Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 6

Lecture -- Pre-Conference Lectures: A View from Cuba
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
University Club
Center for Latin American Studies, Central Administration, Global Studies Center
Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures, Department of Political Science, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), Office of the Provost
Diana Shemenski

(University Club; in Spanish with translation)

Lenier González Mederos (editor: Cuba Posible): "Sociedad civil en Cuba: apuntes para el presente".
Roberto Veiga González (editor: Cuba Posible): "La Constitución de nuestra República ante una sociedad que renueva sus imaginarios socio-políticos".

Wednesday, November 19

Presentation -- Panoramas Latin American Roundtable
Marisol Wandiga (Global Links)
12:00 pm
4130 Posvar Hall
Center for Latin American Studies
Luz Amanda Hank

January 12, 2015 will mark 5 years since the massive earthquake hit Haiti. Join Global Links for a discussion on the challenges that still remain to help rebuild Haiti's Healthcare System and learn about extraordinary projects, some led by Pittsburghers that are changing the face of healthcare in Haiti.

"Wòch nan dlo pa konn doulè wòch nan soley. The stone in the water does not know the pain of the stone in the sun.

Marisol Wandiga Valentin is the Program Officer for the Caribbean Region for Global Links, a medical relief and development organization dedicated since 1989 to environmental stewardship and improving health in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is responsible for Global Links’ health projects in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Guyana.

Marisol holds a B.S. in International Business from Duquesne University. She has 18 years of experience in marketing, international communications, and project management. Marisol also holds a strong background in database management, event planning, workforce development, community leadership and non-profit management.

In addition to her role at Global Links, Marisol serves on the board of Directors of the Society of Contemporary Crafts, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Latin American Cultural Union and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education & Community Engagement Department.

Marisol is half Kenyan and half Puerto Rican. She has worked in Germany, France, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States. Her passions are predictive marketing, social justice, non-traditional career pathways, cultural exchanges and folkloric dancing.

Lunch will be provided.

Special Events & Monthly Calendar

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) provides a calendar of events at the beginning of each month. It contains a variety of events, call for papers, job postings, etc.

Cuba has been reforming, or been at the brink of a reform period, perhaps since the revolution. With an aging leadership and now decades-long economic struggles, the pace of change, however, has finally accelerated. Today Cubans can open small businesses, travel abroad, access the internet, and purchase cell phones, microwaves, and (very expensive) new cars.

The annual Latin American Social and Public Policy conference features presentations on social and public policy research in Latin America by students from the University of Pittsburgh and other universities, with comments by University of Pittsburgh faculty.

Featuring music, food, dance, arts, crafts, and children's activities from Latin America and the Caribbean.

For 50 years, CLAS has been dedicated to supporting the study of Latin America's history, cultures, and societies and the continuing challenges and triumphs that the region has experienced. Its primary mission is to develop experts on Latin America who will apply their language skills and knowledge of the countries of the region in their professional careers.