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CRI in the News: Fidel Castro Breaks His Silence over Relations with the United States
In a letter released last week, the aging leader supported changes in U.S.-Cuba relations, but expressed his distrust of U.S. policies.
CRI in the News: Opening the Doors to Cuba
The online magazine, "South Florida Business & Wealth," looks at the opportunities and challenges of doing business on the island.
CRI in the News: Miami, the Cuba That Looks to the South
Spanish Radio Television traveled to Miami to document the diverse responses of the Cuban-American community to the new U.S. policy toward Cuba.
Amendments to Regulations Concerning U.S. Cuba Sanctions
The U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the revised Cuban Assets Control Regulations, to implement the policy changes announced by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2014.
CRI in the News: US Initiates Opening Process toward Cuba, Making Trade and Travel More Flexible
The Chilean newspaper "Pulso" reports on the implementation of the new U.S. policy toward Cuba, effective January 16, 2015.
CRI Director to Participate in Conference on "Managing Borders"
Dr. Jorge Duany will present a paper at an interdisciplinary conference on American immigration marking the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, to be held at Columbia University on April 3–4, 2015.
Challenging Change: 2015 Refugee Services Consultation
Florida's Refugee Services program will host its biennial consultation in Jacksonville, Florida, on February 11–13, 2015, including speakers, presenters, and participants from throughout Florida and nearby states. CRI Director Jorge Duany has been invited to participate in a workshop on the continuing Cuban exodus.
Tenth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies
All participants should pre-register by January 15, 2015. Follow this link to download the registration form.
CRI in the News: Cuba's Future
The Local 10 TV news program, "This Week in South Florida," discussed U.S.-Cuba relations with Coral Gables mayor James Cason, Cuba Study Group founder Carlos Saladrigas, and CRI Director Jorge Duany.
CRI in the News: FIU Conference on Race in Cuba
The Miami Herald covers several panels held on the first day of the CRI conference.
CRI in the News: Scholars to Debate Cuba's Racial Issues in Miami
El Nuevo Herald reports on the Tenth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies sponsored by CRI.
CRI in the News: Assessing the State of Play in Cuba
The Foreign Desk, a radio program broadcast by Monocle 24 in London, featured Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera; Dr. Emily Morris, a researcher at the University College of London; and Dr. Jorge Duany, CRI Director.
CRI in the News: "Embargo Was Designed to Contain Cuba"
MSNBC held an informative discussion regarding U.S.-Cuba relations, including CRI Associate Director Sebastián Arcos.
CRI in the News: Four Cuba Experts Have Different Views on Island's Future
The Heritage Foundation hosted a panel discussion on changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba, featuring CRI Faculty Affiliates Frank Mora and Eduardo Gamarra, as well as CRI Associate Director Sebastián Arcos and José Azel from the University of Miami.
New Book on Little Havana
Congratulations to CRI Faculty Affiliate Guillermo J. Grenier and Corinna Moebius for the publication of their work on the history of Little Havana, the capital of Cuban America.
CRI in the News: The Unknown Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations
Three FIU Cuba experts participated in a panel discussion organized by the Heritage Foundation: Frank Mora, Eduardo Gamarra, and Sebastián Arcos.
CRI in the News: "The Cuban Adjustment Act Can Work for Other Immigrant Communities"
The newspaper of the Archdiocese of Miami, "La Voz Católica," reports on the immigration reform panel organized by FIU's Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment and cosponsored by CRI.
Call for Proposals: Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance
The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Missouri will hold an international interdisciplinary conference on the aesthetics, sociocultural and political antecedents, context, and impact of Afro-Cuban artists who came of age after 1959.
International Symposium on Cuba
The University of Haifa in Israel held a meeting entitled "Cuba's Transformations Vis-à-vis the Outside World: A Reassessment," on March 25, 2015, with the participation of CRI Director Jorge Duany.
2015 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants Announced
The Cuban Research Institute, the Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the FIU Libraries are pleased to announce the winners of this year's competition to study the special collections and archives related to Cuba and its diaspora.
CRI in the News: Cuba and the U.S. Resume Dialogue to Tie Up Loose Ends Before Opening Embassies
The Spanish news agency EFE cites CRI Director Jorge Duany in its report on the third round of negotiations between the U.S. and Cuban governments, geared toward restoring diplomatic relations.
CRI in the News: New Poll Shows Bipartisan Support for Rapprochement with Cuba
El Nuevo Herald quotes CRI Faculty Affiliate Guillermo Grenier on a national poll of registered voters regarding U.S. policy toward Cuba.
CRI Conference in Pictures
View images from the 45 panel discussions, reception, and film presentation at the Tenth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.
CRI Holds the Largest International Gathering of Cuba Scholars
The Tenth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies attracted more than 350 researchers, graduate students, and others interested in the study of Cuba and its diaspora.
"State Higher Ed Board Blocks Opening for University Research Trips to Cuba"
According to the Florida Board of Governors, the state's educational travel ban won't be completely lifted until the United States renews diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Undergraduate Course in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies
CRI Director Dr. Jorge Duany will teach a course on "Cuban Culture and Society" (ANT 4343) in the fall semester of 2015, which can be credited toward the Certificate in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.
CRI in the News: "Pope Francis to Visit Cuba Later This Year"
CBS4 Miami reports that the pope's visit in September will help to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba.
"Venezuela and Cuba: The Limits of Engagement"
Dr. Carlos A. Romero analyzes the political and economic links between the two countries, particularly in view of the current move to reestablish diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States.
"In the News—A Focus on Cuba" in Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit
CRI Director Dr. Jorge Duany has been invited to participate in a plenary session on the new opportunities created by U.S.-Cuba relations, especially in the tourism industry. Click to view the summit's program.
CRI in the News: "Cuba Achieves with Obama Its Longstanding Demand to Be Removed from 'Black List'"
Agencia EFE reports that Cuba's removal from the U.S. Department of State's list of state sponsors of terrorism will improve relations with the United States.
CRI in the News: "After Years of GOP Support, Cuban Americans Become More Democratic"
NPR News talks with CRI Affiliate Dr. Guillermo Grenier about the likelihood that Cuban Americans will support a Republican candidate with a hard line towards softening U.S. relations with Cuba.
CRI in the News: "Poll: Floridians Question Special Treatment Afforded Cuban Immigrants"
The Sun-Sentinel quotes CRI Affiliate Dr. Hugh Gladwin regarding public opinion toward the Cuban Adjustment Act.
ASCE Student Award Competition
The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Jorge Pérez-López Student Award, for academic research papers from any field of study related to Cuba and Cuban-American studies.
CRI in the News: "U.S. Census Bureau Reveals that Florida Is Officially 3rd State, Surpassing N.Y."
The Colombian TV station NTN24 reports on the growing Hispanic population of Florida, featuring an interview with CRI Director Jorge Duany.
Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Genealogy Collection Is Now Online
FIU Special Collections announces that the collection of Cuban Genealogy is available at the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC).
Dialogues in Cuban Art
The Cuban Research Institute will cosponsor an artist exchange program between Miami and Havana, curated by Elizabeth Cerejido and supported by the Knight Foundation and the Related Group.
CASO President Graduates with Top Honors
Anigladys Mesa, the founding president of FIU's Cuban American Student Organization, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Department of Politics and International Relations.
The Normalization of U.S.-Cuba Relations
Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago, a member of the CRI Community Advisory Board, analyzes the causes and consequences of the changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba.
FIU Graduate Student Wins Cuban Heritage Collection Fellowship
José A. Villar-Portela, a Ph.D. candidate and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Modern Languages, will explore the shifting relationship between the Cuban Revolution and homosexuality, especially during the post-Soviet period.
Colleges See Opportunity in U.S.-Cuba Opening, but Treading Carefully
According to the Miami Herald, American colleges and universities are interested but cautious about educational exchanges with Cuba.
FIU Is Ready to Establish Campus in Cuba
During a keynote address at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg talked about the university's potential role in a future Cuba.
New Member of Community Advisory Board
The Cuban Research Institute welcomes the latest member of its board, Dr. Cristina Vidal-Artaud.
Recent FIU Ph.D. Joins UM Libraries Faculty
Dr. Martin Tsang will be the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow in history and area studies at the University of Miami Libraries.
The Eliana Rivero Research Fund on Cuban Studies
Dr. Eliana Rivero, Professor Emerita in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of Arizona, has made a generous donation to support the visit of a graduate student each year to FIU's Cuban Research Institute, to pursue Cuba-related research.
CRI Director Invited as a Summer at Census Scholar
Dr. Jorge Duany will present a seminar on racial and ethnic identities in the Hispanic Caribbean, and collaborate with Census Bureau researchers and staff.
CRI Welcomes New Visiting Scholar
Dr. Alexis Jardines will be working on an inventory of independent civil society in Cuba, as well as editing a volume on current affairs on the Island and teaching a seminar on the history of ideas and philosophy in Cuba.
CRI in the News: "Rafael Rojas Unravels the Origins of the Struggles within Castro's Upper Echelons"
Dr. Rafael Rojas presented his latest work, entitled "A Minimal History of the Cuban Revolution," sponsored by CRI at Books & Books.
CRI in the News: "Reforms to Cuban Civil Law Can Be Based on Past Laws"
CRI sponsored a lecture by Dr. María Elena Cobas Cobiella on "Cuban Civil Law: Myth or Reality?"
FIU News | "Cuban Equivalent" of ancestry.com a Boon to Family Historians
FIU's Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection of Cuban Genealogy is now online.
Cuba Travel Policy
FIU's Office of Faculty and Global Affairs has released a statement about the removal of Florida travel restrictions to Cuba for academic research and educational activities.
CRI Faculty Affiliate Becomes President of National Association
Professor of Architecture Marilys Nepomechie has been elected president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).
CRI Offered Summer Institute for Teachers on Cuban Art
The institute provided participants the opportunity to deepen their comprehension of the significance of Cuban and Cuban-American art for the construction of national and diasporic identities.
CRI in the News: "Détente with Cuba Offers Florida Colleges Opportunities—and Hurdles"
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on how reestablishing diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba might impact Florida's universities.
CRI in the News: "Colleges in Cuba, US Build Ties as Diplomatic Tensions Ease"
The Associated Press reports that, as the U.S. and Cuba mend ties, colleges in both countries are forming partnerships that once were heavily restricted.
Conference of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE)
This year's meeting will focus on the theme of "Cuba—What's Next?" in the wake of the momentous decision by the governments of the United States and Cuba to reestablish diplomatic relations.
CRI in the News | After Five Decades, the U.S. and Cuba Reestablish Ties and Will Open Embassies
The United States and Cuba will have embassies after July 20, 54 years since they broke off diplomatic relations.
CRI in the News: "Cuban Church Wants a Peaceful Transition on the Island"
El Nuevo Herald reports on CRI's symposium on the Catholic Church in Cuba and the diaspora.
CRI in the News: "Opening with Cuba Keeps Broader Economic Impact at Bay for Now"
According to the Washington Post, the biggest opening in U.S. relations with Cuba in more than half a century could be a boon for farmers, telecommunications firms, and construction suppliers, but any broader economic impact is limited for now by the trade embargo that remains federal law.
Former Visiting Scholar Completes Thesis on Cuban-American Lobbying
Karla Elizabeth Rueda Vergara successfully defended her thesis in international relations at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. Ms. Rueda Vergara was a Visiting Scholar at the Cuban Research Institute during the fall of 2014.
Final Program | CRI Symposium on the Catholic Church
The program will feature two panels with eight speakers from Miami, Washington, D.C., and Cuba. They will address the history, current status, and future of the Catholic Church in Cuba and the diaspora.
Hemisphere Magazine Will Focus on U.S.-Cuba Relations
The Summer 2016 issue of "Hemisphere," the flagship publication of FIU's Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, will feature articles from several scholars about the impact of the restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States.
CRI Director Invited to Lecture in Mexico
Dr. Jorge Duany will talk about the transnational links between Cubans on and off the Island at the University of Guadalajara.
Cuba in Miami: The Capital of Latin America
For their new book, Danish scholars Ulla Ringgaard and Aase Kledal conducted interviews with several experts on the topic, including Holly Ackerman, Jorge Duany, Carlos Estévez, and Nora Gámez Torres.
Op. Ed.: "Cuba: Cutting Property Claims Down to Size"
CRI Faculty Affiliate José Gabilondo writes about the status of legal claims for expropriated property in Cuba.
CRI Faculty Affiliate Collaborates with Latin American Colonial Art Collection
Dr. Carol Damian has been selected as the curator of the colonial art collection at the Corpus Christi Church in Miami, which includes paintings, documents, and artifacts on Cuban and Florida history.
CRI in the News: "Memo to Pope Francis: Cuba Wasn't All That Catholic Before Castro"
Tim Padgett from WLRN in Miami reports on the Pope's visit to Cuba.
Op. Ed.: "Cuba: Florida's State Schools Get Some Academic Freedom"
CRI Faculty Affiliate José Gabilondo writes about the recent lifting of Florida's legal restrictions regarding travel to Cuba.
President of Popular, Inc., Joins CRI Community Advisory Board
We're pleased to welcome the newest member of our board, Ignacio Álvarez, recognized as one of the best lawyers of Puerto Rico.
Op. Ed.: "Can Obama Unilaterally End the Cuba Embargo?"
CRI Faculty Affiliate José Gabilondo writes for The Huffingtonpost about the President's decision to continue to authorize sanctions against the island based on the Trading with the Enemy Act of 1917.
CRI in the News: "Ahead of Pope's Visit, Church Leaders from Cuba and Miami Meet"
NBC News notes that creating a space for dialogue between Cubans on the island and those in exile, as well as the topics of reconciliation and achieving a peaceful transition in Cuba, were some of the issues discussed at a recent CRI symposium.
CRI in the News: "The Mariel Exodus, the First Great Crisis of the Cuban Regime"
El Nuevo Herald reports on the symposium on the Mariel exodus, sponsored by CRI.
CRI in the News | "La Habana, mon amour" at Books & Books
In an interview with El Nuevo Herald, Cuban novelist Zoé Valdés talks about the launching of her book of memoirs in Miami, sponsored by CRI.
Tickets on Sale for Albita Concert
The Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist Albita Rodríguez will be featured in the eleventh installment of the Classically Cuban series.
Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship
The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce the competition for the 2016 Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship in Cuban Studies and request applications from graduate students for spring and early summer 2016.
Final Program for Symposium on the Mariel Exodus
An interdisciplinary group of scholars will discuss the causes and consequences of the 1980 exodus from Cuba to the United States, including issues of political education, nationalism, sexuality, immigration policy, literature, and the changing composition of the Cuban enclave in Miami.
CRI Director Invited to Participate in German Conference
Dr. Jorge Duany will present a paper on the Cuban-American community at the international conference, "Reshaping (G)local Dynamics of the Caribbean: Relations and Disconnections," sponsored by the Universities of Hannover, Bremen, and Heidelberg in Germany.
La Florida: Five Centuries of Hispanic Presence
A panel discussion on the book "La Florida: Five Centuries of Hispanic Presence" at the Tampa Bay History Center will feature coeditor Rachel May, CRI Director Jorge Duany, Jane Landers, and Gary Mormino.
CRI in the News: "As US-Cuba Ties Warm, Cuban Migrants Take Overland Route North"
The Christian Science Monitor reports on the rising number of Cubans trying to reach the U.S. through Central America. "There's a large cohort of Cubans that are frustrated," says CRI Director Jorge Duany, "especially younger people that don't find a future in Cuba."
Call for Applications | 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 competition for grants for spring and early summer 2016.
Call for Papers: Conference of the Latina/o Studies Association
The next meeting, focusing on the practice of "deliberating Latina/o Studies," will be held in Pasadena, California, in July 2016. The deadline to submit proposals has been extended to November 30, 2015.
CRI in the News: "Cuba-U.S. Relations: Mixed Reviews on Embargo"
Ten U.S.-based scholars answer questions by El Nuevo Herald's Olga Connor about the restoration of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties and the possible lifting of the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba.
"Investing in Cuba: 'If the Caribbean Opens Up, Puerto Rico Improves'"
Ignacio Alvarez, the COO of Popular Inc., and a member of CRI's Community Advisory Board, expressed the bank's interest in investing in Cuba.
"Hemisphere" Magazine to Focus on U.S.-Cuba Relations
The Summer 2016 issue of the flagship publication of FIU's Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center will examine the impact of the restoration of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba.
CRI in the News: "Amid Cuba Opening, Havana Quinceañera Biz Booms"
AP's Christine Armario reports that the reestablishment of U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relations has encouraged new photo and event planning businesses for events such as girls' 15th birthdays in Cuba.
CRI in the News: U.S.-Cuba Relations: "A Year Later, Waiting for Real Changes"
El Nuevo Herald assesses what has changed and what hasn't on the anniversary of the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuban governments.
The Flora of the Cuban Republic
Dr. Jorge Gutiérrez's presentation describing Cuba's National Botanic Garden and its project to revise and update a previous study of the Island's flora is now available online.
"Cuba Will Experience a Serious Crisis if Venezuelan Aid Ends"
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper "El País," Carmelo Mesa-Lago assesses the impact of Venezuelan aid on the Cuban economy. Dr. Mesa-Lago is a member of CRI's Community Advisory Board.
InCubando@FIU: A Summer Program to Boost Independent Businesses in Cuba
FIU has joined forces with StartUp Cuba to offer a summer program designed to foster and support entrepreneurship in Cuba.
CRI Holds Classically Cuban Concert
The eleventh installment of the concert series featured the Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist Albita Rodríguez.
CRI in the News: "Claims for Confiscated Properties in Cuba, a Stumbling Block to Overcome"
A panel of legal experts discussed the issue of confiscated properties in Cuba.