How’s this for timing?
Today the president of the University of Miami meets with irate Cuban exiles to discuss his attempt to turn the ICCAS into yet another outlet of the Castro, Inc. propaganda machine, all under the guise of “academic integrity.”
And across town, FIU releases this piece of news.
So, as Casa Bacardi falls in Coral Gables, Casa Cuba is about to rise at the edge of the Everglades.
Of course, no one knows for sure what will go on in either of these Casas.
Funny, this coincidental harmonic convergence.
Maybe both institutions should have waited for next monday, during the solar eclipse?
From FIU News:
A group of Cuban-American community leaders has stepped forward to support “CasaCuba,” an initiative that brings together all things Cuban at FIU.
The initiative will harness FIU’s prestigious scholarly and cultural resources to activate its extensive Cuban collections for scholars and the public, with the eventual goal of constructing a 50,000-square-foot facility on FIU’s campus.
“The CasaCuba initiative formalizes what has been true for many years: Cuba is in FIU’s DNA,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “Almost one million Cubans call Miami home with Cuban immigrants making up one-third of Miami-Dade County’s population. There is no location outside of Cuba with a greater connection to Cuban and Cuban-American people than Miami and no university with greater expertise in the study of the island nation than FIU. This new center will be accessible to our students, the larger South Florida community, and visitors from around the world.”
The academic pillar of CasaCuba will be the Cuban Research Institute (CRI), in the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs, the nation’s premier center for academic research and public programs on Cuban and Cuban-American issues. CRI offers a certificate in Cuban and Cuban-American Studies and more than 70 courses focused on the island and its diaspora.
“Communities that shape their futures most successfully know where they come from,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which contributed $200,000 to launch the project. “CasaCuba will be a place to engage deeply with Cuban culture, so Cuban-Americans and everyone else can borrow the best of it for our American home.”
FIU also has significant resources related to Cuban art, history and music, including the Darlene M. and Jorge M. Pérez Art Collection at FIU, which documents the historical trajectory of Cuban art since the late 1800s, and the most extensive publicly available collection of Cuban music, the Diaz Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection with more than 100,000 items.
In addition to CRI and the Diaz Ayala music collection, CasaCuba will house oral history recordings, searchable genealogy records, exhibitions, meeting spaces, classrooms and other Cuban collections.
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