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January

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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.

February

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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.

March

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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.