jueves, 19 de enero de 2012

CLAS Weekly Update


Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events







Pitt in Ecuador Program

Interdisciplinary work in the Humanities, Sciences, and Engineering on the sustainability of the Amazonian environment and cultures.  Held at Iyarina on the banks of the Napo River in eastern Ecuador, one of the most bio-diverse places on earth.  Students may choose to apply for one of two 4-week options in either June 5-30 or July 5-29, 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

For more information: go to http://andes-fieldschool.org/Andes_and_Amazon_Field_School/Welcome.html

To apply: contact the Study Abroad Office, 802 William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh (www.abroad.pitt.edu).



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: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/laspp.html



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, lavst12@pitt.edu

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





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, jnovelli@globallinks.org, 412-361-3424 x 204



Spring 2012 Brazilian Portuguese Workshops


13 Week - Introduction Portuguese Workshops

Beginners Portuguese Class

Dates: Every Thursday (Starting January 26 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 24 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 23 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, Textbooks.com, etc.)



Call for Papers

The VIII Undergraduate Research Symposium on Latin America and the Caribbean

Date: March 16, 2012

Location: The University of Pittsburgh

Present your research with other undergraduate students on any topic related to the study of Latin American Literature, Artistic Culture, Linguistics or professional academic disciplines.

Submit a 150-200 word abstract to the following email address: lud3@pitt.edu

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2012

Presentations can be made in Spanish, Portuguese, or English

For more information, please contact Professor Monasterios at elm15@pitt.edu or Lucy DiStazio at lud3@pitt.edu

Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh



Job Opportunities


Assistant/Associate Director, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida is conducting a search for an Assistant/Associate Director for Administration. Primary responsibilities are to execute the programmatic activities of the Center in a professionally efficient and effective manner, in compliance with university, federal and foreign granting agency requirements. These duties include but are not restricted to grant and budget management, preparation of grant reports and applications, administrative management of the Center’s office, and supervision of Center staff. Additional responsibilities may include event planning, advising students, writing and editing a variety of materials, coordinating fellowship and grant competitions, and coordinating evaluation initiatives.

Master's degree in area relevant to Latin American Studies and two years of appropriate experience; or a bachelor's degree in area relevant to Latin American Studies and four years of appropriate experience. The ideal candidate will have previous administrative experience in higher education, experience managing budgets and grants, strong written and verbal communication skills, some supervisory experience, and fluency in Spanish or Portuguese. Salary range is $46,500-65,000. To apply: https://jobs.ufl.edu and refer to requisition #0809972. Application deadline: January 20, 2012.

The UF Center for Latin American Studies is a nationally visible Title VI-funded center with a range of language and area-studies programs related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino Studies. The position reports directly to the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies.


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 www.usajobs.gov (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.





Queloides Exhibition Opening at Harvard University in Cambridge

Queloides is an art exhibit on the persistence of racism and racial discrimination in contemporary Cuba and elsewhere in the world. Despite the social transformations implemented by the Cuban revolutionary government since the early 1960s, racism continues to be a deep wound in Cuban society, one that generates countless social and cultural scars.

The artists of Queloides offer a revisionist and critical reading of the history of Cuba, a reading that highlights the contributions of the Africans and their descendants to the formation of the Americas in general, and the Cuban nation in particular. Their Cuba is not the harmonious and fraternal Cuba portrayed in official national narratives, but a nation where colonial legacies remain alive, feeding discrimination and exclusion.

Exhibition Dates: January 25 – May 30, 2012

Discussion and Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Curators in Conversation with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Hiphop Archive, Du Bois Institute, Floor 2R, 104 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.


Opening Reception

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Rudenstine Gallery, Du Bois Institute Floor, 3R, 104 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.


For more information, please contact: dbievent@fas.harvard.edu or visit dubois.fas.harvard.edu


MAYA.2012: Lords of Time Exhibit

The exhibit will be opening May 5, 2012 and running till January 13, 2013. The exhibition features more than 150 remarkable objects, some from our permanent collection, some from the Penn Museum excavation site from Copan, Honduras, and many on display in the U.S. for the very first time.

MAYA.2012 leads visitors on a journey through the Maya's time-ordered universe, expressed through their intricate calendar systems, and their regard for their divine kings as astounding "lords of time”. An interactive recreation of the city’s ancient structures and original stone monuments from Copan, including several large steles, will allow visitors to experience the splendor and intricacy of Ancient Mayan architecture.

This is an excellent opportunity for young students to explore a time and civilization long gone by. Timed group tickets for groups of 10 or more are available at a discount, and they include admission to the rest of the Museum.

For more information: contact Roxanne Baron, Group Tour Coordinator, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215-746-8562; visitorservices@pennmuseum.org


Student Club Activities


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 538, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh


Grupo de Dança
Please come and bring a friend with you! It is not necessary to have a dance background. We are starting a new group now, and it is open to Pitt students and members of the community. We promise you are going to have a lot of fun!!

Date & Time: Every Friday at 4:15 p.m.

Location: Main Floor, Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact Ana Paula, apc_pitt@yahoo.com

Grupo de MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira)
Grupo de MPB will meet on Friday, January 27th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Room 1300 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh.




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.


2012 Pittsburgh Folk Festival: “Around the World in One Day”

Students can:

·        Experience more than 30 different cultures

·        Learn folk arts and crafts

·        Taste delicious foods from around the world · Learn ethnic dances

·        Collect international stamps

Teachers, fulfill these academic standards!

·        Arts & Humanities

·        Health, Safety, and Physical Education

·        History

·        Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

Date: Friday, May 18, 2012

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: The Monroeville Convention Center

Cost: Student tuition, only $8 before February 15, 2012! ($9 after) Teacher tuition is FREE.

One chaperone/aide per 15 students is required and is free. Additional chaperones pay $5/each.

Register today for your free teacher tuition: www.pghfolkfest.org/education or 412-278-1267

The Pittsburgh Folk Festival and the Around the World in One Day Program are educational programs presented by the World Cultures Education Consortium of Western PA, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to “cultural appreciation and understanding through education. For more information, please visit: www.worldcultureseducation.org



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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