jueves, 7 de abril de 2011

CLAS Weekly Update

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




2011 Asian and Latin American Studies (ALAS) Symposium—Postcolonial Feminisms and the Ethic of Care: South-to-South Dialogues

Dates: April 8-9, 2011

Location: A425 Parran Hall, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

Friday, April 8, 2011 (Open to the public)

Registration: 9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks: 9:30 a.m.

Panel I: 10:00 to 11:40 a.m.

"The Women Question: Gender, Modernity, Nationalism" Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tani Barlow, Discussants: Dr. Elora Chowdhury, Dr. Michelle Rowley

Break and Lunch

Panel II: 12:40 to 2:20 p.m.

"Beyond Victims and Guardian Angels: Postcolonial Feminisms and Development" Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kiran Asher; Discussants: Dr. Sasha Su-Ling Welland, Dr. Isis Nusair

Panel III: 2:40 to 4:20 p.m.

"Specters and Images: Borders, Identities, and Locations" Keynote Speaker: Dr. Prajna Parasher; Discussants: Dr. Bernardita Llanos, Dr. Young Rae Oum

Conclusion: 4:20 to 4:45 p.m.

Film Screening: "Motherland", 7:30 p.m. in 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Speaker: Dr. Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Director, Introduction by Dr. Prajna Parasher

Saturday, April 9, 2011 (Closed to the public)

Workshop sessions by invitation only

For more information, please visit: www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc/conference/alas/2011/ or contact Jennifer Murawski at jennm@pitt.edu

Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's University Center for International Studies, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Confucius Institute, Korea Council, China Council, Global Studies Center, Office of the Provost, College of Arts and Sciences, and Pitt Humanities Center



The 10th Annual Brazilian Festival

Join us and bring your friends for a night of food, fun and Brazilian culture! Featuring performances by Lilly Abreu, Kenia, Timbeleza, Brazil Nuts Dance Group, Grupo Unçao Capoeira…..and many more!

Date: Friday, April 8, 2011

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location: Assembly Room, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh

Cost: $2 Suggested Donation

Sponsored by The Brazil Nuts Portuguese Club



Panel discussions and screenings of "Immigration Nation!: The Battle for the Dream" (Directed by Esaú Meléndez; 2009)

First Panel Discussion featuring Esaú Meléndez (Director), Marco Gemignani (Assistant Professor, Psychology, Duquesne University) and Sister Suzanne Susany (Community Justice Project)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: 105 College Hall, Duquesne University


Second Panel Discussion featuring Esaú Meléndez (Director), Roger Rouse (Professor, History, Carnegie Mellon University), Jennifer Gully (Professor, Humanities, Carnegie Mellon University) and Alfonso Barquera (Paralegal-Immigration Law, co-director of Jovenes Sin Nombres)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University

This event is a part of the 2011 CMU International Film Festival (Faces of Migration), for more information, please visit: http://www.cmu.edu/faces/



Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano Spring 2011 Film Series

"Globalization and Power through Latin America Cinema"



Films will be presented on 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.

Film Schedule:

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Film: They Killed Sister Dorothy (Director Daniel Junge)

Description: "They Killed Sister Dorothy" chronicles the legal proceedings that followed the execution-style murder of a Catholic nun and activist. At age 73, Sister Dorothy Stang had lived in Brazil for 30 years, collaborating with the government to establish sustainable development in a remote corner of the Amazon. But along the way, she had made enemies among the ranchers who stood to benefit from the exploitation of the rainforest and its natural resources. In 2005, she was shot six times at point-blank range. Two men were arrested for the killing, but it quickly became clear that her death was part of a much greater conspiracy.

Archival footage featuring the so-called "Angel of the Amazon" supplements interviews with her brother and best friend, who are seeking justice in the case. But when Colorado-based filmmaker Daniel Junge and his crew gain access to the courtroom proceedings, it is the shockingly candid encounters they have with the men who confessed, the ranchers accused of hiring them, the defense lawyers and a federal prosecutor that really shed light on the circumstances of Sister Dorothy's death - as well as on the struggle over the future of the rainforest within a dangerously corrupt system often compared to the Wild West.

The director's credits include numerous award-winning PBS-aired documentaries like "Chiefs," which follows Wyoming Indian High School's basketball team, and "Iron Ladies of Liberia (SDFF 30)," about Africa's first elected female president. Coproduced by Academy Award-winner Nigel Noble, "They Killed Sister Dorothy" also features a score by Pedro Bromfman, whose latest project, "Tropa de Elite," won a Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival.

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



Lectures, Etc.


Aliens with Extraordinary Skills—A Performative Lecture by Prize-Winning Playwright and Performer Saviana Stanescu

Join us for a fun evening in the company of this internationally renowned New York-based playwright and performer. Stanescu will explore the experiences of immigrants to America today and immerse you in the universe of these often marginal latecomers.

Saviana Stanescu is a playwright, poet, screenwriter, performer, teacher, activist, journalist, and curator. She was born in Bucharest, Romania, on a cold February morning during Ceausescu's dictatorship, and "reborn" in New York in the hot days of 2001. She now teaches Drama at New York Univeristy. Her plays have been performed internationally and in the U.S. For more information on her plays and wide-ranging activities visit: www.saviana.com

Date: Friday, April 8, 2011

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: 324 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: Alex Lefter, avl9@pitt.edu


"Race and Racism: Cuba and the Caribbean" a lecture by Rafael DuHarte (Casa del Caribe; Office of the History of Santiago de Cuba)

Rafael Duharte Jiménez, a distinguished Cuban historian of slavery and abolitionism, has published nearly a dozen books on the history of Santiago de Cuba and on subjects related to slavery and race in Cuba and the Caribbean. In 1983, he helped found Casa del Caribe, a prestigious cultural institution in Santiago de Cuba. He has lectured and conducted seminars throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. He has just completed a series for Cuban TV on the history of Santiago.

Date: Monday, April 18, 2011

Time: 12:00 noon

Location: 3703 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Department of History Lounge, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact Dr. Laurence Glasco at 412-648-7486 or lag1@pitt.edu

Sponsored by The Department of History, Center for Latin American Studies, Center on Race and Social Problems, and CAUSE (CMU's Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy)



Introduction to Portuguese 8-week workshop (non-credit)

University of Pittsburgh language instructor Lilly Abreu is offering an Introduction to Portuguese 8-week workshop (non-credit) this Summer 2011. Textbook: "Brasil Língua e Cultura" by Dias and Lathrop (available at the University of Pittsburgh bookstore and online).

Start: Thursday, May 12th.

End: June 30th

Times: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Classroom: 209 Mervis Hall, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

Fee: non-refundable $160 per person (checks should be sent to Lilly Abreu, 325 Stratford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15232 no later than May 5th, 2011)

For more information: please contact Lilly Abreu at lillyabreu1@gmail.com

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Global Studies Center, and International Business Center.



Student Club Activities


Save the Date


Caribbean and Latin American Student Association Annual Carnival

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011


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 & Time: Every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.

Location: Lower Lounge couch area, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh


Grupo Axé Capoeira

Grupo Axé Capoeira Pittsburgh offers classes in Brazilian martial arts, music, and dance each week on the University of Pittsburgh campus and in the South Side. Capoeira is a martial art that was developed by African slaves in Brazil in the 1500s. The art is a great work out, but also a philosophy of life teaching confidence, discipline, and respect. Classes meet in Trees Hall on Allequippa St. on Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and at BYS Yoga (1113 E Carson St, 3rd Fl) on the South Side on Saturdays at 11:45 a.m.

For more information, please visit: www.axecapoeirapittsburgh.com, or email capoeirapittsburgh@gmail.com




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, April 9, 2011

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 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

(Appointment and health insurance are NOT required)



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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