martes, 10 de noviembre de 2015

Events for this week and next week--CLAS @ PITT

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20th Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh, in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University's Latino Graduate Student Association, welcomes everyone in the community to the 20th Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14, 2015.


The LASPP conference is a student-organized event where undergraduate, graduate students, and faculty members can present their scholarly work involving social and public policy in Latin America. This year's presentations will be organized around the following four topics: a) Public Policy and Development; b) Democratic Stability and Governance; c) IT and Public Policy, Open Government and Transparency; and d) Humanities. In addition to the panels, we will have several guest speakers to make opening and closing remarks. Please RSVP at:  

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El impacto traumático de la guerra de castas en la novelística indígena contemporánea


Arturo Arias (Tomás Rivera Regents Professor-University of Texas at Austin)

Date: Monday, November 9, 2015

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Location: Humanities Center--602 Cathedral of Learning

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Arturo Arias is a well-known expert on Central American literature, with a special emphasis on indigenous literature, as well as critical theory, race, gender and sexuality in postcolonial studies. Among his many publications are his books Taking their Word: Literature and the Signs of Central America (2007) and The Rigoberta Menchú Controversy (2000). In 2001-2003, he was President of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Professor Arias co-wrote the film El Norte (1984), and has published six novels in Spanish. Twice winner of the Casa de las Américas Award for his fiction, and he was given the Miguel Ángel Asturias National Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature in 2008.

Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.


Institute for International Studies in Education--2015 Symposium Series

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 12:00–1:30p.m.

Location: 5604 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

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Higher Education and the Labor Market in Ethiopia: A Tracer Study of Graduate Employment in Engineering from Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar Universities


Jerusalem Yibeltal Yizengaw

(IISE Visiting ScholarDoctoral CandidateAddis Ababa University, Ethiopia)


Pre-Service Teachers and Their Out-of-School Literacy Practices as a Source for L2 Instruction


Mauricio Jose Viloria Berrio

(IISE Visiting ScholarUndergraduate Student in English Literature University of Cordoba, Colombia)


Indigenous Higher Education Development in Taiwan: The Case of National Dong Hwa University


Hao-Wei HU

(IISE Visiting ScholarMA StudentNational Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)

Cosponsored by: University Center for International Studies, the Global Studies Center, the African Studies Program, the Asian Studies Center, and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.


Accidental Latin@ Archives: From Movimiento to YouTube

Lecture and performance by

Urayoán Noel (poet, critic, performer, translator, and professor of English and Spanish at New York University)

            Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015

            Time: 5:00 p.m.

            Location: Gold Room

     University Club, 2nd Floor

                             123 University Place

           For more information:

Urayoán Noel is a poet, critic, performer, translator, and professor of English and Spanish at New York University. He 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). 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.


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.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of English, the Humanities Center, the Year in the Humanities Initiative, John Beverley, and the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh.



Fernando de Szyszlo and the Conceptual Turn in Cultural Policy


Claire Fox (University of Iowa)

Date: Tuesday, 17 November, 2015

Time: 12:30-2:00 pm

Location: Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

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Claire Fox is the author of two major books, The Fence and the River: Culture and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border (Minnesota, 1999) and Making Art Panamerican: Cultural Policy and the Cold War (Minnesota, 2013).

Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.




A Discussion of Current Latino Issues in Pennsylvania with Representative Leslie Acosta

              Date:  Friday, November 20, 2015

              Time: 2:00 p.m.                                                                   

  Location: Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom—Law School Building

                                         University of Pittsburgh Campus

                               Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 


Representative Acosta will talk about the current state of Latino issues and organizations in Pennsylvania.  She will also address the state's currently much debated English-only bill.


Raised in North Philadelphia, State Representative Leslie Acosta graduated from Mastbaum High School and from Cairn University in 1996 with bachelor degrees in social work and theology, and earned an M.B.A. from Phoenix University. Rep. Acosta is a former social worker who previously served as child advocate with the Philadelphia Public Defender's Office, and a former vice president of the board of directors of the Bucks County Mental Health Clinic. Elected to the House in 2014, Rep. Acosta has a wide range of work experience in various sectors, including nonprofit and federal government agencies, and in academia as an adjunct professor at         Esperanza College of Eastern University, serving the Hispanic and local communities.


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Read the exclusive interview with Representative Acosta by Ignacio Arana:  

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Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh.



Student opportunity!!

Center for Latin American Studies School Visit Internship Opportunity for Spring 2016

Do you have a passion for Spanish or Latin American studies?

Are you interested in education?

Do you like kids?



The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh is currently recruiting two (2) undergraduate students for its school visit internship course ARTSCI 1900 (3 credits) which may apply toward the CLAS certificate in Latin American Studies. Students develop lessons on topics relating to Latin America for K-12 classrooms in the Pittsburgh area. Although not required, competency in Spanish, Portuguese or Quechua is recommended. Scheduling is done according to the student's availability, but most school visits occur between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Interns complete a final reflection paper summarizing the topics researched and containing lesson plans and resources.

This internship is a great opportunity to:

q         Gain experience teaching in real classrooms

q         Learn to design and teach lesson plans based

q         Acquire leadership skills by working closely with teachers, CLAS staff and students

q         Improve your language skills and explore new topics of Latin American cultures

q         Have FUN and use your creativity with a wide variety of children


Apply by November 30, 2015. Send the following to


ü         A statement in English of no more than 350 words explaining why you are interested in the internship and indicating your level of Spanish, Portuguese or Quechua.

ü         A tentative schedule of your classes for the spring semester

ü         An unofficial copy of your transcript


For more information contact:  Dr. Karen S. Goldman at


Student opportunity!!

Three Rivers Re-Entry Conference Happening in Pittsburgh

            Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: University of Pittsburgh – O'Hara Student Center

                             4024 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

For more information about the event visit:


Registration is FREE for all students – but space is limited!

Please register early via the following link:


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Community event!!

Café con Leche:

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Café Con Leche uses food to build community. It is a place for the Pittsburgh Latino community to connect, promote Latino culture in Pittsburgh and be a safe space for dialogue and creative problem solving. The name, Café con Leche (coffee with milk in Spanish) refers to the Puerto Rican tradition of serving coffee to household guests.


ALPFA Pittsburgh, Cafe Con Leche and AlphaLab are partnering on an event "Taller Latino", focusing on Latinos living in Pittsburgh who work in tech and media. In Spanish, the word "Taller" (pronounced Tie-yer) means "workshop". (Taller Latino = Workshop Latino).

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!

            For more information:


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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