Join CHC Fellow Jennifer Lambe at Books & Books on March 31

March 31, 2017 | 8 p.m.
Books & Books | 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL

On the outskirts of Havana lies Mazorra, an asylum known to-and at times feared by-ordinary Cubans for over a century. Since its founding in 1857, the island’s first psychiatric hospital has been an object of persistent political attention. Drawing on hospital documents and government records, as well as the popular press, photographs, and oral histories, Dr. Jennifer L. Lambe charts the connections between the inner workings of this notorious institution and the highest echelons of Cuban politics. Across the sweep of modern Cuban history, she finds, Mazorra has served as both laboratory and microcosm of the Cuban state: the asylum is an icon of its ignominious colonial and neocolonial past and a crucible of its republican and revolutionary futures.

About the Author
Dr. Jennifer L. Lambe is Assistant Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History at Brown University. A 2011 Cuban Heritage Collection Research Fellow, she earned her Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean History at Yale University and her B.A. in Gender Studies and History at Brown University. Her work has received support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Coordinating Council for Women in History, and the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries. Dr. Lambe is coeditor of the volume New Histories of the Cuban Revolution, currently under review by Duke University Press.

This event is free and open to the public. Download a PDF flyer.

To RSVP or find out more, please call 305-348-1991 or email

Co-sponsored by the University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection, Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection, FIU Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs, and Books & Books

Power Through Finals


  • therapy dogs: December 12 and December 15, from noon to 3 p.m., on the first floor. The power of paws is real!
  • stress-relieving computer games: Three short, silent games created by UM computer science students can be accessed from a computer in the first floor reading room (near the puzzle table). You can check out a Wii game controller from the circulation desk.
  • board games and puzzles: We have Twister, Checkers, Mancala, Rubik’s Cube, and more.
  • phone and laptop chargers: Securely charge your phone using charging stations in the first floor reading room.
  • feel-good films: View our list of DVD picks for a movie break during finals.

Check out games, headphones, and charger cords from the circulation desk.

For a boost without leaving your seat, there are a number of stress reduction resources that are available online, which we’ve linked to on our blog. Click here for a list of these online resources, including controlled breathing exercises, meditation guides, videos with guided imagery, relaxing background music, and more.

Can’t find a quiet place to study during 24/7?

In addition to quiet space available in the stacks (floors 4-7 and 9), Richter has opened up the 3rd Floor Conference Room and Literacy Lab from Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., and over the weekends.

You can also find quiet study space in the reading rooms at Special Collections (8th floor) and the Cuban Heritage Collection (2nd floor) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Computers, laptops, and tablets are welcome in these spaces. However, please be aware that since both reading rooms hold distinctive collections, food and beverages are not permitted.

Study smart, and good luck!

From the Cutting Edge: Herman Beller Photograph Collection

Herman Beller (1899-1972) was a skilled metalwork entrepreneur in Cuba. With his wife Jennie, Beller settled in Havana, Cuba, in the 1920s. He began his career by manufacturing die-cast metalwork for replacement parts for machinery and later manufactured body frames for school buses and desks, furniture for public buildings, municipal lamps, bronze commemorative plaques, and sculptural works for installations throughout Cuba. As a member of Cuba’s Jewish community, Beller also created religious and ceremonial metal pieces. Beller and his family left Cuba in the 1960s and settled in Hollywood, Florida, where he resided for the rest of his life.


The Herman Beller Photograph Collection contains photographs of metal works produced by the Darden-Beller Company and Beller’s Havana-based company, Industrias Unidas de Cuba. The collection contains a large group of photographs particularly detailing his work at the Parque de la Fraternidad in Havana, one of the larger public works projects Beller undertook.


All photographs and objects in the collection have been digitized. For more information, please contact the Cuban Heritage Collection at 305-284-4900 or