared principles of montuno piano production as expressed across the spectrum of son-derived genres in Cuba.

June

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

This installation of works by graphic artist Conrado Massaguer, recently gifted to The Wolfsonian Library by Vicki Gold Levi, will bring forth Massaguer's legacy through dozens of images, including celebrity caricatures, magazine covers, and advertising illustrations.

September

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

Through photographs, posters, and promotional ephemera drawn primarily from a gift by Vicki Gold Levi, this volume edited by Rosa Lowinger and Francis Xavier Luca revisits the relationship between Cuba and the United States from the Prohibition era of the 1920s through the postwar tourism boom of the 1950s.

December

Save the Date! Classically Cuban Concert

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW17th St., Miami

The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce the 15th installment of its annual concert series, devoted to the preservation and dissemination of Cuba's rich and diverse musical heritage. This year's program will be led by the Cuban-American pianist and composer David Virelles.