viernes, 1 de noviembre de 2013

FW: UPDATES for the week of 11/2/13 to 11/10/13 -- CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (CLAS)


UPDATES for the week of

11/2/13 to 11/10/13




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Fun and Educational Undergraduate Internship Opportunity for SPRING 2013

Undergraduate Pitt students with an interest in Latin America are invited to submit applications for the ARTSCI 1900 School Visit Internship for the spring 2013 semester. Interns work with the Center’s outreach coordinator developing lessons on Latin America for presentation in kindergarten through high school (K-12) classrooms in the Pittsburgh area and through SKYPE videoconferencing.  Interns are required to work an average of 10 hours per week preparing and presenting lessons. Students with an interest in education, as well as Spanish, Portuguese and/or Quechua language are especially encouraged to apply. The internship is a 3 credit course and may apply toward the certificate in Latin American Studies. 


Interested candidates should apply by submitting:

·         A statement of intent describing interest in Latin America and suitability for the position

·         An unofficial transcript copy


Items must be submitted by December 1, 2013 to:


Karen S. Goldman, PhD

Assistant Director for Outreach

Center for Latin American Studies

4205 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 15260







Coro Latinoamericano Christmas Concert

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh

For more information contact:


The 34th Latin American & Caribbean Festival

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014

Time: Noon to Midnight

Location: First floor of Posvar Hall—Galleria

For more information contact: or visit:





Triunfar Sobre el Colonialismo, Sobrevivir al Exilio y Combatir la Dictadura

A lecture by Francisco Zamora Loboch (Creative Writer, Equatorial Guinea)

Date: Monday, November 4, 2013

Time: 4:30 pm

Location: 208A Cathedral of Learning

For more information:

Francisco Zamora Loboch is one of the most mature and talented of the independence era Equato-Guinean writers. He is a poet, novelist, musician, essayist and sports writer, and was part of the original group of intellectuals exiled by the first Nguema dictatorship in 1971. He was also a participant in the many attempts by his compatriots in exile to organize political resistance to the dictatorship from Spain.


Introducing the Ramon Gómez de la Serna Papers

Date: Monday, November 4, 2013

Times and locations:

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Amy Knapp Room, ground floor, Hillman Library

Presentation by Mellon Professor of Modern Languages Daniel Balderston, chair of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and director of the Borges Center.  He will address the usefulness of collections, such as the new Gómez de la Serna collection, for literary research.


2:00-4:00 p.m.

Special Collections Reading Room, Room 363, Hillman Library

Public exhibition showcasing the Gómez de la Serna papers, as well as other materials that focus on Colonial Latin America and exploration, travel, and migration in the Caribbean.

For more information:


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.


Honduras on Fire: Human Rights Crisis and Mass Migration

A Conversation with Honduran Human Rights Defender Aracely Medina Castillo

Two events:     
Date: November 7, 2013
Time: 4:30 - 5:45pm
Location: Barco Law School (Forbes Ave), Room 107, Pitt
For more information: Dan Kovalik,

Date: November 11, 2013
Time: 4:30 - 6:00pm
Location: CMU, Room TBA
For more information: John Soluri,

Honduras faces a human rights crisis. It is the most dangerous country in the world and, according to Human Rights Watch, "violence and threats by unidentified perpetrators against journalists, human rights defenders, prosecutors, peasant activists, and transgender people remain serious problems. Perpetrators are rarely brought to justice." Meanwhile, according to the State Department, roughly 13% of the Honduran population—1 million Hondurans—have migrated to the United States, 600,000 of whom are believed to be undocumented. Why is there a human rights crisis in Honduras? Who is being killed and why? What is the role of U.S. policy? And why are people migrating to the U.S.? Is there a connection with the human rights crisis? Join Aracely Medina Castillo and Witness for Peace for an important conversation, "Honduras on Fire: Human Rights Crisis and Mass Migration."


Aracely Medina Castillo is a Honduran activist and educator who has worked for over a decade defending the human rights of Hondurans, focusing particularly on Honduran migrants and their families. She is the deputy director of the Jesuit Center for Reflection, Research, and Communication (ERIC-SJ), a think tank that conducts research and reports on societal trends and public opinion in Honduras.  She is also the national supervisor of Jesuit Migrant Services-Honduras (SJM) and the Social Ministries coordinator for all of Central American. Ms. Medina will discuss the impact of the Honduran human rights crisis, why Hondurans migrate to the U.S., as well as her work supporting migrants and the family members left behind. Finally, Ms. Medina will speak to how U.S. policy can positively impact the situation. (In Spanish with English translation.)

Symposium on Security Challenges in Central America

Date: Friday, November 8, 2013

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: University Club, Ballroom B

For more information: 

RSVP to on or before November 1st, 2013. This event is free but availability is limited (complimentary lunch).

Guest Speakers: Douglas Farah, President, IBI Consultants and Senior Associate, Americas Program – CSIS; Steven Dudley, Co-Director of InSight Crime; Thomas Bruneau, Vice President of Global Academic Professionals; Juan Ricardo Gómez Hecht, Professor and Advisor of Public Security at the College of High Strategic Studies of El Salvador Armed Forces; Juan Carlos Garón, Global Fellow at Woodrow Wilson Center and a researcher for the United Nations Development Program.

Sponsored by the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh and by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh.






Date: March 21 – 22, 2014 at the University of Pittsburgh

For More information:


The organizers invite students of any field to submit papers related to the topics of social and public policy in Latin America. You may also propose to form a panel for presentation and discussion. Example topics include but are not limited to: human security, immigration, governance, social conflict, voting, fiscal policy.

  • Please submit your topic with a brief description (approximately 75 to 100 words), using the attached Topic Submission Form, by December 13, 2013.
  • You will be notified of the committee’s decision by December 20, 2013.
  • The deadline for submission of final papers will be due March 1, 2014.





The World History Center, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh

Each academic year the World History Center awards four travel grants of $250. These awards support graduate students in any Pitt department for travel to a professional meeting. The applicant is to demonstrate that participating in the meeting is a contribution to world-historical study. Applications (a one-page letter plus two-page CV) may be submitted at any time to Awards are selected at World History Center Advisory Board meetings in November and April.

For more information: email Katie Jones ( or go to:


The Brazilian Initiation Scholarship (BIS)

The Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) announces the 2014 Brazilian Initiation Scholarship Competition. The Brazilian Initiation Scholarship (BIS) is a key component of BRASA’s agenda to expand Brazilian Studies in the United States. BRASA invites applications from graduate and undergraduate students for a one-time $1,500 travel scholarship to do exploratory research in Brazil. This scholarship targets aspiring Brazilianists with relatively little or no experience in Brazil. It seeks to contribute to the student’s initial trip (for a period from six weeks to three months), to heighten the student’s interest in Brazil, and deepen his/her commitment to Brazilian studies in the United States. Students are encouraged to combine this scholarship with other grants or awards. For eligibility, application process, evaluation criteria and selection process go to:

Deadline for application: November 15, 2013 Awards will be announced by February 3rd, 2014. To submit a proposal and for all other correspondence regarding this award, contact:


223 International Studies Building; 910 South Fifth Street

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois 61820

217-300-2518 (tel); 217-244-7333 (fax); Email:






Peru Intersession Field Methods Course “Climate & Culture Change in the Andes”, Center for Social Well Being

Dates: December 27, 2013 through January 15, 2014

Location: Callejon de Huaylas, Peru

For more information:; to request an application:

The Center for Social Well Being celebrates 13 years offering our 3 week training program in interdisciplinary qualitative field methods, as well as Spanish and Quechua language classes, in the Peruvian Andes. The combined undergraduate and graduate level seminar is held at the center's rural base, an adobe lodge on an ecological ranch in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the Callejón de Huaylas, seven hours northeast of Lima. Coursework provides in-depth orientation to theory and practice in field investigation that emphasizes methods in Participatory Action Research and Andean Ethnography centered on themes of Climate Change with respect to Ecology, Health, Education, Community Organization and related topics. Students have the opportunity to actively engage in ongoing investigations in local agricultural communities to develop effective field research techniques, and to acquire language skills. In addition, the program provides excursions to museums, archaeological sites, glacial lakes and hotsprings; optional recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. The program tuition fee is $4,000 US dollars which includes all in-country travel, food and accommodations at the rural center, course materials, classes and field activities. The program is under the direction of Applied Medical Anthropologist, Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D., as well as Ecologist and Field Coordinator, Flor de María Barreto Tosi.





Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Thirty Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans will be awarded in March 2014 on the basis of a single national competition. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition and fees or 50% of required tuition and fees/year.

The deadline for submission of completed applications is November 8, 2013. To be eligible, you must be:

  • A New American (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of naturalized citizens if born in this country).
  • Not yet 31 years old as of the application deadline.
  • A college senior or holder of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Not beyond your second year – if already enrolled – in the graduate degree program for which you request support.

Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment. The program values a commitment to the constitution and the bill of rights. The program promotes a strong sense of community among fellows and alumni through fall conferences for fellows and numerous events for fellows and alumni held throughout the country.

The top 77 applicants will be designated “finalists” and will be asked to appear for interviews in New York City or Los Angeles in late-January or early-February of 2014. Reasonable expenses will be covered by the Fellowship Program.

The 30 fellowship winners, selected from among the 77 finalists, will be announced in March 2014.


Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship Program

For more information:






AUDITIONS for University of Pittsburgh Stages Spring 2014 production of IN THE HEIGHTS

by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes

We are seeking a big cast of actors, singers and dancers!  Auditions are open to all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh.
Email Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, director, with questions:

General Auditions (i.e. singing and acting; please prepare a 90 second monologue and a 90 second song--or a memorized piece of text and "Happy Birthday")
Monday, November 18th 6-11pm
Tuesday, November 19th, 6-11pm
Studio Theatre, basement, Cathedral of Learning
*Sign ups for slots will be posted on the callboard on the 16th floor of the Cathedral
Dance Auditions (for dancers only and for called back actors and singers)
Friday, November 22nd, 6-10pm
423 Bellefield Hall
*Sign ups for slots will be posted on the callboard on the 16th floor of the Cathedral
*Please wear sneakers and movement clothes (i.e. yoga wear, workout wear, sweats—no jeans, please.). Bring water.

Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, director
Staycee Pearl, choreographer
Stacey Cabaj, Vocal Director
Douglas Levine, Music Director


Club de Español

For more information (or to subscribe to our announcements):

Mesas will take place 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 Wednesdays!

Brazil Nuts

This is to remind you that Brazil Nuts is going to have three activities every 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 (double check with the club—sometimes the room changes)
  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 professor 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

For more information: or



Caribbean & Latin American Student Association (CLASA)

For more information about CLASA events:, or





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.


La Escuelita Arcoiris—Volunteer Opportunity

Date: Saturday, November 2

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Kaufmann Center at the Hill House (1835 Center Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 


For more information:

On behalf of La Escuelita Arcoiris, I would like to share two upcoming volunteer opportunities in support of our Día de los Muertos community celebration, presented in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, the Latino Family Center, and the Sprout Fund.

Opportunity #1: Shadow puppet show

La Escuelita Arcoiris is seeking volunteers to run the shadow puppet show "El Viaje de Las Mariposas" (or The Journey of our Ancestors). Spanish speakers a plus, but not necessary. We will practice twice during October and perform at the event on November 2nd. Please contact Megan Rooney at directora@laescuelitapgh.orgAdditional info: This show follows the journey of the Monarch Butterfly from the North of Canada all the way South to their winter breeding grounds in the Oyamel forests of Michoacan, Mexico.  Their yearly arrival coincides with the early November dates of Día de los Muertos and in the folklore it is believed they could be the spirits of those gone before us.

Opportunity #2: Event support

We are seeking volunteers the day of the event to help out with setting up and decorating, face painting, photo booth, crafts tables, cleanup and more! If you are interested, please contact us at or (412) 421-4787


Lilly Abreu Upcoming Presentations

Brazilian Music with Lilly Abreu @ Little E’s Jazz Club
Date: Saturday, November 2

Location: Little E’s Jazz Club (949 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15212)

Time: 8:00 pm

For more information:
Enjoy an evening of Brazilian music with John Bagnato (guitar), Lee Robinson (sax) and Gordon Nunn (drums and percussion).
PS: Reservations highly recommended at
(412) 392-2217.

Global Beats LOCOMBIA Night

Date: Saturday, November 2

Time: 9:30 pm – 1:30 am

Location: Taverna 19 (108 19th Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222)

For more information:!/events/468164676632958/

Dear friends: Come celebrate the music of Colombia at a bigger and better venue! Bring your friends and your good energy because we are combining the Greek hospitality with the Colombian sounds! OPA!


Latin American Cultural Union (LACU) Gala

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013

Location: William Penn Hotel!

For more information:!2013lacugala/cb6n  


Salud para Niños

Birmingham Clinic - Free Pediatric & Flu Immunization Clinics

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Care Mobile

Date: Every second Saturday of the month

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),


SALUD PARA NINOS - Children's Hospital de Pittsburgh - Primary Care Center

Date: Every Thursday after 5pm; Friday morning

Location: 3420 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA

More information: 412-692-6000 option 8

Bilingual-Bicultural Clinics at the CHP Primary Care Center (appointment and health insurance are required),


Dental Services and Salud Para Niños

Starting on February 2013 Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Primary Care Center will be offering appointments with a Dental Hygienist for all our patients of the Primary Care Center ages 1 through 7 years.  An appointment and health insurance are required. Appointments can be made by calling 412-692-6000.

As during previous years we will continue having representatives from the Hispanic Dental Association at the University of Pittsburgh School Dental Medicine coming to our free clinics at the Birmingham Clinic, depending on availability. They will be providing dental prevention care to children and adults. There is no need for an appointment nor to have health insurance.


The Division of Adolescent Medicine and the program Salud Para Ninos of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh offers general medical services for adolescents in Spanish. Services include check-ups, sick visits, reproductive health care (except for pregnancy follow-ups and prenatal care), prevention and treatment of sexual transmitted infections and management of issues common among teens such as smoking, drug use and behavior problems.  Patients may choose Adolescent Medicine for primary care or may come for consultation services.

Confidential care is available for young men and woman under 22 years of age who require treatment related to reproductive health including birth control and PAP smears as well as prevention and treatment of sexual transmitted infections. Service is available regardless of insurance status.To make an appointment please call 412-692-6753 and leave a message asking for an appointment with the Spanish Clinic (scheduling only available in English).


SALUD PARA NINOS website in Portuguese

Thanks to the generosity of Ena Seltzer RN, BA, BS Public Health Nurse from the Allegheny County Health Department now we have hour SALUD PARA NINOS webpage in Portuguese. Thank you Ena.


Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) in Spanish

Whether you are a victim of sexual abuse, or have been forced to do any sexual act against your will, or know someone with these problems. We can help, call us for more information. Free mental health services for adults and children

We speak Spanish: 412 -431-3373 ext. 142.

SALUD PARA NINOS in Portuguese

Thanks to the generosity of Ena Seltzer RN, BA, BS Public Health Nurse from the Allegheny County Health Department now we have hour SALUD PARA NINOS announcements in Portuguese. Thank you Ena.


SALUD PARA NINOS UPDATES, NEWS AND FUTURE EVENTS is an electronic trilingual newsletter that it sent six to eight times a month for people interested in services through our program and related to children's health.

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 **



Nego Gato Afro Brazilian Music and Dance Ensemble

Capoeira Classes

Steel Dragon Kung Fu Studio, 100 43rd Street #113, Pittsburgh, PA 15201


Capoeira Angola Study Group with Mike Marchetti - Ongoing

Mondays 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Cost: $10 per session


Youth Programs – Ongoing

Cost: $10 per class; $35 per month

Ages 4-7

Mondays 5 - 6 PM

Ages 8-14

6:15 - 7:15 PM

Inquire about tuition assistance program for families who fall within 2012 HUD Income Guidelines. Application required.

For more information: or call 412-201-4546 or visit: 

This program made possible by the generous support of the Poise Foundation and The PNC Charitable Trust.


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Oakland)

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

For more information: call 412-622-3122 or email

Registration is required for this event. You can register by calling 412-622-3122


Choro no Vinho

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013

Time: 7 pm

Location: 3rd Street Gallery

For more information:

$15.00 @ the door

Choro no Vinho was founded in Pittsburgh and plays traditional, Brazilian roots music known as choro. It was developed a little before the turn of the 20th century and is a mix of African and European influences. The music though is distinctly Brazilian. The name of our group “Choro No Vinho” is a play on words with a couple of meanings. It is partly inspired on the popular choro tune "Seu Lourenço No Vinho" (Mr. Lourenço on the wine...), and also comes from the word "novinho" (meaning "young"). It also implies the concept of grafting a new vine onto a branch, a process that combines two separate elements and bonds them together. The name is an ideal combination for our group, as we are young musicians of distinct backgrounds who have come together in a project to preserve the roots of choro and its tradition.

Band members are: Naoko Hirai, Abby Gross, PJ Roduta, Mike Borowski


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Events

For more information:

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has transformed a downtrodden section of Downtown into a world-class Cultural District that stands as a national model of urban revitalization through the arts. The best of touring Broadway, contemporary dance, family events and cutting-edge visual arts are among the variety of arts and entertainment the Trust presents and exhibits. Hundreds of artists, thousands of students, and millions of people expand their horizons in our theaters, galleries, and public art environments.


For over two decades, the Trust has led the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District by: presenting high-quality performing arts events and visual arts exhibitions providing comprehensive education and community engagement opportunities supporting and collaborating with Cultural District resident companies and hundreds of local arts organizations and artists maintaining superior venues for resident companies, community organizations and promoters attracting 2 million people to the Cultural District annually to over 2000 annual events and activities managing over 1 million square feet of real estate creating and curating public art parks and gallery spaces and by cultivating the city’s largest arts neighborhood Lauded as “the single greatest creative force in Pittsburgh because of its spirit of reinvention” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Trust is the catalyst behind Pittsburgh’s thriving Cultural District that continues to enrich the region’s vibrancy and prosperity.

- See more at:



*** Deadline ***

If you have an announcement related to a Latin American/Caribbean activity taking place during December 2013 that you would like to share with others interested in the region, please send details by November 25th to: Sorry, information will not be accepted over the phone



Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)

University Center for International Studies

University of Pittsburgh

4200 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Pittsburgh, PA  15260

Office: 412-648-7392

Fax: 412-648-2199  



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