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January

Congratulations to professor Victor Uribe and Ph.D. student Rene Silva, on their co-authored review essay: “Spanish American Royalism in the Age of Revolution,” Latin American Research Review, forthcoming, 49, 1 (Spring, 2014): 270-281.

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February

Congratulations to Prof. Tovah Bender and Prof. Joyce Peterson, who have been awarded two Writing Across the Curriculum Grants to improve student writing instruction in history courses. Click on the headline above for more details.

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March

PhD student Carolina Zumaglini won the 2014 Provost Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper or Manuscript for her article manuscript on Mary Mann's English translation of the Argentine classic, Facundo.

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Graduate student Jeff Austin was awarded a one-month Frank Hideo Kono Fellow at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California.

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April

Two of History's recent PhDs, Drs. Anthony Atwood (Pyron) and Willie Ramos (Johnson) made the front page of the Miami Herald only weeks apart.

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June

Congratulations to PhD candidate Judith Mansilla for publishing “Prestigio social, relaciones interpersonales y beneficio economico en la cofradia de Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu de Lima,”in Devocion, Paisanaje e Identidad, edited by Oscar Alvarez Gila, et al, 231 – 249. Bilbao: Universidad del Pais Vasco, 2014.

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August

Dr. Kenneth Lipartito's co-authored book, Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience (Cambridge 2012) received the Social Issues in Management Best Book Award for 2014 by the American Academy of Management.

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September

The History Department will honor its old colleague Dr. Howard B. Kaminsky with a memorial service on MONDAY OCTOBER 6, 2014, to be held in Green Library, 220, from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m.

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The Department congratulates our colleague Professor Aurora Morcillo, Director of SIPA's Initiative for Spanish and Mediterranean Studies, on the launching of the Initiative's new website. This initiative will contribute to educate students and the community about the history, culture, politics, economics, and international relations of Spain and the broader Mediterranean. Well done Dr. Morcillo! Please take a few minutes to check out this most attractive new site at: http://spain.fiu.edu.

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Congratulations to Dr. Paula De La Cruz-Fernandez

Congratulations to Dr. Paula de la Cruz-Fernandez (Ph.D., 2013) on the publication of her article "Marketing the Hearth: Ornamental Embroidery and the Building of the Multinational Singer Sewing Company," in Enterprise and Society 15, no. 3 (2014): 442-471. Dr. De la Cruz-Fernandez is a Visiting Post Doctoral Fellow in the department this year, working on the Miami Beach Centennial Project.

On October 1, Dr. Ginette Bâ-Curry, scholar of African literature, will visit Prof. Hilary Jones' Junior Seminar on Women and Gender in African History (HIS 3051-U01). Dr. Ba-Curry will speak about the relationship of literature to African history and the role of history in African literature. She is the author of a play called In Search of MaBa.

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Prof. Erika Edwards (PhD 2011) recently spoke to the New York Times about the African roots of Argentina.

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October

Professor Kirsten Wood's article "Join with Heart and Soul and Voice': Music, Harmony, and Politics in the Early American Republic," has just been published in the American Historical Review, vol. 119, no. 4 (2014): 1083-1116. This is unquestionably the most distinguished journal in our profession, and we extend our hearty congratulations to Professor Wood. FIU students and members of the American Historical Association can read the article at the link above.

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Anthony Atwood MA ’03, Ph.D. ’12, leads effort to open the South Florida Military Museum.

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FIU’s Department of History has refined the way it teaches teachers how to teach history. Now the department hopes to establish a permanent master’s degree program for today’s history teachers.

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Professor Tovah Bender, who teaches an upper-level course titled "Medieval Culture," recently wrote for the blog The Recipes Project about her students' experiments with re-creating French foods from the 14th century. You can learn more about this creative class assignment at the link above.

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November

Ph.D. student Micah Oelze (Uribe & Premo) received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to conduct research on mid-20th century folkloric musicology in Brazil. His is one of only 83 grants awarded nationwide and the only one to be awarded in the state of Florida this year!

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Just in time for Halloween, Dr. April Merleaux, an expert on food history and the history of sugar, was quoted on National Public Radio in an October 30, 2015 story titled "Tainted Treats, Racism and the Rise of Big Candy." Click on the headline above to read and listen to the story.

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Prof. Okezi Otovo published in Revista da Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores(as) Negros(as)

Congratulations to Professor Okezi T. Otovo whose article, “The Gender of Social Welfare: Maternalism and Paternalism in Bahia’s Estado Novo/ O gênero da assistência social: maternalismo e paternalismo no Estado Novo baiano” was just published in the peer-reviewed journal, Revista da Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores(as) Negros(as), vol. 6 no. 14 (2014).​