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While we’ve always known that our students struggled to balance their work in the classroom with their obligations beyond school—paying bills, caring for family, making sure that housing and medical needs are met—we’ve become more focused on the direct impact that these outside-the-classroom needs have on academic success.

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Beginning on January 9, Maria became a full time teacher at MLC Preparatory Academy, a private high school specializing in small class sizes. She will be teaching electives in Geography and Latin American Studies as she finishes her degree here at FIU. Huge congratulations to Maria as she makes a career of doing what she is passionate about!

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Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Adler on the publication of her opinion essay regarding the recent nomination of David Shulkin as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Click on the link above to read it.

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Congratulations to the 11 new members of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, who were inducted in December 2016.

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The Hampton House, working with the FIU History Department and the University of MiamiFrost School of Music, will be creating the Brownsville Unity Music Project (BUMP). Click to read more

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Dr. Bianca Premo's article "Finally, Again: Miami before Trump and after Castro" has been been published on nacla.org. Click to read the article

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In his article "How to understand Cuba beyond Castro", Dr. Michael Bustamante provides a list of works that are useful for understanding Cuba. Click to read the article.

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On Thursday, 11/3, Dr. Osvaldo Barreneche, of the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina/CONICET, presented his work "Police Abuses, Politics, and the Criminal Justice System in Buenos Aires Province: Argentina During the 1960s" as part of the Conversations in History series. This event was sponsored by the Department of History Graduate Student Association. Click to see photos of Dr. Barreneche with DOHGSA students.

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Dr. Micah Oelze's article, "Demolishing Legitimacy: Bogotá's Urban Reforms for the 1948 Pan-American Conference" was just published in the Journal of Latin American Studies. Click to download the article.

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Dr. Bianca Premo was honored as the Faculty Speaker at this year's Faculty Convocation and Awards Banquet, Thursday, September 29, 2016. In the speech, "Out of Place: On Leaving and Coming Home to FIU," Premo says, "FIU’s uniqueness is not an inalterable condition but a choice we have been making. It is a way of narrating who we are that we select every day. Being conscious of this frees us to truly innovate, individually as faculty, and as a collective." Read the full text of her remarks here.

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