viernes, 30 de octubre de 2015

Hope to See You on Sunday!

Don't Forget!

Our Dia De Los Muertos Celebration is THIS SUNDAY!


La Escuelita invites you to join us for a community fiesta...

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There will be awesome activities for the whole family like face painting, temporary tattoos, silk screening, sculpting with clay, and so much more.  We'll have live music by Geña y Peña. You can't forget about the delicious tamale dinner, so please come hungry!


Hope to see you all there!


RSVP on Facebook


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The History...

Rather than a time of mourning, El Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of life and death, when the spirits of the dearly departed return to earth for a family fiesta.  Here at Escuelita, we want to give our children and families a chance to experience and participate in this very special holiday.




There are still volunteer spots open...

We have many volunteer opportunities for this event and we'd love your help!  If you are interested in seeing how you can help, please contact Alyse at!




Tel: 412-421-4787 Fax: 412-945-5911




lunes, 26 de octubre de 2015

Latinos en Pittsburgh


Latinos en Pittsburgh:  "Family, Life & Culture"

Friday, October 30, 2015

4:30-6 pm

Mudge Piano Room


Join us for light refreshments and engaged conversation featuring local professionals discussing family, life and Latino culture in Pittsburgh.

For more information, please email


domingo, 25 de octubre de 2015

sábado, 24 de octubre de 2015

Join us; Celebrate Dia de los Muertos!


a Day of the Dead celebration for all ages.


La Escuelita invites you to join us for a community fiesta...

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2 – 5 pm

300 Gist Street

~ Puppet show ~

~ Silk Screening ~

~ Children's Crafts ~ 

~ Face Painting ~ 

~ Community Altar ~ 

~ Tamale Dinner ~

and a live musical performance by Geña y Peña


RSVP on Facebook

Schedule of Events

2:00PM Puppet Show 

3:00-4:30PM Craft tables, Live music, Food

4:30PM Sing Along with Escuelita


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The History...

Rather than a time of mourning, El Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of life and death, when the spirits of the dearly departed return to earth for a family fiesta.  Here at Escuelita, we want to give our children and families a chance to experience and participate in this very special holiday.




Interested in Volunteering?

We have many volunteer opportunities for this event and we'd love your help!  If you are interested in seeing how you can help, please contact Alyse at!




Tel: 412-421-4787 Fax: 412-945-5911



viernes, 23 de octubre de 2015

Welcome to the Dramaturgy weebly for: Water by the Spoonful-10/22 to 11/1

For information about the show:


For tickets:


Water by the Spoonful Post-Show Talkback Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 24: Performance at 8 pm-Ricardo Vila-Roger (director) and Sol Crespo (actress)

Thursday, Oct. 29: Performance at 8 pm-Armando Garcia (Dept. of Hispanic Languages and Literature), Ricardo Vila-Roger (director)

Sunday, Nov. 1: Performance at 2 pm-Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez (Africana Studies professor)

                            Tara-Sherry Torres, President of Cafe con Leche

                            Sheila Velez, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at Pitt


Cosponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Announcements! Lingotable:

The International Student Union is promoting foreign language speaking and has invited SALSA members to attend their event, Lingotable. It will take place on November 5th, in Peter/McKenna in the CUC. During this event you will be able to practice Arabic, french, Italian, German and Spanish! You must RSVP by October 29th.


Use the following link to RSVP:


see attached document for more information.



Spanish And Latin Student Association
Carnegie Mellon University
UC 303

Taller Latino: Panel Discussion on Latinos in Tech & Media

Hello all!



Wednesday, November 11th, 5:30-8pm. Snacks and refreshments served!


Please share with all your networks!


Check out our website for future events!

“Accidental Latin@ Archives: From Movimiento to YouTube": A lecture and performance by Urayoán Noel


The first part of the presentation explores the work of two experimental 1960s and 1970s art collectives, the Royal Chicano Air Force and El Puerto Rican Embassy, as part of an alternative genealogy of Latin@ social movement politics that foregrounds the politics of remediation in and against the politics of representation. Bridging two very different conceptualizations of the "accidental" archive, (Sauer, Burgess and Green), the presentation further considers how these art collectives paradoxically function as eccentric (counter-) archives in the context of their online circulation, allowing for a critical revision of print-centric Latin@ canons. The second part of the presentation consists of a brief poetry reading/artist talk that performs the accidental archive, incorporating YouTube, mobile apps, and references to these alternative Latin@ genealogies. 

 Urayoán Noel is a poet, critic, performer, translator, and professor of English and Spanish at New York UniversityHe is the author of the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014), winner of the Latina/o Studies Book Prize from the Latin American Studies Association, and several books of poetry in English and Spanish, the most recent of which is Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (University of Arizona Press, 2015).   He has also produced poetry in a range of alternative formats, including the CD and DVD, the artist book, the digital archive, and the multimedia installation. A contributing editor of NACLA Report on the Americas and ObsidianLiterature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Noel has been a fellow of the Ford Foundation and CantoMundo, and his creative and critical writings have appeared in Bomb, Contemporary LiteratureFenceLana TurnerLatino StudiesSmall Axe, and in numerous anthologies.  Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Urayoán Noel lives in the Bronx and recently completed a bilingual edition of the poetry of Pablo de Rokha for Shearsman Books.



miércoles, 21 de octubre de 2015

Celebrating Latina Women/brunch event/October 25th

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Carnegie Mellon will host the first ever Latina brunch. This event will be October 25th at noon and is aimed at strengthening the relationships between women who identity as Latina on CMU's campus. The theme of this event is Stereotypes, Society and Sisterhood. We hope to have an informative and motivational discussion. 


Please feel free to invite your friends and use the link below to indicate if you will attend. 


Thursday, 10/22 @ 3:00 -- The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America’s Drug War in Mexico


The Ridgway Center and the Center for Latin American Studies are proud to present the talk "The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico," by Michael Deibert.  This event will occur on Thursday, 10/22 at 3:00 p.m. in Posvar Hall, Room 4130.


Michael Deibert's In the Shadow of Saint Death: The Gulf Cartel, and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico has been described by National Book Award finalist Ben Fountain as "an extraordinary book cuts through the politics and propaganda, straight to the heart of the matter - the lives lost, the profits reaped, and the vast systems on both sides of the border that keep the whole bloody business going," and by Alfredo Corchado, author of Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness, as "a remarkable chronicle of a cartel's rise and a country's fall." His previous book, The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair, published in 2013 by Zed Books in cooperation with the Royal African Society, the International African Institute and the World Peace Foundation, was praised by the Guardian as "a scrupulously researched reminder of how this corner of the world became so wretched, and of the multiple actors responsible," and by the London School of Economics as "an essential read for those of us interested in wider postcolonial worlds and the historical fragments of local, regional and global contexts that intersect and link huge parts of the planet together." His first book, Notes from the Last Testament: The Struggle for Haiti (Seven Stories Press, 2005), was praised by the Miami Herald as "a powerfully documented exposé" and by the San Antonio Express-News as "a compelling mix of reportage, memoir and social criticism." His forthcoming book, Haiti Will Not Perish: 2004-2015, will be published by Zed Books next year.


Michael's writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, Le Monde diplomatique, Folha de São Paulo and The World Policy Journal, among other venues. He has been a featured commentator on international affairs on the BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, National Public Radio, WNYC New York Public Radio and KPFK Pacifica Radio. In 2012, he was awarded a grant from the International Peace Research Association and, in 2008, he was selected as a finalist for the Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism, sponsored by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, both in recognition of his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


This lecture is presented in conjunction with the conference, "Gangs & Drug Trafficking in Central America" which will occur on Friday, October 23, from 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.  For additional information on the Gang & Drug Trafficking conference,

or to RSVP to it, please see





martes, 20 de octubre de 2015

Updates and Upcoming Events!



I hope everyone enjoyed today's empanada sale! Thank you so much to all of those who helped out with the prep and with the sale!!



Upcoming Events:


1There will be a brunch and discussion celebrating Latina women this Sunday October 25, 2015 at noon at the Danforth Lounge in the CUC.  The theme of the event will be "Stereotypes, Society, and Sisterhood." Here is the link to sign up:


2. Latinos in Pittsburgh--this event will take place Friday October 30, 2015 at 4:30pm in Mudge reading room. It will be open to students, faculty and staff and it will focus on discussing what life is like for Latinos living in Pittsburgh. 



Make sure to check out these events and we will let you know soon about our next meeting! 



Spanish And Latin Student Association
Carnegie Mellon University
UC 303

lunes, 19 de octubre de 2015

Empanada Sale!

Hello Amigos, 


Just a reminder that tonight is the chicken and beef empanada prep session! 

Remember everyone who helps gets a free empanada! 


Also make sure to pre order and get the discounted price for empanadas!


The sale will take place tomorrow in the U.C from 12:30-5:00pm


I hope to see you all there!



Spanish And Latin Student Association
Carnegie Mellon University
UC 303

domingo, 18 de octubre de 2015

4 Ways to Celebrate Día De Los Muertos in Pittsburgh

¡Hola Amigos!


As you may already know, the event of end of October - beginning of November, the Día De Los Muertos, is being celebrated by Latinos, mainly Mexicans and Central Americans. 


In honor to this festivity, we wanted to give you some information on what it is and how you can join the celebration, right here in Pittsburgh. 


According to the National Geographic, Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1. Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated.

Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, a typically Latin American custom that combines indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism, brought to the region by Spanish conquistadores. (Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, minor holidays in the Catholic calendar.) 

Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.


Celebrate Día de los Muertos!

Here are 4 ways to celebrate Día de los Muertos here in Pittsburgh:

  1. OCTOBER 24TH: 

Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life Presented by UPMC / UPMC Health Plan. 

Organizer: Global Links

For more information visit:



Día de los Muertos: Remembrance of the Dead and a Celebration for the Living

Organizer: La Escuelita Arcoiris

For more information visit:


3.    NOVEMBER 1 & 2

Día de los Muertos Installation and Galería

For more information visit:



Dia de los Muertos: Networking Event

For more information visit:

So there you have it! Four ways on how to join us and celebrate Día de los Muertos. 



Latin American Cultural Union

P.O. Box 19403, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

412-301-LACU (5228)

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jueves, 15 de octubre de 2015

Taller Latino: Latinos in Tech & Media



The panelists for the panel discussion, Latinos in Tech & Media, have been announced! You can see the details of the event on the Facebook invite as well as the showclix link.


Wednesday, November 11th from 5:30-8pm at AlphaLab in East Liberty. It's a FREE event!


Attached is the flyer - please spread the word among your networks!


Take care,




Check out our website for future events!

miércoles, 14 de octubre de 2015

Latin American Studies @ Pitt Events--mark your calendars

Hello Everyone,

CLAS sponsored events!






For additional information and speaker biographies visit:



RSVP event:

Read the exclusive interview with Representative Acosta by Ignacio Arana here

For more information about the event email:

Visit Panoramas 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  


Charla sobre Colonialismo Puertorriqueño!!

El profesor de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, en Río Piedras, Profesor Ángel L. Rosa Vélez va a dar una charla sobre colonialismo puertorriqueño y el rol de la iglesia en la situación colonial de la isla, en el curso de 441 sobre "Picaresca aquí y allá." La charla va a ser en español.


Es el martes 27 de octubre de 2015 a las 10:30am-12:50 en el salon PH A21A


Prof. María del Mar Rosa-Rodríguez

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Department of Modern Languages

Carnegie Mellon University 

Global Link's Dia De Los Muertos event



Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration of life to support Global Links
Presented by UPMC / UPMC Health Plan

Join Global Links for their second annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration.

They'll be honoring the traditions of this joyous Mexican holiday with an evening of food, cocktails, art, and entertainment. 

Choose a $55 General Fun ticket, or the VIP Experience at $125

Buy your tickets HERE and by typing in "FIESTA", LACU members/supporters will get 20% off the general admission ticket price.  

VIP Experience (6:30 - 8:00): $125
- Private dinner and demonstration by special guest, Chef Bill Fuller of Big Burrito 
- Beer, wine, and a signature DdlM cocktail
- Early access to face painters, astrologer and tarot card reader
- Live musical performance by the Mariachi Fiesta band
- Music and dancing into the evening with access to all the General Admission fun

General Admission (8:00 - 11:00): $55
- Classic Latin American street food from: Edgar's Tacos, La Palapa, Gabrielle's Empanadas, Mad Mex, Cinco de Mayo Salsas, Popsburgh, Allegro Hearth Bakery, and more
- Beer and wine bar
- Dia de los Muertos face painting
- Selfie Studios photo booth
- Astrology and tarot card reading
- Dancing with an all-vinyl soundtrack from DJ Wayne Smith


Check the event on facebook at


See you there!!


Jesabel I. Rivera-Guerra, MPH, CHES


Latin American Cultural Union LACU


Reminder: MLSAC’s Polyglot Cafe this Friday 2-4 in UC Peter/Wright/McKenna

Dear all,


MLSAC's annual event, the Polyglot Cafe will be held this Friday (October 16th) 2:00 - 4:00PM in UC Peter/Wright/McKenna. ML faculty and students are welcome to come if you want to,


1) Know more about your faculty, students and the language(s) you are learning/teaching!

2) Relax and chat with other people in your language(s).

3) Have a tasty mid-afternoon snack. Pizza, salad and light refreshments will be provided.


If you haven't done so already, please fill out the following survey if you plan to come.




martes, 13 de octubre de 2015

Updates! Empanada Sale Info.


Just wanted to update and remind everyone about upcoming events.


Empanada Sale Timeline:

Dough Making:

Date - Sat. Oct.17 

Time - 4-6 pm

Location: Marcela's Apartment, FairFax 211


Cheese Stuffing:

Date - Sun. Oct. 18 

Time - 11am -1:30 pm & 4pm - finished

Location: Marcela's Apartment, FairFax 211


Meat Stuffing:

Date - Mon. Oct 19

Time - 3-9 pm 

Location: Marcela's Apartment, FairFax 211



Date - Tues. Oct. 20

Time: 12:30 pm - 5 pm (Set up ~ 1 hr before, 11:30)

Location: CUC Wean Commons (Tables in front of Conan)


Sign up to help out:


Here's the FB link to the event: 


The flyer for the Empenada sale has been attached! Check it out!


And of course if you're already incredibly eager for these empanadas you can Pre-order:


Dance Lessons Announcements:

Hey guys!

Do any of you know how to dance salsa well enough to teach a small group of



We hope to see you all on the prepping days and at the sale!!


Spanish And Latin Student Association
Carnegie Mellon University
UC 303

viernes, 9 de octubre de 2015



HOLA TODOS COMO ESTAN!,  para saludarlos cordialmente y a la vez  invitarlos a la Festividad del "SEñOR DE LOS MILAGROS" 2015, tradicion que cada año celebramos  la Comunidad Peruana y Latina  de Pittsburgh juntos con la Iglesia San Regis en SouthOakland.

Este año sera el DOMINGO 18 DE OCTUBRE, habra Santa Misa a las 12 del medio dia, Procesion del Señor de los Milagros por las calles adyacentes a la Iglesia  de 1-2pm y un compartir de comida Peruana, Mexicana, Latina y Americana para todos los asistentes de 2-4pm. en el Salon Social de la Iglesia.

 Todos son bienvenidos.


Mayordomo 2015.

Cualquier pregunta, coordinacion o donaciones  

Por favor llamar al  412-853-5670

Or 412-400-9642               


Trilingual Program Starting Tomorrow (LACU Scholarship Available)

¡Hola Amigos!

COESA: Brazilian Association is offering Portuguese and Spanish classes for children, teens and adults as well as English as Second Language (ESL) for adults at 4836 Ellsworth Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15213, on Saturday mornings. $15 per class + $5 registration fee. CLASSES STARTS TOMORROW. REGISTER TODAY For more information, or visit: 

For members: LACU will provide 5 scholarships 5 of its members! Whether you want to learn or improve your Spanish or f you would like to learn Portuguese, then this is your chance! If you have a Family membership, your spouse/partner and kids can also benefit from this! If you would like to receive a scholarship, email us at


COESA: Asociación Brasileña está ofreciendo clases de Portugués y Español para niños, adolescentes y adultos, así como Inglés como Segundo Idioma (ESL por sus siglas en inglés) para Adultos en 4836 Ellsworth Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15213, Sábados por la mañana. $15 por clase + $5 cuota de inscripción. Habrá un "Open House" en 03/10/2015 10:00am a 12:00pm. Para obtener más información, envíe un email a o visite CLASES COMIENZAN MAÑANA! REGISTRESE HOY!

Para los miembros: LACU ofrecerá 5 becas a 5 de sus miembros! Tanto si quiere aprender o mejorar su Inglés o si usted le gustaría aprender Portugués, entonces esta es su oportunidad! Si usted tiene una membresía de familia, su cónyuge / pareja y niños también pueden beneficiarse de esto! Si usted desea recibir una beca, envíenos un email a

Thank you! ¡Gracias!

Latin American Cultural Union

P.O. Box 19403, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

412-301-LACU (5228)

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