We're pleased to announce that the Fourteenth Conference on Cuban and Cuban American Studies, to be held in Miami on February 15–16, 2022, will be dedicated to Dr. Uva de Aragón, in recognition of her literary and cultural contributions to Cuban and Cuban American studies.
The Miami-Dade Public Library System, Aventura branch, will sponsor a public lecture by Dr. Jorge Duany about the growing diversity and complexity of the Cuban diaspora and the continued arrivals from the island, who have shaped and transformed the demographic and cultural landscape of Miami over the last six decades. This event is part of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
We're happy to announce that Dr. Guadalupe García has accepted a position as Associate Professor in the Department of History at Florida International University. Dr. García specializes in the history of cities and colonialism in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on free and enslaved blacks in 19th-century Havana.
The FIU Exile Studies Program and the Department of English continue their lecture series on "Giving Voice to Exile: The Privileges and Burdens of Inheritance." This lecture will be given by Jonathan Plutzik, the principal owner of The Betsy-South Beach hotel.
Directed by Lía Villares, this documentary focuses on anti-Castro punk rock musician Gorki Águila, leader of the iconic band Porno para Ricardo, who has spoken out against censorship and tyranny in Cuba. It forms part of the documentary series "Free Art vs. Totalitarian Censorship."
Millions of enslaved Africans were brought to the Americas between the 16th and 19th centuries, including Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Strong African influences persist in the contemporary cultures of these countries, from language and food to music and religion. This panel discussion will examine recent efforts to preserve the collective memories and historical patrimony of the African presence in the Hispanic Caribbean.