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January

The grant will preserve valuable examples of Latin American heritage from various countries through the digitization of rare 78rpm sound recordings from 1900–1929 at the Green Library.

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CRI Faculty Affiliate Dr. Phillip M. Carter has just coauthored a new book, "Languages in the World: How History, Culture, and Politics Shape Language."

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The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) is accepting nominations for the best graduate and undergraduate student papers on the Cuban economy in its broader political, social, and cultural context.

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The artist's sculpture, "Fata Morgana," is the largest in the history of Madison Square Park and received one of the longest runs of any installation there. Its nine-month run concluded in January 2016.

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The University Press of Florida has just released Dr. Andrea Queeley's "Rescuing Our Roots," based on her fieldwork in Santiago and Guantánamo, and analyzing local and regional identity formations as well as racial politics in revolutionary Cuba.

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El Nuevo Herald reports on the efforts of several U.S. academic institutions to establish exchange programs with Cuba. It also mentions FIU's summer training program for Cuban entrepreneurs, InCubando@FIU.

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In a video interview with FIU News, CRI Faculty Affiliate Jaime Canavés shares how good architecture enhances people's lives.

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Dr. Jorge Duany will talk about the Cuban diaspora from a transnational perspective.

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February

Maikel Fariñas Borrego, a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will conduct archival research on the civic associations of urban business people in Cuba between 1920 and 1958.

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Historian Víctor Andrés Triay will conduct a series of oral histories with veterans of the Brigade 2506, who participated in the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.

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"Promising Paradise" will feature hundreds of American-Cuban tourist trade products from 1920-1959, including travel brochures, posters, and promotional films that framed Cuba as an escape for wealthy Americans.

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Agence France-Press interviews CRI Associate Director Sebastián Arcos about the recent meeting between the heads of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches in Havana.

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CBS Evening News interviewed CRI Director Jorge Duany on the recent migration of Cubans from Ecuador to the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Together with St. Thomas University, CRI cosponsored a symposium on the history of and popular devotion to the Virgin of Charity of Cobre.

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March

The Cuban Research Institute, together with the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, sponsored a conversation among experts with diverse opinions on the president's recent trip to Havana.

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Dr. Jorge Duany has received a contract to write a book-length manuscript for the Oxford University Press series entitled "What Everyone Needs to Know."

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WLRN reporter Tim Padgett interviews several small business owners who will participate in InCubando@FIU, a summer program for Cuban entrepreneurs.

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The Atlantic reports on how Cuban Americans are slowly shifting their views on the embargo and on engaging with the communist government.

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Sputnik News interviews CRI Director Jorge Duany on the eve of the president's historic visit to Havana.

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Michael J. Bustamante, a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University, has been named Assistant Professor of Latin American History.

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The Cuban Research Institute, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the FIU Libraries are pleased to announce the winners of this year's competition.

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The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce the 12th installment of its concert series, devoted to romantic piano compositions and lyric music from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Dr. Jorge Duany will talk about "The Future of Cuba and the Cuban-American Community," hosted by Santa Fe College.

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Jorge L. Esquirol was named Distinguished Chair in Latin American Law and Law and Development Studies at the University of Trento in Italy.

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Petra Kuivala, a doctoral student in Theology at the University of Helsinki in Finland, will conduct archival research and oral histories for her dissertation on "Identity and Development of the Catholic Church in Revolutionary Cuba, 1959–1986."

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CRI recently organized the presentation of the latest issues of the academic journal, "Cuban Studies," with the participation of Drs. Alejandro de la Fuente, Carmelo Mesa-Lago, and Lillian Guerra.

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April

In Cuba Today reports on our recent panel discussion about Cuba's demographic challenges.

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A group of FIU journalism students has created a website to communicate news about Cuba.

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CRI Director Jorge Duany participates in a dossier on Cuba's migrant experience, coordinated by the online journal "Cuban Posible."

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The Department of Modern Languages and the Cuban Research Institute invite submissions that examine the complex connections between culture and social praxis in Cuban literary texts.

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Lisandra Cuesta Vasallo will conduct research on Cuban rum brands for her master's thesis in design at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico.

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The New York Times cites FIU's own Guillermo J. Grenier and Corinna J. Moebius as experts on the history and culture of Little Havana.

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The panel on "Cuba between the Past and the Future" will be held at Humboldt University on June 19, 2016, as part of the efforts to showcase FIU's preeminent scholarship and global successes.

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May

FIU welcomed the InCubando@FIU Fellows, a group of 15 young Cuban entrepreneurs who will be spending part of the summer in Miami, participating in a six–week business and intensive English program.

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El Nuevo Herald reports on the current exhibit on view at the Wolfsonian-FIU, focusing on the mutual cultural influences between the United States and Cuba between the 1920s and 1950s.

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Slate magazine reports that Cuban state employees are abandoning their jobs for higher-paying occupations in the private sector.

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Vivala Magazine reports on the dilemmas faced by the descendants of Cuban exiles as they contemplate a visit to the island that made their elders feel unwelcome and turned them into exiles.

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The distinguished Cuban collector and independent researcher Emilio Cueto was awarded a doctorate in humane letters from St. Thomas University. Mr. Cueto has been a frequent lecturer at FIU and was the organizer of three concerts for the Classically Cuban series.

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Visiting Scholar Vicky Jassey has inauguared a digital archival project documenting Afro-Cuban drumming practices.

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The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) is accepting nominations until May 30, 2016. ASCE is a nonpolitical, professional international association dedicated to the study of the Cuban economy in its broader political, social, and cultural context.

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The New Tropic magazine interviews CRI Faculty Affiliate Dr. Andrea Queeley and Ph.D. student in anthropology Alexander Fernández on the influence of African cultures in Cuba.

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Philippe Létrilliart, a member of CRI's Community Advisory Board, has compiled a special issue on "Miami, Crossroads of the Americas" for the prestigious journal "Problèmes d'Amérique latine."

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June

El Nuevo Herald's Olga Connor reviews Dr. Gustavo Pérez Firmat's recent lectures in Miami.

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WLNR Miami's Tim Padgett reports on FIU's training program for small business owners from Cuba.

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Dr. Jorge Duany was invited to speak at Humboldt University in Berlin and at Heidelberg University.

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Edited by Dr. Jorge Duany, the latest issue of the flagship publication of FIU's Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center examines the impact of the restoration of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba.

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July

According to official data compiled by El Nuevo Herald, 44,353 Cubans arrived in the United States in fiscal year 2016, through various border points, airports, and by sea.

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The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) held its 26th Annual Meeting on July 28–30 in Miami. The final program can be viewed here.

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At the beginning of July, a group of Cuban entrepreneurs completed the InCubando@FIU summer program, consisting of six weeks of basic business and intensive English classes on campus.

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Incoming Professor Michael Bustamante will be teaching a class on Cuba's post-1959 history during the fall of 2016.

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Dr. Jorge Duany will participate in a workshop entitled "One Million in Florida: The Impact and Influence of Puerto Rican Migration," at the Annual Conference of the National Conference of La Raza (NCLR) in Orlando.

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Professor Allan Richards writes about the experience of his FIU capstone journalism class with developing a Spanish-language, startup news site for Cuba.

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Jorge Parellada is a research assistant in Dr. Víctor Andrés Triay's project on the veterans of the Bay of Pigs invasion.

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August

Between January and July 2016, CRI sponsored or cosponsored 50 public events, including lectures, panel discussions, book presentations, film screenings, and a museum exhibit. More details are available in our latest newsletter.

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Dr. Jorge Duany will reflect on the changing field of Cuban and Cuban-American studies at a conference organized by the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries.

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Opening this fall, the exhibit will display the largest collection of Cuba's wildlife, cultural artifacts, and species ever assembled in the United States.

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September

Pedro G. Menocal details the diverse history of the Spanish language in Cuba, embracing the hilarious and historic value of words and their interpretations.

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The report and results of the latest survey of Cuban-American public opinion, conducted by Drs. Guillermo J. Grenier and Hugh Gladwin, are available for download by following this link.

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Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago, a member of CRI's Community Advisory Board, coordinated a group of five experts to take 80 interviews in Cuba on the rapidly expanding "non-state sector" of the economy, including self-employed workers. The book will be presented at Books & Books in Coral Gables on January 27.

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The French President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs have appointed Philippe Létrilliart as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the French Republic. M. Létrilliart previously served as the French Consul in Miami and as a member of CRI's Community Advisory Board.

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El Nuevo Herald reviews Aragón's novel, "The Miracle of St. Lazarus," which was presented at FIU on September 8. Dr. Aragón is the former Associate Director of CRI.

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Cuba Counterpoints asked five academics—including CRI Director Jorge Duany—to reflect upon the anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. In particular, they appraise the impact of these relations on scholarly and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

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October

"The Australian" interviews FIU Professor of Sociology Guillermo Grenier about the changing preferences of Cuban-American voters in Little Havana.

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will likely further advance the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba and would seek to ease the restrictions with Havana, Cuban Research Institute Director Jorge Duany told Sputnik.

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CRI Director Jorge Duany has been invited to lecture at Hampton University on the new opportunities for U.S.-Cuba exchanges.

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The José Antonio Echeverría Foundation has announced that this year's grant will be awarded to Katheryne Mena.

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Katheryne Mena, a third-year major in politics, was awarded $4,000 to cover part of her tuition, books, and other educational expenses.

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Several FIU faculty members and graduate students will participate in the meeting organized by the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries. The program features CRI Director Jorge Duany, who will deliver the keynote address, as well as Guillermo J. Grenier, Danielle Clealand, Michael J. Bustamante, and Corinna J. Moebius.

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The latest issue of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica on the political effects of migration includes an essay by Jorge Duany.

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Dr. Rosa Perelmuter will review the memories of the Holocaust and its reception by the Jews of Cuba, as part of the FIU Jewish Studies colloquium series at the Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami Beach.

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November

The Cuban Research Institute (CRI), the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), and the Florida International University Libraries are pleased to request applications from scholars and graduate students for the 2017 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants.

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The Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries is calling for applications for its graduate fellowships for doctoral research.

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You can download the program for "A Century of Cuban Music, 1840–1940," featuring pianist José Ruiz Elcoro, percussionist Héctor Polanco, and, as special guest, soprano Eglise Gutiérrez.

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Yahoo News reports on the strong questioning of the law as part of president-elect Donald Trump's campaign promises to restrict migration to the United States.

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The Spanish newspaper El País quotes CRI Director Jorge Duany on the future of U.S. policy toward Cuba.

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More than 70 scholars, writers, and graduate students participated in the event, held at FIU on November 9–10, 2016.

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Dr. Sergio González-Arias will join the executive team of FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in January 2017.

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December

Drs. Brian Latell and Jonathan Rosen recently published works on Cuba, both tackling Fidel Castro's legacy and the future of U.S.-Cuban relations.

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Professor Emeritus Juan Martínez will be recognized at the exhibit premiere of "Cuban Art in the 20th Century: Cultural Identity and the International Avant Garde."

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More than 200 scholars, graduate, and undergraduate students will present papers in the largest international and interdisciplinary meeting on Cuba and its diaspora.

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The 12th installment of CRI's signature concert series was dedicated to concert and salon music in Cuba between 1840 and 1940.

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CRI welcomes Sissi Rodríguez, who recently joined the board. She is the Executive Director of Roots of Hope, a nonprofit organization focused on connecting young Cubans on and off the island.

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FIU students, faculty, staff, and alumni share their reactions to and reflections on the news of Fidel Castro's death.

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The panel, entitled "State of Affairs: Cuba Today," will address Cuban cultural identity, tourism, and the reinsertion of Cuba into a global market.

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