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Congratulations to our colleagues at the FIU Libraries and especially Verónica González from the Díaz-Ayala Collection for their award from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant will help to reformat, digitize, and provide online access to thousands of cassettes of music from the Caribbean.

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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.

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The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) will hold its 31st annual meeting on Cuba’s economic reforms, the impact of COVID, and the VIII Congress of the Cuban Communist Party. The meeting will take place on August 12–14, 2021.

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After Raúl Castro's resignation as first secretary of Cuba's Communist Party, it will be the first time that a person who does not belong to the Castro family has led the political organization that governs the Caribbean island since the triumph of the revolution. This edition of "El Debate" (France 24) analyzes this issue together with guests María Werlau, executive director of Archivo Cuba; and Sebastián Arcos, associate director of FIU's Cuban Research Institute.

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Reuters reports on Castro's resignation from his post as first secretary of the Commmunist Party of Cuba. "For all his reputation as the pragmatic Castro, he did little beyond successfully managing the transition to a second-tier leadership," said Sebastián Arcos, associate director of Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute, whose father and uncle were prominent dissidents. “And no one knows how long that will last."

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For the first time in over five decades, a leader without the last name Castro is expected to take the helm of Cuba’s ruling party as officials try to usher through a generational leadership change amid a crushing economic crisis. Raúl Castro is expected to step down as the Communist Party’s first secretary general, considered the most powerful political position on the island, during the organization’s Eighth Congress, which is slated to begin Friday.

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According to Univisión 23, the number of Cubans detained at sea trying to reach the United States tripled from 49 in 2020 to 152 in 2021. CRI Director Jorge Duany helps to explain the recent rise in undocumented migration from Cuba.

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In an op-ed piece, CRI Visiting Scholar Elaine Acosta González analyzes the impact of monetary unification and other economic reforms on the Cuban population, particularly on its quality of life and social protection.

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This course will examine the historical origins and development of mass migration from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States, especially Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. The discussion will focus on the construction and reconstruction of cultural identities among Latin American immigrants, noting their similarities and differences in the United States.

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Some 100,000 petitions were filed by Cubans and Cuban Americans in the U.S. hoping to reunite with family members on the island which are on hold as visa processing at the Havana embassy remains suspended. As the Biden administration reviews its Cuba policy, some in the exile community are clamoring for a quick resolution.

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