miércoles, 7 de septiembre de 2011

CLAS Weekly Update

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




CLAS Fall Welcoming Reception


CLAS 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.

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2011

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

Refreshments will be served.

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



Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano Fall 2011 Film Series



Films will be presented 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, September 8, 2011

Film: Under The Same Moon/La Misma Luna (2008, Director Patricia Riggen)

Description: Nine-year-old Carlos (aka Carlitos) is one of the countless children left behind by parents who come to the U.S. seeking a way to provide for their families. His mother, Rosario, has worked illegally as a domestic in Los Angeles for four years, sending money home to her son and mother to give them a chance at a better life. When the death of his grandmother leaves young Carlitos alone, he takes his fate into his own hands and heads north across the border to find his mother. As he journeys from his rural Mexican village to the L.A. barrio, Carlitos faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles with a steely determination and unfettered optimism that earn him the grudging respect and affection of a reluctant protector, a middle-aged migrant worker named Enrique. The unlikely pair finds its way from Tucson to East L.A., but the only clue Carlitos has to his mother’s whereabouts is her description of the street corner from which she has called him each Sunday for the last four years. Unaware that Rosario is only hours away from returning to Mexico to be with her son, Carlitos and Enrique desperately comb the vast unfamiliar city for a place he has seen only in his imagination.

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



Lectures and Colloquiums


“Identifying Exchange Systems and Economic Development Scenarios in Ancient Vercruz,a lecture by Dr. Alanna Ossa (Visiting Scholar, Center for Comparative Archaeology)

This study uses archaeological residential inventories from the center of Sauce and its hinterland to address the possible appearance of markets and the structure of exchange during the Middle Postclassic period (AD 1200-1350) in south-central Veracruz, Mexico. Sauce’s economy is of interest because the region displayed significant economic and political transitions. Sauce differed from previous local centers because of craft production in its central zone and hinterland. Researchers have argued that Sauce’s political elites encouraged production and marketing, though the extent was unknown. Recent innovations use network (mathematical distributional) expectations in combination with spatial and contextual information to identify exchange mechanisms. New quantitative methods help distinguish between social network exchanges such as gift-giving versus market exchange using household inventories. Results support market exchange of most pottery, lending strong support to commoner household prominence in developing local markets, while the restrictions of a few artifact types to Sauce and wealthier residences describe political and social inequalities. New research will evaluate exchange systems for both the Preclassic (600BC - AD300) and Late Classic (AD 600-900). These periods also have significant political transitions, with the formation of a large capital and state (Cerro de las Mesas) during the Preclassic, and the breakdown of this state into several likely competing polities (Nopiloa, Azuzules, and Zapotal) in the Late Classic. Current research does not indicate the same level of craft production, although there is an increase over time. Information about these earlier exchange systems will better describe cycles of exchange, production, and local political development.

Date: Friday, September 9, 2011

Time: 3:00 p.m.

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

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh


“Con y contra Borges: la huella del maestro es alargada,a lecture by Francisca Noguerol (University of Salamanca)

Francisca Noguerol (PhD, University of Sevilla) is Profesora Titular at the University of Salamanca and one of the most important specialists on Latin American literature in Spain. She has published books on Augusto Monterroso, Mario Benedetti, and José Emilo Pacheco and is co-editor of collections on the contemporary Latin American novel and on Latin American poetry. Her dozens of published articles include studies of Cortázar, Onetti, Vallejo, and Gonzalo Rojas. Her complete c.v. is available at http://literatura.usal.es/profesores/fnoguerol

Date: Monday, September 12, 2011

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Norwegian Room, 151 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, the Borges Center, and the Center for Latin American Studies


History Department Book Symposia Series presents: Rob Ruck’s Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game

Featuring Commentary by: Sean Gibson (Director, Josh Gibson Foundation), Lara Putnam (Associate Professor, History, University of Pittsburgh), and Laurent Dubois (Professor, French Studies and History, Duke University)

Moderated by Reid Andrews (Chair, History, University of Pittsburgh)

Raceball examines the colliding histories of black and Latin ballplayers in the major leagues and confronts the traditional rendering of this history as a story of their shameful segregation and redemptive integration. While Jackie Robinson jumped baseball’s color line to much fanfare, integration was painful as well as triumphal. It gutted the once vibrant Negro Leagues and often subjected Latin players to Jim Crow racism. Today, MLB tightens its grasp around the Caribbean’s burgeoning baseball academies while at home, it embraces, and exploits, the legacy of the Negro Leagues.

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2011

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

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

Sponsored by the Department of History, University of Pittsburgh


“The Banjo: Roots and Routes, a lecture by Laurent Dubois (Duke University)

This lecture will explore the complex history of what became known in the nineteenth century as “America’s instrument.” The lecture draws on a book-in-progress that traces the instrument’s history from the 17th century Atlantic world to the music of Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Dubois will focus in particular on the debates surrounding the African origins of the banjo, on new findings about the early history of the instrument in the Caribbean, and about the links between the instrument and Afro-Atlantic religious culture. The lecture will also highlight the challenges surrounding writing the history of vernacular music and discuss how the work attempts to bring together cultural history, visual studies, and musicology in reconstructing the vanished sounds of the banjo, and the perspectives of the musicians, artisans, and audiences who made it what it is.”

Date: Friday, September 16, 2011

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Location: 602 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: please visit www.humcenter.pitt.edu


MCSI Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

“Rio, São Paulo, and the Amazon: Adventures in Sugarcane Ethanol Research,a lecture by Briana Niblick (IGERT Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Location: 153 Benedum Hall, University of Pittsburgh

Sponsored by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh



Portuguese Language Workshops This Fall


13 Week – Introduction to Portuguese Workshop – TUESDAYS

Dates: September 13 to December 6, 2011

Time: 4:30 to 6:00 pm

Location: 4130 Posvar Hall (University of Pittsburgh)


13 Week – Introduction to Portuguese Workshop – PART 2 – MONDAYS

Dates: September 12 to December 12, 2011 (NO class on Oct 10)

Time: 4:30 to 6:00 pm

Location: 4130 Posvar Hall (University of Pittsburgh)


If interested in either of these workshops, please email Lilly Abreu (lillyabreu1@gmail.com)



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 Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. & Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Panera Bread, 3800 Forbes Avenue, Oakland


Capoeira Pittsburgh

Capoeira Pittsburgh offers classes in Brazilian martial arts, music, and dance on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. at Bellefield Hall (2nd floor, aerobics studio), University of Pittsburgh and on Saturdays at 11:45 a.m. at BYS Yoga (1113 E Carson St, 3rd Fl) on 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.

For more information, please visit: http://capoeirapittsburgh.wordpress.com/ or email capoeirapittsburgh@gmail.com



NOTE: The Center for Latin American Studies will be providing transportation for faculty/students to and back from the concert venue on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please RSVP by September 20th, to Luz Amanda Hank at lavst12@pitt.edu



Fourth Annual “The Americas—In Concert”

featuring the Octavio Brunetti Quintet


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 an annual concert series 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.

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Hillman Center for Performing Arts (Shadyside Academy Sr. School), 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel

Free and open to the public

For more information: contact the Center for Latin American Studies, 412-648-7394 or visit http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/americas.html

Sponsored by Med Health Services and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), a component of the University Center for International Studies



Grant Opportunities


Hewlett International Grant Program

UCIS announces the fall 2011 competition for the Hewlett International Grant Program. This Program helps Pitt faculty in the development or completion of international projects or helps to support presentations at international conferences or symposia.

Application deadline is Thursday, September 15, 2011

For more information, please visit: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/main/hewlett_international.html


St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grant

The Society for the Anthropology of North America announces the St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grant for travel to the 2011 AAA conference, titled "Traces, Tidemarks, and Legacies" on November 16-20, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.

The committee will distribute up to four grants for up to $500 each. To apply, submit your paper abstract, university affiliation, and contact information to sanatravelgrant@yahoo.com by September 20, 2011. No additional materials are needed.

Applicants must be SANA members. The membership fee is only $10 for students - please see http://sananet.org/about.php for instructions on how to join.

The student travel grant is awarded on a competitive basis and reviewed by a committee comprised of members from the SANA board. This travel grant is intended for currently enrolled graduate students without a PhD. Only students who are presenting papers at the conference will be considered for the grant.

Papers should relate to the study of North America and ­ in keeping with the work of the grant’s namesake, St. Clair Drake ­ preferably consider the politics of everyday life in North America such as those pertaining to race, ethnicity, class, gender, and/or sexuality. Priority will be given to those that address Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

Preference will go to those students who have previously applied for the SANA travel grant and have not yet received one.

The total dollar amount allocated to travel grants is limited; therefore, the number and dollar amount of grants awarded depends on the number of applicants and their travel needs.

Travel grants will not be awarded to any individual two years in a row.

SANA is an intentionally inclusive community of anthropologists and encourages every student to apply for the St. Clair Drake grant regardless of society’s labels or anthropology’s disciplinary boundaries. However, applicants must be SANA members presenting at the 2011 AAA meeting. Please direct all questions to sanatravelgrant@yahoo.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, September 10, 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)



Job Posting


Spanish Instructors at Little Linguistics, Inc.

Little Linguistics, Inc. provides after school and evening elementary foreign language programs. Our business is rapidly expanding.  We are looking for Spanish instructors to fill numerous openings throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. Instructors must be either native speakers or fluent, certified teachers. They must have or be able to get all three clearances.  We provide training and curriculum. Payment is $30 per hour for certified teachers and $15 per hour for non-certified instructors. Programs typically run for 8 weeks, with students meeting once a week for one hour at a time. We have several programs starting towards the end of this month so time is of the essence. If anyone is interested, they may contact Accounts Manager Angela M. Berger at aberger.littlelinguists@gmail.com. Immediate openings are available in: Fox Chapel, Verona, Pine Richland, Moon Township, Sewickley and the greater Pittsburgh area. Our website is www.littlelinguistspittsburgh.com.



Brazilian Jazz Performance featuring Lilly Abreu


Chatham University 9/11 Memorial Concert featuring Villa-Lobos song with Yeeha Chiu (piano)

Performers include Chatham’s music faculty and guest artists

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2011

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University, Shadyside



Salsa Events with Marlon Silva

For more information on upcoming events, please visit: www.MarlonSilva.com


Salsa Nights

At: South Aiken Bar & Grill, Shadyside

Dates: Every Tuesday

Times: 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. (lessons: 8:00 - 8:30 p.m.  for beginners, 8:30 - 9:00 p.m. for Intermediate and Advanced Combinations)

Cost: No Cover Charge

For more information: contact 412-682-6878


At: Creamy Creations and More, Penn Hills

Dates: September 9-23, 2011

Times: 8:00 - 10:30 p.m. (lessons: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.)

Cost: $5.00 per person

For more information: contact 412-727-1780 or visit www.CreamyCreationsandMore.com


Dance Lessons

At: Dance Alloy Theater

Dates: Every Monday (September 26 - December 5, 2011)

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Dance Alloy Theater, 5530 Penn Avenue, East Liberty

Cost: $175.00 for Singles; $215.00 for Couples

For more information: contact 412-363-4321


At: Point Park University Recreation Center

Dates: Every Monday (September 26 - December 5, 2011)

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. (Group A), 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. (Group B)

Location: Point Park University Recreation Center (Former YMCA), Downtown Pittsburgh

Cost: N/A

For more information: contact 412-392-3456


At: August Wilson Center Dance Academy

Dates: Every Saturday (September 17 - December 10, 2011)

Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Location: August Wilson Center Dance Academy, 980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh

Cost: $170.00 for Singles; $195.00 for Couples

For more information: contact 412-338-8730



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: clas@pitt.edu




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