viernes, 7 de octubre de 2011

CLAS Weekly Update

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




¡Pura Vida! Music of Costa Rica

featuring Walter Morales, Piano (Guest Artist)


Fundraising Huellas Latinas Concert for: Anthony Benvin III Memorial Foundation

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2011

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Frick Auditorium, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh

Tickets: $10-$15 advance tickets, $12-$18 pay at the door

For more information, please visit:



The Free Arts Encounter program is offering all undergraduate students tickets to the Huellas Latinas Concert and dinner at Joe Mamas, paid for by PITT ARTS. All students interested please sign up at


Upcoming Concerts: Navidad Nuestra (Dec. 17th), Baroque Zarzuela (May 12th)




Viva Bahia!


A Musical Performance featuring Kenia, with very special guest Ivan Lins

Date: Friday, October 21, 2011

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre, 5941 Penn Avenue, East Liberty

Cost: $38.50 in advance, $45 at the door

Pre-concert VIP reception 6:30 p.m., $60 (Meet & Greet with Kenia and Ivan Lins)

For more information, please visit:, to reserve tickets visit

Presented by Mooka Entertainment in conjunction with the Center for Latin American Studies (University of Pittsburgh), Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust



Lectures and Colloquiums


No Podemos Comer Billetes: Climate Change and Development in Southern Ecuador,a lecture by Lisa Depaoli (Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology)

Date: Wednesday October 12, 2011

Time: 1:00 p.m.

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

Sponsored by Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh


Colloquium Series: “The Hydra: Forked Discourses, Taxidermy and Freedom in Early Colonial Peru,a lecture by Gonzalo Lamana (Hispanic Languages and Literatures)

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011

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

Location: 602 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information, please visit:


(Des)articulaciones 2011 - 3rd Biannual Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures Graduate Student Conference

Title: “(In)visible Cosmovisions: Dialogues in Afro and Indigenous Latin America and the Caribbean”

With the emergence of subaltern and postcolonial studies over the past quarter century, scholars have increasingly shifted attention to the political, epistemic, and poetic force of indigenous and Afro-descendent communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Nonetheless, the potential analogies and resonances between the worldviews, textualities, and recurrent political struggles of these populations remain largely overlooked and underexplored. (Des)articulaciones 2011 seeks to create a productive dialogue between these perspectives and explore new possibilities for decolonizing conceptual frameworks in the 21st century. This two-day conference brings together graduate students from various departments across the United States whose research engages with these issues. This conference is organized by the graduate students in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures.

Dates: Friday, October 21 - Saturday, October 22, 2011

Location: William Pit Union, University of Pittsburgh


Friday, October 21st        9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Student Sessions, 527 WPU

                                   5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Roundtable discussion, 548 WPU

Saturday, October 22nd    9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Student Sessions, 540 WPU

                                   4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Keynote Address, 548 WPU

Keynote address: “Afro and Indigenous Life-Visions in/and Politics, (De)colonial Perspectives” by Dr. Catherine Walsh (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar)

For more information: contact or visit

This conference is sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, the School of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities Center, and the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies



2012 Seminar & Field Trip to São Luís, Brazil


Application deadline: October 12, 2011

Program Overview

Brazil will be the focus of the Center for Latin American Studies’ Seminar and Field Trip for 2012. The 10-15 students selected for this program will enroll in a preparatory seminar during the spring term on campus, and then travel to the northeastern city of São Luís, Maranhão where they will study and live with a host family.

For more information, please visit:



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


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, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh


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 Floor) 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: or email



Call for Papers


Tulane University LAGO Graduate Student Conference

Theme: “Balancing Societies: Social Justice and Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean

Much has been done in the last few decades in terms of social justice and combating inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean—socially, economically, politically and culturally. Domestic and international actors have been working together to keep Latin American and Caribbean society in balance in social, economic, political, and cultural arenas. Throughout history and today, people approach questions of social justice and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean through various methodologies in a variety of fields. This conference invites scholars from all disciplines to examine the actors, trends and changes occurring in Latin America and the Caribbean to improve the quality of life. We encourage submissions from the liberal arts, social sciences, and professional fields spanning historical and contemporary time periods to address the issue of society in flux in Latin America and the Caribbean and how we, as agents of change, utilize various methodologies and lenses to analyze these issues.

We welcome abstracts for presentations and for panels from all disciplines relating to the conference theme. Abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent in Microsoft Word format. Please include your name, phone number, title and institutional affiliation in your e-mail.

Abstracts may be sent to by Friday, November 11, 2011.

Final copies of completed papers may be sent to by Friday, December 9, 2011.

Papers should be approximately 3000-5000 words and there are no specific guidelines as to the format of your paper. However, please keep in mind that presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes in length.

Paper Submission Deadline: December 9, 2011

Conference Dates: January 19-21, 2012

Location: Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University



Scholarship/Fellowship/Grant Opportunities


The Honors College

The University Honors College of the University of Pittsburgh advises undergraduates, seniors, and alumni who are interested in pursuing national and international awards. These opportunities both recognize past accomplishments and give students enriching educational experiences beyond the classroom. The UHC provides guidance and support on scholarship, fellowship, and grant competitions. A list of scholarships and fellowships available can be found at: . Different deadlines fast are approaching this fall, starting as early as October 28, 2011.


The Global Studies Center

The GSC is pleased to announce four new faculty grant competitions. These include: GSC International Travel Grants for Conference and Professional Meetings, GSC Domestic Travel Grants, GSC Curriculum Development Grants and GSC Faculty Research Grants. Faculty who are full-time, part-time, tenure-stream, tenured or non-tenure-stream (including lecturers and contract faculty) who are affiliated with the GSC are eligible to apply. The purpose of the grants is to expand the University’s resources in the GSC focus areas of global economy, global health, global security and global society. For full details on each grant, please visit the Faculty Opportunities page at:

The deadline for submission is December 1, 2011.

To apply for a grant, please submit a GSC Faculty Grant application form with the appropriate grant option checked off, along with the required documentation. The original and three complete copies of the application (a total of four complete copies) should be sent to Dr. Thomas Allen, Associate Director, 4106 Wesley W. Posvar Hall. Questions about GSC Faculty Grants or the application process should be directed to Dr. Allen (; 412 624-3487).




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, October 8, 2011

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

Location: Salvation Army, 54 S. 9th Street, Southside

For more information:, 412-692-6000 (option 8),

(Appointment and health insurance are NOT required)



Flamenco Fest

Come see an authentic and colorful Flamenco show and learn about the techniques of the dance, enjoy some delicious “tapas” (appetizers) typical to Argentina and Play a typical Latin American game and win great prizes.

Date: Monday, October 10, 2011

Time: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Duquesne Student Union, Duquesne University

For more information, please contact

Sponsored The Latin American Student Association (LASA), Co-Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Duquesne Program Council



Painting Art Exhibit by Clementina Salloum

Dates & Times: October 2011 (Monday –Thursday until 9:00 p.m., Friday-Sunday until 5:00 p.m.

Location: Mt. Lebanon Library, 16 Shannon Blvd, Mt. Lebanon



Salsa Events with Marlon Silva

For more information on upcoming events, please visit:


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


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 (Now through 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:



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