College Forum Volume 18, Issue 4 : Page 1
MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE A Literary Fest OF EPIC PROPORTIONS Miami Book Fair International Bigger and Better Than Ever f orum Anne Rice Theodore B. Olson November 2014 • Volume 18 • Number 4 Alexander McCall Smith Patricia Cornwell Dr. Cornel West Joyce Carol Oates F or South Floridians, autumn yields a cornucopia of unique pleasures: cooler temps, the start of stone crab season, the end of hurricane stress … What’s not to love? But for the local literati, mild weather and crustaceans don’t hold a candle to the whirlwind of bestselling authors, booksellers and lit-centric events that MDC’s Miami Book Fair International brings to Downtown Miami each fall. In its 31st year, the Fair will reach its greatest scope yet, delivering more than 600 authors , 250 exhibitors and exciting new additions to its roster of long-beloved events, running Nov. 16-23. In addition to its ever-popular week-end Street Fair , where book lovers hunker down joyfully in the colorful tents that house publishers’ makeshift stores, the Fair offers exciting events for people of all ages, from reading, art and theater activities for kids to hundreds of John Waters intimate author encounters, readings, lectures and discus-sions featuring an astounding array of prominent writers. This year, both PBS and C-SPAN will be broadcasting live from the Fair. Continued on Page 16 NEW SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT TO OPEN AT MDC Goberna Las Américas Opens With Conference, Executive Courses The excitement is mounting this fall as Miami Dade College teams with the Ortega-Marañón Foundation (Spain) to launch Goberna Las Américas – Miami, a School of Public Policy, Government and Management. Goberna Las Américas – Miami is de-signed to be an educational training ground for current and future senior-level private and public sector leaders in the Americas. It is geared toward those indi-viduals who have an interest in politics and government, public administration, communications, political strategy and specific key policy issues, including some of the following: migration, security, fiscal responsibility, decentralization, gender equality and law and judicial transparen-cy. Goberna Las Américas – Miami will offer professional certificates and execu-tive courses that can be taken in person in Miami, through distance learning and/ or a combination of both. Students who fully complete at least six courses can potentially validate their work at the pres-tigious Instituto Universitario de Investi-gación Ortega y Gasset in Spain. Starting with a stimulating conference on Nov. 13-14, “Encounter on Democ-racy and Citizenship” will bring together high-level leaders from throughout the Americas — individuals with established track records who are developing the public agendas in their respective coun-tries. The following week, Goberna Las Américas – Miami will begin its se-nior-level executive courses on Nov. 17-20 with two programs, “Cit-izen Security/Civilian Safety” and “Migration Policies and Diversity Manage-ment.” These courses will be offered in Spanish only. To learn more about the conference, courses and Goberna Las Américas – Miami, contact Laia Aguiló at 305-302-1315, email miami@escuela goberna. org or see www.mdc.edu/goberna. Some scholarships may be available.