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Professor, politician and diplomat Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, Immediate Past President of Costa Rica and present Distinguished Visiting Scholar at LACC, offers his unique insight into the currents in motion across the Americas. In LACC's 2018-2019 Distinguished Lecture, Solís will address the region's internal and external relationships, economies, politics and vulnerabilities. Presented by LACC and the Honors College.

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The U.S. Dept. of Education awarded LACC's 2018 proposal, designating it a National Resource Center (NRC) and granting it a Foreign Language and Areas Studies Fellowship (FLAS). Both grants allow LACC to continue its support of research, training and access to scholarship funds for languages and understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean. The grant and fellowship run for the next four years. This is the thirty-fifth year LACC has been named a NRC since its founding 39 years ago.

Luis Solis, immediate past president of Costa Rica has joined LACC as Distinguished Scholar and Professor for academic year 2018-2019. It's welcome back to FIU for Solis who in 2000 was a Fulbright Fellow with LACC. Professor Solis will work with LACC's affiliated faculty members, students and members of the community to further knowledge and understanding of Costa Rica and the Central/South American region in general.

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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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