viernes, 21 de septiembre de 2012

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Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events



Lectures, Symposiums & Workshops


Anabranching patterns in large rivers: state of the art and clues from the tropics, a lecture by Dr. Edgardo M. Latrubesse (Geomorphology & Environment, The University of Texas at Austin)

Recently I proposed a new category of “very large” rivers: mega-rivers, which are those rivers with a Qmean of more than ~17,000m3/s and this category includes the nine largest rivers on Earth. They are the Amazon, Congo, Orinoco, Yangtze, Madeira, Negro, Brahmaputra, Japura and Parana. As noted, six of the largest rivers of the world in water discharge are located in South America (four of them in the Amazon basin) and twenty four of the thirty four largest tropical rivers of the world also are located in South America (eighteen of them in the Amazon basin). Such big rivers are few in number but spectacular in size. Considering the importance of large rivers and river floodplains to a range of global-scale ecological issues, such as sediment flux, carbon sequestration, and water resources, this represents a significant problem for river management. Indeed, most of the runoff on Earth is transported by a few very large rivers, with ~16 to 20% of the runoff discharge by the Amazon. Over the past two decades, there has been a growing appreciation of the distinctiveness and importance of anabranching rivers and slowly the interest on large tropical rivers also have been increasing. When applying the concept of a channel pattern continuum to large rivers I obtained a surprisingly result: the universal end member pattern for large alluvial rivers is anabranching. There is not any river in the world with mean annual discharge larger than 17000 m3/s capable of maintaining a relatively pure “braided” or meandering pattern. I discuss in this presentation the state of the art on anabranching channel characteristics and classifications as well as the morphological-morphodynamics processes that generate anabranching patterns in large rivers.

Date: Friday, September 2012

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: 319 Benedum Hall, Swanson School of Engineering

For more information: please contact J. Abad (, 412-624-4399)

Sponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Becoming Mexico: Culture, Politics and the Imagined Americas, a symposium organized by Joshua Lund (Hispanic Languages & Literatures) and Gayle Rogers (English)

Despite extended periods of political continuity, Mexico has traditionally been imagined as a space of instability. Mexican philosophers, poets, scholars, and statesmen have long reflected on the idea of Mexico as potential not yet realized, at once utopian and dystopian, an identity always in formation. The ambivalence of this cultural energy is intensified in the US context, where Mexico functions as a key referent in an astounding variety of culture wars.

In the terms of these debates, and all of the fear and desire that they imply, “Mexico,” the geopolitical space, becomes “Mexicanization,” a geocultural process of transformation: a potentially disruptive force that can weigh against an imagined purity of an exceptional American identity, or stand as a source of creative and economic renewal. What is the history of the idea of Mexico? “Becoming Mexico” reflects on this question through an interdisciplinary symposium featuring four speakers:

  • Abraham Acosta (Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Arizona)
  • Maria del Pilar Blanco (Lecturer in Latin American Literature and Culture, Spanish and Latin American Studies, University College London, University of Oxford)
  • Gregory Downs (Associate Professor, Department of History, The City College of New York, CUNY).
  • Nicole Guidotti-Hernández (Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, and Associate Director, Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Texas at Austin)

This event is free and open to the public

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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

For more information: please contact Joshua Lund ( or Gayle Rogers (

Sponsored by University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies, Humanities Center, Cultural Studies Program, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Department of English Literature Program, Department of History, and the Global Studies Center



Student Club Activities


Pitt Linguistics Club

Yinzling Foreign Film Night featuring “The Motorcycle Diaries”

In 1952, twenty-three year old medical student Ernesto Guevara de la Serna - Fuser to his friends and later better known as 'Ernesto Che Guevara' - one semester away from graduation, decides to postpone his last semester to accompany his twenty-nine year old biochemist friend 'Alberto Granado' - Mial to his friends - on his four month, 8,000 km long dream motorcycle trip throughout South America starting from their home in Buenos Aires. Their quest is to see things they've only read about in books about the continent on which they live, and to finish that quest on Alberto's thirtieth birthday on the other side of the continent in the Guajira Peninsula in Venezuela. Not all on this trip goes according to their rough plan due to a broken down motorbike, and a continual lack of money. (Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna. 2004, Color, rated R, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location: 216 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: please contact Felicia Beadle,


Brazil Nuts Portuguese Club


Bate-Papo is our “Conversation Table” where you can speak about various topics and meet people with similar interests or just enjoy 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, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Room 538, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: please contact Felicia Beadle,


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 4:00–5:30 p.m., and every Wednesday at 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Location: Panera Bread, 3800 Forbes Avenue, Oakland

For more information: please contact Margaret Haughney (


Noche del Cine featuring “Hercules” (in Spanish)

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: William Pitt Union (Room TBD)

For more information: please contact Margaret Haughney (

Light refreshments will be served


Volunteer with Building New Hope

Building New Hope works with worker-owned coffee bean farms in Nicaragua and ensures that the coffee they sell is organic and fairly traded.

Volunteers will spend the afternoon by helping pack and deliver the product to customers.

Date: Sunday, September 23, 2012

Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: meet in front of Hillman Library at 12:30 p.m. to together travel by bus to the actual location (5827 Forbes Ave, Commonplace Coffee, Sq. Hill)

For more information: please contact Margaret Haughney (



Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellowships

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame seeks both accomplished and promising scholars whose work and presence will promote interdisciplinary international research on the Institute’s core themes.

These visiting fellowships afford the time to move a research project forward in an intellectually stimulating environment, share findings, and develop linkages with renowned US and international scholars.

For more information: please visit


PittMAP 2013

Application deadline is Friday, September 28th!

An around the world, semester-long globally comparative and academically rigorous study abroad program with Pitt professors and those from leading institutions in Brazil, India, and China. The focus for the Spring 2013 PittMAP is Global Political Economy. Professors David Bartholomae (English), Michael Goodhart (Political Science), and local faculty will teach Professional Writing in Global Contexts, Global Justice, and Comparative Economic Systems. Students will also choose one or two electives. Site visits in Beijing, Hyderabad, and Florianopolis will enhance classroom learning.

For more information: please visit or contact Vanessa Sterling at 412-624-2033 or


“World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship” Research Grant Competition

The annual competition supports Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history. The foundation will award up to twenty grants of $7,500 each. The deadline for submission is October 17, 2012, and the results will be announced by February 8, 2013.

For more information: please visit

Sponsored by the Smith Richardson Foundation




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.


Annual Hispanic/Latino Car Seat Check & Free Pediatric and Immunization Clinic)

Washington County

Date: Sunday, September 23, 2012

Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: Holy Rosary Church, 1 Orchard Street, Muse PA 15350

Appointment Required



Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Primary Care Center, 3414 Euler Way, Pittsburgh

Appointment Required

For more information on these two events: 412-692-6000 (option 8)



Second Annual Meeting of Hispanic Women in Pittsburgh: VIVAN LAS MUJERES

The second Meeting of Latino Women will be held on September 29, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The event, organized by Patricia Galetto, will take place in the Auditorium of Magee Women’s Hospital (Level 0 of the Hospital, 300 Halket Street, Oakland, Pittsburgh).

As requested by surveyed Latino women, leading bilingual medical experts will gather for a round table discussion on “Depression and Coexisting Diseases”. Following the conference, there will be a Breast Health Fair with medical professionals, sponsored by Magee Womancare International.

Afterwards, we invite you for a reception and a fashion show of unique local products designed by Latino women in Pittsburgh. Free Admission. Please confirm your attendance before September 20th by email to or by phone at 412-683-0757



Latinos in/on Film Festival

Sponsored by the Latin American Cultural Union

Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us!

Dates: Every Thursday from September 20th – October 12th

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: 100 Porter Hall, Carnegie Mellon University

Upcoming Films:

September 20, 2012 – “y no se lo tragó la tierra” (Severo Pérez, 1995, USA)

September 26, 2012 – “El Súper” (León Ichaso, 1979, USA)

October 3, 2012 – “La guagua aérea” (Luis Molina Casanova, 1993, Puerto Rico)

October 6, 2012 – “Nueba Yol” (Angel Muñiz, 1995, Dominican Republic)

October 12, 2012 – “A Day Without a Mexican” (Sergio Arau, 2004, USA)

For more information:,



New Voter ID Law Information Session

Members of the community and Latino organizations are welcome to attend

Date: Monday, September 24, 2012

Time: 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

Location: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 1910 Broadway Avenue, Beechview



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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