Black Lives Matter Protest at FIU



First Amendment 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Fourteenth Amendment

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.


Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.


Yahnell Judah and Marie-France Desir are alumni of the FIU Honors College. They both travelled to France in 2019 as part of the course “Art, War, & Human Rights.”

These are their voices.

It’s a tragedy that some people are privileged enough to view the current events as an isolated outburst instead of a reaction to years of fearing if next time someone calls the police on my father for walking in the park, he won’t come home. If you are tired of the riots and media coverage over the past week, imagine how tiring it is to live in fear of the ones who promised “to protect and to serve,” every single day of your life. It is exhausting. It is exhausting to know that a black man can be killed over a twenty dollar bill and the leaders of this nation would rather watch the people mourn and the country burn before simply arresting four of their own. 

We and millions of others in our community cry at the death of our brothers and sisters, murdered by police officers at rates 2.5 times that of their white counterparts and never given justice. We understand you might want to use “love and words” as forms of protest but black people have tried that for hundreds of years and no one has listened, if anything they lose their job for it (Kapernick), die behind it (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many more) or die for doing absolutely nothing (George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed and hundreds more). An un-oppressed population cannot tell an oppressed population how to react to oppression so please, if you consider yourself an ally to the cause, do not suggest peaceful protests as a new idea; it ignores the fact that the voices of the black community often fall on deaf ears. 

“A riot is the language of the unheard.” – MLK, Jr. Riots and looting will always be effective forms of protest against a society that values material things over human lives. Any history book can confirm this. Broken windows can be repaired and merchandise can be replaced, human lives on the other hand, cannot. Looting property is not nearly as violent an act as holding your knee on someone’s neck for several minutes while they cry to the heavens for their life. If the protests are the only thing you’re complaining about, please question your morals and consider the fact that Chauvin the Murderer was not even arrested until a viral and explicit video was released, social media outrage occurred and protests started hurting a few pockets. A lot of these major companies exploit minority communities anyway by paying slave wages, profiting off of black culture and corporate crime (including minimum wage violations, rest break violations and overtime violations) that has always outweighed petty theft/vandalism by an extraordinary amount. If a few trashed stores are what it takes for change to happen; so that we can walk down the street freely and have value given to our lives and experiences, then so be it.

We truly believe that allies, instead of judging the protestors or comparing their own states of oppression, should peacefully protest if that’s what you believe in, share awareness, donate to bail protestors or raise money for vandalized small businesses, speak out on your racist friends or family members, and recognize your own racist mentalities. Stop trying to demonize protestors because you don’t understand their pain and LISTEN to their stories to educate yourself on this SERIOUS issue. 

Black Lives Matter 

Marie-France Desir is pursuing a bachelor’s double major in Marketing and Media/Communication Studies at FSU. Marie-France transferred to FSU from FIU, where she was a member of the Honors College.

Yahnell Judah is a PhD student at the UM Miller Programs In Biomedical Sciences. She earned her bachelor’s in Biology and Natural & Applied Sciences, with minors in Psychology and Chemistry at FIU, where she was a member of the Honors College..

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Marie-France & Yahnell in France in 2019. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

Marie-France Desir & Yahnell Judah 02 June 2020

FIU Panther Alumni Week 2020

“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. 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 3-7, 2020 and will take place on campus and online.”

These following three events are in conjunction with the classes of Professor John William Bailly of the FIU Honors College. If you are an FIU alumnus and can join us for the Friday potluck, please register at .

WHAT: HEARTS Event: Developers Survey, Eddie Arroyo: Talk on Art and Community Activism
WHEN: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

As part of this year’s PAW Week activities, HEARTS is proud to invite you to the renowned artist and FIU Alumnus Eddie Arroyo event, Developers Survey, a talk on Art and Community Activism. In his work, Arroyo examines the development and transformation of Little Haiti. The talk is hosted by Professor John Bailly’s Art Society Conflict and Miami in Miami classes. 

Eddie Arroyo (Miami, 1976)  received his BFA in Painting from Florida International University in 2001. His work was included in the Whitney Biennial 2019, which he withdrew from in solidarity with other artists seceding from participation of the exhibition. Arroyo has presented his paintings depicting gentrification at group exhibitions throughout South Florida. In 2018, he was the recipient of the 2018 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship, and has been profiled in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, ID Magazine, Boston Globe, PBS NewsHour, and The Miami Herald. His work is held in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Corey Ryan of FIU standing where El Greco stood in Toledo. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

WHAT: PAW Study Abroad Chat and Potluck with Corey Ryan
WHEN: Friday, February 7, 2020 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm
WHERE: RDB 1100, College of Law
BONUS: Potluck!*  *See instructions below

Honors College alumnus Corey Ryan is currently working at the Office of Study Abroad as an Academic Advisor, primarily with outgoing FIU students interested in the International Student Exchange (ISE) program. He is also the main advisor for the Gilman and Boren Scholarships. Corey is a Miami native who attended FIU for both his undergraduate and graduate studies, graduating from the Honors College and receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Linguistics. During college, he studied abroad for a summer in France and post-graduation worked as Professor Bailly’s Study Abroad Program Assistant for four summers in Italy, Spain, and France. The envy of many students…

“Find out about alumni experiences abroad, and meet fellow future travelers. Since it is a potluck, please bring a dish somewhat related to the country you are going. It would be very much appreciated!”
Luli Szeinblum
Senior Coordinator of Study Abroad and Arts Programs

Vanessa Trujillo of the Deering Estate


WHAT: Deering Estate Beach Cleanup with Vanessa Trujillo & Nicole Patrick
WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2020 | 10:00am – 3:00pm
WHERE: Deering Estate
BONUS: Kayak!!

FIU Honors College student, Nicole Patrick, works with Dr. Vanessa Trujillo to organize beach cleanups of Chicken Key in Biscyane Bay. On this special PAW cleanup, FIU students and alumni will kayak, swim, and picnic together in beautiful Biscayne Bay. Chicken Key is part of the Deering Estate, and this event is part of the Deering Estate Artist-in-Residence Fellowship of Professor John William Bailly.

“Dr. Vanessa Trujillo ’17 received her PhD in Biology with a specialty in nonnative freshwater fish. Currently, Dr. Trujillo researches developing programs to conserve the natural legacy of South Florida, and leads the effort to expand the Deering Estate field station. “Find a mentor that is working in the field of your interest. Explore the world! Read on a topic you like. Take summer courses at your local college. These experiences can then provide a pipeline of opportunities,” said Trujillo. – Krysten Brenlla

Miami Chicken Key Clean-Up


Canoe out to Chicken Key! Collect marine debris, swim, picnic, and earn service hours all in one…with Professor Bailly and your FIU classmates!

These events are ONLY for FIU students and alumni. Space is limited to 25 people per day. Students must arrive at the Deering Estate by 10:00 on the designated day.

Conservation & Research Specialist Vanessa Trujillo of the Deering Estate and Professor John William Bailly of FIU organize canoeing and snorkeling cleanups with FIU students. Marine debris is prevalent not only along the Miami coast, but also under the ocean’s surface. The irreparable damage of this pollution on the flora and fauna of South Florida is tangible to any that enters the water: habitat destruction, wildlife entanglement, and the resulting deaths of marine mammals.

If you wish to participate in the Deering Estate Miami Ocean Cleanup, here is how to prepare.

  1. Contact Professor Bailly at Send him your mobile number and he will add you to the Chicken Key WhatsApp chat.
  2. You will need to complete the required Deering Estate volunteer paperwork.
  3. Each participant will receive certified volunteer hours from the Deering Estate.
  4. Bring your own water shoes and gloves to pick up trash on the island. If you want to snorkel, bring your own mask, snorkel, and fins. It is suggested you wear a long sleeve swim shirt.
  5. Bring a large reusable water bottle, a lunch, and a snack (energy bar and fruit are good).
  6. Please bring large trash bags.
  7. Always wear sunscreen. Bring bug spray as well.
  8. If you are comfortable with it, bring a knife to cut ropes and fishing line out of mangroves.
  9. We will encounter lots of marine life: manatees, sharks, crabs, stingrays. Always look, but never touch. Also, always check cans for octopus, crab, or fish before removing from water.
  10. Bring your GoPro or camera. Share your photos with us!

Study Abroad Info Session October 2019

15 October, 2019 AT 03:30 PM IN SASC 160

Join Professor Bailly and Program Assistant Sofia Guerra for an introduction to the France, Italy, & Spain study abroad programs of the FIU Honors College. Whether you are going to Europe in Summer 2020 or considering 2021 or 2022, this session will be helpful.

Check out #fiuhonorsabroad2019 on Instagram for photos from Espana, France, & Italia. Check our FIU Broadcast Media major Lily Fonte’s video and webpage of the 2019 Italy program.


Espana Study Abroad
France Study Abroad
Italia Study Abroad

John William Bailly  15 October 2019

Study Abroad Info Session September 2019

September 06, 2019 AT 12:00 PM IN DM 100

This meeting is primarily for students already registered in FIU Honors 2020 France, Italy, or Spain study abroad. All Honors students, however, are welcome to attend. Parents and significant others are also welcome.

Join Professor Bailly and Program Assistant Sofia Guerra for an introduction to the France, Italy, & Spain study abroad programs of the FIU Honors College. Whether you are going to Europe in Summer 2020 or considering 2021 or 2022, this session will be helpful.

Check out #fiuhonorsabroad2019 on Instagram for photos from Espana, France, & Italia


Espana Study Abroad
France Study Abroad
Italia Study Abroad

 John William Bailly  04 September 2019

John William Bailly. 28 July 1896, 2019. Oil on panel.

Silas Austin was the first registered name on the charter to incorporate @cityofmiami on 28 July 1896. My painting reflecting on that moment is at auction to benefit the @loweartmuseum of the @univmiamiIndividuals can bid here


Study Abroad Info Session March 2019

March 19, 2019 AT 3:30 PM IN RB 120 – 3 HONORS POINTS

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 2020 or considering 2021 or 2022, 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


Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  18 March 2019

Miami in Miami Class

Miami exists often as Gabriel García Márquez describes Macondo:

“Macondo is not so much a place as a state of mind, which allows you to see what you want, and how you want to see it.”

The “Miami in Miami” (MIM) seminar examines the historical, social, and cultural identity of Miami. Through field research, students will explore the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and Howof the city and its surroundings. The course will go beyond the four walls of a traditional university setting, and use Miami itself as its classroom. We will walk, talk, and eat our way through the streets and history of Miami, posing questions and searching for answers. By exploring the myth and reality of Miami, this FIU Honors College seminar will formulate an understanding of the core of this vibrant and diverse city. The course will include excursions to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, the Deering Estate, and Everglades National Park, among others. This seminar is taught by Professor John William Bailly (MFA, Yale University) who has spent a decade leading students on study abroad in Europe.

IDH 3034-3035: Miami in Miami taught by Professor John Bailly.