lunes, 15 de abril de 2013

CLAS Weekly Update - April 15, 2013

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




Lectures and PhD Public Talks


"Mediación de espacios identitarios en las escrituras puertorriqueñas de las primeras décadas del siglo XX," a PhD defense talk by Nashieli Marcano, (Doctoral Candidate, Department of Hispanic Languages ans Literatures, University of Pittsburgh)

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: 1528 Cathedral of Learning

For more information: email


"Working with Displaced Communities," a lecture by Ramón Martínez (Foro para el Desarrollo Sustentable, Chiapas, Mexico)

Lecture and roundtable workshop with students, faculty, and Pittsburgh community organizations on the topic of working with displaced communities and the cultural/ political/ socio-economic concerns that go into such endeavors. Mr. Martinez will specifically focus on the trends and reasons for displacement in Chiapas, the policy evolution towards displaced peoples, and the complementary and supplementary roles of international organizations, federal and state governments, civil society organizations, academics, and other NGOs.

          Ramón is a legal Anthropologist specializing in indigenous rights and has been working in Chiapas for more than 13 years with internally displaced communities. He is the head of Foro para el Desarrollo Sustentable, an NGO and umbrella organization in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas: Ramón and his team have been working on community development projects with local and international organizations such as UNDP, Oxfam, the Kellogg Foundation, and many others.

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm (refreshments will be served)

Location: 3911 Posvar Hall, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact

Sponsored by GSPIA Dean's Office, International Development Studies Association, Ford Institute for Human Security, Center for Latin American Studies, GSPIA's Political Economy of Development Lecture Series.


"Elusive Affects: The Aesthetics and Politics of Mario Levrero and Eduardo Lalo (Afectos esquivos: una estética para una política)," a lecture by Ana María Amar Sánchez (University of California, Irvine)

Ana María Amar Sánchez (Ph.D. Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires) is Professor of Latin American Literature at University of California-Irvine. She is the author of books that explore the intersection of literature and contemporary politics, like El relato de los hechos. Rodolfo Walsh: testimonio y escritura (1992, re-edited on 2008 by Ed. De la Flor), Juegos de seducción y traición. Literatura y cultura de masas (2000 Beatriz Viterbo), and Instrucciones para la derrota. Narrativas éticas y políticas de perdedores (2010 Anthropos). She has edited important anthologies and dossiers for Revista Iberoamericana, Katatay, and Iberoamericana (Vervuert), and written many articles on contemporary narrative, ethics, politics and mass culture. Her current research focuses on the relationship between recent political events and their literary representation. She is the newly elected president of the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Latinoamericana (IILI).

Date: Friday, April 19, 2013

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: 244B Cathedral of Learning (reception to follow at 1309 Cathedral of Learning)

For more information: email

Sponsored by Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana (IILI), and the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh


"Cosmology And Society: Household Ritual Among The Terminal Classic (A.D. 850-950) Maya Peopole Of Yaxha, Guatemala," a PhD defense talk by Laura Gamez, (Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh)

Date: Friday, April 19, 2013

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: 3106 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Anthropology Lounge

For more information: email


"State Interventionism in the Classic Maya Palenque Polity: Household and Community Archaeology at El Lacandón," a PhD defense talk by Roberto López Bravo (Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh)

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: 3106 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Anthropology Lounge

For more information: email


"Changing Birth in the Andes: Culture, Policy and Safe Motherhood in Peru," a PhD defense talk by Lucia Guerra (Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh)

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: 3106 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Anthropology Lounge

For more information: email



"Crossing Havana" Week


A unique, week-long photo exhibit at the Young Men and Womens' African Heritage Association (YMWAHA), in Pittsburgh, will serve as a social documentary focusing on Cuba's African descendants living in the island's capital city of Havana. The opening event, which lends its name to the entire week of activities is titled "Crossing Havana: Encounters with the Other City." The week culminates with a final, celebratory concert by Pittsburgh's own Coro Latinoamericano titled "AfricAméricas: A fusion of African Music, Rhythms, and Culture I the Americas" is designed to engage a multicultural cross-section of the Pittsburgh community by providing an historical & contemporary perspective of Afro-Cuban & Afro-Latin life. The week is filled with activities that include personal conversations, presentations & roundtable discussions by visiting Cuban scholar & activists, films, radio interviews, musical & dance performances, workshops, receptions & a concert by Coro Latinoamericano-Pittsburgh, Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, LACU Dancers, Slippery Rock University Afro-Colombian Dance Ensemble on May 11.

Dates: May 6-11, 2013

Times: M-F Noon – 8:00 pm / Saturday: Noon-3:00 pm

Location: Young Men and Womens' African Heritage Association (YMWAHA), 1205 Boyle Street. Pittsburgh, PA 15212; 412-322-4008

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

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Coro Latinoamericano-Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, YMWAHA, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Afro-Cuban Alliance, Inc., City of Asylum, and others.



Capstone Report


Food Security in Chiapas

Launch of Capstone report on Food Security in Chiapas with feedback response Ramon Martinez Coria, Foro para el Desarrollo Sustentable

Date: Thursday April 18

Time: 12:00-1:30pm - Light refreshments will be available

Location: 3431 Posvar Hall

For more information:

Sponsored by GSPIA's Dean Office; CLAS; International Development Studies Association; Ford Institute for Human Security and GSPIA's Politics of Development Colloquium.



Study Abroad Opportunity


Climate and Culture Change in the Andes

The Center for Social Well Being celebrates 12 years offering our 3 week training program in interdisciplinary qualitative field methods, as well as Spanish and Quechua language classes, in the Peruvian Andes. The combined undergraduate and graduate level seminar is held at the center's rural base, an adobe lodge on an ecological ranch in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the Callejón de Huaylas, 7 hours northeast of Lima. Coursework provides in-depth orientation to theory and practice in field investigation that emphasizes methods in Participatory Action Research and Andean Ethnography centered on themes of Climate Change with respect to Ecology, Health, Education, Community Organization and related topics. Students have the opportunity to actively engage in ongoing investigations in local agricultural communities to develop effective field research techniques, and to acquire language skills. In addition, the program provides excursions to museums, archaeological sites, glacial lakes and hotsprings; optional recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. Total cost is $4,000 US dollars. This includes all in-country travel, food and accommodations at the rural center, and course materials. The program is under the direction of Applied Medical Anthropologist, Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D., and Ecologist, Flor de María Barreto Tosi.

Program dates:

June Solstice Session June 6th 2012 through 26th, 2013

July Harvest Session July 4th through 24th, 2013

August Earth Session August 1st through 21st, 2013

Application Deadline: April 30, 2013

Request an application:

Center for Social Well Being-Peru



Academic Appointment Opportunities


Johnston visiting professorship in Race and Ethnic Studies, at Whitman College

One year visiting position at the rank of assistant professor. Effective August, 2013. Ph.D. required, with evidence of scholarship in field; area of expertise open. The program welcomes applications explaining in their cover letters how they will complement the strengths of our interdisciplinary program. Whitman College wishes to reinforce its commitment to enhance diversity, broadly defined, recognizing that to provide a diverse learning environment is to prepare students for personal and professional success in an increasingly multicultural and global society. In their application, candidates are strongly encouraged to address their interest in working with undergraduates as teachers and scholars in a liberal arts environment that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction and their potential contribution to the promotion of diversity.

          Scholars whose work focuses on Latin America are highly desired. If interested, please contact Jason Pribilsky, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Office: 509-527-5162; cell: 509-301-0115.


The John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Soka University

The Pacific Basin Research Center (PBRC) at Soka University of America is pleased to announce a call for applications for the first annual John D. Montgomery Post-Doctoral Fellowship. The fellowship is intended to support young scholars whose research emphasizes humanistic development in and connections among the regions of the Pacific Basin. This year's theme is Asia in Latin America. We encourage applications from young scholars (within two years of defending their dissertation) interested in Asian investment, political interests, culture, diasporas, or other aspects of how Asia increasingly connects across the Pacific Ocean to Latin America.

          John D. Montgomery is known for his excellence in connecting academic and policy worlds to promote humanistic development around the world. As a Ford Foundation Professor at Harvard and the PBRC's inaugural Director, Professor Montgomery published dozens of path-breaking studies on foreign aid, the environment, social capital, administrative reform, and much more. Reflecting Professor Montgomery's outstanding contributions, the successful applicant will demonstrate distinction in research, teaching, and policy, as well as dedication towards an improved understanding of the Pacific Basin.

          The successful applicant will receive a stipend of $45,000. The Fellow will be expected to teach one course in each of the fall and spring semesters (a 1-1 load), including one upper-level seminar on a topic related to Asia in Latin America and a lower-division course, an Introduction to the Pacific Basin. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the PBRC by organizing talks, connecting to students, and conducting independent research.

          Soka University of America is located in Aliso Viejo, southern Orange County. Opening its breathtaking campus in 2001, SUA has quickly joined the ranks of some of the best liberal arts campuses in the world. The 2013 US News and World Report College Rankings placed Soka in the top fifty liberal arts institutions in the country (number seven on the west coast), placing #1 for faculty resources and foreign students, and within the top ten best value schools. Boasting an average class size of 13 students, a 1:8 student / teacher ratio, and an immensely diverse student body, SUA is committed to helping students become global citizens.

          Interested candidates should send a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, a sample syllabus, and two references to the PBRC Associate Director, Shane Barter (, by May 1, 2013.


Lecturer, Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies invites applications for a post-doctoral position as a Lecturer in Latin American Studies to begin in Fall 2013. The Latin American Studies Program includes an interdisciplinary M.A. Program in Latin American Studies serving students with research interests in social sciences and humanities, and a B.A. major in Latin American Studies that has a social sciences emphasis. Recent PhDs (within the past six years) in the humanities, social sciences or area studies who deal with Latin American issues are encouraged to apply. Relevant disciplines include sociology, political science, anthropology, history, literature, and media studies. The successful candidate will teach an M.A. Proseminar (meets over two quarters), advise M.A. students, and will develop one graduate/undergraduate course and two undergraduate-only courses in their own specialty. This is a twelve-month appointment. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year dependent upon performance review.

          The Lecturer in Latin American Studies is responsible for:

·      In collaboration with Latin American Studies faculty, teaching the M.A. Proseminar, a graduate-level academic seminar designed to give in-coming Latin American Studies MA students a critical understanding of the major theoretical approaches, principal research methods, and current trends in Latin American Studies and to help students develop the proposal for their master's thesis.

·      Teaching one undergraduate/graduate course in the incumbent's field of expertise.

·      Teaching two undergraduate-only courses in the incumbent's field of expertise.

·      General academic and career advising of M.A. students in Latin American Studies.

·      Directing individual B.A. Papers and M.A. theses, as needed.

          All requirements toward the PhD degree must be completed by August 31, 2013. Teaching experience is required. The ideal candidate will be able to give theoretical and methodological advice to master's level students with a broad range of social science and humanities interests.

          To apply for this position please go to the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities web site and select requisition #01684. Applicants are required to upload the following materials -- cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, dissertation abstract, reference contact information, and up to three writing samples/publications. Under separate cover, please have three letters of recommendation sent to the Center for Latin American Studies, 5848 South University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.

          To receive full consideration, applications must be received by May 10, 2013.


Visiting Latinamericanist Position: Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies

Columbus State University is seeking a distinguished visiting scholar to fill the Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar Chair in Latin American Studies for spring semester 2014. The scholar must demonstrate expertise in Latin American studies. Previous Amos Scholars include Heberto Padilla, Paul Little, Guillermo Martinez, Oscar Monteza, Eduardo Gomes, Karen Stothert, Hildegardo Córdova-Aguilar, Max Lifchitz, Roberto Sifuentes, Pepón Osorio, Carlos Perez, Ethan Sharp and Paloma Martinez-Cruz.

          Applications in all fields of expertise will be carefully considered. This coming year we are especially interested in candidates from the humanities, social sciences, modern languages, education and business. The one semester (four-month) appointment will begin January 2014 subject to funding availability. The visiting scholar will teach two courses and be involved with outreach activities, typically conducted in the English language. The endowed chair provides remuneration corresponding to a full professorship, commensurate with experience. Accommodation will be provided. In addition, shorter appointments of ½ a semester (January-early March or March-early May) will be considered.

          Send a statement of interest, proposed teaching courses and outreach programs, Curriculum Vitae, and the names of three references to: Dr. Neal R. McCrillis, Director, Center for International Education, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907-5645. Application deadline: 1 August 2013. Only complete applications will be considered.

          Nominations are also strongly encouraged.




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.



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 (April 18 & 25, 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, April 20, 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



Summer Job Opportunities


Summer Classroom Assistant for Squirrel Hill Preschool

We are hiring assistants for the summer session to work from June 10th - August 20th in our Spanish immersion preschool classrooms. MUST be fluent Spanish speaker, love small children and have all clearances completed prior to begin work. Early Childhood experience a plus. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in a classroom environment. Both part-time and full-time positions are available between the hours of 8 am and 5:30 pm.

NOTE: Interviewees will perform at least two hours shadowing a current teacher before receiving an official job offer. To apply please send resume and letter of interest to the Education Director at


Spanish Day Camp Counselor and/or Assistant

We are hiring staff for our annual Spanish Language and Culture Camp from June 24th-August 2nd. Both full-time and part-time positions are available. Training and planning will begin in early June.

          This position requires motivated and energetic teachers for groups of children ages 6-11. We offer an introduction to Spanish language through a variety of hands-on games, culinary experiences, literature and arts and crafts. Please send resume and a short explanation of your strengths and how you see yourself complementing the curriculum /fulfilling the job requirements to the Education Director at




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