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Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, several paid internships and fellowships specially designed for undergraduates in the humanities. Applications for these positions will be open through August 5 and successful applicants will begin working at the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester. Please see the link for more details.

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The Central Italy and the Chocolate Festival study abroad will take place from October 13 - October 21, 2019. Applications are due August 9, 2019. This course introduces students to the culture and traditions of Central Italy and its world famous Chocolate Festival. Students will enjoy the unique atmosphere of a typical medieval city such as Perugia and taste the delicious food and chocolate typical of this region in Italy. Please click the link for more information.

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Thank you to the students of American Sign Language I for being involved in the Deaf community at FIU Frost Museum and West Dade Regional Library for Deaf ASL Storytelling events this past spring semester. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to the community.

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The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program that includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. This year the Critical Language Scholarship Program received 23 applications from Florida International University. Congratulations to Lisa Brown and Miranda Campoo for your acceptance to the 2019 CLS Program.

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The department of Modern Languages is currently seeking an Adjunct Instructor to teach Arabic starting in the Fall 2019 semester. Requirements include: Master's degree and the Instructor should be well versed in task-based language teaching. Qualified candidates should submit their C.V. to modlang@fiu.edu with the reference titled “Arabic Instructor Position.”

Our Ph.D. candidate Génesis Portillo just published in the Winter 2019 issue of Decimononica Vol 16.1 the article: “Mujeres evanescentes o lo femenino ornamental en Cuentos malévolos de Clemente Palma.” Congratulations on your accomplishment, Génesis!

Ph.D. students Alberto Sosa Cabanas and Génesis Portillo have been awarded the Tinker Field Research Grant to further their research in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Alberto will be using the grant money to conduct studies in Cuba and Genesis will conduct her research in Peru. We wish them continued success in their academic endeavors!

The 2020 MEXT Research Scholarship is now available and applications are now being accepted through May 31st. Please see attached for more details.

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Déborah Gómez defended her dissertation with Distinction in Spring 2018. “Azúcar agridulce. Memoria, discursos y paisajes azucareros en la nación y la cultura cubana” deals with the literary and audiovisual representation of sugar agroindustry in Cuba and its relevance in (de)constructing Cuban national identity. A revised version of her dissertation has just been published by Spanish academic press Editorial Verbum. The book will be presented next month in Books and Books sponsored by CRI.

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The Spanish Graduate Program, Department of Modern Languages, would like to congratulate winners of the 2019 Dr. Pablo Ruiz-Orozco and Miguel Angel Quesada Memorial Scholarship. Our award winners this year are: Jeniffer Fernández, Yvonne López, and Beatriz Muller-Marqués. The program was fortunate to receive exceptional essays from highly distinguished applicants this year. We congratulate you on all your accomplishments to date.