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January

In their meeting on Feb. 10, the European Union foreign ministers are expected to approve the E.U. position for negotiations with Cuba about a new agreement between the two parties.

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FIU Professor and American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow Patricia L. Price returned to the university along with 20 of her ACE Fellow colleagues on Jan. 7, spending several hours meeting with FIU leaders and touring the campus.

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Renee Silverman, professor of Spanish Peninsular Literature in the Department of Modern Languages, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to further her research on Spanish avant-garde poetry.

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The School of International and Public Affairs at FIU celebrated the launch of the Václav Havel Initiative for Human Rights and Diplomacy with a multimedia performance by the Czech theater troupe, Laterna Magika.

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This past December 6th, Florida International University and the School of International and Public Affairs SIPA had the pleasure of hosting a book presentation at the FIU Barnes & Noble store by US Congressman Luis Gutierrez

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On December 3, 2013, the Latin American and Caribbean Center and the Institute for Public Management and Community Service of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) co-hosted scholars, political analysts and mayors from Colombia, Central America, the Caribbean and the United States to discuss sustainable development in the Americas.

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On February 5, 2014, the Global Energy Security Forum of the School of International and Public Affairs will present the Global Energy Outlook to 2040.

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Course on “Contemporary Issues in Public Administration” given by the Institute for Public Management & Community Service.

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On November 6, 2013, the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies hosted its bi-annual Program in National Security Studies (PINSS) High School Simulation.

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On Monday, December 2nd, the African and African Diaspora Studies program had the pleasure of hosting students’ presentations about Emerging Research in AADS.

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On Monday, December 16th, the Asian Studies program hosted Japan Immersion Day, Viva Japon! "¡Viva Japón! Taiko & Etc." is an educational and cultural outreach event organized by Florida International University’s Japanese Language Program in association with the Modern Languages Department, Asian Studies Program, and the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami.

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On December 11th, the Center for Democracy and Good Governance of the Institute of Public Management and Community Service (IPMCS) at Florida International University, the Congress of Paraguay and the National University of Asuncion with the support of COPLANEA hosted a seminar looking to analyze good practices in budget development in the pursuit of democratic strengthening.

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February

Florida International University´s Latin American and Caribbean Center is bringing together experts to discuss the current political turmoil in Venezuela and the potential consequences as the conflict unfolds.

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The FIU Model United Nations team competed this past weekend at Harvard National Model UN Conference.

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This year, the School of International and Public Affairs at FIU has been awarded three distinctions for its cutting-edge and multi-dimensional building. The structure, built in 2011, is 56,000 square-feet in total and was designed by Arquitectonica, a Miami-based architecture and design firm responsible for creating contemporary and eclectic buildings like the American Airlines Arena and the Icon Brickell Condominium.

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The deadline to apply for a Gilman scholarship is March 4. Nine FIU students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for the spring 2014 semester.

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March

This summer FIU will host 25 young fellows from sub-Saharan nations in a public management institute as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). FIU is the only university in Florida selected this year for a $100,000 grant to host the fellows and is among 20 U.S. universities selected to participate.

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This summer FIU will host 25 young fellows from sub-Saharan nations in a public management institute as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

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Five graduate students in the FIU Master of Public Administration (MPA) program are heading to Washington D.C. to compete in the national championship of the Policy Solutions Challenge USA, March 22-23.

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Ana Podcameni enters the studio in yoga pants and a loose-fitting shirt; 30 eyes stare at her waiting to begin. She leads them to their mats, sits cross-legged, and places her hands at her heart center. The class begins with the sacred mantra, “Om.”

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U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart joined hundreds of FIU students on Friday at a rally in support of human rights and democracy in Venezuela.

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The FIU Model United Nations (MUN) team earned first place at the West Point Security Conference in February.

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Christian Gonzalez, a second-year student in the Master of Arts in Global Governance program (MAGG), was selected for his essay response to “The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture over the Next Five Years.” Gonzalez earned a bachelor’s in international relations from FIU in 2012.

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On Monday, February 10, 2014, Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, Chief Representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United States, visited FIU for a presentation about current Palestinian and Israeli relations

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On Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2013, the Global Energy Security Forum at FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) hosted the Global Energy Outlook.

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On Feb. 13, Dr. Victor Uribe –Uran, History Dept. Chair, Dr. Ana Maria Bidegain, Religious Studies and defendant in a case currently before the Court, and Manuel Gomez, College of Law hosed Dr. Viviana Kristecevic , Defense lawyer for the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

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The Center for Labor Research and Studies (CLRS), together with Global Learning and the FIU Libraries, was pleased to cosponsor a showing of the film “Inequality for All” on Feb. 20, 2014. The film was followed by a live webcast with Dr. Robert Reich, author, former US Secretary of Labor and current professor.

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On Feb. 21, 2014, Dr. Michael Conniff, professor of history at San José State University and previous director of the Global Studies Initiative, presented his research on Panama, "What Happens when the United States Gives a Small Country What It Wants."

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On Feb. 24, 2014, The Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) hosted a seminar about the Feb. 2 presidential election in Costa Rica and El Salvador.

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April

This year’s Department of History Graduate Student Association’s Fourteenth Annual History Conference took place on April 4, 2014, at Florida International University. The conference theme, “Conversations in History: Currents in the Atlantic World,” aimed to connect the scholarship of a wide variety of topics and disciplines and explored the multifaceted currents shaping our Atlantic World.

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Rather than spending Spring Break on the beach, FIU student Barbara Ruiz, a international relations and political science major, decided to spend her time this semester pursuing her interest in politics and government. She landed a position as an intern for U.S. Congressman Steven Horsford and describes it as a highlight of her career at FIU.

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May

On May 2, 2014, Augusta Vono, Portuguese Program Director at Florida International University (FIU), accepted an award on behalf of FIU in the category of “Promotion of Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture in the United States.”

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June

The FIU African and African Diaspora Studies Program and the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Quito, Ecuador have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop collaborative programs in African diaspora studies and Latin American cultural studies.

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On July 5, 2014, 40 students, professionals and policymakers across the country will be attending a prestigious, two-week energy seminar in Baku, Azerbaijan. Among the many who applied and the few who were accepted is FIU’s very own Melisa Balos, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics and International Relations.

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Each year, the Morris and Anita Broad Fellowship Award offers both junior faculty and doctoral students an opportunity to advance and develop their academic research at early stages in their careers. This academic year, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 recipients of the Morris and Anita Broad Fellowship Award.

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“How to Handle the Media” is a hands-on training seminar that ensures that the participants have the skills and strategies for both enhancing and protecting an organization’s image and reputation should they ever need to interact with the media.

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The Havel Initiative will host an interactive panel discussion on international human rights and Cuba at 9:30 a.m., June 28 in the MARC Pavillion on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP.

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The FIU Model United Nations (MUN) team has been ranked fifth “Best Delegation” in North America by BestDelegate.com in its annual Final College Rankings...

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The School of International and Public Affairs’ Capstone Project is a unique and innovative feature of the MAGG Program and provides an important component to students’ learning experience and training.

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FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) has awarded 18 graduate students the Tinker Field Research Grant. The Tinker Foundation Field Research Grants Program funds graduate student travel to Spanish or Portuguese-speaking counties in Latin America and the Caribbean to conduct research directly related to the region.

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On May 14, 2014, the Frost Art Museum, along with FIU’s Cuban Research Institute and the Latin American and Caribbean Center, hosted three prominent Miami-based artists included in the Frost Art Museum’s current exhibition, Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.

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The School of International and Public Affairs’ Capstone Project is a unique and innovative feature of the MAGG Program and provides an important component to students’ learning experience and training.

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This spring, students received the second Professional Master of Arts in Global Governance (MAGG) degrees ever awarded at FIU.

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August

The summer edition of the newsletter is now available for viewing.

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September

Deadline for Urban Affairs Association: Proposals for papers and/or panels due Oct. 1

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FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I with a series of academic and cultural events that will attempt to explain why the world still lives in the shadow of that conflict.

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The Baku Summer Energy School (BSES) program brings together world-renowned scholars, professionals and policy-makers to examine and gain a better understanding of global energy and environmental issues – along with their practical applications.

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The School of International and Public Affairs has embarked on an endeavor to establish an endowed Center for Muslim World Studies.

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Join the School of International and Public Affairs for a series of events commemorating the centennial anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Click more information to see a full line of the featured events.

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October

After graduating from SIPA’s Master of Arts in Global Governance Program, Kristy Wright went off to intern at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington D.C....

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From November 10 to 16, the Institute for Public Management & Community Service will be offering a graduate course in Morocco.

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The FIU Model UN team, comprised of 12 delegates, earned Best Small Delegation honors, the equivalent of first place, beating out small delegations from the University of Florida, Florida State University and Princeton University. The victory is the first of the new academic year, and comes off the heels of the FIU Model UN team’s ranking of fifth “Best Delegation” in North America in 2013-2014.

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Howard University, in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development, invites outstanding individuals interested in international development and careers in the USAID Foreign Service to apply for the 2015 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship.

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FIU’s African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) Program has been awarded a Title VI-Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) grant by the U.S. Department of Education.

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SIPA’s Latin American and Caribbean Center has been designated a National Resource Center (NRC) awarded more than $2 million for programming and student initiatives through a 4-year Title VI NRC for Latin America and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship grant.

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On September 2, 2014, fall classes RLG 5106 / LAH 5937 kicked off the semester with an in-class colloquium on the ongoing border crisis of unaccompanied children crossing in the U.S. after long and extremely dangerous treks from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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From September 17 to September 19, 2014, the Institute for Public Management and Community Service’s Center for Democracy and Good Governance collaborated in the creation of the 1st Annual Ibero-American Young Leader’s Parliament in Zaragoza, Spain.

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On September 25, 2014, the Václav Havel Initiative for Human Rights and Diplomacy hosted a book presentation and signing with Timothy Phillips, author of Beyond Conflict: 20 Years of Putting Experience to Work for Peace...

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The Washington Center (TWC), which provides Washington, D.C. internship opportunities for students, has named Florida the 2014 State Partnership of the Year. FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg accepted the award on Monday.

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November

This month, the Václav Havel Initiative for Human Rights & Diplomacy at Florida International University, had the pleasure of collaborating with a number of organizations for a week-long celebration in Washington, DC, commemorating Havel’s legacy and the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

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On October 1, 2014, the Ayiti Images Traveling Film Series partnered with FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center for the premiere of Deported, the first in a series of documentaries directed by Haitians and Haitian Americans as one way to give voice to the Haitian community.

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December

For the second year in a row, the FIU Model United Nations (Model UN) team has been ranked fifth “Best Delegation” in North America by BestDelegate.com in its fall 2014 college rankings, making it the top team from the state of Florida.

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After graduating from SIPA’s Master of Arts in Global Governance Program, Brittany Kaylor and Monica Posada went to a 5 eyes Intelligence Conference in Washington D.C. to present their piece on the Foreign Language Deficit in the Intelligence Community.

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