CLAS Weekly Digest (May 19, 2021)

CLAS Weekly Digest (May 19, 2021)

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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:

  • May 19, 2021, 12:00 P.M.  My name introduction ---To register for this section, click "HERE"
  • May 26, 2021, 12:00 P.M. --A Thousand Paper Cuts: Microaggressions and Names---To register for this section, click "HERE"
  • 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).

Global Issues Through Literature
Exploring Global Migration Narratives
"The Distance Between Us" by Reyna Grande

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

The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 5-8 PM (EST)
Discussion led by
 David TenorioAssistant Professor
Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures

University of Pittsburgh

Co-sponsored by CLAS

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Sponsored by Global Studies and cosponsor by CLAS

May 27, 2021, at Noon
The Roles of Exchange Rates in Latin American Economies:
Economics and Political Economy Approaches


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.

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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:

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"
For more information, email:

Community Announcement:

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The City of Pittsburgh’s blue recycling bin distribution program to become BAG FREE BY ’23 features a free webinar presented by the PA Resources Council instructing residents on how to RECYCLE RIGHT.  The 30-minute webinar, taking place through May 2021, spotlights bin use and options for recycling hard-to-recycle items.  


La ciudad de Pittsburgh apunta a funcionar sin bolsas de reciclaje (BAG FREE) para el 2023, mediante la distribución de más de 100,000 contenedores azules para todas las viviendas unifamiliares, dúplex y edificios de apartamentos con cinco o menos unidades. El programa ofrece un seminario web gratuito del Consejo de Recursos de PA, con instrucciones de como RECICLAR BIEN. El seminario se presentará hasta mayo de 2021, tiene una duración de 30 minutos y presenta el uso adecuado de los contenedores y las opciones para el depósito de artículos difíciles de reciclar.


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