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January

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, WUC Theatre

Together with the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and CRI, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center is sponsoring a panel discussion on the current status and future prospects of Cuba's tourist industry.

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Venue:Coral Gables Museum, 2015 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

With more than 100 works featured, this exhibit showcases one of the largest compendiums of Cuban art shown in the United States, offering new insights into the relationship between Cuban culture and the rest of the world.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 100A

This book by Dr. Brian Latell reveals the mind and motivations of one of the most dominating leaders of the 20th century.

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

Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago coordinated a group of five experts to conduct 80 interviews in Cuba on the rapidly expanding "non-state sector" of the economy, including self-employed workers.

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center Ballroom

The Student Government Association at FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus will host its traditional commemoration of the birth of Cuba's national hero and poet.

February

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

Join the Florida Grand Opera and the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs for a special presentation exploring the life and times of Cuban writer and dissident Reinaldo Arenas. The event will feature personal reflections by members of the South Florida community who knew Arenas, along with music from the opera "Before Night Falls" by Cuban-American composer Jorge Martín.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center Ballrooms

The Cuban Research Institute continues its tradition of convening scholars, graduate students, and others interested in the study of Cuba and its diaspora. This year's meeting will be dedicated to the distinguished Cuban collector, researcher, and author Cristóbal Díaz-Ayala.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Central Ballroom

Cuban director Marcelo Martín's first feature-length documentary takes him on a single-wagon train from Morón to Punta Alegre in the province of Ciego de Ávila in central Cuba.

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

Coordinated by Dr. Iraida López, this public reading will offer an opportunity to hear from younger fiction writers of Cuban origin Chantel Acevedo, Jennine Capó Crucet, Vanessa García, Ana Menéndez, and Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés.

March

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

Join us for a public lecture by Dr. Lillian Guerra on the historical significance of the slain Cuban student leader.

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

Produced by Zuzelin Martin Lynch, "Craving Cuba" is a film documentary about the Cuban-American experience and its complicated relationship with Cuba.

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

Despite Puerto Rico's ongoing colonial dilemma, Jorge Duany argues that Puerto Ricans display a strong national identity as a Spanish-speaking, Afro-Hispanic-Caribbean nation. In this book, Dr. Duany takes on the task of educating readers on the most important facets of the unique, troubled, but much beloved "Isla del Encanto."

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

This panel discussion will examine the history, politics, and current status of psychiatric ideas, debates, and institutions in Cuba as well as among Cuban Americans.

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

In this book, Dr. Jennifer L. Lambe charts the connections between the inner workings of Mazorra, the Island's first psychiatric hospital, and the highest echelons of Cuban politics.

April

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | Green Library 220

Codirected by Oneyda González and Gustavo Pérez, "Severo Secreto" is an extended visual essay on the life of the prominent Cuban exile writer Severo Sarduy, the creator of the concept of the Neo-Baroque in literature.

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Venue:Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

Marilyn Solaya's award-winning film about a Cuban transexual will be shown and discussed with the director at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, with the cosponsorship of FIU's Spanish and Mediterranean Studies Program, Cuban Research Institute, and Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.

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

This panel discussion, including Drs. Alejandro Portes, Lorenzo Cachón Rodríguez, and Richard Tardanico, will focus on how the children of immigrants are coping with the challenges of adaptation to Spanish society.

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

Based on interviews with Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans living in New York City, Dr. Melissa Fuster reviews differences in how traditional Hispanic Caribbean cuisines are defined and experienced by these communities.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Deuxieme Maison 353

Dr. Elaine Acosta González will address several issues related to the feminization of migration and its impact on the social organization of care for older adults in Cuba.

May

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

Dr. Enrico Mario Santí will explore Ripoll's reading of Martí, his legacy and, in particular, what Ripoll called repeatedly "the falsification of José Martí in present-day Cuba."

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

Dr. Marta Hernández will analyze the repertoire of children's songs from Cuba and other Caribbean countries.

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

CRI Visiting Scholar Vicky Jassey reflects on the lived experiences of professional Cuban musicans consecrated to the batá drums and the changing landscape of their world.

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

Yesenia Fernández-Selier will examine the transnational dissemination of the Cuban icon of "la mulata" in Latin American films and contemporary cultural practices.

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

Join the Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection, which will sponsor an illustrated lecture by Jessica Clemente on the official originator of Cuba's national dance in the late 19th century.

June

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Venue:Frost Art Museum, FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami

This conference and book project will delve into the defining moments of Cuba's artistic evolution from a multidisciplinary perspective, including art history, architecture, history, literary criticism, and cultural studies.

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Venue:Cernuda Arte, 3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables

Dr. Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz will look at the formative influences on Mendive's early work and will explore his mainstream academic training, the contextual impact of his local community, and the effect of his African consciousness, specifically the strands of Yoruba culture present in his Cuban heritage.

July

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

Ruth Behar's novel is a multicultural coming-of-age narrative—based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s—as a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl in New York City.

September

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Venue:Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

In director Fernando Pérez's latest film, Havana is a crumbling dowager-in-waiting whose lover has overstayed his absence beyond expectation. Pérez is Cuba's greatest living filmmaker and "Last Days in Havana" is his finest film to date.

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

In this book, Dr. Danielle Pilar Clealand analyzes racial ideologies that negate the existence of racism and their effect on racial progress and activism through the lens of Cuba.

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

Dr. Sharon Milagro Marshall sets the historical contexts which initiated Barbadian migration to Cuba and gives voice to the migrants' compelling narratives of their experience.

October

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Venue:Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W Flagler St, Miami, FL

The renowned Cuban pianist will play songs from the Cuban, Spanish, Latin American, and international repertoire. His guests will be singer Cristy Arias, guitarist Juan Areco, and dancers Darcy and Odaray.

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

This public lecture by prominent Cuban-American author Richard Blanco is part of the Betsy/FIU Exile Studies Writer/Scholar-in-Residence Program.

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

All FIU students are invited to join the organization, which aims to support both academic and social initiatives related to Cuban and Cuban-American culture.

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

FIU's Exile Studies Program and Department of English, together with the Cuban Research Institute, invite you to a panel discussion with Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco, the Betsy/FIU Scholar/Writer-in-Residence during the fall semester of 2017.

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

In his work, the Cuban-American artist Humberto Calzada often explores the themes of loss, decay, and rebirth. This documentary, directed by Eliecer Jiménez Almeida, endeavors to explain how Calzada's personal and spiritual loss, as remembered or imagined from afar, has affected his art and imagery.

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

Dr. Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel will examine how Lourdes Casal proposed the need to question disciplinary boundaries in Latin American, Caribbean, Latino, and Cuban studies.

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

This short documentary directed by Richard Abella examines Ernest Hemingway's life and work in Key West, Florida (1931–39), and the outskirts of Havana, Cuba (1939–60). In addition to the director, a panel discussion will include the film's cowriter and narrator Raúl Villareal, and FIU Spanish professor Ricardo Castells.

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Venue:Altamira Libros, 219 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

Through the format of the graphic novel, Anna Veltfort offers a glimpse into a chapter of Cuban history that has never been told before, as she recounts the years she and her family spent in Havana during the 1960s and early 1970s.

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Venue:Frost Art Museum, Modesto A. Maidique Campus

An unprecedented examination of Rafael Soriano's work, this exhibition curated by Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta focuses on the multiple influences that nurtured a style where, in Soriano's words, "the intimate and the cosmic converge."

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

The Cuban film critic Dean Luis Reyes will discuss the recent trend among young Cuban filmmakers toward more critical and reflexive approaches to social reality.

November

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

Danny González Lucena's documentary focuses on the Harvard Summer School for Cuban Teachers, which brought nearly 1,300 Cubans to Cambridge in 1900. The goals of the program were to provide educational and cultural enrichment for the teachers and to forge closer ties between Cuba and the United States.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Deuxieme Maison 353

Alberto Sosa Cabanas, the recipient of the 2017 Eliana S. Rivero Scholarship in Cuban Studies, will explore multiple visual expressions, particularly samples from Cuban ethnographic photography and pictorial works, as a way to understand the negotiation of Cuban racial imaginaries and politics.

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

Moderated by Professor Heather Russell and composed of prominent scholars, writers, journalists, and community leaders, the panel is a collaborative effort among the Department of English, the Exile Studies Program, the Betsy South Beach Hotel, and the Cuban Research Institute.

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

Written in verse, with excerpts from José Martí's seminal "Versos sencillos," Emma Otheguy's bilingual book is a beautiful tribute to a brilliant political writer and courageous fighter of freedom for all men and women.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Campus, Deuxieme Maison 353

CRI Visiting Scholar Jennifer Cearns will explore the nationwide distribution network through which audiovisual material is moved across Cuba on a weekly basis.

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

This presentation by Dr. Benita Sampedro Vizcaya will address an array of links between the islands of Cuba and Fernando Poo during the second half of the nineteenth century.

December

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, College of Business Complex

Join the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs and the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Democracy for a discussion of the complex questions surrounding the role of memory in our public discourse regarding conflict and reconciliation.

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

The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce the 13th installment of its annual concert series. This year's concert will be dedicated to Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz, in memory of the renowned Cuban saxophonist and former FIU music professor, Carlos Averhoff, Sr.

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

Hidden away in the Soviet archives for three decades, Mikhail Kalatozov's "I Am Cuba" presents four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set in the prerecolutionary era.