CLAS Monthly Newsletter--May 2021

CLAS Monthly Newsletter--May 2021

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May Flowers follow April showers, and this month we revel in the brilliance of Spring in full bloom in our beloved Pittsburgh. This past weekend the sun shone matching the brightness and aspirations of so many graduatesGraduation weekend, though still muted and unusual, was no less important as a time to celebrate and recognize our students’ achievements, perseverance, and hard work. Now, you will notice that the frequency and intensity of the Center’s programming and activities will diminish over the next three months to recharge batteries, plan, reorganize and start again in August.

We know that the last fourteen months have left an indelible mark on everyone’s lives and we are privileged to reside and work within a region of the world where we can harbor realistic expectations of resuming a life that is more like how it was before February 2020. At the same time, we are also cognizant of the ongoing crisis and worsening conditions all over Latin America and elsewhere. 

CLAS is a but a platform that frames a course of studies and experiences. Yet, we sincerely hope that we contribute to our students and faculty by approaching our work with a creative, innovative and collaborative perspective that will help mitigate ongoing disparities, improve lives, and ultimately foster a sense of well-being wherever they go. This is the meaning we try to find in all we do. Thank you for your support and encouragement. 

Welcome to the CLAS Alumni Family!

O massacre dos libertos

May 13, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Matheus Gato

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 livro Massacre dos Libertos, de Matheus Gato (editora Perspectiva). com o próprio autor. Evento em português.

No Brasil, o livro está disponível para compra no site da editora:

To register, click "HERE

This series came out of a discussion about what it means to have a given name – names say a lot about who we are, or does it?
Can names create subconscious bias? What is the history of our given name? Does the region where our name is most popular impact how we are perceived? How do social status and laws affect our name? Why is it so challenging to ask someone how their name is pronounced?
This series aims to open a doorway to exploring issues that affect us every day, and that, ultimately, reverberate through the most intimate aspects of who we are. While we will explore basic tools and name etiquette, with the kindness and respect we all deserve, we intend to reflect on what our names say about us, and how they may be used to define who we are. Please join our exploration of a crucial topic seldom discussed.

What is in a Name Series
Schedule of Events:

  • May 19, 2021, 12:00 P.M.  My name introduction
  • Date and time TBA --"A thousand paper cuts: Microaggressions and our names"
  • Date and time TBA -- "What should my name be now?"
  • For K-12 School Visits (Fall 2021  Spring 2022), please send us an email to 
This series is sponsored by the Global Hub and the University Center for International Studies (African Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Global Studies, European Studies, REEES, Global Experiences Office, Nationality Rooms, and OIS).

May 20, 2021 from 5:00-8:00 P.M.

In Conjunction with the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures program's "Ten Evenings" series, GSC is hosting "Four Evenings" pre-lecture discussions that put prominent world authors and their work in a global perspective.
Open to series subscribers and the Pitt Community, these evening discussions, conducted by Pitt experts, provide additional insight on prominent writers and engaging issues. 

Sessions this year will take place virtually on Thursday evenings from 5-7:30 PM. Books and Act 48 credit is provided.

To register, click "HERE"
Sponsored by Global Studies and cosponsor by CLAS

The Roles of Exchange Rates in Latin American Economies:
Economics and Political Economy Approaches

May 27, 2021, at Noon

What were the successes and errors of Latin American exchange rate policies in the last years? How did the region cope with episodes of external shocks? To what extent do political economy arguments matter in the choice and level of exchange rates? How do exchange rates play in the dynamics of economic and political cycles? What main lessons can we draw into the future?
Susana Nudelsman holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires. She has also pursued a Certificate in International Studies, specializing in International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and is a Master’s in International Relations candidate at Barcelona Institute of International Studies. She performs as a Consultant Member at the Argentine Council for International Relations and has collaborated with Think Tank 20 Argentina 2018. She has developed an important career in research and teaching at the University of Buenos Aires and has also been a visiting scholar and professor in various universities of the United States. She has been awarded scholarships by the National Research Council of Argentina, Fulbright Commission, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. She has published articles focused on Latin American issues and served as a reviewer for Economics journals.

To register, click "HERE"

Summer Institute for Global Educators

July 26-30, 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, June 1, 2021

The Summer Institute for Global Educators will allow in-service and preservice secondary educators in all subject areas to develop syllabi and lesson plans with enhanced global and regional studies content. Sessions will include the use of film and media, simulations, games, and technology to enhance global learning and teaching.

To apply, click "HERE"

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:

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The University of Pittsburgh English Language Institute (ELI) Intensive English Program begins on May 11. Those looking to improve their English language skills can study using the University’s flexible instructional model. In-person learning will be offered when conditions allow for it, and remote classes are available for students and instructors whose personal health risks or circumstances prevent them from coming to the classroom.



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

Some college students qualify for SNAP now, and the changes are expected to last through 2021DHS and PA Dept of Education have announced a temporary change in eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, expanding eligibility for certain college students who qualify based on their families' income. Under the new terms. college students who are eligible for a state or federal work study program, regardless of whether they are participating, or those who have an estimated family contribution of $0 on their federal student aid determination are not eligible. Interested parties can apply for SNAP through COMPASS. More info about food resources around PA are available in a food security guide

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.

Students who join TPN are paid for their contributions and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where they can learn the skills of professional journalists. They communicate well and bring their own ideas to the table, while also agreeing to pick up necessary assignments.

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.

Students can apply to work at The Pitt News by going to If you have questions or run into trouble filling out the application, please email
 Virtual Site Visit Program 
 Will be taking place during the week of May 10th to May 14th. I would appreciate it if you could share this email with the faculty, advisors,  and students in your department for me. Below you will find details regarding our site visits that we have secured. Additionally, below is information about our Alumni Networking Night that will be held on May 12th

Tuesday, May 11

10:30am -11:30am
Coinbase (Remote, San Fran, Portland, NYC, Chicago)
All majors; All class years

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Smithsonian: National Museum of the American Indian and Overview
Zoom link

1:00pm -2:30 pm
Business and Tech students;  Freshman through Juniors

Wednesday. May 12

Warner Media/CNN/HBO (NYC/DC/Atlanta/LA/Seattle)
Majors: All majors welcome
Class Years: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Graduate students interested in exploring future internship opportunities

Student Alumni Networking Event
5:30PM TO 7:00PM
Wednesday, May 12

Alumni Networking Night

May 12, 2021 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm 
We will have alumni from the following employers:

  • Kraft Heinz
  • Apple
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Google
  • Pandora
  • Amazon Web Series
  • Spotify
  • US Department of Health and Human Resources
  • Pfizer
  • IBM
  • Comcast
Whether you are looking for a new job or a new hire, Pitt Commons is here to help.

 Searching for a job?                                                      

Find the job of your dreams! The Pitt Commons job board is exclusively available to members of the Pitt community and features openings posted by Pitt alumni who are eager to hire fellow graduates or connect them to open positions.

Find a job at Pitt Commons 

 Looking to hire Pitt talent?                                         

Hiring Pitt talent is always a great investment and Pitt Commons makes it easy to find highly qualified applicants. Help fellow Pitt alumni and soon-to-be Pitt graduates by posting open positions and making sure they’re the first to know if your company has opportunities available.

Post a job at Pitt Commons 

Pitt Commons is an online network of alumni, students, faculty, and staff who are invested in helping one another succeed professionally. Job seekers enjoy the advantage of applying for positions that have been posted by Pitt alumni professionals. And hiring managers can easily scan a pool of applicants who share their connection to the University of Pittsburgh.

When you join Pitt Commons, you’ll also be able to explore mentorship opportunities, register for Pitt networking events, workshops, and training opportunities, and find other professional development resources in your field

It's free and easy. View a job listings on Pitt Commons today!



The Student Emergency Assistance Fund is a joint venture led by the Office of the Provost, Office of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement, Student Government Board, the Graduate & Professional Student Government, and the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. The health and safety of our Pitt community, particularly our students, is paramount.

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.

Community Support

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.

Student Service
Faculty/Staff Service 
Drives and Collections

We’re committed to being a University of the community. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pitt students, faculty, and staff are volunteering to provide technology support, well-checks, and a host of other forms of support. 

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.

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:

Summer Institute for Global Educators

July 26-30, 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, June 1, 2021


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
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Community Events List:

To see the latest events happening in our community---see below. For additional events, 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.

Abre Tu Negocio en Pittsburgh webinar  -  (Open Your Business: First Step -Webinar In Spanish-)

Si deseas estar independiente, tener el control de tus finanzas, y crecer tu negocio, este seminario es para ti.
Actualmente hay 3 millones de negocios Latinos en los Estados Unidos! Ven y enterate de todos los servicios que estan disponibles.
Universidad de Pittsburgh, Centro de Negocios SBDC (Small Business Development Center), Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE). 

  • Martes, 4 de Mayo, 2021
  • Hora: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Evento sera virtual via Zoom.
  • Costo: Gratis
Los participantes aprenderán lo siguiente:
  • Caracteristicas de un Emprendedor, Como identificar una oportunidad de negocios
  • Entender la Estructura Legal de los Negocios en los Estados Unidos
  • Nombre Ficticio de la empresa, Pennsylvania, TIN y el IRS
  • Finanzas y prestamos para tu negocio
  • Asegurar tu Negocio
  • Brent Rondon. Universidad de Pittsburgh SBDC. Abrir un Negocio en Pittsburgh.
  • Megan Williams. Banco Huntington. Financiamiento de tu Negocio.
  • Marsel Suarez. Babbins Seguros de Negocio.

Informacion: Brent Rondon.
Universidad de Pittsburgh, Centro de Negocios SBDC (Small Business Development Center), Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE).


ESL classes 
ESL classes for adults start again on May 1st! 

These classes are for beginners, or people with Level 1 of English.There are 3 schedule options for you to choose from.

To register or for more information you can write us or call 412-335-7446 Ext 208.


Welcoming Pittsburgh Community Meeting Agenda
Next meeting: May 12, 10-11:30AM
Upcoming events 
May 4, 4-7 PM. Port Authority Public Hearing on Fare Changes.
May 4th, anytime online. Author Heather McGhee discusses book The Sum of Us 
  • Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures is honored to virtually present Heather McGhee, author of the just released, important, and timely book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. In conversation with William Generett Jr., Senior Vice President of Civic Engagement, Duquesne University and Pittsburgh Foundation Board Member
  • Please confirm your interest by completing the form here.You will receive a viewing link on May 4 that you may share with others in your organization. The book will be mailed to the address you provide.
  •  Available to view on YouTube for one month

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


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