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January

LACC is proud to announce open registration for its Argentina Study Abroad this Summer 2021. The study abroad is designed to foster an understanding of Latin American international relations and society through the experience of living and studying in one of the most vibrant cosmopolitan cities in the Americas. Scholarships are available. Application deadline is March 8, 2021.

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The new issue of Americas Quarterly focuses on how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting organized crime. Dr. Jose Miguel Cruz, Director of Research at LACC, and Brian Fonseca, Director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an article, "The Mutating Virus," which examines how governments can address the evolution of organized crime groups during the pandemic. The full issue of Americas Quarterly is available online.

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The Commons for Justice project will look for solutions to address disparities in preparing for a disaster and increasing a community’s ability to survive and recover. It will bring together a cross-disciplinary team of FIU faculty, led by FIU’s Extreme Events Institute and the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab. It also will include the Jorge M. Pérez Metropolitan Center, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs.

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LACC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Yulia Vorobyeva, co-authored an article featured on the London School of Economics Latin American and Caribbean blog. "The Mérida Initiative may be dead, but restarting US-Mexico security cooperation will be crucial" analyzes how the US and Mexico administrations will need to meet each other halfway in working towards any future security agreement. The full article is accessible online and is co-authored by Ryan Berg from the American Enterprise Institute.

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February

LACC is accepting applications for its 2021 Bolivia High Andes Qualitative Field Study for Community College and Minority-Serving Faculty. This international interdisciplinary seminar is designed to examine and interrogate more typical approaches to "Indigenous Studies" in the US. Based in Bolivia and led by LACC Andean Studies Director, Bolivianist and Quechua community member, Dr. Maria Luisa Veisaga. Program dates: June 17-27, 2021.

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The Nature 'Working Scientist' podcast series is supported by the International Science Council (ISC) and aims to highlight all aspects of diversity in science. In the second episode, LACC Associate Professor Simone Athayde speaks about how diverse perspectives can advance scientific knowledge and describes her work in the Amazon. The full podcast can be accessed online through the ISC website.

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The Atlantic Forest: History, Biodiversity, Threats and Opportunities of the Mega-Diverse Forest focuses on biodiversity hotspots, degradation challenges, and opportunities for conservation. LACC Associate Professor and Brazilianist, Dr. Clinton Jenkins, co-authored two chapters, which analyze conservation efforts in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and tetrapod diversity in the region.

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March

El Salvador held legislative and municipal elections, which resulted in an overwhelming victory for President Nayib Bukele’s Nuevas Ideas political party. LACC Director of Research, Jose Miguel Cruz, is featured in BBC News Mundo and El País, and highlights the concern that many sectors have surrounding the increased power of President Bukele's party and the challenges this poses to democratic institutions in El Salvador.

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The Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, the Cuban Research Institute, and FIU Libraries are pleased to request applications from scholars and graduate students for the summer of 2021. The Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants provide the opportunity to conduct research in the special collections and archives related to Cuba and Cuban Americans at the FIU Libraries.

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April

Luis Guillermo Solis, LACC Interim Director, published an article in The Conversation titled "Money alone can’t fix Central America – or stop migration to US." Solis analyzes various push factors for Central American migration and how money alone is not the solution for democracy building in the region.

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May

FIU Earns Prestigious Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization

NAFSA, the world’s leading nonprofit association for international education, has awarded FIU the 2021 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, recognizing its efforts in making international education part of the university experience. The award recognizes overall excellence in internationalization efforts as evidenced in mission, strategies, programs, and results. Kudos to all who contribute to International at FIU!!

June

BBC Mundo featured Luis Guillermo Solís, LACC Interim Director, in the article "No podemos tener otra Venezuela: Si Nicaragua se sale con la suya, marca un precedente nefasto para América Latina." Solís emphasized that Nicaragua is in a critical moment in its history as it approaches elections in November and there are concerns over the recent incarceration of activists as well as pre-candidates and politicians in opposition to President Daniel.

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LACC Associate Professor Clinton Jenkins was honored as an FIU Top Scholar during a virtual ceremony with President Rosenberg and Provost Furton. Dr. Jenkins is among the Top Scholars group, comprised of 30 faculty members who generated outstanding work in areas including teaching and engagement, award-winning creative work and significant grants. Congratulations!

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The Council on Library and Information Resources awarded FIU Libraries a grant to digitize and provide online access to unique Caribbean music contained in at risk cassettes from the Diaz-Ayala Collection. Through our US Department of Education Title VI Grant, LACC provides support towards the Diaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants for scholars and graduate students. These grants are part of the LACC Caribbean Studies initiative and our renewed commitment to expand programming related to the region.

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July

Three LACC scholars have been chosen as a recipient for the 2021 Research Opportunity Seed Fund. Proposals had to be associated with an FIU Preeminent or Emerging Preeminent Programs, for funding of up to $30,000. Only four proposals were selected. Congratulations to Melissa Baralt, Nicolas André, and Shewonda Leger for their funded project, Community-Engaged Research for the Creation of Bilingual Literacy Supports for Haitian Parents and and Infants Using a Book and Video in Pediatric Visits.

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August

LACC is proud to announce open registration for its Argentina Study Abroad this Summer 2022. The study abroad is designed to foster an understanding of Latin American international relations and society through the experience of living and studying in one of the most vibrant cosmopolitan cities in the Americas. Scholarships are available. Application deadline is March 7, 2022.

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Dr. Frank Mora, Professor of Politics and International Relations at FIU and LACC Director from 2013-2019, received a nomination from President Biden to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States. Dr. Mora's nomination builds on his experience as deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for the Western Hemisphere under the Obama Administration. Congratulations!

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September

LACC Affiliated Faculty Dr. Javier Francisco-Ortega coauthored an article that examines the botanical expeditions led by David Fairchild as part of the research yacht Utowana. These expeditions were fundamental in building the collections of the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden in Cuba. The publication stems from the 31st LACC Interdisciplinary Faculty Colloquium, a February 2021 virtual event in partnership with CRI and the Department of Biological Sciences at FIU.

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The Green School at FIU has been elected as a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). FIU is the first university in Florida to receive this designation and joins fellow APSIA university members from Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, and Stanford, among others.

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