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January

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Venue:WUC 150

Deborah Thomas Presents her Film- "Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens"

February

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Venue:Marc Pavillion

Pedro Noguera, PhD, professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, Discusses The Importance of Trayvon Martin

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Venue:LC-301

We continue with our Work-in-Progress series. This semester, the first presenter will be our colleague Dr. Maya Boutahou. She will present a draft of a journal article that she would like to submit for publication soon. The article is currently entitled The Woman Question in 19th century India and Egypt. We invite you to provide your feedback.

March

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Venue:SIPA 335

We continue with our Work-in-Progress series with our colleague Dr. Iqbal Akhtar from Religious Studies. He will present a draft of a paper that he would like to submit for publication soon. The paper is currently entitled "Locating Muslim Śakti within the African Khoja Kahani." We invite you to provide your feedback.

April

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Venue:GC 243

What can Tourism Contribute to Poverty Reduction in Africa? This lecture serves as formal opening of the AADS conference, "Tourism and Pro-Poor Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean: Comparative History and Policy Analysis,"

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Venue:GC-243

The conference builds on initiatives developed and being developed by FIU’s AADS, which will use the Caribbean as a focal point to examine new global and inter-regional formations organized around South-South and diasporic connections. The meeting is inscribed in an initiative aimed at developing a partnership between tourism studies specialists from FIU and colleagues from various campuses of the University of the West Indies (UWI); the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal; and the

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Venue:GL-220

We continue with our Work-in-Progress series. This time, we will be discussing Dr. Clealand's paper "The Power of a Frame: The Characterization of Racism as Prejudice in Contemporary Cuba" We invite you to provide your feedback.

August

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Venue:LC 110

Please join us to meet new Core AADS and Affiliate Faculty, new AADS Graduate Students, our undergraduate and graduate certificate students, learn about AADS new and continuing initiatives, and the exciting events we have lined up for the fall semester.

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Venue:Wolfe Center University Center Ballroom

Join us on Friday, August 30th, 2013 at 8 PM in the Wolfe University Center Ballroom at the Biscayne Bay Campus for the 2013 Annual Gambian Reunion's Cultural Night.

September

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Venue:GL 220 MMC

Michael Deibert will present his book, "Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair" in Green Library 220 at the MM Campus.

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Venue:GC 150

Please join us for an informational and thought provoking round-table discussion about the Trayvon Martin trial, the verdict, and its aftermath. Trayvon Martin's shooting reminds us of the continuing virulence of anti-black prejudice in the United States.

October

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Venue:Books and Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

Dr. Jean Rahier presents his book "Kings for Three Days: The Play of Race and Gender in an Afro-Ecuadorian Festival ". In this book, Rahier shows that this festival, as performed in different locations, reveals each time a specific location's perspective on the larger struggles over identity, class, and gender relations in the racial-spacial order of Esmeraldas, and of the Ecuadorian nation in general.

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Venue:SIPA 125

"1 From 10 Leaves 0, 10 to 1 Is Murder: Eric Williams, The Mighty Sparrow, and the Arithmetic of Caribbean Self-Definition", by Professor Rawle Gibbons from the University of West Indies, and performative illustrations by The Mighty Sparrow.

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Venue:CBC 142, Modesto Maidique Campus

Join us for a special night of poetry on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:30 PM at FIU's Modesto Maidique Campus, CBC 142. Known for her moving poetry, Dorothea Smartt is sure to provide us with a night to remember.

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Venue:HM 235, Biscayne Bay Campus

Channel your inner poet and let your creativity flow on Friday, October 25 at 7 PM at FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus, HM 235. Knowing for her moving poetry and experienced at leading poetry workshops, poet Dorothea Smartt will guide you through this workshop session.

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Venue:DM 353, Modesto Maidique Campus

This lecture will present the results of a historical research project designed to identify the structural and organizational components of African thought present in the way of making and conceiving music in Cuba and the Americas. The discussion will highlight the overlapping rhythmic schemes that have been integrated into the musical language of the America continent.

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Venue:Green Library 220, MMC

La création littéraire en Haïti témoigne d'une part de l'importance incontournable de la langue créole et d'autre part, de la richesse linguistique que peut apporter la cohabitation des deux langues, en l'occurrence le français et le créole. Le créateur opére des choix linguistiques et littéraires en foction de se goûts, aptitudes, intérêts personnels et esthétiques.

November

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Venue:Green Library 100A, MMC

On July 31, 2013, Robert Mugabe was re-elected president of Zimbabwe. Allegations of electoral fraud such as turning away voters and "assisting" hundreds of thousands more have plagued Mugabe since then. On August 9, 2013, the Movement for Democratic Change submitted a petition to have the election results annulled but their petitioned was denied. The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe ruled that Mugabe won the election fairly. This roundtable discussion will analyze this year's election.

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Venue:LC 309

Please join us for Dr. Khalil Muhammad's presentation, Conducting Research at the Schomburg, where he will discuss the Schomburg Center, available resources, and much more!

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Venue:MARC Pavilion

The 4th Annual AADS Humanities Afternoon, Rastafari Then and Now: Caribbeanist Anthropology, Gender Relations, and Global Dimensions, will feature lectures by Dr. Robert Hill from the University of California, Los Angeles titled "The Ras Tafari Movement in Kingston, Jamaica: Political Breakthrough or Academic Betrayal?" and Dr. Michael Barnett from the University of West I ndies, Mona, Jamaica Indies titled “Rastafari in the New Millenium”.

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Venue:MARC Pavilion

Dr. Frans Vijoen is the Director of Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also serves as the academic co-coordinator for the LLM (Master in Law) on Human Rights and Democratization in Africa, and previously taught International Law at the university.

December

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Venue:LC 110, MMC

These will be first year AADS MA students, Education graduate students, students getting graduate certificate in AADS and/or LACC presenting an early draft of their research proposals or term papers. They are enrolled this fall semester 2013 in the courses AFA 5005 "African & African Diaspora Studies Theory" and/or AFA 6920 "African and African Diaspora Studies Graduate Colloquium." AADS Faculty will attend and provide feedback.

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Venue:Labor Center 110, MMC

Join us for our Let's Celebrate the End of the Semester Reception on Monday, December 2, 2013 in Labor Center 110 at 4 PM.

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Venue:Bayview Ballroom, Biscayne Bay Campus

The West African Masquerade Society with co-sponsorship from AADS will be hosting the YAMI Appreciation Hunting (AWO) Play on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 8:30 PM until 2:00 AM at the Bayview Ballroom in the Wolfe Center on the Biscayne Bay Campus of FIU.