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FIU's Cuban Research Institute (CRI) is pleased to provide support for FIU faculty and graduate students to present papers at academic conferences related to Cuba and its diaspora. The Eliana Rivero Scholarship in Cuban Studies will help to cover up to $500 per person to offset the costs of airfare, lodging, and meals to participate in a professional meeting. Award recipients must complete their travel by June 30, 2023.

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Dr. Jeniffer Fernández (Department of Modern Languages) will teach this course during the spring of 2023. The class will survey Caribbean literature from early post-Columbian texts, such as slave narratives and travel writing, to modern Caribbean poetry and prose. This course aims to define the "Caribbean identity” while studying the Hispanophone, Anglophone, and Francophone legacies.

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During the spring semester of 2023, students enrolled in the FIU Honors Program will have the opportunity to learn more about José Martí's relationship to the Cuban diaspora in the 19th century. Taught by Dr. Jorge Duany, the seminar will provide an overview of Martí's thought about national identity, race, and class within the context of Cuban migration to the United States, especially New York, Key West, and Tampa.

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Dr. Galpin is the Chief Curator at the Frost Art Museum. She is an expert on Latin American art, especially from Mexico and Cuba, and teaches courses in modern and contemporary art.

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NBC News reports on the 2022 FIU Cuba Poll, which found that around 64% of respondents said they would vote for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio, both Republicans. "Newer arrivals have a more liberal way of looking at social needs," said Guillermo Grenier, the survey's lead investigator and a professor of sociology at FIU.

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The 2022 FIU Cuba Poll, the longest running survey of Cuban American voters in the country, shows the Republican Party remains the party of preference among voters of Cuban descent in South Florida, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio expected to receive about 64% of the Cuban American vote in the midterm election in November. Additionally, 37% of Cuban Americans surveyed would like to see former President Donald Trump back on the ballot in 2024.

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Classics of Cuban exile cinema will be collected in the Cuban Diaspora Film Archive, a project codirected by academic Santiago Juan-Navarro and filmmaker Eliecer Jiménez Almeida. This initiative seeks to organize in the public repository the formidable creative production of the filmmakers who left the Island in recent decades, and whose work addresses the issues of alienation, politics, resistance and Cuban history from 1959.

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The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce that this year's recipient is Joseph Ta, who is pursuing a master's degree in Forensic Science at FIU.

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Congratulations to Erich de la Fuente on completing his Ph.D. in Governance and Policy Analysis at Maastricht University in the Netherlands!

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"This new route is longer, more expensive, and more complicated, but at least they have a higher probability of entering the United States, which does not seem to happen with the sea route between Florida and Cuba," said Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University.

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