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NEH Summer Institute for College Teachers at UT

José Martí and the Cuban Immigrant Communities of Florida
Hosted by The University of Tampa

June 17 – July 13, 2019
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019


Thank you for your interest in our Summer Institute for College and University Teachers, “José Martí and the Cuban Immigrant Communities of Florida in Cuban Independence and the Dawn of the American Century,” which will be taking place on the beautiful and historic campus of The University of Tampa in downtown Tampa, FL, from June 17 to July 13, 2019.

This summer institute has been made possible thanks to a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is open to full-time faculty at two-year and four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., and also to non-tenured/non-tenure track faculty and advanced graduate students. First consideration is given to those who have not previously attended an NEH seminar or institute.

Our institute will present a novel approach to the study and teaching of the rise of the U.S. as a global hegemonic power in the early 20th century as a consequence of its intervention in Cuba’s War of Independence from the perspective of the Cuban immigrant communities in the U.S., particularly in the unique and vibrant cigar towns of Ybor City (now Tampa, FL) and Key West. It was here that José Martí would find both the inspiration and the followers he would need to bring about his vision of a future Cuban Republic. The close study of this seminal period from the point of view of the working class immigrants who organized, financed, and in many cases fought and died for the patriotic ideal that they helped inspire by their example, will enrich any cross-cultural approach to the teaching of U.S. history, race and ethnicity, Latin American studies, Caribbean/Cuban studies, international relations, cultural studies, Hispanic language and culture, and other disciplines as well.

Luckily for us, many of the landmarks and artifacts related to this history have been preserved to this day in the historic district of Ybor City, in the local museums and special library collections to which our participants will have unfettered access, and on the downtown campus of The University of Tampa, which also played a role in this extraordinary American story. We invite you to explore this website for detailed information regarding the institute and welcome any questions you may have about it.

¡Bienvenidos a Tampa!



Heightening awareness of how American immigrant communities have helped usher in political transformations.

About the Institute

How to Apply

NEH institutes are designed primarily for full-time or part-time faculty who teach undergraduate students.

How to Apply


The four-week program of study will focus on the three principal elements that make up this extraordinary history.

Program of Study


Institute participants will be provided on and off campus housing options for the duration of their four-week stay.



The NEH Institute team includes the institute directors, consultant, visiting faculty and staff.



For general questions or more information, contact the Center for Jose Marti Studies Affiliate.