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January

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus

FIU's Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and Cuban Research Institute, together with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will hold a post-secondary faculty seminar on Cuba in Miami.

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

This book by Drs. Alejandro Portes and Ariel Armony traces the history of Miami's rise and the simultaneous emergence of a highly diverse but contentious ethnic mosaic. The existential threat to the future of the city posed by a rising ocean makes Miami a key case study for the pros and cons of present-day, capitalist-led globalization.

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Glenn Hubert Library, 300 NE 151st St, Miami

The FIU Libraries invite you to celebrate the life and legacy of Cuban poet and activist José Martí on his 166th birthday.

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

The Cuban-American Studies Association (CASA), together with the Modern Languages Graduate Student Organization and Sigma Delta Pi, invites you to its welcoming reception for Spring 2019. Refreshments will be served.

February

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

This lecture by John Vertovec discusses how new state policies and regulations in Cuba shape opportunities, challenges, and economic behaviors in unequal ways for a diverse group of self-employed people.

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Glenn Hubert Library, 300 NE 151st St., Miami

FIU's Glenn Hubert Library will hold an opening reception for Hugo Fernández's exhibition of his photographs of the Hemingway House on the outskirts of Havana.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center

The Cuban Research Institute continues its tradition of convening scholars, students, and other persons interested in the study of Cuba and Cuban Americans by announcing its 12th Conference. The main theme of the 2019 conference will be "Cuba and Puerto Rico: Two Wings of One Bird?"

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

Several experts and collectors—Drs. Michael Bustamante and María Antonia Cabrera, Emilio Cueto, and Annia González—will discuss the challenges of collecting objects related to Cuban culture, focusing on Cueto's extensive collection of Cuban documents, artworks, and memorabilia.

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Venue:Weiss Serota Heffman Cole & Pierman, P.L., 2525 Ponce de Leon Ave., Coral Gables

The Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), in partnership with FIU's Cuban Research Institute and CasaCuba, will cosponsor a panel discussion exploring the history of the Cuban Constitution, its present implementation, newly proposed revisions, and its future.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 420

In this presentation, José Ignacio Ramírez will discuss the impact on Cuba when Castro's regime came into power and abolished professional baseball during the 1960-61 season and the difficult choices young men had to face in pursuit of their dreams. This lecture will also highlight Mr. Ramírez's personal journey as a young boy who immigrated into the United States under the Operation Pedro Pan Program.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, RDB 1009

A group of experts in law and the social sciences examines the main amendments to Cuba's magna carta, which were approved in a referendum on February 24, 2019.

March

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

In this presentation, Dr. Marysol Quevedo explores the goals of a group of young Cuban composers studying under the tutelage of José Ardévol, with a particular focus on Argeliers León.

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

In this book, Dr. Megan Feeney argues that the freedom fighting extolled in American World War II dramas and the rebellious values and behaviors seen in postwar film noir helped condition Cuban audiences to expect and even demand purer forms of Cuban democracy and national sovereignty. At the same time, influential Cuban intellectuals worked to translate Hollywood ethics into revolutionary rhetoric—which, ironically, led to pointed critiques and subversions of the US presence in Cuba.

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

Journalist Judy Cantor-Navas discusses the history of Panart Records, the first record pressing facility in Havana, with highlights from the Panart catalog in the Díaz-Ayala Music Collection.

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

This volume, edited by Drs. Michael J. Bustamante and Jennifer L. Lambe, brings together new historical research with comparative and methodological reflections on the challenges of writing about the Cuban Revolution.

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

Based on eighty in-depth interviews recently conducted in Cuba, this book edited by Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago captures actual voices from this evolving economic sector. It offers fascinating insights into today's Cuban economy from the non-state sector, while also reflecting on its potential for development and the obstacles it faces.

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

Three distinguished scholars—Drs. Matthew Casey, Jorge Giovannetti, and Andrea Queeley—will examine the social and economic impact of migrants from Haiti, Jamaica, and other West Indian islands to Cuba during the first third of the 20th century.

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

Grounded in extensive and rigorous multisited research, this book by Dr. Jorge L. Giovannetti-Torres examines the different migration experiences of Jamaican, Leeward, and Windward Islanders, along with the transnational processes of labor recruitment and the local control of workers in the plantation.

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Venue:Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

Thirty-five years ago, Oscar-winning cinematographer Néstor Almendros ("Days of Heaven") and "El Super" co-director Orlando Jiménez Leal joined forces to document the systemic violation of human rights and the persecution of homosexuals in Castro's Cuba.

April

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

In this lecture, Dr. Ana Mary Rusch will discuss her recent ethnographic fieldwork on Cuban immigrants in Berlin, focusing on the dynamics of integration, the complexity of identity, and the heterogeneity of the Cuban diaspora.

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Venue:FIU Downtown on Brickell, Room FDBS 1010, 1101 Brickell Avenue, Miami

This forum brings together scholars, legal experts, and business leaders to discuss recent developments with the Helms-Burton Act, the U.S. embargo of Cuba, and the right to sue for expropriated properties.

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

The Exile Studies Program, together with the Betsy-South Beach Hotel and the Department of English, invites you to its Writer-in-Residence Lecture by Dr. Martin Tucker, a leading scholar in the field of Exile Literary Studies, which he helped found and define.

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

Historian Víctor Andrés Triay discusses his research on the unaccompanied children who came from Cuba to the United States between 1960 and 1962.

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

Based on research at the General Archive of the State Administration of Alcalá de Henares, Dr. Omar García-Obregón analyzes why Reinaldo Arenas' narrative work was never published in Franco's Spain or Castro's Cuba.

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

Dr. Horacio Sierra's presentation will examine how the musical careers of Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, and Pitbull have defined and expanded Cuban-American identity over the last sixty years.

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

Directed by Carlos D. Díaz Montero and produced by Dr. Elaine Acosta, this documentary presents an intimate view of the "Dean of Cuban Studies" and "Master of Social Security in Latin America," Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago. His personal and academic history is told as a counterpoint between chance and the tireless pursuit of objectivity.

May

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

Through unused archives and oral history, Dr. Lillian Guerra delves into the mechanisms through which grassroots support was constructed and challenged in Cuba between the 1960s and 1980s. Finding that the burdens of revolutionary citizenship often blurred lines, Dr. Guerra illuminates an ironically apolitical nation within the binary of patriot vs. traitor: there, a creative, collective individualism thrived.

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

In this book, Drs. Jorge Salazar-Carrillo and Daniel O. Murgo analyze the most intimate details of how the economy operates in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

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

Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Havana between 2015 and 2019, Andrés García Molina explores the economic and aesthetic significance of the resurgence of street vendors and their "pregones," or songs, after several decades of silence following the 1959 Cuban Revolution.

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

Ethnomusicologist Dean Craven will explore prerevolutionary recordings housed in the Díaz-Ayala Collection to identify the shared principles of montuno piano production as expressed across the spectrum of son-derived genres in Cuba.

June

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

This installation of works by graphic artist Conrado Massaguer, recently gifted to The Wolfsonian Library by Vicki Gold Levi, will bring forth Massaguer's legacy through dozens of images, including celebrity caricatures, magazine covers, and advertising illustrations.

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

In this illustrated lecture, Professor Ramón Gómez will review the memorable career of maestro Juanito Márquez and will play fragments of songs associated with his multifaceted musical activities.

August

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

In this lecture, CRI Visiting Scholar Denisse Delgado-Vázquez will assess the impact of sending remittances and engaging in the development of private enterprises in Cuba.

September

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

This lecture by Antonio Mazón Robau will provide an overview of the current production in Cuban cinema, the boom of independent films, the new ways of film consumption and distribution, and the current role of the Cinemateca de Cuba.

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

Through photographs, posters, and promotional ephemera drawn primarily from a gift by Vicki Gold Levi, this volume edited by Rosa Lowinger and Francis Xavier Luca revisits the relationship between Cuba and the United States from the Prohibition era of the 1920s through the postwar tourism boom of the 1950s.

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

In this book, Daniel I. Pedreira presents a meticulously-researched biography of Guillermo Belt Ramírez, one of Cuba's most important diplomats of the 20th century. As ambassador, Belt represented his homeland in the United States and the Soviet Union as the Cold War turned wartime allies into enemies.

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Venue:Seminole Theatre, 18 N. Krome Ave., Homestead, FL

What If Works' first "dramatic curation," "Baseball Dreams" is taken from a mesmerizing collection of short stories by former Miami Herald journalist and Cuban-American writer Ana Menéndez.

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

José Navas's short film is inspired by the life of Reinaldo Cruz, widely considered the first Cuban refugee to reach the United States on a homemade raft in 1964.

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

This presentation by Dr. Omar Granados will discuss both individual and collective experiences of displacement and discrimination by Mariel refugees who arrived in the United States in 1980.

October

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

Dr. Frederick A. de Armas will present his recent novels about two critical moments in Cuban history, set right before and after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.

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

In her book "Azúcar agridulce," Dr. Déborah Gómez reflects on the presence of sugar in Cuba through the analysis of a vast corpus whose common denominator is the "sugar motif." Serving as an archaeology of Cuban sugar, her work explores the constant and all-encompassing presence of sugar in the nation.

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

Dr. Joseph Hartman focuses on the public works campaign of Cuban president, and later dictator, Gerardo Machado. "Dictator's Dreamscape" reassesses the regime's public works program as a highly nuanced visual project embedded in centuries-old representations of Cuba alongside wider debates on the nature of art and architecture in general.

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

Several experts will survey the main trends in the development of various styles in Cuban architecture during the Republican period.

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

Alongside a fast-paced narrative offering a brief history of the Mariel Boatlift, Dr. Víctor Andrés Triay presents testimonies from former Mariel refugees who recall their lives in Cuba before the boatlift and how they longed to reunite with family members who lived in exile in the United States.

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Venue:Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green Library 220

Directed by Ricardo Bacallao, this documentary focuses on four Cuban citizens living in Germany and exposes the experiences of homelessness of thousands of their compatriots in that country.

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

Dr. Uva de Aragón presents the English translation of her mystery novel set in Miami and Hialeah, featuring Cuban-American detective María Duquesne.

November

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

Edited by CRI Director Jorge Duany, this volume explores the evolution of Cuban visual art and its links to "cubanía," or Cuban cultural identity. Featuring artwork from the Spanish colonial, republican, and postrevolutionary periods of Cuban history, as well as the contemporary diaspora, these richly illustrated essays trace the creation of Cuban art through shifting political, social, and cultural circumstances.

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

In the first decade following Cuba's War of Independence, two U.S. occupation governments decreed immigration and citizenship laws that mixed U.S. approaches to national belonging with older Spanish legal concepts of identity and belonging based on understandings of "vecindad" and "naturaleza." John Ermer addresses this clash of legal norms through the case of Alejandro de Jesús, also known as Abraham Nased, a Syrian-born man detained in Havana's Triscornia encampment in 1907.

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

From colonial to postcolonial times, African rituals and other magico-religious manifestations have been a constant aesthetic resource when representing Afro-Cubans in theater. Jeniffer Fernández, winner of the 2019 Eliana Rivero Scholarship in Cuban Studies, will explore the methods of several contemporary theater groups that rely on Afro-Cuban ritual elements to portray blackness.

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

Since 1970, "Cuban Studies" has been the preeminent journal for scholarly work on Cuba. Published annually, each volume features articles on Cuba in both English and Spanish as well as a large book review section. Widely praised for its interdisciplinary approach and trenchant analysis of an array of topics, each volume features the best scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

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Venue:Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Deuxième Maison (DM) 353

Dr. Richard Feinberg will analyze how recent economic trends have turned against the five provinces of eastern Cuba (Oriente), making them a development backwater and forcing many of their inhabitants to migrate to Havana in search of better economic prospects.

December

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami

The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce the 15th installment of its annual concert series, devoted to the preservation and dissemination of Cuba's rich and diverse musical heritage. This year's program will be led by the Cuban-American pianist and composer David Virelles. For this concert, Virelles will explore a repertoire of "danzones" by some of the legendary composers of this 19th-century genre, illustrating its evolution, informed by a modern approach.