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
      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
    • 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
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  • DVD Picks: Colonial America

    by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

    As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, let’s take a moment to remember the struggle that took place to build this nation. There were the actual battles of the Revolution, of course, but the drive to build a new land had been going on for hundreds of years. Here is a list of films from our collection that represent (or were inspired by) events surrounding our nation’s birth.

    The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection, which can be searched by movie theme (or topic) as well as categories such as time period, genre, or language. Visit library.miami.edu/UDVD to view the entire collection.

    marysillimanswar

    Based on the memoir and letters of Mary Silliman, this film depicts the struggle during the American Revolutionary War, in Fairfield, Conn., a town deeply and bitterly divided over independence. After the kidnapping and imprisonment of her husband by the British, Mary Silliman managed to secure her husband’s freedom while still handling domestic affairs and coping with the war.

    americalovesacrifice

    Torn between his revolutionary political beliefs and his love for the daughter of a Virginia Tory, Nathan Holden struggles with his fellow patriots for independence. But at the crossroads of this path to freedom stands Captain Walter Butler. A murderous redcoat, Butler ravages the fledgling colonies with a band of barbaric Mohawks.

    johnadams

    While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history.

    teapartyetiquette

    In this dramatized narrative, illustrated with photographs and illustrations from 19th-century books and periodicals, a poor shoemaker from colonial Boston, George Robert Twelves Hewes, describes his experiences in the struggle for American independence, revealing how working people helped make the American Revolution and how they were changed in the process.

    lastofthemohicans

    The love of Hawkeye, rugged frontiersman and adopted son of the Mohicans, and Cora Munro, aristocratic daughter of a British colonel, blazes amidst a brutal conflict between the British, the French, and Native American allies in colonial America.

    plymouthadventure

    In 1620, a group of religious outcasts boarded the Mayflower in England and set sail for the New World, where they founded a tiny wilderness outpost that was the genesis for what would become the United States of America. This is their thrilling story, a tale of hardship and devotion, of storms, hunger and disease, faced and defied.

    thecrucible

    A group of teenage girls meets in the woods at midnight for a secret ceremony. When the ceremony is witnessed by the town minister, the girls are accused of witchcraft. Soon, the entire village is consumed by hysteria and innocent victims are put on trial, leading to a devastating climax.

    liberty

    Liberty! is a exuberant documentary about the American Revolution and our fight for freedom. It chronicles the events leading up to the declaration of war and the lasting effects these events had on shaping our country today.

    georgeminiseries

    A television mini-series chronicling the life of George Washington during the French and Indian War, the coming and commencement of the Revolutionary War, and the victory of the independence from England.

    pocahontas

    An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade 17th-century Virginia.

    benfranklin

    Traces Franklin’s life from humble beginnings to fame as a scientist, founding father, and America’s first diplomat to France.

    Scarlet

    In the 17th century, in Massachusetts, a young woman is forced to wear a scarlet “A” on her dress for bearing a child out of wedlock.



    CHC Archivist Natalie Baur Receives Fulbright-Garcia Robles Award

    Natalie BaurNatalie Baur has received a Fulbright-García Robles award to work on digital preservation research with Dr. Juan Voutssás at the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información (Library Science and Information Research Center) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico).  Natalie will be exploring the challenges that the digital age presents to libraries and archives in a global context and developing possibilities for working with colleagues in Latin America on these issues.

    Natalie joined the University of Miami Libraries in 2012 and serves as Archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection. She has a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland and a graduate degree in history and museum studies from the University of Delaware. Natalie is active in the Society of American Archivists, particularly its Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable.

    The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the longtime chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who had a profound influence on America’s foreign policy. His vision for mutual understanding shaped the prestigious exchange program that bears his name. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, it operates in over 155 countries worldwide and awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. The Fulbright-García Robles grants are awarded by the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational Exchange (COMEXUS) in support of fieldwork and research in areas of relevance to U.S.-Mexican relations.

    Natalie will be on leave from September 2015 to May 2016. You can follow her on Twitter @nataliembaur.

     



    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”



    Cuban Sculptor Roberto Estopiñán (1921-2015) Honored at CHC

    by Sarah Block, Library Communications

    Click the image above to watch a video of the discussion on May 13. More photos from the event can be viewed on Facebook.

    Click the image above to watch a video of the discussion on May 13. More photos from the event can be viewed on Facebook.

    Friends, family, and longtime admirers of Cuban sculptor Roberto Estopiñán shed light on the late artist’s vision and the compassion behind his celebrated work during an event held in his memory at the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) and co-presented with the Cuban Museum on May 28. Estopiñán, who died in Miami in January 2015 at age 93, is widely known for his work in sculpture describing the complexities of the human condition, often through interpretations of the female form.

    The program included a recognition of Estopiñán’s widow, Carmina Benguría, followed by remarks by nephew George Roberto Pace and art historian Alejandro Anreus on Estopiñán’s work and social activism—often interrelated—prior to his exile in 1961 and throughout his life. “At the heart of his work was always the human figure for he believed in the integral and spiritual value of the human person,” Anreus said. The program also included readings by the poets Alina Galliano and Gastón Álvaro, and a screening of the 1994 documentary Artists in Exile: Roberto Estopiñán by the late Cuban-American television writer and producer Ray Blanco.

    Forty-six of Estopiñán’s sketchbooks, a few which were on display during the event, were donated to CHC where they will now be preserved and made available to the public.

    Photos by Andrew Innerarity.

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    Carmina Benguría, widow of Roberto Estopiñán, is honored by CHC Chair Maria Estorino Dooling (left), Ileana Fuentes of the Cuban Museum, and Benguría’s great-nephew Griffin Pace, during the May 28 celebration of Estopiñán’s life and work.