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January

Congratulations to Prof. Aurora Morcillo, whose recent edited collection Memory and Culture of the Spanish Civil War (Brill, 2014) was on Choice magazine's 2014 list of Outstanding Academic Titles. For more information about the significance of this award, please click on the headline above.

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February

In 2014, Digital Library of the Caribbean (DLOC) launched “An Island Luminous,” an online resource about Haitian history. Created by Adam M. Silvia, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Florida International University, “An Island Luminous” combines rare manuscripts and photos digitally-preserved by libraries and archives in Haiti and the US with commentary by 97 scholars at 75 universities around the world.

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Processed by Adam M. Silvia, a doctoral candidate and Green Family Fellow in the Department of History Special Collections and University Archives at Florida International University will soon welcome researchers to explore the Bernard Diederich Collection.

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March

Good news for Prof. Jenna Gibbs

For the academic year of 2015-2016, Prof. Jenna Gibbs will be a post-doctoral fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. She was selected for this fellowship to begin writing her second book, "Evangelicalism, Slavery, and Empire: the Global Latrobe Family," for which she will be completing the research in Australia, South Africa, and Germany over the summer.

April

Congratulations to the editorial board of the Journal of West African History (JWAH) on the publication of the journal's first issue (Spring 2015). Associate Professor Hilary Jones serves as the journal's Associate Editor. For more details on this new journal, click the headline above.

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July

For the academic year of 2015 to 2016, Jenna Gibbs will be a post-doctoral fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. She was selected for this fellowship to begin writing her second book, "Evangelicalism, Slavery, and Empire: the Global Latrobe Family," for which she will be completing the research in Australia, South Africa, and Germany over the summer.

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Dr. Premo received prestigious fellowship for the academic year of 2015 to 2016 at the UT-Austin's Institute for Historical Studies.

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Working with a team of FIU students and researchers, along with the staff of the Wolfsonian-FIU and city officials, FIU history professor Ken Lipartito helped spearhead a year-long effort to create an online digital archive of historic Miami Beach photos, post cards, travel brochures and city documents.

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PhD Graduate Paula de la Cruz Fernandez received the 2015 Mira Wilkins Prize at this year’s Business History Conference.

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August

We would like to extend our congratulations to PhD graduate Germán A. Palacio Castañeda (2003), who has recently been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to be a visiting researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Dr. Okezi Otovo publishes article in Law and History Review

Congratulations to Dr. Otovo for the publication of her article, “Marrying ‘Well’: Debating Consanguinity, Matrimonial Law, and Brazilian Legal Medicine, 1890-1930,” in the Law and History Review 33:3 (August 2015): 703-743.

September

Congratulations to Prof. Victor Uribe

Our congratulations to Prof. Victor Uribe on being chosen for FIU's 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Service, which was awarded at the Faculty Convocation Award Ceremony on September 24, 2015. This ceremony celebrates the collective pride and individual accomplishments of the university’s academics who are selected for recognition by their peers for their exceptional performance, and celebrated by the entire university community.

October

Dr. Aurora Morcillo has published her third singled authored book. Titled En cuerpo in alma. Ser mujer en tiempos de FrancoMadrid: Siglo XXI, 2015) is a compendium and updated rendition of more than twenty years of scholarship.

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In August 2014, a group of FIU historians and archivists began creating the digital archives of Miami Beach. By March of 2015, the month that Miami Beach celebrated its Centennial, the group had processed and digitized more than 8,000 documents. Now, the digital repository contains more than 20,000 images, and the original documents have been safely archived at the Miami Beach City Hall. The City of Miami Beach Historical Archives is home of a rich collection of photographs, postcards, brochures

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Dr. Gwyn Davies has recently published a book titled "The 2003–2007 Excavations in the Late Roman Fort at Yotvata", which provides the results of the excavations there by Gwyn Davies and Jodi Magness.

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Congratulations to Dr. April Merleaux on her new book "Sugar and Civilization: American Empire and the Cultural Politics of Sweetness", which explores the connections between sugar markets, business practices, and American Imperialism from the Spanish-American War to the Great Depression.

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Congratulations to Dr. Bianca Premo

Congratulations to Bianca Premo, who has been awarded the 2015 Latin American and Caribbean Section's Kimberly S. Hanger Article Prize for her article "Felipa's Braid: Women, Culture, and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Oaxaca," Ethnohistory 61:3 (2014): 497-523.

November

Dr. Victor Uribe's new book, Fatal Love: Spousal Killers, Law, and Punishment in the Late Colonial Spanish Atlantic, is now available from Stanford University Press. For historians, spousal murders are significant for what they reveal about social and family history, in particular the hidden history of day-to-day gender relations, conflicts, crimes, and punishments. Click on the link above for more information at the press's website.

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Hilary Jones presented a paper titled, “Extraversion and Creolization in Saint Louis, Senegal: The Political Economy of a Nineteenth Century Port,” for the AHRC International Research Network called “The Global City, Past and Present.”

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Dr. Adler's op-ed describes the first university-based gathering of a nationwide reading/conversation program called Talking Service, which offers veterans the opportunity to discuss speeches, memoirs, letters, and stories focusing on the experience of military service. Created by the Great Books Foundation and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Talking Service is a promising model for university programming geared toward a growing student population of veterans.

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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."

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Dr. Aurora Morcillo will speak on "The ‘Woman Question’ and the Quest for Modernization in Ortega y Gasset" at Tel Aviv University on November 19. Her talk, at 16:45 in Gilman Building Room 133, will be part of a conference titled "Spain's Road to Modernity."

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On Tuesday October 27th 2015 Dr. Gwyn Davies delivered the annual Feinstone Lecture in the Archaeology of Israel for the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) at the McClung Museum, University of Tennessee. This lecture was entitled "The Late Roman Fort at Yotvata, Israel" and featured the excavations carried out at the site by both Dr. Davies and his co-director, Dr. Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between 2003 and 2007.

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December

Congratulations to Dr. April Merleaux, whose grant proposal on "Ecohumanities for Cities in Crisis" has been funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for Humanities in the Public Square. This is a major public history grant, and we are happy to celebrate the achievements of Dr. Merleaux and Dr. Rebecca Friedman, who also worked on the proposal.

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