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Stanislav Jansta, a member of the steering committee for the Vaclav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy, has been named Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in South Florida. Hynek Kmonicek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S., inducted Jansta into the office this month. Jansta is an accounting instructor in the College of Business.

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In honor of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s 80th birthday, the Embassy of the Czech Republic hosted a gala dinner in Washington, D.C. on May 16. John F. Stack, Jr., founding dean of the Green School, and Martin Palouš, director of the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy, attended the gala, hosted by Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček, who recently visited FIU. Palouš, a former Czech and UN ambassador, presented Albright with a bouquet of flowers to commemorate the

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Kevin Evans, assistant professor and director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations, co-authored a piece for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog. After hearing that President Trump objected to provisions while signing a bill into law earlier this month, you may be wondering what it all means. This piece explains it and explores how presidents have used signing statements throughout the years. Click the headline above to learn more.

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International Relations major Jose-Andres Camacho spent a semester as an intern working on marketing and communications at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He obtained this internship in partnership with The Washington Center Internship and Academic Seminars.

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The Green School's Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy has launched a new journal, the Global Security Review, to bridge the divide between academia and the policy world. The journal will be published once a year with articles from leading scholars and practitioners that address many of the most pressing national security threats. Click the headline above to view the first issue.

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Two graduate students from the Green School’s Department of Religious Studies, Venu Mehta and David St. John, have been admitted into prestigious doctoral programs. Mehta, a native of Gujarat, India, has been accepted into the University of Florida, where she will pursue her Ph.D. in religious studies. St. John was accepted into the Asian Languages and Cultures program at the University of Texas in Austin, where he will continue his studies on Hindi, Sanskrit and Prakrit languages.

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The program for “Our Jewish Troubadours” celebrated the achievements in musical and lyrical expressions of two outstanding Jewish singer-songwriters, Bob Dylan, who was the 2016 Nobel Laureate for Literature, and Leonard Cohen, who unfortunately died at age 82 just a few weeks after the prize awarded to his close friend was announced. The two events featured remarks by Distinguished Professor and Jewish Museum Academic Director Tudor Parfitt in addition to lectures by Professor Steven Heine.

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The non-profit news organization Fair Observer recently published an in-depth interview with Cuban Research Institute Director Jorge Duany on the state of U.S.-Cuba relations in 2017. Born in Havana, Cuba, Dr. Duany shares his insight and discusses future possibilities.

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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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