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Broad Series Lectures

About the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series

The Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series is the flagship speaker series of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. Generously supported by a gift from the Shepard Broad Foundation Inc. and a match from the college, the series provides students, faculty and the community with insights into the events and forces shaping contemporary global affairs.

By enriching the school’s academic programs and strengthening its outreach initiatives, the series actively supports Green School’s mission. Every semester, the series brings notable speakers to the FIU campuses, including Michael D. Kennedy, the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University; Jeffry A. Frieden, the Stanfield Professor of International Peace at Harvard University; and John J. Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, among others.

Taking inspiration from the legacy of Ruth and Shepard Broad, whose lives and works transcended the boundaries of states and societies, the Green School strives to be a premier institution for research, education and training in the fields of international and public affairs, as well as an essential resource for analysis and consulting. The school brings together many of FIU’s internationally oriented disciplines and houses many of the university’s most prominent international centers, institutes and programs. The Green School provides cutting edge perspectives, worlds ahead faculty, and the analytical skills necessary to comprehend and compete in the globalized world of the 21st Century.

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January

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Green School Gallery (SIPA First Floor)

Join us on Tuesday, January 24th for a special reception commemorating the Great War and featuring a presentation by the Honorable William de Baets, Consul General of Belgium in Atlanta.

February

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Venue:Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ, 3010 De Soto Boulevard Coral Gables, FL 33134

Join the Florida Grand Opera and the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs for a special presentation exploring the life and times of Cuban poet and dissident Reinaldo Arenas. The event will feature personal reflections by members the South Florida community who knew Arenas, along with music from the opera Before Night Falls by Cuban American composer Jorge Martín.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC Pavilion

Presentation by Damien Levie, head of Trade and Agriculture Section Delegation of the European Union to the United States on "Opportunities and Challenges for the Transatlantic Economic Relationship."

March

Contemporary U.S - Mexican Relations

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | GC 243

Join the Steven J. Green of International and Public Affairs and the Consulate General of Mexico in Miami for a timely and compelling conversation about current relations between Mexico and the United States.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC East Ballroom

Join the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs for a timely and compelling conversation with Japanese Fulbright Scholars who will share their thoughts on Japan’s current and dynamic process of reinvention. Topics covered will include: current challenges, women’s empowerment, environmental law and corporate innovation.

April

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC 279A

Join the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs for a presentation exploring the issues of sovereignty, statehood and democracy in the Caucasus in the post-Soviet era. Presentation by the Honorable Robert Avetisyan.

September

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | GC Ballrooms

Attorney General of El Salvador Douglas Arquimides Melendez Ruiz, Attorney General of Guatemala Thelma Esperanza Aldana Hernandez and Attorney General of Honduras Oscar Fernando Chinchilla Banegas will visit FIU to discuss transnational crime. This event is part of the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series. It is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | GC 140

Inaugural Keynote Address by Dr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, endowed professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, and a member of the Peruvian Academy of Language. This event will be presented in Spanish.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | GL 220
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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | GL 220

The symposium will explore the social and religious movements of the twentieth century that led to the Liberation Theology boom in Latin America. Its final objective is to build a hemisphere-wide digital archive encompassing all of these movements. This event will be presented in Spanish.

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Venue:Altamira Libros | 219 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

This event will feature book presentations by Ricardo Ramirez, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Edgar Beltran Acosta, renowned pastor and theologian. It will be presented in Spanish.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | DM 353

This K-12 teacher workshop will provide the opportunity for teachers to converse with Dr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P., Founder, Liberation Theology Movement. Gutiérrez is the endowed professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the Peruvian Academy of Language.

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Venue:Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

In conjunction with the previous event on green economy, this book presentation will explore Nordic Ways. The book is composed of short insightful essays written by distinguished authors from all five countries. The ultimate goal of the book is to provide a long-term platform for what it means to be Nordic in business, as environmental stewards, in the arts, culture, innovation, education and in commitment to democratic values.

October

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Venue:FIU MMC | GC 243

Congressman and Democrat Patrick Murphy, a businessman and accountant who served as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 18th congressional district from 2013 to 2017, and Congressman and Republican David Jolly, an attorney and former U.S. Representative for Florida's 13th congressional district, will visit FIU to discuss the state of the republic in the U.S.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus | GC Ballrooms

Join the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs for a lecture by Dr. Reza Aslan as he explores Islam and Muslims in today's world. This lecture is part of this year's Geopolitical Summit.

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Venue:TBA

World Bank Chief Economist for Latin America Dr. Carlos Vegh will visit FIU. This lecture is part of the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series.