Hemispheric Caribbean Studies | After Hurricane Matthew: Resources, Capacities, and Equitable Recovery of Devastated Communities in Haiti | April 27, 2017

Large-scale disasters that exceed the current coping capacity of Haitian soci-ecological systems are increasing. At the same time, post-disaster interventions on the parts of the Haitian government, humanitarian aid organizations, and international donors often fail to recognize the existing assets of the most impacted communities. A three-month assessment conducted by the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED) examined both the local resources and pressing needs of rural communities across the Grande-Anse and Sud, two Haitian departments devastated by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. This Town Hall will present the findings of the study "Mapping Assets-Access for Equitable Recovery and Reconstruction from Hurricane Matthew in Haiti," and will feature a discussion with local leadership and civil society organizations from the most affected areas. VIEW FLYER> RSVP HERE>


Research Lunch Series | Justice Barometer: Insider Perspectives on Mexico's Criminal Justice System | April 25, 2017

This presentation focuses on the results of the 2016 Justiciabarometro (Justice Barometer) survey of over 700 Mexican judges, prosecutors, and public defenders, which provides an unprecedented look at the perspectives of those who operate Mexico's criminal justice system. VIEW FLYER> RSVP HERE>


Distinguished Fellows Series | Distinguished Fellows Research Colloquium | April 21, 2017

The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas cordially invite you to colloquium where our Distinguished Fellows will present their research work and receive feedback from UM Faculty. VIEW FLYER


Research Lunch Series | The Future of EU-US Relations and its Effects on the Western Hemisphere | April 20, 2017

The new US administration has opened an era of uncertainty in the future directions of US foreign policy, as well as relations with the European Union. Even if the EU continues to engage with its major partner, a clear sense of anxiety is perceived in EU capitals. What will be the effects of this uncertainty on the Western Hemisphere? Some countries area awaiting answers: Mexico certainly, but also Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti and the Mercosur grouping. Is this an opportunity  for the EU to reinforce its presence in the region? Note: This is a private discussion with UM community members only. VIEW FLYER>


Women in Contemporary Cuba: Challenges and Opportunities during Times of Changes | April 20, 2017

This special presentation will showcase the untold stories of Cuban women and address the challenges and opportunities they face in everyday Cuban society. The audience will hear about women who do not only grapple with domestic violence and gender inequality but who also seize  the moment through entrepreneurial ventures and other endeavors. Moderated by Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul, director of the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas. VIEW FLYER>


Research Lunch Series | Cuban Architects at Home and in Exile: The Modernist Generation | April 18, 2017

Within the last thirty years,  the history of twentieth-century Cuban architecture has received considerable attention in both Cuba and the US. Similarly, Cuban architects of the diaspora have been the subject of several conferences, exhibitions and publications. Nevertheless, there is no available study that examines the life and work of mid-20th-century Cuban architects in both Cuba and overseas. Cuban architects at Home and in Exile: The Modernist Generation brings together for the first time important works of art and architecture of the 20th century that extend beyond the island of Cuba and reveal the sense of Cuban architectural culture at home and away. The presentation will bring to light several mid-20th-century Cuban architects and artists whose work in Cuba and abroad represents the challenges that their generation had to face to establish themselves in a country on the verge of dramatic  change, and then as expatriates in various foreign countries. VIEW FLYER>


Culture as Resource Symposium in Honor of Dr. George Yudice | April 7-8, 2017

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Joseph Carter Memorial Fund and the College of Arts and Sciences. VIEW FLYER>


Research Lunch Series | The Role of Social Skills and Networks in the Fight against Poverty | April 4, 2017

Development economics devoted decades to addressing key market failures and made some progress in poverty reduction, but far from sufficient. With the help of behavioral sciences, the current development agenda addresses the individual. In his presentation, Dr. Valdivia argues that behavioral constraints affect the way the poor interact with markets, for example by taking them away from rational decision-making. The author presents some key examples of studies about entrepreneurship and financial inclusion that address such questions in the Latin American context. VIEW FLYER>


Research Lunch Series | Science, Politics and Research Integrity in Latin America and the Caribbean: The View from Mexico | March 30, 2017

Despite the importance of international collaboration for Mexican science and widespread international attention to research integrity, discussion of ways to promote integrity and prevent misconducts remain at a preliminary level across the country. As in many low- and middle-income countries, there is no official definition of "misconduct" in Mexico and there has been no reliable assessment of the national incidence of behaviors that are widely considered to be misconduct in international contexts. VIEW FLYER>


Hemispheric Caribbean Studies | Open Discussion on Caribbean Studies | March 29, 2017

The Hemispheric Caribbean Studies at the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas invite UM Faculty to an Open Discussion on Caribbean Studies at UM. The event will be held on March 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Albert Pick Hall. VIEW FLYER>

Research Lunch Series | The Media and Populism in Latin America: Lessons for the US and Beyond | March 24, 2017

A progressive model of public communication is grounded in the existence of a public commons that facilitates and promotes informed public dialogue characterized by civility, diversity, tolerance, reason, and facts. This model historically entailed the guarantee of constitutional rights and the presence of institutional settings to produce information and catalyze public debate. By  challenging many of the underlying principles of the progressive notion of the public sphere, populism, as a political strategy and a discursive frame, has a troubling relatonship with progressive public communication even while existing within formally democratic settings. Waisbord reviews Latin America, US and European variants of populism from the perspective of communication and media studies, seeking commonalities and divergences that clarify and deepen our understanding of its current manifestations and impacts. VIEW FLYER>

Research Lunch Series | Gender and Illegality in the Lives of Undocumented Young Adults | March 23, 2017

The scholarly literature has documented the ways in which an undocumented legal status shapes young adults' trajectories into adulthood, however, gender remains under-explored in this literature. This presentation will illustrate the ways in which gender and illegality interact to shaped the lived experiences of undocumented young adults, particularly during their transition to adulthood. VIEW FLYER


 Women's Leadership Forum | Barriers and Opportunities for Successful Female Business Leaders | March 21, 2017

The  University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, The Center for Health Sector Management Policy, and the Women in Business Group at the School of Business Administration, cordially invite you to a Women's Leadership Forum. The event will feature Dr. Belen Garijo, CEO Healthcare and Executive Board Member, Merck KGaA. VIEW FLYER

Research Lunch Series | Mexico's Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women | March 7, 2017

Mexico's Nobodies examines two key figures in Mexican history that have remained anonymous despite their proliferation in the arts: the soldadera and the figure of the mulata. B. Christine Arce unravels  the stunning paradox evident in the simultaneous erasure and ongoing fascination with these nameless people who define and fall outside of traditional norms of national identity. This study is the first of its kind to draw attention to art's crucial role in bearing witness to the rich heritage of blacks and women in contemporary Mexico. VIEW FLYER


Gender and Social Development Series | Symposium Gender Equality Post-Millennium in Latin America: Achievements and Challenges | March 2, 2017

The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas invites you to a Symposium that will tackle issues related to socio-economic changes and women's empowerment, gender equality in government, gender equality in policies: violence and reproductive rights, and achievements and challenges on gender equality.  VIEW FLYER>


Research Lunch Series | Rusty Pipes and Broken Toilets: The Water Crisis in Cuba | February 27, 2017

Cuban water issues stem from an obsolete and deteriorating infrastructrure. The original water and sewage systems on the island were installed prior to the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Daily water shortages, leaky pipes, non-working toilets and contaminated water are common. A large part of the problem in Havana is due to the aquifer underneath the Almenares River. The river receives all the sewage and the water infiltrates into the aquifer, putting the drinking water at risk. ‌VIEW FLYER>

Colloquium Spanish Legacies: The Coming of Age of the Second Generation | February 21, 2017

Much like the United States, the countries of Western Europe have experienced massive immigration in the last three decades. Spain, in particular, has been transformed from an immigrant-exporting country to one receiving hundreds of thousands of new immigrants. Today, almost 13 percent of the country’s population is foreign-born. Spanish Legacies, written by internationally known experts on immigration, explores how the children of immigrants—the second generation—are coping with the challenges of adaptation to Spanish society, comparing their experiences with those of their peers in the United States.  VIEW FLYER>

Special Presentation | A Sugarcane Immigration Status: The History of Statelessness in the Dominican Republic | February 20, 2017

In 2013 the highest court in the Dominican Republic ruled to retroactively strip citizensip from those born to Haitian parents after 1929, effectively rendering hundreds of thousands of Haitian-Dominicans stateless. This talk will explore the interconnected histories of Haitian-Dominicans communities, the sugar industry, and anti-Haitian racism, and in so doing explain the historical roots of the contemporary Statelessness crisis in the Dominican Republic. VIEW FLYER>


Research Lunch Series | Hurricane Risks, Direct Foreign Investment and Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean: A Case Study of the Bahamas | February 9, 2017

Rapid coastal land cover change through to tourism development has had devastating and costly impacts on coastal ecosystems globally. Small islands need better tools to evaluate coastal development in terms of ecological sustainability, especially with rising sea level. A simple conceptual model combined with real field assessments of flooding and hurricane impacts on island development illustrates important trends linking ecosystem services to economic viability. VIEW FLYER>


Distinguished Fellows Series | Graduate Symposium and Field Research Grant Symposium | January 27, 2017
The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas invites you to the first graduate symposium and field research grant workshop, and to the presentation of the winners of the 2016 Tinker Foundation and Field Grants. The workshop provides hands-on advice from faculty about how to apply for grants and  turn field research into important publications. Details on the 2017 Summer Grant Competition will also be provided.‌ VIEW FLYER >

Research Lunch Series | History of Drug Trafficking in Colombia during the 1930s and early 1980s | January 24, 2017
Dr. Eduardo Sáenz Rovner, Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, Professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and author of The Cuban Connection; Drug Trafficking, Smuggling, and Gambling in Cuba from the 1920s to the Revolution will talk about the ‘History of Drug Trafficking in Colombia between the 1930s and early 1980s’ at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, at Albert Pick Hall, located at 1541 Brescia Avenue. This presentation is part of the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas Research Lunch Series, and will be delivered in Spanish. ‌

Becoming Black Political Subjects-Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil | January 23, 2017
The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas presents a book by Tianna S. Paschel Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. After decades of denying racism and underplaying cultural diversity, Latin American states began adopting transformative ethno-racial legislation in the late 1980s. In addition to symbolic recognition of indigenous peoples and black populations, governments in the region created a more pluralistic model of citizenship and made significant reforms in the areas of land, health, education, and development policy. Becoming Black Political Subjects explores this shift from color blindness to ethno-racial legislation in two of the most important cases in the region: Colombia and Brazil. 

Open House at Pick Hall | December 2, 2016
The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas is proud to open the doors to its new home at Albert Pick Hall. All are welcome to attend and learn more about the Institute’s vision for the space and how it will be a new hub for convening and catalyzing research and initiatives related to the Americas. The Open House will be held on Friday, December 2, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a display of art work from students, live music, salsa lessons, piñatas, appetizers and more.

Research Lunch Series | Problematization of Immigration in U.S. Election News Coverage | November 29, 2016
All are cordially invited to join Dr. Juliana Fernandes, Assistant Professor in the Department of Strategic Communications at the University of Miami for a timely discussion about the Problematization of Immigration in U.S. election News Coverage from 2006 to 2016. The event is part of the Research Lunch Series hosted by the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, located at Pick Hall, across the street from UV6 and the Alumni Center. Join us November 29 at 12:00 noon. Lunch will be provided.

Hemispheric Crossings Series | Gisèle Pineau in conversation with Aleksandra Perisic | November 16, 2016
Pineau is a French-born Guadeloupian writer and former psychiatric nurse. She writes novels, children's literature, essays, and coffee table books. Her works often deal with issues of racism and intolerance from the perspective of Caribbean women. Her work has been translated into multiple languages. She will talk about postcolonial French writing with Aleksandra Perisic (Assistant Professor, MLL). This conversation will take place in collaboration with the Consulate Generals of France and of Guadeloupe in Miami, and be co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies.

Research Lunch Series | Journalism vs. Journalisms: Is there a Latin American Journalism Culture? | November 15, 2016
Dr. Martin Oller, Worlds of Journalism Study coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS) and professor in the master of journalism at the University of La Havanna, provides a descriptive and multivariate examination of Latin America journalists’ practices, ethics and worldviews based on survey data in seven countries.

Distinguished Fellows Series | Graduate Writing and Support Group | Meets every Thursday
Write in a quiet and supportive collective setting. Every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Miami Institute for the Americas (Pick Hall). Open to graduate students working on Latin America and the Caribbean. Faculty allies also invited to join. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Research Lunch Series | Does Democracy Breed Relief? Participatory Governance, Mosquito Abatement, and Zika in Brazil |November 10, 2016
The rapid spread of the Zika virus is a public health emergency that extends beyond the developing world to Miami and the United States. Michael Touchton addresses the need for local democratic governance and mosquito abatement in Brazil and explores how democratic institutions, local state capacity, and expert-designed social policies affect public health performance.

Hemispheric Crossings Series | Mayra Santos-Febres in conversation with Chrissy Arce | November 14, 2016
Puerto Rican novelist, poet, and radio and television personality Mayra Santos-Febres is Professor in the humanities division of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She specializes in African, Caribbean, and feminist literature. Her most recent collection of short stories, El exilio de los asesinos y otras historias de amor was published by Miami’s Pereza Ediciones. Her work has been translated into English, French, German, and Italian. She will read selections from her new book and discuss diasporic identity, female sexuality, and language use in the Caribbean with Chrissy Arce (Assistant Professor, MLL). This conversation will take place in collaboration with Miami’s Pereza Ediciones, and be co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies.


Hemispheric Crossings Series | Abosede George and Aimee Meredith Cox in conversation with Donette Francis | November 7, 2016
Historian Abosede George (Barnard College) and anthropologist Aimee Meredith Cox (Fordham University) will discuss their recently published books on Black Girlhood in Lagos, Nigeria and Detroit, USA with Donette Francis (Associate Professor of English, and Director of the American Studies Program). Black girlhood has emerged as a distinct analytical focus of recent social science scholarship. Creative writers and literary critics have historically attended to writing about black girlhood. Within a black feminist genealogy, how does this renewed emphasis depart from or extend earlier framings? What is the analytical distinction that black girlhood marks and why does the category matter? And, all the more so, why now?  This conversation will be moderated by Professor Francis with attention to how the Caribbean and literary studies complement these new works. The American Studies Program will secure funding for this event and Hemispheric Caribbean Studies will co-sponsor.

Research Lunch Series | A Conversation with Dr. Shumow: Venezuelan Journalism Revolution, Populism and Polarization | November 2, 2016
“It is easy to attribute the fracturing of Venezuelan society and its media system to the rise of President Hugo Chávez. But this case of extreme media polarization emerges from a confluence of social and political events that have played out over decades… and cannot be attributed solely to the rise of Chávez and the ideology that has come to be known as chavismo more broadly.” Join U-MIA and the Department of Journalism and Media Management for a conversation with Dr. Shumow on the causes of the current crisis in Venezuelan journalism.

Distinguished Fellows Series | Graduate Student Meetup | October 19, 2016
The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas is hosting a graduate student meetup on October 19 (5-7 pm @ Albert Pick Hall). The event will allow you to connect with students from all disciplines working on Latin America, the Caribbean, immigrant populations, and Miami as a regional hub. Information will also be provided on MIA programs for doctoral students, such as grant competitions, brown bags, and more. A light dinner will be served. For any questions, please contact Yulia Vorobyeva (y.vorobyeva@umiami.edu). We hope to see you there!

Symposium Women's Cancers in the Americas: Strategies for Synergy | October 5, 2017


The State and the Grassroots | March 30, 2016
The State and the Grassroots: Immigrants Transnational Organizations in Four Continents, examines, based on data from 18 countries, the organizations created by immigrants to protect themselves in their receiving states. The book explores the internal structure and activities of the organizations and how they relate to developmental activities.

Chile's Foreign Policy in a Changing World | April 4, 2016
The event speaker was His Excellency Heraldo Muñoz, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul, Director, University of Miami Institute for the Americas, moderated the discussion, while Dr. Susan Kaufman Purcell, Former Director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy, University of Miami, served as commentator.

The Odd Couple: Bank Regulation and Human Rights in Peru | April 20, 2016
Bank regulators primarily deal with arcane matters related to ensuring adequate capitalization of banks, suitable provisioning for bad loans and, more often now, consumer protection in the face of stonewalling by institutions. But bank regulators can also have a surprisingly active role in promoting human rights and financial democracy. The event was the second of the Distinguished Lecture Series of the University of Miami Department of International Studies. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Daniel Schydlowsky, President of the Association of Bank Supervisors of the Americas.

The Jamaica 1960s: A Symposium | October 29-30, 2015
The symposium addressed some of the challenges of Jamaica in the 1960s, including independence, identity in transnational formation, late colonial state formation, housing institutions in the making of the Jamaican nation, and intimate architecture and the feeling of sovereignty.

World Bank Report: Haiti-Towards a New Narrative | October 14, 2015
Years after the devastating earthquake and as the country is carrying out its first election, the World Bank launched a Systematic Country Diagnosis “Haiti: Towards a new narrative” which examines key opportunities and constraints to faster sustainable and inclusive growth in the country. WATCH VIDEO >

Lancet Women and Health Commission Report: Presentation and Panel Discussion | October 2, 2015
The Commission on Women and Health aims to foster greater understanding of the biological and social factors that affect women’s health across the lifecycle, the part they play in global health systems, and the value that is given to their health-related work. The groundbreaking report resulting from the work of the Commission explores several major themes, including: recent global shifts in economics, society, and demography and how they affect women’s health and the empowerment of women and girls; efforts of national health systems to address women’s health needs across the lifecycle, from non-communicable diseases to reproductive health; the influence of sex and gender on access to quality health care, and the role of the health workforce support in alleviating such disparities; women’s paid and unpaid contributions to the health care sector; and the impact that is possible when the world is accountable to women and girls and ensures that they are valued, counted and compensated.