CRI in the News | How Important Is the Hispanic Vote?
Experts like Sebastián Arcos with the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University explain that, in 2014, only 53% of Cuban Americans were registered Republicans. It was the lowest majority ever seen, but things have changed.
CRI in the News | Cubans Win Mellon Fellowships from FIU for Threatened Artists and Academics
The four winners were poet Katherine Bisquet, anthropologist Marialina García Ramos, art historian Omara Ruiz Urquiola, and artist Lía Villares. Each will be able to pursue their individual projects while in residence at FIU during the academic year 2023–24.
CRI Spring 2023 Newsletter
During the spring semester, the Cuban Research Institute sponsored or cosponsored twenty-nine public events, including panel discussions, lectures, book presentations, film screenings, and an art exhibition. We're planning many upcoming events to advance Cuban and Cuban American studies.
Announcing the Recipients of the Mellon Fellowships for Threatened Cuban Scholars
CRI's fellowship program will help artists, artists, academics, and journalists displaced from the island to continue their work at FIU. It will substantially broaden and deepen current discussions about intellectual freedom—including freedom of thought and expression—in Cuba, the United States, and worldwide.
National Portrait Gallery Presents Major Exhibit on 1898
The first major Smithsonian exhibition to examine the U.S. intervention in Cuba and U.S. expansion into Guam, Hawaiʻi, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines will open on April 28, 2023. Through the lens of portraiture and visual culture, this exhibition of more than 90 objects presents the perspectives of those who advocated for overseas expansion, those who opposed it, and those who tried to have agency over their political futures after the War of 1898.
Announcing the Recipients of the 2023 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants
The Cuban Research Institute, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the FIU Libraries are pleased to announce the winners of this year's competition. The grant recipients will spend a week consulting FIU's extensive collections on Cuba and its diaspora, and give a lecture on their research topics.
Legalis: A New Tool to Access Cuban Legal Norms
The online Cuban journal "El Toque" has just launched a new digital tool that provides access to Cuban legislation and legal information in general. The service includes a search engine of legal norms published in Cuba's "Gaceta Oficial," as well as a glossary of legal terms, a FAQ section, and an assistance chat for consultations.
Call for Papers and Panel Proposals | Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE)
ASCE is issuing a call for papers and panel proposals to be presented at its 2023 Annual Conference, which will be held in Miami, at the Modesto Maidique Campus of Florida International University (FIU), August 4-6. 2023. While the focus will be on economic reforms, ASCE also welcomes Cuba-focused papers dealing with the political or social economy, economic history, lessons from other countries, international commercial relations, demography, labor market issues, and the diaspora.
Briefing on Cuba | Cuba's Electric Grid: Challenges and Opportunities
Energy industry expert Jorge R. Piñón documents the multiple challenges faced by Cuba's National Electric System (SEN), including an obsolete and collapsing infrastructure, as well as the lack of maintenance capital and the high contaminating effects of its current operation. During the summer of 2022, the power grid was on the threshold of total collapse. Piñón advocates a decentralized model of economic planning and decision making to rebuild Cuba's electrical system.
2023 Crossing Latinidades Fellowships Announced
Congratulations to FIU graduate students Gina Gómez (Global & Sociocultural Studies) and Maria Zyla (History) on being selected to attend the 2023 Summer Institute in Latino Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago! The institute brings together thirty-two second and third-year pre-dissertation doctoral students pursuing Ph.D.'s in the humanities and humanistic social sciences in sixteen universities who plan to work on Latino Studies dissertations.