FIU Honors College Study Abroad

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Nick Gomez of FIU Honors College at Ostia Antica (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

 

THE WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY HOW
OF FIU HONORS EUROPE STUDY ABROAD
WITH PROFESSOR JOHN WILLIAM BAILLY
October 23, 2018 AT 3:30 PM IN GL 100

Join Professor Bailly for an introduction to the France, Italy, & Spain study abroad programs of the FIU Honors College. Meet students that have completed the programs and have all your questions answered. Whether you are going to Europe in Summer 2019 or considering 2020 or 2021, this session will be helpful.
Check out #fiuhonorsabroad2018 on Instagram for photos from Espana, France, & Italia

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH PROGRAM

Espana Study Abroad

France Study Abroad

Italia Study Abroad

2018 Midterms Florida-How I’m Voting

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This is OUR Florida.

Miami-Dade residents: get your customized sample ballot here
https://www8.miamidade.gov/global/service.page?Mduid_service=ser1511964640434245

Below is how I will vote. Feel free to comment below. I live in Precinct 804 of Miami-Dade County, Florida. I am an independent/No Party Affiliation (NPA). Your ballot will be different based on your precinct. I’m an artist, not a writer. Therefore, below are quotes and links that have informed my decisions. Feel free to comment.

United States Senator for Florida
Bill Nelson 11

Scott (Governor Scott, currently running for US Senate) has argued that the saltwater red tides are a natural occurrence, which is true but somewhat beside the point, because pollution makes them much worse. He has tried to blame the freshwater blue-green algae on Nelson and Congress, for complicated reasons involving a leaky dike around Lake Okeechobee in the middle of the state. But water quality is a state responsibility, and while Scott has made occasional eco-friendly moves during his eight years in office, he has consistently weakened regulation and enforcement of the nutrients that fuel algae blooms. And even though warmer water can supercharge those blooms, as well as hurricanes like Michael that can spread those blooms, Scott has not pushed policies designed to prevent climate change. State employees in his administration were even reportedly cautioned not to say those two words.
Michael Grunewald
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/10/14/florida-senate-race-rick-scott-bill-nelson-algae-221272

Representative in Congress District 27
Donna Shalala 21

Defend and improve the Affordable Care Act. Florida’s 27th District has the highest number of people enrolled in the ACA marketplace in the entire country. Taking that coverage away would do irreparable damage to the health of our community. Create a “Medicare Option for All” by enhancing Medicare to better cover routine dental and vision, and long-term care, and make it available to anyone regardless of income, immigration status, or age. At the same time, preserve employer coverage as an option for those Americans satisfied with their current coverage.
Donna Shalala
https://donnashalala.com/healthcare/

Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Andrew Gillum 24

What have you accomplished in Tallahassee that you’d like to make happen for the rest of the state?
For starters, our crime rate is at a 10-year low. We leaned in on restorative justice. I banned the box [which job applicants had to check if they’d been convicted of any crimes]; we measure you on your merit in Tallahassee. The week that President Trump was pulling out of the Paris climate accord, I broke ground on a 120-acre solar farm in my community. We’re out there talking about what we’ve done, not just what I believe. That’s important. It’s not just theoretical.
Gillum interview in Rolling Stone
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/andrew-gillum-florida-voters-black-governor-712192/

Attorney General
Sean Shaw 31

State Rep. Sean Shaw, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, vows to aggressively take on fraud in Florida, as well as policies of the Republican-led Legislature and even President Donald Trump, if elected to the Cabinet position. Former Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Ashley Moody, the Republican candidate, wants to build on the work of her friend, the term-limited Bondi, which means expanding the state’s battle against the opioid epidemic and continuing a fight against the federal Affordable Care Act.
Florida Politics
http://floridapolitics.com/archives/277721-ashley-moody-sean-shaw-offer-contrasts-in-attorney-general-race

Chief Financial Officer
Jeremy Ring 34

About an hour before the workday ended for most state employees, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis left the state Capitol in a government-owned Chevy Tahoe, drove to a political consultant’s business and promptly caused a car crash. In most Florida agencies — including Patronis’ own — a state worker’s personal use of a state-owned vehicle is generally prohibited. But Patronis’ office said the CFO was allowed personal use of the vehicle because he reimbursed the state for it. However, Patronis only cut a single $4,015.62 reimbursement check on the exact day that POLITICO made a general inquiry of his agency for its vehicle-reimbursement policy. And that was seven months after Patronis wrecked the car.
Marc Caputo, POLITICO
https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2018/06/22/florida-cfo-cut-late-reimbursement-check-after-wrecking-state-car-on-way-to-meet-political-consultant-482375

Commissioner of Agriculture
Nicole “Nikki” Fried 36

I believe in science. I believe that sea-level rise caused by climate change is already hurting Florida. Pulling out the Paris Climate Agreement was the wrong decision not only for our nation, but for our planet. As your next Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, my administration will work to ensure that our state makes responsible choices to combat the effects of climate change and sea-level rise. In the short-term, this means working with local governments to implement preparedness and resiliency measures. In the long-term, it means taking steps to reduce our state’s carbon footprint. I will also lean on the legislature to ban off-shore drilling and fracking.
Nikki Fried
https://nikkifried.com/priorities/

State Senator, District 40
Annette Taddeo 41

Senator Taddeo has never—and will never—stop fighting for a quality public education system that puts students first. Her entire career, she has been a passionate advocate for ending high-stakes standardized testing and stopping the flow of money from our public schools to for-profit corporations. It is unconscionable to be discussing arming teachers when they earn $10,000 below the national average, and she will always vote against legislation that deprives Miami-Dade students of the funding and support that they deserve.
https://annettetaddeo.com/priorities/

State Representative, District 115
Jeffrey Solomon 57

Miami-Dade’s economy is at risk due to the lack of reliable mass transit. I have a proven track record as a strong advocate of expanding transit service in Miami-Dade. I understand the need for affordable and reliable transit options and will fight to expand service into our southern and western communities.
Jeffrey Solomon
https://www.docsolomonforhouse.com/priorities

Justice of the Supreme Court
Alan Lawson
No 68

When the 5th District Court of Appeal ruled in 2011 that a child can have two legally recognized mothers, Lawson disagreed. The high profile case involved a custody battle between a lesbian couple who conceived a child when one woman provided a fertilized egg to the other, who carried the baby and gave birth. The couple’s relationship later deteriorated, and the birth mother left the country with the child and denied her ex-partner a relationship with the child. Lawson argued in his dissent that only the birth mother was entitled to custody and that the court shouldn’t recognize the other woman’s parental rights “unless we are also willing to invalidate laws prohibiting same-sex marriage, bigamy, polygamy or adult incestuous relationships on the same basis.” He also earned plaudits from conservatives for a 2015 opinion that upheld a temporary injunction barring Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando from performing abortions at a Kissimmee clinic.
Florida Trend
https://www.floridatrend.com/print/article/21577

District Court of Appeal
Kevin Emas
Yes 70

Ivan F. Fernandez
Yes 72

Norma Shepard Lindsey
Yes 74

Robert Joshua Luck
No 77

Circuit Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit Group 14
Renee Gordon 79

I have represented more than two thousand (2,000) juvenile respondents in proceedings where the State Attorney announced an intent to transfer the matter to the adult criminal court.
Renee Gordon
https://www.floridabar.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018-Circuit-11-14-Gordon.pdf

FLORIDA AMENDMENTS. These require 60% to pass

No. 1
Constitutional Amendment Article VII, Section 6 Article XII, Section 37
Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to increase the homestead exemption by exempting the assessed valuation of homestead property greater than $100,000 and up to $125,000 for all levies other than school district levies. The amendment shall take effect January 1, 2019.
Yes 220

No. 2
Constitutional Amendment Article XII, Section 27
Limitations on Property Tax Assessments
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to permanently retain provisions currently in effect, which limit property tax assessment increases on specified nonhomestead real property, except for school district taxes, to 10 percent each year. If approved, the amendment removes the scheduled repeal of such provisions in 2019 and shall take effect January 1, 2019.
Yes 230

“Three South Florida property appraisers have written an op-ed in Sunday’s opinion page supporting the amendment. They say: ‘A Yes vote will avert a sudden and largely unexpected tax crisis for more than 530,000 residential and business property owners in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.’ They are in the financial trenches; we’ll follow their advice — voters should, too.”
Miami Herald
https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article219635000.html#storylink=cpy

No. 3
Constitutional Amendment Article X, Section 29
Voter Control of Gambling in Florida
This amendment ensures that Florida voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling by requiring that in order for casino gambling to be authorized under Florida law, it must be approved by Florida voters pursuant to Article XI, Section 3 of the Florida Constitution. Affects articles X and XI. Defines casino gambling and clarifies that this amendment does not conflict with federal law regarding state/tribal compacts.
The amendment’s impact on state and local government revenues and costs, if any, cannot be determined at this time because of its unknown effect on gambling operations that have not been approved by voters through a constitutional amendment proposed by a citizens’ initiative petition process.
Yes 240

No. 4
Constitutional Amendment Article VI, Section 4
Voting Restoration Amendment
This amendment restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation. The amendment would not apply to those convictedofmurderorsexualoffenses,who would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case by case basis.
The precise effect of this amendment on state and local government costs cannot be determined, but the operation of current voter registration laws, combined with an increased number of felons registering to vote, will produce higher overall costs relative to the processes in place today. The impact, if any, on state and local government revenues cannot be determined. The fiscal impact of any future legislation that implements a different process cannot be reasonably determined.
Yes 250

On Nov. 6, Floridians will have a chance to approve the single largest expansion of the franchise since women’s suffrage: a constitutional amendment that will restore voting rights to 1.5 million rehabilitated felons. The proposal, Amendment 4, would repeal a Jim Crow relic in the Florida Constitution that strips civil rights from formerly incarcerated citizens, permanently transforming the state’s electorate.
Mark Joseph Stern, Slate
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/florida-amendment-11-nra.html

No. 5
Constitutional Amendment Article VII, Section 19
Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees
Prohibits the legislature from imposing, authorizing, or raising a state tax or fee except through legislation approved by a two-thirds vote of each house of the legislature in a bill containing no other subject. This proposal does not authorize a state tax or fee otherwise prohibited by the Constitution and does not apply to fees or taxes imposed or authorized to be imposed by a county, municipality, school board, or special district.
No 261

No. 6
Constitutional Revision Article I, Section 16
Article V, Sections 8 and 21 Article XII, New Section
Rights of Crime Victims; Judges
Creates Constitutional rights for victims of crime; requires courts to facilitate victims’ rights; authorizes victims to enforce their rights throughout criminal and juvenile justice processes. Requires judges and hearing officers to independently interpret statutes and rules rather than deferring to government agency’s interpretation. Raises mandatory retirement age of state justices and judges from seventy to seventy-five years; deletes authorization to complete judicial term if one-half of term has been served by retirement age.
Yes 270

No. 7
Constitutional Revision Article IX, Sections 7 and 8 Article X, New Section
First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities
Grants mandatory payment of death benefits and waiver of certain educational expenses to qualifying survivors of certain first responders and military members who die performing official duties. Requires supermajority votes by university trustees and state university system board of governors to raise or impose all legislatively authorized fees if law requires approval by those bodies. Establishes existing state college system as constitutional entity; provides governance structure.
No 281

No. 9
Constitutional Revision Article II, Section 7 Article X, Section 20
Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces
Prohibits drilling for the exploration or extraction of oil and natural gas beneath all state-owned waters between the mean high water line and the state’s outermost territorial boundaries. Adds use of vapor-generating electronic devices to current prohibition of tobacco smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces with exceptions; permits more restrictive local vapor ordinances.
Yes 300

No. 10
Constitutional Revision Article III, Section 3
Article IV, Sections 4 and 11 Article VIII, Sections 1 and 6
State and Local Government Structure and Operation
Requires legislature to retain department of veterans’ affairs. Ensures election of sheriffs, property appraisers, supervisors of elections, tax collectors, and clerks of court in all counties; removes county charters’ ability to abolish, change term, transfer duties, or eliminate election of these offices. Changes annual legislative session commencement date in even-numbered years from March to January; removes legislature’s authorization to fix another date. Creates office of domestic security and counterterrorism within department of law enforcement.
No 311

No. 11
Constitutional Revision Article I, Section 2
Article X, Sections 9 and 19
Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes
Removes discriminatory language related to real property rights. Removes obsolete language repealed by voters. Deletes provision that amendment of a criminal statute will not affect prosecution or penalties for a crime committed before the amendment; retains current provision allowing prosecution of a crime committed before the repeal of a criminal statute.
Yes 320

Another proposal, Amendment 11, would repeal a constitutional provision that bars the Legislature from applying criminal justice reforms retroactively. Thanks to this archaic rule, thousands of Floridians are languishing in prison under mandatory minimum sentences that have since been dramatically reduced. Yet Amendment 11 has proved substantially more controversial than Amendment 4, drawing opposition from liberals who worry it will be exploited by gun rights advocates. This rift on the left creates a very real risk that a vital reform will be stymied by inflated fears of the National Rifle Association.
Mark Joseph Stern, Slate
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/florida-amendment-11-nra.html

No. 12
Constitutional Revision Article II, Section 8 Article V, Section 13 Article XII, New Section
Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers
Expands current restrictions on lobbying for compensation by former public officers; creates restrictions on lobbying for compensation by serving public officers and former justices and judges; provides exceptions; prohibits abuse of a public position by public officers and employees to obtain a personal benefit.
Yes 330

No. 13
Constitutional Revision Article X, New Section Article XII, New Section
Ends Dog Racing
Phases out commercial dog racing in connection with wagering by 2020. Other gaming activities are not affected.
Yes 340

County Referendum 1
Charter Amendment Relating to Nonpartisan Election of Clerk of the Circuit Court
Shall the Charter be amended to require that the election of Clerk of the Circuit Court be conducted on a nonpartisan basis and that no ballot shall show the party designation of any candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court?
Yes 350

County Referendum 2
Charter Amendment Relating to County Appointed Officials and Employees Running for Certain Elective Office
The Charter currently requires that County appointed officials or employees qualifying to run for federal, state or municipal elective office take a leave of absence and, if elected, immediately forfeit their County position. Shall the Charter be amended to limit this restriction to only apply to County officials and employees who qualify as a candidate for certain County elected offices?
Yes 352

County Referendum 3
Charter Amendment Relating to Review of Initiatory Petitions for Legal Sufficiency
Shall the Charter be amended to require that the Board of County Commissioners shall determine the legal sufficiency of an initiatory petition at the next Board meeting after the Clerk of Courts approves the petition form rather than after the required signatures have been gathered?
Yes 354

County Referendum 4
Charter Amendment Regarding Elections for County Commissioners and Mayor
Shall the Charter be amended to provide that when a candidate for County Commission or Mayor withdraws, becomes disqualified, or becomes deceased prior to an election no votes cast for such candidate shall be counted and that when a candidate for County Commission or Mayor is unopposed in an election after the close of qualification such candidate shall be deemed elected to office?
Yes 356

County Referendum 5
Charter Amendment Prohibiting Certain Payments Circulators of Initiatory Petitions
Shall the Charter be amended to prohibit any person circulating an initiatory petition from paying or offering to pay any individual or organization, or receive payment or agree to receive payment, on a basis related to the number of signatures obtained for circulating the petition and invalidate any petitions collected in violation of this prohibition?
No 359

School Board Referendum

Referendum to Approve Ad Valorem Levy for Teachers, Instructional Personnel, School Safety and Security
Shall the School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, levy 0.75 mills of ad valorem taxes for operational funds (1) to improve compensation for high quality teachers and instructional personnel, and (2) to increase school safety and security personnel, with oversight by a Citizen Advisory Committee, beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2023?
Yes 362

FIU Honors Study Abroad Session

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THE WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY HOW
OF FIU HONORS EUROPE STUDY ABROAD
WITH PROFESSOR JOHN WILLIAM BAILLY
October 23, 2018 AT 3:30 PM IN GL 100

Join Professor Bailly for an introduction to the France, Italy, & Spain study abroad programs of the FIU Honors College. Meet students that have completed the programs and have all your questions answered. Whether you are going to Europe in Summer 2019 or considering 2020 or 2021, this session will be helpful.
Check out #fiuhonorsabroad2018 on Instagram for photos from Espana, France, & Italia

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH PROGRAM

Espana Study Abroad

France Study Abroad

Italia Study Abroad

FIU Lunch at Vizcaya

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)
LUNCH WITH PROFESSOR BAILLY AT VIZCAYA
THURSDAY 01 NOVEMBER FROM 1-2 PM
Rebecca Peterson of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and John William Bailly are cohosting a Civic Dinner on Miami Transit Mobility for current and former FIU Honors College students. Come and share your experiences and thoughts on transportation in Miami. Thursday 01 November from 1-2 PM.

“The week of October 29 — November 2, the Miami-Dade TPO is hosting 50 Civic Dinners to discuss how to best increase transportation mobility options with residents and business leaders. Join an event exploring the current needs of public transportation users, the daily barriers to frequent ridership, and what it will require to develop and maintain a world-class transportation system.”

Vizcaya is providing complimentary admission and complimentary lunch. Vizcaya is also giving each participant 2 free tickets to one of their upcoming night events (including Gardens by Moonlight!).
All participants will receive:
1. Free admission to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
2. Free lunch provided by Vizcaya
3. Two free tickets to a future Vizcaya Program event.
This event is organized by Civic Dinners for the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization. This is your chance to help frame the future of Miami. Be a part of the Miami conversation.
Space is limited. You must request an invitation from Professor Bailly (bailly.john@gmail.com) and then RSVP on the Civic Dinners website.

FIU Honors Study Abroad 2019

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THE WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY HOW
OF FIU HONORS EUROPE STUDY ABROAD
WITH PROFESSOR JOHN WILLIAM BAILLY
SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 AT 5 PM IN RB 120
 
This meeting is directed to students that are already registered for Summer 2019, but all students are welcome. Bailly and Honors alumni will provide practical advice on preparing for this most amazing summer adventure. Not sure whether to sign-up? Join us at this meeting.
Check out #fiuhonorsabroad2018 on Instagram for photos from Espana, France, & Italia
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A&V 2018 Student Perspective

AESTHETICS & VALUES 2018 STUDENT PERSPECTIVES
BY JACQUELINE MARTINEZ

“They’re not art majors.”

I have heard John Bailly say this to many representatives of each place this class has explored, from the Margulies Collection to the Deering Estate. The fact that the students of Aesthetics & Values (A&V) come from all disciplines is just one of the things that makes this course so hybrid. In this case, that hybridity is also what made this class one of the most rewarding I have ever taken at FIU.

We spend the first weeks learning about art and how it has transformed with every decade. Students are urged to question what art really is as they explore Monet’s snapshot-like impressionism, Picasso’s abstraction, and Duchamp’s challenging statements.

“A&V gave me a way to formulate my own opinions about art. I was able to see beyond just a painting or sculpture by learning to appreciate the struggles of an artist, whether I enjoyed their artwork or not,” said Katerina Cutie, a Psychology major.

We moved from seeing famous pieces on the projector of a classroom to experiencing art in person. Together, the class dove into the art world, hearing lectures at some of Miami’s most prominent cultural landmarks like Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. These excursions prepared us slowly to go from being the spectators to the curators of our own show.  

Liliana Fonte, a Broadcast Media/Entrepreneurship student, shared, “To me, A&V was more about learning about my community and the history surrounding me than anything else… This past year I didn’t just learn about art. I learned more about my city’s history in one year than what I had learned in the past 20 years

In the middle of our Spring semester, we were hit with the bombshell news that after 11 years in the running, ours would be the last A&V exhibition. But by then this class was for much more than a grade, and this obstacle only pushed us to do even better. Fonte added, “As soon as I realized it was the last year of A&V, I know that a spark ignited in myself and my classmates to try to make the event extra special.”

So we did. We made 3D models of what the exhibition should look like. Over 50 restaurants were contacted to vend at our reception, and students learned countless new lessons about graphic design as they created poster after poster for social media.

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Jacqueline Martinez at the A&V 2018 reception (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

All these efforts made the final Aesthetics & Values reception a final bang we will never forget. Most importantly, though, we learned to work together despite any differences we had.

Biology student Natalie Brunelle was genuine when she told me, “I learned that sometimes things need to fall apart to get better, visions need to be shared and discussed and that there are more than two ways to solve a problem. Letting cards fall into place and having faith in that is a scary thing to allow when planning events, but the world has a way of working itself out. Though troubles presented themselves, I’ve made close friendships with many of the class members, and nothing made me happier than to see the reactions of people the day of the event.”

“When the big day finally came, it felt so surreal to see two semesters of work happen in 3 hours,” said Barbara Sanchez, a Sociology major. “Knowing I helped create something as grand as this event and hearing how much others enjoyed it brings me immense pride. Now that it’s over, I realize how lucky I am to have been part of the last A&V class and to have made friends with the people in it.”

I believe all the students of A&V can agree with Brunelle when she expresses that because of our hard work, “We would not only leave a legacy behind, but were also the  catalyst for a new generation of collaborations in the art world and Miami community.”

Jacqueline Martinez is a sophomore at Florida International University. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing and Rhetoric, along with a minor in Art History. An avid francophile and animal lover, she enjoys spending her free time practicing French, and playing with her four dogs. During Summer of 2018, she will be participating in the France Study Abroad Program led by Professor Bailly.

AUTHOR(S) AND LAST UPDATE
Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  23 April 2018
COPYRIGHT © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

A&V 2018 Reception Photo Gallery

Aesthetics & Values (A&V) student Galina Abdel Aziz captured the essence of A&V in her photos.  The A&V seminar examines the vital role visual art plays in the social and cultural dialogue surrounding controversial issues. It investigates how artists have challenged or enforced authority by creating new aesthetics. It further explores how art is used to initiate, accelerate, or combat social change. The heart of the course is the A&V Exhibition at the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami.

“Aesthetics & Values is a unique, immersive experience.  There is no other class like this at FIU.  A&V goes beyond the classroom and the university; it takes us to the heart of Miami’s art world.” – Selena Everitt

“A&V gave me a way to formulate my own opinions about art. I was able to see beyond just a painting or sculpture by learning to appreciate the struggles of an artist, whether I enjoyed their artwork or not. I feel proud to have been a part of the last year of A&V. Knowing how hard we had to work to make this the best year yet made us realize the importance of teamwork. We knew that this had to be a time to come together rather than crumble apart in order to ensure that we made a lasting impact on people. Although extremely stressful at times, I have learned more in this class than I have in any other Honors course I have taken at FIU.” – Katerina Cutie

“To me, A&V was more about learning about my community and the history surrounding me than anything else. It was amazing to see how many of the students in the class did not know we had such rich, cultural, historical places right in out backyards. Every visit to a different location immersed us in a different topic, a different style of art, a different time period. As soon as I realized it was the last year of A&V I know that a spark ignited in myself and my classmates, to try to make the event extra special. It was a bittersweet feeling throughout, but it helped all the students gain even more motivation to make the exhibit and the reception the absolute best we could. This past year I didn’t just learn about and look at art. I learned about my culture and it’s history, I learned more about my city’s history in one year than what I had learned in the past 20 years. I also learned how to plan an event for thousands, and how to curate an art gallery. Something I never thought I would have to do in my life! And being a facilitator for the Final Reception, I also felt that my leadership skills were put to the test, and I learned so much more about how to be a leader. Aesthetics & Values is about so much more than just art, it is about knowing your city, your surroundings, and about knowing yourself.” – Lily Fonte

“A&V means coming out of your comfort zone, out of your major and going into the vast world of art. A&V means becoming immersed in a foreign arena full of various ideas and putting them together. A&V means teamwork, family; a group of people from several backgrounds and majors becoming one united entity and pulling off a great contemporary art exhibition.” – Richard Suarez

“A&V was the most enriching learning experience I’ve had in this university so far. Our tasks ranged from learning about the history of art, to diving together in search of residues from hurricane Irma in the Deering State, and eventually curating our very own art exhibition. Being in the last year of the Aesthetics & Values exhibition made me want to honor its previous years even more by putting in extra effort to make sure everything worked out well during the event. I viewed this class as a wonderful opportunity to actually get to know people outside of my major, and I truly looked forward to spending my Friday afternoons discovering new and exciting places in Miami’s art scene. I highly recommend this course to anyone – regardless of your major or background knowledge on art history – you will definitely learn something new.” – Ligia Filgueiras

 

 

AUTHOR(S) AND LAST UPDATE
Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  23 April 2018
COPYRIGHT © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED