viernes, 12 de noviembre de 2010

CLAS Weekly Update



Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




3rd Annual Americas-in-Concert: Jazz


Featuring The Eric Mintel Quartet (Eric Mintel [Piano], Nelson Hill [Flute, Alto & Soprano Sax], Dave Antonow [Electric Bass], and Dave Mohn [Drums])

The Philadelphia-based Eric Mintel Quartet, featuring the band's namesake and renowned jazz pianist and composer, will captivate Pittsburgh audiences of all ages with their fresh and invigorating new arrangements of classic jazz standards, original songs by Mintel, and the rarely heard music of jazz great Dave Brubeck. The concert is free and open to the public, and seating is limited and available on a first come basis.

This is the third year that Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute and Med Health Services are sponsoring "The Americas—In Concert" event, which they hope to make a long-lasting Pittsburgh tradition. The annual concerts are designed to promote the development of local and national professional musicians, while exposing Pittsburgh's general public to the musical works of all of the America's, from North to South

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2010

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: please go to

Sponsored by Med Health Services and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute in collaboration with the Center for Latin American Studies


Jazz Workshop

In conjunction with the "Americas in Concert" Series, the Eric Mintel Quartet is offering a Jazz Workshop to be held prior to the concert. The workshop will focus on: Jazz Theory, Ensemble Performance, Public Performance, Jazz Rhythms Studies (including Latin styles, Swing, Funk, Hip Hop, and Odd Meter), Roles of Instruments in the Small Ensemble, Live Performance and Stage Presence Tips, and Music Business Insight.

The workshop is free.

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2010

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: The Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact Lilly Abreu,, 412-362-1771



Teach for America Educational Inequity Panel

This event is open to students of all years, academic majors and career interests, so please stop by and bring your friends. Food and drinks will be provided!

Date: Monday, November 15, 2010

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Ballroom, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh

Teach For America's next application deadline is Friday, December 17th. Apply now to join the fight to end educational inequity! You have until 11:59 p.m. EDT to submit your application!

For more information: contact Kendra-Lee Rosati,



Upcoming Lectures


Panel Discussion  on "Brazil—Economic & Foreign Policy Implications Post Lula"


Anne Nemer (Moderator), Assistant Dean for Executive Degree Programs, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

Bruno Hoepers (Panelist), PhD candidate, Political Science, 2010 Latin American Social and Public Policy Fellowship Recipient

Giancarlo Pereira (Panelist), Coordinator of Production Engineering Program and Professor, Engineering and Technology, Mackenzie University, São Paulo, Brazil

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Location: 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Unversity of Pittsburgh

Pizza and refreshments provided.


Reading by Leopoldo Brizuela (Argentine Novelist)

Reading from his new novel Lisboa, un melodrama

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Time: 1:00 p.m.

For more information: contact Connie Tomko,

Location: Armenian Nationality Room, 319 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

Co-sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies


"Políticas de la ambigüedad y el secreto en Fantasmas en el parque, autobiografía de María Elena Walsh (2008) y María Elena Walsh, retrato de una artista libre, de Sara Facio," by Leopoldo Brizuela (Argentine Novelist)

Date: Friday, November 19, 2010

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: 244A Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact Connie Tomko,

Co-sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies


The Impact of Tomás Gutierrez Alea on the Work and Lives of Latin Americanist Scholars: An Intimate Dialogue

In 1973, The New York Times listed "Memories of Underdevelopment" (Tomas Gutierrez, 1968) among the year's ten best films. US critics and scholars acclaimed the film with praise. The National Society of Film Critics offered Gutierrez a special award, but the US government denied him a visa, preventing the director from attending the ceremony.  Despite this event and the ongoing economic and cultural blockade of the island, Cuban Cinema and its cultural productions had been continually succeeding in breaking through the cultural blockade and getting the attention of scholars, film makers, film critics and the general public. In this sense, the work of Gutierrez Alea not only impacted the critical thinking of numerous intellectuals, but also contributed to their own personal views about the revolution, race, and social inequalities.

The goal of this dialogue is to discuss the influence of Gutierrez Alea's films on the work and lives of Latin American scholars from an intimate perspective. This event constitutes part of Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano Fall 2010 homage to Cuban Film production through the work of Tomás Gutierrez Alea, an essential figure in the development of Latin American Cinema during the 20th Century.

·         Welcome by Kathleen Musante DeWalt (Director, Center for Latin American Studies)

·         Moderator: Mildred López (PhD student, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature and Center for Latin American Studies)

·         John Beverley (Professor, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures). His work focuses on testimonio, film and the Cuban Revolution. Prof. Beverley will share with us how Gutierrez Alea's work impacted his views on the revolution.

·         Jerome Branch (Professor, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures). His work focuses on topics of afro-negritud in the Caribbean.  Prof. Branch will be sharing with us the impact Gutierrez Alea's work had on issues of race (negritude).

·         Mirtha Ibarra (Film Director and wife of Gutierrez Alea) will introduce TITON, FROM HAVANA TO GUANTANAMERA, the documentary that she directed on the life and work of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.

Date: Friday, November 19, 2010

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Time: 5:30 p.m. (Reception), 6:15 p.m. (Dialogue), 7:00 p.m. (Film projection)

Film: "TITON, FROM HAVANA TO GUANTANAMERA" (Mirtha Ibarra, Cuba 2008)



The Huellas Latinas Concert Series

Christopher Columbus' Second Voyage: Music of Puerto Rico!

The Huellas Latinas Concert Series is pleased to announce the second concert of its series on Latin American and Spanish music. This concert will feature classical and popular music from "The Enchanted Isle." The first half will concentrate on art songs from composers Narciso Figueroa, Jack Delano, and Ernesto Cordero; while the second half will focus on popular music from Rafael Hernández, Luis R. Miranda, and others. The concert will commemorate the 517th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in Puerto Rico on November 19, 1493.

Date: Sunday, November 21, 2010

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Smithfield United Church, 620 Smithfield Street, Downtown Pittsburgh

Cost: $8 (Students & Seniors), $12 in advance (order online), or $10 (Students & Seniors), $15 at the door.

For more information, please visit:

Sponsored by The Pittsburgh Concert Society, The University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies, The Smithfield United Church of Christ, and The Sprout Fund



Undergraduate Internship Opportunity


The School of Arts and Sciences has approved undergraduate internship opportunities through the Center for Latin American Studies.  Student interns will work with the Center's outreach coordinator to develop lessons on Latin America for presentation in kindergarten through high school (K-12) classrooms as part of the Center's School Visit Program.  Interns play an important role in sharing Latin American resources with a wide variety of local schools in the Pittsburgh area. This is a very valuable cross-cultural experience for all parties involved.  Interns are required to work an average of 10 hours per week preparing and presenting to K-12 classes.

The internship is equivalent to a 3 credit course and may apply toward the certificate in Latin American Studies.  The internship option is listed at School of Arts and Sciences webpage at: under the section marked foreign language internship opportunities. 


Interested candidates should apply by submitting:

·         A statement of intent describing interest in Latin America and suitability for the position

·         An unofficial copy of your transcript

Items must be submitted by November 17 and should be directed to:

Kimberlee Eberle

Center for Latin American Studies Outreach Program

4205 Posvar Hall

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 15260




Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano Fall 2010 Film Series

Cuban Eyes/Cubanize: Fifty Years of Cuban Cinema since the Cuban Revolution


Most films will be presented on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. 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.

Upcoming Films:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Film: Elpidio Valdes (Dir. Juan Padron, Cuba 1979)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Film: Titon, de la Habana a Guantanamera (Dir. Mirtha Ibarra, Spain 2008)

NOTE: Special start time: 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Film: Roble de Olor (Scent of Oak) (Dir. Rigoberto Lopez, Cuba 2002)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Film: TBA

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, and Eduardo Lozano Latin American Library Collection



NOW OPEN! "Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art" Exhibit

Exhibit runs until February 27, 2011

Location: Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side.

Regular museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., closed Mondays.

Regular museum admission: $10.00 (Adults), $7.00 (Students), $8.00 (Seniors), Kids under 6 are FREE every day, Members FREE, CMU students get in FREE all year, PITT students get in FREE during Fall/Spring semester.

Please check out this special article featuring Alejandro de la Fuente (History, University of Pittsburgh), at



2011 PAHO Internship

Applications for summer 2011 PAHO internships are due on December 10, 2010.  Information about the PAHO-Pitt internship affiliation and application process can be found on the Center for Global Health's website:  This is a prestigious and highly competitive program; please bring this to the attention of anyone whom you feel would benefit from this opportunity.



Fall 2011 Predoctoral/ Postdoctoral Fellowship in Latin American Studies, Lehigh University

Application Deadline: November 29, 2010

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Latin American Studies Program at Lehigh University invite Ph.D. candidates specializing in Latin America, with a clear contemporary Latin American cultural studies focus, to apply for a two-year predoctoral / postdoctoral fellowship, beginning Fall 2011.  Applications are welcome from candidates whose research concentrates in any of the following areas: social movements, identity (gender, ethnic, religious, etc.), transnational migration, and/or urbanization.  Successful candidates will also demonstrate breadth and depth of cultural and Spanish language experience, and ability to create and offer a Latin American Studies introductory course.


The two-year award carries a stipend of $25,000 in the first year.  It is renewable for the second year, with a $40,000 salary, provided the fellow completes his/her Ph.D. in time to meet all requirements for the home institution's spring graduation.  The fellowship also carries up to $1,500 in moving expenses and $1,500 in research/travel support in the first year and $3,000 in the second year.


Completion of all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation, by May 15, 2011. Demonstrated potential to complete all Ph.D. requirements in time for Spring 2012 graduation.


         Renewal of award

Renewal of the award depends on the predoctoral fellow's completion of all Ph.D. requirements in time for Spring 2012 graduation and meeting all expectations below.

Residence and employment

The fellow must be in residence at the University for the duration of the award period.  He/she may accept no employment, fellowships, or consulting obligations during the term of the fellowship.

Teaching load

One course during the first year as a doctoral candidate and 2 courses during the second year as a postdoctoral fellow.

The fellow is expected to design and teach an introductory course to Latin American Studies each year.

 Other expectations

Contribution to programming of Latin American Studies events and lectures.

Active presence on campus and establishment of links with faculty and students.

Periodic presentations of the fellow's research to the larger Lehigh academic community. 

Application Materials

Letter of application stating reasons for interest in the program and indication of objectives to be accomplished during the fellow's time at Lehigh. CV, including the following: personal information; date(s) and location(s) of degree(s) earned; honors and awards; lectures and conference presentations; publications; courses taught; names and telephone numbers of referees.

Project description, NOT TO EXCEED THREE DOUBLE-SPACED PAGES.  This should include a dissertation abstract, dissertation outline, and schedule for completion.


Three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly by persons qualified to evaluate the candidate. (Original only) 

Send application materials to:

Latin American Studies Program, Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowship, C/O Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, Maginnes Hall, Suite 490, Lehigh University, 9 W. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem PA 18015

Address inquiries to: Antonio Prieto (Director, Latin American Studies),



Student Club Activities


Spanish Club


Conversation Tables/Mesas de Conversación

Spanish Conversation Tables for all levels It's a great way to practice Spanish with native speakers and students alike - and you can have a coffee or tea on us!

Dates & Times: Every Monday at 4:00 p.m. & Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Panera Bread, 3800 Forbes Avenue, Oakland


Brazil Nuts Portuguese Club


Bate-Papo is our "Conversation Tables" where you can speak about various
topics and meet people who are interested in the same things as you, everyone learning to or just enjoying speaking in Portuguese. And the most important thing to remember is that people of any level can come to talk—the only requirement is that you want to have fun and chat! You can speak about anything you wish! See you at Bate-Papo!

Date & Times: Every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. & Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.


(NOTE: Location CHANGE)

Beginning next week Wednesday Bate Papo will be held in the William Pitt union outside of the lower lounge in the couch area.  To our old members this is our old location.  To our new members this is the fancy room on the first floor of the Union.  This will begin Wednesday, October 13, 2010




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 13, 2010

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),

Note: On Saturday November 13th we will have representatives from the Hispanic Dental Association of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine coming to the Birmingham Clinic. They will be providing dental prevention care to children and adults. As scheduled there will be a free pediatric immunizations clinic provided by SALUD PARA NIÑOS from the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.



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 12:00 noon on 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:



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