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We're happy to share the news that Nelson Jaime Santana has successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in sociology on skilled Cuban migrants to Chile at the Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago. Dr. Jaime Santana was a Visiting Scholar at CRI during the fall of 2018.

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The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) will hold its Thirty-Second Annual Meeting at the FIU College of Law on September 15–17, 2022. The main theme is "Cuba—What Is Happening? Plus, Cuba and the Environment."

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"It's clear that the U.S. government is trying to slow down the irregular migratory movement from Cuba (and other Latin American countries) to mitigate the migrant crisis in its southern border," said to CiberCuba Jorge Duany, professor and director of the Cuban Research Institue at FIU.

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The Crossing Latinidades Humanities Research Initiative, funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, has approved the collaborative research project, "Forging Panethnic Allegiances: Hispanic Caribbean Communities in Three Gateway Cities—Miami, New York, and Orlando." The project will involve faculty members affiliated with Florida International University, the City University of New York, and the University of Central Florida.

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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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Congratulations to FIU graduate students Johnny Irizarry Rojas (History) and Elisa Rómulo Borges (Global & Sociocultural Studies) on being selected to attend the 2022 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.

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In our third "Briefing on Cuba," Ruth Behar examines the renewed but difficult ties between Cubans on and off the island during the coronavirus pandemic. As Dr. Behar writes, "the pandemic, bringing together Cubans 'here' and 'there' in virtual space, encouraged greater fluidity between Cubans on the island and in the diaspora."

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Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, and other experts estimate the number of Cubans leaving could exceed other mass migrations from the island, including the Mariel boatlift of 1980, when more than 124,700 Cubans came to the U.S. "There are several intertwined factors that have produced a perfect storm for the intensification of the Cuban exodus," Duany said.

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The author, who grew up in Westchester as the son of Cuban exiles, earned two degrees from FIU. After moving back to Miami from Maine, Richard Blanco became an associate professor of creative writing at FIU.

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History Professor Catherine Mas locates the historical context of the incorporation of culture into medical practice through a case study of Miami in the 1970s. She focuses on the work of medical anthropologist Hazel Weidman and her research on a seizure-like condition Miami residents called "falling-out." It was characterized by sudden collapse in situations of stress, followed by a state of semiconsciousness.

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