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Latin America Report
11:28 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Don Quixote At 400: Why The Spanish Loon Flies Higher Than Ever

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
Credit Gustave Dore / Wikimedia Commons

En un lugar de la Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme...

Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember...

-opening to "Don Quixote"

Anyone who’s grown up under communism can appreciate Cuban émigré Erisbel Tavio’s taste in books.

To survive totalitarian governments, and occasionally stand up to them, it helps to be a little insane. And there’s no more heroic nut in all of literature than Don Quixote, the protagonist of the classic novel of the same name by Spanish author Miguel Cervantes.

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Philanthropy
11:13 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Teaching Students How To Give Away Thousands Of Dollars

Chloe Castro talks to her team about installing solar panels on a Camillus House residence.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

The names of prominent South Florida philanthropists are hung on buildings, printed in program notes and regularly thanked at cultural gatherings -- names you probably recognize: Arsht, Knight, Frost.

Unfortunately, many South Floridians are not in a position to give away thousands of dollars to a cause they believe in. But a new course at Florida International University is giving a few students a taste of what it’s like – the accolades and the work that comes from charitable giving.

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Education
5:20 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

FIU Adjunct Professors Want Better Working Conditions

Joan Baker is a full-time English professor at FIU. She rallied on Wednesday, along with other permanent professors, to support her adjunct colleagues.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Wednesday is National Adjunct Walkout Day. Adjuncts are part-time college professors who get paid lower wages, as compared to permanent employees, and have no benefits. Florida International University adjuncts want change.

About 30 people gathered at FIU's south campus by a large water fountain. Full-time instructors, part-time instructors and even students came out to support adjunct professors.

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Military
11:50 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Veterans Use Law Enforcement Jobs To Transition Into Civilian Life

Miami Dade Police Department received 50 applications from veterans in little over an hour at FIU's job fair.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Miami Vet Center and Florida International University hosted their third annual veterans job fair on Friday at the university’s football stadium. 

About 60 employers came out to the fair, bringing hundreds of jobs with them. Among the hiring companies were Starbucks, Lowes Home Improvement and Publix Supermarket.

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Sports
2:28 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

FIU Could Be Temporary Home For Beckham's Soccer Team

Florida International University's football stadium has been suggested as a temporary home for David Beckham's new Major League Soccer franchise.
Credit Junette Reyes / WLRN

Almost a year has passed since retired soccer star David Beckham announced he would make Miami the home of his new team. So far, there are only rumblings concerning the franchise’s status.

In hopes of eventually settling Beckham's Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, the Miami-Dade County commission voted Tuesday on a resolution that would allow the team to negotiate with Florida International University. The school's football stadium would serve as a temporary home for the franchise.

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Documentary
10:40 am
Fri November 7, 2014

'Right To Wynwood' Documentary Now Available Online

An unidentified woman views a painting at Jude Papaloko's new studio in Wynwood.
Natalie Edgar

This story was initially published on April 25, 2013. Since our interview with the producers, the film has won Best Documentary Short at the Miami Film Festival. This documentary also recently became available online and can be viewed below. 

The Wynwood neighborhood in Miami has changed so much over the last 10 years, and it's not by accident. A group of investors set out to re-invent the area and make it into an arts district.

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Penmanship
9:20 am
Fri August 29, 2014

FIU Study Finds Link Between Good Handwriting And Good Grades

Art may be another way parents can help their children practice their fine-motor skills, says FIU professor Laura Dinehart.
Credit Jeffrey James Pacres / Flickr

Do you have sloppy penmanship? A Florida International University professor's research finds that kids whose writing is easy to read tend to do better in school.
 

After examining the handwriting of 3,000 preschool students in Miami-Dade County, an FIU study found good handwriting and good grades are related.

FIU early childhood education professor Laura Dinehart focused her study on students from low-income households.

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Veterans Affairs
4:19 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Nurses Training At FIU To Team Up With VA

Credit Creative Commons

Florida International University will now partner with Veterans Affairs medical centers in Miami to provide training to budding nurses.

The Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership provided the university with an $8 million grant to bring in more students and faculty over the next five years. Twenty additional students will start this fall, totaling 160 students over the next five years.

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Opinion
1:35 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Until Moderate Cuban-Americans Vote, No Poll Will Change U.S. Cuba Policy

A Miami Cuban sports a T-shirt calling for an end to the embargo.
Credit Flickr/futureatlas.com

The Cuba policy hardliners in this country look more panicked than Fidel Castro trying to find his dentures.

Each month seems to bring more evidence that Americans – and Cuban-Americans – reject Washington’s long and failed strategy of isolating the communist island. The latest is this week’s Florida International University poll: A majority of Miami Cubans favor dropping the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba and engaging the country as a way of undermining the Castro dictatorship.

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Voto Latino
5:05 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Conference Highlights Hispanic Millennials' Voting Power

Participants used photos and social media to promote Voto Latino's message on civic engagement.
Constanza Gallardo

This past weekend, a Voto Latino Power Summit was held at Florida International University, the first such summit in Miami for the first time. The summit had workshops and networking opportunities with different professionals in South Florida and the country.

Voto Latino is a nonpartisan organization that looks to connect with Latino Millennials across the country.

Leadership, advocacy and technology were three themes geared to get participants civically engaged in their communities

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News
5:48 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Voto Latino Power Summit Comes To Miami

Voto Latino Power Summit will be held in Miami for the first time June 13 to 14.
Credit Voto Latino website

Hispanics are the largest and youngest minority group in the United States, according to Pew Research.

This caught the attention of Voto Latino, a nonpartisan organization that will host the first power summit for 300 Latino millennials in Miami.

The leadership conference plans to engage millennials to create a positive impact in their community. Advocacy, leadership and technology are the main tracks that participants will hear about and receive training on.  

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Heritage
7:11 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Large Paintings And Metal Sculptures Are One Artist's Haitian Tradition

Mirrors are startegically placed into the "puzzle" to show the observer the art works behind them.

Philippe Dodard can't remember the first time he came to Miami. He lives in Haiti and has always come to visit one family member or another.

"What is interesting about Miami is every time I come back, I see something new," says Dodard. "And now I see that the culture is getting more and more alive everywhere."

By "culture," he means Miami's Haitian Heritage Museum, Haitian Compass Festival, and Haitian Heritage Month in May.

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Latin America Report
6:42 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

First Civil, Now Gang Wars. Who Would Want To Be President of El Salvador?

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Salvadorans are poised to pass Cubans as the third-largest Latino group in the United States, behind Mexicans and Puerto Ricans.

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Latin America Report
3:15 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Crist And Cuba: Is Florida Ready For An Embargo Reversal?

Charlie Crist (left) announces his anti-embargo stance to Bill Maher.
Credit Real Time With Bill Maher / HBO

What does Charlie know that we don’t know?

Charlie Crist, Florida’s ex-Republican governor and now its leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate, assumed a real political risk this month: He called on Washington to lift the 52-year-old U.S. trade embargo against communist Cuba.

In an interview with WLRN, Crist insisted his changed stance is a matter of common sense.

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Community Contributor
7:45 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Jain: Couple Teaches South Florida About One Of The Oldest Religions

Gitika and Sapan Bafna, pictured with their two children, are working to expand religious understanding in South Florida.

South Florida’s small, tight-knit Jain community built a temple in 2009 to practice one of the world's oldest religions. In this holy space where a marble likeness of the Swami Mahavir smiles benevolently, families gather to teach their children about a faith that practices spiritual independence and non-violence towards all beings.

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