Upcoming Events

Monday, December 5

EU Development Symposium
(All day)
Renate Hahlen, the Minister Counselor of Development at the Delegation of the European Union to the US
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Center for Latin American Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
Stephen Lund
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Save the date for the EU Development Symposium, to be held on the afternoon of Monday, December 5th!

Primary Guest:
Renate Hahlen, the Minister Counselor of Development at the Delegation of the European Union to the US

To be accompanied on the following panels by:

EU Development Policy & Latin America and the Caribbean
Scott Morgenstern, Director Center for Latin American Studies, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

EU Development Policy & Africa
Louis Picard, Director International Development Program and Professor of Public and International Affairs and African Studies
Müge Finkel, Assistant Professor, GSPIA
Guy Peters, Maurice Falk Professor of American Government

EU Development Policy & Sustainable Development Goals
and the Paris climate agreement
Paul Nelson, Associate Dean, GSPIA
Michaël Aklin, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Additional participants and final times to be announced. For more information, contact Stephen Lund at

Wednesday, December 7

Innovative Online & EFL Education Examples from China & Colombia
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
5604 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies and Global Studies Center along with Institute for International Studies in Education

“Designing MOOCs in a Chinese Social Network Environment” by IISE Visiting Scholar, Dr. Xiufang Ma

Xiufang Ma is an Associate Professor of South China Normal University and has teaching experiences and research experiences in the areas of educational technology research methods, MOOCs, blended learning, online course, personal learning environment, flipped classroom, and electronic training course. She has written some papers on MOOCs, personal learning environment and interaction analysis between teachers and students, and has led two teams of graduate researchers from the South China Normal University (China) on similar research studies.

“A Reverse Mentoring Program in Elementary Levels during the Practicum in Monteria, Colombia” by IISE Visiting Scholar, Luis Mario Viaña Patrón

Luis Mario Viaña Patrón is a short-term visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE). He is an undergraduate student from the English Language Teaching program at the Universidad de Cordoba in Colombia. Over the past two years, he has been working on research in the area of professional development, mainly in the field of reverse mentoring in education. He’s currently working on a reverse mentoring program with Professor Richard Donato.

“A Study on Cultivating Pragmatic Competence of Chinese EFL Learners” by IISE Visiting Scholar, Xiaoyan Xu

Xiaoyan Xu got her master’s degree in English Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in 2003 and has been an English teacher for more than ten years at the School of International Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong University. She has worked in the field of English pragmatic competence development of Chinese EFL learners. In addition, several papers have been published on language learning in peer-reviewed journals. Ms. Xu’s study in the Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) at the University of Pittsburgh is to work under the guidance of Dr. Feifei Ye to develop a method to assess Chinese EFL learners’ pragmatic competence.

Friday, December 9

7:00 pm
Coro Latinoamericano Annual Concert
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Sponsored by:
Center for Latin American Studies along with Coro Latinoamericano and and the First Unitarian Church
Diana Shemenski
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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.