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Dr. Bianca Premo announced the first phase of FIU's History Dept. project that visualizes via online mapping the multiple power structures people navigated during colonial times. The overlapping jurisdictions of church, crown, guild, and villages made for a life far more complex than perceived by traditional observation of a one-dimensional map of a Spanish viceroyalty. The project is spearheaded by PhD candidates, post-docs and faculty from the History Department.

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On April 23, Jose Miguel Cruz appeared on C-Span as the expert consultant on Steve Scully's Sunday morning show that discussed transnational gangs. His take: the gang MS-13 of teens has been forced to start over again after last administration abolished them on both coasts and is far more dangerous in Central America. The interview took place after Attorney General Sessions cited the gang's role in the Trump administration's immigration policies.

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Nicolas Lemay-Hébert’s research is on post-earthquake Haiti and the political economy of interventions, local narratives of resistance to interventions, and peacebuilding and state building issues. Multiple stays in Haiti led to in-depth knowledge of the toll cholera —absent until UN Peace Forces arrived— has wreaked on the poorer Haitian population. Following the long overdue apology from the UN in 12/2016, Nick and his team are currently advocating for the material retribution to victims.

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In 2016-2017 Professor Jorge Esquirol of FIU's College of Law published books, chapters and law articles on comparative property law and the internationalization of Latin America's judicial systems. The works were published in Portuguese, Spanish and Italian by prestigious legal journals and publishing houses. Esquirol has a S.J.D. from Harvard Law School, focusing on Latin American legal systems and teaches international law, comparative law and commercial law at FIU.

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FIU’s LACC, CRI and Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management joined researchers from the Brookings Institution and St. Thomas University in January to present findings from the LACC/Brookings publication on Cuba's tourism industry. Under discussion: policy options for Cuba’s tourism industry, the U.S. role in its future expansion, and the potential impact of the Trump administration. The event was aired in its entirety this week on C-SPAN.

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The AOTP on March 28 awarded LACC its prestigious 2017 Award for the support and promotion of Portuguese language teaching. LACC supports Portuguese teaching as part of its Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program includes local projects with Miami Dade County Public Schools as well as nationwide through the annual meeting of U.S. teachers on "Perspectives on Teaching Portuguese at Mainstream Schools." Awards ceremony 5/6 during the Brazilian International Press Awards.

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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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