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

2015 Annual International Edible Book Festival at Richter Library


The University of Miami Libraries (UML) is calling for submissions to the 15th annual International Edible Book Festival. A popular event here at UM and universities worldwide, the festival celebrates the intellectually nourishing power of books in a fun and creative way—by turning them into edible art. UML’s 2015 festival will take place on April 1, 12-2:30 p.m., at the Otto G. Richter Library.


Due to popular demand, the deadline to register has been extended through Monday, March 30.


The Edible Book Festival is the dreamchild of Judith Hoffberg, a librarian and champion of artists’ books, and Beatrice Coron, a visual storyteller and book artist. (Many of Coron’s works are held in UML’s Special Collections.) Celebrated since 2000 in various parts of the world, the festival involves the creation, display, and eating of edible books. It generally falls on or around April 1, partly a nod to the April Fools’ tradition of “eating your words,” as the official website explains.

This year marks UML’s fifth celebration of the Edible Book Festival. View past entries »


Examples of past entries

Examples of past entries (from left): Bite Club, The Da Vinci Cod, The Picture of Dorito Gray, The Catcher in the Rye


9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Edible books entries accepted
Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Public viewing and judging
1:30 to 2 p.m.: Votes counted and prizes awarded
2 to 2:30 p.m.: Entries eaten by participants and viewers

How to Participate

ebf-judgingCategoriesAll UM students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend or participate in the festival by submitting an edible book, either as an individual or with a team. Your submission can be based on any kind of book, including a novel, diary, biography, pop-up book, comic, picture book, or artist’s book. How it’s reinvented into an edible form is completely up to you. All contest participants should register now.

The first fifty contestants will receive a commemorative UML Edible Book Festival apron when they submit their entry on April 1.



  • Entries must be edible and inspired by a book.
  • Entries should hold their shape while on display (about 2.5 hours without refrigeration).
  • Entries must be delivered to Richter Library on April 1 by 11:30 a.m. You are welcome to display your book inspiration (or cover image) alongside your entry.
  • If you believe that your entry qualifies for the “Healthiest” prize, please submit a list of ingredients on or before the festival day.


For additional questions, please email ediblebooks@miami.edu.

Share Your Story: A Call for South Florida Veterans and Military Families

storycorps-blog_logoThe search for South Florida soldiers and their family members is actively underway by StoryCorps, Warmamas, and the University of Miami Libraries (UML). The three organizations are collaborating on StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative, a project that honors veterans and the military community by recording and preserving their stories. Approximately eighteen interviews will begin at 9 a.m. on March 11, 12, and 13 at the Otto G. Richter Library on UM’s Coral Gables campus.

StoryCorps interviews are conducted as a conversation between two people, while a trained StoryCorps facilitator guides the 40-minute recording session. With the participants’ permission, the recordings of these interviews will be archived at the Library of Congress and segments of select interviews may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition. “We are a people defined by small acts of courage, kindness and heroism,” says StoryCorps founder David Isay. The Military Voices Initiative builds on this notion and contributes to StoryCorps’ diverse collection by recording and preserving the stories of veterans and military families. It is an opportunity for them to share their experiences in their own words.

The archive of recorded oral histories will be preserved at UML’s Special Collections, located at the Otto G. Richter Library. Open to the public, Special Collections houses a vast repository for researchers on a wide range of topics, with a particular emphasis on South Florida and the Caribbean. “As a community archive, Special Collections actively documents history by collecting materials, from photographs to personal letters to video recordings, that will remain here permanently and ultimately serve to inform, enlighten, and even inspire future generations,” says Chuck Eckman, Dean of University of Miami Libraries.

StoryCorps previously partnered with UML on Historias, an initiative to record the diverse stories and life experiences of Latinos in the United States. UML’s Cuban Heritage Collection served as a community partner for Historias interviews conducted locally in 2009. Additional UML oral history projects include the Haitian Diaspora Oral History Collections at Special Collections and multiple oral history projects focusing on Cuban diaspora and Cuban American communities at the Cuban Heritage Collection. Access to oral history collections is available from UML’s website.

Veterans and military families interested in this opportunity to tell their story should call Patricia Sowers at 786-493-0892, 305-461-5193, or email pfsowers@bellsouth.net.

Members of the press may interview selected participants as well as StoryCorps, UML, and Warmamas staff at 9 a.m. on March 13. Press must contact Barbara Gutierrez at bgutierrez@miami.edu to RSVP.