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January

The US Customs and Border Protection agency said it had registered more than 153,000 irregular entries from Cuba in 2023. Another 67,000 entered legally under a humanitarian parole program, introduced a year ago by President Joe Biden's administration. Together with the 313,506 who left in 2022, this mass movement represents "the largest number of Cuban migrants recorded in two years since the beginning of the post-revolutionary Cuban exodus in 1959," said Jorge Duany, director of CRI.

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In this essay, Drs. Sergio Díaz-Briquets and Juan Carlos Albizu-Campos Espiñeira document and discuss how changing political and socioeconomic circumstances, together with misguided and ill-conceived economic reform attempts within the politico-economic system governing Cuba, have contributed to often overlooked demographic and social dislocations, emigration being but the most visible consequence.

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The Mellon Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to FIU's Cuban Research Institute to establish a three-year fellowship program for threatened Cuban scholars. The program will help artists, writers, scholars, and journalists from the island to continue their work in safety. It will substantially broaden and deepen current discussions about intellectual freedom—including freedom of thought and expression—in Cuba, the United States, and worldwide.

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The final version of the program for our biennial conference on "The Latinization of Florida: Economic, Political, and Cultural Repercussions," to be held on February 15–16, 2024, is available here. To register for the conference, please visit https://14th-CRI-Conference.eventbrite.com

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February

In this essay, Dr. Alejandro Portes and Ryan Bagwell highlight contrasts and disparities in various neighborhoods within Miami-Dade County, focusing on their ethnic and racial composition, as well as their socioeconomic profiles.

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March

Join the UCF Puerto Rico Research Hub for a discussion with Dr. Jorge Duany, Director of the Cuban Research Institute at FIU, on "The Cuban and Puerto Rican Diasporas in Florida." The presentation will examine the main demographic, socioeconomic, cultural, and political patterns of these two groups from the Hispanic Caribbean, highlighting their similarities and differences.

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CRI Visiting Scholar Elaine Acosta González has coauthored a research article describing the caregiving process for Latino patients with Alzheimer's and related dementias from the perspective of caregivers and service providers to reveal service areas in need of improvement. Providers and caregivers were interviewed through the Miami-Dade County Aging Network.

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Dr. Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute, discusses his latest coedited book, "Cuba and Puerto Rico: Transdisciplinary Approaches to History, Literature, and Culture," with Dr. Lillian Guerra.

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April

Learn more about the numerous public events we organized last semester, including lectures, panel discussions, book presentations, and film screenings, to promote Cuban and Cuban American Studies. We're also planning numerous activities for the upcoming months, including hosting four new Visiting Fellows for Threatened Cuban Scholars in the Humanities.

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Congratulations to FIU graduate students Noel Hernández (History) and Michele Mileusnich (Modern Languages) on being selected to attend the 2024 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 who plan to work on Latino Studies dissertations.

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The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to host Susana de la Cruz Rodríguez between October and December 2024. A Ph.D. student in musicology at the University of Oviedo in Spain, Ms. de la Cruz Rodríguez will conduct archival research and interviews for her doctoral dissertation titled "Bagpipes and Asturian and Galician Music in Cuba: Cultural Spaces and Sound Transculturation."

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CRI's fellowship program will help artists, artists, academics, and journalists displaced from the island to continue their work at FIU. It will substantially broaden and deepen current discussions about intellectual freedom—including freedom of thought and expression—in Cuba, the United States, and worldwide.

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Dr. Sarah Atkinson, who holds a Ph.D. in Italian Studies, will appraise the Cuban reception of the work of the Italian filmmaker and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini. Her project looks at Cuban interest in Pasolini’s legacy during two significant moments: the 30th anniversary of his death in 2005 and the centennial commemoration of his birth in 2022.

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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. The grant recipients will spend a week consulting FIU's extensive collections on Cuba and its diaspora, and give a lecture on their research topics.

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We're pleased to announce the results of the 2024 competition for FIU faculty members and graduate students. The scholarships will support seven presentations at academic conferences related to Cuban and Cuban American studies.

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June

The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce that this year's recipient is Maria Zyla, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in history at FIU. She currently studies U.S.-Cuban cultural and transnational history, exploring gender, sexuality, and migration in the Havana-Harlem Renaissance of the early twentieth century, with a focus on music, literature, and art.

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We're glad to share the news that Richard Denis successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in history and has been appointed a postdoctoral fellow in the History Department for the academic year 2024-25. His dissertation explores the evolving relationship between the Cuban state and key sectors of the national commercial press on the island during the late republican era (1940-1958).

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Ana Menéndez (English / Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab) has written a moving account of her family trips to Cuba for the blog "Bridges to/from Cuba."

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Dr. Jorge Duany will present a paper on recent Cuban migration at the international colloquium "The Other Caribbean," to be held at the University of Paris III (Nouvelle Sorbonne) on June 20-21, 2024.

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ASCE is issuing a call for papers and panel proposals to be presented at its 2024 Annual Conference, to be held in Miami on October 18-20, 2024. Abstracts of papers or panel proposals should describe original work related to Cuba's economy in a broad sense, including economic policy, legal, sectoral, and social aspects of economic development.

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Dr. Elaine Acosta González has been invited to form part of the board for five years (2024–29). Founded in 1970, "Cuban Studies" is the preeminent journal for scholarly work on Cuba.

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July

Denisse Delgado Vázquez has successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in Public Policy and Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The topic of her dissertation was remittance behaviors among Cuban migrants in Miami and Madrid.

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