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The Sunday Briefing – Nov. 17, 2019

The Sunday Briefing – Nov. 17, 2019

Dear colleagues, Veterans Day? It should remind us of the millions of patriots who are willing to defend against the disorder and chaos of global affairs. At last week’s Veterans Day commemoration at FIU, we were reminded that many of our veterans throughout our...

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The Sunday Briefing – Nov. 10, 2019

The Sunday Briefing – Nov. 10, 2019

Dear colleagues, Immediately upon learning that I had been offered a job in April 1976 in political science at a place called Florida International University, I called my father to let him know that I had a real job. He was happy for me and undoubtedly relieved that...

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The Sunday Briefing – Oct. 27, 2019

Dear colleagues, FIU’s founders chartered the institution with an international mandate in mind. Such was the international-mindedness that Secretary General of the United Nations U Thant was the keynote speaker at FIU’s groundbreaking in 1971. While he understood the...

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The Sunday Briefing – Oct. 20, 2019

Dear colleagues, There is a story – probably true – that a newly inaugurated Franklin Roosevelt called upon Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes to get advice upon assuming the presidency in 1933 as the economic depression was strangling the country. Justice...

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