lunes, 7 de octubre de 2013

CLAS Weekly Update of Events - 10/07/13


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



Panoramas looking for K-12 Teachers


The Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, invites teachers to have a look at Panoramas, CLAS’ web-based portal for news, commentary and opinion on Latin America: .

We are looking to engage teachers in developing ways to use Panoramas and other forms of technology in teaching about Latin America. This will be the topic of a workshop on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm in 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh. For more information about this workshop, please email Karen Goldman at





“’Our’ Machado? or, The Pertinence of the Critical Theory of Roberto Schwarz for the North American 19th Century,” by Neil Larsen (University of California - Davis)

This talk will be a reflection of Roberto Schwarz’s work on “misplaced ideas” and realism in the case of Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis and ask about whether similar arguments could be made about, say, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or Henry James’s Washington Square. Professor Larsen will be developing some ideas that he wrote about in chapter 12 of Determinations, and for readings by Robert Schwarz particularly recommends “Misplaced Ideas,” “Nationalism by Elimination” and A Master on the Periphery of Capitalism.

          Neil Larsen is the author of several important books in critical theory: Determinations: Essays on Theory, Narrative and Nation in the Americas (2001), Reading North by South: On Latin American Literature, Culture and Politics (1995) and Modernism and Hegemony: a Materialist Critique of Aesthetic Agencies (1990), as well as of numerous essays and critical introductions. He is currently working on two books that will seek to establish what he terms “an advanced, methodical introduction to the workings of Marxian critique in the literary and cultural sphere.”

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: email

Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Center for Latin American Studies, and Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh


"The Revolution in Maternal Thinking and Child Survival in Northeast Brazil: The Political and Moral Economies of Mother Love," the 2013 Iris Marion Young Lecture by Nancy Scheper-Hughes (University of California, Berkeley)

In this lecture, Nancy Scheper-Hughes will discuss the political, economic and moral economies that have transformed the experiences of life and death in the interior of Northeast Brazil, 20 years after the publication of Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil. Her controversial discussion of mother love and child death is one of her most well-known — though least well-understood — theses. She will clarify her argument and explain how a sexual and reproductive revolution came about in the first decade of the 21st century. She will also touch upon her political engagements with the women of the Alto do Cruzeiro against a death squad that had terrorized the community in the late 1990s early 2000s. As an aside she will also explain how poor young men living on the fringes of Recife, the capital city, of Pernambuco got caught up in an international network of human traffickers for kidneys in 2001-2003, which actualized their mothers' worst fears, that their children would be 'kidnapped' for their organs.

Nancy Scheper-Hughes is Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, where she directs the doctoral program in Medical Anthropology, and the co-founder and director of Organs Watch, a medical human rights project on human trafficking to supply organs for transplant patients. A new, updated edition of Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil is in preparation. She is the editor (with Loic Acquaint) of Commodifying Bodies, and with Philippe Bourgeois of Violence in War and Peace. Forthcoming are two ethnographies: The Ghosts of Montes de Oca: A Hidden Subtext of the Argentine Dirty War (University of North Carolina Press) and Kidney Hunter: Trafficking with the Organs Traffickers (University of California Press).

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Location: Pennsylvania Room, Pittsburgh, Athletic Association (PAA), 4215 5th Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15213

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Sponsored by Women’s Studies Program, Center for Latin American Studies, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.


“Elections as Instruments for Punishing Bad Representatives and Selecting Good Ones,” a lecture by Brian F. Crisp (Washington University)

          Many theories of democracy point out that voters make their choices based on two goals: the retrospective assessment of incumbents and the prospective choice between incumbents and challengers. Do voters react to malfeasance on the part of their elected representatives? If they abandon corrupt incumbents, are they able to select more virtuous replacements? In this paper, we assess the effects of corruption on voter loyalty and, conversely, of voter defection on subsequent malfeasance. We examine these relationships with data drawn from 169 elections across 72 countries. Our results show that malfeasance does indeed provoke voter defection, but that electoral volatility is not followed by lower levels of perceived corruption. We conclude by dis-cussing the appropriate interpretation of our results, the future research they suggest, and their meaning for related, emerging literatures.

          Brian F. Crisp received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan and is currently a professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. His work on    electoral systems, legislative politics, interbranch relations, and policy choices has been        published in The American Journal of Political Science, The American Political Science Review, The Journal of Politics, and elsewhere. His book Democratic Institutional Design: The Powers and Incentives of Venezuelan Politicians and Interest Groups was published by Stanford        University Press in 2000.

Date: Friday, November 1, 2013

Time: 12:00 pm (noon) – 1:30 pm / Lunch will be provided

Location: 4130 Posvar Hall

For more information: or

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Political Science, and the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.


“Ramon Gómez de la Serna Papers,” a talk by Daniel Balderston (Hispanic Languages & Literatures)

Ramón Gómez de la Serna was a prolific Spanish-Argentinian poet, novelist, and essayist, who is especially known for creating a new literary genre he named the “greguería.” His works significantly influenced the avant-garde movement in Europe and Latin America. His personal papers consist of approximately 60,000 handwritten notes and manuscripts, clippings, photographs, and annotated first editions from his library from 1906-1967. The Special Collections Department at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that the finding aid as well as selected digitized content from the Ramón Gómez de la Serna Papers is now available online. Until now, this archival collection has only been available through an on-site visit to the University of Pittsburgh. However, digitizing selected portions of the collection gives insight into Gómez de la Serna’s life and the issues, experiences, and influences that defined his writings.

          Dr. Balderston, Chair of the Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures) will discuss the importance of manuscripts and archives such as those in the Gomez de la Serna collection in literary research. This talk will be followed by an Open House of Latin American Collections.

Date: Monday, November 4, 2013


1:00 pm in the Amy Knapp Room Hillman Library, talk by Dr. Daniel Balderston

2:00 – 4:00 pm in the Special Collections Reading Room, Open House of Latin American collections from Special Collections and the Archives Service Center.

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“Undocumented Workers and Human Rights: Lessons from Scholar-Activists in Costa Rica,” a lecture by Carlos Sandoval (Instituto de Investigación Social, Universidad de Costa Rica)

Costa Rica has been a major immigrant-receiving society within Central America, all the more as tighter US borders and violence against migrants in Mexico have made travel northwards even riskier.   But immigrants in Costa Rica -especially Nicaraguans- have faced discrimination in employment, education, health care, and more.  Dr. Carlos Sandoval and his colleagues have worked through multiple means, from community organizing to arts activism to a legal case before the Costa Rican Supreme Court, to build undocumented workers' access to basic rights in Costa Rica.

Carlos Sandoval is a professor in the Escuela de Estudios de la Comunicación and the Instituto de Investigación Social of the Universidad de Costa Rica.  He is the author or editor of many books, including Shattering Myths on Immigration and Emigration in Costa Rica (2010) and Threatening Others: Nicaraguans and the Formation of National Identities in Costa Rica (2004).  He completed his PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, U.K., in 2000.

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Time: 12:00 pm (noon) – 1:30 pm

Location: 4217 Posvar Hall

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Job Posting


Assistant Professor in Anthropology, Tenure-track, University of California, Merced

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Anthropology at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position is broadly defined to include exceptional scholars engaged in analytically rich and ethnographically-driven research on globalization. We are especially interested in candidates whose research agendas are compatible with those of the World Cultures Graduate Group and candidates who are interested in situating their research in the Central Valley of California. Applications must be received no later than November 15, 2013 in order to be considered. For this position, three letters of reference are requested.

          The University of California, Merced is a dynamic new university campus in Merced, California, which opened in September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced offers research-centered and student-oriented educational opportunities at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts.

          Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) statement of research 4) statement of teaching 5) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address 6) two writing samples and 7) three letters of reference. After an application is submitted, the letters of reference should be electronically uploaded by the letter writers (instructions will be provided by the application system).

For more details and to apply, please go to:


Assistant Spanish Professor-Sociolinguistics, Tenure-track, Florida State University

The Spanish and Portuguese Program of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at Florida State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a specialization in Sociolinguistics. We are interested in candidates who focus on bilingualism and/or language contact issues (which could involve a specialist in Amazonia in the area of sociolinguistics). PhD in Spanish or Linguistics, or related area, is required at time of the appointment: August 2014. Candidates are expected to have a strong research record or promising research agenda, as well as demonstrate a firm commitment to excellence in teaching and preparing graduate students for the profession. The appointment carries a 2/2 teaching load, including undergraduate and graduate courses. Professional proficiency in Spanish and English is required. Proficiency in Portuguese is also desirable.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, three letters of reference, writing sample and a summary of teaching evaluations electronically, before November 22, 2013, when this posting will close. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2013 and will be ongoing. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Carolina Gonzalez at 850-644-8178 or at

The application must be submitted through the MLA website or directly through Interfolio.



Study Abroad


Ethnographic Field School in Belize

Dates: June 3 26, 2014

The Center for Applied Anthropology (CFAA) at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) organizes an annual ethnographic field school in Belize directed by Douglas Hume (Associate Professor of Anthropology, every June in collaboration with the NKU Office Education Abroad and Cooperative Center for Study Abroad.

          This course immerses students in Belizean culture and trains them in contemporary anthropological field methods. Students will gain valuable research skills (e.g., ethnographic interviewing and qualitative data analysis) to apply anthropology in their future careers (e.g., applied anthropology or other social/behavioral discipline), an appreciation for Belizean cultural diversity, and further their personal growth. While in Belize, students will be primarily engaged in guided applied ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn about the local culture by doing participant-observation and conducting ethnographic interviews in a community-based research project. Students will learn research ethics, unobtrusive observation, participant observation, field note writing and coding, ethnographic and life history interviewing, ethnolinguistic data collection, community mapping, rapid assessment procedures, qualitative data analysis, and other ethnographic methods in addition to basic ethnographic writing.

This course is being taught as a 300 (upper-undergraduate) and 500 (graduate) level course in anthropology with a maximum of 12 students. Students will earn three credit hours for participation in the ethnographic field school. This course will not fulfill NKU’s general education requirements, but may be applied to NKU’s anthropology major or minor requirements. Students should check with their own institution for what, if any, requirements this course fulfills.

          Application deadline: February 21, 2014. For more information, 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.


Columbus Day Parade

LACU will participate in The Columbus Day Parade!
Join us to share our Latino Culture with Pittsburgh!

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013

Time: 11:00 – 12:00 pm (noon)

Location: Bloomfield, Little Italy, Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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Salsa for a Cause!

Bring your friends and learn to dance salsa. No partner needed! All performance and lesson by Pittsburgh’s own Los Sabrosos. Dance instructors are: Agustin Garcia and Nicolette Pawlowski

All proceeds go to “Casa San Jose”.

Date: Friday, October 18, 2013

Time: lessons at 7:00 pm; social dancing from 8:00 to 10:00 pm

Location: 1st floor galleria of Posvar Hall

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Sponsored by the Pharmacy School and the Center for Latin American Studies.



Becas de Estudio para Jóvenes Hispanos: Todo Lo Que Debes Saber Sobre Becas De Estudio"

Se invita a todos los padres y jóvenes que estén interesados en obtener más información sobre educación superior a participar de una charla informativa, enfocada en la enumeración de las becas más importantes, los requisitos para aplicar, cómo escoger las universidades de acuerdo a las aptitudes de nuestros hijos, y la planificación académica, entre otros temas.

Se hablará acerca de algunas becas para financiar la educación de nuestros hijos, como: Promesa de Pittsburgh, Gates Millennium, becas de las IVY League, Hispanic Scholarship Found, McDonald, etc. Es muy importante que como padres apoyemos a nuestros hijos para recibir toda la información necesaria.

Esta charla se ofrecerá en español por profesionales en educación, y padres y estudiantes, que han recibido diferentes becas de estudio. El evento es gratuito y abierto al público en general. El evento es auspiciado por Casa San José, LACU y La Jornada Latina.

Fecha: sábado 26 de octubre de 2013

Hora: 2:00 a 5:00 pm

Ubicación: Auditorio del Carnegie Mellon University (Oakland, Pittsburgh)

Para mayor información: comunicarse con los organizadores Patricia Galetto o Luis Espinoza al 412-683-0757, o



Dine Around, Vibrant Pittsburgh

It's not easy being new in town. Moving and setting up in a new place while attempting to navigate a new work environment can be very challenging and stressful. Pittsburgh, however, is a special and welcoming place to live, and we want to make sure that YOU, your family and other new residents in the region feel the same way.

This is why, building on the success of our first-ever city-wide Dine Around event in April where 11 hosts welcomed over 100 newcomers into their homes, Vibrant Pittsburgh, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and Pop City Media are teaming up again to present Pittsburgh’s 2nd City-Wide Dine Around event on October 26, 2013. This will be an evening of welcome and connections for hundreds of our region’s newest residents like YOU!

The concept of Dine Around is not a new one. In fact, since 2010, Vibrant Pittsburgh has held Dine Arounds from time to time to bring together newcomers in the Pittsburgh region for a casual, stress free time of good company and good food. During the course of the Dine Arounds - which are typically held at a home of a welcoming host - we foster opportunities for people to network, connect and obtain information about resources in the region that are most important to them.

On October 26, we will coordinate multiple Dine Arounds across the city. You and a partner, spouse or guest are cordially invited to participate in Pittsburgh’s biggest “Dine Around” event on October 26, starting at 7pm. If you have not already registered, SIGN UP TODAY! If you know other newcomers that may be interested in attending, feel free to pass this invitation to them: Please send any questions to Emily Ferri, Welcome Center and Outreach Assistant, at



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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