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Center for José Martí Studies Affiliate

The Center for Martí Studies Affiliate at The University of Tampa is dedicated to the study and dissemination of the life, thought and work of Cuban patriot and writer José Martí, whose lifelong struggle in defense of human dignity was embraced and supported by the founding generations of cigar workers and immigrants in Ybor City and Tampa, among whose descendants Martí’s legacy remains a guiding light. The affiliate works closely with the Center for Martí Studies in Havana, Cuba, and is authorized to organize conferences, lectures, seminars and other similar events designed to promote in all its social and cultural breadth the thought and work of the father of Cuban Independence, José Martí.


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José Martí and the Immigrant Communities of Florida in Cuban Independence and the Dawn of the American Century

Dates: June 17 – July 13, 2019 (4 weeks)
Location: The University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019 (notification date: March 29, 2019)
Stipend: $3,300

José Martí and the Immigrant Communities of Florida in Cuban Independence and the Dawn of the American Century 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. A key aspect of this history was the role played by 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 perspective of the working class immigrants who organized, financed, and in many cases fought and died for this 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, or any aspect of the relationship between the global north and the global south.

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