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January

The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE), with the support of FIU's Cuban Research Institute, will hold its conference on Cuba's economy in a broad sense, including legal, sectoral, and social aspects of economic development, or Cuba's exodus and the Cuban diaspora and its economic and social relationship to the island.

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El Nuevo Herald's Mario Pentón quotes CRI Director Jorge Duany: "Everything seems to indicate that the Trump administration's immigration policies have reduced the number of Cubans trying to enter the United States without authorization if we compare it with the last two years of [former president] Barack Obama."

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CRI in the News: The Current Situation in Cuba Discourages Having a Dignified Old Age

Diario de Cuba interviews CRI Visiting Scholar Elaine Acosta regarding the results of a recent National Survey on the Aging of the Population in Cuba.

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 2020. 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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Dr. Frank Luca, Chief Librarian at The Wolfsonian-FIU, has published a very informative blog post about how Cuba's capital city became a mecca for U.S. tourists during the first half of the 20th century. The blog post is profusely illustrated with materials from the Vicki Gold Levi Collection.

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Weak economic growth, aggravated by the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and a flurry of U.S. sanctions, “continues driving a considerable amount of Cuban citizens abroad, especially to South Florida,” said Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University.

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Congratulations to Jennifer Cearns on the publication of her new article in the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology. Jennifer conducted her ethnographic fieldwork for this essay while a Visiting Scholar at CRI.

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February

"The Daily Signal" interviews CRI Associate Director Sebastián Arcos about his experiences as a political dissident in Cuba during the 1980s and early 1990s.

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Uruguay, a small country in South America known as "The Switzerland of America," is seeking immigrants to revert the population aging that is threatening its economy. Tens of thousands of Cubans and Venezuelans fleeing the crisis in their countries have made a second home in Uruguay.

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Dr. Jorge Duany has been invited to serve on the oral examination committee for Jennifer Cearns' doctoral dissertation in anthropology, "'The Mula Ring': Material Flows of Circulation through the Cuban World."

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Barry University News announces the presentation of the book, "Identity and Postnationalism in Cuban Culture," as part of CRI's public events held in collaboration with Books & Books in Coral Gables.

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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: Amaya Carricaburu Collantes, Ricardo Pelegrín Taboada, and Alexandra T. Vázquez.

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Orlando González Esteva interviews Dr. Evelyn Hu-Dehart, from Brown University, about Chinese migration to Cuba in the 19th century.

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Applications for the Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants are due March 16. These grants allow scholars and graduate students to consult the FIU Libraries' extensive resources on Cuba and its diaspora.

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April

Dr. Marie-Laure Geoffray will conduct research on the development of transnational ties between the Cuban-American community and former Central European dissidents, as well as Latin American and European democracy and human rights activists.

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The Cuban Research Institute, CasaCuba, and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center are pleased to cosponsor a new series of commissioned analyses of Cuban politics, economy, culture, and society, together with policy recommendations.

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Join Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago's lecture, organized by Harvard University's Cuba Studies Program in collaboration with CRI, the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries, and the Cuba Program of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University.

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"The date of departure from Cuba—before and after 1980—served as a watershed within the émigré community, as a symbol of social status. Those wounds between Cubans have not healed entirely," said Jorge Duany, Director of FIU's Cuban Research Institute.

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According to CRI Visiting Scholar Elaine Acosta, "the precarious living conditions of many homes, multigenerational coexistence, added to the stress of the loss of income, situations of poverty, the excessive concerns, among others, have an impact on the increase in abuse and domestic violence" in Cuba.

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Cuba has exported medical services to 14 countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic, including Italy, Spain, and Andorra, while the United States warns that the receiving countries should put an end to Cuba's labor abuses against its international health workers.

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May

Alberto Sosa Cabanas, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Modern Languages, successfully defended his dissertation on the representation of blacks in Cuban literary and artistic discourse from 1880 to 1933.

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The University of Florida Press has approved an advance contract for an anthology proposed by Drs. Carmen Haydée Rivera Vega and Jorge Duany, based on the 2019 CRI Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.

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Congratulations to Professor Jorge L. Esquirol, a faculty member of the FIU College of Law, who has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) for 2020–2022.

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Due to the health crisis, the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) decided to cancel its August 13–15, 2020 Conference at FIU. However, ASCE is planning to do a virtual event around those dates, as well as to hold a regular conference at FIU in January 4–6, 2021.

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The online journal, "Foro Cubano," published by the Sergio Arboleda University in Bogotá, Colombia, is seeking contributions on any aspect of the social, economic, political, and cultural situation of Cuba.

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June

The distinguished Cuban music collector Cristóbal Díaz Ayala has shared a selection of the soundtrack of his life, from childhood to the present day, including memories of his native land and his adopted country, Puerto Rico.

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The Cuban Cultural Center of New York will recognize Dr. Carmelo-Mesa Lago, a member of the CRI Community Advisory Board, for his contributions to the fields of Cuban and Latin American Studies.

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In 2018, Cuba's Communist Party proposed a new Constitution recognizing same-sex marriage. FIU Law Professor José Gabilondo's article examines how the proposal triggered important public debates between advocates of religious liberty and opponents of discrimination against sexual minorities.

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A Univisión article quotes CRI Director Jorge Duany about the unequal treatment suffered by Latinos, especially those of dark skin color, in U.S. society.

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FIU History Professor Mike Bustamante writes about how Cuban Americans are likely to vote in the 2020 U.S. presidential elections.

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CRI Visiting Scholar Elaine Acosta analyzes the main characteristics of the latest wave of the Cuban exodus since the mid-1990s.

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Dr. Sherry Johnson, Professor of History and Faculty Associate of the Cuban Research Institute, will give the keynote address at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASEC). The meeting will take place on February 18–20, 2021 in Ft. Myers, Florida.

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July

FIU sociolinguist and CRI Faculty Affiliate Phillip Carter led new research that shows Miami English is its own unique dialect. Dr. Carter defines this dialect as a variety of English with subtle structural influence from Spanish, mostly spoken by native English speakers who are second-, third-, or fourth-generation Latinos.

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We're happy to share the news that Maite Morales, a Ph.D. candidate in history, has successfully defended her dissertation on "The Cuban Revolution’s Emotive Regime: A Decade to Remember, 1968–1978."

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In the second part of her analysis, CRI Visiting Scholar Elaine Acosta delves into the opinions of Cubans arriving in Miami since 1995.

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