viernes, 24 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 an extended deadline of Noon on Wednesday, May 29, 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.



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




Bolivian Studies Journal


The Bolivian Studies Journal has just made its latest issue (Vol. 19) available in an open access format. We invite you to review the Table of Contents included in this message and then visit our website to review articles and items of interest. To request a printed version of this issue please send your request to

Thank you for your continuing interest in the Bolivian Studies Journal.

Elizabeth Monasterios & Martha E. Mantilla (co-editors)



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: "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


9th Annual Colloquium in Latin American and Peninsular Language, Literature, and Culture "Convergences: literary, linguistic, cultural and film studies"

The graduate students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of California, Davis are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 9th Annual Colloquium in Latin American and Peninsular Language, Literature, and Culture that will be held on the university campus on Friday, October 18, 2013.

Keynote Speakers


• Dr. Travis G. Bradley

Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Davis.


• Dr. Emma Sepúlveda

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Nevada, Reno.

          Essays, thesis chapters, unpublished articles, collaborative projects, and panel proposals in the following thematic areas will be considered: • Issues concerning American and Luso-­Hispanic literary studies including comparative and transatlantic studies. • Analysis and criticism of visual and film studies. • Critical theory trajectories and debates. • Themes and problems of literature written in Spanish in the US. • Themes and problems of Spanish as a Heritage Language within the US. • Logic, discourse analysis, and history of Spanish and Portuguese phonetics, phonology and dialectology. • Applied linguistic, sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, and anthropological-­ linguistic investigations. • Cultural and Gender studies in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.

          The deadline for submission of all abstracts (200-­250 words) written in Spanish, Portuguese, or English is June 15, 2013. Please do so through the link below:

Note: Each individual will be allotted 15 minutes to present. Presentations will be allowed in any of the three languages.

Registration fee per presenter: $20 before September 15th, 2013, and $30 after this date.

Date: Friday, October 18, 2013

For more information: please email the UC Davis Colloquium Committee 2013 at


SALISES, UWI, Mona Conference: "Rethinking Regionalism: Beyond the CARICOM Integration Project"

July 2013 marks 40 years of the CARICOM regional integration project from its origins in CARIFTA. The world has changed dramatically during this time, presenting more complex challenges for development; reshaping the integration project along with the perceptions of the movement, both in terms of its capabilities and limitations; and reshaping the Latin America and Caribbean regional landscape, reconfiguring existing organisations/institutions and creating new ones. These developments raise questions as to the very viability of the CARICOM project and its relevance in its current form to the varied complex developments that have taken place since its launch. Despite these developments, some aspects of the regional experience remain unchanged. Chief of these is the continued existence of a large number of non-independent or sub-state entities for which regional projects throughout the Caribbean and Latin America have not offered a viable solution; and the persistence of questions of viability of the independent Caribbean in light of their economic, social, political and environmental challenges. This conference seeks to engage colleagues in a sweeping review of the region writ large, reflected in the themes set out below which go beyond the CARCOM project and which also take account of how the complex problems of the contemporary reality are likely to shape CARICOM in the future. The conference also invites consideration of other integration schemes in other parts of the world as a basis for comparison and lesson learning.

          Abstracts of approximately 150 words should be sent to Nadine Newman at SALISES at Deadline for receipt of abstracts is June 30, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be communicated by July 15, 2013. Details of the venue and conference website ( will be announced in due course.

Dates: October 7-9, 2013

For more information: visit, call Mrs. Nadine Newman at (876) 927-1020 or (876) 927-1234 or email


Jornadas Andinas de Literatura Latinoamericana, JALLA-2014


Las Jornadas Andinas de Literatura Latinoamericana (JALLA) se crean, desde su fundación en la Paz, Bolivia en 1993, como encuentro bienal de intelectuales, cultores y estudiosos de las literaturas y las culturas latinoamericanas. Circunscrita originalmente en la región andina, hoy constituye un espacio de diálogo y creación de pensamiento de orden latinoamericanista con carácter alternativo, tanto por la naturaleza las propuestas básicas, como por la inclusividad de las marginalidades culturales.

          JALLA ha realizado hasta el presente diez encuentros, orientados a la reflexión y discusión de las temáticas que convoca cada congreso. En 2014, por primera vez, JALLA tendrá su sede en un país de América Central, como una intención manifiesta de acercar las regiones centroamericana, caribeña y sudamericana, con el fin de crear redes intelectuales de intercambio, colaboración y estudio.

          La Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica será la anfitriona del XI Congreso de JALLA, que se celebrará del 4 al 8 de agosto de 2014, en la ciudad de Heredia. El tema que convoca este XI Congreso es: Pluralidad y diversidad: Saberes incómodos y sub-versiones literarias y culturales en América Latina.

          Invitamos a todas las personas académicas, artistas y especialistas a participar en este encuentro que contempla los siguientes ejes temáticos:

1. La teoría y la crítica literaria en/ desde/ sobre América Latina.

2. Centroamérica y el Caribe: insularidades, archipiélagos y puentes culturales.

3. Latinoamérica afro, indo, pluriétnica y multicultural

4. Subjetividades diversas y literaturas emergentes.

5. Los proyectos de modernidad y los debates decoloniales.

6. Enseñar literatura en América Latina: crisis y respuestas

7. Condiciones de producción y difusión literaria en América Latina.

Nuestra dirección de correo es la siguiente:

La dirección de nuestra página web:

Albino Chacón, Presidente

Comité Organizador de JALLA-Costa Rica 2014

Fechas: 4 al 8 de agosto de 2014



Fellowship & Award Opportunities


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



Summer Program in Portuguese


20th Annual Summer Program in Portuguese

Programa de Verão de Português

UMass Dartmouth's Summer Program in Portuguese offers a unique cultural environment for learning Portuguese in a natural immersion setting. Courses are offered through the departments of Portuguese, History and English.

          This five-week program, offered to students at all levels of linguistic and academic proficiency, combines Portuguese-speaking classroom instruction with firsthand experience visiting the local Portuguese-speaking communities of the South Coast region.

          The Summer Program offers a schedule of fun and exciting cultural events showcasing the diversity of the Portuguese-speaking world including: excursions to museums and beaches, dinners at local Portuguese restaurants, a Lusophone film series, concerts by local professional artists, traditional community festivals, and more!

          Join us this summer at UMass Dartmouth's 2013 Program and gain fluency in Portuguese. Scholarships may be available. Call 508-999-8255 or e-mail today. Space is limited.



Study Abroad


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

UPEACE and UCB organize 3-6 week-long, English-language, Summer Peace Institute (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 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


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:




One day Volunteers Needed


We are looking for volunteers to help out with the Center for Latin American Studies booth at the (one-day) event below.

          We help kids do crafts from Latin America and teach then a little about Latin America and Spanish and/or Portuguese.

          We will be staffing the booth from 11 a.m. (setup) until 5:00. p.m. Any time you would like to volunteer is very much appreciated!

          To volunteer or request more information, please contact:

Karen S. Goldman Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Outreach

Center for Latin American Studies

4205 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

University of Pittsburgh



EVENT: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Outdoor Family Festival

             13th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza!

             On the lawn at the Oakland Library at Schenley Plaza


             Sunday, June 9, 2013

             12 - 5 pm




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.



Cultural Event


An evening with Brazilian pianist & composer André Mehmari, with a guest appearance by Kenia

By adding the rhythms of his native Brazil to the realms of jazz and classical music, Mehmari has created a language of tremendous expressive power. Both a keyboard virtuoso and a skilled composer, Mehmari roams from the tender and romantic to the hard-driving and dramatic, speaking clearly and profoundly in a luminous instrumental voice. In short, he is a fluent jazz improvisor, an imaginative composer, a virtuoso pianist, a dynamic Brazilian, and someone who loves to make his piano sing, all wrapped into one.

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm (one show only)

Location: Chatham University, Campbell Memorial Chapel, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, 15232

Admission: free (donations accepted)

For information & reservations: 412-772-1900, or

Presented in collaboration with MCG Jazz, Chatham University, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society



Salud para Niños


Birmingham Clinic - Free Pediatric & Flu Immunization Clinics

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Care Mobile

Date: Saturdays, June 8 & July 13, 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 and June 22, 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 (for May 25) (for June 22)



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


Part-time Administrative Assistant

La Escuelita Arcoiris – Spanish Immersion preschool and non-profit located in Squirrel Hill is hiring a Part-time Administrative Assistant to work in a busy office setting. The Administrative Assistant works in conjunction with both the Administrative Director and Education Director to ensure smooth operations of this non-profit preschool. Ideal candidate must be well organized, self-motivated, have strong communication skills and the ability to multi-task a variety of projects as well as manage minute details. This person must also be proficient with or willing to learn Mac, Windows XP, Adobe, Access and very comfortable with internet and learning new applications. Bilingual Spanish/English speaker is strongly desired.

          We are a mission driven non-profit organization and expect all of our employees to recognize the importance of our vision and philosophy as well as contribute to the overall success of the organization.

Hours: Some flexibility: Total hours 25+ p/week

Desired Schedule is M – W – F 9 – 5:30 (or three days p/week one of them being Wednesday afternoon).

Starting Pay Rate: Determined based on Experience

Please send letter of interest and resume for consideration to Ellen Tafel at Position begins immediately (paid training available).



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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