viernes, 14 de octubre de 2011

CLAS Weekly Update

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




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


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:


"Hybrid Justice: Traces and Legacies in Latino Immigrants' Experiences with the American Legal System," a lecture by Laura Macia-Vergara

Date: Wednesday October 21, 2011

Time: 3:00 p.m.

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

Sponsored by Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh


(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


"Latin America after 9/11. Some Reflections on Cultural Politics and Geopolitics," an inaugural lecture by John R. Beverley, Ph.D. (Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures)

Reception to follow in 2501 WWPH

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: 2500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh



Scholarship/Fellowship/Grant Opportunities


The Honors College Student Award Opportunities

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 Faculty Grant Competitions

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).



Call for Papers


XXXII Annual ILASSA Student Conference

Dates: February 2-4, 2012

Abstract deadline is Friday, November 11, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

To submit an abstract, go to

Find us on Facebook ILASSA 32: Annual Student Conference on Latin America

The Student Conference on Latin America, organized by the Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association (ILASSA) at The University of Texas at Austin, is an interdisciplinary forum for students involved in Latin American research topics. The conference provides students with the opportunity to present research activities, develop presentational skills, exchange ideas and information, and meet other scholars from around the world. The conference, now in its 32nd year, is the oldest and largest studentconference in the field of Latin American Studies.

If you have any questions please contact the organizers at  All conference correspondence will be conducted via e-mail.

Important dates for the 2012 ILASSA Conference

Friday, November 11, 2011 – Deadline for submission of abstracts

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 – Applicants notified of acceptance or non-acceptance

Monday, January 2, 2012 – Papers due and registration and equipment fee paid

Monday, January 16, 2012 – Flight information and housing requests due

February 2-4, 2012 – XXXII Annual ILASSA Student Conference



Study Abroad Opportunities


The University of Arizona and the Center for Mesoamerican Research (CIRMA) invite you to participate in a unique and life-changing study abroad program in Guatemala. This is a summer, spring and/or fall semester program. Students receive a University of Arizona transcript and can apply classes toward their majors.

Program highlights include:

* a variety of Latin American Studies, History, Anthropology, Political Science, Geography and Spanish classes, taught by professors, scholars, and practitioners from Central America. Students can also study a Mayan language. Most classes can be taken for honors credit, and some can be taken for graduate credit.

* seminar-style classes give an in-depth and on-the-ground view of social history and social movements, and peace and development issues.

* engaging field trips throughout Guatemala related to course material.

* opportunities to travel on your own (Guatemala is incredibly beautiful, complex and fascinating!)

* a home stay with a Guatemalan family.

* for-credit internships at CIRMA and use of CIRMA's extensive research library and documentary and photographic archives, one of the largest collections in Latin America. CIRMA is located in a stunningly beautiful colonial mansion in the center of Antigua, Guatemala.

* internships and volunteer opportunities in the surrounding community. CIRMA works with you to design an internship around your interests, and helps you apply this experience toward your major. Students have done internships in public health and popular education, among many other themes.

* study abroad students are also doing internships at Safe Passage/Camino Seguro ( in Guatemala City.  Safe Passage provides life-transforming aid to children of families who live in a shantytown.  Study abroad students have found that lending a hand to this incredible organization not only makes a real difference in the world, but that it changes their own lives as well. This internship can be accompanied by a for-credit directed reading in urban anthropology and/or Latin American urban history.

* a colloquium series that brings in renowned political, social and cultural leaders to dialogue with the study abroad students.

Application deadlines:

Spring 2012: October 31, 2011; Summer 2012: March 1, 2012; Fall 2012: April 15, 2012

For more information about the application process contact Jill Calderon at the UA Study Abroad office:

For questions about CIRMA and Guatemala contact John Way, Study Abroad Program Director for CIRMA:

For program information, visit and click on 'study abroad.'

Check out CIRMA's Facebook page:



Job Opportunity


Sociocultural Ecological Anthropologist

The University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position in sociocultural anthropology at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2012. We seek a social scientist specializing in ecological and/or environmental anthropology. The successful candidate's research focus may be in any area of ecological and/or environmental anthropology, including human/environmental relationships, equity and climate change, political ecology, environmental justice, and human rights and the environment.

Other topical approaches are open, but research must be empirical with sound theoretical foundations. The successful candidate must have an active program of field research. Geographical area of specialization is open but interest in Oceania, Asia, Africa, or Latin America is preferable.

The successful candidate must demonstrate ability to teach the lower-division introductory course in sociocultural anthropology and upper-division undergraduate courses in areas related to the candidate's specialization. The ability to direct graduate students and to contribute to graduate training in sociocultural theory and in research methods also is crucial.

Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. by the date of the appointment. Please send a letter detailing research and teaching experience and plans, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references to Casey Walsh, Chair, Sociocultural Anthropology Search Committee, Department of Anthropology, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA  93106-3210. Applications should be postmarked on or before December 1, 2011. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.



The 2012 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival


Faces of Others

Featuring American documentary, Immigrant Nation!: The Battle For The Dream

"The United States is a country that has been built by immigrants, which is a reality that has been happening generation after generation, happening around the world since the beginning of humankind. Some leave, others seek refuge and others simply go in search of a new life. Yet, here in Immigrant Nation!: The Battle for the Dream, we see another reality, where the 'American Dream' is not within the reach of all." -Esaú Meléndez, Director (For details about the film, please visit:

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: GRW Theatre – University Center, 414 Wood Street, Point Park University

Free and Open to the Public

Cost: Suggested donation, $5

For more information, or to film details about the film festival, please visit:

The Building Change Film Festival is organized by the Three Rivers Community Foundation



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: Room 527, 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




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.


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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