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January

FIU's Model United Nations team continues to rise in Best Delegate's rankings, moving ahead of every Ivy League school to take the #2 spot in North America! Congratulations to our distinguished delegates and program director Ethan Roberts! You are truly #WorldsAhead!

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Daniela Cediel, a student in the Public Administration program at the Green School, completed the Official White House Internship Program this past summer, where she worked in the Office of Presidential Correspondence under former President Barack Obama.

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On the eve of the 58th Presidential Inauguration, come hear from key influencers on the opportunities and challenges before the historic administration of President Donald J. Trump. FIU in Washington DC invites you to join us in an exclusive and timely dialogue led by our own alumna, Mercedes Schlapp ’94, which will include key presidential advisers and other thought leaders. The event will be streamed live at webcast.fiu.edu.

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With preparations for the presidential inauguration in full swing in the nation’s capital, FIU hosted its first inauguration essay contest for students to win a fully-funded trip to Washington, D.C. The winner of the contest, international relations major Darlyn De La Rosa, will travel to D.C. for the 58th Presidential Inauguration to experience a week of events leading up to the historical moment. “It’s an honor to have been chosen to experience this historic inauguration,'' she said.

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Brian Fonseca, director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy, and Eduardo Gamarra, professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, have collaborated as editors on a new book, Culture and National Security in the Americas. With contributions from several FIU faculty experts, including a forward by Frank Mora, director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, the book examines issues shaping national security policies throughout the Americas.

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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps is perceived by some as a business empire, with an estimated quarter of the country’s economy under its control. Eric Lob, professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, has written an article for the Washington Post on efforts to rein in the IRGC, "There’s a battle in Iran over the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps business empire."

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February

China Walker, a recent graduate of the Green School's master's in Disaster Management Program, recently interned with the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management, where she conducted research into best practices, participated in regional training and worked on preparedness briefings with local elected officials, partner agencies and vendors.

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World-acclaimed Saudi Arabian female artist Manal AlDowayan is set to unveil her first solo exhibition, "I Am Here," at Rojas + Rubensteen Projects, a contemporary art gallery and community hub in Little River. Comprising photography, installation, and mixed media, the show is a collaboration with the Green School's Initiative for Muslim World Studies and continues through March 26.

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Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Berenbaum, a writer and scholar who oversaw the creation of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and later led a visual history project of survivor testimony with director Steven Spielberg, is the inaugural Fishman Holocaust Studies Scholar-in-Residence at FIU. Miami physician Lawrence M. Fishman and his wife Suzanne R. Fishman donated $100,000 to the university’s Holocaust Studies Initiative to expand Holocaust education in the region.

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Dr. Nelson Varas-Díaz, professor in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, has released a documentary, "The Metal Islands: Culture, History and Politics in Caribbean Heavy Metal Music," based on his research with heavy metal communities in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Cuba. The film explores how music, identity and politics shape communities. It is nominated for Best Documentary at the 2017 World Music & Independent Film Festival. View trailer at link above.

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U.S Rep. Eliot Engel recently visited FIU to discuss the future of U.S. policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Faculty, staff and students from the Green School and around the university recently joined Becky Salokar’s family and friends for a celebration of life in her honor.

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March

The Cuban Research Institute, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the Libraries at Florida International University are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grant competition. The awards are offered in honor of Cristóbal Díaz-Ayala, the prominent music collector and independent scholar.

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Excellent coverage in the Miami Herald about the 2017 Hemispheric Conference hosted by the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. Congratulations to the team on a wonderful and timely event, attended by leading experts from around the Hemisphere.

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