viernes, 6 de septiembre de 2013

CLAS Weekly Update - 09/06/13

Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




Fall 2013 Graduating Students

Pre-Graduation Appointment Required


In order to confirm that all of your requirements have been met and to complete the required Center graduation form (which is separate from your departmental graduation form), all students (graduate and undergraduate) planning a December 2013 graduation must make an appointment with Julian Asenjo before Thursday, September 12, 2013. The University will impose a late fee for any graduation confirmation and applications received after the deadline. The amount of the fee increases with the delay in submission. Please email Julian Asenjo at or call 412-648-7396 for an appointment.

For completing undergraduates: Please also remember to submit your capstone requirement of two (2) research papers/projects that clearly demonstrate in-depth knowledge of Latin American issues in at least two different academic disciplines before the end of the fall term. 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, it 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.

For completing graduates: Please be sure to have made arrangements for your final Latin American interdisciplinary research work to be submitted to an approved faculty reader. Approval must be received before the end of the fall semester.



2014 Seminar & Field Trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia


Program Overview

Bolivia will be the focus of the Center for Latin American Studies' 2014 Seminar and Field Trip. With more than 10 million people, two thirds of whom self-identify as indigenous, Bolivia provides an exciting opportunity to learn about the social movements, indigenous politics, and political transitions that have emerged across the region in recent years. The 10 to 15 students selected to participate will spend six weeks in May and June of 2014 studying and living with a host family in Cochabamba, a city located in central Bolivia. The students will first enroll in a spring semester-long preparatory seminar and then travel to Bolivia where they will conduct an independent field project, earning six credits applicable toward the CLAS certificate upon completion of the program.

The CLAS seminar/field trip to Latin America is a rich intercultural opportunity that has been offered to select undergraduates every year since 1972.

Application deadline: Friday, October 11, 2013

For more information: please visit





“Data-­-Starved, or How a Medievalist Became a Historian of Global Health,” by Monica H. Green (Visiting Scholar 2013-14 University of Pittsburgh World History Center; Arizona State University)

In a little over a decade, microbiologists have sequenced the genomes for all the major pathogens that cause human disease, information that allows them to reconstruct the phylogenies (“family trees”), and hence the histories, of these organisms. They have also, together with bioarcheologists, developed techniques for identifying the presence of fragments of these pathogens in ancient remains. In other words, the investigative biomedical laboratory of the 19th century can now literally reach back into the distant past to tell us where specific pathogens were found and how they affected human populations in other ages.

One irony of this cutting-edge, high-tech science is that it has placed the archetypically medieval diseases of plague and leprosy at the forefront of new methods to investigate the major diseases that have afflicted humans on every inhabited continent, in every period of human existence. Not simply plague and leprosy, but also tuberculosis, malaria, smallpox, syphilis, cholera, and even the most recent global scourge, HIV/AIDS, can all now be investigated historically by combining the disciplinary perspectives of molecular genetics, bioarcheology, and documentary-based historical analysis. But “history” itself needs to be defined now on a larger scale, one that can encompass the vast chronological depths of evolutionary time and the massive geographic breadths of human migrations around the world.

          This talk will recount my own personal journey in moving into and across these different fields over the course of the past decade, and my growing realization that it is indeed possible and also opportune to create a single interpretative framework for a global history of health.

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Location: 3703 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

For more information: contact Katie Jones, or 412-624-3073


Jorge Fernández Torres (Director of the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba, and Director of the Havana Biennial)

Mr. Fernández, curator and director of the Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art and the Havana Biennial, is a former member of the Commission for Cuban Cultural Development of UNESCO, Vice Rector of the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana, and served on the Advisory Council for the Arts at the National Library of Cuba. He has curated and authored catalogue essays for numerous exhibitions, including: “Art Practices and Social Imageries” for the 2012 Havana Biennial, “Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba” (Havana), and “El Lugar Construido” (Spain). Of great interest to artists, scholars of Latin American, educators, and general audiences, Jorge will be speaking about the experiences of the 2012 XI Havana Biennial, the work of the Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art, Cuban participation in the 2013 Venice Biennale, and contemporary Cuban art in general.

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Location: Kresge Theater, Carnegie Mellon University

For more information: call 412-291-6423 or email

Sponsored by CMU School of Art, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and the Center for Latin American Studies at University of Pittsburgh.


Second Annual Ida Mary Lewis Memorial Lecture: Celebrating a Life of Advocacy and Service

University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History Dr. Marcus Rediker will speak on “The African Roots of the Amistad Rebellion: Adventures in Sierra Leone.” Dr. Rediker will also discuss his recent trip to Africa.

This annual event supports the legacy of Ida Mary Lewis and the Summer Reading programs of CLP-Hill District. Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Hill District Branch, 2177 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

For more information: call 412-281-3753 or email

Sponsored by the Ida Mary Lewis Memorial Education Fund.



10 Week - Brazilian Portuguese

Language and Culture Workshops


**These workshops are not University of Pittsburgh courses, and

no University of Pittsburgh credits will apply**



Dates: Every Wednesday (starts September 11, ends December 4; no class on October 9 or November 6)

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: University of Pittsburgh, 101 Mervis Hall



Dates: Every Thursday (starts September 12, ends December 5; no class on October 10 or November 7)

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: University of Pittsburgh, 101 Mervis Hall


Advanced Conversation

Dates: Every Tuesday (starts September 10, ends December 3; no class on October 15 or November 12)

Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: University of Pittsburgh, 102 Mervis Hall


Course fee: non-refundable $200 per person (per 10-week course)

*** All levels are scheduled to start on the second week on September, 2013***


Book for beginner and intermediate levels: Brasil! Lingua e Cultura by Tom Lathrop, Eduardo M. Dias (Text and Exercise Book). Linguatext Ltd; Third Revised Updated edition (December 2004) ISBN-10: 9780942566437; ISBN-13: 978-0942566437 (available online at Amazon,, etc.)

For more information and to register: contact University of Pittsburgh Language Instructor Lilly Abreu at

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the International Business Center at the University of Pittsburgh.



Save the Date


“Tributo a Chile,” Folk, classical and jazz performers from Chile, Venezuela and Panama present a concert of roots-inspired, Latin American fusion

Rodrigo Invernizzi, Orion Morales, Ella Ponce and Daniel Fuenzalida will come to Pittsburgh to share their music and experience with students, faculty and the general public the first week of October 2013, ending with a recital open to the public. This event is co-organized by the Music Department and the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, as well as Chatham University’s Global Focus Year of Chile, and the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes de Chile.

Recital is free and open to the general public

Date: Friday, October 4, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Bellefiled Hall Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh

For more information:



Job Opportunity


Program Representative I Position – UCLA Latin American Institute

The UCLA Latin American Institute is conducting a search to fill a Program Representative I position.

Job Summary: 

·         Provide support for the Assistant Director, Director and other faculty and staff of the Latin American Institute (LAI) in the UCLA International Institute.

·         Major duties include providing logistical support to conferences and special events, managing general office operations, handling correspondence, writing and distributing public information materials through website and email.

·         Responsible for updating the LAI's documents and materials; handling travel and event reservations and necessary documentation; maintaining LAI's friendly and welcoming environment.

·         The Institute's staff expects the candidate to be an active and supportive member of the team. Computer skills are very important.

·         Fluency in spoken and written English are highly required, and excellent interpersonal skills are essential.

·         Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese is required. Proficiency in both Spanish and Portuguese is strongly preferred.

·         Salary range - $15.23 - $30.05 hourly 

·         Deadline to apply: September 10, 2013

          Anyone interested in submitting an application for this position must do so through UCLA’s online system in order to be considered.  The full posting is available on the UCLA Career Opportunities website under Job Requisition #19381.




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, September 14 & October 12, 2013

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

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

For more information:, 412-692-6000 (option 8),

(Appointment and health insurance are NOT required). Please call 412-692-6000 option 8 on the same day of the clinic and listen to the message to verify that there have not been cancellations or changes in the schedule due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions and/or snow.

** Should you want to subscribe to “Salud para Niños” email list sent by Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco, which includes all health-related events, email him at with the Subject: SUBSCRIBE SALUD PARA NINOS UPDATES, NEWS AND FUTURE EVENTS **



If you have an announcement related to a Latin American/Caribbean activity taking place that

you would like to share with others interested in the region, please send details

no later than Tuesday of the week prior to the event to:

Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh,

4200 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260;

Phone: 412 648 7392; Fax: 412 648 2199; E-mail:






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