jueves, 17 de septiembre de 2009

CLAS Weekly Update

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming EventsIncluding the G-20



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: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/students/abroad/seminar_field_leon.html



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

Today Latin American film is among the best in the world. This Fall 2009 (September 9 – December 10), Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano presents 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.


Most films will take place on Thursdays @ 7:30 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University Pittsburgh. 

Thursday, September 17: El Aura (crime thriller, directed by Fabián Bielinsky, Argentina – 2005).

A quiet, cynic taxidermist, who suffers epilepsy attacks, is obsessed with committing the perfect crime. He claims that the cops are too stupid to find out about it when it's well executed, and that the robbers are too stupid to execute it the right way; and that he could do it himself relying on his photographic memory and his strategic planning skills. After he is invited on a hunting trip away from his home, an accident gives him the chance of his life: the possibility to commit the perfect crime he has been waiting for.

For more information: amigoscinelatinoamericano@gmail.com, and for film descriptions, go to http://amigosdelcinelatinoamericano.blogspot.com/

Sponsored by: the Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures, 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, lavst12@pitt.edu


Salsa Lessons (New Dates)

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

Dates: Thursdays, September 17, October 1, & 8, 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, lavst12@pitt.edu



Special G-20 Related Event

ARREPIA, BRASIL is a local Brazilian community groups that is presenting information about Brazil to increase awareness of this nations during the G-20 Summit. Their mission is to unite individuals and organizations that have an interest in experiencing, promoting and enhancing Brazilian culture and the Portuguese language in Pittsburgh. The program will include:

·         A 10 minute presentation about Brazil

·         A 5 minute performance of the world premiere of a G-20 theme song (with a Brazilian groove, of course!) incorporating the talents of maestro Flavio Chamis and singers Kenia and Lilly Abreu

·         A 10 minute presentation about the Brazilian presence in PittsburghWho we are, what we do, how we contribute to the development of the city and why so many of us selected Pittsburgh as our new home

·         A 15 minute Brazilian Percussion performance by the Pittsburgh group TIMBELEZA along with a Rio Samba School Costumes Parade and Fashion Show by Brazilian designer Lana Neumeyer

·         A 10 minute dance and "roda (circle)" by the Pittsburgh Capoeira Group

·         A 10 minute dance performance by the Portuguese students from the University of Pittsburgh's Brazil Nuts Portuguese Club

·         Dance party with more music by TIMBELEZA and Pittsburgh Capoeira Group

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2009

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Regional Enterprise Tower, 425 6th Ave, Downtown Pittsburgh

For more information: visit the website at www.arrepiabrasil.org



La Cultura Lecture "Race in Brazil: Recent History and Current Debates" by Dr. George 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


People's Voices: Challenging the G-20's Agenda of Corporate Globalization

An alliance of local, national, and international organizations have come together to highlight local community struggles here in Pittsburgh, to encourage discussion and to provide five exciting programs.

What is the G-20? How do their policies affect me? What can we do about it?

People's Voices contends that the G-20 promotes policies that "put profits first" through deregulation, privatization, and "free trade." Their agenda has harmed working-class communities in the U.S. and around the world, causing job loss, lower wages, poverty, inequality, and environmental destruction. Please join us for five events that encourage participants to exchange views and information in order to build a movement to oppose these policies and provide alternatives.

All the events are free and open to the public.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Forum with Finance Ministries of Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and India

Presentation and exchange on world economic issues with representatives of four major governments from the Global South.

Time: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Location: Pennsylvania Room, Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 4215 Fifth Ave. (Oakland)


Panel Discussion on G-20

A panel of local, national and international leaders and experts will explore how G-20 policies affect our communities, and how we can change them. Co-sponsored with Institute for Policy Studies and The Nation Institute.

Facilitators: John Nichols, Washington Correspondent, The Nation Magazine and Tammy Bang Luu, Labor/Community Strategy Center and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ)

Speakers include:

          Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate economist

          Emira Wood, Institute for Policy Studies

          Miriam Miranda, General Coordinator of the Fraternal Organization of Afro-Hondurans (OFRANEH) and representative to the Resistance Front against the Coup in Honduras.

          Carl Redwood, Jr., Hill District Consensus Group

          Rev. John Welsh, President, Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN), Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

          Leo Gerard, President, International President, United Steelworkers (USW)

Time: 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Monumental Baptist Church, 2228 Wylie Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Thursday, September 24, 2009

People's Voices: A Global/Local Exchange

Poverty, debt, neighborhood violence, lack of good jobs, and economic development that disrupts communities. These issues don't just impact Pittsburgh: around the world, communities face similar problems. Meet people from other U.S. and world communities. Find out what we have in common and what can we learn from each other by participating in the following discussion circles:

          The G20 and the Corporate Neoliberal Agenda: Exploring the Root Causes of Migrant Labor Exploitation (Migration/Immigration).

          Who Pays? Who Benefits? Understanding Third World Debt, Economic Crises and Poverty (Debt and Poverty)

          This is What Democracy Looks Like: Economic Development and Public Participation (Economic Development and Public Participation)

          What's Happening in our Neighborhoods and Internationally: from the Barrio to Boardroom (Drugs, Crime and Violence)

          Workers on the Move: Fighting for Sustainable Jobs (Growing Unemployment and the Need for Sustainable Jobs)

          Global Well-Being: Redefining our relationship to climate and environmental justice (Climate and Environmental Crises)

          Trading Places: Corporate Globalization and the Free Trade Agenda (Cuts in Public Services and De-regulation)

          Militarization and War in the 21rst Century (Militarization and War)

          What world are youth inheriting? (Education & Youth)

          Impact of the Economic Crises on Women (Women)

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 957 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233 and Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233 (these churches are next to each other)


People's Tribunal

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

Location: Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15233

Building on the afternoon's discussions, the economic development priorities of the G-20 will go on trial. We'll hear testimony from experts and people who have experienced devastation caused by G-20 policies, and the tribunal will reach a verdict.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Voices from Latin America

Leaders of the Hemispheric Social Alliance and labor, indigenous and environmental organizations from Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Peru and Bolivia, will criticize G-20 policies and offer alternative models of development.

Speakers include:

          Benedicto Martinez Orozco, a national officer of the Frente Autentico del Trabajo (FAT) and Union Nacional de Trabajadores (UNT), Mexico

          Alberto Arroyo, economist with the Red Mexicana Frente al Libre Comercio (RMALC), México

          Miriam Miranda, General Coordinator of the Fraternal Organization of Afro-Hondurans (OFRANEH). She is also OFRANEH's representative to the Resistance Front against the Coup in Honduras.

          Enrique Daza, Coordinator, Red Colombiana Frente al Libre Comercio (RECALCA), General Secretary Hemispheric Social Alliance (HSA), Colombia,

Speakers from Peru and Bolivia have also been invited but are not yet confirmed.

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Location: 121 David Lawrence Hall Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh (on Forbes Ave., right side of skywalk)


For more information on the events above: visit www.pittsburghunited.org/g20, call 412-683-4226, or email peoplesvoices.events@gmail.com


Organized by: Alliance for Responsible Trade/Hemispheric Social Alliance,

Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, G6 Billion, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, National Jobs with Justice, Pa. American Friends Service Committee, Pittsburgh United/Northside United, Roots of Promise, Students for Radical Change, United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE).



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!



Brazil Nuts Portuguese Club Events



Join the weekly Portuguese Conversation Tables where you can practice your language skills by meeting people with similar interests who are also learning Portuguese. Any level of Portuguese can join the fun and you do NOT have to be a member of the Brazil Nuts to participate.

Date: Every Wednesday

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: 1st Floor Lounge, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh


Grupo de Dança

Dance Group is the heart of the Brazil Nuts Club. Learn Axé, Samba and other types of Brazilian dance. Open to people at every level.

Date: Every Thursday

Time: 8:00 p.m.

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


Noite de Cinema!

Movies are a great way to expose people to the language of a region. Brazil Nuts hosts a movie night every other Tuesday in the William Pitt Union accompanied with free food and drinks! Come join us for our first showing, Tuesday September 29, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. This date is tentative.


Grupo de MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira)

The "Grupo de MPB da Pitt" is directed by singer and voice and Portuguese teacher, Lilly Abreu. The singing group meets weekly to learn different Brazilian music styles and to practice Portuguese in an informal and fun atmosphere. Musicians are welcomed too!

Date: Every Sunday (the first practice will be held September 20, 2009)

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: 13th floor lobby, Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh



XXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA2010)

You are invited to submit a paper or session (panel, workshop or special event) proposal for the XXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, LASA2010, in Toronto, Canada, October 6-9, 2010. The meeting theme is Crisis, Response, and Recovery (for more information about the theme, please go to http://lasa.international.pitt.edu/eng/congress/index.asp ) Note that proposals need not reflect the theme in order to be considered. The submission deadline for all proposals is September 30, 2009.

     Please note the following important changes regarding proposal submission and consideration for LASA2010:

·         Track chairs will accept only one out of three individual papers and will create panels for these papers. Except in extreme cases, no papers will be assigned to already-accepted panels.

·         The acceptance rate for session (panels and workshops) proposals will be 66.7 percent (two out of three), a modest change from the Rio Congress.

·         Individuals interested in constructing session (panel or workshop) proposals, and wish to locate other scholars with related interests, may go to a special section on the LASA website to register a topic or theme and search for others with whom to team up. See http://lasa.international.pitt.edu/eng/congress/paperrequests.asp.

·         An individual submitting a paper for consideration must be a LASA member at the time of submission (2009 or 2010). For session (panel or workshop) submissions, at least one member of the proposed session must be a LASA member.


     Please also note these changes with regard to travel grant requests:

·         Proposals for individual papers must include the completed travel grant request portions of the applications at the time of submission.

·         Individuals proposed as session participants must submit their own requests for travel funding when the session is submitted. These travel requests will no longer be submitted by session organizers. Any member of a proposed session may submit a travel grant request if grant requirements are met. There is no longer a limit on how many travel grants may be awarded per session.

·         Session organizers who believe that their sessions meet the criteria for consideration for a Mellon Grant should apply for the grant at the time they submit their session proposals. For more information on Mellon Grant criteria and to submit a session for consideration please go to: http://lasa.international.pitt.edu/eng/congress/proposal-submission_mellon.asp


Before submitting proposals, individuals should have the required information available: member id; paper title; session title (if applicable); and an abstract. To access the submission forms and the travel grant request forms please go to: http://lasa.international.pitt.edu/eng/congress/proposal_index.asp. Email the completed form to lasacong@pitt.edu.

To submit a special event request, go to: http://lasa.international.pitt.edu/eng/congress/proposal-submission_special.asp. Note that the deadline for special event requests is December 31, 2009.

If you are not a current member of LASA (2009 or 2010), http://lasa.international.pitt.edu/eng/membership/join.asp to initiate your membership. To renew your membership, please go to: http://lasa.international.pitt.edu/eng/membership/renew.asp.

For any concerns or questions please email lasacong@pitt.edu.




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.



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,  www.globalbeatspitt.com




Acompáñanos a festejar el día de la Independencia de México.

Ven y festeja con la comunidad hispana de Pittsburgh y Washington, PA. 

El 199 aniversario de LA INDEPENDENCIA DE MÉXICO

     Habrá comida, bebidas, recitales de poesía, bailes típicos. Y después de la ceremonia cívica disfruta de un gran baile amenizado por el grupo internacional "Imagen"

Fecha: sábado 19 de septiembre del 2009.

Lugar:  Castle Shannon Fire Department, 3600 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA

Hora: 3:15 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.


Antes del 19 de setiembre: Adultos: $13;  niños de 5 a 12 años: $10;  niños menores de 5: gratis

El día del evento: Adultos: $15;  niños de 5 a 12 años: $10; niños menores de 5: gratis

*Recuerda que este es un evento socio-cultural totalmente voluntario y sin fines de lucro.

Para participar o para comprar boletos llama a: 724-746-9162, 724-514-6872 y 724-743-2858



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 www.negogato.org


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 Niño's' 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.



Weekly Intercultural Events


Capoeira Classes on Pitt campus

Grupo Axé 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


Brazilian Radio Hour

The Brazilian Radio Hour brings you news, music, local events, special interviews, and chances to win tickets to special events. Internships and volunteer opportunities are also available! Help with news analysis, on-air talent, ideas, production, music, etc.

Date: Every Friday

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Radio Station: 88.3 FM

For more information: 412-621-9728, carlapitt@aol.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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