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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

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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