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From the Directors Desk

Dear friends and colleagues,

m happy to greet you at the beginning of a new academic year and share some of our recent accomplishments and plans for the coming months.

Between January and July of this year, the Cuban Research Institute (CRI) of Florida International University sponsored or cosponsored 50 public events, including 22 lectures, 9 panel discussions, 9 book presentations, 5 film screenings, and a museum exhibit.

We invited leading experts to address themes relevant to the study of Cuba and Cuban America, such as Antonio Aja,
Uva de Aragón, Phillip M. Carter, Elizabeth Cerejido, Emilio Cueto, Sergio Díaz-Briquets, Kathleen López, Iveris Martínez, Ana Menéndez, and Omar Everleny Pérez.

In partnership with Books & Books in Coral Gables, we presented some of the finest new work on Cuban and Cuban-American topics, including books by Michelle Chase, Iraida H. López, Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Andrea J. Queeley, and Leonard Ray Teel.

We also edited an issue of Hemisphere magazine on U.S.-Cuba relations, published by the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC). The volume features a stellar cast of contributors, among them Ruth Behar, Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Dario Moreno, Louis A. Pérez, Jr., and Rafael Rojas.

Last summer we organized InCubando@FIU, a training program
for small business owners from Cuba, together with the College of Business and the English Language Institute. We appreciate the collaboration of StartUp Cuba, a project of the nonprofit organization Roots of Hope.

This fall, we’ll cosponsor with the Department of Modern Languages Reading Cuba: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Literature,” on November 9–10. We’ve already confirmed the participation of two remarkable performers, José Ruiz Elcoro and Eglise Gutiérrez, for our Classically Cuban concert on December 4.

Finally, we
re planning the Eleventh Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, the largest international gathering of scholars engaged in the study of the Island and its diaspora. Focusing on multiple aspects of U.S.-Cuba relations, the meeting will take place at FIU on February 2325, 2017.

As always, thank you for your support of our work!

–Jorge Duany

FIU Welcomes Cuban Entrepreneurs for First-of-Its-Kind Program

Fifteen young Cuban entrepreneurs participated in a six-week business and intensive English program at FIU. See more...

Cuban Studies Journal Is Revamped

Drs. Alejandro de la Fuente, Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Lillian Guerra, and Jorge Duany
Earlier this year, CRI presented the latest volumes of the preeminent journal for scholarly work on Cuba and its diaspora. See video...

Hemisphere Magazine Focuses on Cuba

Edited by Dr. Jorge Duany, the Summer 2016 issue of LACCs flagship publication assesses the repercussions of the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States. See more...

President Obama’s Cuba Visit Sparks Intense Debate

Dr. Jorge Duany, Pedro Freyre, Prof. José Gabilondo, and Dr. Orlando Gutiérrez Boronat
The Cuban Research Institute, together with LACC, sponsored a conversation among experts with diverse opinions on the president’s trip to Havana. See more...

Cubas Demographic Challenges

Photo courtesy of Mark Keller
A timely discussion focused on the Island’s aging and shrinking population, due to low birth rates and high levels of emigration. See video...

The Chinese Diaspora in Cuba

Photo courtesy of María Lau
Several specialists examined the incorporation of Chinese immigrants into Cuban society, as well as their ties to home villages in China. See video...

The Cultural Identities of Cuban-American Youth

The renowned Cuban-American writer Ana Menéndez
Cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment, this panel explored the linguistic, literary, artistic, and musical practices of young Cubans in the United States. See video...

Political Ideology in Contemporary Cuba

Visiting Scholar Dr. Alexis Jardines delivered a series of three lectures on the ideological context for a future democratic transition on the Island. See videos...

Young Cuban Poets and Narrators

The Cuban narrator, poet, and playwright Elaine Vilar Madruga analyzed the works of a new generation of writers on the Island. See video...

The Other Cuba

The founding Dean of the Green School, Dr. John F. Stack, Jr., welcomed the public to the photo exhibit by Hana Jakrlova, organized by the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy. See pictures...

FIU Holds Panel on Cuba in Berlin

In 1939, the University of Havana donated this statue of Alexander von Humboldt, the noted German naturalist, to Humboldt University in Berlin.
Last summer, the Miami-Florida Jean Monnet European Union Center for Excellence sponsored a discussion on Cubas relations with the United States and the European Union at Humboldt University. See more...

José Martí’s Life, Death, and Legacy

Dr. Uva de Aragón stands with a group of students from Belén Jesuit Preparatory School who attended her lecture. See video...

Community Advisory Board

This distinguished group of persons, interested in Cuban and Cuban-American affairs, includes representatives from various business sectors and professional backgrounds. See more...

Cuban-American Student Organization (CASO)

Steffan Blanco, CASO Representative to the Council of Student Organizations,
and Jazmin Hernández, President of CASO

Aimed at students of Cuban descent or interested in Cuban culture, CASO serves as an outlet to share the members cultural backgrounds, political opinions, artistic views, and way of life with each other. See more...

José Antonio Echeverría Scholarship

The José Antonio Echeverría Foundation announces the competition for the 201617 edition of the scholarship, awarded every year to an FIU student of Architecture, History, Politics & International Relations, or Religious Studies. See more...

CRI in the News

TV reporter Julia Bagg interviews Dr. Jorge Duany. See related video...
CRI Associate Director Sebastián Arcos discusses President Obamas objectives in Cuba. See video...
FIU students watch the presidents speech in Havana on March 22, 2016. See video...

Eleventh Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies

CRI continues its tradition of convening scholars and other persons interested in the study of Cuba and Cuban Americans. See more...

Thanks to Our CRI Staff!

Paola Salavarria, Alfredo González, Aymee Correa, and Lennie Gómez
CRI Faculty Affiliate
Marilys R. Nepomechie:

“Find something you love and give it your all.”
(Click on pictures to see more)

New Cubanist at FIU

Dr. Michael Bustamante

Faculty Affiliate Serves as Fulbright Scholar

Prof. Jorge L. Esquirol

Faculty Affiliates New Book Examines the Worlds Shrinking Languages

Dr. Phillip M. Carter

Book Presentations at Books & Books

Dr. Andrea J. Queeley
Dr. Martin Tsang introducing Dr. Queeley
Dr. Michelle Chase
Dr. Iraida H. López
Dr. Leonard Ray Teel
Dr. Gustavo Pérez Firmat
Lily Prellezo

Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction

The Wolfsonian-FIU organized an exhibit on the mutual cultural influences between the United States and Cuba from the 1920s to the 1950s. See more...

16th Annual José Martí Breakfast

Cuban prima ballerina Irene Rodríguez dramatizes one of Martí’s poems, “The Spanish Dancer.” See more pictures...

Community Advisory Board Member Edits Dossier on Miami

The French Consul in Miami, Philippe Létrilliart

Commemorating the Founding of the Cuban Committee for Human Rights

Oscar Peña
and Enrique Patterson

Collector Discovers Lost Colonial Prints of Santiago de Cuba

Dr. Jorge Duany with collector Emilio Cueto

Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants

Dr. Noraliz Ruiz Caraballo
Liliana Casanella Cué
Dr. Gabriela G. Alfaraz

Eliana Rivero Scholar

Maikel Fariñas Borrego

New Visiting Scholars

Dr. Víctor Andrés Triay
Petra Kuivala
Estibaliz Santamaría Cadaval
Lisandra Cuesta Vasallo

Graduate Student Works in Oral History Project

Jorge Parellada


Our outstanding student assistant Lennie Gómez has just completed her bachelors degree in Public Relations from FIU’s School of Communication + Journalism. We wish her the best in this new phase of her life.

Díaz-Ayala Collection Receives Grant from the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation

Verónica González
The award will help preserve valuable examples of music from various Latin American countries through the digitization of rare 78 rpm sound recordings from 1900 to 1929. See more...

Classically Cuban Concert

Pianist José Ruiz Elcoro
Soprano Eglise Gutiérrez
The 12th installment of CRI’s signature concert series will be devoted to romantic piano compositions and lyric music from Cuba from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. See more...
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