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Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) events for the week of April 8 to April 13, 2013--Sponsored or cosponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)

Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)

Events for the week of April 8 to April 13, 2013

Sponsored or cosponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)



Come celebrate academic year 2012-13!

Join CLAS students, faculty and staff to recognize honors received and goals achieved.

Keynote address by David Whitted (GSPIA and CLAS alumnus; Foreign Service Officer—Mexico, Brazil, Pakistan. US Department of State)

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Reception to follow awards

Location: O’Hara Student Center, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact





A symposium organized by CLAS alumnus Juan Carlos Grijalva (Assumption College)

José Vasconcelos and Benjamín Carrión were two major intellectual figures in the modern construction of a national culture during the first half of the 20th Century in Mexico and Ecuador. This panel explores their common and distinctive visions on mestizaje, the role of intellectuals, indigenous education, and public art in their social thought and practice. This interdisciplinary and comparative discussion forms part of a new book titled De Atahualpa a Cuauhtémoc. Los Nacionalismos Culturales de Benjamín Carrión y José Vasconcelos, which will be co-published by the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana at the University of Pittsburgh, the Museo de la Ciudad de Quito in Ecuador, and the Instituto Cultural de Mexico in Paris, France. The book is edited by Juan Carlos Grijalva and Michael Handelsman.

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm

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


12:30-1:00 p.m. Michael Handelsman (Professor of Spanish, University of Tennessee):

“Visiones del mestizaje en Indología de José Vasconcelos y Atahuallpa de   Benjamín Carrión”.

1:00–1:30 p.m. Rocío Fuentes (CLAS alumnus and Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, Central

Connecticut State University): “José Vasconcelos y las políticas del mestizaje en la educación”

1:30–2:30 p.m. Juan Carlos Grijalva (CLAS alumus and Associate Professor of Spanish, Assumption

College): “A caballo, por la ruta de los libertadores: La misión mesiánica y elitista de José Vasconcelos y Benjamín Carrión”

2:30-3:00 p.m. Carlos Jáuregui (CLAS alumus and Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Notre Dame): “Benjamín Carrión, Oswaldo Guayasamín y el conjuro de la historia”

3:00-3:30 p.m. Discussion

Presentations will be in Spanish.

Lunch will be provided.

For information: email

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




FOCUS BRASIL U-Circuit/Pittsburgh 2013 Panel Discussions

Presented for the first time in Pittsburgh, FOCUS BRASIL Pittsburgh 2013 will focus primarily on the promotion of Brazilian cultural visibility abroad and the important aspects of the teaching of Portuguese language.

          Scholars and Brazilian events producers from across the country will lead panel discussions at the University of Pittsburgh campus for business leaders, language teachers, community members and students. Recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the most important cultural event held abroad, FOCUS BRASIL has become an annual forum for the most distinguished leaders of the Brazilian communities to address issues of interest to Brazilians abroad. FOCUS BRASIL has been conducted for seven years in South Florida and most recently at inaugural events in London and Tokyo.

          FOCUS BRASIL Pittsburgh 2013 will be presented during an evening of authentic Brazilian cultural events on Friday, April 12 and a day of expert-lead academic panels on Saturday, April 13.

          Attendance is complimentary. To register, please "join" Facebook ( and "comment" with which event(s) you will be attending: Friday Cinema Fest and/or Saturday panels.

Friday, April 12:

Cultural Events start at 7:00 p.m., Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh.

Brazilian Cinema & Video Fest, featuring a special screening of “A Tenda dos Milagres” (“Tent of Miracles”), based on the book by famed author/legend Jorge Amado, directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos.


Saturday, April 13:

Panel Discussions, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., lunch provided, O'Hara Student Center, Dining Room, University of Pittsburgh.

Morning Panel: "Promotion of the Portuguese Language in the U.S."

Speakers Anete Arslanian (American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese); Clémence Joüet-Pastré (Harvard University); and Steven Butterman, (University of Miami). Moderated by Ana Paula Carvalho (University of Pittsburgh).

Afternoon Panel: "Brazilian Culture: Traditional & Modern"

Speakers Carlos Borges (FOCUS BRASIL Foundation); Gene de Souza (Café Brasil Radio Show/Rhythm Foundation); Carla Leininger (Radio Show and Cultural Events Expert); Flavio Chamis (Brazilian Conductor and Composer). Moderated by Luis Bravo (COESA Brazilian Organization).

Brazilian Festival by Brazil Nuts Luso-Brazilian Association, 5:30 – 9:30 pm, Assembly Room, William Pitt Union


For more information: contact, 412-837-1926

FOCUS BRASIL is presented by Mooka Entertainment, Plus Media Marketing and the FOCUS BRASIL Foundation. It is partially sponsored by The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies, the University of Pittsburgh’s Brazil Nuts Club and PNC Bank.





by Paul Goldstein (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego)

Date: Friday, April 12, 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.






It will be a fun night, full of dance, live music and authentic Brazilian culinary traditional food items. Free prizes!

Presentations include: Lilly Abreu, Kenia, Timbeleza, Luciana Brussi and Pittsburgh Samba Group, Unçao Capoeira, Brazil Nuts Grupo de MPB, and Grupo de Danca, and much more. Suggested donation: $2.00.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013

Time: 5:30 to 9:30 pm

Location: Assembly Room, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: email

Sponsored by SGB, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Center for Latin American Studies, and Global Beats.






Date: Sunday, April 14, 2013

Time: 4:00 to 8:00 pm

Location: Wesley W. Posvar Hall Galleria (First floor), University of Pittsburgh

For more information: email




Luz Amanda Hank

Academic Affairs & Outreach Assistant

Center for Latin American Studies

University Center for International Studies

University of Pittsburgh

4200 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Pittsburgh, PA  15260

Office: 412-648-7394

Fax: 412-648-2199





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