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FLAS provides tuition and stipend assistance for language training in Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTLs), including Portuguese and Haitian Creole, to promote global understanding. Summer Fellowships also include the study of Quechua. Full-time, degree-seeking FIU graduate and undergraduate students in professional schools (Business, Law, Medicine, Journalism, Social Work, Engineering, etc.) are encouraged to apply if they are completing work related to Latin America.
LACC and the Green School are honored to host Congressman Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, at FIU on January 27. Rep. Engel is recognized for his strong support of U.S. relations across the hemisphere and authored two bills on Latin America and the Caribbean signed into law by President Obama in December, 2016. At FIU he shares his insider view on "The Future of U.S. Policy Towards Latin American and the Caribbean."
FIU's BBC campus hosts the Miami launch of the Brookings Institution/LACC joint research report on "Tourism in Cuba: Riding the Wave Toward Sustainable Prosperity" for students, businesses and industry specialists. Authors Richard Feinberg and Richard Newfarmer are joined by Cuban expert Jorge Duany, economist Maria Dolores Espino, and John Thomas, lawyer. Together they assess the picture of existing players and offer policy options for Cuba under the incoming US administration.
The Western Hemisphere has undergone a dramatic shift in geopolitical leadership over the past decade although these changes have not reduced the number of security threats facing the hemisphere. The 2017 Hemispheric Security Conference brings together academics and practitioners to examine the most pressing security challenges facing the hemisphere on March 9th.
Human trafficking exists in many areas not commonly recognized. LACC's student organization, MALOKA, takes worldwide trafficking head on in a student conference on March 3 at FIU. The many facets of trafficking, often referred to as modern slavery, will be the subject of an in-depth academic discussion created by FIU students from across disciplines.
In collaboration with US Southern Command and the US Army War College, scholars join key security and defense leaders to cover trends and challenges in the hemisphere. Under discussion will be external state actors, regional leadership, and challenges and opportunities in US security and defense policy.
Ambassador Sérgio Moreira Lima, President of Itamaraty's Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (FUNAG), shares Brazil's positions on international relations and foreign policy with faculty, students and community members on Monday, Feb. 13 at FIU. Moreira Lima served in the United Nations, in his country's embassies in Washington, Lisbon and London, and as Ambassador to Tel Aviv, Oslo and Budapest.
Former NBC journalist and EVP Paula Madison found the story of her life when she and her siblings, raised by a Chinese-Jamaican mother in Harlem, set out to verify the identity of their mother's Chinese grandfather. The journey led them from Kingston through Ontario to China and, ultimately, their extended family. The film documentary "Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem", screening at LACC on 2/17 with the presence of Madison, tells the inspiring story.
University students from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are invited to apply for the Central American Security and Drug Policy Scholarship (CASAD). The CASAD program will provide tuition and stipend towards completion of LACC's Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (MALACS). The scholarship is sponsored by LACC and Open Society Foundations. Deadline to apply: Feb. 15, 2017.
MALACS student Edward Kennedy Jr. is featured in an FIU News interview that highlights the benefits of his two LAC-related internships. After completing work at the "Latin American News Digest" and US State Department, Kennedy hopes to apply his experience toward reducing poverty and income/wealth inequality in Latin America. Kennedy is just one of many students who has benefited from LACC’s Internship Consultation Program that is a collaboration with the Office of Global Learning Initiative
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.