United States: University of Florida opens call for ‘threatened’ Cuban artists

Florida International University (FIU) has opened calls for applications for scholarship for artists, writers, academics and journalists Cubans who face “serious threats to their life, liberty, and well-being.”

The Scholarship Program for Threatened Cuban Academics in the Humanities, managed by the FIU Cuban Research Institute, will provide for a semester “a temporary refuge” academics and artists from the Caribbean island who are at risk, as well as their families, as indicated in a statement from the university.

This program, under which the beneficiaries will receive accommodation, living expenses and academic support, It hopes to be able to host a total of 12 Cubans over three years, starting in 2023.

The scholarships, made possible by a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are aimed at academics who have faced “serious threats” because his work in literature, the arts or journalism has “challenged the status quo” in Cuba, according to the director of the Cuban Research Institute, Jorge Duany.

“These threats include the risk of persecution, imprisonment or banishment as a result of the academic’s ideas, public interventions or participation in peaceful demonstrations”, Duany explained in the statement released on Friday and in which it is indicated that this It is the first scholarship in the US for threatened Cubans.

The recipients of this scholarship will be asked give lectures, participate in panel discussions, and organize art exhibits, concerts, film screenings and other educational or cultural activities, which will be free and open to the public.

The interested must send the institution the artistic, cultural or academic project that they intend to develop during their stay at FIU, as well as their resume and letters of recommendation.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has donated to the FIU Cuban Institute a total of one million dollars, after a first grant awarded last August to study Latino identities, specifically those of Cubans, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans in Miami, New York City and Orlando.



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