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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

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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