Students of Cuba flock to UM’s CHC

CHC in the press: Students of Cuba flock to UM’s Cuban Heritage Collection

Following last month’s article on employees 75 years and older becoming more common in the workplace in which CHC Chair Esperanza B. de Varona was featured, the Miami Herald spotlights us again this week with an article focusing on the CHC Graduate Fellows and their research in the collections. Entitled “Students of Cuba flock to UM’s Cuban Heritage Collection,” author Tania Valdemoro Longest interviews graduate fellows Rachel Hynson, Sitela Alvarez and João Gonçalves at length about their dissertation research and the central role that the CHC has played in this process. Hynson and Gonçalves are recipients of the 2011 Research Fellowship, which funds three months of research for students who wish to use the CHC as a primary resource for a dissertation, whereas Alvarez received the Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowship allowing her one month’s time to research at the CHC for the purpose of writing a dissertation prospectus. Each has benefited from the CHC’s collections and the overall research environment. As Gonçalves puts it in the article, “the research conditions here are better than in Cuba. It’s hard to find certain papers there due to funding issues. And there are fewer people using the collections. The staff here can develop a personal relationship with you.” Esperanza B. de Varona and Deputy Chair Maria Estorino were also interviewed in the article about the legacy of the CHC and the motivation behind the fellowship program. “We are building collections that have an impact in the larger academic community,” said Maria Estorino, deputy chair of the collection. “These are the future scholars for Cuban studies, hemispheric studies and international studies. We want them to come back and share their knowledge with others.”

Read more about this at the CHC Blog