Newsletter of the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries, August 2013

2013-2014 Graduate Fellows Colloquia Summer Schedule: August

Join us this month for the next batch of colloquia listed below. All presentations will be held in the Elena Díaz-Versón Amos Conference Room at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion in the Otto G. Richter Library. Refreshments will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. to 305-284-4900 or

  • Wednesday, August 7 at 3:00 p.m. The Haves and Have-Nots: Material Culture in Revolutionary Cuba and the Cuban Diaspora, 1959-1980 Alexis Baldacci History, University of Florida

  • Friday, August 23 at 3:00 p.m. The Burden of Human Freedom: Creation and Anxiety in Cuban Existentialist Fiction, 1925-1987 Francis Watlington Spanish & Portuguese, University of Texas at Austin

  • Friday, August 30 at 3:00 p.m. "Luchar con Esperanzas de éxito": Physicians, Politicians, and the Struggle against Tuberculosis in the Early Cuban Republic Kelly Urban History, University of Pittsburgh

Learn more about the CHC Graduate Fellowships »

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Meet the staff: Amanda Moreno

Though April 2013 marks when Amanda Moreno joined the Cuban Heritage Collection as Processing Assistant, she is a familiar face to the UM Libraries. Amanda began her time with the Collection in 2011 as a student assistant on a grant-funded digitization project focused on our theater materials. Her skills working with digital processes made her an ideal candidate to support similar projects, including editing video interviews for the Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project; describing clips from the Osvaldo Sánchez Film Collection; and eventually processing collections with CHC Archivist Natalie Baur.

Originally from Queens, New York, Amanda moved to Miami at the age of nine and has been living here ever since. In May 2012, she graduated with honors from the University of Miami, where she majored in political science, Spanish and psychology. While she initially planned to continue onto graduate study in public policy, working in the Cuban Heritage Collection has shown her she can combine her interests in libraries, museums and civic engagement into a rewarding career. Continue reading »

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Cuban memories: Celebrating Cuban singer Celia Cruz

Esperanza B. de Varona, Gladys Gómez-Rossié, Celia Cruz and Lesbia Orta Varona during a visit to Richter Library in 1999 when the University of Miami awarded Cruz an honorary doctorate in music.

Last month we commemorated 10 years since the death of Cuban singer Celia Cruz. Internationally renowned as "La Guarachera de Cuba," the award-winning singer graced us with over 50 years of iconic music that would become influential in the history of Cuban performance.

In 1999, Celia Cruz visited us at Richter Library when the University of Miami awarded her an honorary doctorate in music. At the time of her passing in 2003, we hosted an exhibition in her honor. Following her funeral, her husband Pedro Knight and the Municipios de Cuba en el Exilio presented us with the flag that draped her coffin during her wakes and funeral masses in Miami and New York. This flag is permanently on display in the Elena Díaz-Versón Amos conference room in the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion.

Learn more about the Celia Cruz Collection »

Learn more about the "Queen of Salsa" from the Celia Cruz Foundation »

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Faculty support Latin American Studies workshop in Nankai, China

Last month, Meiyolet Méndez, Education & Outreach Librarian, traveled to Nankai University in Tianjin, China, as part of a workshop on the "Status of Latin American Studies in the US and China." "Both Chinese faculty and grad students in attendance at the workshop were curious to explore the Cuban Heritage Collection's digital collections, and to incorporate those materials into their own research and teaching," noted Méndez. Read more from the University of Miami's College of Arts & Sciences »

The College of Arts & Sciences and the Richter Library supported a 2-day workshop on "Status of Latin American Studies in the US and China" at Nankai University on June 17-18, 2013. The workshop set up a framework for continuing and deepening the relationship between UM and Chinese scholars on Latin America-Asia relations and was attended by professors and graduate students from UM and several of China's most prominent universities. UM faculty Ariel Armony, Director of the University of Miami's Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS); Eduardo Elena, Professor of History; and Meiyolet Méndez, Education & Outreach Librarian, were invited to speak at the conference.

"We are opening up new pathways for business and new access to knowledge for the private sector," said Ariel Armony. "Chinese interest in Latin America is expanding because of trade, but also because they want to understand how to address emerging Chinese challenges such as urbanization, inequality, middle-income trap, democratization, and mass politics (especially populism)." Continue reading »

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