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CLAS Weekly Update - REVISED - Events starting tomorrow April 10, 2013

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events






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





“Many Houses: A Reinterpretation of the Tiwanaku Temple at Omo, Moquegua, Peru,” by Paul S. Goldstein (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego; Pre-Columbian Fellow 2012-2013, Dumbarton Oaks)

Monumental architecture has long been a key source for interpretations of both ritual practice and socio-political integration in the Tiwanaku civilization. Unfortunately, altiplano climate and early non-scientific excavations have taken their toll on the highland Tiwanaku major monuments, and current reconstructions lack perishable parts of the plan, superstructure, and room contents. The Omo site is unique among provincial Tiwanaku settlements for its temple of Tiwanaku style in a lowland region with desert preservation. In the years 2010, 2011 and 2012 the Omo project excavated a large part of the temple core, applying the detailed methods of household archaeology to public architecture with the goals of defining ritual spaces and identifying practice and practitioners. The excavations augmented the prior reconstruction of the Omo sunken court by delineating the surrounding interior spaces and access patterns, and documenting the temple’s adobe superstructure and thatch roofing. The revised temple plan includes seven distinct roofed buildings and platforms, benches, gateways, and the remains of two “audiencia”-like structures arrayed around the sunken court. These unprecedented finds suggest multiple distinct chapels within the temple complex, and complex liturgical and social patterns hitherto unknown from the Tiwanaku Period. Ongoing analysis of room contents will give us a better idea of the use of these complex ceremonial spaces and the identity of cult participants.

Date: Friday, April 12, 2013

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: 3106 Wesley W. 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.


“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 People 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



Symposiums/Panel Discussions/Colloquiums


“Cultural Nationalisms in Ecuador and Mexico: Mestizaje, Intellectuals, Indigenous Education, and Public Art in Benjamín Carrión and José Vasconcelos”, 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


12:30-12:50 p.m. Michael Handelsman (Professor of Spanish, University of Tennessee): “Visiones del mestizaje en Indología de José Vasconcelos y Atahuallpa de Benjamín Carrión”.

12:50–1:10 p.m. Rocío Fuentes (Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, Central

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

1:15–1:35 p.m. Juan Carlos Grijalva (Associate Professor of Spanish, Assumption

College; Center Associate, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh): “A caballo, por la ruta de los libertadores: La misión mesiánica y elitista de José Vasconcelos y Benjamín Carrión”.

1:35-1:55 p.m. Carlos Jáuregui (Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Anthropology, University of Notre Dame): “La teratología mestiza”.

2:00-2:40 p.m. Discussion

Presentations will be in Spanish.

Lunch will be provided.

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

For information: email

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


“People’s Poetry/People’s History: How Movements from Below Create and Use Poetry and History,” a conversation with poet Martin Espada (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and historian Marcus Rediker (University of Pittsburgh)

This conversation will be moderated by Sam Hazo.

Martin Espada teaches poetry and is the prize-winning author of numerous volumes of poetry, most recently The Trouble Ball: Poems (W. W. Norton, 2012). Marcus Rediker teaches history and is the prize-winning author of numerous volumes of history, most recently The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Viking-Penguin, 2012).

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Provost’s Conference Room, 2500 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact

Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of History and the Humanities Center.


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 this April. 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 (see below under Student Club Activities for more details)

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.


“Engendering Development Colloquium: Gender and Global Economics”
Join us on this special day to hear thought-provoking discussions around issues facing women worldwide. After the colloquium, guests are invited to explore the museum and meet some movers and shakers in the local area who are advocates for sustainability, fair trade, and social justice. Presented by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and inspired by the exhibition Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities, this half-day colloquium allows guests to confront the ways that economic empowerment impacts women around the world.

Featured speakers:

  • Charlotte Lott, Oikocredit Western Pennsylvania Support Association
  • Celeta Hickman, artist and founder of the Ujamaa Collective
  • Yasmin Flor Stull, founder of Teach Fair Trade
  • Priyanka Sacheti, independent writer with special focus on women's global issues
  • Kathleen DeWalt, Director for the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sandra Olsen, PhD, Director of the Center for World Cultures, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013

Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Oakland

Registration is required; click here or call 412-622-3288 to register.

Cost: $20 for non-Members, including students ($7 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Members); includes same-day museum admission

For more information: call 412-622-3288


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.



Student Club Activities


Brazil Nuts Portuguese Club

XI Brazilian Festival, The Colors of Brazil

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 (following FOCUS BRASIL Panel Discussions, as described above)

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.


Caribbean and Latin American Student Association (CLASA)

Caribbean Cultural Carnival

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



Introducing / Presentando “La Mariposa Mundial”


El Departamento de Lenguas y Literaturas Hispánicas de la Universidad de Pittsburgh se complace en invitar a la presentación de la revista boliviana de literatura “La Mariposa Mundial” N°19/20, con el tema: Papeles recobrados de Gamaliel Churata.

La presentación estará a cargo de Rodolfo Ortiz, director de la revista, y a continuación Elizabeth Monasterios leerá el texto «El vanguardismo del Titikaka: Pesadillas y desafíos estéticos en los Andes».

Contamos con su presencia

Date/Fecha: Viernes 12 de abril, 2013

Time/Hora: 5:00 pm

Location/Lugar: 244B Cathedral of Learning

For more information: email



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.




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: Saturday, 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)



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 11, 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



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