Walter Abanto, a graduate student in LACC’s joint MA program and International Relations PhD program at Florida International University (FIU), will be presenting his research titled “The Peruvian Architects of Latin American International Law: The Role of José María del Pando and José Silva Santisteban,” on May 27th at the ANZSIL History and Theory of International Law Workshop. Be sure to tune in for his presentation.
Sponsored by FIU LACC and the Montgomery Botanical Center (Miami), the graduate student course “Advanced Latin America and Caribbean Island Workshop on Plant Taxonomy and Nomenclature” was held April 25-29, 2022. This academic activity took place at the Montgomery Botanical Center and was attended by 14 students from FIU, University of Florida, Bahamas National Trust, University of Puerto Rico, Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Montgomery Botanical Center, and
Dr. Judith Mansilla, Assistant Teaching Professor and Faculty Adviser in the Department of History, is the first awardee from FIU to receive the Junior Faculty Teaching Award from the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. The selection committee is comprised of faculty peers from Latin American studies centers and programs across the US and is dedicated to recognizing truly stellar teaching in the field of Latin American Studies by junior faculty.
On May 4, 2022, LACC Interim Director Pres. Luis Solís and FIU faculty members Augusta Vono, Dr. Simone Athayde, and Dr. Clinton Jenkins met with Ambassador André Odenbreit Carvalho. The FIU LACC delegation discussed potential collaborations between LACC’s Program of Excellence in Brazilian Studies (PROBRAS) and the Consulate. This included an invitation to the Consul-General, to participate in a series of Fall 2022 events, which will mark the official launch of PROBRAS.
On April 19, LACC hosted students from Cutler Bay Senior High School as part of our Interdisciplinary Teach-In: Tracking Climate Change Effects on Latin American and Caribbean Economies.Supported by LACC’s US Dept. of Education Title VI Grant, students toured the FIU campus, met with LACC Director President Solis, learned about sea level rise at the GIS Center, and visited the exhibit “El Tesoro” at the Frost Art Museum.
Jose Miguel Cruz (LACC), Ana Carazo (CAJ/CCJ), & Ryan Meldrum (CAJ/CCJ) have been awarded a 3-year grant by the US Dept. of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to co-lead (with Notre Dame researchers) an evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program in El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica & Panama. The $600,539 award will allow FIU researchers to conduct the first systematic evaluation of GREAT programs implemented in Central America.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded dLOC a four-year, $2,000,000 grant “Revitalizing the Digital Library of the Caribbean” to support collection creation and community development as part of ongoing collection growth. The project will focus on supporting activities such as digitization and preservation workflows, copyright, and the ethical reuse of dLOC collections in teaching and research.
On March 22nd, USAID Administrator Samantha Power signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FIU LACC to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the international development field. This MOU builds on USAID and LACC’s long-time collaboration on international development initiatives, such as governance and security in the Northern Triangle and disaster risk reduction.
A new list of dates for a series of interviews for a second LACC Director candidate.
In the newest episode of "Panther Personalities," Simone Athayde speaks about her work and research supporting indigenous peoples in the Amazon region. Dr. Athayde serves as a lead faculty member for LACC's Program of Excellence in Brazilian Studies (PROBRAS) and is a lead author for the Science Panel for the Amazon, an initiative that assembles the knowledge of indigenous peoples, scientists and others in the Amazon region to inform conservation and sustainable development efforts.