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The Challenges and Hopes of Rebuilding Haiti's Healthcare System

by Marisol Wandiga (Global Links)

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Time: Noon

Location: 4130 Posvar Hall

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January 12, 2015 will mark 5 years since the massive earthquake hit Haiti. Join Global Links for a discussion on the challenges that still remain to help rebuild Haiti's Healthcare System and learn about extraordinary projects, some led by Pittsburghers that are changing the face of healthcare in Haiti.


Marisol Wandiga Valentin is the Program Officer for the Caribbean Region for Global Links, a medical relief and development organization dedicated since 1989 to environmental stewardship and improving health in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is responsible for Global Links’ health projects in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Guyana.


Lunch will be provided.


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



Defense of the Living Land: A Comparison of Native Religious Discourse in Amazonia and North America


Tod Swanson (Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University)

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Time: 4:00pm

Location: 4130 Posvar Hall

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This presentation will first lay out similarities in Amazonian and North American Indian beliefs surrounding the “living forest.” It will then contrast how the language expressing these beliefs functions legally and politically within the historically Protestant North American and Catholic Andean contexts.


Tod Swanson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, specializes in Quichua language and indigenous approaches to nature in the Andean/Amazonian region.

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



The University of Pittsburgh Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Programs

“Being a Man in a Transnational World: The Masculinity and Sexuality of Migration”


Ernesto Vasquez del Aguila

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: 324 Cathedral of Learning

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Dr. Vasquez del Aguila is an anthropologist with experience in Masculinity, Sexuality, Global Health, and Migration. He has published on sexual and reproductive health; sexual minorities; equality; gender and masculinity; sexuality; and migration. His latest book is entitled Being a Man in a Transnational World: The Masculinity and Sexuality of Migration (Routledge 2014).



Dr. Vasquez del Aguila will analyze the intersections of masculinity, sexuality, and migration. The lecture will focus on the complex processes of becoming a man and the strategies used by men to reconcile par-adoxes and contradictions that coexist between multiple masculinities and contradictory models of being a man. A number of conceptual contributions will be discussed, including the notion of “masculine capital,” male friendship; social representations of being a man: the winner, the failed, and the good enough man, as well as transnational romances, and male sexual intimacy. Dr. Vasquez del Aguila will discuss his latest book based on ethnographic research undertaken over more than four years in New York and Lima, Peru. He will analyze heterosexual as well as gay masculinities, race and class relations, the role of the Internet and transnational romances, and the ways in which migration can create new opportunities for male sexual intimacy, while for others, it creates loneliness and isolation.


Cosponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.



TENDEDEROS DE AYOTZINAPA – International Protest


Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Location: William Pitt Union

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

For more information: Estefania Sepulveda at


Art Instalation: T-shirts of students from Iguala, Mexico

On September 26, 2014, 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers' College of Ayotzinapa went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. According to official reports, they had travelled to Iguala that day to hold a protest against what they considered to be discriminatory hiring and funding practices by the Mexican government. During the journey, local police intercepted them and a confrontation ensued. Details of what happened during and after the clash remain unclear, but the official investigation concluded that once the students were in custody, they were handed over to a local Guerreros Unidos crime syndicate and presumably killed.

Mexican authorities believe that Iguala's mayor, José Luis Abarca Velázquez, and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, were the probable masterminds of the abduction. Both of them fled after the incident, along with the town's police chief, Felipe Flores Velásquez. The couple were arrested about a month later in Mexico City. On November 20, 2014 there will be a national strike in Mexico to call attention to the tragedy and ask the Mexican government to fully investigate the fate of the students and bring any responsible parties to justice. Groups of supporters all over the world will be joining in the Mexican action in different ways.

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Study Abroad Office at the University of Pittsburgh will demonstrate solidarity with the Mexican students by hanging T-shirts with their images on clotheslines and making information about them available

Please come and support human rights in Mexico!





Biocultural Hope: Reforestation in Costa Rica's Highlands


Dr. Eben Kirksey (Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities & Languages, University of New South Wales, Australia)


Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: 3106 Posvar Hall

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Milton Brenes—who is a Costa Rican farmer, an organic intellectual, and a bricoleur—is recreating a forest in collaboration with a multitude of plants, animals, and students on eleven hectares of derelict pasture near the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.  Rather than focus his efforts on preserving rare species, Milton has cultivated alliances with hearty trees that are helping him generate convivial assemblages.   Milton is multiplying his forces with other species of entrepreneurial agents, generating an ever expanding project of interessement, of enlistment.  Using found objects and organisms—gleanings from the detritus of industrial food production and the litter of leaves in the forest—he is fostering an ecosystem that will endure many possible futures.  As many potential catastrophes loom on future horizons—predicted extinction events, climate change possible volcanic eruptions, and reports of economic disaster in distant lands—this project is grounding modest hopes.


Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh.




Dates: November 17 - 21, 2014

What is International Week?

At universities and colleges across the United States, for one week every year, students celebrate and experience the benefits of international education and exchange. Pitt gladly participates in this joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. International Education Week is just one of the many ways that Pitt prepares students to become global citizens empowered with international knowledge, skills and experiences. 


International Week is a collaborative effort among many people and programs including:

African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian & East European Studies, Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies, English Language Institute European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, Student Services, Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development, Office of International Services, Nationality Rooms Program, Pitt Dining Services, Pitt Study Abroad, Sodexo, University Center for International Studies. As well as Pitt’s many international and multicultural student-run clubs and organizations.



For club activities and events schedule, please contact each group.


Club de Español

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Brazil Nuts

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Caribbean and Latin American Student Association (CLASA)

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You are invited to the Harmony of the Andes Bolivian Night!

On November 22, you can enjoy an evening of Bolivian delicacies and Andean music (performed by Musuhallpa) as we raise money to feed 500 families a dinner in La Paz, Bolivia.

Date: Saturday, November 22

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: 120 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA  15213

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Ticket are $20 and 10$ with student ID

You can buy a ticket on Eventbrite for the $20 regular rate at:

For the 10$ student discount contact us at:



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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