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December 9, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Susan Eva Eckstein & Orlando Gutiérrez-Boronat


Books & Books


December 9, 2022
7:00 pm


Herbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 SW 17th St
Miami, FL 33199 United States
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UPDATE: Due to increased interest, the event will now be held at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center at Florida International University. Susan Eckstein will be joined with Orlando Gutiérrez-Boronat for open discussion. On behalf of Books & Books, thank you for your continued support!

Books & Books and the FIU Cuban Research Institute present…

An Evening with Susan Eva Eckstein

in conversation with Orlando Gutiérrez-Boronat


Cuban Privilege: The Making of Immigrant Inequality in America

(Cambridge University Press, $45.99)

Friday, December 9, 7:00 PM | Herbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center



Cuban Research InstituteSchool of International and Public AffairsFlorida International University(305) 348-1991


 About the Book:

For over half a century the US granted Cubans, one of the largest immigrant groups in the country, unique benefits. While other unauthorized immigrants faced many difficulties in their settling, Cuban immigrants were able to avoid penalties and have access to welfare benefits and citizenship status. This book is the first to reveal the Cuban community’s influence on the political map of the United States through the advantages that have been granted to them for many years. More importantly, it investigates immigration inequality among vulnerable groups and its overall politicization. Initially privileged to escape the Castro-led revolution in the throes of the Cold War, one US President after another extended new benefits, even in the post-Cold War era. Drawing on unseen archives, interviews, and survey data, Cuban Privilege highlights how Washington, in the process of Cuban immigration, was able to gain a new politically powerful force influencing national policy. Comparing the treatment of neighboring Haitians, the book discloses the biases embedded within US immigration policy.


About the Author:

SUSAN EVA ECKSTEIN is Professor in the Pardee School of Global Studies and the Sociology Department at Boston University. Specializing in social movements, rights and justice in, and immigration from, Latin America, she has single-authored, edited and co-edited nine books. She is the recipient of many fellowships, including from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute.

About the Moderator:

DR. ORLANDO GUTIÉRREZ-BORONAT is an award-winning author, co-founder and spokesperson for the Cuban Democratic Directorate and community leader Dr. Gutiérrez-Boronat holds a PhD in the Philosophy of International Studies from the University of Miami, alongside graduate and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Communications from Florida International University.

His family settled in the United States from Cuba in 1971 seeking freedom. In 1990, he co-founded Cuban American NGO, Directorio Democratico Cubano “Directorio” seeking human rights and democratic change in Cuba. In 2005, Gutierrez-Boronat launched Radio República, a radio station offering uncensored news and information to Cubans on the island that transmits every day via shortwave, and also through AM frequencies and social media.