jueves, 10 de marzo de 2011

CLAS Weekly Update

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano Spring 2011 Film Series

"Globalization and Power through Latin America Cinema"


Thursday, March 17, 2011

     Film: Ciclovida (Lifecycle) (Directed by Ivania de Alencar and Ignacio do Nascimento, 2010)

     Presented by: Matt Feinstein, one of the lead filmmakers

     Special reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. followed by the film.
Brothers Matt and Loren Feinstein are Ciclovida (Lifecycle)'s two lead filmmakers. Loren is a composer and film consultant, with specific experience in educational film, who has worked extensively with the Media Education Foundation, an award winning educational film company. Matt's past documentary filmmaking includes Work, Dignity and Social Change, Descubrir con Dignidad, Listen Up's "Beyond Green Youth" media project (where he served as adult mentor), and numerous short documentaries. Additionally, he has long been deeply involved in various social movements.

          The film follows the protagonists as they embark on their journey south through Brazil, across the borders of Paraguay and Argentina to Buenos Aires and eventually back home through Uruguay to Northeastern Brazil, stopping along the way to gather novel ideas and seeds. This feature-length documentary is made up of moving stories from landless peasants, indigenous communities, and small farmers that expose the devastating effects of industrial agriculture destined for agrofuels.

          With practically no money and no support crew, the protagonists rely on their resourcefulness and the solidarity of people they meet along the way. They carry with them only the simplest of necessities: their radical ideas and philosophy, collected heirloom seeds, and a video camera. The main characters, Ignacio and Ivania, identify as farmers, poets, musicians, and activists for ecological and social justice. They seek to gather and disseminate thousands of seeds, a wealth of knowledge, and contribute to an invaluable network amongst small agricultural communities of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina, all without the use of oil or biofuels. This film also explores their role as parents as they struggle with distance, both physical and figurative from their children, who share their ideals but do not accompany them on the journey.

For more information: amigoscinelatinoamericano@gmail.com or visit http://amigosdelcinelatinoamericano.blogspot.com/p/spring-series-2010_11.html

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




2011 Mid-Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies (MACLAS) Annual Conference: Globalization and Well Being in Latin America

Brazil is booming—soon to host the World Cup of Football in 2014 and the Olympics two years later, the country boasts some 30 million people added to the ranks of the middle class over the past decade. That statistic is often linked to what middle classes have long tied to notions of well-being in wealthy nations—the ability to buy consumer goods, to own a home, and to hold down a well-paying job with benefits. A globalized Brazil, whose economy is expected by many to grow by as much as 7% in 2010 (while equivalent North American and European numbers remain in the doldrums), has been touted as the leading edge of a modernizing, consuming, even wealthy new Latin America—"nobody's backyard" anymore according to a September 2010 cover piece in The Economist magazine.

At the same time, there is ongoing evidence of globalization's ills and the persistent crises in health, poverty, and governance. Journalists under threat warn of the danger of a failed state in Mexico as a violent drug economy grows exponentially. El Alto, Bolivia is one of many sprawling new cities in the Americas that reflects both new and old problems associated with rapid urbanization. And extreme crisis in Haiti often seems without end. Has globalization brought well-being to the region?

Dates: March 18-19, 2011

Location: University Club, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: go to http://maclas.org/pages/conferences.php



Workshop on Researching Brazil Online: A Customized Workshop on Key Brazilian Sources

This workshop is designed for those who are interested in, or currently doing research on, Brazil and need to go beyond the available online data provided by international organizations.

International Organizations—such as the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)—have stored sets of general data online. They cover a comprehensive number of indicators such as countries' income per capita, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and Human Development Index (HDI). General data, however, do not cover specific, local Brazilian situations. In these instances, online Brazilian sources and/or customized data provided by international organization's local offices are needed.  This workshop is meant to address the acquisition of such data.

This will be a hands-on workshop with a focus on, but not limited to, research institutions and publications from Brazil. The workshop is also structured to introduce and/or review key Portuguese terms related to social and economic development and to participant's research fields.

Dates: March 15, 17, 22 & 24, 2011

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: 153 Benedum Hall, Plaza level, University of Pittsburgh

Presenter: Cecilia B. Raposo holds Master's degrees in International Development (University of Pittsburgh) and Communications (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil). She has done research on Brazil during her Master's programs, has worked as a Journalist, Executive Coordinator for local NGOs in Brazil, and as a consultant for Save the Children Sweden. She has also worked as Senior Consultant on the identification of international and local indicators for Pernambuco Brazilian State's government.

This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

No prior knowledge of Portuguese is necessary.

For more information: contact Cecilia B. Raposo at mbr16@pitt.edu



Lectures, Etc.


"Living Bilingual: A Reflection on Cultural Encounters," by Silvia Molloy (New York University)

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: The Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh


"Bilingualism and Translation," a discussion led by Silvia Molloy (New York University)  

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Location: The Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh


The American Experience Distinguished Lecture Series

"Midnight in Mexico: Descent into Darkness," by Alfredo Corchado (Mexico Bureau Chief, Dallas Morning News)

With Discussion Moderators: Governor Dick Thornburgh, Phil Williams, Cindy Skrzycki, and David Shirbman.

A personal account of Mexico's accelerating violence and a search for hope from both sides of the border amid the bloodiest period since the 1910 revolution.

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: Twentieth Century Club, Bigelow Blvd at Parkman Street, Oakland

Reception to follow. Seating is limited; reservation on line at: www.ae.honorscollege.pitt.edu   

For more information: go to www.honorscollege.pitt.edu or call 412-624-1514


"Property Rights: Autobiography and the Ownership of Life," a colloquium with Silvia Molloy (New York University); responses by Daniel Balderston (University of Pittsburgh) and Aurea Maria Sotomayor (University of Pittsburgh)

Faculty and graduate students in Pitt Humanities departments can access colloquium papers two weeks before the event by logging in to <my.pitt.edu>, clicking on the tab "My Resources," 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, March 17, 2011

Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Place: The Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh



The Huellas Latinas Concert Series

"Ariel Ramirez: Music of Argentina"

Welcome to our biggest concert of the season so far! "Music of Argentina." The main work featured will be Ariel Ramirez's Misa Criolla. Mr. Ramirez passed away February 18, 2010 and the Huellas Latinas Concert Series will be performing this work to honor his memory. Made famous by Spanish tenor José Carreras, the piece is written for choir, solo tenor, percussion and a Latin folk band. We have modified this slightly to account for typical Argentine instruments that are not readily available in Pittsburgh, and will instead feature several typical western instruments meant to mimic the traditional ones, along with the marvelous, newly-restored organ of the Smithfield United Church to bring you a fresh variation of this epic work.

Our choir for the evening will feature a chamber choir from Pittsburgh's own Creative and Performing Arts High School, with conductor Ms. Diane Rudolph. The program is also sprinkled with some tango and other traditional music. This is sure to be a fantastic evening, featuring many talented musicians and fabulous music! Appetizers/tapas, courtesy of "La Mendocina" Argentine Catering (included with ticket price). www.lamendocina.com

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2010

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

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

Cost: $8, $12 in advance online, $10, $15 at the door

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

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Concert Society, Smithfield UCC, and The Sprout Fund



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 each week to:

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@ucis.pitt.edu



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