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November 14, 2019: The Office of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies will host a information session regarding its graduate programs.

November 7-8, 2019 - Symposium on Leila Miěccolis Brazilian Alternative Press Collection:

The Leila Miěccolis Brazilian Alternative Press Collection consists primarily of political and countercultural pamphlets and periodicals, concrete poetry, neo-concrete poetry and other vanguard/avant garde artistic experimentation, fanzines, film reviews, university publications, theater, and musical pieces. As opposed to the commercial and widely-circulated press of "official" Brazilian governmental venues, the publications contained in the collection especially treat stigmatized or marginalized groups, such as Afro-Brazilians, women, and sexual minorities. It accomplishes this goal by utilizing various mediums including literary pieces, editorial cartoons, political comics, sociopolitical critiques of "Brazilianness," humor, and the promotion of ecological and environmental awareness. The collection also contains a large variety of materials from the 1970s Marginaělia movement, a term used to describe a series of underground publications which circulated during the military dictatorship. The collection was painstakingly accumulated over the course of forty-five years by Miěccolis who decided to place the archive in a North American university so as to assure the preservation of the collection, as well as to prevent its censorship. The symposium, which will begin on the evening of November 8th and take place all day on the 9th, will feature a keynote presentation by JoaŢo Silveěrio Trevisan (the prominent Brazilian author, playwright, journalist, screenwriter and film director), alongside invited papers of scholars who have worked with the Collection that will showcase intersectionalities and (dis)connections between burgeoning social and political movements in Brazil from the military dictatorship (1964-85) to the present one, focusing on human rights and social justice and cross- fertilization of historical, political and social trajectories that would shed more light on recovering the voices of marginalized Brazilians.

October 17-18, 2019 - CHC New Directions in Cuban Studies Conference:

The University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection will host the third multidisciplinary conference to disseminate the work of advanced graduate students and emerging scholars that survey the current research and findings on Cuba and its diaspora. We encourage submissions across all fields and disciplines. The selection committee for the New Directions in Cuban Studies conference welcomes individual paper proposals that relate to the themes of fresh, innovative, and emerging research on Cuba, past and present. We welcome papers that engage or interpret any of the following thematic yet broadly defined panels: Visual Art and Performing Arts; Health, Science, and the Environment; Digital Cuba: Emerging Technologies; Challenging Cuban Diasporas; and Reframing Cuban Studies. The conference keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Esther Whitfield, Brown University. The New Directions in Cuban Studies conferences have been made possible in part through funding from The Goizueta Foundation and the Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection.