Sea level rise will drown Hialeah too, and this artist is showing how

CLIMA-FrontpostcardSpurred by articles in publications from Vanity Fair to the New Yorker, the nation finally seems to be waking up to the fact that Miami is slowly being swallowed by the sea. Predictions ranging from eight inches to six feet of sea-level rise over the next century make it clear that our tropical paradise is going under, and it’ll be expensive to deal with. No sweat, though. You and your children (and their children) can avoid this whole mess by simply staying away from the coast — right? Wrong.

“This is going to affect people in West Dade more than it affects people on the coastline,” says Xavier Cortada, a painter and artist-in-residence at FIU, whose work focuses largely on environmental science. “If sea levels rise four feet as predicted, 70 percent of Hialeah is going underwater.”

While the city of Miami Beach spends millions on pumps and other short-term solutions to sea-level rise, Cortada wants officials and residents on the mainland to grasp how it will affect them too. His latest project, “Clima,” is an exhibition of works and interactive events focusing on climate change. It’s on display until the end of January at the Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment in Hialeah. Read more >>


FIU honored by Cleo institute

The-CLEO-institute-inductionFive FIU faculty members were honored and inducted into the Cleo Institute’s Leadership Circle on Thursday, November 12. The event showcased FIU’s multi-disciplinary work, as reflected in the group of inductees. Featured in photo, from left to right: Nancy Scanlon (Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management), Henry Briceño (Southeast Environmental Research Center), Juliet Pinto and Kate MacMillin (School of Journalism and Mass Communication), and previously-inducted faculty emeritus Jack Parker (College of Arts and Sciences). FIU’s Pete Harlem was also inducted.

Concerned residents, experts discuss climate change and sea level rise in South Florida

From left, Caroline Lewis, Mitchell Chester, Tiffany Troxler, Abel Fernandez and Dr. Juliet Pinto participate in a panel discussion about climate change and its effects on the environment Nov. 11 at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Christian Portilla - A group of concerned residents and environmental experts recently gathered at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for a screening of South Florida’s Rising Seas Impact. The documentary produced by professors and journalism students at Florida International University highlights the dangers of climate change and how it affects South Florida.

Caroline Lewis, Mitchell Chester, Tiffany Troxler, Abel Fernandez and Juliet Pinto (featured in photo, left-to-right) participated in a panel discussion about climate change and its effects on the inhabitants of South Florida.


CLIMA-FrontpostcardMayor Carlos Hernandez and the City Council are proud to present CLIMA – a solo art exhibit by Xavier Cortada addressing sea level rise and global climate change, which will run from November 30, 2015 through January 29, 2016 at the Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment in Hialeah, FL.

The CLIMA exhibit is presented by the City of Hialeah in partnership with Florida International University Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC), Florida International University College of Arts & Sciences School of Environment, Society and the Arts (SEAS), the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy –with special acknowledgement of the support from the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.