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Written by Miami Today on February 9, 2012
FLORIDA AT THE CROSSROADS
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León’s landing in Florida, the UM Center for Humanities hosts "Florida at the Crossroads: Five Hundred Years of Encounters, Conflicts, and Exchanges." Twenty-six scholars from Florida, the US and Spain present discussions on the past, present and future of Florida. Keynote speakers include Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, colonialism scholar from the City University of New York, and Alex Stepick, director of the immigration and ethnicity institute of Florida International University. Conference ends with a reading of "Hail, God of Seeds!" written by 17th century Spanish colonial poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, set to period music performed by instrumentalists and choral ensemble. Times vary. Feb. 9-11, 2012. Locations vary. Free. Registration required. Details: http://humanities.miami.edu/symposia/florida500.
WEST MEETS EAST
"West Encounters East" exhibit rethinks the significance of cultural exchange, emigration, ethnicity and diversity by identifying and engaging emerging and established Latin American artists of Asian heritage. Writer Anna Kazumi-Stahl gives a presentation on "The Japanese Beauty of Shadows" and addresses the Japanese sensibility and cultural aesthetic as it relates to light and dark. Denise Mattar, former director of Sao Paulo Modern Art Museum and Rio de Janeiro Modern Art Museum, tells of the Japanese immigration to Brazil. She also introduces and examines the works of seven Latin American artists with Asian heritage. 7-10 p.m. Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Free. Details: www.lowemuseum.org.
Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library announces its first Miami Moments, an evening celebrating people in Miami’s cultural community. The event honors three women tied to the history of the Main Library and its ongoing support of the visual arts, the Library’s "Three Graces in the Arts," Margarita Cano, Helen Kohen and Barbara Young. Guests are encouraged to wear festive attire and hats. A silent auction and contemporary Vasari raffle include works by prominent Miami-based artists. The program also includes a display of selections from the library’s art collection as well as Ed Ruscha’s public art installation throughout the building. 7 p.m. Main Library, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. $125-$500. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.friendsofmdpl.org or www.miamimoments.org.
The Greater Miami Jewish Federation presents its Friend of Israel Humanitarian Award to author, educator and attorney Alan M. Dershowitz at "The Main Event," a special evening benefiting the 2012 Federation/UJA Campaign. 5:30 p.m. Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 S Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $95 per person over age 30 with a suggested minimum gift of $1,000 to the 2012 Federation/UJA Campaign. For those 30 and under, couvert is $54 per person with a suggested minimum gift of $365 to the 2012 Campaign. Details: (786) 866-8416 or www.jewishmiami.org.