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LAPOP's highly anticipated 2016-2017 AmericasBarometer survey holds its regional release at FIU on Tuesday, Sept. 26 as LAPOP Director Elizabeth Zechmeister and Associate Director Noam Lupu join researchers and LACC colleagues to share key findings from the 28 countries surveyed. The launch focuses on democracy and governance across the region, with particular emphasis on the Andean region: Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. For the full program and to RSVP, please click on the title above.

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FIU's Washington D.C. campus hosts the launch of LACC's signature Hemisphere Magazine on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 9:00 AM. The 2017 issue, guest-edited by LACC Research Director Jose Miguel Cruz, examines the historical evolution of crime and insecurity, criminal justice systems, youth involvement and victimization of women. Contributors Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera and Eduardo Moncada join the conversation moderated by LACC Director Frank Mora. Click on title for more information and to RSVP.

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FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg welcomes Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solís, former FIU faculty and research fellow, to honor him with the FIU Presidential Gold Medallion prior to Solis' participation in an open discussion about Costa Rica on Friday, 9/22. LACC Dir.Frank Mora moderates the conversation on the country's challenges and opportunities, citizen security, renewable energy resources, environmental and climate change, and infrastructure. Click on title for information and RSVP.

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LACC Affiliated Faculty member Carolin Lusby, a specialist in sustainable tourism, represented the Chaplin School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Argentina's UADE for an exchange program on sustainable tourism. In her interview she argued that as international mass conventional tourism is slowly recuperating, steps to guarantee sustainable tourism are lagging. In her view, Argentina's wealth of natural and cultural resources are rife for development. Click on the title for interview.

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Twenty-four educators participated in the 2017 Summer Teacher Institute entitled “Whither Cuba? Perspectives on Cuba in the 21st Century.” These educators represented K-12 and post-secondary institutions from six states. The workshop was a collaboration between FIU's Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, UW-Whitewater, UW-Madison Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS) and the UW-Milwaukee Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). +More info on title.

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Pioneering voices from the social and religious movements that led to the Liberation Theology boom in the last century meet in a two day (9/14-15) symposium at FIU to explore the diverse movements and launch a project to build a digital library encompassing all. Scholars/Theologians include Gustavo Gutiíerrez, Peruvian founder, and Luiz A. Gomes de Souza, expert on Dom Helder of the Brazilian movement. To RSVP click on the title above

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On September 12, Attorneys General of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras discuss their common strategy to combat gangs, drug cartels, financial crimes and corruption at FIU. Their collaboration has shown notable results in the battle on transnational criminal organizations, in particular MS-13. Frank Mora moderates the conversation that includes Kenneth A. Blanco, Acting U.S. Assistant Attorney General. Details and RSVP by clicking on the title above.

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On Sept. 6 at UM's John C. Gifford Arboretum, Dr. Javier Fransisco-Ortega, renowned tropical botanist and LACC Affiliated Faculty member, presents recent findings from the Université de Montréal and the Botanic Garden of Montreal that confirm La Salle Brother Marie-Victorin led plant-hunting expeditions to Haiti in 1938 and 1942. A major part of the discovery links Marie-Victorin to David Fairchild, founder of Miami's Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The wealth of material remains under study.

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LACC and FIU's Latin American and Caribbean Interdisciplinary Initiative on Religion host Dr. Gustavo Gutierrez, leading Dominican priest and author of the classic, A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, Salvation, that transformed the language of justice for the poor in Latin America. Supported by LACC's Title VI grant, Gutierrez inaugurates a two-day conference of Catholic Church leaders and offers a workshop for K-12 teachers on how to teach socio-ecclesial movements of liberation.

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Fifteen MDCPS Middle and High School teachers learned about Latin America and the Caribbean in 7 lectures and training on digital video production in a week long workshop held at FIU's BBC campus. See photos and agenda by clicking on title above.

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