lunes, 10 de febrero de 2014

WEEKLY UPDATES 02/10/2014 ~02/28/2014--Center for Latin American Studies at Pitt


UPDATES for 02/10/14 to 02/28/14




"Sleep Dealer": Film Screening & Discussion with Director Alex Rivera

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Time:  5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Frick Arts Building, Room 125 (Auditorium)

For more information: Armando Garcia<

This event is free and open to the public

Sleep Dealer is set in a future, militarized world marked by closed borders, virtual labor and a global digital network that joins minds and experiences, where three strangers risk their lives to connect with each other and break the barriers of technology. Please join us for a film screening with a Q&A with the director, Alex Rivera.

Sponsored by Professor John Beverley, the University Honors College, the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, the Film Studies Program, and the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.


Body and Community Mapping Workshop

Date: Friday, February 14, 2014

Time: 1 to 4 p.m.

Location: 3911 Posvar Hall

For more information: Marcela González Rivas:

Space is limited—RSVP to

Professor Elizabeth Sweet of Temple University will be leading the workshop. Her research uses these approaches as a methodology in women's focus groups for issues of gender violence in Latin America and in immigrant communities. Community mapping is a commonly used participatory methodology to assess a neighborhood or a community created by the community itself. Body mapping is the process of creating maps of the human body using art techniques with the goal of representing people's social experiences.

Sponsored by the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.


Brazil Nuts' Valentine's Day Bake Sale

Come out and support Brazil Nuts!

Selling Brigadeiros and Beijinhos—typical Brazilian desserts!

Date: February 14, 2014

Time: noon to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Lower Level, William Pitt Union

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"Readings from the Forthcoming Book on the Death of Roque Dalton"

by Horacio Castellanos Moya (Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Iowa)

Date: Friday, February 21, 2014

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: 602 CL

For more information:

Sponsored by the Department Hispanic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies.


"Brazil Today Mini-Course"

Date: February 21-23, 2014

Location: 2400 Sennott Square, University of Pittsburgh

To meet student interests and time constraints, the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University collaborate to offer intensive courses on topics of interest, taught by expert faculty, with lectures from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, followed by a research paper. The courses are 1 credit hour or 3 units for CMU students, with about 14 hours of lectures and an expected 30 hours of work for the paper.

These courses are also open and free to the K-12 teaching community, business and community members.

The courses have focused on countries with emerging economies: Brazil, India, China, Russia, and South Africa (BRICS) and, in February 2014, "Brazil Today" will be offered.

You can register for "Brazil Today" as you would for any other course. The course number for Pitt students is ECON 1903-1010 (10554). For additional information or questions, please contact Veronica Dristas at Registered students are required to complete specified follow up assignments to receive full credit.


"Identity, Authenticity and Expertise: Quechua Literacy Regimes in the Peruvian Andes"

by Virginia Zavala (Professor of Linguistics and Director of the MA Program, Departamento de Humanidades, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)

Date: February 26

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51, Carnegie Mellon University

For more information: Mariana Achugar

Based on ethnographic research about a language regime favoring Quechua in Apurímac in the southern Peruvian Andes, this paper will address the disconnect between how the region is being imagined as a community of apurimeños at the level of official documents and how power relationships emerge when social actors interpret them.

Sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University's Dietrich College Office of the Dean, Modern Languages, and Global Studies and the Language and the Literacy and Culture Program, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh.



"The General and the Music Teacher: Tracing Orality in the Dirty War Archives of Chile"

by Steven J. Stern (Vice-Provost for Faculty and Staff and Alberto Flores Galindo Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Date: March 20, 2014

Time: (to be determined, but in the afternoon)

Location: Room 2500, Posvar Hall

For more information contact: Laura Gotkowitz or Luz Amanda Hank

Professor Stern's work spans the Andes, Mexico, and Chile from colonial times to the present. His most recent books are: Remembering Pinochet's Chile: On the Eve of London, 1998 (2004), which received an honorable mention for the Bryce Wood Award of the Latin American Studies Association; Battling for Hearts and Minds: Memory Struggles in Pinochet's Chile, 1973-1988 (2006), which was awarded the 2007 Bolton-Johnson Prize of the Conference on Latin American History; and Reckoning with Pinochet: The Memory Question in Democratic Chile (2010).

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh.


2014 Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference—University of Pittsburgh

Dates: March 21 – 22, 2014

For more information:

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Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh


The 10th Undergraduate Research Symposium on Latin America and the Caribbean

Call for papers

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014

Location: University of Pittsburgh main campus—Room TBA

For more information: contact Gonzalo Lamana (

Present your research with other undergraduate students on any topic related to Latin American and Caribbean societies and cultures, past and present. Presentations can be made in Spain, English, or Portuguese.

Submit a 150-200 word abstract to Lucy DiStazio at; deadline for submissions: March 15th, 2014.

Sponsored by the Department Hispanic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies.


Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities

Dates: Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29, 2014

Time: TBA

Location: 4217 Posvar Hall

More information to come!

A Colloquium at The University of Pittsburgh Conversations amongst scholars from the Humanities and the Social Sciences towards a public discourse about the role of fieldwork in humanities scholarship on the global south.

For more information contact: Shalini Puri at  or Luz Amanda Hank

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research and Scholarship Program, Humanities Center, English Department, and the Charles Crow Fund.


The 34th Annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014

Time: Noon to 10:00 p.m.

Location: First floor of Posvar Hall—Galleria

For more information contact: or visit:

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Med Health Services and Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute, and the Latin American Cultural Union.


"In the Heights": Stage Production and Research/Practice Symposium

In the Heights—musical-theatre production

Dates: March 27 to April 6, 2014

Location: Charity Randall Theatre, University of Pittsburgh main campus

For times and tickets:


Research/Practice Symposium—Public Praxis: Performing, Race and History

Dates: April 4 and 5, 2014

For more information:

The symposium will explore critical questions of race, gender, and class through performance research and practice. It will challenge attendees and participants to (re)position "art-makin" (threatre, music, dance and visual art) as "theory-making" (that is: representation, as research, as politics, as experiment…) both historically and in the current moment.

Sponsored by the American Society for Theatre Research and the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Latin American Studies, Cultural Studies Program, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Department of Sociology, and Department of Theatre Arts



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Brazil Nuts

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Caribbean and Latin American Student Association (CLASA)

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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 Mendocina Valentine's Celebration

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014

Come and join us for a Celebration of friendship and love. You will taste Argentine Tapas from our menu with an International Dessert Table, enjoy fantastic music from grupo "Besame" and mingle with other Latin professionals in a beautiful atmosphere.
Cash bar/Door prizes
LACU Members: $50.00 Non-members $60.00
Space is limited, so please send your RSVP by 2/10 and payments to:

La Mendocina
1437 Jefferson Heights Rd. Pittsburgh, Pa 15235
Phone: 412-824-9667


Brazilian Carnaval—Mardi Gras

Come and dance with Timbeleza, the Pittsburgh Samba Group and DJ Juan Diego!

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Cavo Price: $15

For more information:


Arrastão da Alegria – a Brazilian Carnaval Party

Live Music by New York's Nation Beat

DJ Carla Canarinho from Brazilian Radio Hour from WRCT 88.3 FM

Timbeleza Percussion Group

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2014

Time: 9:00 p.m.

Location: Roland's Seafood Grill – 2nd floor
At Roland's Seafood Grill – 2nd floor

For more information:


Salud para Niños


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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

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