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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.

La Belle Vie: Film Screening at South Broward High School

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Venue:South Broward High School

A screening of the feature documentary, La Belle Vie: The Good Life, for students at South Broward High School. This film chronicles Haitian-American filmmaker, Rachelle Salnave’s journey to discover her Haitian roots by examining the complexities of the Haitian society. Rachelle Salnave, producer and director of the film, will provide introductory remarks. Made possible by LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant. For more information please call (305) 348-2856.

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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, GC Ballrooms

Teacher Workshop providing background materials in preparation for high school student simulation. Topic is Assessing Al-Qaeda's Inroads into Latin America and West Africa with presentations by Hector Cadavid and Aldo Fonseca. By invitation. Made possible in part by LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant. Co-sponsored by LACC, the Jack Gordon Institute, and the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, Social Sciences of Miami Dade County Public Schools. Information at 305 348 2977.

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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.

Ethnobotany Teacher Training Workshop

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Venue:Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Teacher workshop on the connection between plants and culture through a hands-on, interactive look at the cultural and economic value of plants and their importance in our lives. Co-sponsored by the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. For more information, contact: 305.667.1651.

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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

Conversation with renowned Brazilian singer, composer and guitarist Lulu Santos. Known to many as one of the greatest Brazilian music artists of all time with a career that spans more than four decades and 30 albums. This event will be in Portuguese. Part of LACC's Foreign Language Across the Curriculum (FLAC) Lecture Series. Made possible with support from LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant.

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Venue:Webinar

Anthony Faiola will share his perspective on the recent political events in Bolivia as the South America/Caribbean Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. This webinar is the first of five in the Spring 2020 series, which is produced in cooperation with the InterAmerican Press Association and FIU’s Spanish Master’s Program in Journalism. The webinar will be in Spanish.

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Venue:FIU MMC, MARC 353

This event has been cancelled. For more information, call 305 348 2894.

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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.

18th Annual Tri-University Graduate Student Paper Competition

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Venue:Online submission

The Tri-University Paper Conference is a collaborative tradition of graduate students from University of Miami's Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, FIU's Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and Florida Atlantic University's Caribbean & Latin American Studies Program. This year, the face-to-face conference is cancelled but the paper competition will continue with awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Papers are due on March 27 at 5:00 pm.

April

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Venue:Webinar

Dr. Carlos Espinal, Director of the Global Health Consortium at FIU's Robert Stempel College of Public Health will present on the coronavirus pandemic. This webinar is the second of five in the Spring 2020 series, which is produced in cooperation with the InterAmerican Press Association and FIU’s Spanish Master’s Program in Journalism. The webinar will be in Spanish. Made possible with the support of LACC's Department of Education Title VI Grant. Registration required.

The State of Venezuela: An Online Conversation with James Story

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Venue:Online via Zoom

James Story is Chargé d’ Affaires for the Venezuela Affairs Unit. Mr. Story will speak about the current situation in Venezuela and will engage in conversation with Frank Mora, Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and Brian Fonseca, Director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute. Co-sponsored by the Jack Gordon Institute. The online event is open to FIU students, faculty and staff only. Registration is required. For registration information, please email ldudley@fiu.edu

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Agustín Cohen, business professor at the University of CEMA in Argentina, will present on the economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. This webinar is the third of five in the Spring 2020 series, which is produced in cooperation with the InterAmerican Press Association and FIU’s Spanish Master’s Program in Journalism. The webinar will be in Spanish. Made possible with the support of LACC's Department of Education Title VI Grant. Registration required.

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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)

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A Symposium about Open-Access, Technological Needs, and Institutional Sustainability will center the voices of a group of archives in Latin America and the Caribbean by providing a forum for stakeholders in the region to come together in conversation to share strategies and identify common areas of need. The project is funded by a CLIR Microgrant with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This symposium will be held online via Zoom. For more information, visit the event website.

The Political Impact of COVID-19 in Central America: Authoritarians, Populists, or Democrats?

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Jose Miguel Cruz, the LACC Director of Research, will present on Central America's response to COVID-19. This webinar is the fourth of five in the Spring 2020 series, which is produced in cooperation with the InterAmerican Press Association and FIU’s Spanish Master’s Program in Journalism. The webinar will be in Spanish. Made possible with the support of LACC's Department of Education Title VI Grant. Registration information forthcoming.

May

How to Combat Rumors and Fake News during the COVID-19 Crisis

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Venue:Online webinar

Mercedes Vigón, Associate Director of FIU's International Media Center, and Fabiola Torres, Director and Founder of "Saludo con Lupa" will present. This is the final webinar in the Spring 2020 series, which is produced in cooperation with the InterAmerican Press Association and FIU’s Spanish Master’s Program in Journalism. The webinar will be in Spanish. Made possible with the support of LACC's Department of Education Title VI Grant. Registration information forthcoming.

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Francie Latour's 2019 Américas Award Honor Book, Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings tells the story of Ti Chou, a Haitian-American girl who travels to visit her beloved and convention-defying aunt, a painter who lives in Haiti. Rich with history, heroes, and cultural pride, the book traces Ti Chou's journey to a distant ancestral home, and the powerful family connection that bridges the physical, cultural, and generational divides of her hyphenated identity.

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Venue:FIU MMC, Graham Center Ballrooms

Save the Date--details forthcoming. The Hemispheric Security Conference (HSC) is an annual daylong conference held in Miami, Florida where experts from academia, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sectors converge to examine the most pressing security challenges facing the Western Hemisphere. HSC is led by the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.

June

Summer Institute for Teachers. Cuba: Past and Present

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Venue:Florida International University, Frost Art Museum

This week-long institute will introduce K–12 teachers in the Miami Dade County Public Schools to basic issues in teaching and learning about Cuba’s history, culture, politics, and society, including the Cuban-American community in Miami. Co-sponsored by FIU's Cuban Research Institute and LACC. Made possible with support from LACC's Department of Education Title VI Grant. For more information, call (305) 348 2894.

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Venue:FIU

A six-week institute for the acquisition of Haitian Creole proficiency and cultural knowledge. FLAS eligible and scholarships available. Open to degree and non-degree seeking students. For more information, contact vcaviede@fiu.edu.

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This webinar will focus on the book, Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman (Pajama Press). From the time she was a little girl, Nia has dreamed up adventures about the Javanese mythical princess, Dewi Kadita. Now fourteen, Nia would love nothing more than to continue her education and become a writer. If Nia is to write a new story for herself, she must overcome more obstacles than she could ever have conceived of for her mythical princess, and summon courage she isn’t sure she has.

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Venue:University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

A hands-on professional development workshop that will introduce methods for using global news stories and journalism skills to deepen students' engagement with their curricula, while also increasing their critical thinking and communication skills. A collaboration between the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison and LACC. Made possible by the support of CLACS, LACIS and LACC's US Department of State Title VI Grants.

August

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Venue:Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus, AC1 155

Teachers' workshop on working with digital media to link students with their communities. For Title 1 8-12 grade teachers in Miami Dade County Public Schools. Registration is required. Made possible in part by LACC's US Dept. of Education Title VI grant. Co-sponsored by The Education Effect, The Office of Global Learning Initiatives, Digital Library of the Caribbean dLOC and Miami Dade-County Public Schools. For more information, call (305) 348 2894.