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Cuerpos que no salen en la foto: Ciudadanias blanqueadas en la pardocracia venezolana (Siglo XIX)


Beatriz González Stephan (Lee Hage Jamail Professor of Latin American Studies, Rice University)


Friday, September 26, 2014

4:00 p.m.

501 Cathedral of Learning


(Part of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures 50th Anniversary Celebration—for updates please visit: http://www.hispanic.pitt.edu/ )


In 2015, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures will be 50 years old, and we are starting our anniversary celebration with a series of talks by distinguished alumni.

The full schedule of the series is on our website, www.hispanic.pitt.edu.


Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh.



From All Walks of Life: Revisiting the German-Speaking Presence in Yucátan (1865-1914)


Dr. Alma Durán-Merk (Author and Journalist)


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

12:00 p.m.

4217 Posvar Hall


Professor Durán-Merk comes to us as a result of Pitt's long-standing researcher exchange agreement with the Universität Augsburg in Germany, where she is a research associate at the Institute for European Ethnology and Folklore.  Her primary areas of interest include migration research, visual anthropology, the anthropology of consumption, and media studies—particularly regarding relations between German and Latin American cultures. Before moving to Germany, Dr. Durán-Merk worked for several years as a television producer and writer in Monterrey, Mexico, and in the U.S. 


For more information contact: env1@pitt.edu


Sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center and the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh.



The Increasing Significance of Minority Serving Institution (MSIs) 


Dr. Gina Garcia (Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh)


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

12.00 - 1.30 pm a

Room 5604 Posvar Hall


For more information visit: www.iise.pitt.edu


Sponsored by the Global Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, and Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh.






        Brazilian Election—Before

          Participants from Pittsburgh and firsthand accounts from participants in Brazil.

          Thursday, October 2, 2014


4130 Posvar Hall


For more information contact: Luis Bravo at bravo@pitt.edu


Pizza provided.

For updates visit:



Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh.




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: http://www.hispanic.pitt.edu/ )


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 ams389@pitt.edu


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.



Latin American Performance and Politics Series


"Occupy the Imagination: Tales of Seduction and Resistance"

A film by Rodrigo Dorfman (Chilean filmmaker)


Thursday, October 9, 2014

6:30 p.m. (the screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker)

Public Health Auditorium G23


Free and open to the public!

For more information contact: Diana Shemenski at dms180@pitt.edu


Sponsored by: the Center for Latin America Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Communication, Department of Hispanic Language and Literature, Department of History Art and Architecture, Department of Political Science, Department of Theatre Arts, Film Studies Program, Graduate Program for Cultural Studies and the Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh.





Colloquium: Adulterated RealismsNarrative Deformations in the Dictator-Novel of the South Atlantic


Magali Armillas-Tiseyra (2014-2015 Early Career Fellow, Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh)

Responses by Dan Balderston (Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures) and John Walsh (Department of French and Italian).


Thursday, October 9, 2014

12:30 p.m.

Location: TBA


For more information contact: Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra at magaliat@pitt.edu




Symposium on the Latin American "Pink Tide": Its Achievements, Its Failures, Its Legacy and the Ensuing Critiques


November 14, 2014 (9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)


November 15, 2014 (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)


Location: TBA


(Part of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures 50th Anniversary Celebration—for updates please visit: http://www.hispanic.pitt.edu/ )




Margarita López Maya. Venezuela. Center for Development Studies (CENDES), Universidad Central de Venezuela. Wilson Center Fellow (2013), Tinker Foundation Fellow, Columbia University (2005), and Andrés Bello Fellow, Oxford University (2000-2011).


Ricardo Forster. Argentina. Universidad de Buenos Aires. Head of the Office of Strategic Planning for National and Latin American Thought, recently created by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Author of La anomalía argentina (Random House, 2010).


Mike Gonzalez. U.K. University of Glasgow. British historian and literary critic. Columnist for The Guardian. Author of Hugo Chavez: Socialist for the 21st Century (Pluto Press, 2014).


Pablo Stefanoni. Bolivia/Argentina. Independent economist and journalist, editor of Nueva Sociedad, one of the most important journals of social studies and policy from a left of center position in Latin America. Co-author, with Hervé do Alto, of La revolución de Evo Morales (2006).


Sergio Villalobos. Chile/U.S. University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Author of Soboranías en suspenso. Imaginación y violencia en América Latina (2013).


John Beverley. U.S. University of Pittsburgh. Founder of the Latin American Subaltern Studies Group. Leading figure in U.S. Latin American Studies and postcolonial theory. His most recent book is Latinamericanism After 9/11.


Anibal Pérez Liñán. U.S. University of Pittsburgh. Author of Presidential Impeachment and the New Political Instability in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2007).





Paraguay  y la Integración Asimétrica Latinoamericana


Luis A. Fretes (Past Ambassador of Paraguay to Portugal (2009-2014))


Tuesday, October 28, 2014


4130 Posvar Hall


 Luis A. Fretes Carreras is a past Ambassador of Paraguay to Portugal (2009-2014). He is a   professor of Law and Political Science, and was the Director of the Center for Public Policy at the Universidad Católica de Asunción.  He teaches courses in Contemporary Political Science, Democratization, International Politics, and Latin American Studies. He is also associate professor at the Center for International Studies of Lisbon (CEI-ISCTE).


 Presentation will be in Spanish.

Lunch will be provided.

For more information contact: Luz Amanda Hank at lavst12@pitt.edu

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



English Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh

For information about programs visit:  http://www.eli.pitt.edu/




Latin American Studies Association—Award—Premios


Fecha límite: 15 de octubre de 2014

El premio Martin Diskin es posible gracias a la generosidad de Oxfam America, LASA y los miembros de LASA. Este premio se otorga en cada Congreso Internacional de LASA a académicos junior destacados por su compromiso con la creativa combinación de activismo y erudición que mantuvo el Profesor Diskin a lo largo de su carrera. El premio se otorgará a un estudiante avanzado o a un graduado reciente de Doctorado (Ph.D.). Todos los candidatos avanzados del Doctorado deben demostrar que terminarán su tesis antes del Congreso Internacional de LASA. LASA denomina graduados recientes de Doctorado sólo a aquellas personas que recibieron sus títulos después del último Congreso de LASA previo al congreso en el que se recibe el premio. LASA acepta tesis escritas en inglés, en español y en portugués. El Comité de Premiación aplicará tres criterios en sus evaluaciones: 1) Las credenciales académicas generales, según el curriculum vitae del candidato; 2) La calidad de la redacción, la investigación y el análisis de la tesis, evaluada a partir del resumen de contenidos y del capítulo presentado a modo de ejemplo; 3) La carta de recomendación del consejero principal. La definición de activismo académico deberá ser abierta y pluralista, a fin de que cada comité de selección realice su propio debate e interpretación.

Los postulantes deberán presentar un curriculum vitae actual; un resumen de la tesis de 250 palabras; el índice o tabla de contenidos; un capítulo de ejemplo, que sirva para demostrar su aproximación al activismo académico y una carta de recomendación del consejero principal del candidato que haga hincapié de manera explícita en las aptitudes del candidato para obtener el premio Martin Diskin.

El material de solicitud deberá enviarse en forma electrónica a <milagros@pitt.edu> y recibirse antes del 15 de octubre de 2014. El ganador del premio Martin Diskin recibirá una remuneración de USD 1.000. LASA invita a difundir ampliamente entre colegas y estudiantes esta convocatoria a nominaciones.

El comité de selección 2015 está formado por: Alberto Aldo Marchesi, Universidad de la República; Sara Z. Poggio, University of Maryland/Baltimore County; Stuart A. Day, University of Kansas; Susan Eckstein, OXFAM America.


The Martin Diskin Dissertation Award is made possible through the generosity of Oxfam America, LASA, and LASA members. This award is offered at each LASA International Congress to an outstanding junior scholar who embodies Professor Diskin's commitment to the creative combination of activism and scholarship.

The award will be presented to an advanced doctoral student or recent Ph.D. All advanced Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate that they will complete their dissertation prior to the LASA International Congress. LASA limits recent Ph.D. recipients to those individuals who received their degrees after the LASA Congress prior to the one at which the award is to be received. LASA welcomes dissertations written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

The Award Committee will evaluate three criteria: (1) overall scholarly credentials, based upon the candidate's curriculum vitae; (2) the quality of the dissertation writing, research, and analysis as determined by the dissertation outline and sample chapter submitted; (3) the primary advisor's letter of recommendation. The definition of activist scholarship shall remain broad and pluralist, to be discussed and interpreted by each selection committee.

Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae; a dissertation abstract of 250 words; the dissertation outline or table of contents; one sample chapter, which exemplifies the author's approach to activist scholarship; and a letter of recommendation from the candidate's primary advisor which focuses explicitly on the candidate's qualifications for the Martin Diskin Dissertation Award.

All application materials must be submitted electronically to <milagros@pitt.edu> and received by October 15, 2014. The Martin Diskin Dissertation Award recipient will receive a $1,000 stipend. LASA encourages wide distribution of this call for nominations to colleagues and students.

The 2015 selection committee consists of Alberto Aldo Marchesi, Universidad de la República; Sara Z. Poggio, University of Maryland/Baltimore County; Stuart A. Day, University of Kansas; and Susan Eckstein, OXFAM America.


BRASA announces the 2014-2015 Brazilian Initiation Scholarship


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. 

Eligibility:  Proposals for the BIS will be reviewed according to the following criteria: 

Highest priority will be given to applicants who are outstanding college seniors, recent college graduates applying to graduate programs in Brazilian studies or in Latin American studies with the intent of focusing on Brazil, or new graduate students already focusing on Brazil.

Students from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are eligible.  In exceptional cases, applications from the natural sciences will be given consideration (for example, someone in environmental sciences who is writing a dissertation on the Amazon or pollution in São Paulo and who plans to continue research on Brazil).  

Preference will be given to those applicants who have little or no in-country experience in Brazil.  A student requesting funding to undertake an exploratory research trip should present evidence at the time of the application that he/she has achieved at least an intermediate level of competence in the Portuguese language sufficient to carry out the proposed research.Successful applicants may combine BIS with other grants, scholarships, or awards, as long as he/she specifies clearly how the funds are going to be spent (for example, the BRASA scholarship might be used to cover travel costs, while a grant from another source could be used for living expenses, etc.). Applicants are required to be BRASA members at the time of submission.


Application Process:  A complete application will include the following documents:

-         The application cover page;  http://www.brasa.org/

-         Proof of BRASA membership,

-         A two-page prospectus - which include your research agenda (double spaced, 12-point font);

-         A two-page bibliography on the subject of study (list of references)

-         A budget specifying how the $1500 will be spent;

-         A two-page résumé or CV;

-         Electronic copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts;

-         Evidence of Portuguese proficiency on intermediate level  - (This can be demonstrated by a transcript or a letter from a university instructor of Portuguese);

-         A letter of intent to study Brazil in graduate school, in the case of undergraduates or recent college graduates,

-         Two letters of recommendation from professors;



-         All documents must be submitted to brasa-illinois@illinois.edu. In the subject line of the email, please include the applicant full name and the sentence "BIS Application" (e.g. Mary Smith - BIS Application).

-         Professors can email the letters of recommendation directly to BRASA at brasa-illinois@illinois.edu. In the subject line of the email, please include the applicant full name and the sentence "BIS 2014 Application" (e.g. Mary Smith - BIS Application).

-         Partial applications or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


Evaluation Criteria and Selection Process:

In order to be considered for the scholarship, the two-page prospectus should:

(1) Clearly and coherently outline the project's engagement with Brazil; 

(2) Demonstrate as precisely as possible the feasibility of the proposed exploratory research project and how it will contribute to the student's academic development; 

(3) Briefly discuss the role the work undertaken in Brazil will play in shaping the applicant's future course of academic study (for instance, it could be the seed project for a larger grant application, provide the basis of a paper prepared for presentation at a BRASA conference, or serve as the foundation for future research on Brazil).

Report: Upon completion of the research experience in Brazil, recipients are required to file a two-page, double-spaced report with the BRASA Executive Director summarizing their activities and identifying relevant academic outcomes. In addition, a statement accounting for the expenditure of funds must be sent to the BRASA Executive Director. Following completion of studies in Brazil, BRASA strongly encourages recipients to participate in a subsequent BRASA congress in order to report on their activities. 

Deadline for application: November 15, 2014.

Awards will be announced by February 1st, 2015.To submit a proposal and for all other correspondence regarding this award, contact, the BRASA Research assistants at brasa-illinois@illinois.edu  



For Students:


Pitt Spanish Club

We are trying to move everyone over to the new Facebook group, which starting October 1 will be the only group we will be continue to update. We hope that everyone who is interested in keeping up to date with the Spanish activities will make their way over there. We'll try to give reminders as October 1 draws closer, so that everyone has a chance to add themselves.

To join the new group, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/632443356870926/



Brazil Nuts Portuguese Club: Bate Papo

Wednesday, September 10 (every Wednesday)

4:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Fourth Floor William Pitt Union



Description Bate-Papo is the Brazil Nuts' answer to the Spanish Club's weekly conversation tables, where students can practice their Portuguese and native speakers can enjoy a linguistic oasis of their mother tongue. Our weekly e-mail messages include possible themes for conversation. We don't always stay on topic! What we want most is for everyone to talk their hearts out, so stop by!



Eavesdropping on America's Conversation on Race with Michele Norris

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Carnegie Music Hall

        For more information contact: ShellmanC@carnegiemuseums.org



We can offer a special 50% discount to students at the Center for Latin American Studies and the University Center for International Studies.


To redeem this offer, please visit www.carnegiemnh.org/race/norris  and click on "Buy Tickets."  Then enter FRIEND in the discount code box. There is no limit on the number of tickets that can be purchased at a time.


I hope you can use this offer. Please let me know if you have any questions, and see the announcement below.



Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience. In September, 2010, Norris released her first book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir, which focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama's presidential election, and explores her own family's racial legacy. She is currently a host and special correspondent for NPR. Previously, Norris served as co-host of NPR's newsmagazine All Things Considered, public radio's longest-running national program. Her research, writing, and programs about race and racism are world-renowned.

Join us for an evening of thought-provoking discussion. Seating is limited, and admission is by ticket only.

Tickets are available for this event.

•        General: $10–$25



Cecile Shellman

Communications and Community Specialist

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

412.353.4632 office






Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)

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