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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.

The annual Mango and Tropical Fruit Fest at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden this year features mangoes from Haiti. LACC is sponsor of the popular two-day event that offers a series of lectures and cooking lessons, tastings, a formal mango brunch, attractions and a marketplace of mangoes and mango trees. Click on the title to see pictures and link to Fairchild!

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Following mass emigration from the homeland after Hurricane Irma, LACC's Drs. Gamarra and Duany released their new study on Puerto Ricans settled in Florida: their backgrounds, future plans and political inclinations. The event was sponsored by the Puerto Rican Alliance of Florida, FIU and the Puerto Rican Leadership Council of South Florida. The partnership foresees strategic planning for civic engagement by and for community members and their enhanced role in the state. Click title for report.

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In a ceremony held on June 20, FIU President Rosenberg, Provost Furton, and VP of Research Gil honored six preeminent programs and seven emerging preeminent centers. LACC was designated an emerging preeminent program in 2016 and was represented by Dir. Frank Mora who received the award. A preeminent program at FIU is defined as a collaborative endeavor that demonstrates extraordinary success in providing unique learning opportunities, research and engagement while expanding FIU's financial base.

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FIFA's 2018 World Cup is underway with Latin American national teams making up fully one quarter of the 32 countries competing, a reflection of the profound role "fútbol" and "el Mundial" play throughout the region. In an ongoing series of brief videos, LACC scholars and students look behind nation-changing moments throughout the Cup's history — tracking political, economical and cultural milestones brought about by the quest and conquering of the revered Jules Rimet Cup.

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IR Professor and head of the MA in Border Studies at the University of Amapá, Paulo Correa is calling FIU home for a two-week research project at the Green Library. Correa's focus centers on peace, defense and international security in the Guyana region of northern South America with plans to map and analyze the conflicts throughout the territory. He has worked as Guest Lecturer at UWI,Visiting Researcher at the University of Waikato, and is part of the Advisory Board of Conflict Barometer.

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In the 1990s a three-hundred year old treasure trove of 18th century manuscripts, including scores for Latin masses, was discovered in the lowlands of eastern Bolivia leading to renewed recognition of the baroque legacy of the Jesuits that remains strong in the region. The youth orchestra is on tour of Europe and the U.S. with a stop at FIU. Here the group will be welcomed by FIU's Camerata Choir and Baroque Trio. All are welcome to attend. Information at (305) 348-2894.

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FLAS Fellow Antonio Arzola will spend 9 months in Valencia, Spain as an English-language TA to students beginning in October. As a Fellow from 2016 to 2018, Antonio researched Lusophone war cultures and relationships between colonial Europe and Latin America. He then perfected his proficiency in the Portuguese language in Rio de Janeiro. Since 2014 LACC has awarded 102 Department of Education FLAS Fellowships that support language specialization in Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTLs).

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