lunes, 30 de noviembre de 2009

Sabine McCormack,Dec 3-4: three events presented by Humanities Center at Pitt

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The Humanities Center at the University of Pittsburgh presents

Sabine MacCormack

Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. College of Arts and Letters Chair, History and Classics, University of Notre Dame


Colloquium discussion of chapters 1 and 5 of her book

On the Wings of Time: Rome, the Incas, Spain and Peru

Responses from Gonzalo Lamana (Hispanic), Bruce Venarde (History), and Lara Putnam (History).

Thursday, December 3, 12:30 PM

602 Cathedral of Learning

Lecture, “The Poetics of Representation in Viceregal Peru: A Walk Round the Cloister of San Agustín in Lima

Thursday, December 3, 5:00 PM

501 Cathedral of Learning

Abstract: In the early seventeenth century, the Andean painter Basilio Pacheco painted a cycle of images depicting the life of Saint Augustine for the cloister of San Agustín in Lima. Many of the episodes depicted are easily recognizable for any reader of Augustine's Confessions. Other episodes are legendary, and were incorporated into his biography during the Middle Ages. In this talk, I discuss the message that will have been conveyed by these remarkable images in their New World setting, and for the friars who were walking through their cloister day by day. 

Colloquium discussion on José de Acosta’s travel narrative

Friday, December 4, 1:00PM

602 Cathedral of Learning


Readings for the two colloquia can be obtained by emailing with the subject heading “MacCormack Readings.”  Co-sponsored by Medieval and Renaissance Studies.



domingo, 29 de noviembre de 2009

So you want to dance?


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education & Community Engagement

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Salsa Socials and Workshops taught by prominent, Washington, DC instructor/performer, Psyon Mauricio, December 4, 5 & 6. 

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This Thursday's film: MOEBIUS (Science Fiction), Dir: Gustavo Mosquera. Argentina, 1996



Thursday, December 3
MOEBIUS,(Science Fiction)
Dir: Gustavo Mosquera R. Argentina, 1996

MOEBIUS is the first feature film to be collectively financed and produced by the two filmmakers and cinema professors who led the project, a crew formed by their 45 students, and the "Universidad del Cine" of Buenos Aires, as a producing entity. The idea of MOEBIUS came out of the young professor and filmmaker Gustavo Mosquera R, who engaged his students in their final years of their film studies to participate as the entire crew of the film.

The idea of the "disappearance" of a subway train came out of the original short-story written by scientist A.J.Deutsch, "A Subway Called Moebius", published in 1950. But Mosquera R took the story and figured out a very different concept for the meaning of "the disappearance". He conceived the idea of a missing train as a passage to imply other political meanings about the missing people during the dictatorship times in Argentina.

In July 1996, MOEBIUS was completed and presented by Gustavo Mosquera R, at the "Universidad del Cine". The film was a complete surprise for audiences and authorities, and was quickly submitted to the "44th International Film Festival of SAN SEBASTIAN". It was immediately accepted and screened with notable success.

Free and open to the public
Some films are adult in nature and may not be appropriate for young audiences

Contact and series info:

martes, 17 de noviembre de 2009

IMPORTANT UPDATE on Honduras talks

Please note the CHANGE OF VENUE for the public forum scheduled for Tuesday,
Nov. 17th. I have attached a corrected flyer to this message. Apologies
for any confusion.



Darío Euraque, Professor of History, Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut)
and former director of the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History

Dan Beeton, Policy Analyst, Center for Economic and Policy Research
(Washington, DC)

The CMU lecture is unchanged:


LECTURE: DARIO EURAQUE, "Archaeology, National Identity and the Coup in
Honduras: the Role of the Ancient Maya"


lunes, 16 de noviembre de 2009

This Thursday's film "Los Andes no creen en Dios", Bolivia, 2007

Amigos del cine Latinoamericano

Thursday, November 19
Los Andes no creen en Dios
Dir. Antonio Eguino, Bolivia, 2007

The film is set in 1927, in Uyuni, where tin and silver mining was a major business, making some people wealthy and making thousands of others essentially paid slaves. But the film (as some critics might point out) is not really as much about the brutal exploitation of miners (in fact working miners are almost a non-presence in the film) but about conflicts of morals amidst the better-off living in the city made by the mines.

An almost all-Bolivian cast creates vivid characters, including: Joaquin (Milton Cortez), a young transplanted Cochabambino man who misfortune in love and work eventually makes a wreck; Claudina (Carla Ortiz), a very sexual and free-willed transplanted Cochabambina who makes a lot of men wrecks; and Alfonso (Peruvian Diego Bertie) who navigates everything from banking, getting shot, and getting trapped in a mountain storm, to survive better than any others.
Spanish with English subtitles

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium


Email: (UCIS-CLAS)


jueves, 12 de noviembre de 2009

CLAS Weekly Update


Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




The 2nd Annual "The Americas—in Concert"

One of the most sought-after Tango pianists of our times, Octavio Brunetti, will interpret Tangos by Argentine composers with his band, The Octavio Brunetti Quintet.

Created in 1998 in Argentina by pianist and arranger Octavio Brunetti, The Octavio Brunetti quintet represents the tradition of Argentine Tango in its purest form—a passionate and fascinating music, combined with the new, electrifying Tango from the 21st Century. The Octavio Brunetti Quintet transmits the mystery and magic of the Argentine Tango and the avant-garde music that plays in the heartbeat of present-day Buenos Aires.

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2009

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh.

Free & Open to the Public

For more information: contact CLAS, 412-648-7392,



2010 Student Conference on Latin American Social and Public Policy

Deadline Extension

The purpose of this conference is to provide an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present papers, works-in-progress (including term papers, dissertations, and conference papers, etc.), and other academic work with relevance to Latin American social and public policy.

If you are writing a paper on any aspect of Latin American social and public policy, we invite you to submit your work for consideration. You may also propose to form a panel for presentation and discussion.

To propose a paper presentation or a panel, please submit your topic with a brief description (approximately 75 to 100 words) to Luis Bravo, International Relations and Fellowships Coordinator (CLAS), by November 23, 2009. You will be notified of the committee's decision by December 14, 2009. The deadline for submission of final papers will be January 12, 2010. Individually submitted papers will be presented in panels arranged around common themes, with each participant having up to 15 minutes for presentation.

Final papers must be in English and approximately 15 to 30 double-spaced pages. To submit the abstract through our online form, go to:

Conference dates: February 19-20, 2009



Upcoming Lectures/Forum/Workshop/Colloquium



"The Feminine Life of Masculine Power: Patriarchal Domination and Feminine Struggle in 19th Century Ecuadorian Culture" a lecture by Juan Carlos Grijalva (Assistant Professor, Assumption College)

This talk will explore the deep interconnections between masculine public authority and feminine subjectivity in 19th century Ecuadorian culture, but the interpretation developed by the presenter could just as well be applied to discussions of theocratic discourses in present-day Iran or Afghanistan. By affirming the centrality of the female to the very existence of patriarchy itself, Dr. Grijalva argues the perpetuation of a "totalizing" kind of patriarchy through the "transvestite ventriloquism" of the feminine voice or the existence of a feminine defense of patriarchalism in national literature, newspapers, magazines, public education, and moral-religious principles. He also extends his analysis to the dynamics of the response (i.e., resistance, struggle) on the part of rebel women.

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2009

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Location: 207 College Hall, Berger Gallery, Duquesne University (refreshments will be served)

For more information: contact CIQR Coordinator Fred Evans, or visit CIQR website,

Sponsored by Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research (CIQR -seeker"), Duquesne University.


Social Justice and Latin America: Perspectives from Pittsburgh Nonprofits

Join representatives from organizations in Pittsburgh that work with Latin American populations, here and abroad. The moderated panel discussion will feature five organizations (Building New Hope, Global Links, United Steelworkers, United Electrical, and Welcome Center for Immigrations and Internationals) that are engaged in social justice work, ranging from fair trade coffee farming in Nicaragua to securing miners' rights in Colombia. Speakers will focus their comments on the political and economic issues surrounding their area of work. This is a great chance for CLAS students to connect with local organizations that work with the Latin American community.

Date: Monday, November 16, 2009

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Location: 4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh (pizza and beverages will be provided)

For more information: contact Anne Marie Toccket, or Katie Warner,


"Honduras: Coup and Political Crisis" a public forum featuring Dan Beeton (Policy Analyst, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington DC) and Darío Euraque (Professor of History, Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut, and former director of the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History)

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: St. Regis Church, 3250 Parkview Avenue, Oakland

For more information: please contact John Soluri, 412-268-7122,


"Colombia: Its Music and People" a lecture by Jorge Delgado Troncoso

Jorge Delgado Troncoso, PhD Candidate in the School of Education's Administration and Policy, will show the different aspects of Colombian traditions, people and culture, while viewing some videos of famous musicians. Open to all Pitt students.

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: Lower Lounge of Sutherland Hall, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact Veronica Dristas, 412-624-2918,

Sponsored by Center for Latin American Studies, Global Studies Program, International Studies Living Learning Community.


Ethics and Regulation of International Research

This interactive workshop is designed for faculty, staff, and students at the University of Pittsburgh who are interested in or are conducting research in an international setting. Register via e-mail to or telephone to 412-648-6985. Continuing Medical Education Credits and Continuing Education Units will be awarded. This workshop is an approved INCIGHT co-curricular.

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Graduate School of Public Health, Room 109, Parran Hall, University of Pittsburgh

For more information go to or telephone Judi Steenson at 412-624-6985

Jointly sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and University of Pittsburgh Center for Global Health.


"Archaeology, National Identity and the Coup in Honduras: the Role of the Ancient Maya" a lecture by Darío Euraque (Professor of History, Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut, and former director of the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History)

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: 100 Porter Hall, Carnegie Mellon University

For more information: please contact John Soluri, 412-268-7122,


Colloquium discussion of selected chapters from "In The Wings of Time: Rome, the Incas, Spain and Peru"

This is a colloquium or panel discussion built around the visit of Short-Term Fellow, professor Sabine MacCormack (Classics and History, Notre Dame). The discussion will focus on chapters 1 and 5 of her book "In The Wings of Time: Rome, the Incas, Spain and Peru".

Responses from University of Pittsburgh professors: Gonzalo Lamana (Hispanic Languages and Literatures), Bruce Venarde (History), and Lara Putnam (History).

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: 526 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact Text to be distributed in advance; email for a copy of the reading.

Sponsored by the Humanities Center


"The Poetics of Representation in Viceregal Peru: A Walk Round the Cloister of San Agustin in Lima" a lecture by Sabine MacCormack (Short-Term Fellow, Classics and History Department, University of Notre Dame)

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: 501 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact

Sponsored by the Humanities Center


Panel Discussion on Jose de Acosta's travel narrative, led by professor Sabine MacCormack

This is a panel discussion built around the visit of Short-Term Fellow, professor Sabine MacCormack (Classics and History, University of Notre Dame). The discussion will focus on Jose de Acosta's travel narratives.

Date: Friday, December 4, 2009

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: 526 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact Text to be distributed in advance; email for a copy of the reading.

Sponsored by the Humanities Center



Postdoctoral Researcher in Latin American Studies, Penn Lauder Center for International Education & Research (CIBER), University of Pennsylvania

The Penn Lauder Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER) seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of Latin American Studies either for the spring and fall semesters of 2010, or for the fall and spring semesters of the 2010-2011 academic year. The holder of this position must have earned a recent PhD or doctorate in a relevant social science discipline (e.g. economics, history, political science, sociology, anthropology), be actively engaged in research on Latin America, and speak fluently Spanish and/or Portuguese. S/he will be expected to reside in the greater Philadelphia area, to develop and teach a one-semester, graduate-level course on the political economy of Latin America, to meet regularly with graduate students and provide them with advice regarding their research projects and language proficiency development, and to attend events and participate in other relevant projects or activities organized by the Penn Lauder CIBER and the Lauder Institute. The Postdoctoral Researcher will have shared office accommodation at the Penn Lauder CIBER facility but will hold an appointment through the relevant academic Department at the University of Pennsylvania. The stipend for the academic year will be $40,000.

Deadline: Applications will be considered beginning December 1, 2009.

Minimum Requirements: PhD or doctorate and fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of the Latin American political economy

Documents Required: A brief letter summarizing the applicant's qualifications for the position, evidence of previous teaching accomplishments, a current CV, and three letters of recommendation.

Contact Information: Director, Penn Lauder CIBER, c/o



Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano Fall 2009 Film Series

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).

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

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



In November

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Film: La Niña Santa – Dir. Lucrecia Martel (Argentina - 2004)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Film: Los Andes no creen en Dios - Dir. Antonio Eguino (Bolivia – 2007)

For more information:, and for updated film titles and descriptions, go to

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



Employment Opportunity


Bilingual Outreach & Enrollment Specialist, Consumer Health Coalition

Consumer Health Coalition seeks a part time bilingual outreach and enrollment specialist, job description is as follows:

·         Complete intake process with consumers and answer calls to the "CHC Helpline". This includes completing applications and explaining enrollment procedures in a culturally-sensitive way, follow-up on a schedule basis for completion of applications and renewal of coverage. Specialist will also direct clients to the appropriate organizations for assistances and field calls to staff members to engage the consumer in advocacy efforts.

·         Maintain accurate database of consumer information. Generate reports and feedback about the helpline statistics.

·         Insure that all terms, conditions, and reporting requirements of Outreach and Enrollment grants are successfully implemented in a timely manner.

·         Establish partnerships with Latino community organizations. Train partner organizations on the public health programs that are available for low-income consumers and encourage new organizations to take 100% Pledge.

·         Continually update and provide 100% Pledge agencies with the materials that they need to provide for successful outreach to the uninsured to those who speak Spanish.

·         Attend Latino community outreach events including Salud Para Niños one Saturday per month to help consumers to complete applications. Coordinate outreach initiatives with full-time helpline staff member.

·         Create innovative outreach initiatives to help enroll children in CHIP/ Medical Assistance

·         Document all barriers that occur within the program systems

·         Maintain ongoing knowledge of the vast amount of rules and regulations of the public health programs. Also includes knowledge of federally qualified health centers and patient assistance programs.

·         Help to create training materials in Spanish for community partners; flyers, brochures, and reports

Knowledge and Skills: Bachelors degree. Knowledge of C.H.I.P. or M.A. preferred. Experience in community outreach including preparing and presenting materials. Fluent in written and spoken Spanish, ability to multi-task; willingness to travel to outreach and enrollment events in Allegheny, Butler, Armstrong, and Indiana counties, must have insured vehicle and PA Drivers License. Must be willing to work unconventional hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Compensation: Part time, flexible schedule, $10 hourly, partially paid benefits, mileage reimbursements.

Please forward resumes to Leslie Bachurski at by November 30, 2009




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.



Salud Para Niños - Birmingham Clinic

Free Pediatric & Flu Immunization Clinics

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Care Mobile

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2009

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

Location: Salvation Army, 54 S. 9th Street, Southside

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



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:



martes, 10 de noviembre de 2009

Three Rivers Film Festival

Un par de peliculas hispanas en el festival:
The Paranoids
(Gabriel Medina; Argentina; 2009; 105 min)
Fri., Nov. 13, 9:00 @ Harris
Sun., Nov. 15, 4:00 @ Harris
An edgy, off-beat film, this young director's debut blew audiences
away at San Francisco's International Film Fest. With an understated
yet stylized approach, he maintains a constant sense of unease
throughout the film, using black humor as occasional relief. When we
meet Luciano, he's an aimless, narcoleptic loner and aspiring
screenwriter who partakes in lots of random hookups. Oh, and he works
children's birthday parties for a living. When a friend comes to town
(with his beautiful showgirl girlfriend) to make a TV program called
"The Paranoids," he asks Luciano to be the writer. Stay for the big
dance number. With subtitles. (Gabriel Medina; Argentina; 2009; 105 min)
    Visit the official page. Watch a trailer.
Preceded by "Panfilo's Pyrexia" by Marina Pfenning.

Lake Tahoe
(Fernando Eimbcke; Mexico; 2008; 78 min)

Wed., Nov. 18, 9:15 @ Harris
Thu., Nov. 19, 7:00 @ Harris

Showcased at both Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals, this is the tender tale of a teenage boy searching for answers to some of life's most difficult questions. When Juan crashes his family's car he scours the streets for someone to help him fix it. His quest brings him to a lonely old man whose only companion is his dog; then to Lucía, a young mother who wants to be a singer in a punk band; and then to "the one who knows," a teenage mechanic obsessed with martial arts. The bewildering worlds of these characters pull Juan into a one-day escape as well as a profound life journey. With subtitles. (Fernando Eimbcke; Mexico; 2008; 78 min)
   "Nearly every shot is a joy to behold" – Time Out NY. Watch a trailer.
Preceded by "Raining Ashes" by Owen Carson.

El Círculo Juvenil de Cultura Visita a WRCT

Una nota sobre las actividades recientes del programa para niNos hispanohablantes en Pgh. y su contacto con WRCT...

(English text below)
El domingo 8 de noviembre, ya un poco más bajos de azúcar luego del fin de semana de Halloween, l@s chic@s hicieron una visita a la emisoria universitaria de Carnegie Mellon, la WRCT. Esta emisora, manejada completamente por voluntarios compuestos de estudiantes, profesor@s y empleados de la universidad, inició transmisiones hace 50 años, convirtiéndose así en la emisora más antigua de esta naturaleza en el territorio de los EE. UU. En la actualidad, WRCT transmite a un radio de 15 millas a través de los 88.3 MHz FM, y también en directo para todo el mundo a través de en la internet.

WRCT no sólo mantiene el espacio a través del cual se transmite el programa de radio en español Barrio Latino todos los jueves a las 6pm, sino que además cuenta actualmente entre su personal a Juan Fernández, quien con gran generosidad dio un tour en español a l@s chic@s por las instalaciones de la emisora. Nuestr@s pequeñ@s aprendices de radio se mostraron visiblemente interesad@s en las instalaciones y los equipos, y especialmente en la enorme colección de discos y música. Luego de ver cómo se grababa en ese momento un programa en vivo, y de conocer y hacer preguntas sobre la "antediluviana" tecnología del LP de vinilo o acetato, procedieron a aprender un poco sobre cómo tocarlo usando un tornamesa, y cómo crear efectos de "scratching", tocar los discos a diferentes velocidades y en diferentes direcciones, etc. Gracias especiales a nuestra asistente voluntaria Carlin por ayudarnos a organizar esta visita. Para ver fotografías de las instalaciones y la colección musical, pueden hacer click aquí.

Para finalizar, l@s chic@s prepararon e hicieron preguntas a una invitada misteriosa, para tratar de adivinar el país hispano del cual provenía. Por muchas razones fue una sesión inolvidable.

Para la próxima sesión l@s chic@s deberán hacer una entrevista en espanol a uno de sus padres (o a un familiar adulto) con preguntas muy similares a las que prepararon para la invitada misteriosa, pero refiriéndose al período e su infancia, para saber más sobre ese pasado. Le pedimos a los padres y madres que les ayuden a preparar 3-5 preguntas como por ejemplo, "¿Qué tipo de comida/música/deporte/libro te gustaba cuando eras niñ@?" o "¿Cómo te vestías?" Si existe la posibilidad en casa de que realicen la grabación de esta mini-entrevista, ya sea en una computadora o una grabadora, l@s chic@s pueden traer la grabación (en formato análogo o digital) o pueden enviarlo por correo electrónico a Nelly Juarez (click). De lo contrario, pueden escribir las preguntas y respuestas en su cuaderno con ayuda de un adulto si es necesario.

Gracias a la familia de Ashley por ofrecer una vez más traer la merienda para l@s chic@s. Estamos solicitando voluntarios para contribuir con la merienda para l@s niñ@s durante los dos últimos fines de semana del taller (nov. 22 y dic. 6). En caso de estar interesad@s, pueden hablar con nosotr@s el domingo. También puede verse el calendario de meriendas e inscribirse para una fecha en

Hasta la próxima!

On Sunday Nov. 8, not quite as high on sugar as the previous Halloween weekend, the kids visited Carnegie Mellon University's radio station, WRCT. This station, entirely run by colunteer students, faculty, and staff from the university, started broadcasting 50 years ago, and is therefore the oldest station of this type in the US. Currently, WRCT transmits to a radio of 15 miles through the 88.3 MHz FM, and also to the world through on the internet.

Not only does WRCT maintain the space through which the Spanish radio hour, Barrio Latino, is broadcas every Thursday at 6pm, but it also has Juan Fernández among its current members. Juan was generous enough to take the kids on a Spanish-language tour through the station's facilitie. Our young amateur radioists were visibly interested in the equipment, and especially in the giant record and music collection. After witnessing how a live show was being broadcast, and getting acquainted with and asking questions about the "antediluvian" technology of the vynil LP records, they went ahead and learned a bit how to play it with a turntable, and how to create "scratching" effects, play the record at different speeds and in different directions, etc. Special thanks also to our volunteer assistant Carlin for helping coordinate the visit. To see some pictures of the facilities and the music colection, you may click here.

At the end, the kids prepared and posed questions to a "mysterious guest" in order to guess which Spanish-speaking country she came from. For many reasons, it was a memorable session.

For next session, kids will interview briefly in Spanish one of their parents (or an adult relative) using questions similar to those they prepared for the mysteious guest, but referred to the childhood of the interviewee, in order to learn about that past time. We ask parents to help them prepare 3-5 questions like, for instance, "¿What type of food/music/sports/books did you like when you were a child?" or "How did you dress?" If at all possible, each child can record the interview at home on the computer or a voice recorder. They can bring the analog or digital recording or send it electronically to Nelly Juarez (click). Otherwise, they can write questions and answers in their notebooks with an adult' help if necessary.

Many thanks to Ashley's familiy for offering to bring the snack once again. We are in need of volunteers to contribute with the snack for the two last sessions (Nov. 22 & Dec. 6). If interested, you may talk to one of us on Sunday or sign up at

See you soon!

Thursday, November, Nov. 12: La niña santa LATIN AMERICAN FILM SERIES FALL 2009





Thursday, November, Nov. 12
La niña santa (Auteaur film)
Dir. Lucrecia Martel, Argentina – 2004

A group of physicians gather at a provincial hotel in Salta. The hotel owner, Helena, is subdued, brittle, avoiding the calls of her ex-husband's pregnant wife. Family dysfunction seems everywhere. Helena's daughter, Amalia, about 14, discusses vocations in Catholic girls group. Their teen imaginations conflate the erotic, the religious, and the lurid. Amalia notices Dr. Jano, and he notices her. She decides to make him her vocation, she follows him, he rubs against her in a public crowd, he's appalled at his actions. Meanwhile, Helena believes Jano is attracted to her even through he's married. Longing, guilt, scandal, and teen sensuality are set to collide.


Free and open to the public
Some films are adult in nature and may not be appropriate for young audiences

Contact and series info: