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January

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

Editors Iraida H. López and Eliana S. Rivero bring together works by ten distinguished and emerging Cuban American writers, who were born between 1960 and the mid-1980s in the United States to Cuban parents or have a mixed ethnic background. These writers experiment with different formal approaches and lace their work with Cuban Spanish to give voice to hybrid identities and cultural legacies.

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

Three recognized experts will discuss the evolving relationship between the Cuban government and the dissident movement on the Island.

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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.

February

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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.

March

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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:Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami

The prominent Cuban-American artist José Bedia has been appointed as a Visiting Artist under the Félix González-Torres Community Project at FIU. As part of his activities, he will offer a three-day master class open to all FIU art students, including a visit to his studio and critiques of undergraduate and graduate students’ work. Registration is free but required.

April

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Venue:Zoom Webinar, Harvard University

Join Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago's lecture, organized by Harvard University's Cuba Studies Program in collaboration with CRI, the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries, and the Cuba Program of the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University.

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Venue:Zoom Webinar, Harvard University

Join the conversation with Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, former Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba.

May

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Venue:Webinar

This webinar will discuss Cuba's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including offering its medical services and professionals for money worldwide, and the unprecedented challenges facing Cubans at home, including a decrepit health system, growing food insecurity, and rapidly climbing numbers of infections and deaths.

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Venue:Webinar, Columbia University

The Columbia University Cuba Program of the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) and the Nuestra América Initiative invite you to a webinar on the impact of the 2020 elections on US-Cuba relations. The event is cosponsored by CRI, the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries, the Cuba Program at Harvard University, and Holy Names University.

June

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Venue:Webinar, Books & Books, Coral Gables

Néstor T. Carbonell's book describes how the Castro-Communist regime deceived and subjugated the Cuban people, defied twelve U.S. presidents, and continues to endanger peace and security in this hemisphere in collusion with Russia, China, and Venezuela. It also ponders the prospects for freedom in the post-Castro era.

July

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Venue:Virtual Event

Cosponsored by the Kimberly Green Latin American Center and the Cuban Research Institute, this institute looks beyond Cuba's Cold War conflict and examines a less familiar side of the Cuban story of the 1960s. Scholars and experts on Cuban history, politics, sociology, music, theater, photography, film, and dance provide new insights into the politicization of daily life and expression into 1960s Cuba.

August

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Venue:Online via Crowdcast

Victor Deupi’s new book focuses on the life and artistic activities of Cuban-American artist Emilio Sánchez (1921–1999) in the 1940s and 1950s. More specifically, the book examines Sánchez within the wider context of mid-century Cuban artists and cross-cultural exchange between New York, Cuba, and the Caribbean.

October

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Venue:Virtual Event on Facebook Live

Dr. Matthew Pettway will discuss his book on African-inspired spirituality as a source of knowledge and a means to sacred authority for black nineteenth-century writers Juan Francisco Manzano and Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés (Plácido).

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Venue:Virtual Event

Drs. Guillermo Grenier and Qing Lai will present the results of the latest FIU Cuba Poll, which focuses on how Cuban Americans in South Florida view U.S. policies toward Cuba.

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Venue:Online on Crowdcast

Susannah Rodríguez Drissi's beautiful debut novel, "Until We're Fish," is an unforgettable coming-of-age story, blending the romance, violence, mood, and ethos of the Cuban Revolution. The author will engage in conversation with the Cuban-American writer Vanessa García.

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Venue:Virtual Event

Join us to celebrate the publication of Dr. Asher Milbauer and James Sutton's edited volume, highlighting the work of some of the Cuban-American contributors to the book: Richard Blanco, Humberto Calzada, and Ana Menéndez.

November

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Venue:Virtual Event on Zoom

Drs. Mabel Cuesta and Elzbieta Sklodowska will discuss their edited volume on Cuban fiction writers in conversation with their critics. The featured writers include Chantel Acevedo, Achy Obejas, Ena Lucía Portela, Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, Anna Lidia Vega Serova, and Mirta Yáñez.

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Venue:Online via Zoom

Together with the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, we're pleased to cosponsor this virtual workshop for faculty and librarians at community colleges and minority-serving institutions. The program will cover teaching Cuban history through film, digital resources on the island and in the diaspora, Cuba holdings at the Digital Library of the Caribbean, and other resources available at the FIU-Wolfsonian.

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Venue:Virtual Event on Zoom

The well-regarded Cuban historian, Dr. Rafael Rojas, provides an incisive, comparative, and thoughtful analysis of the 2019 Cuban Constitution. Professor Rojas dissects recent changes in the power structure in Cuba, in the context of contemporary thinking about presidential regimes in Latin America, while bemoaning the lack of competitiveness and direct electoral representation in the island’s political system, still controlled by a single party.

December

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Venue:Virtual Event on YouTube

We're happy to announce that the renowned pianist Enrique Chía will play a selection from his extensive repertoire of Cuban songs. The virtual event, to be broadcast live on the Internet, will be free and open to the public.