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In South Florida the arrival of spring is heralded with pastel-colored eggs, marshmallow Peeps and chocolate bunnies. In churches, Easter is met with blood-red eggs, incense-laden candles, lilies on the altar and fronds shorn from swaying palms. But where did these symbols of Easter come from? Religious studies chair Erik Larson spoke to the Miami Herald about the history behind the holiday’s most recognizable symbols.

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The Green School recognized more than 50 undergraduate and graduate students at its Spring 2017 Awards Ceremony on April 13. Faculty nominated undergraduate students for awards in Academic Excellence and Service Excellence. Graduate students were selected for Best Thesis and Best Dissertation. An additional award was given for excellence in the Model UN Program. Click the link above for a list of all honorees.

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The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs is pleased to announce the recipients of the Morris and Anita Broad Research Fellowship Awards for 2017-2018. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide FIU faculty members and doctoral students at early stages in their careers with an opportunity to supplement other resources for enhancing their research. The Broad Fellowship Awards are made possible through a generous gift from Morris and Anita Broad.

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Each semester, FIU recognizes and celebrates outstanding student achievement – both academic and non-academic - that exemplifies the university's Worlds Ahead distinction. For the 2017 Spring Semester, five Green School students have been named Worlds Ahead graduates: Venu Mehta, Religious Studies; Kamila Manzueta, International Relations; Cortney Zamor, Anthropology; Brahim Almarales, History; and Medjy Pierre-Louis, political science. Click the title above to read their inspiring stories.

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C-SPAN has aired a January conference hosted by the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center in collaboration with the Brookings Institution, the Cuban Research Institute and Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management on Cuba’s tourism industry. The forum also focused on the U.S. role in Cuba's future and the potential impact of a new presidential administration. Click the title above for photos and video footage.

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Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the former wife of the late heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, spoke about her work to combat discrimination against Muslims, Jews and others during "Confronting Islamophobia, Antisemitism, Racism and Other Expressions of Discrimination." Her talk was covered by the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, New Times and WLRN.

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Mark Medish is a former special assistant to President Bill Clinton and senior director on the National Security Council for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs. He also served as assistant secretary to the U.S. Treasury. Now the CEO of The Messina Group, Medish will be at FIU on April 17 to discuss “U.S.-Russia Relations: Is this Cold War 2?” We spoke with Medish about his views on on current affairs and what to expect from his talk.

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On April 6-7, FIU offered the Cybersecurity Strategy and Leadership executive certificate course at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. More than thirty students from across the globe were in attendance to learn about the most critical cyber threats facing the public and private sectors and the role policy plays in preventing cyber-attacks.

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The 10th Annual Florida International Chinese Speech and Skit Contest was held at FIU’s Main Campus on April 2nd, 2017, with a field of more than 200 competitors. Strategic Language Institute student Christopher Delli Carpini won the Level 3 Speech Contest. To date, Christopher has had only 60 hours of classroom instruction with Mandarin Chinese instructor Zhang Xia. Congratulations to Christopher for seeing his hard work pay off!

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The Green School's Modern Languages Graduate Student Organization received a Shining Star Award at the 2017 Outstanding Student Life Awards. The group hosts several events that prepare students academically and professionally. The students of the organization created a series of workshops with world-renowned speakers from various cultures. For more 2017 winners, see FIU News story linked above.

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