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The joint announcement by Presidents Obama and Castro that relations between Cuba and the U.S. are to be resumed after more than 50 years once again divided South Florida's Cuban community as well as hard line politicians in Congress. Helping to explain the White House move and how it will play out, FIU's many experts on Cuba and U.S.foreign policy have been in high demand by media and interested citizens worldwide. Frank Mora was interviewed by Agence France-Press http://bit.ly/1yws15Q
Call for Papers announced by Graduate Student Organizations
LACC's Student Organization is proud to host the 13th Annual South Florida Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Student Conference on April 10, 2015 in conjunction with partners at the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University. "The goal this year," states MALAC President Emily Bello-Pardo "is to broaden the range of presentations across a wider variety of disciplines —it's open to works on all topics with a tie to LAC." Abstract submissions by March 20 to sfsconference@gmail.
LACC’s Latin American Marijuana Research Initiative (LAMRI) featured in The Beacon. On February 25th, LACC will present the preliminary results of a year-long study on marijuana legalization in Uruguay. This piece presents some bits of what will be presented then.
LACC and FIU's School of International and Public Affairs welcomed leading Brazilianist and Oxford University professor, Dr. Timothy Power, to FIU for its inaugural lecture of the university's new Brazilian Studies Initiative. The LACC-led Initiative specifically supports enhanced academic training and outreach programming on Brazil and greater engagement with the South Florida Brazilian community. We welcome you to join our effort to continue to build Brazilian Studies at FIU.
LACC is honored to host US Ambassadors to 5 Central American countries (El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala & Belize) and 5 Caribbean nations (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Barbados/Eastern Caribbean, Jamaica & Suriname) on Feb. 11 and 12, 2015. "It is rare to have the opportunity to dialogue with 10 US Ambassadors over the course of 2 days; certainly, it is an event not to be missed. LACC is proud to have been selected by the US Department of State as its partner," says LACC's Frank Mora.
With support from the FIU Office of Study Abroad, LACC is proud to announce open registration for its Argentina Study Abroad this Summer 2015. The study abroad is designed to foster an understanding of Latin American international relations and society through the experience of living and studying in one of the most vibrant cosmopolitan cities in the Americas. Scholarships are available!
Chicago Council Report at FIU: Latinos Resemble Other Americans in Preferences for US Foreign Policy
LACC welcomes the Chicago Council, a 22-year organization specializing in US citizens' opinions. This February they released the first survey to assess US Hispanics' view of this country's foreign policy. Findings revealed that Latinos and non-Latino Americans alike are in agreement on most critical foreign policy issues. Where do they differ? On questions of immigration, climate change, and the performance of the UN. To analyze findings on April 15, the authors are joined by FIU experts.
The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship supports language training in Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTLs), including Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Quechua. LACC is sending out its final call for the Summer 2015 Fellowship. Deadline is April 21, 2015!
FIU's University Graduate School announced today that it is accepting nominations for students to receive a $1,000 scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year and in-state tuition rate. The program is designed to promote international education and research between FIU and LATAM countries. Interested graduate programs should nominate their students for merit-based awards.
Iconic grassroots activists, civic leaders and scholars join forces at FIU to discuss the challenges women of the region continue to confront — and their methods of empowering themselves and their societies. Keynote luncheon speaker Yoani Sanchez builds on four panels...
LACC Receives $2.5M Gift from Green Family Foundation
LACC has received a generous gift of $2.5 million from the Green Family Foundation to further support LACC programming, research, training and outreach related to LAC region. The endowment to LACC, which has been renamed the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, is part of a larger $20 million transformational gift to the FIU School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Thank you to Kimberly Green and the Green Family Foundation!
Yesterday LACC and Chicago Council leaders analyzed the "whys" behind Hispanics' coinciding with Americans on US foreign policy. Several explanations emerged and led to recognition that Latinos are already making a mark in U.S. Domestic and foreign policy decisions. Don't miss details from El Nuevo Herald!
The Andean Studies Program at Latin American Caribbean Center invited Prof. Alfons Martinell, to participate in working meetings and an open Conference at Green Library, on the subject of culture financing, international cooperation and its integration to social systems in Latinoamerica.
In the forests of Colombia’s Western Cordillera two cycad species are rarely seen and little understood. Research team Lopez-Gallego, Betancur, Morales, Roldan and Calonje, working under a LACC Tinker grant, were able to locate Zamia montana —believed extinct over the past 25 years —and Zamia oligodonta, slightly more common in the Risaralda region, which they determined is a species unto itself.
LACC Sponsors LAJSA XVII Conference at FIU!
The Intl Research Conference of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association, sponsored by LACC, SIPA & the Navon Professorship in Sephardic & Mizrachi Studies, welcomed community members and over 100 scholars from across the globe to FIU on June 21. Dr. Tudor Parfitt's keynote on Blackness and Jewishness was followed by a lively concert by Kazmarikstan Jazz Project. For 3 days attendees enjoyed plenaries on topics ranging from migration, history and memory to sports, theater and film studies.
LACC Kicks Off 18th Annual Haitian Summer Institute
LACC is proud to host its 18th Annual Haitian Summer Institute and welcome junior scholars, FLAS fellows and professionals from across the globe to FIU's Modesto Maidique Campus in Miami. The Institute, the only US Department of Education FLAS-approved summer program in Haitian Creole, consists of four weeks of intensive Haitian Creole language training in Miami and two amazing weeks in Haiti. Please join us from June 22-August 2, 2015 and learn more about Haiti Cherie!
Before an audience of Cuban-American community leaders, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a major policy speech on Friday and pledged to lift the embargo on Cuba if elected. Clinton is the first among the wide field of 2016 presidential candidates to call for an end to the embargo stating: "Engagement is not a gift to the Castros. It's a threat to the Castros." LACC Director Frank Mora introduced Secretary Clinton.
LACC releases its 2015 Hemisphere Magazine. More than 30 years after Latin America transitioned from dictatorships to democracy and decentralization to implant government accountability, expectations have disappointed and concerns are raised today over a slowdown, or even reversal. Guest editor Cristina A. Rodríguez-Acosta, Assistant Director of FIU's renowned Institute for Public Management and Community Service, invites leading experts to see how decentralization can be deepened.
At student-led workshops on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus, 40 middle-school students who are Haitian or of Haitian descent reconnected —or in some cases connected for the first time— with their Haitian roots. Taisha Gauthier, developer and co-founder of the program, explained the need to focus on identity because "we don’t fit in with Haitians or Americans either." The program was run by the Haitian Student Organization and supported by LACC and FIU’s Global Learning Initiative.
El Centro Green de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe copatrocinado por el Instituto de Eventos Extremos de FIU están aceptando aplicaciones para el Curso Online de Gobernanza y Reducción de Riesgo de Desastres (RRD). Este Curso, dirigido a funcionarios públicos y líderes de la sociedad civil, aspira a una efectiva gobernanza del riesgo. El Curso tiene una duración de dos meses.
LACC'S Latin American Marijuana Research Institute today launched its web page featuring research and news on the process of cannabis regulation in Uruguay and related debates and new developments occurring throughout the hemisphere. LAMRI is an academic initiative that collects, analyzes, and provides rigorous scientific data and information to governments, scholars, and the public interested in marijuana policy in the region and world. Supported by UCA, Uruguay, and Open Society Foundations.
The Tinker Foundation Field Research Grants Program is designed to provide graduate students with funds for travel to and within any Spanish and Portuguese-speaking country in Latin America to conduct pre-doctoral research and develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their fields of study.
LACC, Cuban Research Institute and Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS)hosted over 50 K-12 educators from MDCPS for the LACC/CRI Sept. 23, 2015 teacher training workshop "The US and Cuba after D17: A Closer Look." With contributions from FIU professors Frank Mora, Hugh Gladwin, Marifeli Pérez-Stable and Jorge Duany, the workshop examined the change in US-Cuba policy, the transformation in Cuban, American and Cuban American attitudes, and the obstacles and drivers toward future re-connection.
LACC will present 2014 BAFF Documentary Award "In the Eye of the Spiral" in its first private screening in South Florida on Tuesday, 9/29/2015. Introducing the artistic philosophy "Spiralism," the film shows the incredible will of Haitian artists as they survive in a country beset by corruption and natural disasters. Telling the story are some of Haiti’s most successful artists, narrator Annie Lennox, and composer Brian Eno. Writer/Dir Eve Blouin and Dir/Producer Raynald Leconte will attend.
The Cuban Research Institute (CRI) has announced the competition for the 2016 Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship in Cuban Studies. The scholarship provides one graduate student the opportunity to conduct research in Cuban studies for one week each year at the CRI. It can also be used to support the visit of one FIU graduate student each year to Cuba, to pursue research on Cuba-related issues for a period of one week. Application Deadline: February 15, 2016.
The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship supports language training in Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTLs), including Portuguese and Haitian Creole. LACC is now accepting applications for Summer 2016 and the 2016-2017 Academic Year. The deadline for both cycles is February 12, 2016.
LACC is pleased to announce its new Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies that will begin Spring 2016. The flexible major draws courses from across various disciplines and prepares you for a future in a variety of public and private industries in the U.S. and abroad such as Education, Business, NGOs, Arts, Government, Law and Journalism. Find more information here.
LACC and FIU’s Department of Modern Languages have named Nadève Ménard, a scholar of Haitian literature based at the Université d’État d’Haïti, Spring 2016 Visiting Professor to teach "Haitian Creole Language and Literature: Migration." A US educated PhD, Ménard returned to her homeland to explore exile, migration and literary representations of historical figures and events. The course is offered in Haitian Creole and is open to FIU students and non-degree-seeking members of the community.
LACC’s Argentina Study Abroad is an intensive four-week interdisciplinary program designed to advance an understanding of Latin American international relations and society by living and studying in Buenos Aires, one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the Americas. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Apply now!
The Cuban Research Institute (CRI), the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), and the Florida International University Libraries are pleased to announce the Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants and request applications for spring and early summer 2016.The grants provide scholars and graduate students the opportunity to conduct research in the special collections related to Cuba and Cuban Americans located at FIU's Green Library. Details:(305) 348-1991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.