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January

Barry University has received a Florida Humanities Council Community Grant, in partnership with the Cuban Research Institute at FIU and Centro Cultural Español de Miami, to host a series of public programs that explore Cuba, particularly the Pedro Pan experience.

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El Nuevo Herald interviews sociologist Alejandro Portes, one of the coauthors of "The Global Edge: Miami in the Twenty-First Century," which CRI presented at Books & Books on January 25.

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View the final program of our next CRI conference, focusing on "Cuba and Puerto Rico: Two Wings of One Bird?" More than 240 scholars, students, and other persons interested in the study of Cuba and its diaspora have already registered for the event.

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The Cuban Research Institute, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the FIU Libraries are pleased to request applications from scholars and graduate students for the spring and early summer 2019. The Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants provide the opportunity to conduct research in the special collections and archives related to Cuba and Cuban Americans at the FIU Libraries.

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According to the 2018 FIU Cuba Poll, the longest-running research project measuring Cuban-American public opinion, Cuban Americans in Miami are now evenly split on support for the U.S. embargo of Cuba—a striking contrast to the 2016 poll, where only 37 percent of those surveyed expressed support for the policy. This is the first Cuba Poll conducted since the midterms and the first since President Donald J. Trump took office.

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Our latest newsletter provides an update on our most recent and forthcoming public events, including conferences, lectures, book presentations, film screenings, and concerts.

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Agence France Presse notes that the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution marks the first time it was held without a Castro in power.

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February

In a rare trip to the polls on Feb. 24, Cubans will decide whether the country will pass the most significant overhaul of its constitution in over four decades. But the changes, which are expected to pass, may be more about maintaining the status quo than a dramatic reform to Cuba’s political system, experts warn.

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OnCuba News reports on CRI's Twelfth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, focusing on the culture, politics, and economy of the two islands.

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At CRI's Twelfth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Mesa-Lago stressed that the Cuban economy is facing its worst moment since the 1990s.

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CRI Visiting Scholar Elaine Acosta analyzes the process of approving a new Constitution on the island and concludes that it leaves out millions of Cubans living abroad.

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March

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: Dean Craven, Andrés García Molina, and Lillian Guerra.

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Juan Carlos Gómez, Director of the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at the FIU College of Law, is the latest to join our affiliate faculty list.

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In this piece for "The New York Times," CRI Community Advisory Board Carmelo Mesa-Lago argues that the island must deepen and accelerate economic reforms in order to become more efficient and competitive.

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Dr. Jorge Duany will teach a Topics in Sociology course, which will examine the historical, social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of the island and its relationship with the United States. The course will begin with an overview of the Spanish colonial period (1493–1898), then focus on the first five decades of the U.S. colonial regime (1898–1952), and end with the contemporary situation of Puerto Rico and its massive diaspora since the mid-20th century.

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The Cuba Program of Sergio Arboleda University in Bogotá, Colombia, has invited Dr. Jorge Duany to talk about Cuban émigrés and their economic links to their country of origin.

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Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago, a member of CRI’s Community Advisory Board, analyzes why Cuba is facing its worst economic crisis since the 1990s.

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For over a decade, FIU Libraries has partnered with the Cuban Research Institute (CRI) and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) to offer travel grants for scholars to study the Díaz-Ayala collection and other collections related to Cuba.

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The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) will hold its Twenty-Ninth Annual Meeting in Miami on July 25-27, 2019. The main theme of the meeting will be "Cuba—Growth or Decline: Is the Revolution Dead?"

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CNN en Español's Xavier Serbiá interviews CRI Associate Director Sebastián Arcos on the role of the private sector in the Cuban economy, according to the new constitution.

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OnCuba reports on the panel discussion held at the FIU College of Law about the changes in the new Cuban constitution, approved in a referendum on the island.

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April

We're happy to share our recent accomplishments and upcoming events, including conferences, lectures, panel discussions, book presentations, concerts, and film screenings on Cuban and Cuban-American topics.

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This issue highlights some of the most significant milestones and success stories by faculty, students, and alumni for the year 2018.

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Dr. Danielle Clealand, author of "The Power of Race in Cuba," was the co-winner of the W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

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The Cuba Program of Sergio Arboleda University in Bogotá, Colombia, has invited Drs. Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Jorge Duany, and Mauricio de Miranda to discuss the current economic and political situation on the island, including relations with Cubans living abroad.

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The Cuban Research Institute (CRI) is pleased to announce the 2019 competition for two scholarships to conduct research in Cuba. The Eliana Rivero Scholarship will support graduate student research with an emphasis in the humanities, while the CRI Cuban Studies Scholarship is open to any field.

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CasaCuba has received a $750,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to advance the design and construction of a state-of-the-art venue at FIU.

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May

The Cuba Program of Sergio Arboleda University in Bogotá, Colombia, has published Dr. Jorge Duany's analysis of the economic links between Cuban émigrés and their country of origin.

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The Student Award Committee of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy is accepting nominations for the 2019 Jorge Pérez-López Student Award Competition. The deadline to apply is May 20, 2019.

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Dr. Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel has published an article based on her presentation at the plenary session for our last CRI Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.

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