miércoles, 29 de abril de 2015

Volunteers needed for Intel ISEF

The International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), sponsored by Intel, is being held from May 10-15 in Pittsburgh, PA.  What a tremendous honor--and opportunity--for the residents of our great city! 

Being that The University of Pittsburgh is a local sponsor of Intel ISEF, the Society for Science and the Public has been in contact with me and has expressed an urgent need for interpreters.  Although this is a science and engineering competition, volunteers do NOT need technical expertise.  They simply need basic competency in English--and their native tongue, naturally--in order to help the student participants communicate with English-speaking judges.  There is an especially great need for volunteer interpreters on project judging day, which is Wednesday, May 13.
This is a truly unique opportunity for volunteers to connect with people from their native countries.  With your ties to the international community, I thought that perhaps you might be able to provide some volunteers.

Please see the following message for more information.  You may also find a list of the languages needed (EXCEL) as well as a volunteer recruitment flyer (PDF). 

A short video highlighting volunteer opportunities at Intel ISEF can be found at:


Thank you for your time,
Brianne Harrison

We all know how important hands-on learning and science competitions are for fostering scientific and engineering literacy in high school students and developing the next generation of STEM professionals.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is the world's largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual forum for more than 1,700 high school students from more than 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for more than $5 million annually.

Programs like Intel ISEF are not possible without a dedicated group of volunteers. Intel ISEF Volunteers will receive several tangible items for volunteering, such as a t-shirt, certificate of appreciation, free parking and free meals (for shifts lasting more than four hours).

Arguably, the most important aspect of volunteering is interacting with the finalists.

More than 200 interpreters in multiple languages and 500 general volunteers are needed throughout the week. Interpreters and general volunteers do not need a background in science.

Please consider volunteering at Intel ISEF 2015, being held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from May 10-15, 2015. For more information about volunteering, contact SSP at isefvolunteer@societyforscience.org.

Brianne Harrison, Instructor
Community Outreach Coordinator
English Language Institute
University of Pittsburgh

jueves, 23 de abril de 2015

Brisas del Caribe - A Night in the Caribbean


Upcoming Cafe Con Leche events

What does it mean to be a Pittsburgh Latin@?


¿Qué significa ser un Pittsburgh Latin@?

On Friday, April 24th from 5:30-9pm please come share with us what are the places, spaces and histories that define the Pittsburgh Latin@ experience. We will be in Katz Plaza, on 7th St. & Penn Ave downtown, collecting your stories through on-camera interviews and interactive art. See below for more details.

El viernes, 24 de abril de 5: 30-9pm por favor, ven a compartir con nosotros lo que son los lugares, espacios y las historias que definen la experiencia Pittsburgh Latin@. Estaremos en Katz Plaza, en la calle 7 y Penn Ave en downtown, recogiendo sus historias a través de entrevistas en la cámara y el arte interactivo. Ver abajo para más detalles.

The mural and video will as a part of Cafe Con Leche's pop-up at Assemble gallery in Garfield during the month of July. El mural y el video serán como parte del emergente del Cafe Con Leche en Monte galería en Garfield durante el mes de julio.



Brisas del Caribe
A Night in the Caribbean 

Friday, April 24th 5:30-9pm
Katz Plaza
7th St. & Penn Ave.
Downtown Pittsburgh

 As a part of the downtown gallery crawl, Cafe Con Leche will turn Katz Plaza into a Caribbean dream with live music, dance and more!

Parte de downtown galeria, Café Con Leche girará Katz Plaza en un sueño caribeño con música en vivo, baile y mucho más!

5:30-9p: Activity: What does it mean to be a Pittsburgh Latin@? ¿Qué significa ser un Pittsburgh Latin@?
5:30-6:15p: Teanna Medina performs as the Yoruba Orisha Yemaya, dance lesson to follow
6:15-7p: Ibeji Esemble brings live drumming and dancing from Cuba and Haiti
6:30p: Tarot card readings begin
7-7:30p: Latina Productions takes center stage to show case various dance from around the Caribbean. 
7:30-9p: Gena y Calle Bomba will close out the evening with a live Puerto Rican Bomba show!


This is a free event, appropriate for all ages. Este es un evento gratuito, apropiado para todas las edades.

Thank you to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust!


Missed any of Cafe Con Leche's 2015 events? Check out what happened at Herencia Africana and Yo Soy Latina!


Register for CTAC's Love Your Neighborhood series!

CTAC's is offering a new series of courses aimed at strengthening your communities! Check them out here.

A great opportunity for you and your neighbors.


El Antillano
Friday, May 8 2015
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting House

Join the Pittsburgh chapter of the Boricua Human Rights Network to learn about Emeterio Betances. One of the great Puerto Rican leaders, leading El Grito de Lares (Puerto Rico's independence revolt from Spain). He was a doctor and an educator, paving the way for many advancements in the Caribbean. This documentary will show you his life.

The event is to support the Boricua Human Rights Network work in advocating for the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar Lopez.


Upcoming Cafe Con Leche Events

In June Cafe Con Leche will host Latino Orgullo Gay, Latin@ Gay Pride. The first bilingual, Latin@ Gay Pride event in Pittsburgh.

In July Cafe Con Leche will have a month long Pop-Up at Assemble Gallery in Garfield. There will be youth focused activities and dance classes, community conversations for all ages and the premiere of "What does it mean to be a Pittsburgh Latin@?". Opening night will be at Unblurred on Penn Ave., Friday July 3rd,


miércoles, 22 de abril de 2015

UPDATES--Center for Latin American Studies @ Pitt



Anthropology Colloquium Series 2015

Mining and the Inca Road in the Prehistoric Atacama Desert, Chile


Francisco Javier Garrido Escobar (PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh)

          Date: Friday, April 24, 2015

          Time: 12:00 p.m.

          Location: Anthropology Lounge, 3106 Posvar Hall

A public dissertation presentation



Cultural Variation in the Maya City of Palenque


Lauren Herckis (PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh)

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015

Time: 3:30 pm

Location: Anthropology Lounge, 3106 Posvar Hall

A public dissertation presentation




Save the date!

The Americas in Concert

          A Celebration of Sergio Mendes

Jovino Santos Neto Quartet and special guest Kenia

                   Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015

                   Time: 8:00 p.m.

                   Location: the Kelly Strayhorn Theater

                                    5941 Penn Avenue

                                    Pittsburgh, PA 15206

                   For more information: http://kelly-strayhorn.org/


Performing the best of Samba Jazz made famous by Sergio Mendes, João Donato, Edu Lobo, Ivan Lins, and many more.

Tickets: $25 (general admission)

Kelly Strayhorn Theater members: $15

Sponsored by: Mooka Entertainment, and in partnership with the Center for Latin American Studies at the 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



miércoles, 15 de abril de 2015

Deliberative Democracy Comes to Cuba

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 / 6:00pm / IdeATe Lab, Studio A, 1st floor, Hunt Library, CMU’s campus


Deliberative Democracy Comes to Cuba – A Conversation with Professor Robert Cavalier

Philosophy professor, Robert Cavalier, leads us in what will be an interesting and provocative discussion about Cuba and its evolving political and social state on Tuesday, April 21.  He is speaking as part of the Pittsburgh Alumni Network’s new speaker series, "Off the Fence," which was aptly named not only because of our iconic tradition on The Cut, but also because we don’t want to be "on the fence" about any particular issue. Join us next month and see which side of the fence you stand.  In May and June of 2014 hundreds of Mesas de Iniciativa constitucional (MIC) took place across Cuba, marking the first modern grassroots effort to employ the principles and practices of deliberative democracy at the local level with an eye toward achieving a "constitutional consensus" at the national level. The movement is guided by Cuban political scientist Manuel Cuesta Morua and influenced in part by the work of CMU faculty member, Dr. Robert Cavalier. In this talk, Cavalier will describe the concept of “Deliberative Democracy” and show how this democratic process of civic engagement is already influencing the practice of local government in Pittsburgh and how it might have the potential to do the same in Cuba. Be sure to read his opinion piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette addressing this topic.

6 p.m. Informal networking and check-in
6:30 p.m. Presentation & Discussion

Evening parking is available, first come-first served, on Frew and Tech Streets. East campus garage also is open.
$5 to cover cost of light refreshments.
No charge for current students.
Register Now »  http://alumni.cmu.edu/s/1410/alumni/index-social.aspx?sid=1410&gid=1&pgid=5123&content_id=4084.


martes, 14 de abril de 2015

HSP Lecture, April 23: The Markets of Barcelona!


23 April 2015  • University Lecture Series: “Feeding Barcelona”

Adamson Wing (136 Baker Hall), 3:00-4:20 pm

Montserrat Miller, a leading Catalan scholar who is currently Professor of History at Marshall University, will be presenting the work that culminated in the groundbreaking Feeding Barcelona, 1714–1975, which examines the causes behind the extraordinary vibrancy and tenacity of the Barcelonan market system.


The food markets of Barcelona host thousands of customers daily, from tourists eager to sample fresh fruits and grilled seafood to neighborhood cooks in search of high-quality ingredients. While other countries experienced major shifts away from the public-market model in the twentieth century, Barcelona’s food markets remained fundamental to the city’s identity, economy, and culture.

miércoles, 1 de abril de 2015

1-2 Cultural Studies Lecture Series at Pitt


9-10:30 Panel: Art, Space, Belonging (1228 Cathedral of Learning)

. Kevin O'Brien, Department of Music. "Paris and Vienna: More than 'Paris' and 'Vienna.'''

. Paulina Tomkowicz, Department of French and Italian. "Surrealism, 'Pataphysics, Oulipo: Citizenship of French Literary Movements."

. Jeff Weston, Department of Music. "They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top: Julius Eastman, Tompkins Square Park and the Politics of Belonging."

Commentator: Toby Miller

11-12:30 Panel: Inclusion and Exclusion in Latin America (1228 Cathedral of Learning)

. María Lis Baiocchi, Department of Anthropology. "'Neither Maids, nor Servants: Workers': An Analysis of the Exclusion and Inclusion of Domestic Work from Labor Law in Argentina."

. Araceli Mendiluce, Department of History. "Exclusive Circles: Intellectual Communities in 21st Century Bolivia."

. Juan Velasquez, Department of Music. "Listening the Lettered City: Modernization, Music and Civilization in Two Colombian Cities (1886-1910)."

Commentator: Aihwa Ong (UC Berkeley Anthropology)

12:30-1:45 Midconference Plenary Lecture (501 Cathedral of Learning):
Introduction: Caitlin Frances Bruce, Assistant Professor of Communication

"Citizenship as a Class Project: Good Immigrant Subjects and their
Others": Sujatha Fernandes, Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is author of Cuba Represent!: Cuban Arts, State Power and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures (2006); Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez's Venezuela (2010); and Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation (2011).

Response: The Audience

1:45-3:15 Panel: Immobility and Exile (362 Cathedral of Learning)

. Lauren Kilgour, School of Information Sciences. "Electronic Exile: Data, Deportation, Wearable Computing, and Social Death."

. Treviene A. Harris, Department of English. "The Cuba in Miami and Miami in Cuba: Exile and Memory in Ana Menendez's Short Stories."

Commentator: Aihwa Ong

3:30-5 pm Panel: Movements in Dialogue (362 Cathedral of Learning)

. José A. Fernandez Montes de Oca, Department of History. "Rights and Nation: Race Consciousness and the Reform Movement in Trinidad, 1880-1930."

. Daniel P. Burridge, Department of Sociology. "Movement Territories and Logics from Below: The Struggle for Critical Participation in El Salvador"

. Sebastian Cuellar, Department of Sociology. "'Carrying the Burden of Violence': Victims, Social Movements and Civil Repair in Contemporary Colombia."

Commentator: Sujatha Fernandes

for more info, see

CIQR Event Announcement: Dr Anna De Fina on Identity Construction (April 9th and 10th)


The Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research

(CIQR -- "seeker": http://www.duq.edu/ciqr/)

Click here  for videos of previous events


Presenter: Dr. Anna De Fina, Professor of Italian Language and Linguistics, Italian Department, Georgetown University


Public Talk: Constructing a Latino Identity in Radio Broadcasting
Date:  Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Time:  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 324 Fisher, Duquesne University
Symposium Talk: Narrative Analysis in the Study of Identities
Date:  Friday, April 10th, 2015
Time:  11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 608 Student Union, Duquesne University


Presentation Abstracts:


Public Talk: Constructing a Latino Identity in Radio Broadcasting


In this talk I will present an analysis of the construction of a Latino identity in the broadcasting of a Spanish language radio in the Washington metropolitan area. I will argue that, given the influence and popularity of ethnic media among immigrant and immigrant origin communities, the investigation of the discursive and semiotic practices enacted within such media provides an excellent stand-point to understand how identities proposed as representative of these communities are created, circulated and negotiated. I will frame the research within a growing interest in Sociolinguistics in phenomena related to mobility, globalization and transnational flows, explaining how such orientations have changed the way sociolinguists look at linguistic practices. The focus of the analysis will be on the types of strategies used by the radio to create a homogeneous pan Latino identity and on the contrasts between idealized representations and actual communicative practices.


Symposium Talk: Narrative Analysis in the Study of Identities


Note: Please read the attached essay 'Group Identity, Narrative, and Self-Representations' (document name: De Fina.pdf) before attending the symposium, if possible.


This talk will focus on ways in which narrative analysis has contributed to the study of identities, with a particular focus on my work on narrative and identity among migrants. I will talk about some general characteristics of narrative approaches to the study of identity that focus on interaction rather than on psychological processes and on some of the theoretical methodological tools that have been used in studies within this trend. I will present examples of ways in which narrative analysis can help researchers understand identity construction and representation: for instance through the study of categorization processes and their negotiation in interviews. I will also discuss the role of the researcher not only within the research process but also in the analysis of data. ​



Anna De Fina is Professor of Italian Language and Linguistics in the Italian Department at Georgetown University. Her interests and publications focus on migrant communities, discourse, identity and narrative. She has authored numerous chapters and articles in internationally renowned journals on these topics and she has edited special issues on Narratives and Transnational Identities in Text and Talk, Applied Linguistics, and Language in Society.  Her books include Analyzing Narratives (2012, co-authored with Alexandra Georgakopoulou), Identity in Narrative: A Study of Immigrant Discourse (2003) and the co-edited volumes Dislocations, Relocations, Narratives of Migration (2005, with M. Baynham), Discourse and Identity (2006, D. Schiffrin and M. Bamberg.Her latest publication is the Handbook of Narrative Analysis (Wiley), edited with Alexandra Georgakopoulou and forthcoming in Spring 2015.


All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited. Refreshments will be served.  


For inquiries concerning CIQR, please contact the acting Center Coordinators, Dr. Matthew Schneirov, Dept. of Sociology, at schneirov@duq.edu, 412.396.6494,  Dr. Lisa Lopez Levers, Dept. of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education at levers@duq.edu, 412.396.1871, or visit the CIQR http://www.duq.edu/ciqr


*The Center has been officially approved by the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, The Graduate Council of the College, and the Council of Deans for the University. It is based in the College but open to members of all the schools of the University. It includes interpretive and qualitative research in both the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences (including the practice of the latter in Nursing, Education, Occupational Therapy and other professional schools).