martes, 30 de agosto de 2011

MARK YOUR CALENDARS--4th Annual "THE AMERICAS IN CONCERT--Octavio Brunetti Quintet" 10-1-11


Fourth Annual "The Americas-In Concert"

Octavio Brunetti Quintet

Saturday, October 1, 2011

7:30 p.m.

Hillman Center for Performing Arts (Shadyside Academy Sr. School)

423 Fox Chapel Rd.


Free and open to the public


PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), a component of the University Center for International Studies, along with Med Health Services and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute will present the Octavio Brunetti Quintet in the fourth annual "The Americas-In Concert." The free public concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Richard Rauh Theater in the Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy Senior School, 423 Fox Chapel Rd., Pittsburgh.

Created by Octavio Brunetti, Tango pianist and arranger, the quintet combines the traditional roots of Argentine Tango in its purest form with the style of the Tango Nuevo. The quintet has performed in some of Argentina's best-known venues, including the famous Teatro Colón and Teatro San Martín in Buenos Aires and Teatro San Martín in Córdoba.

"The Americas-In Concert" is a series of annual concerts sponsored by Med Health Services and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute in collaboration with the Center for Latin American Studies to promote the development of local and national professional musicians, while exposing Pittsburgh's general public to the musical works of the Americas, from North to South.

For more information, contact the Center for Latin American Studies at 412-648-7394.!/pages/The-AmericasIn-Concert/174763695921462 (to join group)!/event.php?eid=182361101823517 (to see event)


martes, 16 de agosto de 2011

FW: CLAS Weekly Update

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events





“Dealing with Grievances: The Latino Experience in Pittsburgh, PA a lecture by Laura Macia-Vergara (Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh)

Date: Friday, August 19, 2011

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: 3106 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Anthropology Lounge, University of Pittsburgh


“Forty Years of Painting in Mexicoa lecture by Luis Castellanos Valui (Mexican Painter)

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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

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

For more information: contact Karen Goldman ( or 412-648-7392

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh



Save the date


CLAS Fall Welcoming Reception

The Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, would like to extend a very warm welcome to its students and faculty (returning and new) for the upcoming academic year at its annual welcoming reception! All current and new students, faculty, and staff, as well as alumni and friends of the center are cordially invited to attend, meet and greet each other for an auspicious beginning to the semester. Refreshments will be served.

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2011

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

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



New course, fall 2011 term


Special Topics: Latin American Social & Public Policy

ADMPS 2089, 3 credits (cross-listed with GSPIA, PIA 2290)

Day/Time:           Mondays, 4:30 – 7:10 p.m.

Class Room:        2800 WWPH

Instructor:           Jorge Enrique Delgado

Office:                 TBD

Telephone:          412-551-2777 (cell)


Office Hours:      by appointment


Course description and purpose

This seminar focuses on contemporary issues in social and public policy in Latin America. The course will begin with a brief conceptual introduction to public and social policy, followed by a historical, economic and political contextualization and an examination of several policy areas through comparative analysis between countries and a general study of Latin America as a region.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study of social and public policy in Latin America, by reviewing the dynamic historical, social, economic, political, and organizational aspects of this region with a specific focus on contemporary policy issues. The ultimate goal is to provide future leaders, public officials, and analysts the foundations to design social and public programs that meet the needs of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.



This course will have the following six objectives:

1.      study the purposes, basic concepts and methodological characteristics of social and public policy;

2.     learn the historic, social, cultural, economic and political context of public and social policy in Latin America;

3.     recognize the innumerable issues and topics of social and public policy in the region;

4.     understand the global, regional, national, local and institutional tensions, actors and issues that influence policy in Latin America;

5.     learn about common regional threads and specific national contexts of policy in the Latin American region; and

6.     become versed in the main literature in Latin American social and public policy



Call for Papers


The upcoming conference, Comparative Caribbeans: an Interdisciplinary Conference, is organized by Emory University's Department of Comparative Literature, Comparative Caribbeans will take place at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in November 3-5, 2011.

This conference seeks to contribute to this ongoing discussion by taking the Caribbean as its point of departure. As a region marked by linguistic, historical, and geographical differences and as a site of displaced origins and rhizomatic identifications, the Caribbean not only necessitates comparatist perspectives, but may also help us reconfigure how comparison is thought and practiced.

Recent debates in Comparative Literary studies have brought the very idea and practice of comparison under scrutiny. What are the limits and possibilities of comparison in a time marked by an ongoing process of globalization? What is the status of “world literature” as a category of analysis? What are the epistemological, political, and ethical stakes in doing work across disciplinary, linguistic, and geo-political boundaries?

We invite work that cuts across linguistic and disciplinary boundaries, bringing Caribbean art, literature, and culture into challenging dialogues with other traditions in order to map new trajectories for further comparative engagement. We are particularly interested in highlighting work that does not subsume Caribbean cultural and literary production under the umbrella of “area studies,” but instead draws on Caribbean aesthetic and philosophical traditions in an effort to rethink some of the theoretical and methodological axioms that underlie contemporary comparative studies.

We invite submissions from senior and junior faculty, graduate students, and from independent scholars.  Please send your abstracts of 300-500 words with a short bio to by September 1, 2011. Letters of acceptance will be sent no later than September 7, 2011.

For more information, join us on Facebook:!/profile.php?id=100002151392127 or go to

Organized by the Graduate Students of Emory’s Comparative Literature Department



Scholarships Now Available

The Organization of American States through its Department of Human Development, Education and Culture is currently offering an abundance of Scholarships for Master's Degrees and Professional Development Training in a variety of fields. The deadlines to apply for the partial and full scholarships listed below are fast approaching, interested candidates must apply soon. For more information, please visit:


Full Scholarships for Master’s Programs in Brazil

The OAS and the Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities are offering 50 full scholarships for eligible 2-year Master’s Programs in Brazil.

  • More than 200 available programs offered by 15 participating universities throughout Brazil.
  • Scholarships cover full tuition, a 1,200RS (approx. US$750) per month stipend and a one-time payment of US$1,500 to help offset the cost of travel.
  • There is no language requirement for native Spanish speakers and native speakers of English or any other language must only demonstrate an intermediate level of Portuguese. Portuguese language support will be offered to all scholarship recipients by host universities.
  • For more information visit:


Other Great OAS Scholarship Opportunities for Academic Programs

Universidad de los Andes (100% tuition + partial stipend US$200/month)

Midwestern State University (60% tuition)

Structuralia – La Escuela de Organización Industrial (50% tuition)

Structuralia – Golf Business Group (56% tuition)

Structuralia – Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (40% tuition)

Structuralia – Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (40% tuition)

Structuralia – Universidad Pontificia Comillas (20% tuition)

Universidad Regiomontana (75% tuition)

OAS Emergency Scholarship Program for Haiti (Haitian citizens only)

State University of New York , Empire State College (100% tuition)

OAS Scholarship Opportunities for Professional Development

Structuralia (40%-56% tuition)

Centro de Capacitación Internacional Aharón Ofri

Tecnología para la Organización Pública (TOP) and Universidad Nacional del Litoral de Argentina (UNL)

Pontifica Universidad Javeriana (PUJ)

Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo en Información Geográfica (CIAF) del Instituto Geográfico Agustín Codazzi (IGAC)

United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) and CITEL

Campus Virtual TOP Centro de Desarrollo y Asistencia Técnica en Tecnología para la Organización Pública (Asociación Civil)

Centro de Innovación Tecnológica, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional de Asunción

Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)

OAS Educational Portal of the Americas (financial assistance/partial scholarships available)

OAS - Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Diplomas (40% tuition)

Cursos en español (40%-100% tuition)

Courses in English (50%-100% tuition)


OAS Interest-Free Student Loans for Study in the United States (Leo S. Rowe Fund)

Didn’t find what you were looking for? In addition to the many scholarships and training programs listed above, students from Latin America and the Caribbean studying in the United States may apply for interest-free student loans through the Leo S. Rowe Pan-American Fund. For details and restrictions, please visit the Rowe Fund website.



Exhibit and Mural Painting


James Simon presents “Oils and Watercolors” by Mexican Painter Luis Castellanos Valui

Opening with Live flamenco music, dance, and food.

Date: Friday, August 26, 2011

Time: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Location: The Mendelson Gallery, 5874 Ellsworth Avenue, Shadyside

For more information: contact 412-434-5629


Art On Gist Street invited painter Luis Castellanos Velui to exhibit work and paint a colorful mural in Pittsburgh. In a unique community collaboration with the Pittsburgh Deaf Club—Luis will paint a 10´x15´work on their building on Gist Street in Uptown. The painting will incorporate American Sign Language, “signing,” into the composition. Luis’ work can be found worldwide in prestigious public and private collections. Luis is based on Lake Chapala near Guadalajara, Mexico. With a special sneak preview at the Mendelson. Photography by Colter Harper and Carolina Loyola Garcia

This project was partially supported by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PA Partners) through a Project Stream grant.




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.


Viva Cuba! Summer Cuban Art Exhibition

Join us for an evening of Cuban art, food, mojitos, music, and dancing!

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2011

Time: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. (Latin Ballroom dance session at 7:00 p.m.)

Location: International Images, ltd., 514 Beaver Street, Sewickley

Cost: $10 Adults, $7 students (RSVP at

For more information: contact 412-741-3036 or visit

Hosted by International Images Ltd.



LEGS busca latinos como promotores de salud

La Universidad de Pittsburgh está buscando personas para una posición temporal a tiempo parcial (part time, temporary), como promotores de la salud de hombres latinos. Es necesario aplicar en línea:

1. Entre a:

2. Haga click en “temporary employment”

3. Busque la posición número: 0801144 -“Spanish-Speaking Research Assistant”


“De la Mano con la Salud” (lend a Hand for Health) Red de Promotores

Descripción del trabajo: 10 horas por semana.

Estamos buscando gente que hable español para trabajar como promotores o consejeros de salud, para ayudar a que los hombres latinos se conecten al sistema de salud y accedan a recursos comunitarios. Los promotores van a:

• Asistir a un taller de capacitación principal (20 horas).

• Asistir a cursos periódicos de actualización (si es necesario)

• Ponerse en contacto con hombres latinos


Requisitos de los promotores:

• Que pueda para leer y escribir.

• Que el español sea su lengua materna o que hable como un hispano hablante.

• Que haya residido en el condado de Allegheny por al menos 6 meses.

• Que tenga buena capacidad de comunicación.

• Que sea sociable, se sienta cómodo hablando con los demás y viajando en autobús.

• Que conozca y tenga contactos con la comunidad latina del condado de Allegheny.

• Que la comunidad latina le tenga confianza.

• Se prefiere que tenga experiencia previa ayudando a otros a conectarse a servicios sociales y de salud (como parte de su trabajo actual o que lo haya hecho informalmente).



Sublet needed for scholar

A visiting fellow from Argentina is looking to sublet a two or three-bedroom in North Oakland, Shadyside, or Squirrel Hill.  Lease term:  1st January until 31st March 2012 (3 months). She will be doing postdoctoral research at the Borges Center as a Fulbright scholar.  Can pay up to $1,500 per month.  Features:  furnished, w/3 beds, heating, washing machine, freezer, internet preferred.  Please email Mariela at



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 the event 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: