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January

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Aida Salazar sets a new standard for the coming of age novel with this expertly crafted debut novel that reflects many of the realities that young people of color face today. Join us and hear Salazar share her 2019 book, The Moon Within (Grades 4 and up). Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the Middle East Outreach Council, and African Studies Outreach Council, The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

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The Caribbean is marked by an abundance of natural resources and opportunities for international investment, but also faces challenges related to security, infrastructure, sustainable development, energy, and governance. Panelists will analyze the importance of Anglophone Caribbean political, economic, and strategic policy, and discuss its unique advantages and challenges. Part of the LACC/CPC Caribbean Policy Series. Free and open to the public, registration is required.

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This workshop for Middle School students will highlight how plants are not only beautiful to look at but are traditionally used to create natural remedies for the treatment of many common ailments. Guest Speaker: Dr. Cassandra Quave, Curator of the Emory University Herbarium and Associate Professor of Dermatology and Human Health at Emory University.

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Join us for the final installment of our LACC/IAPA Journalism Webinar Series. The final webinar will be a press and academia roundtable featuring Luis Guillermo Solis, Carlos Jornet, and Gabriela Frías. In cooperation with the Inter-American Press Association and FIU Journalism. Webinar will be in Spanish. Made possible with support from LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant. Registration details forthcoming.

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This teacher training workshop is the first in a three-part series for MDCPS Visual Art educators. The series will feature a virtual tour of Pepe Mar's exhibition, Tesoro, currently at the Frost Museum of Art and will teach educators about cabinets of curiosities, teaching with objects, STEAM connections, and cultural influences from the Americas which inspire the featured artists' works. In this first workshop, Damian Rojo will lead teachers in hands-on assemblage activities.

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Representatives from the Brazilian Consulate General of Miami will present to FIU students in the Portuguese Business Class. Event will be in Portuguese and is by invitation only. Part of LACC's FLAC Lecture Series.

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LACC Interim Director Luis Guillermo Solis will analyze public policies in Costa Rica related to sustainable practices in agriculture, tourism, architecture, fisheries, among others and how current development models can be improved. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Earth and Environment.

February

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The world is at a crossroads as the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the global economy have combined with increasing polarization and highly charged elections. At the same time, the unrelenting and transcendent desire of people around the globe to live in freedom offers hope for democracy and human rights. Join us to examine these developments with a stellar cast of speakers. Sponsored by the Dorthea Green Lecture Series in collaboration with the McCain Institute. Registration required.

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Simone Athayde, Associate Professor, LACC and GSS, will present her research on social-ecological impacts of hydropower on indigenous peoples and local communities across the Amazon, focusing on the different dimensions of socio-environmental justice. Registration is required. Sponsored by the University of Florida Water Institute.

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Adrienne Wright's book, Hector, serves as a pertinent tool for adults discussing global history and race relations with children. Heartbreaking yet relevant, this powerful story gives voice to an ordinary boy and sheds light on events that helped lead to the end of apartheid. Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, South Asia National Outreach Consortium, Middle East Outreach Council, African Studies Outreach Council, and The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

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FIU Alumni composers concert with the NODUS Ensemble performing works by Kong, Mendoza, Norris, Reyes, and Von Wrangell. With the support of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners.

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The Mainstream Schools Workshop provides teacher training to K-12 Portuguese educators. Supported by LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant. Co-sponsored by FIU's Department of Modern Languages Portuguese Program and AOTP - American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese. Registration required. Part of LACC's Brazilian Studies Program of Excellence.

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With governments distracted by COVID-19, transnational gangs like MS-13 and the Jalisco Cartel are expanding their reach and influence. What does this mean for regional security? What will the consequences be for northward migration to the United States? How should the new Biden administration react? Join experts on this panel which will launch the new edition of Americas Quarterly. Event will be broadcast live via the Americas Quarterly website. For questions, please contact lrauls@as-coa.org.

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The Education Department at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and LACC will offer a workshop on ethnobotany for educators to help participants understand the historical, cultural, and economic significance of plants through time. The workshop will consist of a combination of lecture, discussion, and guided hands-on activities. Registration required.

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The 31st Interdisciplinary Faculty Colloquium features Drs. Javier Francisco-Ortega and Rosalina Montes Espín, who will examine how the living collections of the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden in Cuba were established with material collected during the Utowana expeditions, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Co-sponsored by the Cuban Research Institute and the Department of Biology (Plant Talk Series). Registration required.

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Dr. Simone Athayde, LACC and GSS Associate Professor, will present on forest bioeconomy to FIU students enrolled in the Business Portuguese class. Lecture will be in Portuguese and is part of LACC's FLAC Lecture Series. Part of LACC's Brazilian Studies Program of Excellence.

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Join us for this one-day conference that will examine how Central America can reduce risk, increase resilience and manage the increasing impact of extreme events which have become the “new normal” for the region. Part of LACC's FLAC Lecture Series. Made possible with support from LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant. Registration required.

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This teacher training workshop is the second in a three-part series for MDCPS Visual Art educators. The series will feature a virtual tour of Pepe Mar's exhibition, Tesoro, currently at the Frost Museum of Art and will teach educators about cabinets of curiosities, teaching with objects, STEAM connections, and cultural influences from the Americas which inspire the featured artists' works. In this first workshop, Peter DeMercado will lead teachers in hands-on assemblage activities.

March

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The second installment in the LACC/CPC Caribbean Policy Series will focus on regional cooperation in renewable energy initiatives and a global transition away from dependence on fossil fuels. The series has a special emphasis on the Anglophone Caribbean and is in cooperation with the Caribbean Policy Consortium (CPC). Free and open to the public, registration is required. For more information, contact ldudley@fiu.edu.

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This event will launch the Latin America findings of Freedom House’s latest report, highlighting positive and negative changes, and why different countries are diverging. Freedom House and FIU experts will examine trends in political freedoms in Latin America in the global context, discussing the causes and potential consequences of the shifts being seen, and what needs to be done to protect positive shifts and prevent further decline elsewhere. Free and open to the public.

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FIU undergraduate student Kimberly Joseph will discuss various aspects of Haitian culture and society in relation to traditional values, history, language, food, religious beliefs, gender roles, health care, arts/music/dance, education, and the Haitian government. The event will be in Haitian Creole and is part of Kimberly's final project presentation for the Haitian Studies Certificate. Email ldudley@fiu.edu for more information and to RSVP. Part of LACC's Haitian Studies Program of Excellence.

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On February 28, President Nayib Bukele’s Nuevas Ideas political party was a decisive winner in El Salvador’s legislative elections. Having gained a two-thirds majority, the governing party now holds unprecedented power. What challenges does this new political reality pose for El Salvador’s democracy? Co-sponsored by Seattle International Foundation and LACC. Part of LACC's Governance and Security Program of Excellence and LACC's FLAC Lecture Series. Registration required.

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Syrian culture is beautifully represented through the meal Salma prepares and the diverse cast of characters in Salma the Syrian Chef speaks to the power of cultivating community in challenging circumstances. In this webinar, Danny Ramadan will first speak about his book, followed by a conversation on Syrian food and culture. Accessible for readers ages 4-7/ Pre-K-2nd grade.

Central American Gangs Presentation

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Dr. Jose Miguel Cruz, LACC Director of Research, will present to Southern Command on updated gang research and data from Central America. This event is by invitation only and closed to the public. Part of LACC's Governance and Security Program of Excellence.

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The Education Department at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and LACC will offer a workshop on ethnobotany for educators to help participants understand the historical, cultural, and economic significance of plants through time. The workshop will consist of a combination of lecture, discussion, and guided hands-on activities. Registration required.

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The Madan Sara documentary tells the stories of the indefatigable women who work in the Haitian markets and make Haiti's economy run. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Etant Dupain. Co-sponsored by LACC and part of LACC's Haitian Studies Program of Excellence. Registration required.

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Dr. Rodrigo Maia will share experiences from his journalism career and insights on how technology is breaking paradigms. Dr. Maia is a university professor and works at CNN Brasil as an executive editor. Event in Portuguese. Co-sponsored by FIU Department of Modern Languages and LACC. Part of LACC's FLAC lecture Series. Part of LACC's Brazilian Studies Program of Excellence.

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Join us for a presentation and discussion on the benefits, challenges, and work needed to create a new FCIE Study Abroad Consortium. Presenters include David Moore, Executive Director of International Education at Broward College and Liesl Picard, Associate Director of LACC at FIU. Part of the LACC/Broward College MI-BRIDGE Program.

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Frank Mora, Professor of Politics and International Relations, former LACC Director and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere, and Rebecca Kimbrell, U.S. State Department Diplomat in Residence at FIU, 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 U.S. Department of State. Free and open to the public. For information, contact 305-348-2856.

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Rebecca Kimbrell, Diplomat in Residence at FIU and MDC, and former U.S. Consul to Lyon, France will provide suggestions and recommendations for writing essays and personal statements for the Foreign Service Officer Test. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Free and open to the public but registration is required. For more information, call (305) 348-2856.

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The Florida International University student organization MALOKA will host the nineteenth annual Tri-University Student Conference, titled “Changing Tides: Latino/a/x Identities & Their Foundations in the Age of Covid-19.” The Tri-University Conference is a collaborative tradition of Florida Atlantic University, the University of Miami, and Florida International University.

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Join the virtual launch of the spring 2021 issue of the NACLA Report on the Americas, "End of Empire? Racial Capitalism, Forced Migration, and State Violence in Haiti." Co-sponsored by LACC, the Haitian Studies Association, Ayibopost, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU. In Haitian Creole. Part of LACC's FLAC Lecture Series and LACC's Haitian Studies Program of Excellence. Made possible with support from LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant.

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Moreno Veloso, son of Brazilian music icon Caetano Veloso, is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Latin GRAMMY winning producer. Part of LACC's FLAC Lecture Series and LACC's Brazilian Studies Program of Excellence. Made possible with support from LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant. Event in Portuguese and by invitation only for K-12 Portuguese language students in South Florida.

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K-12 Teacher Training Workshop: Adapting Elements of Business Portuguese and Business Spanish to the K-12 Second Language Curriculum. Co-sponsored by LACC, the Center for International Business Education and Research, FIU Department of Modern Languages, and the UF Latin American and Caribbean Collection. Made possible with support from LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant.

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This teacher training workshop is the third in a three-part series for MDCPS Visual Art educators. The series will feature a virtual tour of Pepe Mar's exhibition, Tesoro, currently at the Frost Museum of Art and will teach educators about cabinets of curiosities, teaching with objects, STEAM connections, and cultural influences from the Americas which inspire the featured artists' works. In this first workshop, Pepe Mar will lead teachers in hands-on assemblage activities.

April

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Senior High students will engage with FIU Faculty for an interdisciplinary look into the impact of climate change on LAC economies as part of a collaboration between LACC and Cutler Bay Senior High School. Students interact with experts from LACC, Biological Sciences and the Extreme Events Institute. Supported by LACC's US Department of Education Title VI grant. By invitation only. For more information, please email ldudley@fiu.edu.

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Featuring virtuoso performers from Mexico City, clarinetist Fernando Dominguez and percussionist Ivan Manzanilla. With the support of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners.

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On March 14, Honduras held its primary elections. According to the National Electoral Council (CNE), voting anomalies were found in nearly 18% of tally sheets. Several candidates who received the most votes have been linked to acts of corruption and/or drug trafficking. What implications do these results have for Honduran democracy? Co-sponsored by LACC and the Seattle International Foundation. Part of LACC's Governance and Security Program of Excellence.

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Guest composer Ken Ueno and the NODUS Ensemble will perform. With support from the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners.

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Join the discussion of The Silence of Bones. Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: "May you live in interesting times." Indentured to the police bureau, she's been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. Made possible with support from LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant.

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This panel discussion will identify some of the basic pedagogical issues involved in teaching about Cuba and the Cuban diaspora. The panel will gather three educators to share their work on the literacy campaign in Cuba, Cuban-American teachers in Miami, and incorporating Cuba in the curriculum. Made possible with support from LACC's US Dept. of Education Title VI Grant. Registration required.

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New York-based Alice Teyssier, virtuoso flutist and soprano vocalist, will perform new works with the NODUS Ensemble. With support from the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners.

38th Annual Journalists & Editors Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean / SIP Connect

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38th Annual Journalists & Editors Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean in conjunction with the Inter-American Press Association's SIP (Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa) Connect. Program and registration information forthcoming. Co-sponsored by LACC and the Inter-American Press Association. Made possible with support of LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant. This is the first of two installments, the second taking place July 21-23, 2021.

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Duo concert featuring the Calloway + Sudol Duo and the Misty Shore Duo with virtuoso pianist Chen-Hui Jen, virtuoso cellist Jason Calloway, and Jacob Sudol electronics. With support from LACC, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners.

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Virtuoso guitarist Colin McAllister performs music by Reich, Murail, Sudol, Garcia, and new works by Tan and Smith. With support from the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners.

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Featuring music selected from an international call for works and the music of the Cintas Foundation award-winning composers. With support from the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners.

May

Geopolitical Competition and Cooperation in the Caribbean in the Age of COVID-19

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The third installment of the LACC/CPC Caribbean Policy Series will analyze geopolitical competition, strategic disruptions, transnational non-state actor threats, democratic governance, and enduring challenges beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The series has a special emphasis on the English-speaking Caribbean and is in cooperation with the Caribbean Policy Consortium. Free and open to the public, registration is required. Registration details forthcoming. For information, contact ldudley@fiu.edu.

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Veela Hiranandani presents her work, The Night Diary, where twelve-year old Nisha is forced to escape her home in 1947 with her Hindu family during the partition of India. She writes letters to her Muslim mother in her journal, who died in childbirth. Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, South Asia National Outreach Consortium, Middle East Outreach Council, African Studies Outreach Council and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

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The HSC brings together government representatives, academics and industry leaders. This year's HSC will be held online May 17 - 21. Hosted by the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy, the annual security conference will be available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Registration required.

June

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Venue:Bolivia

International interdisciplinary seminar for Community College and Minority-Serving Faculty on the Pueblos Originarios (indigenous communities) of the High Andes in Bolivia. Based in Bolivia and led by LACC Andean Studies Director, Bolivianist and Quechua community member, Dr. Maria Luisa Veisaga. Part of LACC's Andean Studies Program of Excellence. Made possible with support from LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant.

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Venue:Argentina

Study Abroad for graduate and undergraduate students (FIU and non-FIU) to foster an understanding of Latin American international relations and society. Scholarships available. For more information contact vcaviede@fiu.edu.

July

38th Annual Journalists & Editors Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean / SIP Connect

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38th Annual Journalists & Editors Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean in conjunction with the Inter-American Press Association's SIP (Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa) Connect. Program and registration information forthcoming. Co-sponsored by LACC and the Inter-American Press Association. Made possible with support of LACC's US Department of Education Title VI Grant. This is the second of two installments, the first taking place April 20-23, 2021.