2013 Archive

January

Arts & Sciences names new senior associate dean

Meredith A. Newman has been named the senior associate dean for the College of Arts & Sciences.

February

FIU to award Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez with the Medallion of Courage

FIU’s Cuban Research Institute will host Cuban blogger and independent journalist Yoani Sánchez during her upcoming visit to South Florida.

Bertila Soto ’86 named Chief Judge of Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida

Judge Bertila Soto ’86 has been appointed Chief Circuit Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.

March

Faculty Cafe Now Open

The Online Faculty Café is now open. In this virtual space you can find out exactly how to start teaching online, interact with other online professors, and get online help.

Is one of the lost tribes of Israel in Papua New Guinea?

Religious Studies professor Tudor Parfitt and a few of his students are on a mission. They are visiting the Gogodala tribes in some of the most remote parts of Papua New Guinea.

Yoani Sanchez lecture to be broadcast live

The event will be webcast live in English and Spanish. The lecture also will be broadcast live on Univision America stations throughout the nation, including 1140 AM in Miami. Follow the conversation on Twitter via #FIUyoani.

April

Journey to Papua New Guinea

Research expedition opens FIU team to a new world of culture, experiences and ideas

SIPA Students to Participate in Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Internship Program

SIPA Students to Participate in Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Internship Program

FIU to host South African ambassador to the U.S.

The South African Ambassador to the U.S., the Honorable Ebrahim Rasool, will deliver a lecture April 16 at the Frost Art Museum Café at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

Yoani Sanchez: technology will help bring democracy to Cuba

Cuban blogger and independent journalist Yoani Sánchez said despite restrictions on cyberspace in Cuba the Internet is changing the communist country, during a lecture at Florida International University in Miami, the heart of the Cuban exile community.

May

94-year-old alumnus on life, love and being a Cold War spy

When the country observes Memorial Day Monday, May 27, Manuel “Manny” Chavez ’76, lieutenant colonel U.S. Air Force (retired), will begin the day by raising a ceremonial flag outside his east Kendall home. Then he and his wife Bernice will visit the cemetery where they will place a flag on the grave of their son, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea.

Inaugural Master of Arts in Global Governance cohort graduates

This spring, 24 students received the first Professional Master of Arts in Global Governance (MAGG) degrees ever awarded at FIU.

Anthropologist publishes book on Afro-Ecuadorian culture, celebrations

Jean Muteba Rahier, director of the FIU African and African Diaspora Studies Program, has published a book, Kings for Three Days: The Play of Race and Gender in an Afro-Ecuadorian Festival.

June

Former Pentagon official takes the helm of LACC

Former Pentagon official Frank O. Mora has joined FIU as the director for the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC).

Economics professor appointed to international society

Hakan Yilmazkuday, assistant professor in the Department of Economics, has been appointed as executive secretary of the International Economics and Finance Society (IEFS).

SIPA Graduate Students to Participate in Aladdin Project Summer Program

Master of Arts in Global Governance students Giovanni L. Bruna and Claudia Balzán have been invited to participate in the prestigious International Summer University for Intercultural Leadership hosted by Anadolu Kültür and University of Bahçesehir in Istanbul, Turkey.

July

Global Governance students travel to Turkey for international exchange, research

Graduate students Giovanni Bruna ’12 and Claudia Balzan ’12 participated in the International Summer University for Intercultural Leadership at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey, this month.

U.S. Embassy Priority Internship, Yaisel Gonzalez

Read about on of the Master of Arts in Global Governance student Yaisel Gonzalez’s experience in her United States Embassy Priority Internship.

Student Internship Updates

Hear about some of our students and their internship experiences thus far.

FIU named partner in International Summer University for Intercultural Leadership

The summer university brings together top students and world-class faculty from universities across the globe to cultivate the values of peace, mutual respect and intercultural dialogue.

Asian Studies Program Receives Institutional Project Support Program Grant from the Japan Foundation

The Asian Studies Program has received an Institutional Project Support Program Grant from the Japan Foundation, for a collaborative project called “The South Florida Partnership in Japanese Studies (SFPJS) Housed at FIU.”

August

Student promotes equal opportunity, political representation for Kuwaiti women

Ph.D. candidate Shahed Jasem Al-Tammar is on a mission to empower Kuwaiti women through democracy.

September

Damaged beyond repair? What is next for U.S.-Venezuela relations?

The discussion will focus on the current state of the relationship between the two countries and the possibility of President Barack Obama and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, rebuilding diplomatic ties.

Harry M. Rhea, Ph.D, Assnt. Prof. of Criminal Justice, awarded Emerging Scholar Award

Intersentia author Dr Harry M. Rhea was awarded the Roslyn Muraskin Emerging Scholar Award by the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Auditorium Seat Campaign

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The Syrian Conflict in a Global Perspective

The School of International and Public Affairs held the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture “The Syrian Conflict in a Global Perspective”. For those unable to attend, click More Information to view the video of the lecture.

Experts discuss the Syrian conflict in a global perspective

FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs will host a panel discussion about the current situation in Syria Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at 2 p.m.

Havel initiative launches with multimedia performance Dec. 10

The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in the College of Arts & Sciences is celebrating the launch of the Václav Havel Initiative for Human Rights and Diplomacy with a multimedia performance of Anticodes, Havel’s collection of experimental poetry, Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Launching your career with The Washington Center internships

Learn about internship opportunities available through The Washington Center at an informational session Monday, Sept. 9 at noon in SIPA 103.

Center Director Keeps Focus on Latin America

When Frank O. Mora was offered the position of director of Florida International University’s Latin American and Caribbean Center, he accepted immediately.

Former Kuwaiti Parliamentarian Discuss Women’s Rights and Democracy

Florida International University and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) were honored to host guest speaker Dr. Salwa Al-Jassar. Dr. Al-Jassar presented a moving lecture about the role of Kuwaiti women in politics and the process of democratization in the countries of the Persian Gulf.

October

Model UN team scores big at National Security Collegiate Conference

FIU’s Model United Nations (Model UN) team placed first in the “Best Small Delegation” category at the 41st annual National Security Collegiate Conference at Georgetown University.

AT&T Provides Scholarships for FIU First Generation Students Studying International and Public Affai

On October 18, 2013, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) celebrated a generous donation that would impact the lives of First Generation students at Florida International University.

Florida International University Awarded Two Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants

In September, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) welcomed two Fulbright foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs).

Fifth annual Geopolitical Summit to feature Vali Nasr and Moises Naim

FIU’s fifth annual Geopolitical Summit, America at the Crossroads: Power and Strategy in U.S. Foreign Relations, will feature an expert on international economics and global politics as well as a leading American expert on the Middle East.

FIU on Best Delegate

The collegiate model UN season kicked off this weekend at Columbia University’s CMUNNY, a crisis conference that is in its 8th year. FIU’s Model United Nations team was mentioned in this recap.

2013-2014 Collegiate Preview: Florida International University

Mark Hodgson, Florida International University’s MUN program director, coaches the award-winning team.

November

Professor Renée Silverman receives prestigious NEH Award

Dr. Renee Silverman was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for her project “The Popular and the Traditional in Spanish Avant-Garde Poetry (1925-1936).”

The Prince of Asturias supports the launch of FIU’s Initiative for Spanish and Mediterranean Studies

On Monday, November 18, 2013, the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University officially launched its initiative for Spanish and Mediterranean Studies during a private meeting with Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami.

Egypt’s Political Future A lecture by the Honorable Mohamed Tawfik, Ambassador of Egypt to the U.S.

On November 8th, the School of International and Public Affairs welcomed the Honorable Mohamed Tawfik, Ambassador of Egypt to the United States, for a captivating lecture on Egypt’s political future.

SIPA Welcomes New Art Piece to Grounds: COUNTERPOINT by Roger Berry

This October, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) welcomed the latest addition to its grounds, COUNTERPOINT. The sculpture created by renowned artist, Roger Berry, was made possible through the Art in State Buildings (ASB) Program of Florida.

North Africa after the Arab Spring – Lecture by Haim Malka

This November, Florida International University welcomed Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Middle East Program at CSIS, Haim Malka, for a lecture event co-sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at FIU.

Václav Havel Initiative launches new project: Preparing Miami for Democratic Transition in Cuba

The School of International and Public Affairs at FIU, is proud to announce its latest venture, Preparing Miami for Democratic Transition in Cuba, a project of the Václav Havel Initiative, made possible by the Knight Foundation in Miami.

Photos from the Muslim-Jewish Relations Series Launch: “How Islam Saved the Jews”

Provocative SRO program, “How Islam Saved the Jews,” today kicked off FIU Jewish Studies Initiatives’ Muslim-Jewish Relations Series at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. Next program in the series, to be the Annual Holocaust Studies Lecture, will be “Shoah through Muslim Eyes,” Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the museum.

Jewish-Muslim relations to be examined in FIU series

Judaism and Islam have more in common than recent conflicts might make it seem, say leaders of both faiths who will hold a public panel talk this weekend.

America at the Crossroads: Power and Strategy in U.S. Foreign Relations

On October 29, 2013, Florida International University hosted the 4th Geopolitical Summit America at the Crossroads: Power and Strategy in U.S. Foreign Relations.

December

Portuguese professor awarded prestigious Order of Rio Branco award

Augusta Vono, Portuguese Program director and director of the Strategic Language Institute, has been awarded the Grand Officer honor of the Order of Rio Branco (Ordem de Rio Rio Branco).