jueves, 20 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: www.weekINbahia.com, to reserve tickets visit www.kelly-strayhorn.org

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




The first Rock N’ Roll tour in the USA--direct from Brazil!


Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Time: 9:00 p.m.

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive, University of Pittsburgh

Cost: Free admission

For more information: contact 954-779-3072 or visit https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126535544118206




Sponsored by Albatroz Music, Mooka Entertainment & the Center for Latin American Studies



Lectures and Colloquiums


Hybrid Justice: Traces and Legacies in Latino Immigrants’ Experiences with the American Legal System,a lecture by Laura Macia-Vergara (President, 9 Lunas)

Date: Friday, 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 universities 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 des.articulaciones@gmail.com or visit http://www.hispanic.pitt.edu/graduate/conference.php

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


“Political Strategies and Domestic Economy of the Lote B Rural Elite in the Prehispanic Lurín Valley, Peru,a lecture by Giancarlo Marcone Flores (doctoral candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh)

There is a long tradition in archaeology that focuses on intermediate groups in society as a way to understand how broad regional political transformations intermingle with different local settings. Archaeologists have been trying to answer a fundamental question: How did intermediate groups build political strategies that allowed them to maintain their local privileges and insert themselves in the regional political context? I explore this topic at the rural Lima Culture site of Lote B (Cerro Manchay) in the Lurín Valley. This site was occupied from the Early Intermediate to Middle Horizon period (circa 500–700 CE), a time of dramatic regional change. My research started with three questions that allowed us to identify the main power strategies at work in the site, the constituent factors of these power strategies and how they were re-arranged by Lote B inhabitants at the start of the Middle Horizon period. (1) Is there household variability within or among sectors? (2) Does Lote B present evidence for the emergence of a distinct “intermediate elite” in the Late Lima period? (3)Were Wari-style materials incorporated into local life? The analysis has illuminated the transformation of power strategies of Lote B inhabitants in both domestic and monumental contexts.

I found evidence that these rural elites voluntarily sacrificed political independence when interacting with the polity above them in order to guarantee economic leverage over groups below them. These activities, in turn, fostered profound transformations in the forms of community integration and the inclusion of Cerro Manchay in a centralized multi-valley polity.

Date: Friday, October 28, 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



“Latin America after 9/11. Some Reflections on Cultural Politics and Geopolitics, by John R. Beverley (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

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: http://scholarships.honorscollege.pitt.edu/ . 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: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/global/facultyopps.html.

The deadline for submission is December 1, 2011.

Questions about GSC Faculty Grants or the application process should be directed to Dr. Thomas Allen, Associate Director, 4106 Wesley W. Posvar Hall (tfa3@pitt.edu; 412 624-3487).





Latin American Social and Public Policy Student Conference

February 24-25th, 2012 at the University of Pittsburgh

If you are writing a paper on any aspect of Latin American social and public policy, we invite you to submit your work for consideration. You may also propose to form a panel for presentation and discussion.

  • Please submit your topic with a brief description (approximately 75 to 100 words) by November 18, 2011.
  • You will be notified of the committee’s decision by November 22, 2011.
  • The deadline for submission of final papers will be due January 13, 2012.

Please send the information requested on the Call for Papers form. You may submit it online through the CLAS website: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/laspp.html or via regular mail to the attention of Luis Bravo, Center for Latin American Studies, 4200 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.



Student Club Activities


Spanish Club

Noche de Cine featuring Los viajes del viento (Wind Journeys)

Come join Club de Español in the Union for a chance to watch a great movie and speak a little Spanish!!

Film Synopsis: For most of his life, Ignacio Carrillo traveled the villages of northern Colombia. He eventually married and settled in a small town, leaving the nomadic life behind. But after the traumatic death of his wife, he vows to never play the accursed accordion again, and embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its rightful owner. On the way, Ignacio is followed by Fermin, a spirited teenager determined to become his apprentice. Tired of loneliness, Ignacio accepts the young man and together they traverse the vast Colombian terrain, discovering the musical diversity of Caribbean culture.

Date: Monday, October 24, 2011

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: 527 William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh

Sponsored by the 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: http://capoeirapittsburgh.wordpress.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.


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: 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


Dance Lessons

At: Dance Alloy Theater

Dates: Every Monday (Now through 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 (Now through 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



Volunteers Wanted!


Latino Family Center in Squirrel Hill is looking for volunteers!

Practice your Spanish and get experience working with Latino families in the Pittsburgh area.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

·   Accompanying a family to a doctor's appointment, errand, etc. and providing translation services

·   Helping a family fill out forms and translating necessary information (if not restricted by confidentiality policies)

·   Helping out with events at the Latino Family Center, such as play groups, fatherhood groups, holidays, etc.

·   Tutor/homework help for the families

·   Helping clean/organize play area in the Center

For this kind of work, the volunteer would need to have a strong vocabulary in Spanish. For most events, we will preferably contact you a few days in advance to see if you are available to volunteer. For this reason we will need a copy of your regular work/class schedule.

It is also required that the volunteer have FBI clearances, child abuse clearances, and criminal record checks before they begin volunteering with us. We will give you information on how to acquire these.

If you are interested, please contact Kelly Moffett, services coordinator, at the Latino Center at 412-325-8111. Or come visit us at 2215 Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill.



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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