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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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April

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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FIU's Model United Nations Team recently traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to compete at MUNEmory and Williamsburg, Virginia to compete at the College of William and Mary's &MUN, winning multiple awards.

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The Green School has teamed up with Career and Talent Development to host a week of workshop, panels and events focused on career development, internships and more! Find out more about a career in the Foreign Service, the CIA or the Federal Government. Learn about internships with the Washington Center or volunteering with the Peace Corps. Full details at the link above!

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For the fourth year, FIU is the only Florida site selected to host young African leaders and entrepreneurs this summer as part of the Department of State’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative. The Green School and its Met Center helped develop academic programming for the fellowship. Twenty-five men and women between the ages of 25 and 35 will arrive at the university in June and stay for six weeks.

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