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January

Dr. Jorge Duany has been invited to contribute an essay on U.S.-Cuban cultural relations, diaspora cultural politics, and shifting relations between the two contexts. The essay will be published in August 2018 as part of the exhibition catalog for "On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection."

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Dr. Elaine Acosta González writes about the need to expand social protection networks on the island in light of a rapidly aging population and the rising emigration of young and female persons.

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Congratulations to FIU graduate student Alberto Sosa Cabanas on the publication of the book "Reading Cuba: Discurso literario y geografía transcultural." The work is based on a selection of papers presented at a 2016 interdisciplinary conference cosponsored by CRI and the Department of Modern Languages at FIU.

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"Bomb" magazine reviews the impressive exhibit, on display at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex in Miami until January 20. The exhibit brings together 15 artists who recreated the lost "Book of Paintings" by José Antonio Aponte, executed for his efforts to liberate slaves in Cuba in 1812.

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Dr. Guillermo J. Grenier analyzes the changes in the opinions of Cuban Americans in South Florida on the topic of U.S./Cuba relations using the FIU Cuba Poll as the database.

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The Cuban Research Institute, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the FIU Libraries are pleased to request applications from scholars and graduate students for the spring and early summer 2018. The Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants provide the opportunity to conduct research in the special collections and archives related to Cuba and Cuban Americans at the FIU Libraries.

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We're proud to share our past achievements and plans for the coming semester, including several lectures, panel discussions, book presentations, and film screenings on Cuban and Cuban-American topics.

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February

CRI Faculty Affiliate Philip M. Carter recently published the results of his research on how Miami residents rated the accents of native Spanish speakers for different attributes tied to income, profession, and family background.

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Dr. Jorge Duany discussed the recent expansion and apparent stagnation of private businesses on the Island, at the conference on "Cuba and the Caribbean: What Now?" held at the University of South Florida at Sarasota-Manatee.

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The FIU History Professor and Dr. Jennifer L. Lambe are publishing a selection of papers from an international conference on the Cuban Revolution between 1959 and 1980, forthcoming from Duke University Press.

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CRI Director Jorge Duany analyzes the growing Puerto Rican exodus to Florida before and after hurricane Maria. The mass migration from the Island is bound to redraw the demographic, cultural, and political map of the state.

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Olga Connor of "El Nuevo Herald" interviews poet Ricardo Pau-Llosa and his translator Enrico Mario Santí, who will present Pau-Llosa's new book of poetry at Books and Books in Coral Gables, sponsored by CRI.

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March

The British magazine "The World Weekly" asks whether recent parliamentary elections in Cuba can mean anything more than a change in name, and bring peace with the United States.

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The Cuban Research Institute (CRI) is pleased to announce the 2018 competition for two scholarships to conduct research in Cuba. The Eliana Rivero Scholarship will support graduate student research with an emphasis in the humanities, while the CRI Cuban Studies Scholarship is open to any field.

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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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Dr. Jorge Duany will deliver the closing keynote at the conference on "Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: Unnatural Disasters and Transnational Community Responses."

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Ed Morales writes for The Washington Post about the demographic and political changes in the Cuban-American community in South Florida, and how they are reflected in a new generation of Latino youth.

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April

The Associated Press reports that many Cuban Americans expect nothing to change after Raúl Castro steps down as president.

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NPR's program "Here and Now" interviews CRI Director Jorge Duany about the change of president on the island.

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According to reports by Agence France Presse, the opposition movement is fractured on the eve of the historic presidential handover in Cuba.

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Agence France Presse interviews several Cuba experts about the end of an era when Raúl Castro steps down as president on April 19th.

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Dr. Jorge Duany will teach SYD 4621/SYD 6626, which provides an overview of Cuban migration and the establishment of Cuban communities in the United States, particularly in Miami. The course counts toward the Undergraduate Certificate in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.

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The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) held the symposium "Writing the Horizon: Recent Essays on Contemporary Cuban Art," featuring work by scholars Anelys Alvarez Muñoz, Rachel Price, and Jorge Duany, and moderated by curator Tobias Ostrander.

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The Spanish newspaper "El País" interviews several experts about the imminent change of guard in Cuba after Castro's retirement from the presidency.

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The FIU Green School Magazine highlights the recent accomplishments of students, faculty, and alumni, including those affiliated with the Cuban Research Institute.

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