Newsletter of the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries, May/June 2012

UM Libraries' Digital Preservation Project Brings Miami's Cuban Theater History to Light

Click the image to visit the online exhibit

The University of Miami Libraries' Cuban Heritage Collection is pleased to announce the completion of a major project that preserves and enhances access to digitized sources of Cuban and Latino theater through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, housed in an online exhibition titled Cuban Theater in Miami: 1960-1980.

"The Knight Foundation has enabled the UM Libraries' Cuban Heritage Collection to preserve important performing arts materials for future scholarship and research," said William Walker, Dean and University Librarian. "This project makes hidden collections discoverable to performing artists, students and the artistic community worldwide."

"The performing arts are integral to our community's cultural vitality. Performance, however, is by nature ephemeral. Documenting and preserving our local theater history through the university's project is an important way to promote Miami's collective identity, memory and history," said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation's vice president/arts.

Approximately 2,000 items were digitized for preservation from collections of ephemera and the papers of theater directors, actresses, playwrights, and companies. As the project progressed, a community's story unfolded. The selection of playbills, posters, photographs, and recordings illustrate the story of the Cuban diaspora community and the larger context of the multi-ethnic Miami community. Learn more »

Visit the online exhibit Cuban Theater in Miami: 1960-1980 »

Browse the CHC Digital Collections for Cuban Theater materials »

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CHC & CLAS co-host first Undergraduate Scholars Symposium

The Cuban Heritage Collection-Center for Latin American Studies Undergraduate Scholars Symposium brought together eight undergraduate University of Miami students, their three mentors, and members of the University community. The event, titled Cuban Identity and Diaspora, gave the students the opportunity to present the academic and creative works resulting from their months of research at the Collection.

The Symposium began with welcoming remarks by Esperanza Bravo de Varona, Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection and Dr. Ariel Armony, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies. Dr. Lillian Manzor gave the keynote speech, focusing on the relationship between archival research and new media.

All together, the Fellows worked with some of the most important manuscript collections housed in the CHC. In addition, they were able to analyze books and other material not available elsewhere in the world. The experience of doing research in the CHC was an invaluable addition to their time as undergraduates at the University of Miami. Learn more »

Watch video of the CHC-CLAS Symposium »

View photos from the symposium on April 20th »

View a .PDF flyer and program for this event »

Learn more about the CHC Undergraduate Scholars Program »

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2012 Graduate Fellows announced

We are happy to announce the 2012 CHC Graduate Fellows, generously funded by The Goizueta Foundation and and the Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection.

The Cuban Heritage Collection Graduate Fellowships provide assistance to graduate students who wish to use the research resources available in the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami. The goal of these Fellowships is to engage emerging scholars with the materials available in the Cuban Heritage Collection and thus contribute to the larger body of scholarship in Cuban, hemispheric, and international studies.

To learn about the research undertaken by the 2010 & 2011 Graduate Fellows, click here. We have also highlighted the work of a number of our past fellows on this blog, which can be viewed using the Scholar Spotlight tag.

2012 Research Fellowships

Michael Bustamante Yale University (History) Collective Memory Struggles in Revolution, Exile, and Diaspora

Mauricio Castro Purdue University (History) Post-1959 Miami and the American Welfare State

Joanna Elrick Vanderbilt University (History) Religion, Race and Culture in Colonial Cuba, Angola, and Brazil

Arturo Matute Castro University of Pittsburg (Hispanic Languages and Literatures) Mariel and Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana: Cuban Literary Exile of the Last Three Decades

Marysol Quevedo Indiana University (Musicology) Negotiating Cubanness through Art Music: Composers in Socialist Cuba, 1959-1989

Lara Stein Pardo University of Michigan (Anthropology) Artists, Aesthetics, and Migrations: Caribbean Women Artists in Miami, Florida and the Aesthetics and Politics of Cultural Production

Martin Tsang Florida International University (Anthropology) Con la mocha al cuello: Chinese influence in Afro-Cuban Religion

2012 Pre-Prospectus Fellowships

Russell Boutelle Vanderbilt University (English) The Invention of Juan Placido and the Transamerican Antislavery Movement

Jesse Horst University of Pittsburgh (History) Housing and Slums in Havana 1930-1960

Natasha Perez Michigan State University (College of Education) Language, Literacy, Identity and Culture in the Cuban Diaspora

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Congratulations to Esperanza B. de Varona, Lesbia Orta Varona and Gladys Gómez-Rossié for celebrating 45 years of service at Otto G. Richter Library!

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