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An Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ National HWW Predoctoral Fellowship Fellow for the first time at FIU

Alberto Sosa, Doctoral Candidate in the Spanish PhD program has won another grant! Alberto was selected to be among 30 doctoral students that will take part in the Humanities Without Walls 3 week 2019 in-residence workshop. The workshop takes place in Chicago and is organized by the Chicago Humanities Festival—a leading public humanities organization—in consultation with HWW. The National HWW Predoctoral Fellowship that Alberto has won is funded by the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This summer study abroad program provides a wonderful opportunity for immersion not only in Japanese culture but also in other Asian cultures. With almost half of the faculty and student body comprised of foreign nationals, from all over Asia and other parts of the world, Asia Pacific University (Ritsumeikan) has a truly international campus environment of cultural coexistence.

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Japanese Conversation Corner will take place every Friday from 3pm - 4:30pm in GC 289.

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This flyer providers information on the 2019 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship. If you have any further questions, please reach out to Dr. Asuka Mashav at

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The Office of Global Learning invites you to apply for an FIU Global Learning Student Fellowship. This fellowship is designed to provide undergraduate students with the support needed to conduct research and innovative projects that increase students' global awareness, global perspectives, and global engagement. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 18 and the project should take place during the 2019-2020 academic year. Please see attached document for more information.

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The Spring 2019 AFTJ Contests have been announced. Several of the best contestants identified at the AFTJ speech contests will participate in AFTJ Wakayama Japanese Video Speech Contest, and the winner will be invited on a free trip to Wakayama, Japan! If you would like to participate in one of the contests, please see the attachments.

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Permanent Instructor Hire, Qingdao University, Committee Meeting Announcement

The hiring committee will meet to finalize the candidate list for the position of Permanent Instructor of Spanish at FIU's dual Spanish program at Qingdao University (FIU HR position # 516688). The meeting place will take place on Tuesday, March 5th at 1:30 pm. The location will be in DM 257.

Spanish Ph.D. Program Alumna Déborah Gómez appointed Assistant Professor at FMU

Spanish Ph.D. Program alumna Déborah Gómez has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Spanish at Florida Memorial University as of this semester. Additionally, Déborah's dissertation will be published by Editorial Verbum from Madrid by the end of the month. Congratulations, Déborah!


Call for Papers for the III International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Peru. Please submit a 250-word abstract no later that June 30, 2019 to Please see attached for more details.

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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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Dr. Pablo Ruiz-Orozco and Miguel Angel Memorial Scholarship Winners

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.

French for Business - FRE 2443/3441 will be offered during Summer A. To find out more information, please see the attached flyer or contact Dr. Maria Antonieta Garcia at

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs founded the International MANGA Award in 2007 for the purpose of expanding international exchange and mutual understanding through the MANGA culture which is widely accepted around the world. For more information, please click on the link.

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2019 Florida Statewide Japanese Speech and Skit Contest

Congratulations to the FIU winners in the 2019 Florida Statewide Japanese Speech and Skit Contest: Armand Fernandez in 3rd place for "Japanese Cooking," Emma Reale in 2nd place for "Memories from Japan," Samantha Golcan in 3rd place for "My Favorite Haiku," Mark Baez in 2nd place for "My Thoughts on Kanji," Yuliena Mosquera in 3rd place for "Because of Japanese Film." Additionally, congratulations to 1st place winners Amaya Ashmore, Charlene Munez, and Jailene Munez for "I want to be an Idol."


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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Adjunct Instructor of Arabic needed for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters

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 with the reference titled “Arabic Instructor Position.”

Congratulations to Génesis Portillo on getting published!

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!

Congratulations to our Tinker Field Research Grant winners!

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 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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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 JLPT Japanese Language Proficiency Test will take place on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at FIU. Registration for the test begins on Monday, August 26, 2019. Please see the JLPT website for more information.

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BATE-PAPO, Portuguese conversation hour, will take place every Monday at 11am in the back corner of DM 480. We look forward to seeing you there!

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The application for the 2020 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend 8-10 weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Applications are due Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 by 8PM EST

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The Haitian Student Organization is hosting a Toy Drive for needy children in Haiti. If you would like to donate a toy, please drop your donation at DM 488C.Donations will be accepted until the end of November.

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While Dorian spared South Florida, its impact is being felt by many in our own community, including some of our students. We have received requests for help from a number of our Bahamian students, as well as a few members of the faculty and staff. The immediate requests for assistance amount is approximately $120,000 with additional requests expected for the spring semester. If you wish to make a donation, please reach out to the FIU Strong fund, Next Horizon campaign, or FIU food pantries.

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We are happy to announce the fourth annual AFTJ Bento Contest. The traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese (what we call Washoku in Japanese) was inscribed in 2013 on the UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The purpose of this bento contest is to celebrate Japan’s cool food culture. The deadline for submission is 5pm (EST) on Monday, Nov. 11th. Please see the flyer for more information.

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Le Cercle Français, Pi Delta Phi, and the Department of Modern Languages are hosting a Pet Supplies Drive for Miami Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center. Please drop off all donations at DM 495D from October 1 - 5, 2019. Donations will be accepted in the form of blankets, towels, plastic pet carriers, flea medication for dogs and cats, toys suitable for sanitizing, unopened cat and dog food, and much more.

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