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The Cuban Research Institute, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the FIU Libraries are pleased to request applications from scholars and graduate students for the spring and early summer 2019. The Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants provide the opportunity to conduct research in the special collections and archives related to Cuba and Cuban Americans at the FIU Libraries.

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According to the 2018 FIU Cuba Poll, the longest-running research project measuring Cuban-American public opinion, Cuban Americans in Miami are now evenly split on support for the U.S. embargo of Cuba—a striking contrast to the 2016 poll, where only 37 percent of those surveyed expressed support for the policy. This is the first Cuba Poll conducted since the midterms and the first since President Donald J. Trump took office.

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Our latest newsletter provides an update on our most recent and forthcoming public events, including conferences, lectures, book presentations, film screenings, and concerts.

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Agence France Presse notes that the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution marks the first time it was held without a Castro in power.

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Pre-registration for CRI's biennial meeting will be open until January 15, 2019. More than 180 specialists in different disciplines will participate in the conference, scheduled for February 14-15, 2019, and focused on the main theme of "Cuba and Puerto Rico: Two Wings of One Bird?"

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Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago, a member of the CRI Community Advisory Board, traces the recent evolution of the Cuban economy, analyzes the influence of internal and external factors on the island's economic performance, and identifies positive and negative factors that may affect economic performance in the near future.

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This year's program with the Alonso Brothers was a two-piano extravaganza featuring a variety of Cuban popular musical styles such as mambo, cha cha, bolero, son, danzón, conga, and salsa, including composers like Ignacio Cervantes, Moisés Simons, Miguel Matamoros, Ernesto Lecuona, Dámaso Pérez Prado, and Tito Puente.

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Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) has just released the exhibition guide to accompany its exhibition "On The Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Art Collection," including critical essays by Anelys Alvarez, Jorge Duany, and Rachel Price.

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In an op ed for the "Miami Herald," María Carla Chicuén, Executive Director of CasaCuba, describes FIU's initiative to launch a global center about Cuban affairs and culture, focusing on education, research, public discussion, and the arts.

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Eliecer Jiménez interviews the Cuban-American artist, a member of the CRI Community Advisory Board, on the occasion of the acquisition of one of his paintings by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

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