viernes, 10 de mayo de 2013

CLAS - Weekly Update

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




Summer Graduating Students

Very Important Notice


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

DEADLINE: Students graduating in August 2013 have a deadline of Thursday, May 23, 2013 to complete a CLAS Certificate Graduation Application 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 that may be considered instead. 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.



“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 in the Americas,” which is designed to engage a multicultural cross-section of the Pittsburgh community by providing an historical and contemporary perspective of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Latin life. The week is filled with activities that include personal conversations, presentations, and roundtable discussions by visiting Cuban scholars and activists; films, radio interviews, musical and dance performances, workshops, receptions; and a concert by Coro Latinoamericano-Pittsburgh, Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, LACU Dancers, and the Slippery Rock University Afro-Colombian Dance Ensemble on May 11.

May 10, 2013:

noon-8:00 pm – Exhibit open (YMWAHA, Northside)

5:00-6:30 pm – Film afternoon III: Suite Habana (YMWAHA, Northside)

7:30-9:30 pm – Performance: Poetry in Motion (CMU – Rangos III, Oakland)

May 11, 2013:

noon-3:00 pm – Exhibit open (YMWAHA, Northside)

4:00-5:30 pm – Five Afro-Latin Workshops (Frick Fine Arts Building, Oakland)

5:30-7:00 pm – Intermission (Frick Fine Arts Building, Oakland)

7:00-9:30 pm – AFRICAMÉRICAS concert (Frick Fine Arts Building, Oakland)

Locations: (1) Young Men and Womens' African Heritage Association (YMWAHA), 1205 Boyle Street. Pittsburgh, PA 15212; 412-322-4008; (2) CMU Rangos 3, Carnegie Mellon University’s University Student Center, 5032 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213; (3) Auditorium, Frick Fine Arts Bldg, Roberto Clemente Drive, University of Pittsburgh (across from Schenley Plaza, Oakland).

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.



CLAS School Visit Assistant Needed


The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a School Visit Assistant to help coordinate and supervise its School Visit Program for fall and spring terms 2013-2014. The goal of the Program is to share Latin American expertise with K-12 (kindergarten through high school) students and teachers by sending undergraduate volunteer interns (enrolled in ARTSCI 1900) into regional K-12 schools to present lessons on Latin America and interact with teachers and students.

          The School Visit Assistant works under the direction of the assistant director for outreach to supervise undergraduate student volunteers. The School Visit Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Assisting in the training of the interns
  • Contacting schools and teachers to promote the program
  • Scheduling school visits
  • Accompanying the volunteers to the schools


  • Full-time graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Good background in some area of Latin American Studies—discipline open
  • Fluency in English, and either Spanish or Portuguese
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Interest and/or experience with K-12 education
  • A valid driver’s license.

The School Visit Assistant will be required to work a maximum of 10 hours per week.


Full-time tuition (covers 9 to 15 credits) for Fall and Spring terms 2013-14 and the student health fee, security, safety and transportation fee, and computing and network fee for 2013-2014 academic year. The School Visit Assistant will be responsible for the Student Activity Fee.

To Apply

Send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae by Wednesday, May 29, 2013 to:

Karen S. Goldman Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Outreach

Center for Latin American Studies

4205 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

University of Pittsburgh




Call for Papers - Conference


The annual conference of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA) will be held September 27-28, 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. This year's theme is "Negotiating Culture and Power in Latin America." Interdisciplinary and comparative analyses are most welcome. Proposals may focus on any region and may be written in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Teaching panels concerning pedagogical strategies, teaching and learning methods, and in-class or long-distance innovative approaches are especially invited. Papers and panels are encouraged that link a common theme in Latin America across several disciplines. Papers are also encouraged that highlight how trends and tendencies in Latin America influence Latinos in the United States. The NCCLA conference will run through midday on Saturday, followed by an afternoon NCCLA Teaching & Learning workshop on the theme, “Teaching Latin America Using Biography and Autobiography.”

          NCCLA invites proposals for panels, round tables, and papers from all disciplines that highlight potential common themes shaping Latin American History, Politics, Art, Economics, Literature, and more.

          Proposals (250-300 word abstracts) must be submitted by the extended deadline of June 15, 2013. Please enclose a cover sheet stating professional affiliation, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of each participant. Please also state need for audiovisual support. E-mail submissions are preferred.

          Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to participate. A limited number of student travel grants of up to $200 each are available. Grants are for full-time students who are not professionally employed. See application at

          Conference presenters are eligible for NCCLA Research and Teaching Awards.

For more information about this call for papers, go to:

Dates: Friday-Saturday, September 27-28, 2013

Location: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2100 Main Street Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897



Fellowship & Award Opportunities


The Jorge Pérez-López Student Award Competition, ASCE

The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) is a nonpolitical, professional, international association dedicated to the study of the Cuban economy in its broader political, social, and cultural contexts.

ASCE Student Award Committee is accepting nominations for the 2013 Jorge Pérez-López Student Award Competition for papers addressing topics related to Cuba's domestic issues, its foreign relations, or Cuba in comparative perspective. At a minimum, all papers must outline a thesis statement, present evidence or data supporting it, confine to 5000 words double-spaced length, and follow one of the standard academic writing and citations styles. Self-nominations are also welcomed.

Graduate Awards

First prize $ 150, up to $600 travel, and publication in Cuba in Transition.

Second prize Honorary Mention.

Undergraduate Awards

First prize $100, up to $400 travel, and publication in Cuba in Transition.

Second prize Honorary Mention.

All students who enter the competition will receive a one-year complimentary membership in ASCE, which will entitle them to receive our publications and newsletter. If they wish to attend the annual meeting in Miami, they will also receive a complimentary conference and key speaker luncheon invitation (but no travel allowance, except to the first prize winners).

All conditions and requirements governing with the graduate and undergraduate prize are listed in the ASCE webpage under Student Prize Award, Award Information:

Deadline: Papers received or postdated by May 20, 2013 will be considered. The winner of the competition will be announced in June.

Submission and Information: Please send a hard copy of the manuscript via regular mail and an electronic MS Word attachment of the paper to:

Dr. Enrique S. Pumar (

Chair Student Award Committee

The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy

P.O. Box 28267

Washington, DC 20038-8267


Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program

The U.S. Department of Education and the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office is pleased to announce a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program opportunity.

          Under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program, institutional grants provide fellowships to enable doctoral students enrolled in modern foreign language and area studies programs at U.S. institutions of higher education to conduct dissertation research overseas for 6-12 months.

Duration: Applicants may apply for a maximum grant performance period up to eighteen months in duration; proposed start and end dates should be October 15, 2013-April 15, 2015. The minimum time abroad is six weeks total.

Eligible Applicants: U.S. institutions of higher education.

Eligible Participants: An individual is eligible to participate in a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship if she/he is: (1) A citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States; (2) is a graduate student admitted to candidacy in a doctoral degree program in modern foreign languages and area studies at a U.S. higher education institution; (3) is planning a teaching career in the United States upon completion of his or her doctoral program; and (4) possesses sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the dissertation research project. An individual applies for a fellowship by submitting an application through the institution of higher education in which the individual is enrolled.

Financial Provisions: The institutional award may pay travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; a maintenance stipend for the fellow and his or her dependents related to cost of living in the host country or countries; an allowance for research-related expenses, such as books, copying, tuition and affiliation fees, local travel; health and accident insurance premiums; and other expenses in the country of study deemed necessary for the project's success and approved in advance by the U.S. Department of Education.

The DDRA program will not provide funds for: 1) visa fees; 2) passport expenses, including photographs; (3) equipment costs (laptops, digital cameras, records, etc.); (4) research or transcription assistants; (5) language tutoring, tuition, or fees that might be required by the American grantee institution, (6) medical expenses such as malaria pills or vaccinations. Please note that students may not accept certain grants (IIE, Boren, IREX, Japan Foundation) in the same fiscal year that a US/ED Fulbright-Hays grant is awarded.

          The application package will be available starting May 2, 2013 at, please scroll to the bottom of the page to e-Application Packages. Both the student and the institution of higher education must complete portions of the application correctly and submit via the G5 e-Application system. For more information, please go to

Application Deadline: June 3, 2013

CFDA Number: 84.022A

Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS- 050213-001


The 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition

The 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition is underway and is currently welcoming applications from academics and professionals interested in teaching or conducting research throughout the Western Hemisphere. Opportunities abound for early, mid and senior level candidates in every discipline. Please note that eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship and Ph.D. or other terminal degree.

          We encourage you to contact CIES Program Staff with any questions you have regarding eligibility and language requirements, award announcements, or application guidelines and procedures.

          Helpful resources, including sample project statements, tips for applying and content guidelines, are available at

New Awards


Fulbright-National University Distinguished Chair in Biodiversity and Sustainable Development


Canada has 49 grants available in topics such as Public Policy, Health and Food Safety and International Development Studies. For all opportunities click here.


Science and Technology and Social Sciences and Humanities

Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility Program

The governments of the United States and Brazil, through the U.S.-Brazil Fulbright Commission, have expanded teaching and research exchange opportunities in science and technology through the Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility Program.

25 grants are available for the Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility Program and 5 grants are available for the Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility Program Distinguished Chair.

*For all awards in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada visit our catalog of awards.

Deadline for applications: August 1, 2013.


American Geographical Society Library Fellowships for 2014

The American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, welcomes applications for two short-term research fellowship programs:

McColl Research Program Fellowships

This is a short-term fellowship program available to individuals who wish to communicate their geographical research results to a broad, educated general audience. Awards of $3300 for four-week fellowships will be provided to support residencies for the purpose of conducting research that makes direct use of the Library, and results in publication in a mutually agreed upon outlet.

Helen and John S. Best Research Fellowships

This is a short-term fellowship intended to support individuals whose research would benefit from extensive use of the AGS Library. Stipends of $400 per week, for periods up to 4 weeks, will be awarded.

          The American Geographical Society Library is one of North America’s foremost geography and map collections with strengths in geography, cartography and related historical topics. An extensive collection of books, periodicals, photos, maps, pamphlets, atlases, globes, electronic data, and the archives of the Association of American Geographers and the American Geographical Society are maintained at the AGS Library. In addition, researchers benefit from access to the UWM Libraries print and online collections during their residency. Please note that not all AGS Library materials are listed in the online catalog, but finding aids and professional staff are available to assist in determining if resources in the AGSL are suitable for a given research project.

          Applications must be received by October 21, 2013. All fellowships are tenable in 2014. For further information and detailed application instructions visit: or write, call or e-mail the Marcy Bidney, Curator, AGS Library, P.O. Box 399, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0399, Tel. (414) 229-6282, E-mail



Study Abroad


UN-Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

UPEACE and UCB organize 3-6 weeks long, English-language, Summer Peace Institutes (June-July, 2013) in Costa Rica with a rigorous academic component where students are introduced to a broad area of topics in human security and peacebuilding. This is structured around 3 modules on global poverty and inequality, international migration and human rights and social revolutions.

          Next to academic work, participants will undertake a minimum of two-week practicum in the field with various civic and local organizations located in different regions around Costa Rica. Students' testimonials about the Summer Peace Institute can be accessed here.

          Interested students should visit to learn more about the program and apply.Students from UCB and its IARU network should contact UCB directly.

          If you are interested in any of the UPEACE study abroad programs you must fill out a GEL online application. You also have to email your resume and a copy of your transcript to

          Finally, applicants must secure at least one recommendation letter. You are advised to approach your referee and request the referee to email his/her recommendation letter directly to GEL.

Application Deadlines

GEL-UPEACE have a rolling admission policy, which means that interested applicants are invited to submit their applications to the program anytime but not later than:

Fall study abroad (Aug-Dec) – July 1

Spring study abroad (Jan-May) – December 1

Summer PEACE Institute (Jun-Jul) – May 10

Winter PEACE Institute (Jan-Feb) – December 1



Academic Appointment Opportunities


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.



Job Opportunity


Grants and Contracts Specialist, LLILAS and the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas, Austin

The LLILAS Benson Grants and Contracts Specialist is the principal manager for all grant programs, including institutional and faculty grants, for the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Benson Latin American Collection.

Essential Functions

Grant Research and Writing: Research, develop, and write institutional grant proposals that support and strengthen the program, operational, and collection goals of LLILAS Benson, with an average of five institutional grants per year; assist faculty members and principal investigators in the preparation and submission of research proposals to sponsoring agencies and organizations; develop grant budgets in collaboration with the LLILAS Senior Administrative Associate of Accounting and the LLILAS Benson Chief of Staff. Grant Management and Administration: Program compliance, budget management, reporting, and communications with granting agencies; assist faculty and principal investigators with grant management and reporting; member of LLILAS Benson Development Team; liaison to the Office of Sponsored Projects, UT Libraries Development, and College of Liberal Arts Alumni Relations and Development office and Grants and Contracts Management teams as appropriate; conduct annual faculty grants writing workshop. Information Management: Gather program information, statistics, and budget information for LLILAS Benson; develop, evaluate and manage LLILAS Benson statistical databases and collection protocols; manage LLILAS Benson annual reporting process; compile LLILAS Benson annual report. For all details related to this posting, 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

Date: Saturdays, May 11, June 8, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: Salvation Army, 54 S. 9th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (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

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, May 25, 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 at



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



La Escuelita Arcoiris is Moving


La Escuelita Arcoiris announces a new location for Fall 2013. La Escuelita Arcoiris will be moving all business to Congregation Beth Shalom where they will continue to offer children from 18 months to Kindergarten an immersion experience in the culture and traditions of the Spanish-speaking world through high quality play-based learning experiences. Congregation Beth Shalom’s Early Childhood Learning Center cares for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, where they experience Jewish customs and celebrations while learning science, math and language arts. The collaboration with Beth Shalom will allow both schools to retain separate faculties, curriculum, and identity, while also sharing ideas and programming in the fields of science, art, and music. Visit for details.


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