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In a project designed to reach students and practicing journalists across Florida and in the Latin America and Caribbean region, the IAPA and LACC offer a series of webinars dedicated to social media as a news source and the challenges created. Pablo Boczkowski, program director at Northwestern and co-director of Argentina's Center for Media and Society, kicks off the series with a talk on how different cohorts receive news through social media and challenges presented to journalists.

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The Western Hemisphere has undergone a dramatic shift in geopolitical leadership over the past decade although these changes have not reduced the number of security threats facing the hemisphere. The 2017 Hemispheric Security Conference brings together academics and practitioners to examine the most pressing security challenges facing the hemisphere on March 9th.

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Human trafficking exists in many areas not commonly recognized. LACC's student organization, MALOKA, takes worldwide trafficking head on in a student conference on March 3 at FIU. The many facets of trafficking, often referred to as modern slavery, will be the subject of an in-depth academic discussion created by FIU students from across disciplines.

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In collaboration with US Southern Command and the US Army War College, scholars join key security and defense leaders to cover trends and challenges in the hemisphere. Under discussion will be external state actors, regional leadership, and challenges and opportunities in US security and defense policy.

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Ambassador Sérgio Moreira Lima, President of Itamaraty's Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (FUNAG), shares Brazil's positions on international relations and foreign policy with faculty, students and community members on Monday, Feb. 13 at FIU. Moreira Lima served in the United Nations, in his country's embassies in Washington, Lisbon and London, and as Ambassador to Tel Aviv, Oslo and Budapest.

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Former NBC journalist and EVP Paula Madison found the story of her life when she and her siblings, raised by a Chinese-Jamaican mother in Harlem, set out to verify the identity of their mother's Chinese grandfather. The journey led them from Kingston through Ontario to China and, ultimately, their extended family. The film documentary "Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem", screening at LACC on 2/17 with the presence of Madison, tells the inspiring story.

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University students from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are invited to apply for the Central American Security and Drug Policy Scholarship (CASAD). The CASAD program will provide tuition and stipend towards completion of LACC's Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (MALACS). The scholarship is sponsored by LACC and Open Society Foundations. Deadline to apply: Feb. 15, 2017.

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MALACS student Edward Kennedy Jr. is featured in an FIU News interview that highlights the benefits of his two LAC-related internships. After completing work at the "Latin American News Digest" and US State Department, Kennedy hopes to apply his experience toward reducing poverty and income/wealth inequality in Latin America. Kennedy is just one of many students who has benefited from LACC’s Internship Consultation Program that is a collaboration with the Office of Global Learning Initiative

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FLAS provides tuition and stipend assistance for language training in Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTLs), including Portuguese and Haitian Creole, to promote global understanding. Summer Fellowships also include the study of Quechua. Full-time, degree-seeking FIU graduate and undergraduate students in professional schools (Business, Law, Medicine, Journalism, Social Work, Engineering, etc.) are encouraged to apply if they are completing work related to Latin America.

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LACC and the Green School are honored to host Congressman Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, at FIU on January 27. Rep. Engel is recognized for his strong support of U.S. relations across the hemisphere and authored two bills on Latin America and the Caribbean signed into law by President Obama in December, 2016. At FIU he shares his insider view on "The Future of U.S. Policy Towards Latin American and the Caribbean."

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