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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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On the eve of Hurricane Irma's landfall in S. Florida, LACC affiliated professor Ligia Collado-Vides appeared on Oppenheimer Presenta to discuss how warming waters from climate change strengthen hurricanes. Oppenheimer adds: "Supporting reports from NOAA are ignored by climate skeptics, even while the Trump administration relies on NOAA to warn about incoming storms."

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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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