jueves, 4 de febrero de 2010

CLAS Weekly Update


Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




CLAS Conference


2010 Student Conference on Latin American Social and Public Policy

This conference provides 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.

Conference dates: February 19-20, 2010

Location: University Club, 123 University Place, Oakland

For more information: go to http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/laspp/lasspform.html





"Mother Tongues, Naked Selves: On Writing and Bilingualism" a lecture by Betina González (Award-Winning Bilingual Author)

Betina González will speak about the impact of a second language on the dialectics of self-discovery and writing. González is a bilingual writer who was born in San Martin, Argentina. She studied Social Communication at the University of Buenos Aires and graduated with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Pittsburgh.

González's first novel, Arte Menor, won the Clarin-Novela Annual Literary Prize, one of the most important literary contests in Latin America. She was also awarded Second Prize for Juegos de Plata, a collection composed of a nouvelle and four short stories. She is currently working on her first book in English, a collection of poems titled Laika's Bark.

Carlow University is proud to present this lecture as a part of a growing literary tradition that underscores the Humanities as a cornerstone of the University. In the past, Carlow has invited writers and scholars to engage the community in a series of diverse topics that emphasize the rich cultural tradition that Carlow continues to uphold.

Free and Open to the public

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Room 115, A.J. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology, Carlow University

For more information: contact Sylvia Rhor, scrhor@carlow.edu.

Co-sponsored by Carlow University's Spanish Department and the Honors Program


Humanities Center Colloquium Series

"Malungaje: Toward a Poetics of Diaspora" a discussion featuring Jerome Branche (Associate Professor, Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures)

Participants in Humanities departments should be able to access colloquium papers two weeks before the event by logging in to my.pitt.edu, clicking on the tab "My Communities," clicking on "Humanities Center," and then clicking on "Colloquium Series" where there is a link to the pdf file. Participants may also request the reading at humctr@pitt.edu.

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2010

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: 602 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: please email humctr@pitt.edu or visit http://www.humcenter.pitt.edu/events/announcements.php


"Letras prohibidas y escritores estigmatizados en el mundo letrado" a lecture (in Spanish) by Mercedes Niño-Murcia (University of Iowa)

Mercedes Niño-Murcia, who chairs the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa is a sociolinguist specializing in language contact and vernacular literacy in Spanish America, especially in the Andean countries. She has authored numerous articles in the field of Hispanic linguistics. Co-editor of Escritura y Sociedad: Nuevas perspectivas teóricas y etnográficas (Lima 2005) and of Bilingualism and Identity: Spanish at the Crossroads with Other Languages (Amsterdam 2008), she is the co-author of the forthcoming book The Lettered Mountain (Duke University Press, 2010). This lecture is in Spanish

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: 602 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: humctr@pitt.edu

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, the Department of Linguistics and the Humanities Center of the University of Pittsburgh


"Where Neoplatonism meets Ethnology: Garcilaso and the Gods of Huarochirí" a lecture by Frank Salomon (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Frank Salomon is one of the leading figures in Andean anthropology, and holds an endowed chair, the John V. Murra Professorship of Anthropology, at the University of Wisconsin. His prize-winning and influential book, Cord Keepers: Khipus and Cultural Life in a Peruvian Village (Duke University Press, 2004), uses evidence from history, archeology and cultural anthropology to understand khipus, the knotted cords of the central Andes. His other works include a multilingual edition of the Huarochirí manuscript (University of Texas Press, 1991) and his co-edited volume of the Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas (Cambridge University Press, 1999). He is the co-author of the forthcoming book The Lettered Mountain (Duke University Press, 2010).

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Room 232 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: please email humctr@pitt.edu

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, the Department of Linguistics and the Humanities Center of the University of Pittsburgh


Discussion of The Lettered Mountain with Frank Salomon (University of Wisconsin) and Mercedes Niño-Murcia (University of Iowa)

Chapters of forthcoming book will be circulated in advance; please send a message to humcenter@pitt.edu

Date: Friday February 19, 2010

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: 602 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: please email humctr@pitt.edu

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, the Department of Linguistics and the Humanities Center of the University of Pittsburgh


Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano Spring 2010 Film Series

De Género a Género - From Genre to Gender



The concepts of genre and gender are entangled in struggles involving purity, difference, authenticity, prejudice and stereotype. All of the films in this series represent instances of these struggles and emerge as opportunities for the audience to engage in a cross-cultural reflection about their own conceptions and misconceptions, since the films all confront viewers with characters and stories that challenge the idea of a stable and coherent sexuality, and wonder in their own ways how do sex and gender define us and whether they should define us at all.

Most films will be presented on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium (except for the following Thursdays: February 4, February 18, and April 8). As usual, we will give a short introduction of the film and after the presentation you are welcome to stay for a discussion.

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

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

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

Upcoming Films:

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Film: Los amantes del círculo polar - Lovers of the Arctic Circle

(Drama) (Dir. Julio Medem - Spain/ France, 1998)

Circle is the key word here. Spanish filmmaker Julio Medem's dreamy, exquisitely constructed romance, set in Spain and Finland, finds poetry in geometry, particularly in the never-ending spherical shape of fated love. Taciturn lovers Otto and Ana -the palindromic names are no accident- meet as children and instantly recognize each other as missing halves of a soulful whole (three different pairs of actors play the duo).

February 11& 12, 2010

No film presented



30th Annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival


Featuring Mexican Artist Armando Jiménez Aragón

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2010

Time: 12:00 p.m. to Midnight

Location: William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact Luz Amanda Hank, 412-648-7394, lavst12@pitt.edu

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Cultural Union, and Med Health Services & Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute


Salsa Lessons

Come and learn how to dance salsa with instructor Marlon Silva this spring!

Place, time and date to be announced!

For more information: contact Luz Amanda Hank, lavst12@pitt.edu





14th Joseph Vélez Latin American Studies Conference at Baylor University

Theme: Latin America at the Dawn of the 21st Century: New Perspectives in the Context of a World in Crisis

The first decade of the twenty-first century in Latin America has been defined by events of extreme importance: the resurgence of populist movements with a clear expansionist tendency, the consolidation of Brazil as a great economic power in the region, the progressive growth of Pentecostalism and other religious movements, the re-affirmation of indigenous movements, and the search for new perspectives in the literary and cultural realm. This conference will focus on the analysis of Latin America's new reality and its projection towards the future, taking into account the financial crisis that has dominated the international context in the last year.

Papers may examine the conference theme from a variety of perspectives, including literary, social, cultural, political, ideological, anthropological, and artistic. Possible panel topics and papers might include, but are not limited to discussions of the following issues: Populism and its Resurgence in Latin America, Ethnic Minorities, Cultural Studies, Religious Interrelations, Brazil as an Emerging Power, Contemporary Cinema, the Indigenous and Political Power, New Trends in Literature, Regional Imbalances, the World Crisis and its Effects on Latin America, Democratization and Neo-Liberalism, Music, Human Rights, Migration and Diaspora Issues, and Social Movements.

Proposals (250-word abstract) for single papers and complete sessions are welcome and may be written in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes. Please include your name, academic affiliation, and email.

Submission deadline: March 15, 2010. Please email your submission to Lilly_Fuertes@baylor.edu.

Registration fee: US $40.

Conference dates: April 9-10, 2010

For more information: contact Dr. Lizbeth Souza-Fuertes (Director of Latin American Studies), 254-710-4531



Guatemala – Oxlajuj Aj: Kaqchikel Maya Intensive Language & Culture
Dates: June 21 – July 30, 2010
 The Stone Center for Latin American Studies offers an intensive six-week course in the vital Kaqchikel language and its culture, providing a unique opportunity to observe and study the complex process as a traditionally marginalized language is standardized for use in education and publication. Judith M. Maxwell, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics at Tulane, is co-director of the program and serves as a resource and guide for students. The program is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates with appropriate academic backgrounds and a working knowledge of Spanish. Students have the option of taking a three-credit version of the program by choosing either Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Kaqchikel Language for three credits each or the six-credit version including one of the referenced language courses plus a Kaqchikel Mayan Culture course for an additional three credits.

The cost of the six-week program is $3,700 for the three-credit option and $4,100 for the six-credit option. The cost includes the following: three or six undergraduate/graduate credits from Tulane University, medical insurance, specialized tours and outings designed for participants in the program, and travel in between sites on the program. Housing and airfare are not included in the program price. This course qualifies for FLAS funding. Contact your institution for more information on applying for a FLAS fellowship.
 For more information, please visit:
http://stonecenter.tulane.edu/pages/detail/104/Summer-Programs-2010 or to Dr. Judith Maxwell's website at http://www.tulane.edu/~maxwell/.



Social Science in Practice

As part of a new initiative that will affect how social science is taught and practiced at UCLA, the Dean of the Division of Social Sciences has created a postdoctoral fellowship program. The ideal postdoctoral candidates will be scholars who have demonstrated through their research that they can draw on social science theory and methods to examine the origins and effects of societal problems and to search for their solutions. Postdoctoral fellows will work closely with faculty and students who bridge fields and transform disciplinary boundaries to address an important societal problem (e.g., poverty, discrimination, racism, gender inequity, corruption, lack of access to education and health care, and environmental injustice). The Dean will offer up to six, two-year postdoctoral fellowships. Candidates must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree before the program begins, July 1, 2010, and must have received their doctoral degree no earlier than November 1, 2007.

To apply, candidates must submit (a) a two to three page research proposal, (b) the names of two UCLA faculty sponsors/mentors at least one of whom is in the division of social sciences, (c) a CV, (d) a writing sample such as an article or thesis chapter and (e) three letters of recommendation by February 19, 2010.

For more information, please visit: http://ssip-postdoc.sscnet.ucla.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.


Performance by DBR (Daniel Bernard Roumain): "etudes4violin&electronix"

A musical exploration between contrasting cultures and instruments of classical and pop music genres, the program speaks to the history and traditions of both, and the violin, the keyboards, the turntables and the laptop sing, battle and rhyme together, honoring a full spectrum of musical inventions. Get swept away by the seductive rhythms and pensive melodies of innovative composer, violinist and bandleader Daniel Bernard Roumain in the Pittsburgh premiere of "etudes4violin&electronix", featuring solo and duet works from his album of the same name as well as other DBR compositions. Described by The Boston Globe as "brilliant," Roumain's CD features collaborations with world-class musicians, including Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto and DJ Spooky. DBR's works range from chamber music and orchestral pieces to electronica, each stamped with his passion, imagination and flair.

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2010

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: August Wilson Center Theater, 980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh

Tickets: $28-$30, $22.75-$24.25 (Members)

For more information: contact 412-456-6666, Buy on-line at www.pgharts.org,The Box Office at Theater Square Groups of 10+: $24-$25.75 Call 412-471-6930

A donation of $3 per ticket will go to Brother's Brother Foundation for the Haitian relief efforts.



Special Global Beats Member Discount – In The Heights

In The Heights, is a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical which will be at the Benedum Center from February 2-7, 2010 as part of the PNC Broadway Across America – Pittsburgh 2009/2010 Season. The show is set in a Latino neighborhood in the Washington Heights section of New York City, where the residents move to the sounds of hip hop and Latin music. It's about a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

In The Heights is moving, funny and uplifting. It's impossible not to fall in love with the remarkable young cast whose energy is invigorating and whose talent is thrilling. The dynamic score, which earned Lin-Manuel Miranda a Tony Award, and the high-octane, Tony Award-winning choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler will have you swaying and bouncing in your seat. And there's a Pittsburgh connection - the lead character named Usnavi is being performed by Carnegie Mellon University grad, Kyle Beltran, (Class of 2009)!

We would like to extend a special discount to Global Beats members of 10% off single tickets to select performances of In The Heights (valid for any performance except Friday or Saturday evenings). To order tickets, go to https://www.pgharts.org/events/tickets/login.aspx, click on the In The Heights logo and use the promo code TRUSTD. You may also purchase tickets by phone by calling our Group Sales Department at 412-471-6930.



El Círculo Juvenil de Cultura, Hispnic Studies Outreach Program

Spring workshop for Spanish-speaking children ages 6-12.

Dates: Sundays starting February 14 - April 25, 2010 (10 weeks)

Location: Carnegie Mellon University

For more information: 412-268-5149, 412-268-8052, circulojuvenil@gmail.com, http://circulocmu.blogspot.com/



Salud para Niños - Birmingham Clinic

Free Pediatric & Flu Immunization Clinics

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Care Mobile

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2010

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

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

For more information: http://www.chp.edu/spanishclinic, 412-692-6000 (option 8), http://www.chp.edu/saludparaninos



Global Beats presents……Brazilian Carnival Night

Unleash your wild side and creative imagination at one of Pittsburgh's most popular and sexiest annual parties! Prizes for most original costumes! Featuring music by WRCT 88.3 FM Brazilian Radio Hour Host: Carla Leininger & Face/Body Painting by Alane Jewel (www.alanejewel.com)

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010

Time: 10:00 - 2:00 a.m.

Location: AVA Lounge, 126 S. Highland Avenue, East Liberty

Price: Cover $5 (Must be 21)

For more information, please visit: www.globalbeatspitt.com



Government Recruitment Opportunity

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), a Federal government agency is currently recruiting graduates from colleges and universities within the Mid-Atlantic region. Recruiters from GSA's Mid-Atlantic Region will be at the University of Pittsburgh on Thursday, February 18, 2010 to conduct one-on-one interviews. Please share this information with the members of your organization, and encourage interested students to submit resumes through your Career Center. The deadline to apply online via Pitt's "FutureLink" system is February 12, 2010.

For more information: contact Maeve Casey (Recruitment Coordinator), 215-446-4966 or via e-mail at maeve.casey@gsa.gov



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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