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January

The Washington Post invited LACC Research Director Jose Miguel Cruz to respond to President Trump's focus on MS-13 in support of his administration's immigration position during his first State of the Union address on January 30. Contrary to Trump's claim that MS-13 poses extreme danger to the US, Cruz reminds us of the facts in his article "Trump is wrong about MS-13. And his rhetoric will make it worse".

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Politics & International Relations in Argentina take the lead in LACC's four-week Study Abroad program. Back by popular demand, the high paced program fosters an understanding of Latin American international relations through the experience of living and studying in one of the most vibrant cosmopolitan cities in the Americas. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, the program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the region. Save the date: June 25-July 20, 2018.

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Following the Trump Administration's cancellation of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians and, likely, Hondurans, on Jan. 8 more than 200,000 Salvadorans, many here for two decades, have also been ordered to leave the U.S. within a year. LACC Research Director and Political Science Professor Jose Miguel Cruz explains on NPR's WBUR Boston the consequences both in U.S. communities and in an unprepared El Salvador. Click on the title above to hear the interview.

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February

Thirty-five K-18 teachers from across the US met at FIU on 2/24 for the annual workshop on "Perspectives on Teaching Portuguese at Mainstream Schools Part III: Proficiency Levels and Performance Assessment." Organized by Professor Augusta Vono and Cariello of FIU's Portuguese Program, the workshop was led by Dr. Celia Bianconi, head of the Portuguese Language Program at Boston University.

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March

The news industry wrestles with the challenge of understanding and reporting on the world's changing climate and the increasing number of disasters that most attribute to that change. On March 27 and 28, LACC and CARTA's SCJ bring experts to explain the science and journalists to share the latest research and techniques for covering climate change. Register @ http://bit.ly/2Cdgh0h

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LACC is privileged to offer a total of four citizens/residents of Honduras, El Salvador or Guatemala a scholarship plus stipend to earn a MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at FIU with a focus on security in Central America. The scholarships are made possible by a grant supporting Central American Security and Drug Policy (CASAD). Click on the title above to watch a video with details.

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Former FIU Professor Emeritus and anthropologist William T. Vickers has been honored by colleagues near and far in Tipití, the Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America, in a special issue titled "Remembering William T. Vickers (1942-2016)". A member of the Greene School's Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Vickers is remembered for his decades of scholarship and leadership in research on environmental anthropology, development, Andes, and Latin America.

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April

For the second year, 8 members of FIU-FAST (FIU-Florida Advanced Surgical Transport) spent 10 days providing medical and preventative treatment to over 5,000 people in Guatemala as part of U.S. Southern Command's Continuing Promise 2018. The humanitarian mission provides medical services and more to residents and children in Puerto Barrios. In addition to support from LACC, the FIU-FAST mission was backed by FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

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Analysis of the impact of corruption on governance and business in Latin America is the focus of experts at Friday's conference hosted by LACC, the Jack D. Gordon Institute, FIU's College of Business and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Keynote speaker Juan Jiménez Mayor, former leader of MACCIH, is joined by business leaders and academics Arturo Aguilar, Tim Padgett, Mitchell Seligson, Jose Miguel Cruz, Ricardo Mendes, Frank Santeiro, Edgardo Pappacena and Jerry Haar. Clic title to RSVP.

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International Monetary Fund authors of the most recent study on Caribbean economies present their findings and participate in an open discussion moderated by GSS Professor Percy Hintzen. Arnold McIntyre, Deputy Division Chief and Joyce Wong, Economist, both of the Western Hemisphere Department, IMF, analyze the obstacles facing Caribbean nations and offer policy solutions in their publication "Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience in the Caribbean". 4/06, 11:30am at FIU MMC DM 370.

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May

Former Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis and FIU Researcher joins FIU's Green School and LACC as Distinguished Visiting Professor this fall to lecture on governance and democratic sustainability in LAC. "We are honored and proud to offer our students this opportunity to learn from and interact with this quintessential scholar-practitioner" LACC Director Frank Mora informed. FIU's Pres. Mark B. Rosenberg and The Green School's Dean John Stack led the "welcome back" news.

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Launching in Fall 2018 at FIU, the course Photovoice as Community Engagement features Drs. Mark Padilla and Armando Matiz leading an interactive course on the methodology behind their successful Proyecto Lentes initiative carried out under an NIH grant in the Dominican Republic. Offered by LACC and FIU's Honors College, students may register for IDH3035. Non Honors College students should contact Logan Saucer at lsaucer@fiu.edu to apply to the Honors College and register for the course.

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Five years post-publication, Juliet Erazo's book "Governing Indigenous Territories: Enacting Sovereignty in the Ecuadorian Amazon" has been selected as one of seven examples of how to study the issue of why and when ethnic identities can become politicized. "Erazo's work excels at bridging divides...as she adeptly crosses disciplinary boundaries...and presents a new model for scholarship" writes Dr. Marc Becker in his LARR Book Review Essay "Politicized Identities and Social Movements".

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For the third year, GFF and LACC lend their support to MDC's Miami Book Fair and its Little Haiti Book Festival. This weekend, May 5 & 6, the Little Haiti Culture Center hosts the exciting ReadCaribbean Program featuring authors from Haiti and the Haitian diaspora, a series of workshops for writers and the community, dance and music performances, interactive demonstrations of Haitian culture, art and cuisine, and culture-based activities for children.

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June

IR Professor and head of the MA in Border Studies at the University of Amapá, Paulo Correa is calling FIU home for a two-week research project at the Green Library. Correa's focus centers on peace, defense and international security in the Guyana region of northern South America with plans to map and analyze the conflicts throughout the territory. He has worked as Guest Lecturer at UWI,Visiting Researcher at the University of Waikato, and is part of the Advisory Board of Conflict Barometer.

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In the 1990s a three-hundred year old treasure trove of 18th century manuscripts, including scores for Latin masses, was discovered in the lowlands of eastern Bolivia leading to renewed recognition of the baroque legacy of the Jesuits that remains strong in the region. The youth orchestra is on tour of Europe and the U.S. with a stop at FIU. Here the group will be welcomed by FIU's Camerata Choir and Baroque Trio. All are welcome to attend. Information at (305) 348-2894.

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FLAS Fellow Antonio Arzola will spend 9 months in Valencia, Spain as an English-language TA to students beginning in October. As a Fellow from 2016 to 2018, Antonio researched Lusophone war cultures and relationships between colonial Europe and Latin America. He then perfected his proficiency in the Portuguese language in Rio de Janeiro. Since 2014 LACC has awarded 102 Department of Education FLAS Fellowships that support language specialization in Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (LCTLs).

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