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More than 180 specialists in different disciplines will participate in our biennial meeting, scheduled for February 14-15, 2019, and focused on the main theme of "Cuba and Puerto Rico: Two Wings of One Bird?"

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This year's program is a two-piano extravaganza featuring a variety of Cuban popular musical styles such as mambo, cha cha, bolero, son, danzón, conga, and salsa, including composers like Ignacio Cervantes, Moisés Simons, Miguel Matamoros, Ernesto Lecuona, Dámaso Pérez Prado, and Tito Puente.

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Eliecer Jiménez interviews the Cuban-American artist, a member of the CRI Community Advisory Board, on the occasion of the acquisition of one of his paintings by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

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The panel "#TurnItUP with University Presses: Little-Known Stories of Unheard Voices" will feature Lisa Bayer, Director of the University of Georgia Press; CRI Director Jorge Duany; FIU Professor Emerita Meri-Jane Rochelson; and Romi Gutiérrez, Associate Director of Sales and Marketing at the University Press of Florida.

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Agustín R. Arellano, Sr., and his family have made a generous gift to help build CasaCuba, FIU's initiative to harness its extensive scholarly and cultural resources on Cuba.

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"Diario de Cuba" interviews Dr. Elaine Acosta, a CRI Visiting Scholar, about the rapid aging of the Cuban population and the inadequate government response to growing demand for care services on the island.

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The State University of New York (SUNY) Press has accepted for publication a new book by coeditors Iraida H. López and Eliana S. Rivero, "Let's Hear Their Voices: Cuban-American Writers of the Second Generation."

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During the Spring 2019 semester, FIU History Professors Rebecca Friedman and Mike Bustamante will offer the seminar "Sugar and Iron Curtains: Comparative Cultures of the Cold War" (EUH 5905/LAH 5905), focusing on the intersections of politics and culture in two case studies from the global history of socialism: the Soviet Union and Cuba.

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The Cuban Research Institute is happy to announce that the winner is Daniel Zengotita, a master's degree student in Religious Studies at FIU.

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In an op ed for "El Nuevo Herald," journalist Olga Connor salutes FIU's initiative to build a global information center about Cuba, based on education, research, public discussion, and the arts.

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