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January

Dr. Uva de Aragón reviews the book, coordinated by Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago, on small independent businesses in Cuba, presented by CRI at Books in Books in Coral Gables.

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Valentina La Rosa, a graduate student from the University of Bologna, will conduct research on the linguistic attitudes of Cubans in Miami.

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The Miami Herald reports on the growing number of Puerto Ricans who are moving to Florida, due to the lingering economic crisis on the Island.

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CRI Director Jorge Duany discusses the implications of changing U.S. policy toward Cuban migration.

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The Sun Sentinel reports on the end of the special status of Cubans without visas who were allowed to stay if they arrived on U.S. soil.

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Dr. Jorge Duany will analyze recent changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba and assess possible scenarios under the new Trump administration.

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February

El Nuevo Herald highlights some of the main themes of the Eleventh Conference in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, including the economic and political changes that have taken place in U.S.-Cuba relations since December 17, 2014.

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FIU historian Michael J. Bustamante shares his ideas about reading and teaching about the Island's history before and after 1959.

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Vicky Jassey, a Ph.D. candidate at Cardiff and Exeter Universities in the United Kingdom, will conduct research on gender and batá drumming in Cuba, with a particular focus on the burgeoning role of women batá drummers.

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Dr. Jorge Duany will lecture about the evolving relationship between the Cuban diaspora in Florida and Cuba.

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The conference will consist of 45 panels with more tan 200 presentations by scholars and students from throughout the United States and other countries.

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The Cuban Research Institute continues its tradition of convening scholars and other persons interested in the study of Cuba and Cuban Americans. The main theme of the 2017 conference will be "Beyond Perpetual Antagonism: Reimagining U.S.-Cuba Relations."

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March

Dr. Jorge Duany will speak about the transnational landscapes of Cuban Miami at the Fourth Annual Graduate Student Conference of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

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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 U.S. Coast Guard said it intercepted 65 Cubans trying to reach Florida or Puerto Rico since January 12, when former President Barack Obama ended the "wet foot, dry foot" policy.

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Santa Fe College and Florida International University's Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center hosted their second annual faculty seminar on how Donald Trump's presidency might impact U.S. Latin American relations. The topics under discussion included immigration and security, U.S. manufacturing and international trade, and the future of U.S./Cuba relations.

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Telemundo 51 reports that the number of nonimmigrant visas given to Cuban citizens dropped from 22,797 in 2015 to 12,218 in 2016.

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The Spanish newspaper "El País" interviews music collector Cristóbal Díaz Ayala during CRI's most recent conference in Cuban and Cuban-American studies. The conference was dedicated to the collector in recognition of his numerous contributions to the preservation, study, and promotion of Cuban music.

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April

The annual Miami conference organized by Hotel Opportunities Latin America and the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit featured a special session on the current situation in Cuba.

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Fair Observer interviewed CRI Director Jorge Duany on the possible changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba under the Trump administration.

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View the FIU panel discussion among academics and the authors of a recent report about Cuba's tourist industry, sponsored by the Brookings Institution and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.

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May

The second issue of the online journal "Beyond the Sugar Curtain" focuses on "Mobility and Immobility."

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Our Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Petra Kuivala, reflects on her year of fieldwork in Miami.

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In collaboration with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, FIU's Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center will hold a K-16 Summer Teacher Institute, featuring several FIU experts on Cuba.

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Alberto Sosa Cabanas will conduct research on the literary and artistic representations of blackness in Cuba from the end of the 18th century to the period before the Cuban Revolution.

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

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Taught by Dr. Jorge Duany, this course will examine the culture of contemporary Cuba, with emphasis on the Cuban Republic, the transformations associated with the 1959 Revolution, the impact of international relations, and transnational Cuban communities.

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Jennifer Cearns, a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University College London, will conduct ethnographic fieldwork on the Cuban diaspora in Miami and its digital and material sharing practices with Havana.

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The Cuban Research Institute (CRI) is pleased to announce the competition for the 2017 Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship in Cuban Studies. The scholarship provides one FIU graduate student the opportunity to conduct research in Cuban studies—with special emphasis in the humanities—for one week in Cuba.

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Dr. Michael Bustamante will teach an undergraduate history class that will consider how the Cuban Revolution came to power, the consequences for the Cuban people, and the current situation on the Island.

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