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Cubans figured among the top three nationalities that were naturalized in the United States during the past year, representing 4.9 percent of the total. The statistics confirm that Cubans have a relatively high naturalization rate, compared to other immigrant groups.

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In an op ed piece, CRI Associate Director Sebastián Arcos considers the available political options for the Cuban government after the July 11 protests. He grounds his analysis in the academic literature on the transition of Communist regimes to a post-totalitarian stage.

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Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega has coauthored an essay on the botanical expeditions led by David Fairchild between 1925 and 1934, which were instrumental in building the living collection of the Cienfuegos Botanic Garden in Cuba. This contribution was largely based on a public lecture cosponsored by CRI, LACC, and the Institute of the Environment.

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FIU's History Department has appointed Dr. Abel Sierra Madero to teach Cuban and Latin American history during the academic year 2021-22. Dr. Sierra Madero is the author of several books on Cuban history, focusing on sexuality, memory, and trauma.

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Dr. Sherry Johnson, FIU Professor of History and CRI Faculty Affiliate, will be the keynote speaker at the 48th annual meeting of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteen-Century Studies (SEASEC) on "Oceans Rise, Empires Fall: Tidal Shifts in the Eighteenth Century" on February 17-20, 2022.

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The Cuban Research Institute continues its tradition of convening scholars and other persons interested in the study of Cuba and Cuban Americans. The main theme of the 2022 conference will be "Cuba before and after J11: Political, Economic, and Cultural Dimensions."

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The online journal "Australian Outlook" commissioned an analysis of the recent Cuban protests by CRI Director Jorge Duany.

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The virtual conference, which will take place on August 12–14, 2021, will focus on the theme "COVID and the VIII Party Congress: Reforming the Cuban Economy."

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CRI Associate Director Sebastián Arcos discusses the historical and political context for the unprecedented anti-government demonstrations that erupted on the Island on July 11, 2021.

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Congratulations to Dr. Frank Mora, CRI Affiliate Faculty and former Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, on his nomination as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States!

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