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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?

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In this Spanish-language translation of their book "Entrepreneurial Cuba," Drs. Ted Henken and Archibald Ritter provide the most complete and profound study of private enterprise in Cuba. A new 50-page epilogue updates the book’s coverage and analysis through September 2020 following COVID’s impact on the island’s private sector and the pro-market reforms announced in July 2020.

February

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Drs. Javier Francisco-Ortega and Rosalina Montes Espín will examine how the living collections of the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden were established with material collected during the Utowana expeditions. 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.