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During eight days each November hundreds of authors and thousands of readers converge on Downtown Miami for the nation's premier literary festival. Dozens of authors from the Caribbean join the Miami Book Fair in a special section dedicated to Caribbean-specific events, including readings and panel discussions by prominent writers and experts, children’s writers, storytelling and music on the stage. The full schedule of events is supported by the Green Family Foundation and LACC.

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In Celebration of Haitian Creole, Celebrasyon Mwa Kreyol, LACC, FIU's Dept of Modern Languages and Haitian Student Organization join to present language and cultural events to enrich knowledge about the language and Haitian culture. Designed to engage students and community members, activities range from film screenings to music presentations and include a scholarship pageant, panels of experts and contests for childrens' stories and text readings.

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Funding available for the study of Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Quechua!

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Before a standing-room-only crowd of students and local community members, key student opposition leader Lesther Aleman participated in a panel of experts to analyze the causes and consequences of the crisis that has taken hold of Nicaragua over the past 6 months. Former president of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solis, UCSD professor Richard Feinberg, and LACC research director Jose Miguel Cruz joined the conversation moderated by LACC director Frank Mora. To watch video, click on the title above.

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Professor, politician and diplomat Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, Immediate Past President of Costa Rica and present Distinguished Visiting Scholar at LACC, offers his unique insight into the currents in motion across the Americas. In LACC's 2018-2019 Distinguished Lecture, Solís will address the region's internal and external relationships, economies, politics and vulnerabilities. Presented by LACC and the Honors College.

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The U.S. Dept. of Education awarded LACC's 2018 proposal, designating it a National Resource Center (NRC) and granting it a Foreign Language and Areas Studies Fellowship (FLAS). Both grants allow LACC to continue its support of research, training and access to scholarship funds for languages and understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean. The grant and fellowship run for the next four years. This is the thirty-fifth year LACC has been named a NRC since its founding 39 years ago.

Luis Solis, immediate past president of Costa Rica has joined LACC as Distinguished Scholar and Professor for academic year 2018-2019. It's welcome back to FIU for Solis who in 2000 was a Fulbright Fellow with LACC. Professor Solis will work with LACC's affiliated faculty members, students and members of the community to further knowledge and understanding of Costa Rica and the Central/South American region in general.

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On June 26, 18 Haitian Summer Institute students from universities across the U.S. were treated to a guided tour and lecture during the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's annual Mango Festival. LACC-affiliated biology professor, Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega shared the visit with Fairchild members on the Garden's blog. On the docket a tour of tropical fauna and lecture by Haitian mango grower and expert, Philippe Matthieu. Click on the title above to visit the blog.

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Beginning 7/30, thirteen SS MDCPS teachers from Title I schools attended LACC's professional development workshop that united content on Latin America and the Caribbean with video-producing skills for application in classrooms across Miami Dade County. The workshop was led by FIU Drs. Hilary Landorf, Global Learning, and Sarah Mathews, Education, and featured presentations by Charlene Desir, Frank Mora, Moses Shumow, Mark Padilla, Armando Matiz Reyes, and Micah Oezle. Click on title for videos.

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Congratulations to LACC's Title VI partners Miami Dade College and Broward College for being selected as 2019 Aspen Prize Finalists. The highly-competitive prize is granted in recognition of community college excellence and carries with it a cash award to reinvest in student and college success. The Aspen Institute will announce the winners in April 2019, so stay tuned. Together as minority-serving institutions, FIU, MDC and BC are paving the way for equitable high-quality education.