martes, 2 de octubre de 2012

CLAS October Calendar of Events

October 2012 Calendar

Center for Latin American Studies

University Center for International Studies

University of Pittsburgh







University of Pittsburgh's Hispanic Heritage Celebration 2012

"A Focus on Healthcare"


  • "Providing Health Care for an Invisible Community: Salud Para Niños Celebrating 10 Years of Service" by Diego Chaves-Gnecco, MD (Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh; Director and Founder of Salud Para Niños, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh)
  • "De la Mano con la Salud": A Network of Latino Men" by Patricia Documét, MD, DrPH (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh)


Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: 2500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

Refreshments to follow. Free and open to the community.

For more information: please contact Karen Goldman ( or Kannu Sahni (

Sponsored by the Office of Community Relations and the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, and the Mayor's Office, City of Pittsburgh



2013 Seminar & Field Trip to Rosario, Argentina


Program Overview

Argentina will once again be the focus of the Center for Latin American Studies' Seminar and Field Trip. The vibrant country of more than 40 million diverse peoples has been a popular destination for study seminar/field trip and study abroad in general. The 10 to 15 students selected to participate will be spending six weeks in May and June of 2013 studying and living with a host family in Rosario, Argentina, the third largest city in the country with 1.3 million inhabitants. The students will first enroll in a spring semester-long preparatory seminar, then travel to Argentina, earning six credits applicable toward the CLAS certificate upon completion of the program.

Application deadline: October 12, 2012

For more information: please visit



Lectures/Conferences/Workshops in Pittsburgh


"Social Movements and Global Crisis: Coalition and Conflict in Contemporary Social Movements," an International Workshop Organized by Jackie Smith (Sociology)

This is a project that will convene scholars and practitioners of contemporary social movement coalitions who are interested in uncovering: 1) how organizations bridge differences between local and global arenas of action and 2) what lessons can be drawn from both scholarly research and organizing experiences about the factors affecting coalition durability and effectiveness. The project thus aims to advance scholarship on social movement coalitions in the contemporary, globalized context while also developing collaborative networks among scholars and social movement practitioners that can contribute to and inform the agenda and methods of scholarship and practice.

The opening panel of the workshop, which is open to the public, is titled "Social Movements amid Global Crisis: Local and Global Activism in the US and World Social Forums", and will discuss how the economic and ecological crisis affects popular mobilization for social change. Panelists draw from vast experience and knowledge of activism in Latin America, the Middle East and elsewhere to assess the resources and obstacles to social movement efforts to unite around shared goals. How do movements build solidarity and enduring relationships that connect local level activism with global analyses and networks? The panelists are:

  • Cindy Wiesner, National Coordinator, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and USSF National Planning Committee
  • Jerome Scott, US Social Forum National Planning Committee, former director, Project South, and League of Revolutionaries for a New America
  • William Copeland, East Michigan Environmental Action Council and US Social Forum Detroit Local Organizing Committee
  • Rose Brewer, Distinguished Teaching Professor of African American and African Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USSF National Planning Committee and WSF Palestine Organizing Committee
  • Valentine Moghadam, Director, International Affairs Program and Sociology Department, Northeastern University and author of Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement

Dates: Thursday, October 4, 2012

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Location: 5604 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh; reception for faculty, graduate students, and guests to follow in 4130 Posvar Hall

For more information: contact Corinne Ogrodnik (

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology, the Global Studies Center, University Center for International Studies and the Office of the Provost through a Global Academic Partnership grant, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Institute for International Studies in Education at the University of Pittsburgh.


Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PaCIE) Annual Conference

PaCIE is a network of professionals interested in advancing international education in Pennsylvania. The organization provides a forum for educators, both K-12 and at the higher education level, to share best practices, formulate advocacy goals and construct a dialogue with government agencies and actors, as well as business and non-profit organizations. The primary objective for PaCIE membership is to provide a vehicle for discussion and development of practices that will aid us in preparing Pennsylvania's youth for the global creative economy.

Dates: October 4-6, 2012

Location: Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown Pittsburgh, PA

For more information, please visit:


"Brazil and Turkey: Emerging Nations in the New Global Order," a lecture by Lílian Duarte (First Secretary, Brazilian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey)

Dr. Lílian Duarte holds a PhD in International Relations and taught for many years at universities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After joining the foreign service, she taught at the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy. She has served in Moscow and London and is currently posted to Ankara, Turkey where she teaches Special Topics in Latin American Politics at Middle East Technical University (METU).

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Time: 12:00 p.m.

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

For more information: contact Luz Amanda Hank (

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), the European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center (EUCE/ESC), and the Global Studies Center.


The Cuban Missile Crisis: 50 Year Anniversary Conference

Keynote speaker Peter Kornbluh will present: "The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962."

Fifty years ago (October 16-28, 1962) during the Cold War, the world came the closest it ever has to an exchange of nuclear weapons between the Soviet Union and the United States. An American U-2 reconnaissance plane had photographed a Soviet SS-4 medium-range ballistic missile being assembled for installation in Cuba, just 90 miles from U.S. shores on October 14th. President John F. Kennedy was briefed about the situation on October 16. For the next two weeks, the President and his team wrestled with a diplomatic crisis of epic proportions, as did their counterparts in the Soviet Union. President Kennedy enacted a naval blockade around Cuba and made it clear the U.S. was prepared to use military force if necessary to neutralize this perceived threat to national security. Disaster was avoided when the U.S. agreed to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's offer to remove the missiles from Cuba in exchange for the U.S. promising not to invade Cuba. Kennedy also secretly agreed to remove U.S. missiles from Turkey. Against this background, this one-day conference, with an exciting range of speakers, seeks to do the following:

• To re-examine the crisis in light of the most recent research
• To consider the lessons learned in terms of crisis bargaining and crisis management
• To look ahead and consider what great power crises might look like in the coming decades
• To identify new challenges of escalation dynamics and decision-making in crises that are likely to be far more complex than the Cuban Missile Crisis

Peter Kornbluh is the author/editor/co-editor of the Archive's The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962. He played a large role in the campaign to declassify government documents about the crisis through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Dr. Kornbluh attended all of the post-Soviet Union conferences between American, Soviet, and Cuban participants of the crisis and has personally interviewed Fidel Castro on his role in the crisis. Dr. Kornbluh is a Senior Analyst and Director of Cuba and Chile Documentation Projects, the National Security Archive, George Washington University.

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Ballroom B, University Club, University of Pittsburgh

Please RSVP your attendance by emailing Beverly Brizzi at Visit the Ridgway Center's website for additional information. This event is open to all GSPIA students and faculty and the University community.

The Ridgway Center is part of Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for International Studies. This event is supported in part by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS).


"Rumberas in Motion (Pictures): Transnational Movements in the Archive of Mexican 'Classic' Cinema," a lecture by Laura Gutiérrez (University of Arizona)

Laura Gutiérrez earned her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin and taught at the University of Iowa before taking her present position at the University of Arizona, where she is an associate professor. Her book Performing Mexicanidad: Vendidas and Cabareteras on the Transnational Stage (University of Texas Press, 2010) won a prize from the MLA for the best book in Latino/Latina studies.

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Location: English Room, 144 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Program of Cultural Studies, and Film Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh.



Museum Exhibit


Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities

October 6, 2012 – May 12, 2013

R.P. Simmons Family Gallery, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Oakland

From Africa to Asia to the Americas, female artisans are creating grassroots cooperatives to reach new markets, raise income, and transform lives. Empowering Women explores the work of ten such enterprises in ten countries. Each has a different motivation: preserving a dying heritage, sustaining the environment, providing a safe haven from violence. Art binds them, but the market drives them. Cooperatives help women survive. They work collaboratively to create products, develop distribution networks, and decide how to distribute or invest revenues.

As you marvel at the beauty of these folk art objects, take a moment to explore the inspiring stories behind them. Each one represents the transformative power of women working together to provide for their families, educate their children, steward their environment, promote equality, and give back to their communities. This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM, and is sponsored locally by Huntington Bank. The exhibition is a project of the Center for World Cultures at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Opening Day Events

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Free with museum admission

10 a.m.–noon

Members-only preview of Empowering Women

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Craft-making demonstration by Center for Traditional Weaving (Cusco, Peru)


Empowering Women opens to the public

1 p.m.

Let's Talk About This!: Women Folk Artists Speak Out for Social Change Through Their Arts, a Guest Lecture by Dr. Suzanne Seriff, Curator of Empowering Women

1–4 p.m.

Craft-making activities for children


For more information, please visit:



"World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship" Research Grant Competition

This 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.



Call for Conference Papers


Latin American Social and Public Policy Student Conference

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 12, 2012.

You will be notified of the committee's decision by November 30, 2012.

The deadline for submission of final papers is January 14, 2013.

Conference Dates: February 14-15, 2012

Location: University of Pittsburgh

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.


XXXIII Annual ILASSA Student Conference

The Student Conference on Latin America, organized by the Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association (ILASSA) at The University of Texas at Austin, is an interdisciplinary forum for students involved in Latin American research topics. The conference provides students with the opportunity to present research activities, develop presentational skills, exchange ideas and information, and meet other scholars from around the world. The conference, now in its 33rd year, is the oldest and largest student conference in the field of Latin American Studies.

ILASSA invites students to submit for acceptance a single-page abstract of a paper (300 words max) within the field of Latin American Studies. The abstract will enable us to select papers for presentation and to organize panels for the conference.

Abstracts should be submitted online in order to facilitate the submission process for everyone - especially for participants outside the United States. Hard copies of abstracts will not be accepted. Final papers will be requested after accepted students are notified. To submit an abstract, please go to Please contact us at if you did not get an email following your submission.

The final deadline for submission of abstracts is October 26, 2012. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by November 5, 2012. Students invited to participate will have until November 30, 2012 to submit their housing preferences and registrations fees and by January 2, 2013 to submit final papers. During the conference, each student will have approximately 15 minutes to present his or her work in a panel arranged around a common theme.

Dates: February 7-9, 2013

Abstract deadline: October 26, 2012

For more information: or to submit an abstract, please visit


Latin American Utopian Visions: A Critical Look for the 21st Century

This conference seeks to bring together recent scholarship on how utopian visions have shaped Latin America throughout its history. Uniting work from across and between disciplinary boundaries, the conference looks to explore the history, construction, contexts, and effects of imagined utopias, as well as, and crucially, the interrelations between them. From its inception as an ideologically constituted unit born of the colonial encounter, Latin America has been a subject and producer of idealized imaginaries of universal order and humanity's place within it. Its relegation to Europe's 'savage slot' (Trouillot 2003) and the projections of European escapist fantasies onto its terrain was a fundamental determinant of colonial policy for several hundred years. In exploring a range of utopian visions, from the lasting allure of communist revolution to the idealist programs that directed modernism's drive to develop, this conference explores the multifarious ways in which Latin America has served as the landscape upon which utopian ideas have been imagined, designed, and attempted. Furthermore, in bringing together a diverse set of scholarship, the conference aims to excavate the complex entanglements and overlaps between seemingly contradictory but inherently intertwined elements of different utopias. Fundamentally, the conference seeks to serve as a forum for productive discussion and debate of the nature and potential in contemporary utopian visions, or in what Fernando Coronil has described as "the present-day future imaginary" (2010).

We are looking for papers by scholars from a range of disciplines, including literature, film studies, anthropology, history, and sociology, and especially welcome contributions that can speak to one or more of the following sub-themes: human rights, modernity, indigeneity, cultural narratives, or colonial legacies. By focusing on a particular theme – utopia – we seek to unite perspectives from across historical time periods and spanning multiple forms of cultural expression, enabling a collective, multivocal exploration of the past, present, and future of the imagined future in Latin America.

Please send abstracts of up to 500 words and a brief biographical statement to and by November 30, 2012. Decisions will be made by December 15, 2012.


  • Sandra Brunnegger (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge)
  • Karen Faulk (Carnegie Mellon University)

Dates: April 19-20, 2013

Location: University of Cambridge, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT, United Kingdom

For more information: please visit

Northeastern Group of Nahuatl Studies 2012-13 Annual meeting

Dates: May 10-11, 2013

The Northeastern group of Nahuatl Studies will host the Third Annual Conference and Workshop at Yale University. The schedule will include advanced Nahuatl study, group document translation, and papers by scholars.

As with past meetings, the conference will include two sessions. In one session, scholars will gather to work collectively on the translation of documents which will be shared before the meeting. Please contact the organizers if you wish to present a document for study, to make arrangements for its distribution.

The second session will include the presentation of papers on aspects of the Nahuatl language and linguistics, Nahuatl texts, or Nahua ethnohistory. Scholars interested in offering a paper should contact the organizers for inclusion. Papers may deal with any aspect of Nahuatl or Nahua studies, from pre-contact up to the modern era.

In addition in the week following the conference, Dr. John Sullivan is offering intensive courses on Nahuatl. These will include both introductory and intermediate courses on colonial and modern Nahuatl. Please contact him for further details. The organizers listed below can be contacted for more information:

Caterina Pizzigoni (

John Sullivan (

Louise Burkhart (

John F. Schwaller (



Job Opportunities


Grinnell College, Global Development Studies (International Development and GIScience, Tenure-track (Starts Fall 2013)

Assistant Professor (Ph.D. preferred); Instructor (ABD) or Associate Professor possible. Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college. The successful candidate will teach in the interdisciplinary Global Development Studies Concentration and have the opportunity to contribute to other concentrations (e.g., Environmental Studies, Policy Studies) and possibly to a department. We are looking for someone trained in the social studies with expertise in GIScience and an area of international development.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, human-environment interactions, health, demography, economic geography, gender, and urban/regional planning. The College's curriculum is founded on a strong advising system and close student-faculty interaction, with few college-wide requirements beyond the completion of a major. The teaching schedule of five courses over two semesters will include an introductory GIS course, Introduction to Global Development Studies, and mid and upper level courses in the person's areas of expertise. Every few years one course will be Tutorial (a writing/critical thinking course for first-year students, oriented toward a special topic of the instructor's choice). In consultation with the successful candidate, the College will assign an appropriate department of appointment.

In letters of application, candidates should discuss their interest in developing as a teacher and scholar in an undergraduate, liberal-arts college that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction. They also should discuss what they can contribute to efforts to cultivate a wide diversity of people and perspectives, a core value of Grinnell College. To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by October 12, 2012.

Please submit applications online by visiting our application website at Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (copies are acceptable), statement of teaching philosophy, proposed course descriptions, statement of research interests, teaching evaluations (if available), and three letters of references. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Professor J. Montgomery Roper at ( or 641-269-4343.

A direct link to the job announcement and on-line application site is here:


University of Chicago, Tenure-Track and Tenured Positions in Latin American Literature (two positions)

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago invites applications for two faculty positions in Latin American literature, one at the Assistant Professor rank, the other open rank (Assistant, Associate, or full Professor). One of these positions will have a focus in colonial Latin American literature and the other in twentieth-century Latin American literature. Beyond that, the areas of specialization are open.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate serious scholarly promise, commitment to excellence in teaching, native or near-native Spanish and English, and a willingness to participate fully in a vibrant program with strong ties to neighboring disciplines in humanities, arts, and social sciences. For junior candidates, PhD or defended dissertation by June 30, 2013, is highly preferred. Senior candidates should have a distinguished record of publication and high visibility in the field.

Applications must include a letter of interest/cover letter, CV, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. All materials, except letters of recommendation, must be submitted online via the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website at Recommendation letters must be submitted by your referees or a portfolio service (such as Interfolio) either through the Academic Careers website (strongly preferred) or by email to

For full consideration, all materials (including recommendation letters) must be received by October 15, 2012. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; no materials will be accepted after December 15, 2012. Positions are contingent upon final budgetary approval.

Inquiries may be addressed to Jennifer Hurtarte at For information on the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, please consult


Bucknell University, Tenure-Track Position in Latin American Studies

Bucknell University's Latin American Studies Program invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Latin American Studies to begin August 2013. PhD at time of appointment is preferred. ABD status is required. The successful candidate will be a Latin Americanist with interests in interdisciplinary work in the Social Sciences and/or Arts and Humanities, a commitment to undergraduate teaching, potential for excellent scholarly or artistic work in Latin American Studies, research and/or teaching experience in Latin America, and fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese. While we intend to hire at the Assistant Professor rank, outstanding senior candidates will be given full consideration. Senior candidates with sufficient experience may be considered for hire with tenure pending approval of departmental and university committees.

     This position is open to any discipline and field of specialization within Latin American Studies. If all other criteria are equal, particular consideration will be given to candidates who evidence a specialization in one or more of the following: political/economic/historical perspectives on Latin America, Brazil, Afro-Latin American cultures, social movements, sub-regional studies, intellectual or religious currents.

     Applications must be made online at: Online applications require a cover letter, CV, a teaching portfolio (including teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, and course evaluations), a research portfolio (including a statement on the candidate's scholarly agenda and one writing sample), and three letters of reference. More detailed guidelines on submissions can be found at the Jobs at Bucknell website listed above. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.


Baylor University, Director, Division of Spanish and Portuguese

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages invites applications for the position of Division Director for Spanish and Portuguese at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The Division offers majors in Spanish and in Latin American Studies, an M.A. in Spanish, and courses in Portuguese through the second year. The Division of Spanish and Portuguese is the largest of four Divisions housed in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Spanish or related field. The successful applicant will be a dynamic scholar and leader committed to excellence in both graduate and undergraduate teaching and in research. The Division Director provides leadership for a Division with more than 30 full-time faculty members. Field of specialization is open and administrative experience is desirable.

Responsibilities: In addition to teaching and publication, responsibilities include overseeing the daily operation of the Division, engaging in short- and long-term planning, scheduling courses, assisting the Department Chair with faculty recruitment and evaluation, recruiting and advising students, and coordinating curricular planning and assessment.

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by November 15, 2012.

          Please submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and transcripts. Include names, addresses, and phone numbers of three individuals from whom you have requested letters of recommendation and have recommenders send letters to:

Dr. Paul Larson, Chair

Search Committee for Director of the Division of Spanish and Portuguese

Department of Modern Foreign Languages

Baylor University

One Bear Place # 97391

Waco, Texas 76798

Application materials or nominations may be submitted electronically to:


OSEA 2012-13, SELT Program Coordinator

The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology (OSEA) is currently seeking candidates for the position of the School for Experimental Language Training (SELT) Program Coordinator for the 2013 field season in Pisté, Mexico. Pisté is a Maya community of 5,000 persons located three kilometers from the international tourist destination of Chichén Itzá. The SELT Program Coordinator is expected to live onsite for the entire duration of the program (approximately 6 weeks beginning June) along with time before and after for program preparation and wrap-up.

The SELT program has an established legacy of contributing to community well-being by offering English classes for free in a multilingual, multicultural context. SELT is a community action research project with a rigorous theoretical and methodical design. The program coordinator is expected to develop a program based on these design principles and facilitate the learning of English through dialogical ESL methodologies in local classrooms at the same time as they develop an ethnographic database of their experience. Ideally, the Program Coordinator will collaborate with OSEA staff in the development of an ethnographic film on SELT.

English classes are given to the local community, with classroom time specifically-tailored for both professional adult and school-aged English learners. The SELT Program

Coordinator works as facilitator in classroom teaching, the implementation of teaching and ethnography with fellow teachers, and continuous study of themselves as well as supervision and guidance of their teachers. In addition to classroom teaching, there is to be ongoing analysis and critique of all audio, visual, field notes, and in-classroom observation during the program. This ethnographic component of the teaching English service learning program is to be given priority and completed with methodological care throughout the course of teaching SELT participants how A) to be ESL teachers based in performative, student driven pedagogies and B) how to be ethnographers of transcultural educational processes using visual ethnography and participant observation methodologies.

SELT Program Coordinator should have the following skills:

1.    Be able to create and use performative and bodily learning experiences in the classroom.

2.    Be able to teach one or more of anthropology of education, ESL, pedagogies of the oppressed, bilingual education.

3.    Be able to prioritize the ESL student in the daily classroom routine, and thus make teaching English student driven. "The lesson plan" is not the authority of each class. Rather, student's desires for learning dictate the course design and everyday manifestation of that design.

4.    Be able to maintain an open mind, flexibility and adapt to situations and contexts that are not structured according to a pre-given mind-set.

5.    Be able to work collaboratively with all OSEA staff to uphold the integrity and continuity of the OSEA vision.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, CV, and letter of recommendation (all in

PDF format) to Dr. Quetzil Castañeda, OSEA Director, at by

Monday, December 3, 2012. Appointments will be made in January 2013 with work commencing shortly thereafter. Remuneration upon qualifications

For more information: please contact Christine, OSEA Assistant Director (


Consumer Health Coalition, Latino Outreach Specialist

The Consumer Health Coalition (CHC) has a job opportunity available for a bilingual individual who can assist with the work of our Spanish Helpline and Latino Health Projects.

Latino Outreach Specialist will complete intake process with consumers and answer calls to the CHC Spanish Helpline. This includes completing applications and explaining enrollment procedures in a culturally-sensitive way, follow-up on a scheduled basis for completion of applications and renewal of coverage.

The incumbent will help to create training materials in Spanish for community partners; flyers, brochures, and reports.

Knowledge, skills and abilities: Strong Spanish communication skills; general knowledge of public health insurance system

Compensation: $10 per hour

Hours: 4 hours per week or as needed

Please forward resumes to Leslie Bachurski at

Consumer Health Coalition, 415 East Ohio Street, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-456-1877,





This four-part series showcases Latino artists, athletes and performers. The series, in its third year, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. From the housing projects of Brooklyn to a Mexican wrestling ring, from the ranches of California to the crumbling beauty of Castro's Cuba.

The lineup includes "Tales of Masked Men," a look at the world of a Mexican "lucha libre," famous for its masked wrestlers and "Escaramuza: Riding From the Heart," about a team of women rodeo riders vying to represent the U.S. at the National Charro Championships in Mexico.

The third documentary, "Unfinished Spaces," tells the story of the Cuban Revolution through Cuba's National Schools of Art and the three visionary men who designed it, while "Lemon," follows Puerto Rican poet/performer Lemon Andersen, a three-time felon and one-time Tony Award winner, as he struggles to bring his life story to the New York stage while battling his darkest demons.

Voces was produced by Latino Public Broadcasting.


Escaramuza: Riding From the Heart

Friday, October 5, 2012  at 10:00 pm – WQED TV

Every weekend, at rodeos from Illinois to California, teams of young, Mexican American women, Escaramuzas Charras, climb onto sidesaddles in elegant charra suits or ruffled adelita dresses and weave their galloping horses through dangerous, high speed ballets, as heart-stopping as the revolutionary-era "skirmishes" for which they're named.

Escaramuza: Riding from the Heart follows one such team, Escaramuza Charra Las Azaleas, on their quest to represent California and the United States at the National Charro Championships in Mexico, where "to be Charro is to be Mexican."

Amidst unprecedented drug violence across the border, and multiplying challenges to their way of life at home, these rapidly assimilating young women sacrifice their time, money and personal safety to keep their centuries-old Charrería traditions alive in the U.S., as their own identities and values are shaped by it. Their tremendous strength of will and heart helps them overcome the obstacles in their path, and makes Las Azaleas inspiring examples of Latina self-determination and empowerment.

Such a direct and authentic experience of their world, told in their own words, has never before been seen in a feature documentary.


Unfinished Spaces 

Premieres Friday, October 12, 2012 – WQED TV

In 1961, in the heady first days of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro asked three visionary architects to build the Cuban National Arts Schools on what had been the golf course of a country club. Before construction was completed, the Revolution became Sovietized, and suddenly the project was denounced as bourgeois and counter-revolutionary. By considering the buildings, Unfinished Spaces looks at the ever-shifting history of Castro's Cuba and follow the fates of the three architects, now in their 80s, who may get a second chance to revitalize their utopian project. Unfinished Spaces was co-produced and co-directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray.



Premieres Friday, October 19, 2012 – WQED TV

When Lemon Andersen held a Tony Award in his hands for his work in Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, it was close to a miracle. This poet and performer was a three-time felon who'd achieved more than anyone could have ever imagined. But when the show closed, he lost everything and moved his wife and two small daughters back to the projects. In desperation, he turned to the only thing he had left — his pen and his past. Lemon follows his journey to take his life story to the New York stage while battling his darkest demons. Lemon was co-produced and directed by Laura Brownson and Beth Levison.


Tales of Masked Men 

(Premiered Friday, September 28, 2012; available in full online via link above)

The first of four documentaries looks at "lucha libre" and its role in Latino communities in the United States and Mexico. Part circus and part athletic contest, the sport -- famous for its masked wrestlers -- provides a sense of "home" for new immigrants in the United States. It also continues to expand and build on its unique cultural tradition in countries where it enjoys enduring popularity. Tales of Masked Men was produced and directed by Carlos Avila and co-produced and edited by Thom Calderón.



Student Club Activities


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,


Samba Class with Luciana Brussi

Come dance various Brazilian rhythms with us--samba, axe, forro, funk, lambada, carimbo and more!

Dates: Every Wednesday

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: 4765 Liberty Avenue 2nd floor, Bloomfield

Cost: $10.00 single class, $ 80.00 (for 10 classes)

For more information, please visit:


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 (





The Americas-In Concert

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2012

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Shady Side Academy, Fox Chapel


Coro Latinoamericano Christmas Concert

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012

Time: TBD

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 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.


Al Servicio de la Comunidad

Date: Sunday, October 7, 2012

Time: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Location: William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact Patricia Documét (



Latinos in/on Film Festival

Sponsored by the Latin American Cultural Union

Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us!

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: 100 Porter Hall, Carnegie Mellon University

Upcoming Films:

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

Saturday, October 6, 2012 – "Nueba Yol'' (Angel Muñiz, 1995, Dominican Republic)

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

For more information:,



Salud para Niños - Birmingham Clinic

Free Pediatric & Flu Immunization Clinics

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Care Mobile

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012

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)


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


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)



Performance: "Ainadamar" by Osvaldo Golijov; Libretto by David Henry Hwang
Music Direction by Andres Cladera; Stage Direction by Karla Boos

The stones began to cry, the Spanish say, when poet Federico Garcia Lorca died at the hands of Franco's fascists. "Ainadamar," the supposed site of that murder, means "fountain of tears" in Arabic. This is a dream of a chamber opera, a Deep Song containing the cry of the flamenco singer, the pounding of horses' hooves, and floating above them, Margarita Xirgu, the great Catalan tragedian and Lorca's muse, left to sing his song and bequeath his freedom.

Dates: October 19 – November 3, 2012

Time: 8:00 p.m. (all shows)

Location: East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Avenue, East Liberty

Tickets: $35-$48 ($18)

***Special discount for tickets, use coupon code: CLAS, tickets are $17. Special pricing is available for performances on October 21st, 23rd, 28th & 30th.

For more information, please visit: or contact:

ShowCLIX at 1-888-718-4253



Concert featuring Gilbert Gil

Gilberto Gil has developed a career that has spanned four decades with over 30 albums released, multiple Grammy Awards, six gold records, four platinum singles, and five million records sold. As a singer, guitarist, composer, and diplomat, Gil plays a key role in the modernization of Brazilian popular music and culture throughout the world. The next stop for this tireless cultural prelate will feature his latest project, "For All", which features the reinvention of folkloric, celebratory, Baião music of Northeast Brazil.

"There may have been one man onstage, but there was enough warmth, love, intelligence and sheer talent on display to power an orchestra." – Variety

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Byham Theatre, 101 6th Street, Downtown Pittsburgh

Cost: Tickets starting at $30

For more information: about the concert and ticketing, visit



Volunteer Opportunity: The Second Language Research Forum

The Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) is an annual conference focusing on research on the learning, teaching, and use of second languages. SLRF is an internationally-known conference which brings together researchers in second language acquisition (SLA) from all over the world. It is the premier conference on SLA in North America providing a venue for established scholars and graduate students to present work on a wide variety of theoretical and empirical issues in SLA including cognitive, linguistic, and sociolinguistic SLA research conducted in both laboratory and classroom settings.

This year we are fortunate that the 31st SLRF will be held in Pittsburgh! This year's SLRF is co-hosted by Pitt and CMU, and will be held from October 18th-21st at the University Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Since 1977, SLRF has been held at various universities around North America, and was previously held at Pitt and CMU in 1993 (the only other time that SLRF was co-hosted by two institutions).

This year's SLRF has received a great deal of attention; the conference received a record number of submissions. The final program contains 3 pre-conference workshops, 6 invited and refereed colloquia, and a total of over 300 paper and poster presentations. The presenters alone will be coming here from over 20 countries and from every corner of the US.

Currently, we are looking for undergraduate students at Pitt who could help out at the conference. Each volunteer will be asked to serve in 3 time slots at the conference, and in exchange they will receive free registration for the whole four days. Each time slot consists of working a particular "job" for 2-4 hours, depending on the job. We will need people at the registration table, helping at coffee breaks, setting up and managing the poster sessions, assisting at the workshops on Thursday, and serving as tech support personnel. People with computer/AV equipment skills would be especially good for tech support, although we will be providing a quick "conference AV tech support" training with our IT person.

For more information about the conference, please contact Nausica Marcos (Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics) at More information about the conference is available on our web site (



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