jueves, 13 de agosto de 2009

CLAS Weekly Update


Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events







Librarianship for Latin American, Iberian and Latina Studies

Wondering what you're going to do after you finish your degree? Area Studies Librarianship might interest you! And if you decide you DON'T want to be a librarian, you'll have learned the insider librarian tricks to researching and organizing information so you'll be a better researcher.

Librarianship for Latin American & Iberian Studies and Latina Studies is a new graduate course being offered online. It is funded through a WISE+ grant and your school is a partner institution. This means that you can enroll on your campus but take the course through University of Illinois.

What's the course about? How to be a librarian in these fields. Topics include reference sources, indexes, collection development and other issues related to the profession.

When is it being offered? Fall 2009 (August 24-December 18, 2009)

Thursdays 5:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m. (Central time)

Who is teaching the course? Anne Barnhart, librarian for Latin American & Iberian Studies and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. For more about Anne see http://www.library.ucsb.edu/people/barnhart or look her up on Facebook.

How to enroll? Enroll through your school's WISE+ contact (see http://www.wiseeducation.org/p-contacts.aspx to find yours)

Want to know more? Go to http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/cpd/WISEPlusLatin.html, email the instructor: abarnhar@library.ucsb.edu or join the Facebook group "Librarianship for Latin American & Iberian or Latina/o Studies Course 2009"



Fall 2009 Intern Program with The Inter-American Dialogue

The Inter-American Dialogue offers full and part-time volunteer internships in the fall, spring and summer semesters for students interested in the dynamics of inter-American relations. The Dialogue is a forum for sustained exchange among leaders of the Western Hemisphere and an independent, nonpartisan center for policy analysis on economic and political relations in the Americas. It regularly convenes U.S. and Latin American leaders from the public and private sectors and diverse political perspectives to search for cooperative responses to hemispheric problems. Covering a wide scope of issues, it is engaged in an ambitious effort to improve the quality of debate and decision making on U.S.-Latin American relations and to promote new opportunities for hemispheric political, social, and economic cooperation.

  • As assigned, assist the president, associates and staff with research and writing on current issues affecting U.S.-Latin American relations;
  • Attend and report on Washington-area briefings, working groups, congressional testimonies and meetings;
  • Take notes for Dialogue events and write event summaries;
  • Edit and translate articles, reports and other publications;
  • Perform administrative tasks including: managing the front desk, assisting in conference organization and outreach, and intermittent copying, faxing and mailings.


  • Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in the social sciences with a focus on Latin America/Caribbean;
  • Demonstrated research and writing ability, plus excellent communications skills;
  • Interest in the economic, social, and political issues affecting the Americas;
  • Proficiency in English and Spanish and/or Portuguese;
  • Computer proficiency in MSWord, Excel and the Internet.

A minimum of eight 16-20 hour weeks are required during the fall and spring semesters. Summer interns are expected to work full-time (30-40 hours per week).

Application Procedure:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (1-2 pages) and letter of recommendation to the "Internship Coordinator" at the address below. Applications are accepted throughout the year, however please note the following deadlines for each term:

Upcoming Deadlines:

Fall – August 31, 2009

Spring – December 1, 2009

For more information, please contact: Inter-American Dialogue, Attn: Intern Coordinator, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 510, Washington, DC 20036 or send email to, internships@thedialogue.org



Witness for Peace Trips to Latin America

Witness for Peace (WFP) is a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. WFP's mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. Be the change you want to see in the world. Travel to Latin America with Witness for Peace by signing up for one of their 2009/2010 travel opportunities (http://witnessforpeace.org/userdata_display.php?modin=51&upcoming=1).

          Witness for Peace can customize delegations for groups of 10 or more. Contact Ken Crowley (ken@witnessforpeace.org, 202-423-3402 or 773-564-9535) for more information.





"Unsettling Decadence: Crisis and Creativity in Latin America"

Conference hosted by Johns Hopkins University, Program in Latin American Studies

How can Latin American historical, social, political and artistic processes contribute to rethink notions of "decadence" and "crisis"? Decadence has been associated with ideas of decay, immorality, loss and excess. It conveys a temporality haunted by immanent death and decline, in which the traces of the past –and its abuses, struggles or glories– saturate the present. Intimately related to the contradictions and impossibilities of progress and the corruption of social orders, decadence invites us to think about the modalities of colonialism and imperialism in the region, and the excesses and debaucheries of those in power. Most recently, decadence has also been invoked to describe the crisis in global capitalism, and the forms of excessive expenditure, corruption and profiteering that contributed to the crisis. This crisis marks the limits of an economic order and a certain project of modernity, and enables forms of disorder, disinhibition and anarchy, usually associated with decadence. At the same time, it opens up spaces of political, cultural or economic creativity and experimentation that generate possibilities for the new.

          For its Fall 2009 Conference "Unsettling Decadence", the Program in Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins University invites papers from across the social sciences and humanities to reflect on these topics. Possible questions can be (but are not exhausted by):

  • What forms of traffic, sexuality, disorder and creativity emerge in the Latin American border zones and frontiers?

Please send title and a brief (200 word) abstract indicating the applicant's academic status, affiliation and contact information, by September 15, 2009 to plas@jhu.edu

Date: Friday, October 23, 2009

Location: Homewood Campus, Baltimore, Maryland



Full PhD and Postdoctoral Grants in Berlin, Germany

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) 1571/1 "Between Spaces" at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin invites applications for: 15 PhD grants (approx. 1,200EUR per month) and 2 Postdoctoral grants (approx. 1,400 EUR per month) to commence at the earliest possible date. The interdisciplinary IRTG is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and is hosted by the Institute for Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. The IRTG cooperates closely with Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam, El Colegio de México, Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México and the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social in Mexico City. The IRTG adopts a new perspective in the study of globalization. It seeks to make an innovative contribution to the re-orientation of Area Studies as a transnational and interdisciplinary field of study by means of a dialogue between disciplines from the social sciences and the humanities as well as between academic traditions from Mexico and Germany. The IRTG studies movements between different world regions and the new spaces emerging both in past and present periods of intensifying global interconnections. Disciplines involved: history, political science, sociology, economics, social and cultural anthropology, as well as literature and cultural studies. Applications from these disciplines are welcomed.

·         PhD grants: The grants will be awarded for two years and may be extended for one more year.

·         Postdoctoral grants: The grants will be awarded for 18 months and may be extended for six more months.

Applications are to be sent in both hard copy and digital (PDF) forms until September 15, 2009 to:

Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke / Prof. Dr. Marianne Braig

Zentralinstitut Lateinamerika-Institut

Freie Universität Berlin

Rüdesheimer Str. 54-56

14197 Berlin, Germany

e-mail: entre-espacios@lai.fu-berlin.de

For more information, please visit: www.lai.fu-berlin.de/entre-espacios/



Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizer, Witness for Peace

The Mid-Atlantic regional chapter of Witness for Peace (NY, NJ, PA, MD, DE, and DC) seeks a full-time Regional Organizer (RO) to begin in October 2009. We are accepting and evaluating applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled (job announcement posted on July 31).

          The Regional Organizer will work in close collaboration with the Witness for Peace-MidAtlantic (WFP-MA) regional Steering Committee and WFP program staff to carry out responsibilities aimed at facilitating the growth and development of WFP-MA as a respected and influential peace and justice organization. Witness for Peace (WFP) is a politically independent, grassroots organization made up of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. Our mission is to support peace, justice, and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing US policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin American and the Caribbean. We stand with people who seek justice.

For more information on this position, please visit: http://witnessforpeace.org/article.php?list=type&type=91




The following list of events is provided as a service to the community by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), University of Pittsburgh. CLAS neither recommends nor endorses these events and activities. Please address questions or comments about the events to the contact provided and not to the Center.


Auditions, Coro Latinoamericano-Pittsburgh

Three Reasons why you should audition:

·         It's fun. We learn and perform songs in Spanish, Portuguese, Quechua and other Latin American languages. (No need to be fluent in any language.)

·         It's exciting. As a choir, we plan to grow! We are a group of committed, singing friends and caring individuals from a variety of countries.

·         It's good for our community. Coro performances enlighten audiences and broaden cultural horizons. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Preparation: When auditioning with Coro Latinoamericano, new members should prepare a song of their choice – and bring a copy of their music for the accompanist. They may sing memorized lyrics if desired. Sight singing will also be required.

Special Benefits for Lead Singers: While recruiting all interested singers as members, Coro is seeking in particular four "lead singers" -- one in each voice (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) -- who can serve as a model for others. Each "lead singer" will receive one hour of voice coaching and a waiver of monthly dues in exchange for this important role.

Rehearsals and Dues: Rehearsals are generally held on Sundays, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., August through May, Pittsburgh. Occasional extra rehearsals are scheduled if/as needed prior to a performance. Membership dues are $20 per person per month during the concert season.

Audition Dates for 2009-2010 Season:

Dates: Friday, August 14 and Sunday, August 16, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Room 127, Margaret Morrison Building, Carnegie Mellon University

For more information: contact German Matos, Vice President, gmatos@yahoo.com or 412-661-1211, or Enrique Bernardo, Music Director, admin@enriquebernardo.com or 412-908-2386



KENIA – Brazilian Jazz, Bossa Nova, Samba, Choro


Upcoming performances:

Stars at Riverview Jazz Series

This Saturday, August 15 we return to Riverview Park in the North Side, and we are ready to party as we say "farewell and good luck" to Lucas Ashby who leaves for Ithaca College the following week. It will be a bittersweet moment as we all wish him the best and know for sure will miss his smile, his talent and his witty remarks. So join us, Michael Murray, Tony DePaolis and James Johnson III. Be sure to bring a nice picnic and let's send Lucas off "in style".

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2009

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Riverview Park, Observatory Hill

For more information: please call 412-937-3039


DOLCE Lounge

Date: Tuesday, August 18

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
2829 East Carson Street, South Side Works, Southside

For more information: please call 412-586-7422



Adolescent Clinic in Spanish

The Division of Adolescent Medicine and the program Salud Para Niños of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh offer every Friday morning general medical services for adolescents in Spanish. Services include check-ups, sick visits, reproductive health care (except for pregnancy follow-ups and prenatal care), prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and management of issues common among teens such as smoking, drug use and behavioral problems. These services will be provided to patients who have health insurance and choose the CHP Adolescent Medicine Division as their PCP.

Regardless of insurance status or ability to pay, confidential care is available for young men and woman under 21 years of age who require treatment related to reproductive health—including birth control and PAP smears as well as prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

To make an appointment please call 412-692-6677 and ask for an appointment with Dr. Romina Barrall for the Spanish Clinic on a Friday morning (scheduling only available in English).



Capoeira Classes on Pitt campus

Grupo Axe Capoeira Pittsburgh offers classes in capoeira, a Brazilian martial art. Classes are open to students and non-students. Classes include martial arts training, acrobatics, music, and dance, and teach discipline, confidence, and respect.

Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (until 7:30pm on Wednesdays)

Location: Multipurpose Room, Trees Hall, University of Pittsburgh (upper campus)

For more information: please visit www.axecapoeirapittsburgh.com or email capoeirapittsburgh@gmail.com



If you have an announcement related to a Latin American/Caribbean activity taking place that you would like to share with others interested in the region, please send details no later than Tuesday of the week prior to your event or deadline:

Center for Latin American Studies

University of Pittsburgh

4200 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-648-7392; Fax: 412-648-2199; e-mail: clas@pitt.edu



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