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Battles, revolts and guerillas are often associated with men. But, women across the globe have played significant roles in wars, rebellions and politics. They don’t always get included in the history books, though. Vierelina Fernandez is out to change that. A graduate student earning a joint master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and a Ph.D. in international relations, Fernandez is researching how women in guerillas across Latin America act as political agents.

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Based on its faculty expertise, contributions to research and many joint degree options, FIU’s master’s in international relations has been named “Best in State for 2018.” The ranking, published by InternationalRelationsEDU.org, notes that the list includes “some of the most influential IR programs in the world.” FIU is listed among top programs such as those at Stanford, Yale, Georgetown and Columbia universities.

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Frank Mora, the director of our Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and Randy Pestana, who co-founded Cybersecurity@FIU, were among university faculty members recognized for working hard to get their programs designated as FIU Preeminent and Emerging Preeminent Programs. Congratulations! Click the link above to learn more about these programs and the celebration.

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Commitment, passion and, yes, true grit. That’s what it takes to be named an FIU Worlds Ahead Graduate. Ph.D. students Zenel Garcia and Andrea Marie Headley earned the prestigious distinction this semester and were recognized during their commencement ceremony. These Panthers went above and beyond the call of duty and have shown tenacity and dedication throughout their time at FIU. Learn more about them by clicking the link above.

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Opera voices echoed through the halls of the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ as they gave the audience a glimpse of Daniel Catán’s critically acclaimed opera, Florencia en el Amazonas. “Metamorphosis: Reflections on the Human Journey” featured a unique spoken word program set against the vibrant and luminous music of Catán’s masterpiece, which was the first Spanish-language opera commissioned by a major U.S. opera company. Click the link above to learn more.

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When Karis Williams was 15 years old she watched a human trafficking documentary that changed her life. She decided she would dedicate herself to rescuing people. After serving in the military and graduating from the Master of Arts in Global Affairs (MAGA) program, she started a project as an anti-human trafficking consultant. She conducts country-specific research on human trafficking policies, works with international organizations and speaks at events in Miami and around the world.

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Sarah Mahler, an associate professor in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, has been researching the similarities and differences among Latinos in Miami since 2000. She recently guest edited an academic journal focusing on Miami and its Latino population. The special issue features articles covering a wide range of topics, from Latino perception of other Latino groups in the city to voting preferences of various Latino communities. Learn more by clicking the link above.

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Recently, Professors Eduardo Gamarra and Jorge Duany discussed findings from a first-of-its-kind study they conducted on Puerto Ricans in Florida. They unveiled their research at the "Nuestro Futuro" Sympsoium, which was a collaboration between FIU, the Puerto Rican Alliance of Florida and the Puerto Rican Leadership Council of South Florida. Learn more about the event and the study by clicking on the link above.

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Alexandra Thulin, a student in the Master of Arts in Global Affairs (MAGA) program, is interning at United Way Worldwide (UWW) this summer through the Washington Center. Among other projects, she's currently developing recommendations for the UWW Disaster Relief Protocol Guide. One of the highlights of her internship so far: getting to participate in the United Way’s regional VP retreat that took place in Alexandria, Virginia. Learn more about her internship by clicking on the link above.

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David Kramer, a senior fellow in the Green School's Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy, is a noted expert on Russia and recently authored a book on Vladimir Putin. This week, as the summit between President Trump and Putin nears, Kramer has been called upon to comment in the Washington Post and on CNN's Don Lemon Show. To see what he had to say, click the headline above.

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