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January

Jose Miguel Cruz, director of research at the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and an expert on Central American gangs, responded to President Trump's comments on MS-13 during his State of the Union address in a powerful opinion piece in today's Washington Post. Click the headline above to read more.

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From leaders of nationally renowned think tanks to former ambassadors and journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post and Politico, some of the brightest minds from across the country came together at FIU to discuss global relations and U.S. foreign policy. State of the World 2018 was the inaugural Dorothea Green Lecture Series event and the first conference of its kind in Miami. Click the link above to read more.

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On the heels of the Green School's State of the World 2018 conference, Senior Fellow David Kramer was quoted in an important article in The New York Times about President Trump and the World Economic Forum. We are so proud to have David as part of our Green School team!

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The inaugural event of the Dorothea Green Lecture Series - State of the World 2018 - brought together leading experts, policymakers and current or former U.S. officials to discuss the most pressing issues affecting the globe. All sessions of the day-long conference are now available on the FIU website. Click the headline above and you will find videos for the morning sessions and afternoon sessions.

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To help police and prosecutors better tackle the issue – and improve services to victims – FIU’s Department of Criminal Justice has partnered with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office and the Miami-Dade Police Department on a two-year project to study LGBTQ hate crimes in the county. Funded by a $500,000 grant from the United State Department of Justice, researchers will interview crime victims, police detectives and prosecutors, as well as review hundreds of case files.

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February

In the wake of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead, the Green School hosted a panel of faculty experts from criminal justice, law, mental health, public health and public policy to address what some say has become a uniquely American phenomenon - mass shootings on school campuses, in movie theaters and other public spaces. Click the headline above to view the entire event online.

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Holocaust scholar John K. Roth has reflected on the power of trust in the face of war and genocide throughout his career. Recently named the Suzanne R. and Dr. Lawrence M. Fishman Scholar in Residence for FIU’s Holocaust Studies Initiative, Roth spoke with FIU News about the importance of maintaining trust, particularly in times that challenge our belief in what is good in the world.

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The five Nordic countries are often considered at the forefront of adopting “green economic” policies – those that aim for sustainable development without degrading the environment. Representatives from the Nordic countries, including Swedish Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter, will discuss innovative policy approaches to sustainability during an event on Feb. 9.We spoke with Norwegian Ambassador Kåre R. Aas about what the green economy is all about and how the U.S. could learn from the Nordic model.

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President Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate Green School Advisory Board Chair Eliot Pedrosa to a key position as the United States Alternate Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB.) The IDB works to improve lives in Latin American and the Caribbean through financial and technical support for countries working to reduce poverty and inequality; improve health and education; and advance infrastructure.

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March

Two Green School departments have officially changed their names to reflect the new directions, degree offerings and numerous research topics that have expanded in recent years.

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A panel of experts from around the world recently came together at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU for an in-depth conversation exploring the legacy of the Balfour Declaration, a public statement issued by the British government during World War I.

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FIU’s Model UN team remains one of the top five teams in its circuit, ranked #4 in North America for the fifth year in a row by BestDelegate.com. 

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Led by the FIU Brass Choir playing Don Gillis's soulful arrangement of "Just a Closer Walk," students walked shoulder-to-shoulder with faculty, staff, alumni and community members in a somber procession that stretched half a mile as more than 1,000 mourners paid their respects to the victims of last week's pedestrian bridge tragedy at a vigil at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

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On Monday, March 19, at 1:47 p.m. we will have a moment of silence to remember the lives lost. Please join from wherever you are at that moment. A blood drive will take place on Tuesday, March 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Lot 33 (adjacent to the Graham Center Ballrooms. The Student Government Association has scheduled a vigil at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the Graham Center ballrooms. Please continue to check news.fiu.edu for updates.

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Studying abroad for one semester changed alumna Stephany Feijoo’s life. To give back to FIU and help fellow Panthers experience a journey like the one she had, Feijoo created a scholarship fund to help students participate in the international exchange program. She has pledged to give a total of $10,000 over five years, with one student each semester receiving $1,000 to study abroad through the program.

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Foreign Policy magazine has named FIU’s Master of Arts in Global Affairs one of the top 40 programs in the world for policy careers in international relations. The magazine’s 2018 Ivory Tower survey of more than 1,500 international relations scholars in the U.S. places FIU in the company of top programs at Harvard and Yale – and ahead of prestigious universities like Arizona State and Boston University. FIU is the only Florida school to appear on the list.

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The MacArthur Foundation's grant will fund a project, led by criminal justice professor Besiki Kutateladze, to study prosecutor behavior and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. The grant is the largest ever awarded to FIU by the MacArthur Foundation.

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To promote greater understanding of the global Muslim community, Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer, longtime supporters of Middle East studies and other programs at FIU, have donated $2 million to create a Center for Muslim World Studies at the university. The first-of-its-kind in South Florida, the center will be named the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies.

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The tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left Florida grieving. It also jumpstarted debates – both local and national — about gun violence, policy change and safety in our schools and communities. To shed light on these topics, a group of FIU professors and practitioners recently came together for an interdisciplinary discussion, analyzing the numerous aspects intertwined with gun violence, from public policy and mental health to medicine and law enforcement.

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April

For a conference celebrating 100 years of Polish-American relations, Polish Ambassador Piotr Wilczek visited FIU and delivered a presentation exploring the topic.

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With wit, humility and candor, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright captivated a standing room only crowd in Coral Gables last week during a stop to promote her new book, “Fascism: A Warning.” Albright’s visit was co-hosted by the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy in collaboration with Books & Books, HarperCollins and the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ.

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio cited the Metropolitan Center’s Prosperity Study in a recent statement about the new federal tax law that he says will help Miami’s low-income working families. Click the headline above to read the article.

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Social media has revolutionized communication. But, it has the potential to affect much more. Do these platforms help increase democracy? How can social media sites’ collection of user data impact society? And what can we do to protect our privacy? To explore these complex topics, the Green School hosted a star-studded panel discussion featuring a former deputy editorial page editor at The New York Times, the current president of the Business and Human Rights Group and FIU experts.

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If you missed your chance to see the legendary "Madam Secretary" Madeleine K. Albright on Friday evening, good news! The entire event is available online for viewing. Secretary Albright captivated the audience with her wit and candid observations. Check it out!

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The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs celebrated its best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students from each department on April 12, 2018.

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Check out this FIU Magazine article featuring the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy as one of FIU's leading programs preparing students to combat cybersecurity issues. Click the link above to learn more!

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From our students earning incredible internships and jobs to our faculty leading cutting-edge research, 2017 was a year filled with many accomplishments for the Green School. Explore these stories and many more in the latest issue of our Green School Magazine. Access the magazine online by clicking the link above.

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An FIU alumna has been appointed fire chief of Fort Lauderdale – the first woman to serve in this role in the 106-year history of the city’s fire department

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May

Former Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera has been named a distinguished visiting professor at FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), shortly after turning over the reins of the country he led for the past four years. The move is a kind of homecoming for Solís, who served as a researcher with LACC from 2004 to 2008 and also worked with FIU’s Center for the Administration of Justice, both part of the Green School.

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Our Model United Nations team has just been ranked third in North America for the 2017-2018 year by BestDelegate.com. Congratulations to our outstanding team on this achievement! Learn more by clicking on the link above.

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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 2018-2019. 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.

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Founding Dean John F. Stack, Jr. was honored this weekend by his alma mater, Stonehill College, with a Doctor of Humane Letters during its 2018 Commencement ceremonies. Dean Stack was recognized as a "teacher and scholar, leader and innovator" who has "devoted his career to the highest principles of education, service, and global engagement." Read more by clicking the headline above.

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Leading security officials gathered for the 3rd Annual Hemispheric Security Conference to analyze and discuss U.S policies toward Latin American and the Caribbean. Read the five key take-aways from the event.

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Congratulations to our inaugural class of graduates in Qingdao, China! Through the Green School's Department of Modern Languages and in partnership with Qingdao University, FIU offers a dual degree program in Spanish that focuses on business and cultural issues in Latin America and Spain. Click above to read President Rosenberg's blog post on the inaugural commencement ceremony in Qingdao!

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Check out the latest news from the Green School, including a visit by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, our MAGA program ranking as one of the top programs of its kind in the world and our incredible graduates making it to the finish line at commencement this week! Click the link above to learn more.

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Years ago, art educator Rebecca Hinson realized there was a problem with the way she was teaching. The textbooks she was using only touched on European art. But most of her students were from Latin America and the Caribbean. She decided to write her own art books, exploring the art of the region. Recently, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center brought Hinson to FIU to discuss ways teachers can help their students learn by connecting the material with their native culture.

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June

To recognize the critical role the Consular Corps of Miami plays in advancing global dialogue throughout South Florida and beyond, the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs recently hosted a lunch in honor of the corps at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum. Nearly 60 members of the corps, along with others from FIU and the community, attended the event, including Secretary Nabil J. Achkar, Acting Dean Marsha Renfurm and Ambassador Volker Anding.

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Richard Olson, a professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations and director of the FIU Extreme Events Institute, is featured in a special documentary on what ordinary people can do to make their homes more disaster-resilient.  

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Graduates of the Master of Arts in Global Affairs (MAGA) program have landed some prestigious jobs since graduation. The largest graduating class of the program, this year’s MAGA alum have found positions at Royal Caribbean, Rockwell Collins, U.S. Department of Justice and many other top organizations.

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The Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies hosted the First Annual Iftar Dinner, a celebratory meal in observance of Ramadan this week. The event was a community gathering of Muslims and non-Muslims and featured talks by Dr. Mohsin Jaffer, Dr. Mohiaddin Mesbahi and others on the traditions of the holy month of Ramadan. To view the video and photos from the event, click the headline above.

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To advance water sciences and improve sustainable water management in developing countries, FIU and UNESCO have established the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Water Security. The Green School's Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center will engage in the project to help address water security issues. The chair is housed in FIU's Institute of Water and Environment.

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