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Three reports on the political, economic and security trends in the Caribbean, Central America and Latin America are selected by the Inter American Press Association to be the topic of its webinar on February 7th at noon EST. The webinar, held in Spanish and viewed by journalists throughout the hemisphere, features Luis Guillermo Solis, former president of Costa Rica, Christopher Sabatini of Global Americans and Frank Mora, LACC director.

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Students from three Central American countries — Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are invited to apply for the Central American Security and Drug Policy Scholarship CASAD that provides tuition and stipend for students to complete a Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from LACC. For details and online application, please visit click on the title above.

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Grad Students can soon apply for significant funding from LACC’s Tinker Foundation Field Research Grants Program awards. Tinker awards are designed to provide graduate students with funds for travel to and within any Spanish and Portuguese-speaking country in Latin America to conduct research and develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their fields of study. Stay tuned! Award info., details on the application process, and deadlines will be available on social media by late January.

LACC Distinguished Visiting Professor and former president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis, was the honored guest speaker at November's Penn-Biden Center luncheon. The event, designed for policy makers, US State Department leaders and congressional aides, was featured in the PBC's recent December newsletter.

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In 2007, FIULACC experts Luis Guillermo Solis, former president of Costa Rica and current Distinguished Professor at LACC, and FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg co-authored the book The United States and Central America. In this video they discuss the last decade of Central American democratic governance and relations with the U.S. in a conversation prepared as part of LACC's regular tutorial series.

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For the 27th Hemisphere, guest editor Bianca Premo drew upon her experience leading a series of international seminars on the archives of colonial Latin America to explore what the historical record reveals and what it hides, and how records affect the stories we tell and the lives we lead. As she and expert scholars share in this issue, the approach to examining the archives reveals far more than past accounts and parallels to the present; in many ways it provides a window into the future.

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The Latin American 2030 Series sets forth a platform for understanding the outlook for the region and the factors that affect stability. It is a scholarly collaboration among Global Americans, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy of the Green School at FIU. A report on Central America. The reports on the Caribbean and South America are forthcoming.

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During eight days each November hundreds of authors and thousands of readers converge on Downtown Miami for the nation's premier literary festival. Dozens of authors from the Caribbean join the Miami Book Fair in a special section dedicated to Caribbean-specific events, including readings and panel discussions by prominent writers and experts, children’s writers, storytelling and music on the stage. The full schedule of events is supported by the Green Family Foundation and LACC.

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In Celebration of Haitian Creole, Celebrasyon Mwa Kreyol, LACC, FIU's Dept of Modern Languages and Haitian Student Organization join to present language and cultural events to enrich knowledge about the language and Haitian culture. Designed to engage students and community members, activities range from film screenings to music presentations and include a scholarship pageant, panels of experts and contests for childrens' stories and text readings.

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Funding available for the study of Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Quechua!

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