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Venue:FIU Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL

Drawing on unseen archives, interviews, and survey data, Dr. Susan Eckstein highlights how Washington transformed Cuban exiles from agents of U.S. Cold War foreign policy into a politically powerful force influencing national policy. Comparing the exclusionary treatment of neighboring Haitians, the book discloses the racial and political biases embedded within U.S. immigration policy.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library, Room 220

In this lecture, Ariel Pérez Lazo will examine the influence of the Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset in Cuba. His influence was especially visible during the 1940s, when Cuban authors often reflected on the crisis of values on the island as well as other parts of the world.

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Venue:Graham Center (GC), Room 150

Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago will review Cuba's recent economic performance, with respect to growth, gross capital formation, financial stability, and the performance of agriculture, manufacturing, mining, tourism, and the external sector. The lecture will document the island's current economic crisis and its similarities with the severe crisis of the 1990s.

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Venue:Green Library, Room 220

The expansion of access to digital technology and the Internet has opened in Cuban graphic humor a terrain for the proliferation and articulation of a community of creators who put their art and creativity at the service of the most pressing discussions of today's Cuban society. This exhibition seeks to make visible the work done by Cuban graphic humorists and denounce the persecution they suffer on the island.

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Venue:Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St, Miami, FL 33199

In conjunction with the ongoing exhibition at the Wolfsonian-FIU, "Turn the Beat Around," this panel will highlight the lasting contribution of Afro-Cuban genres like rumba, mambo, and cha-cha-chá on U.S. music and dance. Even in the 1960s, Afro-Cuban musical influences remained strong in the United States through the development of salsa and Latin jazz.

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

After the 1959 Cuban Revolution, hundreds of thousands of Cuban refugees came to Miami. With this influx, the city's health care system was overwhelmed not just by the number of patients but also by the differences in culture. In this book, Dr. Catherine Mas shows how immigrants reshaped American medicine while the clinic became a crucial site for navigating questions of wellness, citizenship, and culture.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center, Room 150

In the fourth installment of this series, Dr. Alejandro Portes and Ryan Bagwell analyze the current wave of Cuban migrants, the largest since 1959. The authors conclude that Cuban migration is likely to continue indefinitely into the future, given the strong family and economic ties between Cuba and South Florida, as well as the generalized poverty and political repression on the Island.

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

In this book, Dr. Lillian Guerra has undertaken one of the most authoritative investigations of the national security system that Fidel Castro put in place to control nearly all aspects of the social and political life of Cuban citizens who did not or could not leave for exile abroad.

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Venue:Green Library, Room 220

Thanks to President John F. Kennedy's tape recordings, the Cuban Missile Crisis provides researchers an exceptional laboratory for testing various theories on the defender's policy choices after deterrence failure. This in-person lecture by Dr. Félix E. Martín examines the deliberation process of key members of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (ExComm) during the Cuban Missile Crisis (October 15-29, 1962).

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

This panel discussion will gather literary critics working on Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, and their diasporas. They will reflect upon the multipe intersections among nation, race, and gender in contemporary writing from the Hispanic Caribbean.

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

Edited by Drs. Carmen Haydée Rivera and Jorge Duany, this volume is the first systematic comparative study of Cuba and Puerto Rico from both a historical and contemporary perspective. In these essays, contributors highlight the interconnectedness of the two archipelagos in social categories such as nation, race, class, and gender to encourage a more nuanced and multifaceted study of the relationships between the islands and their diasporas.

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

Experts on the revolutionary experiences of Cuba and Venezuela will compare and contrast how they produced massive population displacements as a result of radical social transformations. In both countries, a fundamental break with the past generated oppposition from substantial sectors of the population, many of whom ended up in exile. Despite the ongoing exodus from the two countries, most of the opposition has remained in Venezuela, whereas it has largely been expelled from Cuba.

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

This book compares the sociopolitical processes behind two major revolutions—Cuba in 1959, when Fidel Castro came to power, and Venezuela in 1999, when Hugo Chávez won the presidential election. With special attention to the Cuba-Venezuela alliance, particularly in regards to foreign policy and the trade of doctors for oil, Drs. Silvia Pedraza and Carlos Romero show that the geopolitical theater where these events played out determined the dynamics and reach of the revolutions.

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

Dr. John Gronbeck-Tedesco's book explores the undertaking sponsored by the Miami Catholic Diocese, federal and state offices, child welfare agencies, and anti-Castro Cubans to bring more than fourteen thousand unaccompanied children to the United States. Using personal interviews and newly unearthed information, "Operation Pedro Pan" provides a deeper understanding of how and why the program was devised.