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Twenty years of dynamic economic, social and institutuional transformation have begun to erase more than a half century of violence, drug trafficking and insurgent groups, such as the FARC, in Colombia. Ambassador to the U.S. and former Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón will join LACC Director Frank Mora on Thursday, March 30, in an open conversation on the next challenge to the Santos administration, the implementation of the Peace Process.

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MMCA17 on March 23 features a lineup of A-List experts and innovators who research and work on break-through platforms to address the digital divide that exists throughout the hemisphere. Leading professionals and scholars define the problem, share high-level strategies, discuss the need for innovation and reveal emerging technology, platforms and initiatives. A Must See for practicing journalists, pre-journalists, students and policy specialists.

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Latin American and Caribbean Studies graduate students hosted the "South Florida Student Conference on Human Trafficking" on March 3, 2017. This hugely successful event was organized by MALOKA, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Student Organization. Congratulations MALOKA!

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In a project designed to reach students and practicing journalists across Florida and in the Latin America and Caribbean region, IAPA and LACC offer the second in a series of webinars dedicated to social media on mobile devices as a news source. Thursday, March 2 at noon EST Google's Alberto Lalama discusses how Google subsidiary Jigsaw is protecting freedom of expression in the midst of hackers bent on censoring and blocking differing points of view.

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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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