martes, 30 de septiembre de 2014

Learning Language the Meandering Way: Three Instances to Ponder



Monday, October 6, 2014 / 4:30-6:00pm / Porter Hall 100

Sponsored by Dietrich College – Department of Modern Languages

Learning Language the Meandering Way: Three Instances to Ponder

Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University


Shirley Brice Heath has for more than three decades led groundbreaking research in learning environments that appear to have little in common.  These include children’s play, everyday project work, science laboratories, and the rehearsal zones and studios of the arts.   As a linguistic anthropologist, she has spent extensive time in these environments, recording language, uses of props and gestures, and reliance on visual discernment and movements of the hand and forearm.  Her work argues that ways of learning across these settings draw language development and artful thinking together toward what often evolves into thinking like a scientist.  As a standing member of the board of science advisors for the NSF Center on Learning in Informal and Formal Environments for the past decade, she has drawn the Center’s research in the neurosciences into her own thinking to reinforce linguistic anthropological studies of learning.  Heath is the author of several books, most recently, Words at Work and Play: Three Decades in Family and Community Life (Cambridge, 2012), and more than 100 articles and book chapters.  She has taught at universities throughout the world, most notably Stanford and Brown.  She holds honorary degrees from several universities, including Carnegie Mellon.



Center for Latin American Studies-- UPDATES (9/30 to 10/3)

Tango: Sex and the Rhythm of the City


Marianella Yanes (Venezuelan writer)


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

1:00 p.m.

Humanities Center

602 Cathedral of Learning

Marianella Yanes is a Venezuelan writer, journalist and playwright. Marianella Yanes and Mike Gonzalez are the authors of Tango: Sex and Rhythm of the City (Reaktion Books, 2013).



(Part of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures 50th Anniversary Celebration—for updates please visit: )





Portraiture and Enslavement: Reflections on a Transatlantic Archive


Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures, University of Chicago)


Friday, October 3, 2014

Humanities Center

602 Cathedral of Learning

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


(Part of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures 50th Anniversary Celebration—for updates please visit: )


Abstract of the Lecture:

This talk will focus on the individualized portrayal of enslaved people from the time of Europe’s full engagement with plantation slavery in the late sixteenth century to its official abolition in Brazil in 1888. While this period saw the emergence of portraiture as a major field of representation in Western art, “slave” and “portraiture” as categories appear to be mutually exclusive. On the one hand, the logic of chattel slavery sought to render the slave’s body as an instrument for production, as the site of a non-subject. Portraiture, on the contrary, privileged the face as the primary visual matrix for the representation of a distinct individuality. Agnes Lugo-Ortiz will reflect upon the conceptual challenges that emerge from the juxtaposition of these seemingly antithetical notions of "enslavement" and "portraiture" and on the particularities of its archival endeavor.


Agnes Lugo-Ortiz is associate professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Identidades imaginadas: Biografía y nacionalidad en el horizonte de la guerra (Cuba, 1860-1898) (University of Puerto Rico Press, 1999) and co-editor of Herencia: The Anthology of US Hispanic Writing (Oxford UP, 2001), En otra voz: Antología de la Literatura Hispana de los Estados UnidosRecovering the US Hispanic Literary Hertiage, Volume V (both with Arte Público Press, 2002 and 2006 respectively), and Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World (Cambridge UP, 2013), as well as of numerous essays on nineteenth- and twentieth -centuries Latin American and Caribbean literatures. 


For more information contact: Aurelia Sotomayor at


Sponsored by the Humanities Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Department of Sociology, and Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh.





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





It's Casa San José's Birthday! Join us to celebrate!

Also, do not forget to contribute to Casa San José's FRIEDraiser!
Click here to learn more:



Y no te olvides del FRIENDraiser the Casa San José. Para más información visita:


Te esperamos! See you there!



Jesabel I. Rivera-Guerra, MPH, CHES


Latin American Cultural Union LACU


lunes, 29 de septiembre de 2014

Important Noche Latina Updates! Help Needed :]

Salsa-member mailing list

Hola Amigos!


Noche Latina is in less than 1 week away and we need your help!


1. Facebook Link

2. Sign-up form

3. Decorations

4. PR

5. 'Studiando Con S.A.L.S.A. 

6. Dance Teachers



Check out the FB page for the event and say you will be going.





Sign Up to help out during the night. We have activities planned and need a few members at each station.




Text or E-mail Gisell if you have any ideas for the decorations and/or are interested in helping out with setting up for the event.

Remember our theme is "¿Te Acuerdas Cuando?



4. PR

We will be postering around campus for Noche Latina

I have attached the flyers so you can print them out (preferably in color) and put them up on your own time or....

We can make a party about it and all get together and poster, then get dinner :] yum

(text Gisell with your decision ^^)

Also... we get to play with CHALK.

For those interested in helping with that... text Gisell too



Come join us for a study session on Wednesday, October 1, from 6-9pm, Porter Hall A19C



For Noche Latina we are going to be holding dance lessons for salsa, merengue, and bachata. 

We are looking for members interested in helping us hold these lessons for the first 45 minutes of the night. 

If you ARE interested... please stop by Porter Hall A19C around 8:30pm on Oct. 1 (at the end of 'studiando con salsa). 

We will be holding a practice so we can choose the music and make sure we all know what to expect that night.

Also email us back so we know how many people to expect.






Nos Vemos,




Spanish And Latin Student Association
Carnegie Mellon University
UC 303

viernes, 26 de septiembre de 2014

TODAY! Underwater Dreams Film Screening

Just released in select theaters July 2014, Underwater Dreams is a documentary of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants build an underwater robot. And defeat MIT in the process.

The event is at 6:00 pm on Friday, September 26. 
Doherty Hall, Carnegie Mellon University

Here's a link to more information about the film screening, including directions.