viernes, 13 de enero de 2012

CLAS Weekly Update


Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events





CLAS Graduate Student Field Research Grants

The purpose of this program is to make it possible for CLAS graduate students to carry out short-term field research directly relevant to the Latin American/Caribbean region in order to acquire as profound and intimate knowledge as possible of language, culture, and geography; to gather research data; and to develop contacts with scholars and institutions in the field.

PLEASE NOTE: These grants are NOT to be used for dissertation research.

Deadline: January 17, 2012 for the CLAS Field Research Competition:

o   Grant Guidelines

o   Application form


Pitt in Ecuador Program

Students may choose to apply for one of two 4-week options in either June or July or an 8 week option in both June/July.

This is a FLASF approved program for graduate students at all levels of Quechua.

It is also a FLASF approved program for undergraduate students pursuing Quechua at the intermediate or advanced levels.

Deadline: Friday, January 20, 2012

To apply: contact the Study Abroad Office, 802 William Pitt Union



Latin American Social and Public Policy Student Conference


The annual Latin American Social and Public Policy conference features presentations on social and public policy research in Latin America by students from the University of Pittsburgh and other universities, with comments by University of Pittsburgh faculty.

Dates: February 24-25, 2012

Location: University of Pittsburgh

For more information, please visit:



Save the Date


32nd Annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012

Time: 12:00 p.m. - Midnight

Location: William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact Luz Amanda Hank, 412-648-7394,

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Cultural Union, and Med Health Services & Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute





“Human Security and Indigenous Peoples: Lessons from Southern Africa,” a lecture by Robert Hitchcock (Michigan State University)

Dr. Robert Hitchcock (BA, University of California-Santa Barbara, MA, Ph.D. Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 1982) is a professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. He has worked with San peoples in Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe for the past 30 years. In addition, he has worked with indigenous peoples in Guatemala, Hawaii, California, Canada, the Great Plains, and the southwest, as well as with various groups in eastern and central Africa (e.g. in Somalia, Uganda, and Gabon). In 1996 he published Kalahari Communities: Bushmen and the Politics of the Environment in Southern Africa (IWGIA, Copenhagen, 1996). He is the co-editor (with Megan Biesele and Peter Schweitzer of Hunters and Gatherers in the Modern World: Conflict, Resistance, and Self-Determination (Berghahn Books, 2000). In 2002, he co-edited a book with Alan Osborn: Endangered Peoples of Africa and the Middle East: Struggles to Survive and Thrive (Greenwood, 2002) and he is the co-editor, with Diana Vinding, of Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Southern Africa (IWGIA, 2004). Currently, he is doing a book on indigenous peoples' rights for Routledge and, with Megan Biesele, a book on the Ju/’hoansi of Nyae Nyae, Namibia for Berghahn. Hitchcock has worked for IWGIA on the evaluation of programs aimed at assisting San peoples in Botswana. He is a member of the Board and past co-president of the Kalahari Peoples Fund (KPF), an advocacy organization that provides assistance to San, Nama, and other peoples of southern Africa. He is also a member of the Panel of Environmental Experts for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, the largest water project in Africa. At present, Hitchcock is working with Sudanese and Ogoni refugees who have resettled in the Great Plains of the United States, and with Native Americans involved in resource management programs.

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Location: 3431 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh


Present Situation in Colombia by Isaac Beachy

Isaac Beachy has recently returned from living and working with a Colombian peace community for the past two years in rural Colombia. He was there working with the Fellowship of Reconciliation doing accompaniment work. This work has been needed due to the repression experienced by many Colombians, including labor leaders, seeking justice there. Mr. Beachy will share his experiences and provide an update on the situation in Colombia at a luncheon meeting which is open to the public. NO RSVP's required.

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012

Time: 12 noon

Location: 13th Floor, United Steel Workers Building, Downtown Pittsburgh

For more information, please visit:


Global Links “Sharing Our Mission” Speaker Series

“Rebuilding the Healthcare System in Haiti’’ by Marisol Wandiga (Program Officer)

Join us for a discussion about Haiti’s public healthcare system and how Global Links, as part of a multi-national collaborative project, is working to provide all Haitians with access to healthcare.

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: 4809 Penn Avenue, Bloomfield

R.S.V.P. by January 24, 2012 to Jennifer Novelli,, 412-361-3424 x 204



Spring 2012 Brazilian Portuguese Workshops


13 Week - Introduction Portuguese Workshops

Beginners Portuguese Class

Dates: Every Thursday (Starting January 26th to Apr 26, 2012 (No class on March 8 – Pitt’s Spring Break)

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

Fee: non-refundable $260 per person (for the 13 weeks)


Advanced Beginners Class

Dates: Every Tuesday (Starting January 24th to Apr 26, 2012 (No class on March 7 – Pitt’s Spring Break)

Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: 4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

Fee: non-refundable $260 per person (for the 13 weeks), Act-48 credits available


Intermediate Class

Dates: Every Monday (Starting January 23rd to Apr 26, 2012 (No class on March 5 – Pitt’s Spring Break)

Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: 4217 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

Fee: non-refundable $260 per person (for the 13 weeks), Act-48 credits available


Book for all levels: Brasil! Lingua e Cultura by Tom Lathrop, Eduardo M. Dias

(Text and Exercise Book). Linguatext Ltd; Third Revised Updated edition (December 2004).

ISBN-10: 9780942566437; ISBN-13: 978-0942566437 (available online at Amazon,, etc.)



The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is requesting that subscribers to their Correo de Lingüística Andina submit an account of their academic work, a short article on Andean Linguistics, as well as any information that could be useful to this field, to be included in their upcoming issue (number 35). Send contributions no later than February 15, 2012 to Clodoaldo Soto (editor) by email at, or by mail to Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, International Studies Building, Room 201, 901 South Fifth Street, Champaign, IL 61820.



Fellowship & Internship Opportunities


The Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship Program

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) was created in 1969 by the United States Congress to fund the self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean and the groups that directly support them. To complement its work, the IAF has reinstated its Fellowships for candidates for Ph.D. degrees from United States universities as they conduct their dissertation research. IAF's Fellowships are intended to increase awareness of grassroots development efforts while building a community of professionals and scholars knowledgeable in the subject. All inquiries should be directed to The Institute of International Education at

2012-2013 IAF Fellowship, Deadline: January 17, 2012

For more information, please visit:



Job Opportunities


Chair, Western Hemisphere Area Studies, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State

The Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State is recruiting an Area Studies Specialist to Chair its Western Hemisphere (Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada) Area Studies program. The Chairperson is responsible for managing the Western Hemisphere Area Studies program, teaching and coordinating interdisciplinary courses on Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada for USG employees assigned to the area; oversight of all Western Hemisphere (Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada) Area Studies courses taught by contractors and providing training, seminars, consultations and information on the region as required. Management responsibilities include planning, implementing and monitoring the program budget. Go to (search “Western Hemisphere”) for a detailed vacancy announcement (# FSI-2012-0026) and information on how to apply. Applications will be accepted January 10, 2012 through January 31, 2012. Additional information can also be obtained by calling 703-302-6813.




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, January 14, 2012 (Every 2nd Saturday of the Month)

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)



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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