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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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August

All students, regardless of course modality, must complete their COVID-19 training course by the August 23rd deadline. The training is an important component of FIU's Panthers Protecting Panthers plan.

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The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs will be launching their Virtual Drop-In Advising hours to all Green School majors starting Monday, August 17.

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The Fulbright Program offers opportunities for students that hold a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree to be English Teaching Assistants in Brazilian universities.

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October

The Department of Modern Languages invites applications for an Assistant/Associate or Professor in the Spanish Program. (A Ph.D. in Spanish is required and must be in-hand by August 12, 2021). The candidate must have a strong record of research and scholarly publication in the area of Hispanic literary and cultural studies; evidence of excellence in teaching; and a willingness to teach Spanish language classes at all levels. Click here for more information.

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The Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ) is happy to announce the Fourth Annual AFTJ Bento Contest. The purpose of this bento contest is to celebrate Japan’s cool food culture. Please click on the link for submission guidelines and requirements. The deadline of the submission is 5:00 pm (Eastern Time) on Monday, November 9.

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November

Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Literature and an expert in Early Music and Literature, Luciana Kube Tamayo, discusses the origin and musical background of the villancico with musicologist Paul Gustav Feller and Christine Gevert, artistic director of Crescendo. Stream the discussion 'What are Villancicos' on Youtube at the link above.

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Dr. Melissa Baralt has been awarded the 2020 Top Scholar Award. The Top Scholar Award recognizes faculty members who are excelling in research, creative work, publications, and other areas. Congratulations, Dr. Baralt! Please click on the link above to view the full announcement in the FIU News.

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December

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded $150,000 to the two-year collaborative project by Julio Capó (Program Director), Andrea Fanta and Rebecca Friedman (Project Co-Directors) for their project, Miami Studies: Building a New Interdisciplinary Public Humanities Program.

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