martes, 17 de septiembre de 2013

CLAS Weekly Update - Sept. 17, 2013


Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events



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





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.


“La intimidad postuma. Idea Vilariño y su Diario,” a lecture by Ana Inés Larre Borges (Biblioteca Nacional, Montevideo)

Ana Inés Larre Borges is a well-known literary critic and publisher in Uruguay. She works at the Biblioteca Nacional de Montevideo, directs the literary supplement of the weekly magazine Brecha, and directs the publishing house Cal y Canto. Her books include Francisco Espínola, poeta (1992), Richard Burton en el Uruguay (1998), an edition of the Cuentos completos of Francisco Espínola (2006), a critical edition of Onetti's La cara de la desgracia (2008), an edition of the Poesía completa of Idea Vilariño (2002), and one of the Diario de juventud of Idea Vilariño (2013).

Date: Friday, September 20, 2013

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: 208 B Cathedral of Learning

For more information:

Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures


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.



Al Servicio de la Comunidad


La Feria Pittsburgh “Al Servicio de la Comunidad” (“Serving the Community”) is a great information fair and community event with booths and talks about health, social service, financial, cultural and employment organizations and much more… We also have Latino food, music and children’s activities.

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013

Time: 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Location: William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh (Oakland)

For more information: go to or



Global Focus: Chile


Chilean Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate Chile’s Independence Day with carnival games, live music, wine tasting, and festive food in honor of this country, which gained its independence 203 years ago. Free and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Quad, Chatham University (rain location: AFC)

For more information:

Sponsored by Global Focus and the Office of Student Affairs, Chatham University.


“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 Department of Music 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:



Hewlett International Grant


UCIS announces the fall 2013 competition for the Hewlett International Grant Program. This Program helps Pitt faculty in the development or completion of international projects or helps to support presentations at international conferences or symposia. Information about eligibility, funding priorities, and application procedures is available at:

Changes in application procedures: Please note that this year, we are accepting applications by email only. Please download the application and fill it out (you may type in your name instead of signing the application). If you are including any airline quotes or conference acceptances, please include in the same file as your application. Save your application as a Word or PDF document as: Your Last Name, Your First Name-Hewlett Fall 2013 (e.g., SmithProfessor-Hewlett Fall 2013) and send the application to:

General guidelines: Faculty should apply in fall 2013 for projects and conferences occurring fall 2013 to early spring 2014. For projects and conferences occurring late spring 2014 to summer 2014, please apply during the Spring Hewlett International Grant cycle in February 2014. Major Impact Grant applications are accepted in spring only for projects occurring in the academic year 2014-15.



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.



Call for Abstracts/Papers


“Border Encounters in the Americas”, LAGO Graduate Student Conference at Tulane University

Conference dates: February 13-15, 2014

At Tulane University’s Latin American Graduate Organization’s (LAGO) 2014 graduate conference, meet graduate scholars, faculty, and community leaders interested in Latin America across disciplines and experience the unique Mardi Gras season in New Orleans with the famous Krewe du Vieux parade set to roll on Saturday evening!

Latin America and the Caribbean are rich with cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity which has historically made and continues to make the region an object of prolific scholarly study across disciplines. Produced within this diversity are the boundaries—both physical and abstract—between nations, languages, ethnic and racial identities, ecologies, and geographies. Figurative and literal borders are confronted each day as people move across regions, navigate between cultures, and communicate with others around the world; global capital crosses national borders, redefines local economies, and produces labor migrations; geographical landscapes shift as land becomes deforested or designated as protected. These various “border encounters” highlight the ways in which borders can both restrain and liberate the objects, people, or ideas that face them, a distinction that is often bound up with power and politics.

With this broad theme in mind, LAGO invites graduate scholars across disciplines to submit abstracts exploring the notion of borders—their strictures, leniencies, and significance—in Latin America and the Caribbean for LAGO’s 2014 graduate student conference. LAGO encourages participants to interpret this theme as they see fit. We invite submissions in the English and other languages of Latin America and the Caribbean regions.

Submit your abstract here: by Friday, October 25th, 2013. Please circulate widely.


“Indigenous Rights: Global and Local”, a session of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) annual meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Session organizers: Katherine O’Donnell (Hartwick College) and Jeanne Simonelli (Wake Forest University)

This session will explore intellectual cultural heritage, knowledge, sovereignty, land use, and human rights in the context of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. While ILO 169, Article 7 granted indigenous and tribal peoples the right to “decide their own priorities for the process of development,” and introduced the notion of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), neither the US nor Canada were signatories on this. The UN Declaration has opened the door to legal challenges under international law for global indigenous including US Native Americans. *We invite abstracts addressing topics including (but not limited to), international and indigenous rights and law, current test cases and FPIC, including environmental justice.*

          If you are interested in participating, please notify Kate O’Donnell, and send a preliminary abstract (100 words) to her by September 22, 2013.


“Imagining Latina/o Studies: Past, Present, and Future; An International Latina/o Studies Conference”, Chicago, Illinois

Under multiple sponsorships from various universities and Latina/o Studies Programs, Chicago will host an international Latina/o studies conference on July 17-19, 2014. We invite individual papers or group proposals from the various disciplines that contribute to Latina/o studies as well as from individuals and groups engaged in artistic, political, and intellectual work outside the academy, including writers, artists, and community activists.

          The Chicago conference will serve as an inaugural international Latina/o studies conference where we will launch the creation of a Latina/o studies association. During the May 2012 Latino Studies Section meeting at the Latin American Studies Association conference in San Francisco, scholars from a variety of disciplines decided to explore the feasibility of creating an international Latina/o studies association. Since then, many of these scholars have held informal meetings at other academic conferences in order to gauge interest in such an organization. To date, discussions have been held at the American Studies Association, the Puerto Rican Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference, among many others.

          Our goal is to carve out an international space for dialogue and fruitful debate, and invite submissions from all disciplines. We welcome diverse and interactive presentation formats. We envision roundtables that explore recent publications, key developments, or major debates in Latina/o studies; workshops on mentoring, professionalization, pedagogy, or publishing; multimedia presentations such as Pecha Kucha or poster presentations; and performances along with traditional papers. Group proposals with diverse representation--including institutional affiliation, rank, and geographic region--will be given preference. All sessions are 90 minutes long, and must allot at least twenty minutes for discussion. A national interdisciplinary program committee will evaluate all proposals.

To submit a proposal, please email the following information to

  • Paper or Session Title.
  • Name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, and contact information of presenter including email address and phone number (for sessions: list organizer first, then each presenter providing requested information for each participant).
  • Abstract of the rationale and content of the paper or session: up to 300 words for an individual submission; 600 words for a group proposal, giving specifics about what each member will contribute.
  • Brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly or professional biography of each presenter.
  • Describe the format of the session (for group proposals) and give indication of any audiovisual needs or special accommodations.

All proposals are due by 11:59pm PST on December 1, 2013.

For further information regarding the Latino studies association initiative and the conference, you may also visit the Facebook Group Page: Latina/o Studies Initiative and look under “Files”.




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.


Student Club Activities

Club de Español

We have two things coming up that we'd like to tell you about!

First, Mesas this week is going to be in the William Pitt Union room 340 from 6:30-7:30 pm instead of at Panera Bread. We had an awesome turnout at the first sessions (big thank you to all who came!!), but there is just not enough room there to fit all of us. So come to the Union on Wednesday!

          Second, our first monthly movie night will be this Thursday, September 19 at 8:00 pm in the Union room 540! Come out to watch a movie in Spanish and enjoy some snacks. This month's movie is about Che Guevara and his eye-opening journey through South America. That's all we're saying about it though so you'll have to come to movie night if you're interested!

For more information: or to subscribe to our announcements


Brazil Nuts

This is to remind you that Brazil Nuts is going to have three activities this week:

  1. Bate-Papo is our "Conversation Table" where you can speak about various topics and meet people who are interested in the same things as you, everyone learning to or just enjoying speaking in Portuguese.  And the most important thing to remember is that people of any level can come to talk---the only requirement is that you want to have fun and chat!  You can speak about anything you wish! See you at Bate-Papo! The topic will be: "Your family”
    Dates: Every Wednesday
    Time: 4:00 pm
    Location: William Pitt Union, room 527
  2. Grupo de Dança! Please come and bring a friend with you!  We will be learning various Brazilian dance styles, from Sertanejo, Forró, Axé, and many more!  It is not necessary to have a dance background.  We promise you'll have a great time!
    Date: Every Thursday
    Time: 8:30 pm
    Location: Posvar Hall
  3. Pitt’s Grupo de MPB (Popular Brazilian Music) is coordinated by Portuguese language profesor and singer Lilly Abreu. Grupo de MPB is a BN Luso-Brazilian Association affiliated group created for Portuguese students at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as anyone who would like to sing. This semester we will be rehearsing 4-part Brazilian pieces (soprano, alto, tenor and bass). This means that we need you!  If you already have choral experience and would like to try it again, in a fun and relaxing group, you are wholeheartedly welcome.
    Dates: rehearsals  every Friday
    Time: 4:00 pm
    Location: 1300 Cathedral of Learning

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Cultural Events



Hispanic Heritage month is getting off to a great start, and we’re mixing it up right with shows all over!

Date: Wednesday, September 18

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Robert Morris University (exact locale forthcoming); 6001 University Blvd., Coraopolis (Moon), PA 15108


Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Feria al Servicio de la Comunidad, William Pitt Union (building surrounded by Forbes Ave., Fifth Ave., and Bigelow Blvd. in Oakland), University of Pittsburgh


For more information: on any of these events go to


“17 Border Crossings”

Collected over 15 years of international travel, 17 Border Crossings is a one-man show that weaves together real adventures of international border crossings into a dramatic examination of imaginary lines, arbitrary passports, and curious customs. It explores a world opened up by the fall of the Berlin Wall, sealed off by the events of 9/11, and re-imagined after the protest of a Tunisian fruit vendor who started the revolutions that became known as the Arab Spring.

Dates: September 27 and 28, 2013

Times: mixer at 7:00 pm; show at 8:00 pm

Location: Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5530 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206

Tickets: $10 Students/Artists, $15 15206 Residents, $20 General

For more information:



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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