jueves, 18 de diciembre de 2014

UPDATES--Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Pitt



Coro Latinoamericano--Festival de Luces

        Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014

        Time: 7:30 p.m.

        Location: Frick Fine Arts—University of Pittsburgh

        For more information: http://www.elcorolatino.com/ or kenyacdworkin@gmail.com

You are cordially invited to come and explore the stars, lights, and sounds of the December holidays through songs from the Spanish-speaking world with COROLA, CORITO (our newly reinstated children’s choir), and our new music director, Adrea Araoz-Yero. Come celebrate our 17th year of singing and the 10th anniversary of the Pittsburgh City Council’s Proclamation establishing December 20th, Coro Latinoamericano-Pittsburgh Day in Pittsburgh!


Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Vibrant Pittsburgh, and the Jewish Foundation.



Mark your calendar!

Inequality and Democratization:  An Elite-Competition Approach


David Samuels (Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota)


Date: Friday, January 9, 2015

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Where: 4130 Posvar Hall


Research on the economic origins of democracy and dictatorship has shifted away from the impact of growth and turned toward the question of how different patterns of growth - equal or unequal - shape regime change. In this lecture, Dr. Samuels offers a new theory of the historical relationship between economic modernization and the emergence of democracy on a global scale, focusing on the effects of land and income inequality. Contrary to most mainstream arguments, Ben W. Ansell and David J. Samuels suggest that democracy is more likely to emerge when rising, yet politically disenfranchised, groups demand more influence because they have more to lose, rather than when threats of redistribution to elite interests are low.


David Samuels is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego in 1998. He is the author of Presidents, Parties, and Prime Ministers (with Matthew Shugart) (Cambridge, 2010), Ambition, Federalism, and Legislative Politics in Brazil (Cambridge, 2003), and the co-editor of Decentralization and Democracy in Latin America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004), and an introductory undergraduate comparative politics and accompanying country-casebook from Pearson Higher Education. He currently serves as co-editor of Comparative Political Studies.


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


Sponsored by The Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Political Sciences and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.



*** Deadline ***

If you have an announcement related to a Latin American/Caribbean activity taking place during January 2015 that you would like to share with others interested in the region, please send details by January 2, 2015 to: clas@pitt.edu. Sorry, information will not be accepted over the phone


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