Newsletter | Summer 2017
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Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowships Program  

2017-2018 Awards Announcement

This summer the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) welcomes 11 new Goizueta Graduate Fellows. Hailing from institutions across the United States, the 2017-2018 cohort of fellows is comprised of historians, literary specialists, and ethnicity scholars. Learn more »

Graduate Research Fellows

Elizabeth Cerejido 
University of Florida (Art and Art History) 
Cuban (American) Art: Beyond Nation and Diaspora 

William Kelly 
Rutgers University (History) 
Revolución es [Re]construir: Housing Policy and Everyday Life in the Cuban Revolution, 1959-1989 

Sara Kozameh 
New York University (History) 
Harvest of Revolution: Cuban Agrarian Reform and the Politics of Consent, 1958-1970 

Catherine Mas 
Yale University (History, Program in the History of Science and Medicine) 
The Culture Brokers: Medicine, Anthropology, and Transcultural Miami, 1960-1990  

Corinna Moebius 
Florida International University (Global and Sociocultural Studies) 
Stages for Coded Local and (Trans)National Ratial/Spatial Struggles: Little Havana's Heritage Landscape  

Rosanne Sia 
University of Southern California (American Studies and Ethnicity) 
Performing Fantasy in Motion: The Hemispheric Circulation of Women Performers, 1940-1960 

Graduate Pre-Prospectus Fellows 

John Ermer 
Florida International University (History) 
The Lebanese Mahjar in Cuba 

Lilianne Lugo Herrera 
University of Miami (Modern Languages and Literatures) 
Transnational Black Bodies: Caribbean Perspectives on the Theater of the Cuban Diaspora 

Rodrigo del Rio 
Harvard University (Romance Languages and Literatures) 
Cuban Urban Imaginaries: Writing the City on the Verge of Revolution 

Asiel Sepluveda 
Southern Methodist University (Art History) 
City Impressions: Frédéric Mialhe and the Making of Nineteenth-Century Havana 

Alberto Sosa Cabanas 
Florida International University (Modern Languages) 
Racism, Celebration and Otherness: Depictions of Blackness in the Cuban Cultural Discourse (1790- 1959) 
COMING SOON | #GoizuetaFellows
A complete schedule of the Goizueta Fellows' post-research presentations at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion will soon be available. These talks are free and open to the public.

New Cuban Voices

Cuban Blogger Yoani Sánchez Teaches a Four-Part Seminar

Presidential Distinguished Fellow and internationally acclaimed independent journalist Yoani Sánchez presented the four-part seminar New Cuban Voices: Exploring How Local Civil Society is Helping Shape the Island's Future throughout the month of April. The seminar explored the role actors within Cuban civil society are playing to help shape Cuba's future. Learn more »

Featured image: Yoani Sánchez (third from left) with students during the month-long seminar at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion.

Improvisation, Beauty, and Resilience

Three Talks on the Culture of Cuba

The University of Miami's 'Cane Talks are lively ten-minute presentations by leading thinkers in the UM community illuminating big questions we face in the next century. In April three UM faculty members participated in a special program featuring their work to highlight the rich cultural heritage of Cuba and what it tells us about the world today. Learn more about each talk below and click the links to watch the videos.

"Masking the Virgin Mary: La Caridad del Cobre and Religion's Resiliency in Cuba"

Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado 
Professor of Religious Studies and Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Education | College of Arts and Sciences

Religious scholar Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado presents "Masking the Virgin Mary: La Caridad del Cobre and Religion's Resiliency in Cuba," revealing how the patron saint of Cuba, "La Caridad del Cobre," has become a symbol of Cuba's identity and exploring the complexity and resilience of the patron saint's religious traditions. 

"Theater and Reconciliation: The Power of the Digital Diaspora"

Lillian Manzor 
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures | College of Arts and Sciences
Lillian Manzor, director of the University's Cuban Digital Theater Archive, presents "Theater and Reconciliation: The Power of the Digital Diaspora," discussing the roles that theater and digital culture can play in building community in a moment and across the fraught borders of time, space, and nations. 

"La Música en Mi/The Music in Me" 

Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Lecturer, Department of Studio Music and Jazz | Frost School of Music

Combining performance and personal reflection, award-winning composer and UM faculty member Gonzalo Rubalcaba presents "La Música en Mi/The Music in Me," exploring his roots in Cuba and how his music has evolved to reflect a global complexity from the island and beyond.

Featured image: 'Cane Talks website. Visit the site to watch videos by UM visionaries tackling the biggest questions of our new century.

Digital Humanities Project: La Gaceta de La Habana

The University of Miami Libraries' Digital Strategies team has made available the entirety of the 19th century Cuban newspaper La Gaceta de La Habana as a dataset that can be downloaded from GitHub for computational and other sorts of analysis. 

Digital Humanities Librarian Paige Morgan worked with Head of Digitization Laura Capell and Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian Elliot Williams to prepare the text of La Gaceta for researchers. This project follows the CHC receiving funding in 2015 to digitize its oversize holdings and is based on work that has been done by Thomas Padilla, OpenPenn, and others.
In February Morgan authored a blog post that was published on the Digital Library Federation site titled, "Preparing La Gaceta for Text Mining." Read the article »
Featured image: Issue of La Gaceta de La Habana available in the UM Libraries Digital Collection.

Exhibit Roundup + Collection Highlights

Two exhibitions featuring materials from the Cuban Heritage Collection are currently on view at the Otto G. Richter Library. Before your visit, please check our hours of operation online or call 305-284-4900.

Imagining the Divine: Alberto del Pozo's Orichas

In his original drawings in pen, ink, and crayon, Alberto del Pozo recreates the mythical attributes of several orichas. Displayed on the second floor of the Richter Library, each illustration depicts a god or goddess from Santería's pantheon, using color and pattern with brilliant effect. The deities are shown in a peaceful pose, surrounded by artifacts symbolizing aspects of their personalities. Represented in each work is the image of the Catholic saint that corresponds to the oricha.
Natural Cuba

Visit the Goizueta Pavilion on the second floor to view an exhibition highlighting Cuba's vibrant flora and fauna and their historical depictions, from iconic botanical illustrations to stunning wildlife publications to the beautifully colored specimens of the polymita picta, Cuba's native tree snail. A series of historical photos, books, and other materials preserved by the Cuban Heritage Collection are now on display.
Imagining the Divine is part of the Lynda and Michael Gordon Exhibition Program.
Image credit: Ryan McGuire
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