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January

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Venue:FIU Miami Beach Urban Studies (MBUS)

The Symposium focuses on National Research Center, Community College (CC) and Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Collaboration to Internationalize Education. This event features presentations by CC/MSI partners throughout the US who represent diverse area studies regions. Co-sponsored by FIU LACC and Vanderbilt University's Center for Latin American Studies. For more information, please call (305) 348-2856.

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Venue:FIU MMC, Graham Center 150

Raji Uma, Department of Women and Gender Studies, and Yandra Mariano, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, will present their research at the Tuesday Times Roundtable. Raji Uma's research was made possible with support from LACC's Global Learning Mentorship award with Dr. Michaela Moura. Presented by FIU's Global Learning, Libraries and the Student Government Association.

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Venue:Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

This workshop aims to help students understand the foundation of ethnobotany and the many ways we use plants in our everyday lives. Students will also research Latin American and Caribbean plants. This workshop is sponsored by The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in partnership with LACC's US Department of Education Title VI grant.

Plant Talk: Amazon Forest, Drought and Fires

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Venue:FIU MMC, Wertheim Conservatory 130

Dr. Ane Alencar, Director of Science at the Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazonia (IPAM) in Brazil, will present on the environmental and conservation issues related to the fires and drought in the Amazon region. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact 305 348 2856.

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Venue:Florida International University, Miami Beach Urban Studios, Main Gallery

This event includes a pre-concert discussion of works with Boris Alavaro (Chile) and Edgar Alandia (Bolivia) followed by a performance from the Amernet String Quartet and members of the NODUS Ensemble. Made possible with the support of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, City of Miami Beach, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and the Betsy Hotel.

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Venue:Florida International University, Modesto A. Maidique, Wertheim Conservatory 130

The 28th Interdisciplinary Faculty Colloquium will discuss the multifaceted impact that drought and forest fires have had on the environment and social ecology in the Andes-Amazon basin region. Featuring Ane Alencar, Science Director of IPAM Amazonia and a panel of FIU faculty members. Sponsored by the Andean Studies Program at LACC and the International Center for Tropical Biology at the Kampong. Free and open to the public. For more information, please call (305) 348 2856.

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Venue:Florida International University, Miami Beach Urban Studios, Main Gallery

The second New Music Miami Festival (NMMF) concert of the year features virtuoso bassoonist Rebekah Heller. This event features a pre-concert discussion of works followed by a performance. Made possible with the support of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, the City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and the Betsy Hotel.

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Venue:FIU MMC, Green Library 220

Book presentation by Leopoldo Martínez Nucete, a Venezuelan-American international lawyer, social entrepreneur, and civil rights activist. Following the presentation, Dr. Frank Mora, Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, will moderate a discussion with Mr. Martínez Nucete. Free and open to the public. For more information call (305) 348 2856.

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Venue:FIU MMC, College of Business Complex 233

Dr. Joseph Nye, the former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and renown expert of "Soft Power," will speak about current and future issues in national security. Hosted by the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy in partnership with FIU's European and Eurasian Studies Program; the Department of Politics and International Relations; the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies.

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Venue:FIU MMC, Graham Center 150

The Mainstream Schools Workshop focuses on the Place of Grammar in Intercultural Communicative Language Teaching. Featuring Dr. Ana Thomé Williams, Associate Professor of Instruction in Portuguese at Northwestern University. Supported by LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant. Co-sponsored by FIU's Department of Modern Languages Portuguese Program, AOTP - American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese - and the FIU Brazilian Culture Club. Info at bcari001@fiu.

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Venue:FIU MMC, Green Library 220

This installment of the Tinker-Andes series will feature research by Morgan Gray, PhD student from the Department of History. Morgan's work explores rape and seduction lawsuits in Peru. Bianca Premo, Department of History, will serve as the discussant. Sponsored by the Tinker Foundation and supported through LACC's Andean Studies Program. For more information, contact 305 348 2856.

February

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Venue:FIU MMC, College of Business Complex 154

Eduardo Chavez, the grandson of civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, will screen his documentary "Hailing Cesar." The film follows Eduardo's personal journey to connect with the legacy of his grandfather. The event will also feature a presentation by Eduardo about the documentary. This event is co-sponsored by Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Division of Academics, Department of Social Sciences and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.

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Venue:FIU MMC, College of Business Complex R233

Panel presentation featuring Elizabeth Zechmeister, Director of LAPOP Lab; Barry Levitt, Politics and International Relations Associate Professor, FIU; Richard Olson, Director of the Extreme Events Institute, FIU and José Miguel Cruz, Director of Research, LACC, FIU. Discussant: President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, Visiting Distinguished Professor of Latin American Studies. Co-sponsored by LACC and LAPOP. Free and open to the public. For more information, please call (305) 348-2894.

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Venue:FIU MMC, College of Business Complex 152

LACC Director Frank Mora, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere, and Rebecca Kimbrell, U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence at FIU, MDC and former U.S. Consul to Lyon, France, offer an insider's guide to career opportunities with the United States government. Co-sponsored by the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and the U.S. Department of State. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact (305) 348-2856.

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Venue:FIU MMC, College of Business Complex 152

Workshop for students on "Writing a Personal Statement that Pops" offered by Rebecca Kimbrell, Diplomat in Residence at FIU, MDC, and former U.S. Consul to Lyon, France. Co-sponsored by LACC and the U.S. Department of State. Free and open to the public. Information at (305) 348-2856.

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Venue:FIU MMC, Graham Center 355

This program will launch the latest issue of Americas Quarterly—the leading publication on Latin American politics, business and culture—in Miami. Expert panelists will discuss the growing influence of Latin America’s armed forces and their impact on politics and the economy.This program is complimentary and open to the public. Prior registration is required. Space is limited. To register please email RSVPMiami@as-coa.org

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Venue:FIU MMC, Ryder Business Building 140

The documentary film, El Testigo: Caín y Abel, chronicles the story of Colombian photographer and journalist Jesús Abad Colorado as he captured over 20 years of the Colombian armed conflict through photographs. Mr. Colorado will introduce the film and will engage in a Q&A with the audience following the screening. Dr. Ulrich Oslender, Associate Professor of Geography will be the discussant. The film and event will be in Spanish. For more information, call 305 348 2894.

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Venue:Harvard University

This workshop aims to address the relationships between identity and language, and more specifically, the role of race in the SFL (Spanish as a Foreign Language) classroom. Uju Anya (Penn State College), Melissa Baralt (Florida International University) and Déborah Gómez (Florida Memorial University) will present the workshop. This event is partially funded through LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant.

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Venue:FIU MMC, MARC 290

This conference will bring together European, Caribbean and US experts to discuss the relations between the EU and the Afro-Caribbean. Sponsored by the Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the African and African Diaspora Studies Program. For more information, please contact calyc@fiu.edu

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Venue:FIU MMC, Green Library 220

This 29th Interdisciplinary Faculty Colloquium features Gayle Williams, Latin American and Caribbean Information Services Librarian from FIU Libraries. Gayle Williams will discuss unfilmed screenplays based on her soon to be published bibliography of screenplays from Latin America and the Caribbean. Discussant: Santiago Juan-Navarro, Department of Modern Languages. Free and open to the public. For more information, please call 305-348-2856.

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Venue:FIU MMC, Academic Health Center 3, Room 205

Camila Segura is the co-founder and Editorial Director of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish language podcast distributed by NPR. After obtaining a PhD in Spanish Literature from Columbia University she left academia to join Radio Ambulante in 2012, when it launched. Radio Ambulante is a groundbreaking and award-winning narrative podcast that uses long-form audio journalism to tell neglected and under-reported Latin American and Latino stories. For more information, call 305-348-2851.

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Venue:Webinar

This month’s book award is sponsored by the Africana Book Award. Three time CABA winner Elizabeth Zunon will discuss her award-winning CABA books and her career. Her 2019 book, Grandpa Cacao, A Tale of Chocolate from Farm to Family combines her talents as illustrator and author. The picture book connects past and present as a girl bakes a chocolate cake with her father and learns how her grandfather harvested cacao beans in Ivory Coast, West Africa.

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Venue:Hotel Arya in Coconut Grove

Palmer Trinity will be hosting 35 Heads of School from around the world at the XXI Global Connections Seminar beginning on Friday, February 28. Global Connections encourages school leaders worldwide to develop global consciousness within their school communities. Member schools cooperate actively with each other to promote global engagement and impact. Made possible by LACC's US Department of Education Title VI grant. Co-sponsored by Palmer Trinity School. More information: 305-348-2894.

March

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Venue:FIU MMC, Green Library 220

This Tinker-Andes installment will feature research by Génesis Portillo, Department of Modern Languages, and Sandra Londoño, Department of History. Maida Watson, Department of Modern Languages at FIU, and María Laura Picón, Sociology at Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina, will serve as the discussants. Sponsored by the Tinker Foundation and supported through LACC's Andean Studies Program. For more information, call 305 348 2856.

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Venue:Miami, Florida

This Conference will feature presentations on Ignacio Jerusalem, Chapelmaster of the Mexico City Cathedral: Music and Art in New Spain during the Eighteenth Century. Musical performances will also be featured. Co-sponsored by FIU's School of Music and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.

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Venue:FIU MMC, Wertheim Concert Hall

Trace the history and musical development of New Spain's most important religious center with works by Franco, Fernandez, Céspedes, Salazar, Padilla, Sumaya, and Jerusalem. Performance by FIU Collegium Musicum with Director, Juvenal Correa-Salas. For more information and ticket details, call 305 348 0496. Part of the concert series The Music of Colonial Latin America.

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Venue:FIU MMC, Wertheim Concert Hall

Juvenal Correa-Salas, organ and harpsichord, will present with the FIU Concert Choir and Conductor Maria Guinand. The performance will feature works by Billoni (Durando), Salas (Santiago de Cuba), Manuel José de Quiróz (Guatemala), Sumaya (Mexico City), and Ignacio Jerusalem (Mexico City). For more information and ticket details, call 305 348 0496. Part of the concert series The Music of Colonial Latin America.

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Venue:La Merced Chapel at Corpus Christi Church

The acclaimed Chicago Arts Orchestra will present Spanish music from the colonial era--never before heard in Florida. Also featuring Javier José Mendoza (Artistic Director), Maibel Troia (Conductor) and special guests Encantus Voices Choir. For more information and ticket details, call 305 348 0496. Part of the concert series The Music of Colonial Latin America.

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Venue:FIU MMC, Graham Center 355 and Green Library 220

The 10th Annual AADS Humanities Afternoon will feature keynote speaker Dr. Carole Boyce Davies, a dance performance by A'Keitha Carey, and a Round Table Discussion with faculty from FIU and the University of Miami. In the evening, there will be a film screening of "The Pieces I Am" followed by a discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-348-6860.

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Venue:Webinar

This webinar will explore the book, Darius the Great is Not OKAY by by Adib Khorram (Dial Books, 2018), winner of the 2019 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature. Darius Kellner knows a lot about tea, Tolkien, and taroffing, one of many Iranian customs Adib Khorram shares with the reader of this revelatory middle school-level novel. The Iran of this novel is as multidimensional as the diverse characters who inhabit it. Recommended grade level 7 – 9.

April

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Venue:Webinar

South Asia Book Award and South Asia National Outreach Council present Barb Rosenstock and her book The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art. In 1947, Nek Chand began building a Rock Garden in Chandigarh, India, using natural and discarded man-made materials. Readers will learn of Chand’s marvelous creations in this picture book biography with detailed illustrations and a gatefold photograph. (Grades 2-5)

May

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Venue:FIU MMC, Graham Center Ballrooms

Save the Date. Details forthcoming.