CLAS Monthly Newsletter--APRIL 2021

CLAS Monthly Newsletter--APRIL 2021

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We, at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh are thrilled and proud to share that we have a new Director. Dr. Keila Grinberg has joined the team after an extensive global search. A native of Rio de Janeiro, she joined Pitt after being a member of the History Department of the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro for almost twenty years. During that time, she also had appointments as visiting professor at Northwestern University and at the University of Michigan, as Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and as the Andrés Bello Chair in Latin American Cultures and Civilizations at New York University. A specialist on slavery and race in the Atlantic World, she has authored, coauthored, and edited several books and articles in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Russian, including A Black Jurist in a Slave Society: Antonio Pereira Rebouças and the Trials of Brazilian Citizenship (UNC Press, 2019), a finalist of the 2020 Frederick Douglass Book Prize. She also co-directs the public digital history project Present Pasts: Memories of Slavery in Brazil. Her most recent research project examines nineteenth-century cases of kidnapping and illegal enslavement on the southern Brazilian border. She is also interested in Jewish History, the teaching and writing of History, and memory and public history of slavery.
Dr. Grinberg’s arrival makes April an auspicious month for CLAS. This last month of the Spring 2021 semester we have a number of significant events, including Charlemos, CULTNA and Crimes against Humanity in Latin America series, a continuation of the Panoramas weekly Round Tables, a virtual Latin American Festival preview, Latin American Cinema Film series (Pelo Malo with Prof. Jerome Branche as discussant), and another instance of  the collaborative series on Breastfeeding (
Moving Forward: Human Milk Science and the Wisdom of the Brazilian Model). The next Emerging Latinx Communities Group meeting is on April 16, 2021. As always, we invite you to join us for these great opportunities and to look back at our ever-expanding catalog of YouTube content.


Wednesday, March 31 at 5:30 P.M.

The Latin America and the Caribbean Competency Virtual Series
is an opportunity for students to learn more about different topics related to this area and connect with the guest speakers outside of the classroom environment. The students will also have the chance of discussing and asking questions regarding the topic of the presentation. The fourth presentation will be by Kat Andrews, Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

To register, click "HERE"

Thursday, April 1, at 5:00 P.M.
O seminário "Culturas Negras no Atlantico (CULTNA)" é uma iniciativa que congrega o Laboratório de História Oral e Imagem (LABHOI) da Universidade Federal Fluminense e da Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, e o Center for Latin American Studies da University of Pittsburgh. Neste encontro, será discutido o texto "Propuesta de una epistemologia africana para descolonizar los imaginarios y los discursos latinoamericanos sobre las identidades", de Clément Animan Akassi, com o próprio autor.

To register, click "HERE"


Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 P.M.

Fiction / Venezuela / 2013
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

"A nine year old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming of age tale.

To register, click "HERE"--Register by April 1st at 3pm.

Friday, April 2, 2021 at 4:00 P.M.

Join Panoramas interns as they explore the history and current status of Puerto Rico's status in the United States. From pre-colonial history to current legislation, Abby, Bridget, Isabel, and Katie will cover independence, statehood, and economic development.

To register, click "HERE"



Wednesday, April 7, at 3:30 P.M.

The next Crimes Against Humanity in Latin America Series event, Roberto Simon will discuss his book, "O Brasil Contra a Democracia: A Ditadura, O Golpe no Chile, E a Guerra Fria na America do Sul," which focuses on the role that Brazil played in the cold war and how the Brazilian Military Dictatorship sought to influence regional affairs, including Chile's own anti-democratic struggles. The event will be in English.

To register, click "HERE"


Wednesday, April 7 at 5:00 P.M.

This roundtable is an opportunity for undergraduate CLAS students to hear from current teachers who graduated from Pitt with a Certificate in Latin American Studies about how they arrived at this stage in their career and how they incorporate their knowledge of Latin America in their jobs. The event will consist of testimonies from the teachers followed by a question and answer session. Thank you to the following teachers who will be participating: Zach Rehrig, Sarah Sleasman, Nicole Hartung, Luke Leiden, and Jason Hank.

To register, click "HERE"

April 9, 2021

1:00 P.M. -- Alebrije Workshop (closed)

CLAS, and Mexico Lindo, are proud to present a live, virtual carvig demonstration and painting workshop with renowned Oaxacan artist, woodcarver Armando Jimenez and his wife, painter Antonia Jimenez Carillo. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Mexico Lindo’s owner, Mexican Folk-Art dealer Lisa DiGioia Nutini.

4:00 P.M. -- The Americas Trivia

Show your knowledge about North America, Latin America & the Caribbean
To register, click "

6:30 P.M.
The Mole Agent Documentary Screening

A Chilean man and recent widower named Sergio answers a classified ad for an unusual job at a private investigation service.
To register, click "

SAVE the Date:
Festival on October 2, 2021, if University and City of Pittsburgh guidelines allow us to have a safe event. For more information, Click "HERE"

Saturday, October 2, 2021

The next Charlemos event will be on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 15:00 EDT; the topic of discussion will be "Radical versus Moderate Voters in Latin America." Jennifer Cyr (University of Arizona) will moderate a conversation with Juan A. Moraes (Universidad de la República), Diego Luján (Universidad de la República), and Lucio Rennó.

To register, click "HERE"


April 15, 2021 at 4:00 P.M.

Join the Nationality Rooms Program and Mid-Atlantic Mother's Milk Bank for a series of panel discussions on the health and cultural aspects of Human Milk. Also sponsored by CLAS, African Studies, the School of Health and Rehab Sciences, UPMC, the Latino Community Center, and the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh.

To register, click "HERE"

Friday, April 16, 2021 at 10:30 P.M.
CLAS & the Center for Health Equity co-sponsor this reading group. We will discuss the conclusion of Matthew H. Rafalow's "Digital divisions: How schools create inequality in the tech era". The book chapter talks about technology, play, and discipline and how it plays in different environments. Pitt has access to this book.

To join, click "

Meeting Passcode: Latinx

The aim of the internship is to involve CLAS certificate student(s) in organizations that work in and with the Latinx community in Southwestern Pennsylvania and leverage the skills and language acquired during their course of studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Internship Opportunities:

Luis Van Fossen Bravo is the Academic Advisor for the Center for Latin American Studies, and would be happy to meet with you to discuss your academic aspirations and career goals.

To schedule a meeting, click "HERE"

For the Course List, click "HERE"

Attention 2021 Latinx Graduates!!! 

LAGOS is gearing up to celebrate you and your wonderful accomplishments!

1) a grad photoshoot &
2) grad announcements.


*Open to all Latinx graduate and professional
students graduating in 2021*



Presented in collaboration with Hemispheric Conversations Urban Art Project (HCUAP) at the University of Pittsburgh, this month’s program will focus on the collaborative mural project, Disrespecting the Border, that was created for the Latinx community of Pittsburgh in October 2019. We’ll join a conversation about the role of mural art as a resource to think through migration and border politics between visiting artist Gil Rocha and local artists Leah Patgorski and Max Gonzales organized by Camilo Ruiz and Marisol Vilella Balderrama. The talk will be facilitated by Dr. Caitlin Bruce. Join us to hear about the dialogues, motifs, and collaborations that came out of the project and their salience today.

The program is free but registration is required. Donations to support the Vanka Murals mission including this program are greatly appreciated and may be added to your registration.

To learn more click "HERE"

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Pitt Events, References & Resources

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Interested in becoming part of one of the largest student-run newsrooms in the country? The Pitt News is looking for its next team of reporters, photographers, videographers and copy editors to work at the award-winning newspaper.

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All majors are welcome at TPN and no prior journalism experience is necessary. Our staff has gone on to work at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Vanity Fair, CBS Sports, Time Magazine and numerous other outlets.

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The fund, to be administered at the direction of the Provost, will be used to provide financial support for degree-seeking students of the University of Pittsburgh with unanticipated and insurmountable expenses related to emergency situations that may result in students facing financial hardship. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students may apply for funds when they experience a financial barrier based on an emergency situation, and when they have exhausted all other available resources.

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Chancellor Patrick Gallagher called upon the University to acknowledge our role in the response during this time of great challenge… Join us in Pitt’s Pandemic Service Initiative: expanding staff, faculty, and student service; contributing to drives and collections; and forging innovative partnerships. We are rolling up our sleeves.


As part of the Pitt Pandemic Service Initiative, faculty, staff, and students are coming together to meet critical community needs. You can make a difference with even just a small amount of time. Priority needs identified by community partners include care and connection calls and IT support.

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For community members, this means access to resources and information. 


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The Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection & Hillman Library 

Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection


 For more information, click "HERE"

University Library System

Currently, all ULS libraries are open, but if you have questions, please contact Ask Us or check the Library Response & Resources page for ways the library can still help!

Bolivian Studies Journal/Revista de Estudios Bolivianos

We invite you to review its contents by accessing the corresponding website:
Thanks for your continuing interest in our work.

Los invitamos a revisar los contenidos de este nuevo número, disponibles en el sitio:

Elizabeth Monasterios - Martha E. Mantilla
Bolivian Studies Journal/Revista de Estudios Bolivianos

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CLAS' community engagement programs play a pivotal role in sharing information and expertise on Latin America to educators both at the college/university level and kindergarten through secondary (K-12) level, the professional community, and general public as part of its Educational Public Service (Outreach) mission. Community Engagement programs are offered throughout the academic year. These include but are not limited to: professional development workshops, study abroad opportunities, faculty development seminars, summer research fellowships, curriculum development projects, school visit program, lecture and film series, resource lending library, list of Latin American Organizations in Pittsburgh, and newsletters, including CLASicos and a weekly digest.

CLACS K-12 Series Spring 2021

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites K-12 and community college educators and librarians to participate in the online professional development workshop “CLACS K-12 Series.” During the Spring 2021 the program will be presented on Saturday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 15th .The presentations will be in English with live translation in Spanish/ Las presentaciones van a ser en inglés con traducción simultánea al español.


CLACS K-14 Series

Central American Migration/Entendiendo las causas de la migración Centroamericana
Saturday, April 3rd
10:00- 11:30 am 
Zoom webinar. 

Registration required:
Click "HERE" to register 


Dr Ellen Moodie, Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

"Security and Violence in El Salvador: Behind Migration" / "Seguridad y violencia en El Salvador: causas de la migración"

Dr. Jon Horne Carter, Professor of Anthropology, Appalachian State University

"Legacies of Organized Crime: US Imperialism and Forced Migration in Honduras" / "Legados del crimen organizado: imperialismo estadounidense y migración forzada en Honduras”

For more information, click "HERE"

CLACS K-12 Series

Reconsidering, Reorganizing and Re-structuring your Instruction: Lessons Learned Reconsiderando, reorganizando, y re estructurando la forma de enseñar: lecciones aprendidas durante la pandemia

Thursday, April 15th
5:00- 6:00 pm (CDT)
Zoom webinar.

Registration required:
Click "HERE" to register         


Dr. Nancy Latham, Executive Director of the Council of Teacher Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

For more information, click "HERE"


Registration Open: Hemispheres Summer Institute
 6/14 - 6/18/21


Hemispheres Summer Institute is now open for registration. This week-long workshop will be virtual again this year, and they will include both synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Speakers will be covering topics related to all of our Hemispheres world regions (Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Russia, South Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia). 
Click "HERE" for registration  
Hemispheres Summer Institute 2021: Raising Voices and Narratives of Resistance Around the World

The View from Israel: How widespread vaccination is changing COVID-related protocols in public spaces

How will our interactions in public spaces change as increasing portions of the population are protected by vaccination? How and when will COVID-related protocols change? What practical and ethical challenges will educators and schools face during this process. This presentation addresses these topics by examining the situation in Israel, where about 50% of the population is now vaccinated.

To register click "HERE"


University Center for International Studies (UCIS) Engagement 

UCIS Engagement Website:

UCIS Monthly Newsletter:

To request a club or classroom visit:

To share their needs and feedback about UCIS engagement,

we are encouraging educators to take our Fall survey:




An Introduction to Brazil 
April 17, 2021, 9am-12pm

Teachers of World History and Geography will benefit from a focus on this survey course that explores the largest country in Latin America with the world’s 9th largest economy.  Teachers of U.S. History will also benefit from the opportunity to do comparative studies between the United States and Brazil, particularly in regard to histories of slavery, colonization, race relations, and nation building.

To learn more click "HERE" 

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Photo by Ruben A. Campos

Community Events List:

To see the latest events happening in our community, please "CLICK HERE". You will see a list of events by date. 

If you have any events that you would like to add, go to: to let us know what is coming up in the community.

Community Events Highlights of the Week:


Chatham University is hosting an Inclusive Practices in the Workplace: Hiring, Onboarding, and Supporting Diverse Talent

Now more than ever, it is important for organizations to understand the value of workplace diversity and the occupational barriers that employees with diverse backgrounds may face. Attend this workshop to gain the skills you need to hire, support, and maintain diverse talent and provide an inclusive workplace environment.  

Friday, April 9th, 12pm
Thursday, April 22nd , 4pm:

Seguro de Salud del Gobierno de Pennsylvania

Hola a todos, ahora el Gobierno de Pennsylvania tiene un programa para cubrir tu Seguro de salud y Seguro Médico.  Se llama Te ahorra dinero. Es mas barato. Cubre a toda tu familia o a ti en forma individual. Si eres un Emprendedor, También este Seguro te puede cubrir.  
Power point en Español.
En este momento el Sistema está abierto para recibir registraciones desde el 15 de Febrero, 2021 hasta el 15 de Mayo, 2021.
YouTube Informacion sobre Pennie:

YouTube Información sobre Como encontrar el mejor plan de salud de Pennie:
Listado de Preguntas sobre Pennie:
Entrevista en Espanol de Juan Valencia.
LLamar al 1-844-844-8040
Hablar con Juan Valencia, Coordinador, (HABLA ESPAÑOL)
Tel. 1-717-395-2845


Salud para niños- Clínicas Pediátricas y de Vacunación Gratuitas 


Mi libro de actividades sobre las vacunas 

to download the book click "HERE"

Latin American & Caribbean Cuisine


(Delivery, Takeout and/or Gift Certificates)

We are creating a list of local Latin American and Caribbean cuisine offerings to support and promote your business. Please complete the included survey to help us identify you and find out what services you offer (delivery, takeout, hours, menu, etc.).

We plan to share this list with other local organizations, and promote it in our newsletter and email list. We hope that you take the time to answer this questionnaire. Thank you!

Click HERE to see the list of local Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine you can order!

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(Call for papers, training, conferences, academic, research, and resources opportunities)

For call for papers, training and conferences

Call for papers, training and conferences opportunities are listed by deadline dates and are updated as information is available.

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and CLAS have had strong ties for many decades. They have compiled a comprehensive list of event videos hosted by different universities since the pandemic started and we are very glad to contribute to this great initiative. To see videos, click "HERE"

Academic Organizations and Resources:

"Click HERE"

Hand, Keep, Globe, Earth, Continents, Usa, America

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In this document you will find the latest employment opportunities available.

If you have any questions, we recommend that you contact the company directly. The employment opportunities are listed from the newest to the oldest.
 "Click here"

Bulletin Board, Stickies, Post-It, List, Business


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