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January

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 353

Lecture by literary critic Vitalina Alfonso Torres examines Nieve en La Habana by Carlos Eire y El Mañana by Mirta Ojito. Lecture will be in Spanish. Co-sponsored by LACC and the Cuban Research Institute (CRI) at FIU. Part of the CRI Lunchtime Lecture Series. Event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to the Cuban Research Institute at (305)348-1991

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC Pavilion

Confernce with FIU scholars. Co-sponsored by School of International and Public Affairs, LACC, Division of External Relations, and School of Environement, Arts and Society

New MALACS Student Orientation

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 353

Orientation for students entering the MALACS program in Spring 2011. By invitation only.

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Venue:Sofitel Hotel, Miami

Annual "K-12 Language for Business Conference: Technologies and Tools for a New Language for Business" seminar on teaching business Spanish for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Conference includes Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese for business, concentrating on the most relevant languages taught in the classroom today, including Arabic.

"La Habana de La República vista por un cronista de hoy"

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 353

Lecture by Ciro Bianchi Ross, Journalist. Lecture in Spanish. Part of the CRI Lunchtime Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by LACC and FIU's Cuban Research Institute (CRI). Call CRI at (305)348-1991 for more information or to RSVP.

Haiti in Distress: The Impact of the 2010 Earthquake on Citizen Lives and Perceptions

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, ACH3 Room 205

Presentation of research findings by Abby Cordova, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow and Director, Field Experiment Research on the Evaluation of Neighborhood-Based Programs, Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), Vanderbilt University and Dominique Zephyr, Research Coordinator and Data Analyst, LAPOP, Vanderbilt University. Event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

LACC/Fairchild Challenge Satellite Partners Training Workshop

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Venue:Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida

Workshop provides training to educators selected to participate as satellite partners of The Fairchild Challenge, a multidisciplinary competitive environmental education program that fosters interest in the environment by encouraging students to appreciate the beauty and value of nature, develop critical thinking skills, understand the need for biodiversity and conservation, tap community resources, become actively engaged citizens. Co-sponsored by LACC and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Jose Marti Celebration Breakfast

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center, Panther Square

The 11th Annual Jose Marti Celebration Breakfast: Universal Human Rights and Responsibilities will feature David Lawrence Upper Academy Spanish Music Showcase. Event will also include a panel discussion by Cuban political prisoners Adolfo Fernandez Saiz, Pedro Pablo, Alvarez Ramos and Omar Ruiz. Donations to the Jose Marti Scholarship Fund will be accepted. Call 305-919-5700 to RSVP.

February

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, ZEB 150

Lecture by Rafael Velazquez, Ph.D. Velazquez is the director of the Undergraduate Program in Political Science and International Relations at the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas in Mexico City, Mexico. Event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by LACC and the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies. For more information, call IPPCS at (305) 348-2997

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, University of Miami and the Jewish Museum of Florida

Teacher training workshop engages middle and high school teachers from across the US in intensive study of the cultural heritage of the Jewish people and draws special attention to the Latin American Jewish experience. Part of the Posen Foundation Education Project.

"Housed Under Glass: A Story of Desire, Repression, Loss and Healing"

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

Book presentation by Maria Luisa Ortega Hernandez, Ph.D. "Housed Under Glass: A Story of Desire, Repression, Loss and Healing" examines the expectations religion imposes on women and their sexuality. Sponsored by LACC. Event is free and open to the public. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

Book presentation by co-editors Ralph S. Clem, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of International Relations and Chair, SIPA Advisory Board, FIU and Anthony P. Maingot, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Sociology, FIU. Co-sponsored by LACC and the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies. Event is free and open to the public. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

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Venue:Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus Salon No. 2106

This one-day conference will address the legacy of Maria Cristina Herrara, a Cuban scholar and exile who lived in Coral Gables until her death in 2010. Event is in Spanish. Co-sponsored by the Cuban Research Institute, the Instituto de Estudios Cubanos at Miami Dade College, and the School of Theology and Ministry at St. Thomas University. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact CRI at (305) 348-1991.

Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies 2011 Kick-Off

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Venue:The Coral Gables Museum

Event brings together FIU and UM faculty, community members and members of the media and highlights collaboration between LACC and UM's Center for Latin American Studies in support of expanded programming, increased visibility of faculty research, and innovative training and outreach related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Remarks by FIU President, Mark B. Rosenberg and UM President, Donna E. Shalala. By invitation only.

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Venue:Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 NE 59 Terrace, Miami, FL

Benefit for Haiti featuring the screening of the PBS documentary Egalite for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, which examines the extraordinary and unique details of the Haitian Revolution through historical accounts, music, religion, ritual, re-eanactments and interviews with scholars.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 139

Sergio Morales Alvarado, Ph.D., Guatemala Ombudsman for Human Rights, will present. Event will be in Spanish. Event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by LACC. For more information,call LACC at (305) 348-2894 or email lacc@fiu.edu.

Spring 2011 LACC Affiliated Faculty Colloquium: Immigration from an Interdisciplinary Perspective

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

Seminar highlights FIU faculty research including identity and acculturation in immigrant adolescents, immigrant journalism and creating transnational media spaces, and recovering immigration history through literature. Special address "Brokered Boundaries: Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times" by Magaly Sanchez, Ph.D., Princeton University. Event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by LACC. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC Ballrooms

Conference explores transformation of political landscapes of Afro Latino social movements since the late 1970s.

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

Marifeli Pérez-Stable, Ph.D., will present her book, "The United States and Cuba: Intimate Enemies." Pérez-Stable is a professor of sociology at FIU and non-resident senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue. Event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsered by LACC, the Cuban Research Institute and Books and Books. For more information and to RSVP, call LACC at (305) 348-2894.

March

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Venue:University of Miami, College of Arts & Sciences Wesley Gallery, 1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables

Panel discussion led by Karl Jean-Louis, Executive Director, Haiti Aid Watchdog, Colette Lespinasse, Executive Director, Support Group for Refugees and the Repatriated and Marie Guerda Nicolas, Associate Professor, University of Miami.

Internal and International Migration in Mexico 1995-2000

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Ryder Building, Room 140

Lecture by Ernesto Aguayo-Tellez, Ph.D., Professor of Economics & Researcher, Center for Economic Research (CIE), Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico. Event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by LACC, Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship Studies (IPPCS) and OPE-IFLE. Call IPPCS for more information at (305)348-2977.

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Venue:Miami Dade College North, Lehman Auditorium

Private screening for Miami Dade County public school teachers and students features award-winning Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha's 2009 documentary, Secrets of the Tribe.

Cuba Report: Sisters Across the Straits

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

Photo presentation of League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade visit to Cuba as part of the Sisters Across the Straits program led by delegation members Dorrit Marks, Vice President, League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade; Elizabeth Pines, Director, League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade Board; and Annie Betancourt, Vice President of the League of Miami-Dade County. Event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by LACC, the Cuban Research Institute at FIU and the League of Women Voters. Call LAC

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, RDB 1100

Film screening and panel discussion of award-winning director Luis Argueta's documentary, "abUSed: The Postville Raid." This 90-minute documentary shows the human face of immigration with a look at the harshest immigration raid in U.S. history, on May 12, 2008.

Cuba Forum: The State of the Cuban Economy

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Venue:Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, DC

Seminar on the state of the Cuban economy led by Lorenzo Perez, Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, Phil Peters, Vice President of the Lexington Institute and Arch Ritter, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Carlton University. Co-sponsored by LACC, FIU's Cuban Research Institute (CRI) and the Inter-American Dialogue. Part of the Cuba Forum Series.

Strategic Culture Workshop: Panama

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Venue:The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida

Workshop explores Panama's history, geography, economy, security, defense and political culture and institutions through the lens of strategic culture. Co-sponsored by LACC and FIU's Applied Research Center (ARC). Part of the 2011-2012 Strategic Culture Workshop Series.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC International Pavilion

Seminar highlights notable successes of Uruguay through panels that examine the country's innovative strategies related to education, tourism, commerce and the economy.

Brazil: A Global Player?

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Venue:University of Miami, School of Nursing, Executive Board Room, Coral Gables

Lecture by Maria Herminia Tavares de Almeida, Ph.D., President, Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and Dean, Institute of International Relations, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sponsored by the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Part of the Title VI Distinguished Latin American & Caribbean Scholar Lecture Series. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information or to RSVP.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 502

Lecture by Eduardo A. Gamarra, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Politics & International Relations, FIU. Part of the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies' 2010-2011 Faculty Lecture Series and the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies' Latin American and Caribbean Presidential Elections Roundtable Series.

April

The Rise of Emerging Powers-Latin America and the UK Interest: A Case Study

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA Cafe

Lecture by Hon. Ian Bond, Political Counsellor, Foreign Security and Policy Group, British Embassy, Washington, DC. Presented by FIU School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and co-sponsored by LACC, Miami EU Cneter, and European Studies at FIU. Call SIPA at (305)348-7266 for more information.

Disaster Risk Trends in the Americas

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Venue:University of Miami, Merrick Bldg., Anthropology Lab 100

Lecture by Juan Pablo Sarmiento, MD, Research Scientist, LACC, FIU. Part of the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies 2010-2011 Faculty Lecture Series, "New Perspectives on Latin America and the Caribbean." Sponsored by the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Event is free and open to the public. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

Strategies for Protecting the Rights of the Yagua Indigenous Peoples of the Peruvian Amazon

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, RDB 1100

Presentation by Manuel Ramirez Lopez, President, Federacion de Pueblos Yaguas del Rio Orosa y Apayacu and elder representative of the Yagua. Panelists include Devon Graham, PhD, Lilian Miranda, JD, Leonardo Crippa, LLM, Mary Lou Pfeiffer, LLM, Juliet Erazo, PhD, Jose Hurtado and Brad Bennet, PhD. Moderated by Jim Raich, PhD. Co-sponsored by LACC, Project Amazonas, FIU Honors College and International Law Society Student Association (ILSA). Event is free and open to the public.

Peru's Presidential Elections

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

Roundtable led by Barry Levitt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, FIU. Part of the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies' Latin American and Caribbean Presidential Elections Roundtable Series. Sponsored by the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Event is free and open to the public. Contact LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information or to RSVP.

US Foreign Policy towards Latin America: The Weakest Link?

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Venue:University of Miami, Memorial Bldg., Room 208

Lecture by Cristina Eguizabal, PhD, Director, LACC, FIU. Part of the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies 2010-2011 Faculty Lecture Series, "New Perspectives on Latin America and the Caribbean." Sponsored by the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Event is free and open to the public. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

Focus Group: The Role of US NGOs in Cuba

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC Ballrooms

Led by Shirley Munoz, Cora Group with guest speaker, Luly Duke, Fundacion Amistad. Sponsored by the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Journalism and Free Expression in Areas of High Risk: The View from Mexico

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Library, Room 160

Lecture by Sallie Hughes, PhD, Associate Professor, Journalism & Latin American Studies, UM. Part of the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies 2010-2011 Faculty Lecture Series, "New Perspectives on Latin America and the Caribbean." Sponsored by the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Event is free and open to the public.

New York Times Tuesday Roundtable: Protecting Haiti's Cultural Patrimony

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center, Room 159

Roundtable led by Liesl B. Picard, Associate Director, LACC and Brooke Wooldridge, Coordinator, Digital Library of the Caribbean focuses on efforts to protect cultural treasures in post-quake Haiti. Event is free and open to the public. Presented by the New York Times, FIU Student Government Association and FIU Office for Global Learning Initiatives.

Populismo radical y desmontaje de la democracia

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Venue:University of Miami, Memorial Bldg., Room 125

Research seminar and working paper session with Rene Mayorga, Ph.D., Fellow, Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame. Co-sponsored by the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. In Spanish.

Climate and Catastrophe in Cuba and the Atlantic World in the Age of Revolution

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Venue:University of Miami, Cox Bldg., Room 213

Lecture by M. Sherry Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History, FIU. Part of the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies 2010-2011 Faculty Lecture Series, "New Perspectives on Latin America and the Caribbean." Sponsored by the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Event is free and open to the public.

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Venue:Florida Atlantic University

This year's conference, titled "Cultural Identities of the Americas in a Global World," will feature student-produced papers in a wide range of disciplines related to Latin America, the Caribbean and Latino populations in the United States.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC International Pavilion

Anniversary seminar led by prominent Cubanists from throughout the US and Puerto Rico featuring panels that examine scholarly contributions of FIU's Cuban Research Institute. Panel topics include: The Role of the Cuban Research Institute (CRI); Tangible Results; and Cuba Today and Tomorrow: Reforms and Expectations. Keynote address by Jorge Dominguez, Ph.D., Professor, Harvard University.

Going Global: Bringing Embraer to the World

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC Ballrooms

Lecture by Byron Bohlman, Sr. Manager, Market Intelligence, Commercial Aircraft Division, Embraer Aircraft Marketing Corp. Co-sponsored by LACC, Brazilian Culture Club at FIU and FIU Portuguese Program. Event is free and open to the public.

Institutions Count: Their Significance in Latin American Development

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC International Pavilion

Lecture by Alejandro Portes, Ph.D., Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology & Director, Center for Migration and Development, Princeton University. Presented by FIU's Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies and co-sponsored by LACC, FIU School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Faculty Training Workshop: Latin American Public Opinion Project’s (LAPOP) Americas Barometer

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

Led by FIU Visiting Professor of Politics and International Relations, Jose Miguel Cruz, Ph.D. and Barry Levitt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, FIU. Sponsored by the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Free and open.

Cuba: arte y literatura en exilio

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC International Pavilion

Book presentation by co-author Grace Piney, with guest speakers, renowned Spanish-language journalist Carlos Alberto Montaner and Madeline Camara, Professor, University of South Florida. Event in Spanish. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by LACC, FIU's Cuban Research Institute and Lengua Editorial.

Cuba Forum: Cuba's 6th Party Congress Results and Consequences

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Venue:Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, DC

Seminar examines Cuba's leadership, prospects for broader political changes and the role of the Church, depth of economic reform on the island and how Cuba manages its foreign relations. Led by Robert Pastor, Ph.D., American University, Juan Antonio Blanco, Cuban Research Institute, FIU and Arturo Lopez Levy, University of Denver. Co-sponsored by LACC, FIU's Cuban Research Institute (CRI) and the Inter-American Dialogue.

May

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Venue:Hotel Sofitel, 5800 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL

LACC's 29th Annual Journalists & Editors Workshop brings together media professionals, policy-makers and scholars for on-the-record discussions about the hemisphere's most pressing issues.

The Economic, Political and Foreign Policy Implications of ALBA

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Venue:University of Miami, Wesley Center

Workshop led by UM professors, Bruce Bagley and Magdalena Defort. Co-sponsored by LACC, UM's Center for Latin American Studies, Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, FLACSO Secretariat-General Costa Rica and FLACSO Ecuador. Free and open to the public.

Cuba Forum: Will Economic Change Threaten Cuba's Education Success?

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Venue:Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, DC

Seminar focuses on the key features of Cuba's successful approach to K-12 education and potential lessons for Latin America. Led by Sergio Bitar, Former Minister of Education of Chile and Amber K. Gove, RTI International. Co-sponsored by LACC, FIU's Cuban Research Institute (CRI) and the Inter-American Dialogue. Part of the Cuba Forum Series.

3rd InterAmerican Colloquium on Education and Human Rights

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Venue:Universidad Nacional de Quilmes

3rd InterAmerican Colloquium on Education and Human Rights

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center, Wolfe Theater

Arab journalists and professors present their perspectives to media professionals, academics and students.

Rumba On Record: A New History (1941-1949)

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 353

Lecture by 2011-Diaz Ayala Travel Grant Recipient, Musician and Researcher, Barry Cox examines the earliest known recordings of traditional Cuban rumba. Part of the CRI Lunchtime Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by LACC, FIU's Cuban Research Institute and FIU Libraries. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

A Editor's Workshop: Publishing Research and the Peer-Review Process

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 502

Led by Douglas A. Van Belle, DRR Distinguished Visiting Professor from Victoria University, New Zealand, Editor in Chief of International Studies Perspectives and former Editor in Chief of Foreign Policy Analysis. Sponsored by LACC's Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Program. Free and open to the public.

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Venue:Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, Bldg. 6

Private screening for Miami Dade County public school teachers and students features 2010 film, The Colors of the Mountain. Shot against the backdrop of rural Colombia, the film examines the challenges and contradictions of surviving in a conflict zone where violence defines society and all of its actors.

Spring 2011 Interdisciplinary Research Group Haiti Meeting

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Venue:University of Miami, Memorial Bldg., Room 125

Spring 2011 Interdisciplinary Research Group Haiti Meeting

El derecho a la resistencia como forma de libertad de expresion

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Venue:The Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida

Lecture by Lourdes Licenia Tiban Guala, J.D., Lawyer, Congresswoman and Leader of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador. Co-sponsored by the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Interamerican Institute for Democracy (IID).

Strategic Culture Workshop: Costa Rica

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Venue:The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida

Workshop examines Costa Rica's history, geography, economy, security, defense and political culture and institutions through the lens of strategic culture. Co-sponsored by LACC and FIU's Applied Research Center (ARC). Part of the 2011-2012 Strategic Culture Workshop Series.

Windows for Disaster Risk Reduction? Constructing Event Meanings

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC Room 115

Seminar led by Richard Olson, Professor of Politics and International Relations, FIU and Douglas Van Belle, FIU Distinguished Visiting Professor from Victoria University of Wellington, Editor in Chief of International Studies Perspectives, and Series Editor for Routledge's Foreign Policy Analysis Book Series. Event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by LACC's Disaster Risk Reduction Program (DRR). Call DRR at (305)348-0346 for more information.

Caribbean Studies Association 36th Annual Conference

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Venue:Curacao

International conference brings together Caribbean scholars and students for an interdisciplinary study of the region. 2011 theme: "Building a New House: Towards New Caribbean Futures in a Time of Uncertainty."

U.S. Launch: 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction

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Venue:TBA

2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction examines risk patterns, trends and progress in the area of disaster risk reduction and offers guidance on how government and non-government entities may work together to reduce disaster risk. By invitation only.

June

The Illusion of the CNN Effect? The Effect of Stochastic Policy on Foreign Disaster Assistance

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 502-503

Seminar led by Douglas Van Belle, FIU Distinguished Visiting Professor from Victoria University of Wellington, Editor in Chief of International Studies Perspectives, and Series Editor for Routledge's Foreign Policy Analysis Book Series. Event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by LACC's Disaster Risk Reduction Program (DRR). Call DRR at (305)348-0346 for more information.

Open Forum with Dr. Carlos Seiglie

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 502

Candidate for the position of LACC Director

IUPLR Summer Institute for Latino Public Policy

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Venue:Washington, DC

Program brings Hispanic undergraduate students to Washington, DC to participate in one-week intensive training program on public policy and legislative processes. Co-sponsored by LACC, FIU's Cuban Research Institute and Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR). Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information or to apply.

Open Forum with Dr. William Summerhill

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 502

Candidate for the position of LACC Director

LACC/History Miami K-12 Tropical Adventure Summer Camp: West Indian Collage

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Venue:History Miami, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami

K-12 students jam to rhythms of reggae and discover the little-known history of Jamaican mento music with the Jamaican Folk Review and craft beaded artwork while discovering deep connections to the region. Co-sponsored by LACC and History Miami. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

Open Forum with Dr. James Green

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA 502

Candidate for the position of LACC Director

The Other Wall: Character Assassination in Cuba

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC 243

Presentation of the book El Otro Paredon with co-authors, including journalist Carlos Alberto Montaner, writer and historian Rafael Rojas, writer and associate director of FIU's Cuban Research Institute Uva de Aragon and historian, political analyst and research fellow at FIU's Cuban Research Institute, Juan Antonio Blanco. Co-sponsored by LACC and the Cuban Research Institute (CRI) at FIU. Event is in Spanish. Free and open to the public.

LACC/History Miami K-12 Tropical Adventure Summer Camp: Amigos Latinos

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Venue:History Miami, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami

K-12 students explore how kids from the big cities of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Santiago, Chile live, learn and have fun. Co-sponsored by LACC and History Miami. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

LACC's Politics & International Relations of Argentina Summer Study Abroad

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Venue:Buenos Aires, Argentina

Intensive four-week study abroad program designed to foster an understanding of Latin American international relations through the experience of living and studying in one of the most vibrant cosmopolitan cities in the Americas. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, the program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the region.

14th Annual Haitian Summer Institute

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Venue:IU Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Six-week program designed for anyone interested in acquiring basic conversational proficiency in Haitian Creole and also for those students who wish to continue their Haitian Creole Language training at the intermediate and advanced levels. Participants are introduced to Haitian history and culture through lectures in English and Haitian Creole presented by nationally recognized Haitianists and Diasporic leaders, film, technical training sessions and tours of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood.

14th Annual Haitian Summer Institute Orientation

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Orientation for participants of LACC's 14th Annual Haitian Summer Institute. Sponsored by LACC.

July

Tour of Little Haiti

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Venue:Various

Led by Leonie Hermantin, Lambi Fund of Haiti. Part of LACC's 14th Annual Haitian Summer Institute Lecture Series. Sponsored by LACC. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

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Venue:University of Miami Coral Gables Campus

Learn practical approaches for using primary sources, in both digital and physical formats, in your classroom. This free training seminar for college and university faculty will introduce the vast resources available for teaching, learning, and research at the University of Miami Libraries’ Cuban Heritage Collection.

Haitian Creole and Education

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Venue:TBA

Lecture by Dr. Yves Dejean, Professor of Linguistics (Ret.), State University of Haiti. Lecture in Haitian Creole. Part of LACC's 14th Annual Haitian Summer Institute Lecture Series. Sponsored by LACC. Event is free and open to the public. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

Haitian Dance and Storytelling

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, VH 100

Master class in Haitian Dance and Folklore led by Louines Louinis and Lucrece Luisdohn Louinis and the Louines Louinis Haitian Dance Theater, Inc. Conducted in Haitian Creole. Part of LACC's 14th Annual Haitian Summer Institute Lecture Series. Sponsored by LACC. Event is free and open to the public. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

Preserving Haiti's Cultural Patrimony

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

Lecture by Stephanie Hornbeck, Chief Conservator, Smithsonian Cultural Recovery Center, Haiti & Principal Object Conservator, Caryatid Conservation Services. Part of LACC's 14th Annual Haitian Summer Institute Lecture Series. Sponsored by LACC. Event is free and open to the public. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

The Media in Haiti: Enhancing Coverage and Strengthening Capacity

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Lecture by Yves Colon, Journalist & Lecturer, School of Communication, University of Miami. Lecture in Haitian Creole. Part of LACC's 14th Annual Haitian Summer Institute Lecture Series. Sponsored by LACC. Event is free and open to the public. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

Demographic Effects of the Earthquake in Haiti

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Lecture by Dr. Gabriel Bidegain, United Nations Population Fund, Haiti. Lecture in Haitian Creole. Part of LACC's 14th Annual Haitian Summer Institute Lecture Series. Sponsored by LACC. Event is free and open to the public. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

August

Book Presentation: Qui trop embrace mal e’teint

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Venue:Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 NE 59 Terrace, Miami

Presentation of a novel about the life of a Ton Ton Macoute during the Duvalier period in Haiti by author Nicolas Andre, Instructor, LACC & Department of Modern Languages, FIU. Lecture in English. Part of LACC's 14th Annual Haitian Summer Institute Lecture Series. Sponsored by LACC. Event is free and open to the public. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

MALACS New Student Orientation

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 353

Orientation for new students enrolled in LACC's Masters of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies program. By invitation only. Call LACC Academic Programs at (305)348-2894 for more information.

Fall 2011 LACC Faculty-Student Mixer

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Reception provides networking opportunity for LACC's MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies students and LACC affiliated faculty.

September

LACC Affiliated Faculty Colloquium: Literature, the Arts & Latin American Sociopolitical Realities

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

Interdisciplinary faculty colloquium examines the influence of literature and the arts on the formation and transformation of Latin American politics and society. Special address by award-winning Colombian author and columnist, Juan Carlos Botero. Sponsored by LACC. Event is free and open to the public. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information or to RSVP.

Los Mitos Setentistas: Mentiras fundamentales sobre la decada del 70 del Agustin Laje Arrigoni

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, Florida

Presentation by journalist and writer, Pedro Corzo with participation from Dr. Guillermo Lousteau and Agustin Laje Arrigoni. Event in Spanish. Co-sponsored by LACC, Diario las Americas and the InterAmerican Institute for Democracy (IID). Call IID at (786) 888-4801 for more information or to RSVP.

October

Strategic Culture Workshop: Guyana

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Workshop examines Guyana's history, geography, education, economy, security, defense and political culture and institutions through the lens of strategic culture. Co-sponsored by LACC and FIU's Applied Research Center (ARC). Part of the 2011-2012 Strategic Culture Workshop Series.

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Venue:Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, DC

Presentation of special report on Cuba aims to make an intellectual contribution to the modernization of Cuban legislation and migratory policy for the purpose of improving the island’s relations with its diaspora and significantly benefit the interests of Cuban families on both sides of the Florida Straits.

Justice Sector Reform in Costa Rica

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Digital video conference led by Matthew Steinhelfer, Central America Team Leader, U.S. Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) & Manager, U.S. Department of State Narcotics Rewards Program. Conference focuses on the development of justice sector reform in Costa Rica and the Bureau's work throughout Central America related to justice sector reform. Sponsored by LACC. Free and open to the public.

Haiti: History, Culture and Underdevelopment

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GL 220

Lecture and book presentation by Glodel Mezilas, Ph.D., former professor, State University of Haiti. Dr. Glodel analyzes the roots of Haiti's underdevelopment and its connections to Latin America and Africa and elevates the discussion of Haiti to a point beyond prejudices and misrepresentations that distort the image of the country and its national reality/realities. Sponsored by LACC. Event is free and open to the public.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Frost Art Museum

Opening reception for three new exhibitions: Magdalena Fernandez's video installation, 2iPM009; the Fire Next Time by Humberto Calzada and Modern Meals: Remaking American Foods from Farm to Kitchen presented by The Wolfsonian-FIU.

Protecting Forests for Money: Indigenous Participation in Global Carbon Reduction Initiatives

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, LC 110

Lecture by Juliet Erazo, Ph.D., Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies (GSS), FIU. Co-sponsored by GSS Graduate Students Association, Maloka, LACC's graduate student association and FIU CSO. Part of the Maloka/GSS Graduate Colloquium Series. Free and open to the public.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC East Ballroom

Panel discusses perceptions of current threats from organized crime, terrorism, insurgency and illegal activities in Latin America and the Caribbean and opportunities for collaboration and exchange of information among members of the government, academia and private sector.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC 150

Lecture by Reinaldo Funes Monzote, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Havana, Cuba based on Monzote's award-winning book on the environmental history of Cuba since Columbus and the two processes that have had the most dramatic impact on the island's landscape: deforestation and sugar cultivation.

Teacher Training Workshop: The African Diaspora in the Americas

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center, Rooms 221-223 , North Miami

Workshop for Miami Dade county public school teachers led by FIU faculty: Jean Rahier, Ph.D., Global and Socio-Cultural Studies and African and African Diaspora Studies; Andrea Queeley, Ph.D., Global and Socio-Cultural Studies and African and African Diaspora Studies, and Alexandra Cornelius-Diallo, Ph.D., History and African and African Diaspora Studies. Presented by LACC in partnership with Miami Dade County Public Schools and co-sponsored by African and African Diaspora Studies, FIU.

CLASP Strategic Planning Meeting

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Venue:University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Governing members of the Consortium for Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) from across the US convene in Chicago for the organization's 2011-2012 strategic planning meeting.

Science and Technology Innovation: Fostering Regional Economic Development in Latin America

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC 243

Lecture by Marco Antonio Baez-Vasquez, Ph.D., Biotechnology Center of Excellence Corporation (BCEC) explores the significant economic impact of scientific and technological breakthroughs in agriculture, public health, environment, and energy sectors in Latin America and addresses the associated challenges and opportunities facing the region. Co-sponsored by LACC, FIU Brazilian Culture Club, FIU Portuguese Program and FIU's Department of Modern Languages.

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Venue:University of Miami, Robert and Judy Prokop Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables

Half-day conference features presentations on using the AmericasBarometer as a resource for research on Latin America and the Caribbean and its impact on efforts to better understand ethnic inequality, discrimination, gender, politics, democracy, and marginalization in the hemisphere.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PCA 135

13th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture by Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and Provost and Senior Vice President at York College of The City University of New York (CUNY).

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Venue:University of Miami, Dooly Memorial Bldg., Room 207, Coral Gables, Florida

Lecture by Jose Miguel Cruz, Ph.D., Visiting Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, FIU. Part of the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Latin American and Caribbean Presidential Elections Roundtable Series and the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Faculty Lecture Series.

November

Table Dancing in the Backyard

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 353

Lecture by LACC Visiting Scholar, Gilberto Lopez Villagran, Ph.D. examines the female erotic dance industry in Mexico, its social impact and the lack of public policy to protect women working in the industry. In Spanish. Event is free and open to the public. RSVP required. Sponsored by LACC. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information or to RSVP.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC 140

Documentary film directed by Angus Gibson and Miguel Salazar under the auspices of the Transitional Justice Commission provides an up-close look at impunity in Latin America and recounts the events that transpired over the the course of the 1985 two-day siege on the Palace of Justice in Colombia by guerrilla forces and the subsequent "re-capture" of the building by the Colombian Armed Forces.

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Venue:Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida

Part of The Fairchild Challenge, Green Treasures is a multidisciplinary competitive environmental education program that fosters interest in the environment, develops critical thinking skills, promotes conservation, and stimulates civic engagement while leveraging Miami's strategic position related to Latin America and the Caribbean and encouraging transference of knowledge from generation to generation.

Global Engagement Fair

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC Pit

Event showcases FIU's engagement across regions, cultures, and disciplines through displays of FIU's globally-focused achievements as well as various programs and international research in which faculty, staff and students are currently participating. Presented by FIU Global Learning.

Climate and Catastrophe in Cuba and the Atlantic World in the Age of Revolution

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, WC 130

Book presentation by author Sherry Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History & Director of Graduate Programs, LACC, FIU. Co-sponsored by LACC, FIU's Cuban Research Institute (CRI) and FIU's Department of Earth and Environment. Event is free and open to the public. Call LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information.

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Venue:Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida

Part of The Fairchild Challenge, Green Treasures is a multidisciplinary competitive environmental education program that fosters interest in the environment, develops critical thinking skills, promotes conservation, and stimulates civic engagement while leveraging Miami's strategic position related to Latin America and the Caribbean and encouraging transference of knowledge from generation to generation.

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Venue:Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida

Part of The Fairchild Challenge, Green Treasures is a multidisciplinary competitive environmental education program that fosters interest in the environment, develops critical thinking skills, promotes conservation, and stimulates civic engagement while leveraging Miami's strategic position related to Latin America and the Caribbean and encouraging transference of knowledge from generation to generation.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus GC 140

On Learning to Die in Miami: Lecture by Carlos M.N. Eire, Yale University

December

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Classical music concert features an anthology of well-known, much-beloved music from Cuba spanning one and a half centuries, compiled by independent scholar Emilio Cueto.

LACC/History Miami Winter Camp: Latin American Travelogue

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Venue:History Miami, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida

Children ages 5-12 take virtual trips throughout Latin American to learn about history, environment, culture and society of the region during week-long camp. Highlights include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Miami International Airport control tower and the development of student travelogues of Latin America. Registration required. Co-sponsored by History Miami and LACC.