lunes, 28 de enero de 2013


Viva Cuba (Cuba 2005)
Director: Juan Carlos Cremata and Iraida Malberti
Wednesdays, January 30 2012 , 6.30pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Room 125

In a tale akin to "Romeo and Juliet," the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents' differences. Malú is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, as she views his background as coarse and commonplace. Jorgito's mother, a poor socialist proud of her family's social standing, places similar restrictions on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malú and Jorgito. When the children learn that Malú's mother is planning to leave Cuba, they decide to travel to the other side of the island to find Malú's father and persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it.
VIVA CUBA (2005) has won more than thirty national and international awards. It was the first Cuban film ever to be awarded, "Grand Prix Écrans Juniors" for children's cinema at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival ( This movie is G – General Audiences.
Watch the trailer:
As usual, we will give a short introduction of the film and after the presentation you are welcome to stay for a discussion. Spanish with English subtitles. More info: Mildred López
Sponsored by: the Center for Latin American Studies, the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Library Collection, and the Global Studies Center


Remember Friday February 1, 2013

Remember Friday February 1, 2013 is SALSA FRIDAYS Cabaret at Theater Square's Annual 1970's Salsa Party! It's also a celebration of the "200th" NIGHT OF SALSA at the Cabaret at Theater Square! Lesson 10pm with Jeff & Colleen Shirey. DJ Jeff will be playing salsa from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. He will also debut his turn table and play some vintage "vinyl"!

PRIZES FOR BEST 70'S OUTFITS! (70's attire is "not" mandatory but we hope many of you will dress up to help create the atmosphere!

Prizes include: TICKETS TO A SHOW, GIFT CERTIFICATES to the BACK STAGE BAR, PRIVATE or GROUP SALSA LESSONS and a $55 GIFT CERTIFICATE to "HOT RED VALENTINE'S EVENING & ENTERTAINMENT" with Argentine Tapas and the Puro Queso Latin Jazz Quartet! (courtesy of La Mendocina Argentine Catering)


miércoles, 23 de enero de 2013

viernes, 11 de enero de 2013

CLAS Weekly Update - 01/11/2013


Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events





Reminder: April 2013 CLAS Graduates


In order to have the Latin American Studies certificate/related concen­tration recorded on the transcripts of students who finish the certificate program, the University requires each student to complete a Certificate Graduation Application. This application is separate from the form that you will complete for your degree/major.

Those graduating in April 2013 have a deadline of Thursday, January 17, 2013 to complete a Certificate Graduation Application form without paying a late fee.

Attention undergraduates: please remember to submit 2 research papers/projects that clearly demonstrate in-depth knowledge of Latin American issues in at least two different academic disciplines. These papers may be assignments that are submitted as part of your coursework, such as final term papers reflecting a significant command of the subject. If a research paper is completed that is clearly interdisciplinary in nature, it may be considered instead of the two separate papers. Works may be submitted at any point, but must be submitted to CLAS no later than the last semester before graduation.

Late applications are accepted after the deadline but the University will impose a late fee. The amount of the fee increases with the delay in submission.

Please see Julian Asenjo (4207 Posvar Hall) for an application or drop by our offices (4200 Posvar Hall) to pick one up. Papers and graduation applications should be submitted to the attention of Julian Asenjo, CLAS Academic Advisor.





"Local Struggles, Transnational Frameworks: The Congress for Cultural Freedom and the Cultural Cold War in Latin America, 1950s-1960s," a lecture by Jorge Nállim (Associate Professor of History, University of Manitoba)

This presentation will focus on the history of the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) in Latin America during the 1950s-1960s. The CCF was an international anti-communist organization of intellectuals created in 1950 as part of American Cold War cultural policy, funded and supported by the United States through different channels. The presentation will discuss the CCF's networks in Latin Americana (national branches, affiliated individuals, publications), placing them within new theoretical frameworks regarding the location of Latin America during the Cold War.

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Time: 4:00 p.m.

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

For more information: email


"Beyond Borders? Amerindian Insurgent Poetics and the Spatial Politics of Resistance," a lecture by Hannah Burdette (PhD candidate and Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellow, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh)

Interdisciplinary Ink presents this talk by Ms. Burdette. The last two decades of the 20th and the first decade of the 21st centuries have been marked by a notable increase in indigenous political action as well as an outpouring of texts produced by Native authors and poets. Amerindians from Alaska to Chile are increasingly raising their voices and reclaiming the right to represent themselves, in both a political and a discursive sense. Within this context, poetic writing constitutes a key weapon, as it helps to render subjugated knowledges visible and to envision alternatives to modernity/coloniality. This paper explores the intersection between indigenous literature and social movements through the framework of what I call insurgent poetics: a mode of writing that narrates and/or performs acts of resistance and partakes in the struggle for intellectual and political sovereignty. Foregrounding the spatial and geopolitical dimensions of indigenous interventions, I pose a series of questions regarding the production and reception of Amerindian literatures today.

Date: Friday, January 18, 2013

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: 244B Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh (reception to follow: 13th floor of Cathedral of Learning)

For more information: contact

Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and the Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Organization


"Régimen comunicativo, periodismo y movimientos sociales en Colombia bajo el gobierno Santos," a lecture by Fabio López de la Roche (Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Cultural Studies Program, Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

El "régimen comunicativo" en Colombia heredado del uribismo (2002-2010) ha sufrido transformaciones importantes hacia uno menos monológico, menos directivo y menos marcado por la lógica de la propaganda. No obstante, el panorama no es nada idílico frente a la relación entre comunicación y democracia. La muy alta concentración de los medios en manos de los grandes grupos corporativos, la permanencia de la guerra y los límites que estos dos factores implican, dificultan enormemente la representación de los objetivos y perspectivas de los movimientos sociales. El conferencista acompañará su intervención de imágenes fotográficas producto de su propia reportería de la Marcha Patriótica campesina del 2012 y de la movilización estudiantil de noviembre de 2011.

Presentation will be in Spanish.

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Time: 2:30 p.m.

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

For more information: please contact Luz Amanda Hank (

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.



Save the Date


33rd Latin American and Caribbean Festival

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013

Time: Noon to Midnight

Location: Wesley W. Posvar Hall—Galleria (First floor), University of Pittsburgh--Oakland Campus, 230 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

If you would like to participate as a vendor or performer, please be aware that this year we are introducing online registration.

Now you can find us on Facebook at, or on the CLAS website at

If you are unable to register online or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Luz Amanda Hank at 412-648-7394 or by email at



University of Pittsburgh Faculty Fellowship Opportunity


UCIS Faculty Fellowship

The purpose of the UCIS Faculty Fellowship is to enable faculty members to undertake projects or acquire skills that enhance the University's capabilities in some branch of international studies. The Fellowship does not interrupt the accrual of terms toward a sabbatical. The Fellowship is awarded in close collaboration between UCIS, the faculty member, the relevant department chair, and the dean of the relevant faculty or school. The grant includes a limited research fund.

Deadline: January 15, 2013

For application instructions and eligibility requirements, go to the following link:



CLAS Internship Opportunity


School Visit Internship Opportunity for Spring 2013

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh is currently recruiting one (1) undergraduate student for its school visit internship course ARTSCI 1900 (3 credits) which may apply toward the CLAS certificate in Latin American Studies. Students develop lessons on topics relating to Latin America for K-12 classrooms in the Pittsburgh area. Although not required, competency in Spanish, Portuguese or Quechua is recommended. Scheduling is done according to the student's availability. Interns complete a final reflection paper summarizing the topics researched and containing lesson plans and resources.

This internship is a great opportunity to:

  • Gain experience teaching in real classrooms
  • Learn to design and teach lesson plans based
  • Acquire leadership skills by working closely with teachers, CLAS staff and students
  • Improve your language skills and explore new topics of Latin American cultures
  • Have FUN and use your creativity with a wide variety of children


Apply online today January 11, 2013. Interviews will take place on January 14-15.

To apply, send the following to Dr. Karen Goldman

  • A statement in English of no more than 350 words explaining why you are interested in the internship and indicating your level of Spanish, Portuguese or Quechua.
  • A tentative schedule of your classes for the Spring 201 semester
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript


For more information contact: Mildred Lopez ( or Karen S. Goldman (, or go to:



Fellowship Opportunity


PRB International Programs Fellowship

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its International Programs Fellowship at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Fellowship is a full-time position lasting for two years and will begin in summer 2013. The Fellowship is sponsored and managed by PRB and funded through PRB's IDEA Project (Informing Decisionmakers to Act), a cooperative agreement between PRB and USAID. The Fellow will work within USAID's Office of Population and Reproductive Health in Washington, D.C., which works to advance and support voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide. The Fellowship is intended for recent graduates with a B.A. or B.S.; candidates with advanced degrees are ineligible.


  • Support the Senior Policy Advisor and members of office management.
  • Respond to external and internal requests for information on U.S. family planning requirements and agency family planning activities.
  • Support efforts to improve compliance monitoring of family planning requirements within the USAID program.
  • Complete administrative duties as assigned.

Other duties and activities will be determined by the interests of the selected Fellow and the needs of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health.


  • B.A., B.S., or other undergraduate degree by June 2013.
  • Education and/or work experience related to international population/reproductive health policy or public health.
  • Strong writing, analytical, and communication skills; ability to effectively manage time and work with diverse personalities.
  • Skills in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Dedication to advancing family planning and reproductive health issues and programs in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly assume additional responsibilities and complete tasks with limited oversight.

In addition, experience living outside of the United States and foreign-language facility (especially French) is highly desirable. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or hold an appropriate work visa and will need to get a security clearance.

The PRB International Programs Fellowship pays a stipend of $35,000-$40,000 per year plus benefits. The position is subject to the availability of funds. The Fellowship may involve foreign travel.

How to apply

Interested individuals should email a cover letter and resume directly to the address below. The cover letter should describe the candidate's professional goals, her or his interest in the field of population and international development, and why she or he is suited for the Fellowship. In addition, the candidate must arrange for two letters of recommendation from employers or professors to be sent by email to the same address.

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be emailed to PRB no later than Monday, February 25, 2013. Applications should be emailed to:

Selection of the PRB International Programs Fellow will occur by late spring 2013. All candidates will be notified of the selection decision by email.



Brazilian Portuguese Workshop


Brazilian Portuguese Language and Culture Workshop for Beginners

University of Pittsburgh language instructor Lilly Abreu is offering a 10-week Brazilian Portuguese workshop (non-credit) starting in February 2013. Classes will take place once a week on Wednesday evenings.

Please contact Lilly Abreu for more information:




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

Dates: January 12 & February 9, 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)



Latin American Choir Audition


Coro Latinoamericano is auditioning singers and more

Audition with Coro Latinoamericano-Pittsburgh, a unique Latin American Choir that "builds bridges among the Americas" through choral expression, cultural education and good will. All ages and nationalities welcome. We need: singers, musicians, stage hands, sound & lighting technicians. No knowledge of Spanish is required. Please call 412-345-1047 or write to . For more information visit:

Audition date: Friday, January 18, 2013



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