Cuban Miami: Chang­ing Cul­ture and Politics

April 10, 2003 - 5:00 PM

Uva de Aragón
Cuban Research Insti­tute, Florida Inter­na­tional University

Uva de Aragón will address recent cul­tural and polit­i­cal changes in Cuban Miami. She will focus on poll results and the shift­ing ide­o­log­i­cal forces of exile orga­ni­za­tions as well as more sub­tle vari­a­tions on the atti­tudes of Cuban-Americans towards con­tro­ver­sial issues. She will also delve into the rea­sons for these changes and pos­si­ble future sce­nar­ios of Miami-Havana relations.

Uva de Aragón is Asso­ciate Direc­tor of the Cuban Research Insti­tute at Florida Inter­na­tional Uni­ver­sity, where she also teaches, and serves as Asso­ciate Edi­tor of the aca­d­e­mic jour­nal, Cuban Stud­ies. A grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Miami, she has penned sev­eral books of poetry, short sto­ries and essays, and has received sev­eral lit­er­ary awards. Some of her works have been trans­lated into Eng­lish and appear in text­books and antholo­gies. Her lat­est book “Memo­ria del silen­cio,” a novel about twin sis­ters sep­a­rated by the Rev­o­lu­tion, is a tes­ti­mony to the inevitable rec­on­cil­i­a­tion between Cubans liv­ing on oppo­site sides of the Florida Straits. A weekly colum­nist for Diario las Améri­cas, she is a keen observer of Cuba and Cuban-Americans.