viernes, 11 de noviembre de 2011

CLAS Weekly Update

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




The Center for Latin American Studies proudly announces


Latin American Social and Public Policy Student Conference

February 24-25th 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: or via regular mail to the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh to the attention of Luis Bravo.



Lectures and Colloquiums


“Mexico’s ‘Narco-Refugees’: The Looming Challenge for US National Security” a lecture by Paul Kan (Visiting GSPIA Professor)

Since 2006, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared war on the drug cartels, there has been a rise in the number of Mexican nationals seeking political asylum in the United States to escape the ongoing drug cartel violence in their home country. Political asylum cases in general are claimed by those who are targeted for their political beliefs or ethnicity in countries that are repressive or are failing. Mexico is neither. Nonetheless, if the health of the Mexican state declines because criminal violence continues, increases, or spreads, U.S. communities will feel an even greater burden on their systems of public safety and public health from “narco-refugees.” Given the ever increasing cruelty of the cartels, the question is whether and how the U.S. Government should begin to prepare for what could be a new wave of migrants coming from Mexico. Allowing Mexicans to claim asylum could potentially open a flood gate of migrants to the United States during a time when there is a very contentious national debate over U.S. immigration laws pertaining to illegal immigrants. On the other hand, to deny the claims of asylum seekers and return them to Mexico where they might very well be killed, strikes at the heart of American values of justice and humanitarianism. This monograph focuses on the asylum claims of Mexicans who unwillingly leave Mexico rather than those who willingly enter the United States legally or illegally. To successfully navigate through this complex issue will require a greater level of understanding and vigilance at all levels of the U.S. Government.

Dr. Kan is a visiting professor from the US Army War College and he is an Associate Professor of National Security Studies and the Henry L. Stimson Chair of Military Studies at the US Army War College. He is the author of Drugs and Contemporary Warfare and recently completed field research along the US-Mexico border for his upcoming book, Cartels at War: Mexico’s Drug Fueled Violence and the Challenge to US National Security.

Please RSVP your attendance to or visit for additional information.

Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: 3911 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

This event is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for International Studies’ Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies


“Spain's Diplomacy and the Haitian Revolution,” a lecture by Antonio J. Pinto (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas de Madrid, and Visiting Scholar, Department of History)

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Time: 12:00 Noon

Location: 3702 Posvar Hall, Department of History Lounge, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact the department at 412-648-7451


“Representations of the (Popular) Intellectual: Callado, Marcos and Writing Movements,” a lecture by Frans Weiser (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh)

Abstract: Edward Said’s Representations of the Intellectual is optimistic regarding writer-intellectuals’ ability to dramatize the continued importance of their public role, although much recent academic response tends toward declinist accounts. This presentation analyzes a shift from public to popular intellectual in Latin America and will examine how the tension between self-representation and movement politics manifests itself in novels by Antônio Callado and Subcomandante Marcos.

Frans Weiser is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures. His research interests include new historical fiction, Hemispheric American Studies, and transnational film. He is currently editing his dissertation, “Con-Scripting the Masses: False Documents and Historical Revisionism in the Americas.”

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: 2318 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh



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


Noche de Cine - Movie Night

Film: “Volver” (directed by Pedro Almodóvar and starring Penélope Cruz)

Summary: Two sisters learn that the bonds of family don't always end after death in this gentle observational comedy drama that marks celebrated Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar's 16th feature. The story explores the interactions between three generations of women in a Spanish family.

Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) was born and raised village of Alcanfor de las Infantas, in La Mancha, Spain. However, she now resides in Madrid, where she works as a janitor. She is married to Paco (Antonio de la Torre), an unemployed layabout, and looks after her daughter, Paula. Raimunda's mother, Irene, died several years back (along with her father) in a house fire. Raimunda's younger sister, Sole, also lives in Madrid and works as a hair stylist, while their aunt Paula still makes her home in La Mancha, with occasional help from neighbor Agustina. The story takes an unusual and mystical twist when Agustina mentions that Irene has begun reappearing in ghostly form -- a fact questioned by Raimunda and Sole. After a murder and an unexpected family tragedy, Paula's story is indeed corroborated by the appearance of Irene's spirit (who has come to comfort her family), and Sole must decide how to respond to the long-dead mother's strange, enchanting presence.

Date: Monday, November 14, 2011

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: 527 William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh

Free cookies and soda will be provided!


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



Call for Papers


SECOLAS/LAS Annual Conference

Theme: “The Struggle for Democracy in Latin America”

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2011

The 61st Annual Conference of the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies will serve as the 59th Annual Meeting of SECOLAS, and will take place on the UF campus in Gainesville, Florida, Thursday, March 29 to Saturday, March 31, 2012. Featured speakers will address the conference theme. Papers and panels that address the theme (broadly conceived) are also encouraged but not required. Panel proposals are preferred but individual paper proposals will also be accepted. Papers are invited from faculty members, independent scholars and graduate students.

2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the Cádiz Constitution that made Spain and its embattled empire a constitutional monarchy and the 100th anniversary of the Sáenz Peña electoral law that brought universal adult male suffrage to Argentina, two key steps along Latin America’s tortuous road toward constitutional democracy. Although Latin America experienced what Paul Drake has called a “tsunami of democracies” from the 1970s to the 2000s, much remains to be done to strengthen and secure governments “of, by and for the people” throughout the region. Even more is required if one considers social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects of democracy along with the political and institutional.

Finally, as Latin American aspirations for democracy have not been confined to south of the Rio Grande/Bravo, la lucha for democracy by Latin Americans and Latina/os in the United States also merits serious attention. Thus we invite panels and papers on Chicano/a and U.S. (Afro)Latino/a struggles for democracy. Papers and panels that address social and political movements as well as artistic and literary work are encouraged.

Proposal Submission Deadline: December 1, 2011. Send proposals, including a 250-word abstract for each panel and/or paper and a brief CV (no more than 2 pages) for all panelists, to the most appropriate program chair:

          History and Social Sciences

Tiffany Sippial, Department of History, Auburn University (


Literature and Humanities

Tace Hedrick, English and Women’s Studies, University of Florida (


Local Arrangements: Richmond F. Brown, Ph.D., Associate Director for Academic Programs, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida (

Dates: March 29-31, 2012

Location: University of Florida, Gainesville FL



Scholarship/Fellowship/Grant Opportunities


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).



Job Opportunities


Resident Professor, Global Health (Ethnobiology), The Organization for Tropical Studies

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is seeking applicants for the position of Resident Professor with the OTS-Duke University Global Health Undergraduate Semester Abroad Program in Costa Rica. This is a field-based program designed to provide undergraduate students with outstanding training in tropical medicine, public health, ethnobiology, and Spanish language and culture.

Successful applicants will work closely with the Education Director, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, and other Resident Professors in curriculum design and implementation, and will be responsible for teaching in the Ethnobiology course. The position is based in Costa Rica, and requires a commitment of 8-9 weeks in the field and several weeks in the office during each semester. This is a full-time position with a required commitment of at least one year.

  • Ph.D. or M.Sc. in Ethnobiology with professional research experience in the tropics.
  • A strong interest in team teaching and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Experience in field-based education and hands-on experiential teaching a plus.
  • Excellent bilingual (English/Spanish) communication skills.
  • Ph.D. or M.Sc. in Public or International Health a plus.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and spend 9+ weeks, twice a year, living with students and faculty at field stations.

Application deadline: November 15, 2011

Anticipated start date: January 2, 2012

Please submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and statement of research interests in a single document.

To apply: Submit a single document as a pdf file that includes cover letter, Electronic applications are preferred and may be submitted online via the OTS website:, Applications may also be sent electronically to


Students for Spring Internships, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is looking for qualified and capable University or Graduate Student interns to assist with our 2012 Spring programming. Council interns often take on individual projects that complement the work of the education and public policy teams. Previous intern projects include: researching and compiling background and resource materials for Council programs; assisting with the Council's technology outreach; and performing clerical duties.

The Council requires a minimum weekly commitment of 10 hours for Spring internships, and we are more than happy to accommodate flexible schedules so that students can meet outside obligations. While these internship opportunities are unpaid, the Council will work with your school to provide school credit where applicable.

If you would like to apply for an internship with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, please prepare the following materials. A complete application includes the following and should be sent to Carly Reed, Program Officer, at Deadline: December 12, 2011.

  • A cover letter which includes your goals for the internship and clearly delineates which specific areas of the Council’s work most interest you. In addition, this letter should include your dates of availability as well as the hours and days of the week in which you would prefer to work at the Council.
  • An updated resume or CV.
  • 2-3 page writing sample. Feel free to provide a short selection from a larger work but please include context materials where needed.
  • An unofficial transcript or list of coursework

All applicants should also be prepared for a formal interview. Recognizing that many potential interns are in school, we are happy to conduct phone interviews but prefer in-person interviews whenever feasible.

For more information on the Council's internship program please visit our website, If you have any questions or require more information, please contact Carly Reed, Program Officer, at 412-281-7055 or via email at


Assistant Professor of International Studies, Southern Oregon University

This position requires a record of scholarly achievements relevant to International Studies, and the vision, enthusiasm, and ability to serve as coordinator of the International Studies program and to contribute to the development of the Center for First Nation and Indigenous Studies.

Demonstrated ability to work across disciplines, a collaborative orientation, and an appreciation for diverse faculty perspectives are necessary. A regional focus on Latin America and/or specialization in indigenous peoples is desirable.

Teaching responsibilities include core International Studies program requirements, topics in the candidate's specialty, and courses that approach global issues from a critical perspective. Demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching and expertise in contemporary global issues are required. Current international research experience is essential.

Teaching assignments may include University Studies/Seminar, online courses, Medford and Ashland campus classes, and day, evening and weekend courses.

Completed Ph.D. in International Studies or terminal degree in an allied discipline. One year of full time university level teaching including both lower and upper division undergraduate classes; strong interpersonal and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse populations.

For more information, please visit:


Assistant or Associate Professor with specialization in the archaeology of the human dimension global change, University of Maryland

The Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland, anticipates hiring a tenure track assistant professor or associate professor for August 2012. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in anthropology with specialization in the archaeology of the human dimension global change. To be considered for an associate level, candidates must demonstrate an active research agenda with significant publications, significant field experience, significant extramural funding, and teaching excellence.

Candidates are encouraged to apply whose research focuses on the long-term human dimension of global change from the beginning of the modern era (15th century) and who is developing a career documenting the long-term impact of global change on people and communities. It is necessary to demonstrate the relationship between environmental issues - such as natural disasters, climate change, faunal and floral change, sea level rise, and destruction of marine and coastal ecosystems – and the development of inequalities, such as the unequal distribution of resources that has had social and political consequences and demographic change. Successful applicants must show a strong theoretical and methodological focus that complements existing faculty research and be able to work in an interdisciplinary setting. Geographic area is open. For best consideration, apply by January 2, 2012.

The candidate is expected to teach courses in his/her area of interest at the undergraduate to graduate levels, as well as established courses.

Candidates should send a letter of application that details their experiences and interests, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Electronic submission only to: Click on <Faculty>, and then look for <BSOS-Anthropology> under <Division/Department>. Questions may be answered by the search coordinator, Sybil Paige, 301-405-1410 or at Review of applications will begin immediately, and early submissions are strongly encouraged. Priority will be given to applications received by January 1, 2012. The position will remain open until filled.


Associate Positions, The Inter-American Dialogue

The Inter-American Dialogue looking for a strong, mid-level professional to develop and manage one of three key program areas at the Inter-American Dialogue:

1)    energy and climate change

2)    crime and security

3)    democratic governance.

The Associate would be expected to identify priorities within the program area, and play a key role in raising funds to support the program. Specific responsibilities will include: establishing and maintaining contacts with key individuals in Latin America and the US; assisting the President in managing the day-to-day operations of the project; helping to build interest and commitment to the program among policy officials from national governments, multilateral organizations, business groups, and prospective funders; commissioning, writing and editing policy papers and proposals; planning and implementing working group meetings and working trips; tracking and reporting on project grants. The Associate would report to the President of the Inter-American Dialogue and represent program interests in his absence.

This mid-level position requires: a master’s degree in a relevant field; managerial experience; fluency in both Spanish and English (Portuguese is a plus); excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills; familiarity with key issues in the specific program area they are applying for; ability to work effectively with different sectors in both the Latin America and Washington policy communities. This is an excellent position for a mid-level professional who would be challenged by the opportunity to build and direct a program area and to develop as an analyst, representing the Dialogue in their subject area.

To Apply: For consideration, please submit your resume, a cover letter and two writing samples in English to, and indicate the program preference in the subject line. If you prefer you may send the materials by fax or mail to Human Resources, Inter-American Dialogue, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20036. Fax: (202) 822-9553. No phone calls, please.




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, November 12, 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)



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 (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:



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