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January

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Dr. Uva de Aragón will discuss her second mystery novel, featuring the Cuban-American detective María Duquesne. The murder of a young decorator and art curator leads Duquesne and her shrewd colleague Iván Fernández to interview members of a wealthy family at their homes in the best neighborhoods of Miami. Soon a second murder occurs in the gardens of the famous Palace of Vizcaya. Are the deaths of an elegant American from New York and an undocumented Hispanic woman related?

February

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Based on archival research, oral histories, interviews, and musicological analysis, Dr. Benjamin Lapidus examines how interethnic collaboration among musicians, composers, dancers, instrument builders, and music teachers in New York City set a standard for the study, creation, performance, and innovation of Latin music. Musicians specializing in Spanish Caribbean music in New York cultivated a sound that was grounded in tradition, including classical, jazz, and Spanish Caribbean folkloric music.

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In the second lecture of a series, Dr. Benjamin Lapidus explores the life and musical career of Elio Osácar, a.k.a. Sonny Bravo, an Afro-Cuban arranger and performer, as well as co-director of the pan-ethnic salsa group Típica 73, representative of the period 1973–80 in New York Latin music. The group, which covered contemporary Cuban songs, pushed the boundaries of tradition through their instrumentation and performance.

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In this presentation, Dr. Benjamin Lapidus examines how important Cuban musicians arrived in New York during the Mariel exodus and how their presence enriched Cuban folklore, sacred music, and danceable popular music. Through recordings and interviews, the lecture focuses on several artists of the period to explore their impact as musicians and teachers.

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Drs. Javier Francisco-Ortega and Rosalina Montes Espín will examine how the living collections of the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden in Cuba were established with material collected during the Utowana expeditions, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This case study provides an opportunity for further interdisciplinary examination related to questions of U.S. influence in the Caribbean, international cooperation, and neocolonial approaches to engagement and policy.

March

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This workshop is geared toward both small business owners and salespersons, with a focus on Latino and Cuban entrepreneurs. Led by Professor Rafael Soltero Venegas, the event will be held in Spanish and will be broadcast live on Zoom.

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Vividly recasting Cuba’s politics in the 1930s as transnational, Dr. Ariel Mae Lambe reimagines Cuban activism during an era previously regarded as a lengthy, defeated lull. In this period, many Cuban activists began to look at their fight against strongman rule and neocolonial control at home as part of the international antifascism movement that exploded with the Spanish Civil War.

April

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Dr. Jorge Duany's "Obra selecta" gathers several academic essays and journalistic articles on transnational migration and national identity in Cuba and Puerto Rico. The texts focus on the construction and reconstruction of cultural identities among immigrants and their descendants from the two islands in the United States. The book will be presented by Dr. Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel.

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This panel discussion will gather experts on various ethnic groups in Cuba to address how ethnic prejudice and racial discrimination shaped each group's incorporation into Cuban society, and how immigrants and their descendants from various origins sought to overcome such hurdles. In addition, participants will analyze how different ethnic and racial groups contributed to the development of contemporary Cuban culture, as well as the status of the immigrants' descendants in Cuba today.

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Drawing on troves of archival materials, including visual materials, Dr. Michael J. Bustamante excavates Cubans’ contested memories of the Revolution’s roots and results over its first twenty years.

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The main objective of this event is to identify some of the main pedagogical issues involved in teaching about Cuba on the island and in Miami. The panel will gather three educators to share their work on the literacy campaign in Cuba, Cuban-American teachers in Miami, and incorporating Cuba in the curriculum.

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"Letters to Eloísa" is an hour-long documentary film by Adriana Bosch about Cuban writer José Lezama Lima, considered one of the most influential figures in Latin American literature. It relies on letters written by Lezama between 1961 and 1976 to his sister in exile, to tell the story of the writer’s life, his struggle for artistic freedom, and tragic end.