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January

The College of Arts and Sciences, under the leadership of Dean Kenneth Furton, has generously underwritten the administrative support of the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment. This open-handed gesture insures the stability and growth of the center for years to come, and it reflects the deep, ongoing, and material commitment that the college has made to the center.

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Brian Schriner, Interim Dean of the College of Architecture + The Arts, has made the commitment to donate $5,000 per year to the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment on behalf of the college.

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The Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment is proud to announce that Professor Stanley Fish, Davidson-Kahn Professor of Humanities and Law at Florida International University, has accepted our invitation to give the center's inaugural lecture of 2012. Professor Fish came to FIU after a distinguished teaching career at Duke University and a highly successful tenure as Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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In the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012, the center will host a series of lectures by prominent members of the South Florida community. The talks will focus on some aspect of the humanities as it has affected the speaker's life and the environment that we all share. Details of the program are being finalized and will soon appear on these pages.

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April

On Tuesday, March 29th, Douglas Wartzok, Provost and Executive Vice-President of Florida International University, gave his formal approval to the application by the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment and forwarded it to the Board of Governors of the State University System. This marks the culmination of eleven months work by numerous individuals in the College of Arts and Sciences and across the University to bring the Center into existence.

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May

The Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment has moved into offices on the third floor of the Deuxieme Maison building on the University's main campus.

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July

The Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment is proud to announce its association with WPBT2, Channel 2, Miami on a number of forthcoming projects. WPBT2 is a cosponsor of the August 31st screening of their documentary, Parallel Lives. On September 28th, CHUE and WPBT2 will offer a preview of the upcoming PBS series on Women, War, and Peace.

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August

The 7 p.m. August 31st screening of Parallel Lives has been moved to the Green Library, Room 220. The date and time remain the same. If you have additional questions do not hesitate to call the Center.

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September

A recording of the September 14th talk by Gepsie Metellus, The Haitian Imprint on the Humanities is now available here through the courtesy of WPBT2 Miami.

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After last night's screening of the WPBT2 documentary, Parallel Lives, station personel very generously recorded Dr. Dorothy Fields and Ms. Arva Parks discussing their experiences related to growing up in Miami. To view the recording, click here.

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November

John Stuart, Professor of Architecture and Chair of the department, will deliver the inaugural CHUE Advisory Board lecture, on Wednesday, April 18th on the FIU campus. He will discuss the place of the humanities in architecture. Stuart is a distinguished faculty member and internationally renowned scholar. His talk will feature the integration of humanist and scientific principles in the creation of an aesthetic of edifices.

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The Center is very pleased to announce that, through the courtesy of WPBT2, Miami Public Television, recordings of the workshops on navigating the Miami International Book Fair and Art Basel and the lecture by Javier Soto are now available. Go to the website's Archives tab and click on the link to Center events for 2011-2012.

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The Office of the Provost at FIU has announced its intention to sponsor David Lawrence's February 8th, "Why the Humanities are Important to Children: Not to Mention the Rest of Us," talk on the humanities impact on our daily lives. This will be part of the university's on going Life of the Mind Series sponsored by the Provost Office and presented annually through the Center.

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