FIU’s Cuban Research Institute presents conference on Cuban and Cuban American Studies

WHAT: Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute (CRI) will continue its tradition of convening scholars engaged in the study of Cuba and Cuban Americans at its 8th Conference on Cuban and Cuban American Studies. The theme of the conference, “Cuba 2010: An Island in a Global World,” will focus on the political, economic, cultural and social dynamics on the island and the diaspora. As in the past, the conference will be interdisciplinary and international in scope. As part of the conference program, on the evening of February 11, there will be a screening of the award-winning documentary “Cuba: El arte de la espera,” about the return of a Cuban exile to his small hometown formerly dominated by the sugar milling operations of the United Fruit Company. Filmmaker Eduardo Lamora will introduce and discuss the film. This screening, co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Miami, will be the U.S. premiere of the documentary.

WHO: The conference will include more than 140 participants in 31 panels covering a broad range of topics such as literature, cinema, art, history, and social, economic and political issues. Panelists will represent institutions in the United States, Puerto Rico, Spain, France, Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba.

WHEN AND WHERE: February 11-13, 2010 at the Graham Center Ballrooms at Florida International University-Modesto A. Maidique campus, 11200 SW 8th Street. For a full agenda, please click here. The conference is cosponsored by the Center of Latin American Studies at the University of Miami and is free to FIU and UM faculty, students, and staff. The registration fee for the general public is $150.00

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the Cuban Research Institute at 305-348-1991 or visit http:cri.fiu.edu.

Media Contact: Madeline Baró at 305-348-2234.

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About CRI:
CRI is a pre-eminent program of the Latin American and Caribbean Center in FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs. It is one the nation’s leading institutes for research and academic programs on Cuban and Cuban American issues. Since its founding in 1991, the institute has produced an exceptional level of research and public programs in the field, blending scholarship and the singular resources of the Greater Miami community.

About FIU:
Florida International University was founded in 1965 and is Miami’s only public research university. With a student body of more than 38,000, its 17 colleges and schools offer more than 200 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations and law. More than 100,000 FIU alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a “High Research Activity University”. In August 2009, FIU welcomed the inaugural class of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. For more information about FIU, visit http:www.fiu.edu.

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