martes, 4 de diciembre de 2012

CLAS Weekly Update - with TWO lectures tomorrow

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events



CLAS Lectures


“Are Raul Castro’s Economic and Social Reforms Working in Cuba?,” a lecture by Carmelo Mesa-Lago

Carmelo Mesa-Lago is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and has been a visiting professor or researcher in Argentina, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has lectured in 39 countries and is the author of 82 books/pamphlets and 275 articles/chapters (published in 7 languages in 34 countries) on the Cuban economy, social security, and comparative economic systems. He was Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh for 12 years. He founded the journal Cuban Studies and served as its editor for 18 years. His most recent books includes; Market, Socialist and Mixed Economies: Comparative Policy and Performance (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002), Cuba's Aborted Reform: Socioeconomic Effects, International Comparisons and Transition Policies (with J. Perez-Lopez, University Press of Florida, 2005), Reassembling Social Security (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Cuba en la era de Raul Castro: Reformas económico-sociales y sus efectos (Editorial Colibri, 2012).

Dr. Mesa-Lago has worked throughout Latin America as a regional advisor for ECLAC and as a consultant with most international financial organizations, several U.N. branches, and national/foreign foundations. He was President of the Latin American Studies Association, is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and has received the ILO International Prize on Decent Work (shared with Nelson Mandela), the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Senior Prize, two Senior Fulbrights, Arthur Whitaker and Hoover Institution Prizes, the Distinction of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, the Bicentennial Medallion of the University of Pittsburgh, Homage for his life work on social security (OISS, CISS) and the Cuban economy (Revista Encuentro), and other awards/grants. In 2009, he was a finalist in Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize on Social Sciences.

Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Time: Noon-2:00 pm (lunch will be provided)

Location: 4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact Luz Amanda Hank (



“Doing Business in Brazil,” by Tadeu Carneiro (Chief Executive Officer, CBMM - Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração)

Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM) is part of the Moreira Salles Group and is involved in the extraction, processing, manufacturing and marketing of niobium-based products. Mr. Carneiro joined CBMM as Market Development Manager in 1989. From 2002 to 2005, he was President of CBMM´s North American Subsidiary in Pittsburgh, PA. He became Director of Technology at CBMM in 2005 and was responsible for the entire market development program at the worldwide level. He became Chief Executive Officer of CBMM in 2008. Mr. Carneiro holds a BA and an MS in Metallurgical Engineer from the Polytechnic School of Engineering, University of São Paulo, as well as an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business.

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Location: 117 Mervis Hall, University of Pittsburgh  (NEW location)

For more information: email

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



Call for Conference


The 2013 Maya Meetings “The Art of Maya Architecture: Cosmology and Dynasty in the Built Environment”, University of Texas at Austin

Dates: January 15-19, 2013

The Maya Meetings return to Austin on January 2013 for five days of workshops and symposium.

The 2013 Maya Meetings will explore new ideas about the art and meaning of ancient Maya architectural decoration and design. The last several years of archaeological research in the Maya region has revealed many examples of ornate temple decoration, as well as important reconsiderations of the symbolism and significance of buildings long known to archaeologists and art historians. Using archaeology, iconography, epigraphy, and the study of architectural forms, the Maya Meetings will focus on the built environment as expressions of ritual, cosmological and political space. This year we will have a number of compelling presenters, including several rising scholars in the field of Maya research.

The Maya Meetings Workshops: The San Jacinto Conference Center is located on the first floor of the San Jacinto Residence Hall (SJH) on the corner of 21st Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. Entrances can be found on 21st Street and facing the Brazos Parking Garage.

The Maya Meetings Symposium: The 2013 Maya Meetings Keynote address, opening reception and Lienzo de Quauhquechollan Exhibition location venue is the ART Building (ART) 1.102 room. The Venue ART is located at 2301 San Jacinto BLVD. Austin, TX 78712.

The 2013 Maya Meetings Symposium will take place at The Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences (A.C.E.S.) Building, in the AVAYA AUDITORIUM. The ACE Building physical address is 201 East 24th Street, Austin, Texas, 78712.

For more information: as well as workshop and symposium programs, and registration go to: If you have not registered yet, spaces are limited and workshops are filling out fast!



Call for Conference Papers


The 16th Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Syposium at Ohio State University

Date: April 5-6, 2012

This year’s graduate student organized symposium will resemble the form of an international seminar, in that all presenters will form part of a collective effort to move toward a response of two central problematics involving the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds: Memory/history and universality, local knowledge and global power. The symposium will be divided along these two lines of thought, where we will encourage students of Latin American, Indigenous, Iberian, Colonial, Transatlantic, Cultural, Popular Music, Gender and Sexuality, Queer, Film, Caribbean, and Latino Studies to enter into a transdisciplinary and transatlantic dialogue. Within each theme, panels will be formed from thematic similarities. The Spanish and Portuguese Department of The Ohio State University will provide a moderator and commentator for each panel. Rather than following the traditional 20 minute form of presenting a paper, we are asking presenters to follow a more recent structure occurring at select conferences that limits the presentation to a fifteen minute summary of their main arguments, saving the details for the debate and dialogue that the commentator and moderator will facilitate in each panel. In addition, we are encouraging presenters to use multimedia resources such as PowerPoint and Prezi to make the symposium more dynamic. Finally, because the purpose of this symposium is to collectively work toward refining our thinking regarding the problematics proposed, we are asking that each presenter participate in the discussion and dialogue of each panel within their particular problematic, because it is from those conversations that conclusions will be reached. The final panel of the entire symposium will be made up of a presentation by the moderators of each session giving a summary of the conclusions that arose in their session in the hopes of approximating a response to the problematics that the conference has attempted to address.

Presentations may be made in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Please join in this conversation and celebration of Hispanic and Lusophone cultures from a variety of time periods. Abstracts and panel proposals must be at most 250 words. They may be submitted in .pdf, .ps, .doc, or .rtf attachments. Submissions are anonymous. The body of the e-mail should contain the following information: title of the paper/panel proposal, area of specialization, name, postal address, e-mail, and affiliation of the author(s) (hard copy submissions should include the information above on a separate sheet). The subject of the email should include the terms “Literatures and Cultures.”

Please submit abstracts/proposals to by December 14, 2012


*Conference fee for accepted presenters is $35 Graduate Students, $50 Faculty.

**Early registration fee is $25 Graduate Students, $40 Faculty, if submitted by March 8th, 2013.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the symposium organizers:

Brad Hilgert & Andy Woodmansee

Co-organizers of the 16th Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium

The Ohio State University

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

1775 S. College Rd.

Columbus, OH 43210


The São Paulo Symposium at the University of Chicago

Dates: May 10-11, 2013

South America’s largest city and the self-proclaimed “modern city” of Brazil, São Paulo is a dynamic site from which to (re)consider a variety of themes important to contemporary scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and public policy. This conference brings together disciplinary and regionally diverse scholars to present work that adds to historic, ethnographic, political, literary and artistic understandings of São Paulo as well as addresses how the study of the city reflects and/or challenges broader social, political, and theoretical currents.

Proposals may address the following topics:

São Paulo within and without theoretical frameworks of the urban and the global

São Paulo's place in Latin American Cultural Studies

Shifting urban imaginaries and identities

Emergent economies, circulations, and social practices

Ideologies of modernity

Urban governance and unmanageability

Public/Private Implosions

Cultural policy and the urban quotidian

Aesthetic practices and symbolic economies in the city

Interested presenters should submit their name, institutional affiliation, and 250-word abstract in either English or Portuguese to by December 15, 2012. Brazilian and other international scholars are highly encouraged to participate.



Call for Papers for Publication


Antipoda - Revista de Antropologia y Arqueologia is now accepting submissions in English and Spanish for our 2013-2 issue on "Anthropology and the Economy". For details, please go to



Coro Latinoamericano Annual Christmas Concert


This year's theme—Navidad Caribe—a joyous and rhythmic celebration of songs from all over the Caribbean, will be enriched by guest performances by none other than Pittsburgh's own Geña and a number of her Machete-Kisumontao musicians.

Admission is free. Suggested donation at the door.

Limited seating, so come early!


El tema este año es—Navidad Caribe—una alegre y rítmica celebración de canciones de todo el Caribe. También con nosotros estará nuestra querida Geña, con algunos de los integrantes de su grupo Machete-Kisumontao. La entrada es gratis, aunque se aceptan donaciones en la puerta. El espacio es limitado, ¡entonces llegue temprano!


Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: call 412-345-1047 or email



Field School/Workshop Opportunities


NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala

Dates: July 15 - August 9, 2013

Deadline: December 31, 2012

The NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala is now recruiting anthropology, occupational therapy public health, and other social science students for its four-week summer session: July 15 - August 9, 2013.

The field school offers transdisciplinary learning to promote leadership in social justice through collaboration with Guatemala-based NGO and other community partners. Graduate students and upper division undergraduate majors in applied or medical anthropology or related social sciences are encouraged to apply via our website by December 31, 2012.

The field school is a project of the NAPA-OT SIG (Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group) of the American Anthropological Association. Faculty include anthropologists and occupational therapists with credentials and interests in health care access and human rights, child development, and public health.

Applicant students will have the opportunity to work in one of three project groups: NGOs and the Educational Transition, NGO Networks, and Surgical Referrals, Pediatric nutrition.

Students also will study Spanish a minimum of 9 hours per week, working one-on-one with certified language instructors at their own level and pace. Visit our website for more information or email us at





AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

The 2012-2013 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships online application system is open. Interested applicants are encouraged to start their application early and contact their references as soon as possible. Join over 2,800 scientists, social scientists and engineers who have contributed to science policy and utilized the fellowship to enhance and shape their careers. Make valuable contributions and apply your experience in new ways.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a doctoral level degree (PhD, MD, DVM, etc.), in any of the following: Social/Behavioral sciences, Medical/Health disciplines, Biological, Physical or Earth sciences, Computational sciences and Mathematics, Engineering disciplines (applicants with a master’s degree and three years of experience also qualify).

All degree requirements must be completed by the application deadline. Visit to learn more about eligibility and selection criteria.

Benefits: Stipends range from approximately $74,000 to $99,000. Other benefits include health insurance, travel/training allowance and relocation allocation. For more information about benefits, visit

To learn more about the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, visit our website at or to submit your questions join us on Facebook or Twitter. You can also contact the Fellowships staff at or 202-326-6700 with questions.

Deadline: December 5, 2012, 5:00 p.m. (EST).

To apply go to:



New Graduate Program


PhD in Hispanic Studies at the University of Washington

The faculty of the Division of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Washington, Seattle is excited to announce the launch of a new PhD in Hispanic Studies, designed to address the needs of a new generation of faculty and knowledge workers in the humanities. The program provides a rigorous education in the traditional disciplines of Spanish and Latin American literary and cultural studies while also allowing for an engagement with larger issues relating to the role of the humanities in the contemporary world. As part of their graduate school experience, students accepted into our Ph.D. program in Hispanic Studies will participate in the Graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship, in collaboration with the Simpson Center for the Humanities. This certificate program will provide theoretical training and practical experience relevant to the public role of specialized scholarship in the humanities. Our new PhD also allows for alternative dissertation models in addition to the traditional monograph.

We are currently accepting applications for the entering class of 2013 (deadline: December 15, 2012). Please encourage your outstanding BA and MA graduates to apply! More information about our program, especially regarding funding opportunities, can be found on our website:




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.


Salud para Niños - Birmingham Clinic

Free Pediatric & Flu Immunization Clinics

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Care Mobile

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012 and Saturday, January 12, 2013

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 call 412-692-6000 option 8 on the same day of the clinic and listen to the message to verify that there have not been cancellations or changes in the schedule due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions and/or snow.


Salud para Niños - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Primary Care Center

Hours for our Bilingual-Bicultural Clinics at the CHP Primary Care Center

Bilingual-bicultural clinics at the CHP Primary Care Center are offered every Tuesday morning, every Thursday after 5 pm, and every Friday morning (appointment and health insurance are required), 3420 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland)

More information 412-692-6000 option 8



Student Outreach


Nourish International, Pitt Chapter

Nourish International will be hosting an information meeting on Wednesday, December 5th at 9:00 pm in 1700 Posvar Hall for students interested in participating in their summer sustainable development project. This year the organization will be partnering with Moche, a non-profit organization in Peru. The project will be a public health and sanitation project involving sanitation education, latrine construction, and working with a women's cooperative.

For more information about this meeting, email

To get more information about Nourish International visit their website:



La Escuelita Arcoiris, Administrative Assistant Needed

The Spanish immersion preschool, La Escuelita Arcoiris is hiring an Administrative Assistant. The Administrative assistant works in conjunction with both the Administrative Director and Education Director to ensure smooth operations of this non-profit preschool.

Required Skills: Ideal candidate must be well organized, self-motivated, have strong communication skills and the ability to multi-task a variety of projects as well as manage minute details. This person must also be proficient with Mac, Windows XP, Adobe, Filemaker, Access and very comfortable with internet and learning new applications. Bilingual Spanish/English speaker is strongly desired.

We are a mission driven non-profit organization and expect all of our employees to recognize the importance of our vision and philosophy as well as contribute to the overall success of the organization. For more information about us visit:

Child-abuse and Criminal history background clearances references and letters of recommendation are required. Non-discriminatory policy: We welcome individuals of all races, religions and national origins.



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 mail or

email 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






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