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Venue:Virtual Event on Zoom

Organized by FIU's Department of Modern Languages, this is the third of three webinars featuring well-known Cuban playwrights who live outside of Cuba and whose plays have been staged by Alexa Kuve's theater group in Miami. The participants in the webinar include Dr. Cerstin Bauer (University of Munster), Habey Hecheverría, Alexa Kuve, and Dr. Maida Watson (FIU).

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

In this talk, Dr. Beatriz M. Marqués will focus on renowned Cuban writer Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda (1814–1873), whose writings were indispensable in the creation of a Cuban national identity, as well as the representation of marginalized communities, such as slaves, mulattoes, and disadvantaged women.

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Venue:American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora, 1200 Coral Way, Miami

The Cuban Diaspora Film Archive (CDfA) is an open-access web portal, codirected by Dr. Santiago Juan-Navarro and Eliecer Jiménez Almeida, which increases our understanding of Cuban cinema production by documenting and preserving its diasporic heritage and fostering cultural dialogue among Cuban communities worldwide. Every year the CDfA gives a special award to an outstanding Cuban filmmaker. This year's award goes to Orlando Jiménez Leal, one of the most iconic figures of Cuban cinema in exile.

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Venue:Coral Gables Congregational Church of Christ, 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 a unique 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," reset in Miami during the 1980s.

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Venue:FIU Modesto Maidique Campus, LACC Conference Room, DM 353

This talk by Dr. Petra Kuivala will first analyze the ways in which the Church has produced a social commentary in recent years and, second, examine the Catholic Church as a transnational actor in humanitarian relief efforts in contemporary Cuba. Drawing on fieldwork and an analysis of written content from the island, the talk argues that in such areas of society, the Catholic Church occupies a distinct mediating role among the people, popular discontent, and state power.

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Venue:The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

"Turn the Beat Around" replays the artistic exchange between Cuba and the United States, illustrating how musicians of both nations produced a new sound by riffing off their neighbors. Showcasing posters, record and sheet music covers, film clips, and audio from the 1930s on, the exhibition will chart the explosion of collaborative creativity driven by Hollywood musicals, American dance studios, and Cuban performers, bringing to life the musical fusion found between cultures.

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Venue:Green Library, Room 220

This lecture by Dr. Frank Luca will examine how U.S. tourists encountered Afro-Cuban rhythms in Cuban cafes and cabarets since the 1930s. Hollywood movies helped spread the rhythms throughout the United States, while Cuban musicians enriched and transformed the U.S. music scene. After 1959, Cuban exiles made sure that Cuban rhythms continued to influence American dance culture.

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Venue:American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora, 120 Coral Way, Miami

Virgilio Piñera's complete plays, published in 2002, do not include at least five works, among them the first play he wrote. This lecture by Dr. Enrico Mario Santí will focus on these five plays, the multiple reasons that explain their dispersal, and the importance of recovering them.

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Venue:Green Library, Room 220

Organized by FIU's Department of of Modern Languages, this panel discussion will examine Antonio Benítez Rojo's legacy in studies of Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly in the fields of literature and culture. The event will be accompanied by a film screening and photographic exhibition honoring Benítez Rojo.

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Venue:FIU Modesto Maidique Campus, LACC Conference Room, DM 353

Kimiko LeNeave's research seeks to understand the impact and significance of Latin American song movements during the Cold War, particularly in Cuba, between the 1960s and 1980s.

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Venue:Virtual Event on Zoom

Organized by Dr. Gene Rosenberg from FIU's Department of Biological Sciences, this panel will bring together a group of Cuban specialists on the island's coral reef system, currently living in Cuba and abroad. They will share some of their main research findings on the conservation and restoration of marine biodiversity in Cuba.

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

Drawing on unseen archives, interviews, and survey data, Dr. Susan Eckstein highlights how Washington, in the process of privileging Cubans, transformed them 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:Green Library, Room 220

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: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: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 to 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: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: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.