A collection of diverse societies populate the Caribbean Basin, and their influences have been felt around the globe, from language to religion to immigration patterns.
Throughout the centuries, Cuba and its Caribbean island neighbors have played significant roles in the development and folklore of the Americas, from the romanticized lives of pirates, to the dark histories of the slave trade from Africa, to inexplicable patterns of migration.
University of Miami researchers explore the religious influences of Vodou in Haiti and Santeria in Cuba, which is at the heart of Afro-Cuban religions. Unique burial customs found in Florida and Costa Rica raise questions about possible migratory patterns of indigenous people.
Today, the people of the Caribbean provide rich cultural perspectives, while about 25 million tourists a year visit their homelands. More than 130 Caribbean students help weave a fabric of diversity and culture at the University of Miami.
The Cuban independent journalist is critical of the Castro regime, and wants more free speech for her country. Yoani Sánchez is the first Distinguished Presidential Fellow at the University … More
In an award-winning film, a UM student filmmaker shares his uncle’s story of escaping communist Cuba. Tony Mendez sat fixated on his uncle’s storytelling as he told a comical yet serious account of his journey to the … More
UM anthropologist works to uncover the LGBTQ experience in the Caribbean region. Moonlight’s Best Picture win at the 2017 Oscars was historic for many reasons, not the least of which is that Hollywood—and social science … More
Rosenstiel’s resident underwater archaeologist explores sunken pirate ships in the Caribbean. An underwater explorer, Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann is passionate about past civilizations and … More
Chinese associations and secret societies in Cuba have deep sociocultural and religious roots back to eighteenth century China. Havana’s Chinatown—El Barrio Chino de la Habana—is the oldest Chinatown in the … More
A love of language, literature and theatre brings the first Cuban student in decades on a student visa to UM for her doctoral studies. The first time that Dainerys Machado Vento walked into the University of Miami’s Otto G. Richter Library … More
Faculty and students at several University of Miami schools and colleges have forged strong relationships with Haitians. A couple of times a year graduate students and faculty at the University of Miami’s School of … More
Cultural student groups on campus take pride in UM’s hemispheric approach to diversity. Recognized as “the most engaged institution of higher education in the state of Florida,” the University of Miami is home … More
Forensic anthropologist Monica Faraldo employs her passion for bones and puzzles to shed light on ancient migratory routes in the Caribbean. Monica Faraldo sits in her office surrounded by … More
A new scholarship provided by Payless ShoeSource enables a student from the Caribbean to attend UM. When Chantal Newallo left her Caribbean home in Trinidad and Tobago for the University of Miami, … More
Joan Martínez Evora was a lawyer in Cuba before coming to the U.S. and now teaching at the University of Miami. Joan Martinez Evora awoke each Monday morning and dressed in the shadows of the farm before the … More