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January

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 17, 2020 The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the International House of Japan (I-House) are currently seeking three Summer Interns for short-term (not to exceed two weeks) internships during late July-August 2020 to coincide with the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The interns will support the ongoing activities of the 2020 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program (NichiBei Creative Artists).

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Dr. Baralt and colleagues awarded Coral Gables Community Foundation Grant

Dr. Melissa Baralt and her colleagues Dr. Phillip Carter (Director of CHUE, FIU) and Dr. Andrew Lynch (University of Miami) have been awarded a grant from the Coral Gables Community Foundation. The title of their project is: “Use and maintenance of languages other than English among Coral Gables school children.” Drs. Baralt, Carter and Lynch will research the process of language maintenance and assimilation amongst K-12 children in Coral Gables and make policy recommendations. Congratulations!

February

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 6 Several of the best contestants identified at the AFTJ Japanese speech contests will participate in the AFTJ Wakayama Japanese Video Speech contest. Grand Prize The Winner Will Be Invited On A Free Trip To Wakayama, Japan.

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Entry Deadline: Friday, March 6 Submission Deadline: Friday, March 13 Three Categories: 1.Yonkoma Manga 2.Karaoke Video 3.Promotional Video If you have any questions about any details regarding this contest, please e-mail Shinji Shimoura-sensei at shimoura@mail.usf.edu.

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March

Graduate student and Tinker awardee Genesis Portillo presented her research on religiosity and satire in Peru during the second session of the Tinker-Andes series on March 4th, 2020.

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May

Ph.D. Graduates Alberto Sosa and Genesis Portillo Defend Doctoral Dissertations

Congratulations to our Ph.D. graduates Alberto Sosa and Genesis Portillo for successfully defending their doctoral dissertation! Alberto Sosa defended his dissertation "Miedo, celebración y otredad racial en el cambio de siglo: hacia la construcción del negro en el discurso artístico-literario cubano (1880-1933)". Genesis Portillo defended her dissertation "Relatos, memoria y contrahistorias de la Guerra Civil Peruana (1895) a través de la prensa político-satírica en Lima (1892-1895)".

June

Congratulations to Fellowship recipients in the Korean Language and Culture Program.

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