'Cane Talkers

’Cane Talks mark a new tradition of Miami scholars and other leaders sharing their research, work, service, and questions with the larger community. Browse our most recent 'Cane Talkers below.
Dean Shelly Berg presents "Revolutionizing Music Education: The Frost School at the Forefront." Lectures might be a great way to teach people about things, but they aren’t a great way to teach people to do things. At the Frost School of Music the faculty has reinvented how musicians are prepared.
Environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad presents "Exploring the Invisible: Climate, Caves, and Culture." Beneath our feet lies one of the most inhospitable environments on earth: underwater caves. Pushing the limits of the extreme, exploring this inner space can help answer fundamental questions.

From crime statistics to public school test scores, citizens have the ability to access mountains of data on issues that impact their lives locally and globally. Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication and presents "Unlocking Information: The Power of Data Visualization for Journalists, Scientists, and the Rest of Us."

How do decision-makers in today's organizations balance the need for profits and progress while avoiding putting others at risk? Business professor Anita Cava, director of UM's Business Ethics Program, addresses how leaders can see more clearly when faced with tough decisions.

Tables that tweet. Coffee cups that curate messages. Facades that fuel displays. This talk by Architecture Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury invites the audience to imagine how our built environment will be transformed by information technology.
Join one of the nation’s most prolific researchers on HIV/AIDS to learn more about the journey medical professionals have taken to treat this disease. For more than 20 years Margaret Fischl has been part of the team that built the University of Miami AIDS Clinical Research Unit.


American public schools are a critical part of how we hope to prepare citizens for our democracy. Yet while they hold the promise for an egalitarian future, law professor Osamudia James argues in her presentation "How I Became Comfortable as That Lady: Racial Identity, Silence, and Equality in American Public Schools" that they also simultaneously entrench deep racial inequality.
Attention is necessary for everything we do—from learning, to making decisions, to regulating our mood. Yet our capacity to pay attention is limited when we are under stress. Amishi Jha, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, presents "Training the Brain to Be More Attentive: How Elite Athletes, Military Personnel, and Others Perform Better Under Stress."

Physicist Neil Johnson presents "Terrorism 15 years After 9/11: What the Rise of the Internet Can Tell Us About the Rise of ISIS." The internet has changed the way terrorists communicate and plan—and also how terrorist plots can be monitored and stopped. How can big data be harnessed to combat terrorism?

Entrepreneur, author, fashion designer, and academic Neri Karra, a member of the University of Miami Class of 1999, recounts her personal journey from a Bulgarian vineyard to a Turkish refugee camp to the University of Miami campus.

Climate modeler Ben Kirtman employs one of the world’s largest supercomputers to more accurately predict the risk of severe flooding, which has been exacerbated by sea level rise. Professor Kirtman, an advisor to the United Nations, describes what his research means for cities across the globe.
UM is a global institution that reaches across the borders of geography, identity, and discipline. Mateus Lima, a member of the Class of 2017 from Brazil shares his journey to South Florida in "Choosing Not to Choose: In Praise of Life at the Intersections in Culture, Science, and Policy."


The story of Cuba can be told by tracing the ways Catholicism and African religions have been marginalized, celebrated, and transformed. Religion has left its mark on the island despite centuries of strife and persecution. Perhaps no other religious symbol characterizes Cuban religion more than La Caridad del Cobre.
Twenty years before the United States re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba, theater artists from both sides of the Florida Straits were practicing their own kind of diplomacy. Lillian Manzor, director of the University’s Cuban Digital Theater Archive, discusses the roles that theater and digital culture can play in building community in a moment and across the fraught borders of time, space and nations.

From “America’s Winter Playground” to “the Gateway of the Americas,” playwright Tarell McCraney presents "The Distant Present: A Look at Miami’s Future as a Global Artistic Gateway" and explores Miami’s distinctive mixture of worlds.

Combining performance and personal reflection, award-winning composer and UM faculty member Gonzalo Rubalcaba presents “La Música en Mi/The Music in Me,” exploring his roots in Cuba and how his music has evolved to reflect a global complexity from the island and beyond (in Spanish).

A healthy democracy relies on citizens making choices based on accurate information. This is especially challenging in our age of ubiquitous social media and fake news. Political science professor Joseph Uscinski discusses what the recent presidential campaign reveals about how Americans make political choices.