The Tenth Annual South Florida Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Student Conference, entitled "Selfhood, Statehood, and Interstate Cooperation Across the Americas," was held at Florida International University on April 19. The conference is an annual joint effort between the Latin American and Caribbean Studies centers of Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, and University of Miami.
This year, 17 graduate students from five universities presented on topics related to Latin America and the Caribbean from a variety of disciplines. Research addressed a range of issues from regional political cooperation to national cultural patrimony, and feature a closing panel on the unique cultural experience of Caribbeans and Latin Americans in Miami.
A special congratulations goes out to this year's winners of the Best Paper Competition. In third place was Erin Coldsmith from University of Miami, with her paper titled "Haitian-Dominican Relations in Times of Cholera: Migration, Public Health, and Human Security in the Dominican Republic." In second place was Jennifer Dias from Florida International University, with her paper titled "Central Americans in America: Arguments for Policy Adjustment." And in first place was Nicole Warmington-Granston from Florida International University, with her paper titled "Federalism In Latin America: A Comparative Analysis of the effects of Federalism on the Quality of Democracy in Mexico and Venezuela."