FIU 2019 Spring Semester

Shalenah Ivey and fellow students of FIU at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

This post is a listing of important news and upcoming events for all of Professor Bailly’s courses in the FIU Honors College.

There are two majors projects/events this semester: one at PAMM and the other at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. PAC students are involved in both. ASC students must select one of the two as their main project for the semester. Study Abroad students can participate in the PAMM event as extra credit.

PAC Poetry Reading at PAMM
06 April 2019, from 14:00-16:30
Professor Richard Blanco and students of Poetry Art Community (PAC) will read their poems at the Perez Art Museum Miami. Following this formal reading, participating students from all five of Bailly’s classes will position themselves throughout PAMM and read their own poems or as Texts.

Take Over Tours at Vizcaya
Varying times in April 2019
PAC students and participating ASC students will complete take over tours of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. (Read More)

28 February at FIU
Mark Osterman of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens will talk to FIU Honors students about Take Over tours.

07 March
10:00 PAC at Vizcaya
13:00 International Women’s Day Civic Dinner (2 points extra-credit for all Bailly students)
14:45 ASC at ICA

06 April
14:00-16:30 Poetry Reading at PAMM

There will be two separate readings: formal and informal. The formal reading will be at a podium and only consist of professional poets and PAC students. The informal reading will be directly after the formal reading. The informal reading will consist of any students from all classes reading their work in a location within PAMM. Just like a poetry flash mob (5 extra-credit points for all Bailly students that participate in the informal reading by reading their work. All Bailly students will have free admission).

Isabella Marie Garcia

Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  14 February 2019

Study Abroad Scholarships

FIU Honors Italia 2018 in Pisa, Italy © JW Bailly (CC by 4.0)

There is a new FIU Honors College Scholarship. 🤪$4,000.00😍

Learn about that scholarship and others here:

See more photos from Espana 2018, France 2018, and Italia 2018.

Isabella Marie Garcia

Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  10 February 2019

National Debt Civic Dinner at Vizcaya

FIU Honors College students at a Civic Dinner event in 2018 at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

The FIU Honors College, Civic Dinners, and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens are partnering again to host “National Debt 101“: a conversation among millennials about the state and impact of the national debt. The event will take place on Thursday, January 24th, 2019 and will be hosted and organized by Lily Fonte, an undergraduate student in the FIU Honors College who is majoring in Broadcast Media. The event will once again be held at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Participants must bring their own lunch and must register by requesting an invite to the event.

National Debt 101

“To many American Millennials, the national debt may seem like an abstract concern. In an era of quickly growing debt and political polarization, the country’s national debt is consistently placed on the back burner by our political leaders on both sides of the aisle. But our generation actually has the most at stake when it comes to policy decisions made today about our country’s fiscal and economic future, and it’s up to us to come together and speak up. This conversation is geared toward college students and administrators.” – (Civic Dinners Official Website)

US National Debt (Public & Intergovernmental) (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Please prepare by reviewing these links:

5 Facts About the National Debt by Drew Desilver

The Long Story of U.S. Debt, From 1790 to 2011, in 1 Little Chart by Matt Phillips

US National Debt Clock: Real Time

Isabella Marie Garcia

Stephanie Sepúlveda  & John William Bailly 22 January 2019


Art Society Conflict Volunteers

ASC students working for Robert Chambers at Bakehouse Art Complex © Lily Fonte (CC by 4.0)

Dear Members of the Miami Contemporary Art Community,

In Spring 2019, we are entering the second semester of the new seminar I have developed in the FIU Honors College: Art Society Conflict (ASC).

Similar to other classes that I have taught (such as Aesthetics & Values and Poetry Art Community, co-taught with the poet Richard Blanco), my objective is for students to immerse themselves in the community of contemporary art, especially by working for/with an artist(s) on a project. We do not have any funds, but we are 35 dedicated students ready to work on creative, unique projects. We do not seek financial compensation in any manner; we want to participate in a contemporary art project purely for educational purposes.

For an idea of what we have undertaken in the past, please review these pages. Last semester, we worked with Robert Chambers on one of his installations at the Bakehouse Art Complex. We have also previously painted poems on roofs with Randy Burman, and worked with the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark to build “Garbage Wall” at Untitled.

If you have any upcoming opportunities, please contact me. If you do not, please keep us in mind should an opportunity arise.


John William Bailly
The Honors College
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199

Isabella Marie Garcia
Stephanie Sepúlveda  & John William Bailly 12 January 2019

FIU Panther Alumni Week (PAW)

Aesthetics & Values (A&V) 2018 at Locust Projects (Photo by JW Bailly CC by 4.0)

Connecting Students with Alumni

Panther Alumni Week (PAW) connects students with alumni through class presentations, industry panels and networking events. PAW promotes the building of relationships, which leads to networking, internships, mentoring and career opportunities.

We’re proud to celebrate the sixth anniversary of PAW! With your involvement, we can make PAW bigger and better than ever.

Each year, we invite alumni to campus to engage with our students on campus by offering real world insight and valuable career advice.

PAW is scheduled for the week of February 4-8, 2019 and will take place on campus and online.”


Please join Professor John William Bailly and FIU Honors students currently enrolled in Poetry Art Community (PAC), Art Society Conflict (ASC), and the Honors Italy, Spain, France 2019 programs for a PAW potluck to share stories from previous trips and years, along with giving advice to future students.

All FIU Honors College graduates are invited to come back to campus and speak to the students. If you are an alumni of either Poetry Art Community, Art Society Conflict (previously known as Aesthetics & Values (A&V)), or the Honors Italy, Spain, France courses, please email Professor Bailly in order to confirm your attendance.

If you have not graduated but have completed any of the courses or the three study abroad programs, please feel free to join us. Professor Bailly can’t register you as an official PAW guest with FIU, but we’d love to have you come and share stories, advice, and eat with us.


Art Society Conflict (ASC): Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at 2:30pm in SIPA 220
PAW Speakers: Melissa Marie Garcia, Stephanie Villavicencio, Jonah Wichterich, Johayra Witter

Honors España, Italia, and France: Friday, February 8th, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm in SASC 352
PAW Speakers: Gianmarco Agostinone, Natalie Brunelle, Tolga Erbora, Isabella Marie Garcia, Nicole Hernandez, Viktoriya Justiz, Anthony Padura, Jonathan Urra, Stephanie Villavicencio, Athena Watkins, Jonah Wichterich

If you realize at the last minute that you can join us, please do.




Isabella Marie Garcia

Stephanie Sepúlveda  & John William Bailly 05 February 2019


FIU Honors College Study Abroad

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


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



Espana Study Abroad

France Study Abroad

Italia Study Abroad

2018 Midterms Florida-How I’m Voting

This is OUR Florida.

Miami-Dade residents: get your customized sample ballot here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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