lunes, 18 de marzo de 2013

CLAS Weekly Update - Weeks of March 18 and 25, 2013


Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




33rd Latin American and Caribbean Festival


Featuring music, food, dance, arts, crafts, and children's activities from Latin America and the Caribbean. This is an event that is free and open to the public

Information about arts, crafts, food, and information booths

Schedule and performances descriptions

Children's schedule

Festival poster

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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

For more information: contact Luz Amanda Hank (

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), and Med Health Services & the Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute.





This Disastrous Enterprise: History, Race and Revolution,” a lecture by Paul Youngquist (University of Colorado at Boulder)

This talk is presented by the Eighteenth-Century Studies, Department of History. Paul Youngquist is a Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and in this presentation he will talk about the Haitian Revolution.

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Time: 12:00 pm (noon)

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

For more information: contact


“Cuba: Reformas y desafíos,” a talk by Eduardo Torres Cuevas (Director of the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí)

Eduardo Torres Cuevas is the Director of the Biblioteca Nacional Jose Martí in Havana, President of the Cuban Academy of History and Director of the Casa de Estudios Fernando Ortiz, University of Havana, a research and teaching center that he created. He is the author of numerous books, including Esclavitud y sociedad (1986), Obispo Espada. Ilustración, reforma y antiesclavismo (1990), Félix Varela. Los orígenes de la ciencia y con-ciencia cubana (1995), Antonio Maceo: las ideas que sostienen el arma (1995), Historia de la masonería cubana. Seis ensayos (2006), among others.

This presentation will be in Spanish.

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013

Time: 12:00 pm (noon)

Location: 3431 Posvar Hall, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh

For more information: Alejandro de la Fuente at or Luz Amanda Hank

Sponsored by Department of History and the Center for Latin American Studies.


“Sexo en Saer: el arte del fantasma,” a talk by Dardo Scavino (Université de Versailles)

Dardo Scavino is the author of numerous books on Latin American philosophy, literature and history, including Barcos sobre la pampa: Las formas de la guerra en Sarmiento (1993), La filosofía actual: Pensar sin certezas (Paidós, 1999), La era de la desolación: ética y moral en la Argentina de fin de siglo (1999), Recherches sur la littérature policière en Argentine (1999), Saer y los nombres (2004), El señor, el amante y el poeta: notas sobre la perennidad de la metafísica (2009) and Narraciones de la independencia: Arqueología de un fervor contradictorio (2010). He is also the co-author (with Miguel Benasayag) of Le pari amoureux (1995) and Pour una nouvelle radicalité (1997).

Date: Monday, March 25, 2013

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: 206 Cathedral of Learning

For more information: email

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


“Llama Caravan Hubs in the South-Central Andes: Ethnography and Archaeology,” a talk by Axel E. Nielsen (Dumbarton Oaks Fellow 2012-13; Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Argentina)

Caravan hubs –places where pack animals rest for some time after several days of marching– are important components of road systems supporting long distance traffic with llamas that have been overlooked by ethnographers and archaeologists. These stops allow the animals to graze at will, while herders rest, repair their travel gear, and honor their wak’as. In the old days, when hundreds of trade caravans from different corners of the highlands travelled every winter to the valleys, many of them would meet at these places, exchanging information about trade opportunities in the lowlands, playing special games, and sharing common rituals, thus renewing the social bonds among herders and between caravans and deities. It can be argued, therefore, that these places operate as real hubs for the multiple forms of interaction and communication among the human and nonhuman persons who inhabited the social world of pastoralists. Combining ethnographic and archaeological observations made in the course of long-term field engagement in the Southern Andes (highlands of SW Bolivia, NW Argentina, and N Chile), I discuss the various material entanglements of these sites and their possibilities for the archaeological study of ancient trade networks.

Date: Friday, March 29, 2013

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: 3300 Posvar Hall, Department of Anthropology Lounge, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact

Sponsored by the Anthropology Department, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Center for Comparative Archaeology



Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano

Spring 2013 Film Series


Film: “Postales de Leningrado/Postcards from Leningrad” (Venezuela, 2008, directed by Mariana Rondón)

For the young narrator of Postales de Leningrado, being born into a socialist uprising in 1960s Venezuela wasn’t easy. She and her cousin have learned how to live a clandestine life, making an ongoing game out of survival, with everything from code names and creative disguises to making themselves invisible. A visual collage, the film injects both humor and pathos into a story where wild imaginations, foggy memories, and grief mix in a child’s reality. PG – Parental Guidance Suggested

Spanish with English subtitles

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Collection at the Hillman Library, and the Global Studies Center. For more information contact Mildred López or visit



9th Undergraduate Research Symposium

on Latin America and the Caribbean


The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and the Center for Latin American Studies invite all undergraduate students to present their research with other undergraduate students on any topic related to Latin American Cultural Studies.

Submit a 150-word abstract to Dr. Alicia Covarrubias at by Friday March 15, 2013.

Presentations can be made in Spanish, Portuguese, or English.

Date: Friday, April 5, 2013

Location: University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

For more information: email



Study Abroad Opportunities


Anthropology in Guatemala: Field School in Highland Maya Culture

The Global Education Office and the School of World Studies are pleased to offer a unique opportunity for students to study the culture of the highland Maya. The program is based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and will allow students to observe the cultural complexity of the Guatemalan highlands. The location provides an ideal setting in which to explore different topics such as cultural pluralism, religious conservation and change, local responses to economic globalization, and cultural revitalization movements. This program is especially well suited for students in anthropology, international studies, history, and religious studies.

Students are required to register for a total of six credits, including 3 credits in the core offering, ANTH 391: Highland Maya and Ladino Culture Past and Present. Anthropology majors in particular are encouraged to register for ANTH 315: Anthropological Field Methods and Research Design (3 credits). With permission of the instructor, students may register for 3 credits of independent study under ANTH 492, INTL 492, or RELS 492, as an alternative to ANTH 315. Students pursuing independent studies are expected to participate fully in all group activities while in Guatemala, though their final research paper may be different.

Registration deadline: March 29, 2013

Dates: June 19 – July 31, 2013

For more information:



Job Opportunities


LLILAS Public Engagement Coordinator, University of Texas-Austin

The Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, at the University of Texas – Austin is seeking to fulfill this position. For details about the posting and on how to apply please go to:




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: April 13, 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)




Five years ago, Argentine musician and composer Gustavo Santaolalla, together with Uruguayan musician-producer Juan Campodónico conceived of a group that would be a collective of Argentine and Uruguayan artists dedicated to creating “contemporary music of the Rio de la Plata”, the body of water that separates the two countries. The project, which debuted under the name Bajofondo Tango Club, was an alliance of producers, musicians and singers that took shape in the recording studio, and the release of their first album was the culmination of this process.

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013

Time: 9:00 pm

Location: Rex Theater, 1602 E Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203

For more information: and for tickets please go to



Spanish at the Main Carnegie Library (Oakland)


Let's Learn Spanish! : Spanish language fun for the whole family

Children and their adults - Learn to speak Spanish through stories, songs and rhymes. New vocabulary will be introduced every week.

Date: Every Thursday (March 21 & 28, 2013)

Time: 6:30 – 7:15 pm

Location: Children’s Carnegie Library, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland)

For more information: call 412-622-3122 or email

Registration is required for this event. You can register by calling 412-622-3122 or by filling in the online form found on each event date (


Cuentos y Canciones at the Carnegie Library

Stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish for native speakers and beginners alike on the fourth Saturday of the month. Fun for the whole family. Para toda la familia. Bienvenidos!

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013

Time: 10:30 – 11:15 am

Location: Children’s Carnegie Library, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland)

For more information: call 412-622-3122 or email

Registration is required for this event. You can register by calling 412-622-3122 or by filling in the online form found



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