Events

Events

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 25

Concert with Albertico Lescay & Formas
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Diana Shemenski
Contact Phone:
4126487394
Contact Email:
dms180@pitt.edu

Spanish--Albertico Lescay & Formas entrega una propuesta que busca resaltar todo tipo de elementos de la naturaleza, por simples que sean, y ponerlos en función de la expresión artística más elevada. Ejemplo de ello es la variedad e interactividad en su repertorio musical, en el cual se muestran sonoridades acústicas y electrónicas, y se incluyen timbres poco convencionales, siempre con la intención de experimentar con casi todo lo que suena. Además, el proyecto pretende abarcar todo los géneros musicales, con el jazz como centro, enfatizando en los elementos que caracterizan la cultura cubana más ancestral.

Wednesday, September 27

Understanding Opposition and Support for Resource Extraction
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Moises Arce
Location:
4217 Wesley Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of Political Science
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Diana Shemenski
Contact Phone:
4126487394
Contact Email:
dms180@pitt.edu

Using the results from public opinion surveys in Peru and South Africa, I examine the environmental, economic, political and sociological attitudes of those who support and oppose extractive activities. The research focuses on two extractive areas characterized by sustained challenges against extraction. The research seeks to explain the conditions under which environmental concerns related to water or land are outweighed by economic expectations related to job opportunities and improved welfare

Thursday, September 28

Welcome Back Reception--Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)
Time:
5:00 pm
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies
Contact:
Luz Amanda Hank
Contact Phone:
412-648-7391
Contact Email:
lavst12@pitt.edu

CLAS Welcome back reception
for more information: lavst12@pitt.edu
www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas

Wednesday, October 4

Lecture by Dr. Michael Shifter
Time:
4:00 pm
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with World Affairs Council
Contact:
Diana Shemenski
Contact Phone:
4126487394
Contact Email:
dms180@pitt.edu

Our Special Guest is Dr. Michael Shifter,

President of the Inter-American Dialogue. He was previously vice president for policy and director of the Dialogue’s democratic governance program. Since 1994, Shifter has played a key role in shaping the Dialogue’s agenda, commissioning policy-relevant articles and reports.

Shifter writes and talks widely on US-Latin American relations and hemispheric affairs. His recent articles have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, Current History, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Journal of Democracy, Harvard International Review and in newspapers and journals in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Chile, Panama, Argentina and Brazil. He is often interviewed by US, Latin American, European and Chinese media, and appears frequently on CNN and BBC. Shifter has lectured about hemispheric policy at leading universities in Latin America and Europe and has testified regularly before the US Congress about US policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean.

Thursday, October 5

The Politics of Imaging Asia in the Americas: The Global Contours of Orientalism and Yellow Peril in Early 20th Century Peru
China & Latin American Relations
Time:
3:00 pm
Presenter:
Ana Maria Candela, Assist. Professor of Socioloy, Binghamton Univ.
Location:
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center and Center for Latin American Studies
Contact Email:
asia@pitt.edu

During the 1910s and 1920s, a wave of Orientalism took root in Peru. Peruvian diplomatic officials dispatched to Eastern Asia turned their homes into self-fashioned Asian art museums, donned Kimonos and published travel narratives of their adventures in the “Orient.” Indigenista intellectuals imagined Japan and China as sites of revolutionary inspiration for a post-colonial global politics. Simultaneously, labor movements and state officials targeted Chinese and Japanese businesses and dwellings as sources of theft, contamination and social degradation. This talk explores how the 1930s global economic crisis and expansion of US hegemony shifted the politics of imagining Asia in the Americas.

ANA MARIA CANDELA is a historian of Modern China and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University. Her research focuses on Chinese migrations to Latin America and on the global dimensions of Chinese history and China’s social transformations. Her current book project Intimate Others: Peruvian Chinese Between Native Place, Nation and World examines the translocal histories and nationalist imaginaries forged by two generations of Cantonese migrant elites in Peru during an era of expanding industrial capitalism, settler colonialism and nation making

Monday, October 9

Environment and Space in Colonial Afro-Latin America
Time:
12:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Karl Offen
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with History Department and Department of Africana Studies
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Diana Shemenski
Contact Phone:
4126487394
Contact Email:
dms180@pitt.edu

Environment and space are constitutive of human experience. This paper explores how Afro-Latin Americans established important cultural relationships with their environments and transformed abstract spaces into meaningful places in ways that profoundly influenced other dimensions of their lives, and those around them. It argues, first, that African perceptions of Neotropical nature were anchored within beliefs and practices that people brought with them from Africa. Second, it examines the importance of subsistence agriculture and the Columbian Exchange within the larger context of violent social disruption and forced migration. A final section considers the politics and historical geography of land and cultural rights in Afro-Latin America today.

Thursday, October 19

Why Do Former First Ladies run for Office?
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Ignacio Arana
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Panoramas at Pitt
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Diana Shemenski
Contact Phone:
4126487394
Contact Email:
dms180@pitt.edu

Why do former first ladies run for political office? Seventeen former first ladies ran for the presidency, vice presidency or Congress between 1990 and 2016, but the scholarly literature has failed to systematically analyze this phenomenon. We argue that former first ladies run for office when they have political ambitions and when the sociopolitical context offers them an opportunity to be competitive candidates. We analyze the 88 former first ladies who were available to run for office in 133 elections in 18 Latin American countries from 1990-2016. To test our argument, we conduct discrete-time duration models. The findings demonstrate that political ambition is the main factor that explains why former first ladies run for office. We also show that politically ambitious first ladies behave strategically, taking advantage of the opportunities they have to become candidates.

Wednesday, October 25

The Multicultural Turn, the New Latin American Constitutionalism, and Black Social Movements in the Andean Sub-Region
Time:
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter:
Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of History
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Diana Shemenski
Contact Phone:
4126487394
Contact Email:
dms180@pitt.edu

With the Andean sub-region in mind, I first discuss the particular significance of what authors have called “the Latin American multicultural turn” as it relates to Andean ideologies of national identity, and Afro-Andean lives and political strategies. I then explore the new Latin American constitutionalism that emerged out of, and has defined the Latin American multicultural turn by focusing on specific articles of Andean constitutions and special laws that deal with collective rights and legal protections against racial and other discriminations. Acknowledging the lack of uniformity among the Andean sub-region’s multiculturalisms, and the concomitant diversity of Afro-Andean political strategies, I call for a comparative assessment of the usefulness (or lack thereof) of these more or less recently adopted “multicultural legal instruments” to remedy wrongs Afrodescendants experience.

Career Toolkit Series: Applying for Graduate Studies Abroad (for Students)
Time:
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:
4209 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Joel Garceau
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
jdgarceau@pitt.edu

Have you considered graduate school abroad? Learn the pros and cons and the tips and tricks to successfully apply for graduate programs abroad. Discuss ways to tailor your applications with admissions councilors and members of admissions committees.

Thursday, November 2 to Saturday, November 4

International Career Toolkit Series: Trans-Atlantic University Trip
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Steve Lund
Contact Email:
slund@pitt.edu

Join the European Studies Center to UNC to learn about graduate studies abroad at Trans-Atlantic University. Contact slund@pitt.edu for more information.

Thursday, November 9

Career Toolkit Series: UCIS Alumni Networking Reception (for Students)
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:
4217 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Joel Garceau
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
jdgarceau@pitt.edu

Friday, November 10

Career Toolkit Series: UCIS Alumni Panels
Time:
(All day)
Location:
GSC
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Joel Garceau
Contact Phone:
4126485085
Contact Email:
jdgarceau@pitt.edu

Career path discussions, insights on working overseas, & more!

Friday, November 17

International Career Toolkit Series: Boston Career Forum 2017
Time:
(All day)
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Contact:
Emily Rook-Koepsel
Contact Email:
rookoepsel@pitt.edu

Join the Asian Studies Center at the largest career fair for Japanese-English bilinguals in Boston. Contact rookoepsel@pitt.edu for information.

Thursday, February 8

Legacies of 1968 (tentative)
Time:
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Presenter:
Todd Gitlin, Columbia University
Location:
Location to be announced
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Studies Center, European Union Center of Excellence and Global Studies Center
Cost:
Free and open to the public