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January

In the wake of the United States' controversial new travel ban for citizens of 7 Muslim-majority countries, Dr. Michael Bustamante has written an editorial on Medium, "Cuban-American Politicians Should Remember Refugee Roots." Click the link above to read it.

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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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February

Dr. Bianca Premo elected Vice-President of AHA's Conference on Latin American History

Dr. Bianca Premo has been elected as Vice-President of the American Historical Association's Conference on Latin American History for 2018 and 2019. Therefore, she will also serve as President of the association in 2020 and 2021. CLAH is the most distinguished professional sub-group in Latin American and Caribbean history. Dr. Premo's accomplishment boosts the visibility of our department and contributes to FIU's academic prestige.

Many congratulations to History Ph.D. student Sandra Londoño Ardila and Latin American and Caribbean Studies MA student Javier Mejia Cruz on the publication of their new book, El discurso de una ética católica modernizada: El caso de acción cultural popular, 1947-1958 (Editorial Redipe).

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Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society, visited the Miami International Map Fair on Saturday, February 4. View photos of our trip at the link above.

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Dr. Rodney Walton, PhD class of 2009, adjunct instructor in our department, has just published "History is Hell: Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and his Biographers," The Journal of America's Military Past, XLI., No. 132, Fall 2016, p. 5-34.

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March

Dr. Hilary Jones's article “Fugitive Slaves and Christian Evangelism in French West Africa” has been published in the most recent issue of Slavery and Abolition. Click to read the article online.

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Drs. Uribe, Oelze, Mansilla, Grace Solis and Adrian Garcia participated in the SECOLAS (South Eastern Council for Latin American Studies) conference, which ran from March 23-26 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Click to see pictures.

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At the height of the AIDS epidemic, the activist group ACT UP used political funerals to demonstrate the human cost of the epidemic, which many Americans were all too willing to ignore. With changes to the U.S. health care system coming down the pipeline, Dr. Dan Royles examines ACT UP's example teaches us about protest politics in the present moment. Click to read the essay.

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The History Department would like to congratulate two of our recent graduates and current History Department Writing tutors for their acceptance into excellent graduate programs. Click on the link above to learn more.

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April

FIU grads head off to Top Law Schools

The history department would like to congratulate three of our BA grads who will head off to law school in the fall. Richard Delgado (BA S17) will be attending FIU Law, Alessandra Siblesz (BA F16) will start at the University of Florida, Sophia Gonzalez (BA S17) will start at the University of Michigan, and David Nabors (BA F16) will enroll in Harvard Law. Congratulations to all of them on their very hard work over the last few years.

Congrats to our 2017 Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

The history department extends a proud congratulations to the six 2016-17 BA graduates who were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa on Sunday, April 2. Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776, is a highly selective, nation-wide honor society. Well done, Sophia Gonzalez, Juan Heredia, Todd Jolly, Erin McNulty, Ari Sandler, and John Settles!

Explore the challenges Miami faces from climate change through culture and history. Join nationally recognized scholars and local environmentalists for stories about our connections to this unique and fragile landscape. Click to learn more about the Spring 2017 Environmental Humanities Events.

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Graduate student Ross Nedervelt wins library fellowship

Doctoral candidate Ross Nedervelt has been awarded a prestigious one-month library fellowship from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS). His Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia will enable Ross to conduct dissertation research at one of the nation's best libraries for early American print culture.

Dr. Jessica L. Adler publishes article

Dr. Jessica L. Adler, Assistant Professor of American History, has published an article in the latest edition of the American Journal of Public Health. "'The Service I Rendered Was Just as True': African American Soldiers and Veterans as Activist Patients" appears in the May edition of the peer-reviewed journal.

Department scores Broad Fellowship Awards

The department has picked up two Broad Fellowship Awards from the Steven J. Green School. Dr. Terrence G. Peterson will use the funds to visit Paris to conduct archival research for his book manuscript "Hearts and Minds: The French Army, Algerian Independence, and the Origins of Modern Counterinsurgency." Graduate student Christopher Davis will spend the grant money on a trip to Trinidad, Jamaica, and Barbados to gather more material for his dissertation on race in the West Indies.

The recent book by Dr. Bianca Premo continues to garner praise in the profession. “Bianca Premo's masterfully researched and beautifully written book shows how ordinary men and women shaped Atlantic legal culture as they sued more powerful adversaries,” writes Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Lauren Benton. Dr. Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra from The University of Texas at Austin calls the work a “social history of the law at its best.”

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Dr. Aurora Morcillo as Fellow at Oxford University

Dr. Aurora Morcillo, Professor of European History, has been selected to work at Oxford University's Exeter College as a Visiting Fellow in 2018. At the prestigious institution she will conduct research for her next book project.

Join us at the BBC library for Dr. Gwyn Davies's lecture "Roman Night VI: Boudicca's Rebellion". There will be Roman games and refreshments. Click for more information

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Please congratulate Dr. Kenneth Lipartito and Dr. Victor Uribe who will be recognized as FIU Top Scholars for their achievements during 2016! Dr. Lipartito is being honored in the category of Established Faculty with Significant Grants (Humanities) (2016-2017). Dr. Uribe is being recognized in the category of Award-winning Publications. Click for more information.

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Congratulations to Dr. Kirsten Wood, who received the Provost's best Graduate Program Director award. Click to see her receiving this award.

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May

Dr. Michael Bustamante's essay "Notes Toward a Lost Correspondence" was published by Brown University for their project "Beyond the Sugar Curtain: Tracing Cuba-U.S. Connections (1959-Present)". Click to read the essay.

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FIU News published an article highlighting Dr. Victor Uribe and Dr. Okezi Otovo who attended the Book Author’s Recognition Reception last semester. Click to read the article and learn more about their new books.

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In the course of the 2017 Latin American Studies Association Congress in Lima, FIU's Department of History celebrated the longstanding connections to Peru and its Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Perú, fostered by Dr. Noble David Cook. Click here to learn more about the event honoring him.

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June

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica L. Adler, whose book, Burdens of War: Creating the United States Veterans Health System, is now available from Johns Hopkins University Press. Burdens of War explores how the establishment of the veterans’ health system marked a reimagining of modern veterans’ benefits and signaled a pathbreaking validation of the power of professionalized institutional medical care. Click to read more.

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Dr. Kenneth Lipartito becomes member of the Board of Editors of the American Historical Review

The department wishes to congratulate Dr. Kenneth Lipartito, who has been designated as a member of the Board of Editors of the American Historical Review. This journal is one of the most important historical journals in the world.

Dr. Bustamante's essay "Cuba in the Crosshairs" appears in the current issue of NACLA Report on the Americas, a quarterly progressive magazine of news and analysis about U.S-Latin American relations. Click to read the essay.

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The magazine "Foreign Affairs" features Dr. Bustamante's essay "Trump's Rollback on Cuba: The Consequences of Undoing the Rapprochement", which is a response to President Trump's visit to Little Havana, announcing his policy towards Cuba. Click to read the essay.

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July

Dr. Tovah Bender to receive a Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Tovah Bender, who will receive a Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching during the Faculty Convocation Award Ceremony and Dinner. This event will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm in the Ernest R. Graham Center Ballrooms. All FIU faculty will be invited to attend.

Ph.D. student John Ermer receives a fellowship from the Goizueta Foundation

Congratulations to John Ermer for receiving a pre-prospectus graduate fellowship from the Goizueta Foundation to conduct research at the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami.

Ph.D. student Christopher Davis awarded a SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant

Congratulations to Christopher Davis, who has been awarded a SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant. The grant will assist him in completing his dissertation, “Problems with Race Crossing: How Atlantic Intellectuals Attempt to Construct Race and Identity in the Twentieth Century British West Indies” by helping support his research.