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Language learners who have intermediate proficiency in one of the Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTLs) above are invited to perfect their language skills and cultural understanding by applying for a Summer 2018 FLAS Fellowship. The Fellowship provides generous funding to support up to 100% participation in a CLASP-approved study abroad program. Click through on the title above for instant information.

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The Green Family Foundation (GFF) and LACC have carved out a special niche at the annual Miami Book Fair as co-sponsors of ReadCaribbean, a full weekend of author events, readings, discussions, storytelling for children, music and more. LACC affiliated faculty members Andrea Queeley, Danielle Clealand and Chantalle Verna. Check out the full program for November 18-19.

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PantherNow on Oct. 26 published an article on University of Florida Professor Dr. Ken Chitwood's six years' research intended to fill the lack of scholarly documentation on the long term existence and influence of Muslims in Latin America and the Caribbean. On Nov. 7, Chitwood situates the story of Islam in the LAC region, as well as situating the LAC region into the narrative on Islam. His overview shares historical and contemporary stories of connections across the hemisphere. 11/7 2pm GL165

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On Nov. 16, LACC Director Frank Mora, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere, and Monique Quesada, Diplomat in Residence at FIU and former U.Sl Consul General to Marseille, France, offer students guidelines on how to win jobs in U.S. government service. From internships to fellowships, Mora and Quesada hold an open conversation with students interested in government careers.

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On Oct. 27 three LACC experts offer training workshops to MDCPS teachers during the annual Miami Dade Council of the Social Studies Conference. Sessions include content and pedagogy for in-class application on topics currently making front page headlines. Professor Jose Miguel Cruz discusses gangs in Central America, MA candidate Michelle Boissiere talks about gender abuse in the Caribbean, and Gordon Institute Fellow Martha Rivera shares her research on Russian influence in the Americas.

Following interviews with over 1,000 gang members and former gang members, LACC Research Director Jose Miguel Cruz, PI, reported to InSight Crime that there are three exit strategies acceptable to gang leaders when members want to leave gang life. First, conversion to evangelical christianity; second, leaving the country; and third, becoming "calmado" —remaining in the gang but not participating in gang activities. Why are these exits accepted? Read the article by clicking on the title above.

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In celebration of October's International Creole Month, LACC joins leaders from FIU and the local community for 12 events celebrating Haitian Kreyòl."Preserving Kreyòl means preserving our culture," stated Prof. Nick Andre. "This month we keep that promise by offering a series of academic roundtables featuring members of the Haitian Creole Academy, and cultural activities designed to reinforce Haitian traditions and the Kreyòl experience." For schedule, experts and co-sponsors click on title.

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On Sunday, 10/08, LACC Director Frank Mora appeared on C-Span's Washington Journal to discuss the Trump Administration's recent expulsion of 20 Cuban Diplomats from the US —allegedly in response to the US recalling diplomats suffering illnesses from unknown sources. Moro stated that "There simply is not confirmation of what is behind the attacks on US diplomats. Any claims of knowledge are pure speculation." Click on the title above to watch the program.

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LACC MA alumnus and History PhD Joseph Holbrook has been named LACC's Director of Academic Affairs. As a long-time student at FIU and prominent adjunct professor of LACC's baseline courses since 2013, Holbrook is a well known mentor to students seeking BAs, MAs and specialization certificates in Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies. Dr. Holbrook's door is always open at DM 350. You can see how he engages students by clicking on the title above!

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On 9/22, LACC was host to Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solis along with co-hosts FIU, SIPA, and the Jack D. Gordon Institute. Throughout the day Solis met with faculty members, was awarded FIU's highest honor by Pres. Mark B. Rosenberg, took part in a public "conversation" moderated by LACC Director Frank Mora, and met with students for topical discussions. Solis, a former professor and researcher at LACC, welcomed the "homecoming". Click on the title for fotos of an exciting day!

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