lunes, 8 de octubre de 2012

CLAS Weekly Update - Lectures start tomorrow

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events





“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.


“Panel on Doing Business in Brazil,” with 2012 University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureates Tadeu Carneiro (Chief Executive Officer, Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração - CBMM) and Charles Martin Steiner (Retired CEO, Founder and Chairman, Branch Group Inc.)

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012

Time: 2:15 -3:15 p.m.

Location: 2200 Sennott Square, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland

For more information: contact Luis Bravo (

Sponsored by the University Center for International Studies, Center for Latin American Studies and Katz School of Business.


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.


9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited – Dr. Peter Kornbluh 

11:00 – 11:40 a.m.

The New Context for International Crises – Professor Dennis Gormley

11:40 – 12:20 p.m.

Escalation Dynamics in 21st Century Crises – Dr. Forrest Morgan

1:00 – 1:40 p.m.

Civil-Military Relations in Crises – Dr. Ryan Grauer

1:40 – 3:00 p.m.

The Missile Crisis and Beyond - Panel Discussion Chaired by Dr. Charles Gochman

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.



Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano

Fall 2012 Film Series



Film: “La Churona: Historia de una Virgen Migrante” (directed by Maria Cristina Carrillo) (Spanish with English subtitles)

On September 10, 2006, and for the second consecutive year, every Ecuadorian immigrant celebrated the procession in honor of the Virgin of El Cisne, “La Churona”, in Madrid. Thousands of them flooded the streets to venerate their Patron Mother. The Virgin left for the procession from the San Lorenzo Church in Lavapiés – which had served as her refuge all along – but when mass came to an end, she was not allowed back in the chapel. Other churches didn’t allow her in either. This is the story of an Ecuadorian Virgin “without papers” who is looking for a place to live in Madrid.

Awards and film festivals participation: Winner documentary at the Consejo Nacional de Cinematografia del Ecuador (2009), Winner of the Latin American Prize first copy at the Festival de Cine de La Habana-Cuba (2009), official selection for the Festival de la Habana (2010), official selection for the Festival Internacional de Punta del Este-Uruguay (2011).

Screening will be presented by the director. After the presentation you are welcome to stay for a discussion.

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Carnegie Museum of Art Auditorium, Oakland

Watch the trailer:

Free and open to the public

For more information: contact Mildred Lopez (

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

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Eduardo Lozano Latin American Library Collection, and the Global Studies Center, in collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Art.




Carnegie Museum of Natural History 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.

For more information, please visit:





“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.


Latinos in/on Film Festival

Sponsored by the Latin American Cultural Union

Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us!

Last film of the festival: “A Day Without a Mexican” (Sergio Arau, 2004, USA)

Date: Friday, October 12, 2012

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: 100 Porter Hall, Carnegie Mellon University (there is free parking after 6:00 pm)

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)


Please know that SALUD PARA NINOS webpage can be read in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Visit us at:





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. Voces was produced by Latino Public Broadcasting.

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.


The lineup also includes “Tales of Masked Men,” “Escaramuza: Riding From the Heart,” and “Lemon.”   Check your local PBS/WQED listings for times.



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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