Goizueta Fellows: In Their Own Words

Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year the Cuban Heritage Collection is welcoming ten emerging scholars into the Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowships Program. We are proud to introduce each of our 2016-2017 Goizueta Fellows throughout the course of the program.

Our third fellow of the series, Rachel Emily Pérez, will discuss her work in a CHC Research Colloquium on Tuesday, August 2, 3 p.m., at CHC’s Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion. All are welcome to attend this presentation.

About Rachel Emily Pérez

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Goizueta Fellow Rachel Emily Pérez is pursuing her Ph.D. in American Studies and African American Studies at Yale University.

Rachel Emily Pérez is a doctoral student in Yale University’s joint program in American Studies and African American Studies. Prior to that, she worked as an intern and researcher at Dr. Rafael Ma. Moscoso National Botanical Garden in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is a recipient of the 2016 Yale RITM Center Fellowship, which she is using to conduct additional archival and ethnographic research in Miami. In 2015 she received a Tinker Field Grant to conduct independent ethnographic and archival research in Havana, Cuba. In 2013, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, anthropology, linguistics, and Spanish from the University of Georgia’s Honors Program, where she worked as a teaching and research assistant.

What university/program are you from?

I am from Yale University’s Joint Ph.D. Program in American Studies and African American Studies.

What are you working on?

I am investigating healing and religious practices among Cubans on the island and in the diaspora in the 20th and 21st centuries. More specifically, I am looking at the interactions between “alternative,” “traditional,” and “conventional” practices among this demographic, and the role of language and rhetoric in these interactions. I am additionally interested in the role of discourse in forging distinct categories such as “medicine” versus “religion.”

What do you expect to find at the CHC?

I expect to find a wide range of primary documents pertinent to my project. These include anthropological studies of healing-religious practices such as those found in the Lydia Cabrera Papers and in the Diana G Kirby Papers. I additionally hope to perform close readings of texts on health and medicine produced within the field of biology, such as those found in the Hady López papers. I additionally hope to learn more about Cuban immigrants’ healing-religious practices in many of the interviews from the Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project.

How can we learn more about your research?

I will be talking about my project in a CHC Research Colloquium* on August 2, 3 p.m., at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion.

*Colloquia are free and open to the public. Contact us at chc@miami.edu for more information.

About the Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowships Program

The Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowships Program provides assistance to doctoral students who wish to use the research resources available in the University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) in support of dissertation research. 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.

For more information about fellowship opportunities to study at the Cuban Heritage Collection or to learn about past fellows, click here.





2016-2017 CHC Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowships

The University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) is calling for applications for the 2016-2017 Goizueta Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Doctoral students who wish to use the rare and historical resources available in the CHC for dissertation research, or explore the Collection pre-prospectus, may be eligible for fellowships between one and three months with stipends ranging from $1,500 to $3,000 per month.

Launched in 2010 with a grant from The Goizueta Foundation, the program has grown to support the research of 67 emerging scholars from 35 universities. Now on its seventh year following a $1 million endowment by The Goizueta Foundation, the program aims to engage emerging scholars with the materials available in the CHC, thus contributing to the larger body of scholarship in Cuban, American, Latin@, hemispheric, and international studies. The 2016-2017 award recipients will be the first class of Goizueta Fellows.

The CHC awards Goizueta Graduate Fellowships in two categories:

Graduate Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships

Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships will allow doctoral students to determine how the Cuban Heritage Collection may serve their research needs as they prepare the dissertation prospectus. These are exploratory fellowships to determine if research resources in the CHC will support a dissertation. Fellowships of $1,500 will be granted for one month in residence between June 1 and August 31 of 2016.

Graduate Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships will support doctoral students who wish to use the Cuban Heritage Collection as a primary resource for a dissertation. Doctoral students applying for these fellowships will have completed their course work and passed their qualifying examinations. Fellowships of $3,000 per month will be granted for periods of one to three months.

All recipients must be in residence during the course of the fellowship and may not hold concurrent teaching positions.

Information about the fellowships and application process is available online at www.library.miami.edu/chc/fellows. The deadline for applications, which should be submitted electronically on Interfolio, is Monday, February 1, 2016. Questions? Please write to chc@miami.edu.



CHC Research Colloquia August Schedule

The Cuban Heritage Collection’s 2015-2016 Research Colloquia continues in August with several talks by researchers on works in progress. ​Colloquia are scheduled for 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

    • Thursday, August 13
      Abel Sierra Madero, New York University (visiting fellow)
      Made in Cuba: Theatre, Nation and the Forging of the Erotic Subject in the Second Republic (1933-1958)
    • Tuesday, August 18
      Elise Arnold-Levene, Columbia University (CHC Graduate Fellow)
      Lydia Cabrera, the Storyteller as Collector
    • Thursday, August 20 * rescheduled for Wednesday, September 2
      José Villar, Florida International University (CHC Graduate Fellow)
      New Men, New Nations, New Selves: Queer Subjects between Assimilation and Practices of Freedom in Contemporary Cuban Cultural Production
    • Tuesday, August 25
      William Kelly, Rutgers University (CHC Graduate Fellow)
      Constancy and Change: An Analysis of Revolutionary-Era Urban Housing Policy in Cuba
    • Thursday, August 27
      Richard Mwakasege-Minaya, University of Michigan (CHC Graduate Fellow)
      Mobilizing the Empire: Cuban Exile Media & Cold War Politics
    • Monday, August 31
      Francisca Aguilo Mora, University of Miami (CHC Graduate Fellow)
      Language Crossing and Multiaccentuality in Women Writers del Gran Caribe: Narrative, Drama and Performance
  • Learn more about the CHC Graduate Fellowships »


CHC Research Colloquia July Schedule

The Cuban Heritage Collection’s 2015-2016 Research Colloquia continues in July with three talks by researchers on works in progress. ​Colloquia are scheduled for 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

    • Tuesday, July 21
      Juan Carlos Medel Toro, University of California Davis (visiting researcher)
      Revolución, democracia y la dictadura del proletariado: Los Comités de Defensa de la Revolución y el Estado Cubano. Discursos y Prácticas
      In Spanish
    • Thursday, July 23
      Olivia Ortega, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Mexico (visiting researcher)
      Influencia  de los Estados Unidos en la construcción de la identidad colectiva publicitaria de México y Cuba, 1930-1950
      In Spanish
    • Tuesday, July 28
      Antonio Cardentey Levin, University of Florida (CHC Graduate Fellow)
      Crítica de la pasión caribeña: La dialéctica de los afectos en la novela histórica del Caribe insular hispano
      In Spanish


2015-2016 CHC Research Colloquia Convenes

As we welcome a new class of graduate fellows to the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, we open the 2015-2016 CHC Research Colloquia. Join us as fellows and other researchers discuss their work and their research in the Cuban Heritage Collection. Colloquia are open to the public and scheduled for 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted. RSVP to 305-284-4900 or chc@miami.edu.

Thursday, June 25
Rebecca Salois, CUNY (CHC Graduate Fellow)
“Choteo Cubano: Humor as a Critical Tool in 20th Century Cuban Theater”

Tuesday, June 30
Sara Kozameh, New York University (CHC Graduate Fellow)
“The Agrarian Reforms in Revolutionary Cuba: 1959-1965”

Thursday, July 9
Daniel Fernandez, University of Florida (CHC Graduate Fellow)
“Transnational Contributions to Cuban State Formation: the Spanish Republican Exiles in Cuba”

Thursday, July 23
Olivia Ortega, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Mexico (visiting researcher)
Influencia de los Estados Unidos en la construcción de la identidad colectiva publicitaria de México y Cuba, 1930-1950
In Spanish

Tuesday, July 28
Antonio Cardentey Levin, University of Florida (CHC Graduate Fellow)
“Crítica de la pasión caribeña: La dialéctica de los afectos en la novela histórica del Caribe insular hispano”

Tuesday, August 18
Francisca Aguilo Mora, University of Miami (CHC Graduate Fellow)
“Language Crossing and Multiaccentuality in Women Writers del Gran Caribe: Narrative, Drama and Performance”

Thursday, August 20
José Villar, Florida International University (CHC Graduate Fellow)
“New Men, New Nations, New Selves: Queer Subjects between Assimilation and Practices of Freedom in Contemporary Cuban Cultural Production”

Tuesday, August 25
William Kelly, Rutgers University (CHC Graduate Fellow)
“Constancy and Change: An Analysis of Revolutionary-Era Urban Housing Policy in Cuba”

Thursday, August 27
Richard Mwakasege-Miyar, University of Michigan (CHC Graduate Fellow)
“Disseminating Greater Cuba: Cuban Exiles & Cuban-American Media Production”



Former CHC Fellow Martin Tsang to Join UM Libraries Faculty

martin_300x373Martin Tsang will be the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow in History and Area Studies at the University of Miami Libraries. In this role, he will serve as a liaison librarian for faculty and students in History and Latin American Studies as well as other assignments. Martin will be working to develop print and digital collections, provide consultative and instructional research support services, and assist the Libraries in designing a new model for transformative library engagement with our research and teaching communities.

Martin was a CHC Graduate Pre-Prospectus Fellow in 2010-2011 and a Research Fellow in 2012-2013. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Global & Sociocultural Studies (Anthropology track) from Florida International University and an M.A. in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London.

We are thrilled to help welcome Martin to the University of Miami Libraries. He will begin his new post on June 24th, 2015.

For more information about CLIR’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, visit http://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc.

 



2015-2016 Graduate Fellowships Awards

The Cuban Heritage Collection will welcome twelve new Graduate Fellows beginning in June. Hailing from institutions across the United States, the 2015-2016 class of fellows is comprised of historians, literary specialists, political scientists, and media scholars.

2015-2016 is the sixth year of the CHC’s graduate fellowships program. The Goizueta Foundation recently made a $1 million gift to endow graduate fellowships at the Cuban Heritage Collection. The CHC will host the first class of Goizueta Fellows in 2016-2017.

This year’s cycle of awards are made possible with the support of the Bared Family Foundation, the Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection, and additional donors.

The CHC Graduate Fellowships provide assistance to doctoral students in the U.S. who wish to use the research resources available in the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries. 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.

For more information about fellowship opportunities to study at the Cuban Heritage Collection or to learn about past fellows, click here.

Graduate Research Fellows

Francisca Aguilo Mora
University of Miami (Modern Languages & Literature)
Language Crossing and Multiaccentuality in Women Writers del Gran Caribe: Narrative, Drama and Performance

Elise Arnold-Levene
Columbia University (Latin American and Iberian Cultures)
Lydia Cabrera, the Storyteller as Collector

Gillian Beach
West Virginia University (Political Science)
Diffusion or Dissent: Examining International Advocacy Efforts and Domestic Policy Divergence

Antonio Cardentey Levin
University of Florida (Spanish and Portuguese Studies)
Crítica de la pasión caribeña. La dialéctica de los afectos en la novela histórica del Caribe insular hispano

Anasa Hicks
New York University (History)
Servants, not Workers: Domestic Labor in Cuba, 1902-1975

Dana Linda
UCLA (Comparative Literature)
Urban Landscapes: gender and the global cartographies of Caribbean literary cities

Rebecca Salois
City University of New York (Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages)
Choteo Cubano: Humor as a Critical Tool in 20th Century Cuban Theater

Graduate Pre-Prospectus Fellows

Daniel Fernandez
University of Florida (History)
Transnational contributions to Cuban state formation: The Spanish Republican Exiles in Cuba

William Kelly
Rutgers University (History)
Constancy and Change: An Analysis of Revolutionary-Era Urban Housing Policy in Cuba

Sara Kozameh
New York University (History)
The Agrarian Reforms in Revolutionary Cuba: 1959-1965

Richard Mwakasege-Minaya
University of Michigan (Screen Arts & Cultures)
Disseminating Greater Cuba: Cuban Exiles & Cuban-American Media Production

Jose Villar
Florida International University (Modern Languages)
New Men, New Nations, New Selves: Queer Subjects Between Assimilation and Practices of Freedom in Contemporary Cuban Cultural Production



Book examines politics of childhood in Havana and Miami

 

Anita Casavantes Bradford presented her book The Revolution is for the Children: The Politics of Childhood in Havana and Miami, 1959-1962 (UNC Press) on January 15, 2015 in the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion.  An assistant professor of History and Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Casavantes Bradford was a Research Fellow in the inaugural class of CHC Graduate Fellows. We were thrilled to launch her book in Miami in partnership with the FIU Cuban Research Institute.

In her talk, Dr. Casavantes Bradford read passages from her book and used images found during her research in the Cuban Heritage Collection to help demonstrate how children were first pressed into political service by ideologically opposed Cuban communities on both sides of the Florida Straits. Guests asked questions ranging from the pioneros in Cuba to Operation Pedro Pan.

A video recording of this talk will be made available online.

Anita Casavantes Bradford discusses her book with guests.

Anita Casavantes Bradford discusses her book with guests.

Photos by Andrew Innerarity.

 



CHC Fellowships applications due February 1st

 

The Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) offers fellowships in support of individual research by U.S.-based graduate students and scholars who wish to use the research resources available in the Collection. Applications for 2015-2016 fellowships are due on Sunday, February 1, 2015.  To learn more about the awards, eligibility, and requirements, visit library.miami.edu/chc/fellows.


Launched with a grant from The Goizueta Foundation, the CHC Fellowships program has made 55 awards since 2010. Questions? Write to us at chc@miami.edu.