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January

LACC Welcomes German Musicologist as Spring 2012 Visiting Scholar

LACC continues to serve as an important resource for scholars from across the globe and warmly welcomes its Spring 2012 Visiting Scholar to campus: Simone Munz is a musicologist from Georg August Universitat in Gottingen, Germany. Munz is conducting research on the role of music in Miami Cuban radio broadcasting to Cuba. Contact LACC at (305)348-2894 for more information about LACC Visiting Scholar Program or to learn more about Simone Munz's research.

April

The Tenth Annual South Florida Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Student Conference, entitled "Selfhood, Statehood, and Interstate Cooperation Across the Americas,"

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On April 5, 2012, LACC and the Department of Religious Studies at FIU hosted renowned Vodou priestess Mambo Ingrid for a stimulating discussion about the role of Haitian Vodou in Miami and rituals associated with the religion, as well as the presentation of religious articles and art used in the practice of Vodou. To view the lecture online, please visit:

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In honor of International Women's Day, hundreds of students, faculty and community members attended the March 8, 2012 special address on women's rights and gender equity in Colombia by Senator Alexandra Moreno Piraquive.

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May

On Friday, May 4, 2012, FIU was honored with a Brazilian International Press (BIP) Award in recognition of its achievement as an Outstanding Institution Promoting Portuguese Language.

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June

LACC Director Search-Dr. Guido Podestá

Florida International University Search & Screen Committee announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited. CANDIDATE: Dr. Guido Podestá DATE: Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Notice of Public Forum: LACC Director Search-Dr. M. Gonzales

Florida International University Search & Screen Committee announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited. CANDIDATE: Dr. Michael Gonzales DATE: Thursday, June 14, 2012 TIME: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

July

Notice of Public Forum: LACC Director Search-Dr. P. Braham

Florida International University Search & Screen Committee announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited. CANDIDATE: Dr. Persephone Braham DATE: Monday, June 18, 2012 TIME: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

October

LACC, in partnership with the FIU Haitian Student Organization, proudly hosted Boukman Eksperyans at FIU. Grammy-nominated Haitian music superstars Boukman Eksperyans treated the FIU community to a lecture/demo on Friday, November 16, 2012 and then thrilled the South Florida community with a free concert at Big Night in Little Haiti that attracted more than 2500 people.

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LACC to Host K-12 Teachers for Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean and the US Elections

As part of the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies' US Department of Education Title VI Grant, LACC will host a Teacher Training Workshop in partnership with Miami Dade County Public Schools on December 5, 2012. The workshop will focus on race and politics and the impact of the US Presidential election on Latin America and the Caribbean. Registration is required.

Tickets On Sale Now! Classically Cuban: Music for Marti

Tickets are now on sale for the 2012 "Classically Cuban Concert: Music for Marti." Presented by FIU's Cuban Research Institute and co-sponsored by LACC, the program features compositions inspired by Jose Marti. The concert, under the direction of Armando Tranquilino spans over 100 years of works by Cuban and non-Cuban artists.

Sherry Johnson, LACC Director of Graduate Programs, Wins CSA Book Award

Sherry Johnson, associate professor in the FIU Department of History and director of LACC graduate programs, has been awarded the prestigious Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize by the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) for her latest work, Climate and Catastrophe in Cuba and the Atlantic World in the Age of Revolution. The Best Book Award was presented at the CSA’s 37th Annual Meeting, Le Gosier, Guadeloupe.

December

Standing room only at lecture on narratives, language, ethics, repression and memory by renowned scholar of Brazilian literature and literary theory, Dr. Jaime Ginzburg. To view the lecture presented by the Department of Modern Languages at FIU and co-sponsored by LACC please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB8doI54j1c&feature=plcp

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More than 400 middle school students attended Green Treasures 2012. Part of The Fairchild Challenge, Green Treasures is a multidisciplinary competitive environmental education program that provides a forum for middle school students to learn more about ethnobotany of the region through interviews with Haitian Creole, Spanish and English-speaking seniors and discussions about the significance of plants in cultures throughout the hemisphere. Co-sponsored by LACC and Fairchild Botanic Garden.

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