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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Glenn Hubert Library, 3000 NE 151 St., North Miami

Join us as we celebrate Cuban poet and activist José Martí by honoring his life and lasting legacy. This year's keynote speaker, Dr. Emilio Bejel, will reflect on why people react so strongly to Martí's visual images, and how national leaders have used and abused not only his ideas but also his images for their own political objectives.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC Pavilion

Join us for an informal conversation with the author, director, producers, and cast members of the immersive play, "Amparo." The work is a theatrical journey into the legacy of the Arechabala family, the creators of Havana Club rum, originally produced in Cárdenas, Cuba.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library (GL) 220

Cuban dancer and choreographer Irene Rodríguez will give an illustrated lecture on several of her latest creations, such as "El Grito," sponsored by the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and "El crimen fue en Granada," which won the Prize of the 2012 Ibero-American Choreographic Contest.

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

This book by Dr. Conrad Michael James proposes an affective reading of twentieth-century Afro-Cuban literature through its focus on its preponderant concerns with themes of family, love, and erotic politics.

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL

This new volume, edited by Drs. Laura Alonso-Gallo and Belén Rodríguez Mourelo, gathers the contributions of 16 scholars and writers, who articulate their personal and intellectual visions of contemporary Cuban identity beyond the borders of the Island.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library (GL) 220

Based on archival, ethnographic, and interview data, Dr. María Alejandra Pérez highlights some of the contributions of Cuban cave scientists who, since the 1940s, have been dedicated to speleological pursuits (mostly but not exclusively as part of the Cuban Speleological Society). A focus on the material, social, and symbolic qualities of speleological practice reveals a deeply affective and relational approach to the ways humans relate to the hidden dimensions of the Earth and its ecologies.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library (GL) 220

In this lecture, Dr. Marie Laure Geoffray will analyze how the promotion of the fall of the Communist regime on the Island became transnationalized after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as members of the Cuban diaspora in the U.S. started building transnational coalitions with the support of former Central European dissidents.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library (GL) 220

Dr. Hugo Viera Vargas will offer a panoramic view of the correspondence between Cuban and Puerto Rican popular musics since the beginning of the 20th century and reflect upon the constitution of transnational Caribbean identities.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center (GC) 243

A group of experts will explore the recurrent themes and religious symbols in the paintings of Cuban-American artist José Bedia, whose work is deeply rooted in Afro-Cuban traditions. The event is part of the Félix González-Torres Community Art Project at Florida International University.

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

Vividly recasting Cuba's politics in the 1930s as transnational, Dr. Ariel Mae Lambe has produced an unprecedented reimagining of Cuban activism during an era previously regarded as a lengthy, defeated lull. Indeed, Cuban antifascism was such a strong movement, Lambe argues, that it helps to explain the surprisingly progressive turn that Batista and the Cuban government took at the end of the decade, including the establishment of a new constitution and presidential elections.

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Venue:FDBS 1010, FIU-Downtown on Brickell, 1101 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

The Cuban Research Institute, CasaCuba, and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center will sponsor a series that will commission regular analyses of Cuban politics, economy, culture, and society, and consequent policy recommendations, by top Cuba experts. The first briefing will be authored by the prominent Cuban economist Carmelo Mesa-Lago.

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Venue:Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs and the Cuban Research Institute have partnered with the Florida Grand Opera to create this cultural program on Cuban Miami. The event will feature two Cuban-American writers and a scholar as well as live performances of passages from Domenico Cimarosa's classic opera "The Secret Marriage," set in Miami during the 1980s.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library (GL) 220

In this talk, Elix Colón will raise several questions about changes in the structure of Cuban-American households in Miami, their kin relations, their intergenerational commitments with Cuban culture, their notions of eldercare, and their distinctions with Cubans on the Island.

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

Together with the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Miami, the Cuban Research Institute will cosponsor the presentation of this coedited volume by Mabel Cuesta and Elzbieta Sklodowska, which highlights the artistic vibrancy of Cuban women's narrative production through dialogue and a multiplicity of critical perspectives.