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January

AADS Director Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier's latest book, Blackness in the Andes: Ethnographic Vignettes of Cultural Politics in the Time of Multiculturalism, is now available at your local bookstore.

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February

Felix Jean-Louis, AADS Graduate Student, successfully defended his thesis on February 11th. His thesis is called Harlemites, Haitians and the Black International: 1913-1934.

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March

AADS will be partnering with other units from FIU for the hosting of Young African Leaders Initiative(YALI) for five years.

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AADS Graduate Student Abby Gondek, who is enrolled in the combined MA in AADS/ Ph.D. in Global and Sociocultural Studies (GSS), has been selected to participate in the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) program.

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AADS Affiliate Faculty and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Albert Kafui Wuaku’s new book Hindu Gods in West Africa: Ghanaian Devotees of Shiva and Krishna (2013) is now available for purchase at your local bookstore.

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Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier, AADS Program Director, was awarded a Miami-Florida European Union Center for Excellence (MEUCE) 2014 summer faculty research grant to conduct research in colonial archives in Brussels, Belgium. His awarded proposal is entitled: The Emergence of a “European Identity” in the Congo Free State (1885-1908) and in the Belgian Congo (1908-1960): A Precursor Contribution to European Integration?

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AADS Program Director, Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier, delivered one of the conferencias magistrales (keynote lectures) at the Primer Congreso Internacional de Profesionales en Turismo (First International Conference of Professionals in Tourism) in Guayaquil, Ecuador that was held from the 19th to the 21st of February.

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Problematizing Blackness: Self-Ethnographies by Black Immigrants to the United States, a book edited by AADS Program Director Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier and AADS Affiliate Faculty Dr. Percy C. Hintzen is now available in paperback.

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April

Ava Purkiss, FIU class of 2009, has been awarded a Carter G. Woodson Pre-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Virginia. Her dissertation titled, “’Mind, Soul, Body, and Race’: Black Women’s Purposeful Exercise, 1900-1939.” Explores the ways in which health, beauty, and recreation were important to black women’s engagement in the physical culture movement of the early twentieth century.

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Dr. Eric von Wettberg, Affiliate AADS Faculty and Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, is part of the “Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate Resilient Chickpea” program which is funded by USAID’s Feed the Future program.

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AADS Director, Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier, is invited to deliver keynote opening lecture at May 9, 2014 DePaul University Colloquium on African and Black Diaspora Studies: the State of the Field and Future Directions.

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Several AADS faculty were recognized in this year's Faculty Book Authors Reception.

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AADS Affiliate Faculty and Professor of International Relations Dr. John Clark has received a Fulbright Specialist Grant in Social Work at Mbarara University in Uganda.

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June

Following the initiative of, and the already existing relationship between the UASB’s Study Area of Estudios Culturales Latinoamericanos and FIU’s African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS), the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar and FIU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop high quality programs and to contribute to the academic needs of both institutions.

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AADS Combined MA in AADS/Ph.D. in GSS student Abby Gondek was awarded a small grant from the Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund, a program of The Reed Foundation, to conduct an archival study entitled “Investigating Ruth Landes’s Jewish gendered positionality” at the Smithsonian's National Anthropology Archives.

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October

AADS was awarded a Title VI UISFL Grant from the United States' Department of Education.

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Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier, AADS Director, received the Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award during FIU’s 2014 Faculty Convocation.

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November

AADS Affiliate Faculty Ulrich Oslender's co-edited book, Bridging Scholarship and Activism: Reflections from the Frontlines of Collaborative Research, is now available.

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Congratulations to Professor Okezi T. Otovo whose article, “The Gender of Social Welfare: Maternalism and Paternalism in Bahia’s Estado Novo/ O gênero da assistência social: maternalismo e paternalismo no Estado Novo baiano” was just published in the peer-reviewed journal, Revista da Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores(as) Negros(as), vol. 6 no. 14 (2014).

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December

AADS Affiliate Faculty Dr. John Clark, Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations and AADS Affiliate Faculty, received an award from the American Political Science Association (APSA) to conduct the next APSA Africa workshop as a co-leader in Kenya in July 2015.

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