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PLACES WE CALL HOME – Introduction
Monday, January 11, 2016
9:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Anthropologist Dr. Carol Hoffman Guzman, creator of last year’s successful Convivencia Miami Series, is the first speaker. Join us to explore the many types of places and spaces people call “home,” focusing on the multiplicities inherent in the word. You are also invited to talk about your “home(s).” Carol comments: “I, like many locals, was not born here, and have numerous places I could call home – or, none.” Join us as Carol talks about the many homes of South Florida’s diverse communities.

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Finding a Home While Running Away From Home
Monday, January 18, 2016
9:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Kristen Long and C. Stefan Morrisette have created a musical, “The Journey,” about 5 individuals who lost their “home” because of domestic abuse, substance abuse or other problems. Kristen will talk about the personal events of her own life that lead to The Journey which will be performed at Arts at St. John’s at the end of the month. Kristen has a BM, Voice & Opera, Berklee College of Music.

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Is Home a Place, a Memory, or the Things We Carry in Our Suitcase?
Monday, February 1, 2016
9:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Cuban-American anthropologist, Dr. Ruth Behar, lives in Michigan, but her heart is also in New York, Miami and Cuba. Behar was born in Havana, later immigrated to the US with her family. Behar is acclaimed author and editor of numerous books.

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Lessons on How You Never Lived Back Home
Monday, February 8, 2016
9:30 AM — 11:00 AM

M. Evelina Galang is the Chair of the Department of Creative Writing, University of Miami, and author of several books, including Angel de la Luna and The 5th Glorious Mystery; and  Lola’s House: Women Living with War, which chronicles stories of 15 Filipina comfort women.

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Here/There: The Potency of Memory
Monday, February 22, 2016
9:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Rosie Gordon-Wallace Executive Director of Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami offers support and exhibition opportunities to emerging artists from Latin America & Caribbean. Gordon-Wallace studied at University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

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Home, community & identity in prehistoric Florida
Monday, February 29, 2016
9:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Alan Noe is a Miami native and recent graduate from the University of Miami with a bachelors in Anthropology. He served 5 1/2 years in the Army Infantry including two tours in Iraq. He currently works as an archaeologist for the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy out of Davie Fl. Alan has worked on multiple archaeological excavations throughout South Florida, most notably in downtown Miami at an ancient Tequesta village on the mouth of the Miami River.

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Home – Everywhere and Nowhere
Monday, March 14, 2016
9:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Former director of “Cultural Fridays in Little Havana” and Co-author of “A History of Little Havana,” Corinna Moebius.

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South Florida: We’re Not in Kansas, Anymore
Monday, March 28, 2016
9:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Steve Rothaus, Editor of the Miami Herald Neighbors section and columnist for LGBT issues. Steve’s talk centers on how gay & lesbians are often rejected by family and community, and lose their home.

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Miami – Rainbow City
Monday, April 11, 2016
9:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer discuss the diverse roots of Miamians. The Frommers bridge worlds of popular culture & traditional scholarship, and are authors of 5 books, including “It Happened in Miami.”

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Home: Lost and Found
Monday, April 18, 2016
9:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Geoffrey Philp, an author from Jamaica, has written two children’s books, Marcus and the Amazons, and Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories; two collections of short stories, Uncle Obadiah and the Alien and Who’s Your Daddy?; a novel, Benjamin, my son, and five poetry collections, Exodus and Other Poems, Florida Bound, Hurricane Center, Xango Music and Dub Wise. A graduate of the University of Miami, where he earned a Master of Arts in English, Philp teaches creative writing at Miami Dade College. He posts interviews, fiction, poetry, podcasts, and literary events from the Caribbean and South Florida on his blog: geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com.

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Faith communities as Places We Call Home
Monday, April 25, 2016
9:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Rev. Gaye Bosley-Mitchell

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Military Families and their Ever-Changing Homes
Monday, May 9, 2016
9:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Artistic Director of ASJ. Since military families often relocate every few years, the children’s “homes” often are mere nostalgic memories.