viernes, 4 de septiembre de 2009

CLAS Weekly Update

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano presents Fall 2009 Film Series: "Cine de Género" (Genre Films)

please join us for the fall 2009 Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano film series opening reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Cloister. The film series starts at 7:30 p.m., in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, with "Actores Secundarios" (Chile, 2004) a documentary on the history of the student movement of the 1980s which opposed the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (directed by Pachi Bustos and Jorge Leiva).


This fall, from September 9 to December 10, 2009, Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano will present genre films (cine de género), including science fiction, author films (cine de autor), psychological, social and historical drama, comedy, and masked-wrestler (películas de luchador).


Some films are adult in nature and may not be appropriate for young audiences.

Except for the weeks of September 9 and November 4, most films will take place on Thursdays @ 7:30 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University Pittsburgh.

For more information: email, and/or for film descriptions, go to

Sponsored by: the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures, and the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Library Collection.



30th Annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival


Due to potential inconveniences related to the G-20 Summit, which will be held in Pittsburgh on September 24-25, the Latin American and Caribbean Festival WILL NOT take place on Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Festival has been rescheduled for a Saturday, March 27, 2010.

For more information: contact Luz Amanda Hank,


Salsa Lessons

Come and learn how to dance salsa with instructor Marlon Silva.

Dates: Wednesdays, September 9, 16, 30 & October 7, 2009

Time: 9:15 – 10:15 p.m.

Location: Galleria, 1st Floor, Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

Great News for Everyone!!!

We will be offering Salsa Lessons during the Spring Term (dates to be announced), probably before the Festival (Saturday, March 27, 2010).

For more information: contact Luz Amanda Hank,



Teaching Assistant Needed

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is seeking a Teaching Assistant (TA) for the Under­graduate Seminar & Field Trip to Leon, Nicaragua in the Spring Term and Summer Session of 2010. The student will help the project director during the undergrad­uate interdisci­plinary seminar in the Spring Term (January through April) and accompany the group to Nicaragua in the Summer Ses­sion (approximately May 5-June 20). The deadline for receipt of applications is September 24, 2009


Spring Term—Attend all seminar sessions, prepare bibliographies and other teaching materials, present lectures in the seminar as requested by the director, assist student participants with their research designs, provide information on the logistics of traveling and living in country, and other tasks as assigned by the project director. This position requires 10 hours of work per week during the spring term.

Summer Session—Accompany the group to Nicaragua where the TA will assist students with their research and cultural adaptation, arrange the in-country excursion and despedida. The TA also may be asked to participate in the selection of undergraduate participants (in October) as well as assist in the evaluation of the students' work (in August).

Benefits: The recipient will be appointed as a part-time Teaching Assistant for the Spring Term. The position includes salary, fringe benefits and full tuition. The assistant will also receive a one-time payment for the summer. The assistant will accompany the project director and student participants to Nicaragua; his/her round-trip air fare, room and board, and expenses related to the field trip will be paid by the Center (personal expenses are not included).

Requirements: Applicants should have taken courses about Latin America, be fluent in the Spanish language, be able to teach social science research methodology and, ideally, have had field experience in Latin America. S/he should be well-organized, anticipate deadlines, and complete assignments accurately and thoroughly. Students who currently hold a FLASF, LASPPF, or GSA/TA/TF must relinquish that fellowship in order to accept the TA for the Seminar/Field Trip.

To Apply: Only students currently enrolled in a graduate certificate program of the Center for Latin American Studies are eligible to apply. Applicants should send a resume or curriculum vitae, one letter of recommendation from a Pitt faculty member, and an up-to-date copy of their transcript to:

Julian Asenjo

Seminar/Field Trip TA

Center for Latin American Studies

4207 Posvar Hall

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

The deadline for receipt of applications is September 24, 2009



CLAS Seminar & Field Trip to Latin America

CLAS welcomes student applications for the 2010 Latin American Seminar and Field Trip to Leon, Nicaragua. Details and application instructions are available at:



La Cultura Lecture: "Race in Brazil: Recent History and Current Debates" by Dr. G. Reid Andrews (University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Professor of History and specialist on Black history in Latin America)

 With an African-descended population of 93 million people, Brazil has the largest Black population of any country outside Africa. Dr. Andrews will offer a brief introduction to Brazilian concepts of race (which are in some ways similar to, and in other ways different from, U.S. concepts of race), the current status of black-white race relations in Brazil, and current debates in that country about how best to achieve racial equality.

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Campana Chapel and Lecture Center, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 150 Finoli Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601



University-wide lectures and G20 events at Pitt


Pitt Business G-20 World Tour

The next G-20 summit will be hosted here in Pittsburgh September 24-25, 2009. To commemorate this historic meeting of world leaders in our city, Pitt Business is hosting a month-long celebration of the G-20 member countries with spotlights and forums on the role of the G-20 in our global economy. Attend any or all of the series: G-20 Country Days, World Wednesdays, and Media Monday. Programs including Argentina, Brazil and Mexico

For more information go to:


Great Decisions webcast: Cuba after Castro

What are the challenges and opportunities in reopening ties with Cuba?

Since Fidel Castro handed over the presidency of Cuba to his brother Raúl in early 2008, there have been mixed messages of change and keeping the status quo in terms of US-Cuban relations.  Will Raúl seek to reopen ties with the U.S.? What role will Cuban-Americans play in shaping a post-Castro Cuba?

Great Decisions, part of the Passport to Global Awareness course, is webcast by the World Affairs Council. For more information on Great Decisions 2009 - Discussion Groups, please visit the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh website.

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Porter 100, Gregg Hall, Carnegie Mellon University




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.



Spanish Club Events


Conversation Tables/Mesas de Conversación

The Spanish Club holds Conversation Tables every Monday from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Panera Bread on Forbes Avenue. It's a great way to practice Spanish with native speakers and students alike - and you can have a coffee or tea on us!



Salud para Niños - Birmingham Clinic

Free Pediatric & Flu Immunization Clinics

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Care Mobile

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Salvation Army, 54 S. 9th Street (Southside), Pittsburgh, PA 15203

For more information: 412-692-6000 option 8,

Or visit


Birmingham Free Clinic – New location, More Services

The Birmingham Free Clinic now has a new location, just half of a block from the old building next to the Thrift Store of the Salvation Army.

New Services Include:

·         Free Adult Clinics (no health insurance or appointment is needed)

o   Mondays, 5:00 p.m. (In English)

o   Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. (In English)

o   Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. (except Saturdays of holiday weekends). (In Spanish)

·         Salud Para Niños' Free Pediatric and Immunizations Clinics in Spanish

o   Second Saturday of each month 10:00 a.m. (no health insurance or appointment is needed)

·         Psychiatric Clinic (In English)

o   Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. (no health insurance or appointment is needed)

Other services include: Free Pharmacy, Cardiology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, ENT, and Spanish Interpreters depending on availability.



PUMP, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Global Beats present: Global Beats Stay and Play Friday

Global Beats, PUMP and The Pittsburgh Trust welcome the world to Pittsburgh with a free street global dance party and a festival of lights!

Scott Kettner's Forró and Brass Band - infectious funk infused music from northeastern Brazil and New Orleans!

Live Batucada by Pittsburgh's Samba Funk Percussion Band: Timbeleza

Date: Friday, September 18, 2009

Time: 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Location:  Katz Plaza, DowntownPittsburgh

For more information: 412-608-3946,



Nego Gato Performance & Capoeira Workshops

Featuring The Nego Gato Afro Brazilian Music and Ensemble with Mestre Nego Gato and Brazilian Artists Jair Pereira and Gustavo Caldas along with students of the Pittsburgh Capoeira Academy.

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: The Union Project, 801 N.  Negley Avenue, Highland Park

Tickets: $10 and $12 at the door. (Advance Ticket Reservations available)



Nego Gato will be conducting workshops in Capoeira, Afro Brazilian Percussion and Afro Brazilian Dance at Steel Dragon Kung Fu Studios, The Ice House, 100 43rd Street in Lawrenceville

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

Friday, September 25, 2009, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Cost per workshop $20, Multiple Workshops $15 per workshop


Children's Capoeira Class

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009

Time: 1:30- 2:30 p.m.

Location: Pittsburgh Dance and Theater Arts, 4765 Liberty Avenue, Downtown

Cost: $10


Percussion Classes

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2009

Time:  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Afro Brazilian Dance

With Gustavo Caldas and Carol Chappell, Nego Gato and Jair Pereira on Percussion

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2009

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Cost:  $20 per workshop, $15 multiple workshops


For more information: Visit the website at


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