CLAS Monthly Newsletter--March 2021

CLAS Monthly Newsletter--March 2021

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In this part of the hemisphere, the end of March brings the respite of the Boreal Spring. We will also “spring” forward in time mid-month. More importantly, there are hopeful signs of progress against the pernicious pandemic that has had the world in its grip for most of the last year, even though gains have been uneven and often last to reach many in the most need.

This Newsletter marks the start of a new pattern for sharing event and CLAS-relevant information. We aim to keep you updated on events of interest, while also being able to access the diversity of information that you have come to expect from us on a regular basis. CLAS will publish a Newsletter the first week of each month, and a weekly Digest thereafter. You will, of course, be able to access past Newsletters and Digests through the CLAS web page.
We are glad to host the Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) conference again this year, after the pandemic-induced hiatus of 2020. We look forward to having participants from beyond the hemisphere join us in this virtual conference with a Keynote Address by our own Carmelo Mesa Lago and a documentary film about his life and accomplishments, in addition to great panels, presentations and discussions.
CLAS is excited to present a new discussion series on Afro-Latin American Culture: "Cultura Negra no Atlantico."  As the name implies, it will be held in Portuguese, and will bring together discussion groups based at Universidade Federal Fluminense and Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, in Brazil, and CLAS. The first meeting, on March 11th, will be a discussion of the book Diasporas Imaginadas (Imagined Diasporas), by Kim Butler (Rutgers) and Petronio Domingues (Universidade Federal do Sergipe). Both with be present at the discussion, alongside the event organizers. Michele Reid-Vasquez hosts another Afrolatinidad event (Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad:
Education and Anti-Blackness) on March 5.
Our Latin American Film Series continues with The Chambermaid, a Mexican film punctuating the International Women’s Day celebration, preceded by another installment of Crimes Against Humanity in Latin America focused on Femicide and artistic expression along the US/Mexico border (both on March 8). Charlemos will highlight Ecuador’s Elections and Democracy on March 15, and our next collaborative event on Breastfeeding (Breastfeeding Experiences: Clinical, Cultural, and Parent Perspectives) will take place on March 25. You should also consider joining the next Emerging Latinx Communities Group meeting on March 12. Also, every Friday in March Panoramas will host roundtable discussion events. We invite you to join us for these great opportunities.


5:30 p.m. EST

Manuel A. Roman-Lacayo
Associate Director 
Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)
University of Pittsburgh

To register, click "HERE"

Earn myPittGlobal and OCC credit and a certificate of participation by attending!

3:15 p.m,


Pitt: (Abby Neiser, Isabel Morales) y UNO (Rodríguez Garay Carlos Enrique, Cano Llanes Diana Berenice, Hoil Rodríguez Diana Guadalupe)

Debido a su belleza natural e historia y cultura ricas, el turismo es uno de los sectores más importantes para la economía de Yucatán. 
To register, click "HERE"

Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad: Education and Anti-Blackness
March 5, 2021, 1-2:30 PM
Virtual - Register here!

Join us for the final installment of the webinar series – Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad – that seeks to expand transnational, transregional, and interdisciplinary exchange on contemporary and historical issues in Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies. This webinar focuses on education and anti-blackness, particularly involving experiences in Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Scholars working at the intersections of Education, History, Latinx, Latin American, and cultural studies will explore the ways that these issues overlap and impact Afro-Latin Americans and their diasporic communities in the U.S.

Deadline: March 5, 2021

CLAS Faculty Research Grants Application--Summer 2021, click “HERE”

CLAS Graduate Student Field Research Grants Application--Summer 2021, click “HERE”

3:30 p.m.

Del Femi-Juvenicidio al Neoliberarchivo:
Art, Archives, and the Pursuit of Human Right

A discussion on Femicide along the US/Mexico border
with Adriana Miramontes
PhD Candidate, History of Art and Architecture Department

To register, click "HERE"
Event will be conducted in English.

NEW DISCUSSION SERIES on Afro-Latin American Culture will begin in March

 Cultura Negra no Atlantico 

This initiative brings together discussion groups based at Universidade Federal Fluminense, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, in Brazil, and CLAS at the University of Pittsburgh.

The first meeting, on March 11th, will be a discussion of the book Diasporas Imaginadas (Imagined Diasporas), by Kim Butler (Rutgers) and Petronio Domingues (Universidade Federal do Sergipe). Both with be present at the discussion, alongside the event organizers.  

This series will be in Portuguese--To register, click "HERE"

A roundtable discussion hosted by
Kalee Hovetter

Register here:
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In Zoom, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
For information on upcoming meeting and how to join click "HERE"
With the support of the Center for Latin American Studies, we explore 1) the problems Latinos in small yet rapidly growing populations face, and 2) how to solve those problems. We hope to get new writing and research collaborations going! Open to all interested: students, faculty, staff, and practitioners from Pitt and beyond.  If you want to get extra network time, we will be there 30 minutes before and after the meeting time.

Next meetings in 2021: Mar. 12, Apr. 16

The twelfth Charlemos event will take place on March 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm EST. The topic of discussion will be "Progressing Backwards? Elections and Democracy in Ecuador." Andrés Mejía Acosta (King's College London) will moderate a conversation between John Polga Hecimovich (U.S. Naval Academy) y Diana Dávila Gordillo (University of Leiden).

John Polga Hecimovich will discuss his forthcoming article, "Old Habits Die Hard: Ecuador's Return to Political Instablity, " (co-written with Francisco Sánchez) which will be published in June in the Journal of Democracy. Diana Dávila Gordillo will discuss her article (forthcoming).
To Register, click "HERE"

It all Starts with Human Milk: Normalizing Nature for a Lifetime of Health, February 25 at 4:00 p.m.

Breastfeeding Experiences: Clinical, Cultural, and Parent Perspectives, March 25 at 4:00 p.m.

Breastfeeding Experiences: Clinical, Cultural, and Parent Perspectives, April 15 at 4:00 p.m.

A Tour of the Mid-Atlantic Mother's Milk Bank, September 23 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:

The 24th Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference on March 25-27, 2021

In  order to become ever more inclusive and lower barriers for scientific exchange, papers may be presented in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

For registration, program information and updates, click "HERE".


6:00 p.m.

Fiction / Venezuela / 2013

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. 

Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Registration is required:


April 8-10, 2021

As we had originally targeted April 10, 2021 for our Latin American and Caribbean Festival, and we must move cautiously through COVID-19 risk mitigation, we aim to hold a hybrid virtual event, with various live performances over two days.

However, we are also, optimistically planning for a live, in-person Festival on October 2, 2021, if University and City of Pittsburgh guidelines allow us to have a safe event. For more information, program , Click "HERE"

This event is part of the Fall 2021 Latin American and Caribbean Festival Preview
Friday, April 9, 2021
1:00 P.M.

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and Mexico Lindo, are proud to present a live, virtual carving 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.

Each registered participant will receive a small, unfinished, hand carved animal kit, including paints to follow along as we watch Armando and Antonia at work. Armando will discuss the origins of his art form, family history, and answer your questions.
To register, click "HERE"

 Free and  open to the public
Limited  supplies

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.

Students and Organizations interested in finding opportunities for internships,
click "HERE"

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"



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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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, visit:

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.

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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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.

Photo by Ruben A. Campos

Community Event:

Frida Kahlo- An Intimate Portrait

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


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