miércoles, 14 de marzo de 2012

CLAS Weekly Update


Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events



The VIII Undergraduate Research Symposium on Latin America and the Caribbean

Date: Friday, March 16, 2012

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 4215 Fifth Avenue, Oakland

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



32nd Annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival


¡Come and enjoy the diversity of Latin American and Caribbean cultures through exhibits, food, arts and crafts, music, and dance!

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 visit: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/festival.html

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



Lectures & Workshops


"Unjust Movements: Oil and Food Injustices in Ecuador and Florida," by Patricia Widener (Florida Atlantic University)

Two distinct campaigns in two distant places, one transnational and one local, and yet they both share a similar trait: an economic empathy gap for the working poor and the working marginalized. In Ecuador, two transnational campaigns mobilized in response to the construction of a cross-national oil pipeline in the early part of the 21st century. One campaign resisted the pipeline's construction, while the other negotiated a multi-million dollar research and conservation fund. Both based their arguments on environmental protection due to a history of oil pollution, while overshadowing the calls of the laboring poor and most oil-impacted communities for economic as well as environmental justice. In Southeast Florida, a local campaign is currently underway in support of healthier diets and local and sustainable farming practices. This shift is following a nationwide movement to support non-industrial farm and food systems, while obscuring the long-running farm worker injustices in the fields. In both Ecuador and Florida, these campaigns (against big industry and for environmental sustainability) conceal the injustices experienced in the communities and in the fields. Based on qualitative research in Ecuador (2001-2009) and Southeast Florida (2010-2011), this talk will present how specialized movement actors are aware of the environmental and economic injustices experienced, but through their activities, advocacy and/or claims fail to link their campaigns with the most impacted communities and fail to equalize awareness and literacy from production to consumption, while prioritizing non-confrontational entities or groups (wildlife, ecosystems and/or individual consumers).

Date: Friday, March 16, 2012

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Location: 2432 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: go to http://www.sociology.pitt.edu/about/events.php

Sponsored by the Sociology Department, Center for Latin American Studies, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and Global Studies


Book Symposia Series, "The Fante and the Transatlantic Slave Trade" by Rebecca Shumway featuring commentary by: Edda Fields-Black (Carnegie Mellon Univrsity), Sandra Greene (Cornell University) & Patrick Manning (University of Pittsburgh)

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Location: 3703 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

This symposium is made possible by the generous support of Eighteenth-Century Studies at Pitt, The World History Center, Department of Africana Studies, and the African Studies Program.


"Goethe y la trastienda de 'El pudor de la historia'," a lecture by Ivan Almeida


"Bustos Domecq y Suárez Lynch: dos ilustres desconocidos," a lecture by Cristina Parodi

Ivan Almeida earned his Ph.D. from the University of Louvain, Belgium, and Cristina Parodi from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. In 1995, they founded the Borges Center at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. They directed Variaciones Borges until 2006. They now live in Córdoba, Argentina.

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Time: 1:00 - 4:30 pm

Location: Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh


"The Colombian Caribbean between Oblivion and Visibility. Aspects of the Materiality of Literature in García Marquez's Novel Cien años de soledad," a lecture by Liliana Gómez-Popescu

Dr. Gómez-Popescu is assistant professor for Ibero-American literatures and cultures at the Institute for Romance Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). She is author, among other works, of "The Urbanization of Society. Towards a Cultural Analysis of the Sacred in the Modern Metropolis", in: Gómez, Liliana/Walter van Herck (eds), The Sacred in the City (Continuum, 2012, London); and "Un caso de archivo fotográfico: economía visual de la circulación de mercancías, cuerpos y memorias", in: Gómez, Liliana/Gesine Müller (eds), Relaciones caribeñas. Entrecruzamientos de dos siglos/Relations caribéennes. Entrecroisements de deux siècles (Peter-Lang, 2011, Frankfurt). She is editor (with Carlos Rincón and Sarah Gónzalez de Mojica) of Entre el olvido y el recuerdo. Iconos, lugares de memoria y cánones de la historia y la literatura en Colombia (Instituto Pensar, CEJA, Bogotá, 2010), with Gesine Müller of Relaciones caribeñas. Entrecruzamientos de dos siglos/Relations caribéennes. Entrecroisements de deux siècles (2011, Peter Lang, Frankfurt), and with Walter van Herck of The Sacred in the City (2012, Continuum, London).

The talk and media presentation will be in English

Date: Friday, March 23, 2012

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: 213 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh


"Historical Connections within Latin America and the Caribbean," Teacher Workshop by Lara Putnam (History, University of Pittsburgh)

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012

Time: 8:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Location: 5604 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

Cost: $50/person (Act 48 workshop)

For more information, please visit: http://www.worldhistory.pitt.edu/saturdayworkshop.php

Sponsored by the Department of History, School of Education and the World History Center


A Reading and Talk (followed by a discussion) by Oonya Kempadoo (Author)

Oonya Kempadoo was born in England of Guyanese parents and raised in Guyana. She has lived briefly in Europe, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and currently resides in Grenada. Kempadoo began writing in 1997, producing Buxton Spice—a semi-autobiographical account of a rural coming of age. Buxton Spice was published in the UK in 1998 and in the US in 1999. It has also been published in six foreign language editions in Europe. Her second novel Tide Running is set in contemporary Tobago and is a vernacular account of a young Tobagonian's intimate, ultimately disastrous intersection with a wealthy interracial couple and the predicament of a young society looking to America for fantasies and heroes. It also raises unsettling questions about relationships, wealth and responsibility, racial, cultural and class differences. It was published in the UK in 2001 and won a Casa De Las Americas prize in 2002. It was well received on both sides of the Atlantic, and Oonya was named a "Great Talent for the 21st Century" by the Orange Prize judges. Kempadoo has just completed a screenplay adaptation of Tide Running for a feature film. Her "works-in-progress" include All Decent Animals (working title), a novel about loyalties, love, contrasting cultures and the Caribbean's underworld of sexuality and HIV/AIDS, and a non-fiction narrative based on documenting and then voicing an eighteen year old Grenadian girl's life story of sexual abuse, violence, rape, love, sexuality and motherhood. It reflects her own and local perceptions of what is considered abuse or normal, and contrasts these with institutional and foreign views. Oonya was awarded a fellowship for the International Writer's Program at the University of Iowa in 2011.

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Time: 4:15 p.m.

Location: 501 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact spuri@pitt.edu

Sponsored by Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Department of English, Humanities Center, Charles Crow Program, Cultural Studies Program, University Honors College, Women's Studies Program, Global Studies Center, and the Literature Program



Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano

Spring 2012 Film Series



Films will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

As usual, we will give a short introduction to the film, and after the presentation you are welcome to stay for a discussion.

Some films are adult in nature and may not be appropriate for young audiences.

March Film: Carancho (directed by Pablo Trapero; Argentina 2010)

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012

Description: In Argentina, over 8,000 people die in traffic accidents every year. Behind each of these tragedies is a flourishing industry founded on insurance payouts and legal loopholes. Sosa is a lawyer who tours the A&E departments of public hospitals and police stations in search of potential clients. Luján is a young doctor recently arrived from the provinces. Their love story kicks off one night when Luján and Sosa meet in the street. She's trying to save a man's life; he wants him on his client portfolio.

Upcoming film: "Altiplano" on April 26, 2012

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures, and Eduardo Lozano Latin American Library Collection



Special Presentations and Films


Documentary: Hunger of Memory (a documentary about the Bracero program)

The film Hunger of Memory is a documentary by Prof. Gilbert Gonzalez (University of California Irvine) and Prof. Vivian Price (California State University,Dominguez Hill). It is about the Bracero Program―a guest workers program that brought Mexican workers to the US between 1942 and 1964. The film lays the foundation for discussion about immigration, connecting past history with current present debates. This award winning film has been aired on PBS and received the 2012 Peter Rollins Film Award for best documentary, the Cinelatino Audience Choice Award for best documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2010,and the Best Educational Film Award at the Amsterdam Film Festival 2011. Please see more info on the website http://www.harvestofloneliness.com/englishversion/english.html

Q&A session with Vivian Price (producer) will follow.

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University

For more information: contact: Mariana Achugar at 412-268 1895, or achugar@andrew.cmu.edu


2012 CMU International Film Festival: Faces of Others

Dates: March 22-April 15, 2012

The University of Pittsburgh co-sponsors this year's Carnegie Mellon University's International Film Festival! The Faces Festival is an annual event directed by Jolanta Lion, Assistant Director of the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon, and is produced by the collaborative effort of dedicated student contributors from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

          Six years since its inception, the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival continues to shine a cinematic light on the human faces that reflect the themes that define our contemporary social landscape, with this year's theme being the concept of the Other. Faces of Others will showcase new award-winning, independent films and documentaries from around the world, as well as an international student short film competition, at venues throughout Pittsburgh that challenge the audience to contemplate the perspectives of Others from cultures across the globe, including: Dutch, Polish, Latin American, French, Finnish, Germanic, Norwegian, African, Middle Eastern, Romanian, Hungarian, Austrian, Greek, Russian, and Chinese. Each screening will be a memorable event featuring panels with renowned international directors and casts, live performances, ethnic foods, and controversial ideas that will keep you thinking long after the credits roll.

For more information and complete listing of films, times and prices, please visit: www.cmu.edu/faces

Faces of Others is co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh along with a few of its affiliates: the Film Studies Program, the Global Studies Center, the Global Cinema Project, the Cultural Studies Program, the European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center, Department of German, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Russian and East European Studies Center



Arcadia University Faculty Development Trip to Havana, Cuba

Dates: June 24-30, 2012

Arcadia University and the University of Havana's Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies are jointly sponsoring a six-day faculty seminar in Havana, Cuba, June 24-30, 2012.

Though separated by only 90 miles, fifty years after U.S. President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo on Cuba, Americans know little about contemporary Cuban life and the Cuban higher education system has developed largely in isolation from its North American counterpart.

Seminar participants will compare how various academic disciplines have developed and how they are taught in Cuba and the United States, and exchange ideas on curriculum development, pedagogical strategies, and the potential for collaborative research projects.

Particular attention will be paid to the following areas of study:

  • International Studies
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Gender Studies
  • Biology
  • The Arts

Participants will meet in seminars and lectures for a portion of each day, but will have opportunities to visit sites in Havana and the surrounding area as well. Pre- and post-trip sessions held at Arcadia University will focus on how faculty can integrate their experience abroad into their teaching and their college or university's curriculum.

For more information, please contact: John Noakes (Associate Provost for Academic Improvement, Arcadia University), noakesj@arcadia.edu or visit www.arcadia.edu/facultytohavana



2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition

The 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition is underway and is currently welcoming applications from scholars interested in teaching or conducting research in Latin America and the Caribbean! Proposals will be considered from junior as well as senior scholars and opportunities abound in a wide variety of disciplines.

To address any questions applicants may have about opportunities in Latin America, Canada and the Caribbean, we have scheduled a webinar for Tuesday March 20, 2012 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. You must register to secure a spot in the webinar class.

Deadline to submit completed application: August 1, 2012

For more information, please visit: http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/



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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