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January

Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier's book Black social movements in Latin America: from monocultural mestizaje to multiculturalism was selected by Choice as a 2012 Outstanding Academic Title. Every year, Choice subject editors single out for recognition the most significant print and electronic works reviewed in Choice during the previous calendar year. Appearing annually in Choice’s January issue, this prestigious list of publications reflects the best in scholarly titles and attracts extraordinary atte

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February

Congratulations to Dr. John F. Clark, professor of Politics and International Relations and AADS Affiliate Faculty, for co-editing a special issue of the journal /Review of African Political Economy/, (Vol 40 No. 135 [March 2013]). Four of the papers included in this edition of ROAPE were originally presented in the AADS’ conference “The Wars of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Survival and Social Change Amidst Devastation" in March of 2011.

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Please join us in congratulating AADS Affiliate Faculty Dr. Tometro Hopkins, director of the FIU Linguistics program, for the publication of volumes one-three of her World Englishes book. The volumes are published by Bloomsbury Press, London, New Delhi, New York and Sydney.

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April

Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier, the Director of AADS, came back from a three week-trip to Belgium and France. While in Belgium, he conducted archival research for his project on Sex, Race, and Power in the Belgian Congo. While in France, he participated in the many events, making presentations or giving lectures.

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May

AADS Core Faculty member, Dr. Andrea Queeley, was invited to speak at two universities.

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June

National Gambian Newspaper The Point reports about FIU's AADS Summer 2013 Study Abroad Program in Senegal and The Gambia.

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September

On September 25, 2013 Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier will give the opening keynote lecture--"Movimientos sociales negros en América Latina, el giro hacia el multiculturalismo y "nuevas" conceptualizaciones de la diáspora africana"--for the Terceras Jornadas de Estudios Afrolatinoamericanos del GEALA (Grupo de Estudios Afrolatinoamericanos del Instituto Ravignani), which will take place at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, in Argentina.

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October

Jean Muteba Rahier,Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African & African Diaspora Studies Program, was selected as one of the top Black educational leaders for 2013 by Legacy On-line.

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Eric von Wettberg, professor in the FIU Department of Biological Sciences and AADS Affiliate Faculty, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effects of domestication on wild chickpea genes.

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The October Newsletter for the WA-WASH Program is now available.

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November

The West African Masquerade Society with co-sponsorship from AADS will be hosting the YAMI Appreciation Hunting Masquerade(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.

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Dr. Andrea Queeley, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies was invited to be a panel discussant for The African Roots of Cuban Culture: Artistic and Religious Expressions on November 20. This symposium at the Frost Art Museum will delve into the mysterious and fascinating history of the influence of African culture and religions on the Cuban people and their institutions over the past several hundred years, right up to present day.

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Rawle Gibbons and “Lord Relator” literally brought down the house with their stirring tributes to both Eric Williams and The Mighty Sparrow at the 15th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture on October 18th. The event was held at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus as part of its African & African Diaspora Studies Program Distinguished Africana Scholars Lecture Series.

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Congratulations are in order for Noelle Theard, AADS Adjunct Faculty, on the publication of the book (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. This will be the debut book for BLACKprint Press. It will be available for purchase on Black Friday (November 29, 2013). Please see below for more information on the book.

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December