Newsletter of the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries, November 2012

Special gift membership offer

Looking for a unique holiday gift idea? If you join or renew your membership with the Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection with a gift of $100 or more by November 30, 2012, we will send a gift membership to the individual of your choice.

All membership levels include an email subscription to Pregones, the CHC's e-newsletter, invitations to Amigos and Cuban Heritage Collection events, 10% off items from the CHC gift shop and access to the Otto G. Richter Library. Members at the $250 level or more also get Library borrowing privileges and additional benefits. Join or renew now »

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CHC Graduate Fellows Colloquia

  • Friday, November 9, at 12:30 p.m.Art Music Criticism and Composers in post-1959 Cuba, an Examination of Aesthetic Values through the Cuban Press, by Marysol Quevedo, a doctoral candidate in Musicology at Indiana University and a 2012-2013 CHC Research Fellow.

  • Friday, November 30, at 12:30 p.m.Artists Engage the Landscape: Migrations and Becoming in Diaspora, by Lara Stein Pardo, a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at University of Michigan and a 2012-2013 CHC Research Fellow.

All presentations will be held in the Elena Díaz-Versón Amos Conference Room, Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, Otto G. Richter Library, 2nd Floor, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

Light lunch will be served. RSVP required: 305-284-4900 or

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Voices of the Diaspora: Tony López

By Fernando Espino, CHC Student Assistant

Tony López's studio, located in the Wynwood neighborhood, was a community landmark, with customers, art fanatics, and curious passers-by coming in throughout the day. Always present was the sculptor himself, an energetic figure who was constantly hard at work, even into his nineties.

Tony López (1919-2011) was born into an artistic family. Both his father and grandfather were sculptors by trade, and Tony joked that he was born with a piece of clay in his hands. Sculpture was his life's passion since as far back as he could remember. As he put it, he never wanted to do anything else. His father passed away when Tony was 18, and the young artist finished the project his father had been working on. This was Tony's first commissioned sculpture. Continue reading »

Tony López was interviewed as part of the Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project in Miami, FL on June 13, 2009.

To learn more, watch Mr. López tell his life story »

About the Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project »

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CHC honored by the City of North Miami

CHC Chair Esperanza B. de Varona and her assistant Gladys Gómez-Rossié (center) with the City of North Miami commissioners.

Last month, the City of North Miami, Florida recognized the Cuban Heritage Collection during a regular city council meeting. Mayor Andre D. Pierre proclaimed October 9, 2012 the Cuban Heritage Collection Day. CHC Chair Esperanza B. de Varona and her assistant Gladys Gómez-Rossié were on hand to receive the proclamation.

As part of the City's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we installed two panel exhibitions in the main lobby of the North Miami City Hall: "Keys to Cuba's History," an overview of Cuban history; and "In Search of Freedom," a display about the Cuban Refugee Program. The exhibitions will be on display through the end of the month.

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In this issue

In short

  • Thanksgiving hours and closures: We will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21 and will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23.

  • Classes end November 30. The library will be especially busy during reading days and finals. Please keep this in mind when planning your visit.

CHC Hours

Mon & Tue: 9am - 4pm
Wed: 9am - 7pm
Thu & Fri: 9am - 4pm
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