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Which of the following spices isn’t grown on the island of Grenada?
Nutmeg, mace, turmeric, cinnamon, saffron, cloves, pimento (allspice), bay leaf, ginger

Hint: Grenada is known as "Spice Island"

Be the first to answer correctly and you will win a fabulous CLAS-Themed Prize!
Email the correct answer

Please note: to collect your prize you will need to visit us at 4200 Posvar Hall. The answer to this question will be featured in next week's newsletter.

Last week's question was: What was thought to cause leprosy until Louis XVI of France had them served at his table?
The answer was: Potatoes 
The winner was: Paulina Pardo Gaviria

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Friday, December 6, 2019

This talk analyzes how the practices of care for pregnant and birthing indigenous women in public health clinics exemplify the structural limits to intercultural healthcare in Peru. The intercultural birthing policy was heralded as a major shift in the history of health care in Peru. It changed existing birth protocols, that followed technocratic models of birthing, to incorporate traditional Andean practices of care. The Peruvian deployment of an intercultural health framework echoed political projects in Ecuador and Bolivia which recognized indigenous health practices and preferences as on par with biomedical perspectives. This signaled a willingness to recognize and respect cultural differences and address historically engendered marginalization of indigenous communities. However, the construction of intercultural health through the day-to-day practices of pregnancy, labor and postpartum care of indigenous women demonstrates a clear disconnection between discourse and praxis. Further, they speak to a broader project of forceful “modernization” of indigenous bodies to fit into the desired mestizo nation.
Dr. Lucia Guerra-Reyes is a medical anthropologist and interdisciplinary researcher.  She holds a PhD in Anthropology and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) in Behavioral and Community Health, both from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to that, she studied a Master’s degree in Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru.  She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Applied Health Science, at Indiana University Bloomington- School of Public Health.  Her research focuses on the complexities of access to sexual and reproductive health care for marginalized communities. She is the author of “Changing birth in the Andes: Culture, Policy and Safe Motherhood in Peru” (Vanderbilt 2019).

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Certificate Information for Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

The number one priority of the Center for Latin American Studies is its students. CLAS seeks to expand and enrich resources on the Latin American and Caribbean region at the University of Pittsburgh in order to offer its students multidisciplinary academic training programs of the highest quality that complement a degree in a discipline or profession.

Undergraduate Programs:   
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To set-up an advising meeting with the CLAS Advisor go to:    


During October 11-15, we had the luck of having Gil Rocha in Pittsburgh. He traveled from Laredo, TX, his hometown, to guide a community-mural making workshop. Gil's artistic trajectory, combined with his pedagogic skills, resulted in a magnificent art piece. 

The mural reflects trajectories of migration represented in vehicles made with everyday life elements. These vehicles carry memories of our homelands, Spanglish, motives for migration, research, music, knowledge, among other elements. They all are connected and pulled by a caracol encapuchadx, which honors rebelliousness and freedom, critical forces to endure dark times. 
The mural was created collectively in a process that took five days. The group was diverse in gender, age, nationalities, and professions. Nine women and ten men joined the mural painting process. People's age ranges oscillated between 7 to 50 years old. Participants described their origins as Chilean, Colombian, Salvadorian, Guatemalan-American, Mexican, Mexican-American, and American. The group was composed of students from primary school to grad school, graffiti artists, constructors, artists, filmmakers, merchants, and professors.
The design of this project is a joint effort from a University of Pittsburgh multidisciplinary team of grad students and professors from Anthropology, Communication, Education, History of Art, and Public Health. Casa San Jose is a partner in this project, and local artist, Leah Patgorski is the curator. This project counts with the support of Pitt's Hispanic Heritage Month committee, The Year of Creativity initiative, and its an effort to dignify and make visible the Latinx presence in Pittsburgh.
Our next step is to find a public and visible wall in Pittsburgh where to mount this mural permanently. Ideas and proposals are welcome.



ADMPS 2356/ EDUC 2205


This course is designed to provide a first-hand understanding of key modes of methodological inquiry central to a range of qualitative research. The organizing umbrella format for research is the semester-long ethnography. Under this parent concept I will introduce core methods and techniques used to secure a fieldsite, establish rapport and trust, take worthwhile fieldnotes, explore and map the cultural scene, successfully engage with and interview respondents, begin data analysis, and write up a simple research portfolio using cultural themes as a guiding framework. Project debriefings include the social construction of gender, identity, group belonging, and social movements as well as whose knowledge counts and how GSWS topics are linked to ways of knowing. Each methodological component is tied to numerous demonstrations of proficiency, applied seminar activities, and constructive collegial critique and discussion. All of these are aimed at fostering competence and confidence in the beginning fieldworker.

Throughout the course, illustrations are drawn from feminist ethnographic texts and scholars of all backgrounds and sexualities. Principles of feminist research and pedagogy will be woven into the seminar. GSWS students will be able to design a semester long exploratory project that helps them to fulfill undergraduate or graduate requirements. It can be a hands-on way for you to learn how to ethnographically assess, evaluate, connect to, and help represent complex GSWS community groups. How can we, as GSWS scholars and activists, partner in reciprocal and decolonizing ways to generate useful and authentic data? How do we represent the vantage points of women, gender, and sexuality as they intersect with project topics?

Advanced undergraduate and masters degree students will gain essential skills useful in many careers. Doctoral students will find that these foundational field methods will serve as a strong springboard to further intermediate coursework in specific research methodologies and advanced coursework in data analysis and dissertation/thesis composition and rhetoric. Graduate students with prior introductory coursework in qualitative research will find that this workshop facilitates considerable needed individualized skills refinement. For all, final projects can demonstrate competencies greatly sought out in applications for future degrees, as well as for scholarships, and further research, evaluation, or consulting.

Students can work on a pilot project, their own BPhil, (pre-)thesis or dissertation work, or a faculty-led project, but are responsible for securing the necessary prior IRB clearances if they opt to apply the weekly course skills to their own project. Students who are using the exercises only to build their repertoire in order to fulfill class requirements do not have to complete the IRB review. However, insight into the ethical conduct of research will remain central to the class.

No matter your discipline or next evaluation or research project, laying a foundation for these core capacities provides readily transferrable and highly employable skills. Becoming more aware of how to read a cultural scene is also a key skill as you prepare for international internships and study abroad. Improve the scope and rigor of your qualitative fieldwork and embark on your next adventure through this course.



New Course Offering!
Carnegie Mellon University : Political Economy of Latin America

84-308 Political Economy of Latin America  (undergraduate section)
84-608 Political Economy of Latin America  (graduate section)
Professor Ignacio Arana
Tuesday and Thursday- 3-4:20 PM
For most of its history, Latin America has been home to political and economic experiments. Revolutions, coups, military dictatorships, democratic and authoritarian regimes have coexisted with dramatic oscillations on economic policies regarding the size and functions of the state and the role of the market. Governments have experimented with a range of strategies to attain development, using the region as a laboratory of politico-economic theories. In this course, we will examine how the complex relationship between politics and economic policies helps us to explain the current level and range of economic development in the region. The course is divided into three main sections. The first part will focus on Latin American history from its conquest to the end of the First World War (1492-1918). The second portion will cover from the aftermath of the First World War to the end of the Cold War. The third segment will center on the macro processes that have characterized the region since 1990, with an emphasis on the existing challenges to democratic and economic consolidation. In a final paper, students will discuss how current events connect to the region's historical complex marriage between politics and economics. Students will be encouraged to submit their papers to the CIRP Journal (, Panoramas ( or similar academic outlets.
Ignacio Arana Araya
Institute for Politics and Strategy 
Carnegie Mellon University


Call for Applications 
Submission deadline: January 6, 2020

Institute for Latino Studies - Young Scholars Symposium
University of Notre Dame 
April 29 - May 1, 2020


Annually, the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) convenes advanced graduate students and junior scholars from across the nation for a dynamic Young Scholars Symposium, to enhance their research in Latino Studies. The symposium is hosted by the Institute for Latino Studies Director Luis R. Fraga. Professor Fraga is the Rev. Donald P. McNeill, C.S.C., Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership and Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.  

The 2020 Senior Scholar who will mentor the participants of the Symposium in the field of Art History is Dr. Charlene Villaseñor Black, Professor of Ibero-American Art and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles.  

Selected participants will present a completed essay that will be reviewed by Professor Villaseñor Black and members of the Notre Dame faculty affiliated with ILS. All expenses are covered by ILS including an honorarium of $500. Up to six participants will be selected. More information can be found on their website.

Applicants in their final year of graduate study and junior faculty who have not yet published their first book are eligible to apply to the ILS Young Scholars Symposium. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 6, 2020. 

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor
  • An application letter, under 2 pages, that presents:
    • (a) a summary of the dissertation project and/or overall research program,
    • (b) a précis of the proposed essay submission for the symposium,
    • (c) a statement of progress to date on the overall project and on the proposed essay, and
    • (d) a statement of how specifically the ILS Distinguished Visiting Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black’s expertise and mentorship will enhance your research.
Please submit a completed application with all materials in PDF format, no later than Monday, January 6, 2020 at noon EST, directed to Professor Luis R. Fraga, ILS Director, via email to
Questions may also be directed to this address. Interested applicants may also reach personnel at the Institute Monday to Friday, 8-5pm at (574) 631-4440.
DRCLAS Visiting Scholars and Fellows Application
Call for 2020 - 2021 Applications

Application deadline for the 2020-21 academic year is February 1, 2020. 
Each year the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) selects a number of distinguished academics (Visiting Scholars) and professionals (Fellows) who wish to spend one or two semesters at Harvard working on their own research and writing projects. 

Visiting Scholars and Fellows are provided shared office space, computer, library borrowing privileges, access to University facilities and events, and opportunities to audit classes and attend seminars in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and in other Harvard professional schools.

The residential fellowships cover round-trip travel expenses (up to $3,000), emergency health insurance (for the foreign Visiting Scholar or Fellow and accompanying immediate family), and a taxable $25,000 living stipend while at Harvard. Appointments are typically for one or two semesters. Recipients are expected to spend an entire semester at the University. The stipend is $25,000 regardless of a one or two semester residency. Visiting Scholars and Fellows may also obtain funding from their own academic institutions, outside foundations or personal resources.


Further inquiries about the DRCLAS Visiting Scholars Program can be made to Edwin Ortiz, and for more information on the application process, click here.

Part-time Job Posting! 
Research Assistant

Hello! My name is Maya Ragavan and I am a pediatric researcher at the University of Pittsburgh. I am looking for Research Assistants for a survey-based project examining the associations between acculturation gaps (parent-adolescent differences in cultural values), parental monitoring, and teen dating violence among Hispanic youth. I will be conducting surveys with Hispanic youth and one of their parents at clinic and community-based sites. Job responsibilities include conducting literature reviews, helping me with survey development, participant recruitment, data collection, and data analysis. This project will require being bilingual in English and Spanish. If you are interested, you may also help write manuscripts.  I am looking for someone to work between 10-15 hours a week and am paying $12.50/hour. If you are interested, please let me know! My name is


 Pitt Scholarships  

 Fund your graduate school, research, study abroad, and more! 
For more information and to apply click here:

Pitt's National Scholarship Mentors can help you craft competitive applications for national and international scholarships, fellowships, awards, and grants. 

Explore your scholarship options: Schedule a one on one appointment on Pitt Pathways with Lesha Greene, Josh Cannon, Dave Fraser, or Aidan Beatty. 

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The deadline for graduate students to submit their applications to our office is January 6, 2020. This will allow students to pick up the signed application before the final application deadline to the Nationality Rooms’ office which is January 13, 2020.


1. Email the application materials (including the essays) to me and deliver the Nationality Rooms Academic Credit Signature Page to my office once it has been signed by their advisor with the credit information filled out on the form or

2. They can print out the application materials (including the essays) and deliver them along with the Nationality Rooms Academic Credit Signature Page to my office once it has been signed by their advisor with the credit information filled out.

As a reminder, students can apply for two scholarships in one application if the project proposal is the same for both. If the project proposals differ, two separate applications are needed.

If you have any questions about the application, please contact Cristina Lagnese, Scholarship Administrator, at or 412-624-6159.

The dates for the Nationality Rooms Scholarship Information Sessions can be found at as well as on our website



The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Graduate Studies

Dean's Tuition Scholarships are a very limited number of tuition scholarships awarded by the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Studies, typically for the final term of graduate studies. The primary criteria for such awards are financial need and academic achievement. Students with TA, TF, GSA, GSR, PROVISIONAL and SPECIAL graduate status are not eligible for these funds. Receiving TA, TF, GSA, or GSR support voids Dean's Tuition Scholarship. These scholarships cannot be provided for beginning students. Students who received a Dean's Tuition Scholarship previously are ineligible to receive it again except under special circumstances as discussed with Briea St. Clair. Priority is given to students who have exhausted all University of Pittsburgh and personal resources and who are required to be registered in order to receive a degree from the Dietrich School. This is a TUITION-ONLY SCHOLARSHIP; students are responsible for any other required fees.

Please download the Spring 2020 Dean's Tuition Scholarship Application. Applications can also be obtained from departmental graduate administrators or from 5141 Sennott Square. In additional to completed applications, a letter of recommendation from the student's advisor is required in order to be considered for this scholarship. The letter should comment briefly on the student's academic achievements, progress toward degree, anticipated completion and graduation dates, and financial need. Completed applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to the Dietrich School Office of Graduate Studies, 5141 Sennott Square.  For more information:


DR. JUAN ANDRADE JR. Scholarship

For Young Hispanic Leaders

 Application deadline November 30, 2019
For more information here

Tulane University
Zemurray-Stone Post-Doctoral Fellow in Brazilian Studies

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies seeks candidates in the humanities and social sciences engaged in scholarly work related to Brazil, an area of intellectual vitality at Tulane University. On July 1, 2020, Tulane University will begin a five-year term as the institutional host of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA). In conjunction with this commitment, the Stone Center plans to intensify Brazil-related programming with additional support from the School of Liberal Arts. The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Stone Center, offer a seminar on a subject of their choice, and assist the Executive Secretary of BRASA in organizing academic events pertaining to Brazil, including an interdisciplinary symposium dedicated to the Bolsonaro Era to be held at Tulane during April 2021.
Fellows will be selected following three criteria: (1) intellectual merit of research; (2) the potential impact that their research, teaching, and experience would have on the strategic advancement of Latin American Studies at Tulane; (3) the ability to contribute to the mission of the BRASA Secretariat at Tulane, including event planning and execution. Successful candidates should have strong organizational and interpersonal abilities, excellent written and oral communication skills, proficiency in the Portuguese language, a demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively, and experience in managing multiple projects. Fellowships are one-year, residential, full-time appointments with a stipend of $48,450 plus benefits. Travel and moving expenses are not supported. Applicants who are ABD must complete their Ph.D. by May 2020. Preference will be given to those who have not had recent access to Tulane University’s resources and whose research would benefit from such access.
Application must be submitted via Interfolio by visiting and must include:
(1) a curriculum vitae
(2) a cover letter describing research interests, teaching, and administrative experience, and your particular capacity to contribute to the Stone Center and the BRASA Secretariat
(3) a graduate transcript
(4) two recommendation letters
(5) a writing sample
(6) a detailed proposal for at least one content course or seminar
(6) teaching evaluations if available.

For additional information on the Stone Center and its programs, please visit our website:

For more information on this Post-Doctoral Fellowship, please contact James Huck, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, Stone Center for Latin American Studies,

The application deadline is December 31, 2019.

Tulane University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/ADA employer committed to excellence through diversity.  All eligible candidates are invited to apply for position vacancies as appropriate.



2019-20 Call for Proposals
Latin America in Translation/En Traducción/Em Tradução
In the English-speaking world, Latin Americans are more often written about than read. As a result, the educated public in the United States continues to learn most of
what it does know about the region from Latin Americanists who are themselves foreigners to the national realities they study.

Since October 1990, the UNC and Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies has undertaken an effort to address this imbalance by establishing an ongoing editorial series, “Latin America in Translation/En Traducción/Em Tradução.”
The Latin America in Translation Series is a joint initiative of the UNC and Duke Consortium, Duke University Press (DUP), and the University of North Carolina Press (UNCP) and is directed by an editorial committee of faculty members and editors from the three sponsoring institutions. Since 1993, more than 40 books have been published in the series with more forthcoming regularly.
The Series translates and publishes in English outstanding books in a wide range of fields by important Latin American writers and scholars. It helps to further dialogue
across academic communities in Latin America and the English-speaking world. And it brings Latin American content to students and scholars in other fields of study.
The books must have already been published in the original language. While most topics in the social sciences and humanities are considered, the committee gives
highest consideration to those works that, once translated, will be most likely to attract a significant readership in English. The committee does not normally select highly
specialized works that will likely be of interest mostly to scholars and professionals who can already read the book in the original language. The committee is particularly eager
to translate works that can be used effectively in the classroom.
Nonfiction has a much better chance of being selected than fiction or poetry. Those who submit works of literature, especially, should provide an explanation of potential
classroom use. In addition, the cost of translation can be substantial, so works more than 400 pages may exceed the amount of funding available.
Nomination Procedures:
Interested scholars are encouraged to nominate a title for consideration in the series; self-submissions are not invited. Only complete submissions will be accepted. Please
include the following:
1. A nomination letter from one or more people, other than the author, that addresses the book’s importance within Latin America and for an English language
audience, as well as its need for translation.
2. (Recommended) One or two particularly significant published reviews of the book with complete references for the sources.
3. A copy of the book (a PDF version is fine)
The deadline for submissions is Friday December 6, 2019. Incomplete submissions, or submissions postmarked after the deadline, will not be accepted. Please submit materials to, if by email.
Address to use if mailing through US Postal Service:
Latin America in Translation
Series, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Box 90254,
Durham, NC 27708-0254.

Address to use if mailing via Federal Express or another courier service:
Latin America in Translation Series, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Room 143
Franklin Center
Duke University
Durham, NC 27705.


Concurso internacional de ensayo 
Organizado por la Universidad Siglo 21

“Pensando el siglo XXI”

La Universidad Siglo 21 convoca a toda la comunidad académica y literaria a participar en el Concurso Internacional de ensayo “Pensando el siglo XXI”. Nuestro objetivo es alentar la generación y transmisión de ideas creativas e innovadoras, que aborden problemáticas de interés presente y futuro. Serán aceptadas todas aquellas obras que se encuadren dentro del formato habitual de un ensayo.

El trabajo ganador será premiado con 2000 dólares estadounidenses. 

Se podrán presentar trabajos que aborden alguna de las siguientes áreas:

  • Educación
  • Tecnología
  • Psicología
  • Política
  • Sociología
  • Humanidades
  • Negocios
  • Management
  • Economía
Deadline: Diciembre 20, 2019

Los/as interesados/as en participar pueden acceder a las bases del concurso en:




What is the Human: Concepts and Controversies

Binghamton University Comparative Literature Graduate Conference

April 17, 2020

In the wake of environmental catastrophe, developing knowledge on animal and artificial intelligences, and the living legacy of coloniality, we are once again faced with these eternally recurring questions: What is the human? What is beyond the human? What are the consequences of shifting conceptualizations of the human? Many schools of thought examining eco-criticism, posthumanism, post-colonialism, and more now confront these previously established boundaries, interrogating the ways in which our construction of ‘the human’ and consciousness has left us blind to other agencies and existences in the world. Simultaneously, there are other post- and decolonial scholars who remind us that our limited definition of ‘human’ is not new; many people have been—and continue to be—left out of a definition of the human. The Binghamton University Comparative Literature Department seeks papers from a range of scholarly approaches which address these concerns. 

Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted to by January 17, 2020. Submission emails should include name, a brief bio, and your preferred pronouns. We invite work that engages with topics including, but not limited to:

  • Posthumanism/Transhumanism
  • Anthropocentrism/Anthropocene
  • Eco-criticism
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine translation
  • Postcolonialism
  • Decoloniality
  • Speculative fiction
  • Genocide/mass atrocity/human rights
  • Migration and boundaries
  • New Materialism
  • Futurisms
  • Critical race theory
  • Queer theory


Advancing Management Research in Latin America Conference 
April 15-17, 2020

Hosted by IPADE Business School

 Mexico City, Mexico

Latin America (LATAM) is a unique and under explored region in terms of research. It is unique since its countries form part of four different regions: North America, Central America, Caribbean and South America; and through its rich history, culture, and various socioeconomic and political conditions, provide a relevant setting for management research and its application.
The purpose of the conference is to: 1) foster the development of research from Latin American scholars and institutions, 2) create opportunities for leading scholars to learn more about how their work relates to relevant issues that are embedded within the Latin America context, and 3) establish connections between management educators and scholars from Latin America with those from other parts of the world. The participation of international scholars and practitioners and the availability of academic activities that will take place in English, Spanish and Portuguese, provide an immersive experience that will foster the development of lasting research networks.


Call for submissions:

For more information and to register here:


A Student Journal of Social Relations


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Latin American Studies Asociation (LASA) 

Join LASA in Guadalajara, Mexico!

To learn more about upcoming Conferences, visit this link:

Dear CLAS Faculty,

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) makes resources available for its affiliated faculty throughout the University.   For more information please visit our faculty link here:


Call for Faculty Papers:
Transformation and Continuity in Cuba

International Conference

March 20-21, 2020

The main theme in our Year of Cuba Conference invites interdisciplinary approaches to the multiple, enriching, and conflicting intersections taking place in this country. This forum, in partnership with CIFAL Atlanta, serves as a platform to engage in scholarly conversations that will contribute to understanding the complexities of Cuba, generating new forms of engagement and learning, and appreciating the many forms of Cuban’s resiliency and contributions to the world. 

At a historic news conference in Havana back in 2016, former President Barack Obama reflected on the nuevo día dawning for Cuba and the United States“Cuba’s destiny will not be decided by the United States or any other nation. Cuba is sovereign and rightly has great pride. And the future of Cuba will be decided by Cubans, not by anybody else.” This speech marked the reaffirmation of a transitional period that started in 2014 called the Cuban Thaw, an overture to reestablish relations between both countries after a period of estrangement that began back in 1959 with Fidel Castro’s Revolución. The end of this 60-year hostility could become a reality with the lift of the trade embargo; the culmination of the Castrista dynasty; the ease of American travel to Cuba; the long-awaited release of political prisoners; and the development of dozens of bilateral projects that would foment the performing arts, culture, sports, the ecological landscape, and medicine. Undertaking drastic economic reforms and striking a balance between rupture and tradition, however, have proven in a post-Castro era to come with promises and shortcomings. 

We invite proposals for academic papers across the disciplines that think critically about Cuba related topics, not limited to the following:

Social Issues – Same-Sex Marriage, Journalism, Social Justice, and Community Development
Economic Issues – Equity, Mobility, Tourism, Remittances, Investment and Healthcare
Cultural Studies - Race, Class and Gender; Cuisine, Sports, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Artivism
Historic Preservation – Architecture, Memory, Storytelling, Museum Studies
Religious Studies - Cuban Santería, Jewish Heritage, Christianity, and Secularism
Cuban History –Slave Trade, Colonialism, Revolución, Post-Castro Cuba
Environmental Studies- Climate Change, Disaster Response, and Sustainability
Cuba-U.S. Relations - Spanish American War, the Embargo, the Cuban Thaw, and the Role of Baseball
Cuban Americans & Transnational Cuba – Cuban Communities Across the Globe
Technology & Science –Internet, Youth Activism, Advances in Medicine and Emergency Response 

For additional context on the Year of Cuba and the conference visit

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts: To participate, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words describing the focus of your proposed paper or panel, the methodology employed, and the general argument. At the top of the abstract, type your name, institutional affiliation, position or title, contact phone number, and e-mail. If you wish to propose a panel, please submit the title and abstract for each paper, along with the names and institutional affiliation of all panelists. Save in one Word or RTF document and attach the document to an email message. Type “Year of Cuba Conference” in the subject line and send it to Dr. Dan Paracka at

Latin American Studies and Eduardo Lozano Collection News! 

University of Pittsburgh Library System Acquires Manuscripts
by Jorge Luis Borges

October 2019

The University Library System is pleased to announce the acquisition of four handwritten manuscripts by Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine writer and poet. In addition to the Borges notebook previously acquired last year, these new items include two poems and two essays. Specifically, the manuscripts are El otro tigre (The Other Tiger), La nadería de la personalidad (The Nothingness of Personality), Poema conjetural (Conjectural Poem), and Anotación al 23 de agosto de 1944 (Annotation to the 23rd of August of 1944). In March of 2018, the ULS acquired the Cuaderno Avon (Avon notebook) and several loose accompanying pages (Páginas sueltas), which included the story La espera (The Wait) and notes for El escritor argentine y la tradición (The Argentine Writer and Tradition).
Jorge Luis Borges was born on August 24, 1899 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and died on June 14, 1986 in Geneva, Switzerland. He was a short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and is considered one of the foremost literary figures of the 20th century.
The addition of these exceptionally valuable manuscripts to the University Library System will contribute to the enrichment of the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection as well as the extensive collection of Borges’s original work held in different institutions including the University of Virginia Library, the New York Public Library, Michigan State University, the National Library of Spain, the Fondation Martin Bodmer in Geneva, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. 
These materials will be housed in Archives & Special Collections, which is one of western Pennsylvania’s largest repositories for archival manuscripts, rare books, photographs, maps and audio-visual materials. 
The Finding Aid can be accessed at:
Any Questions? Please contact Librarian. Martha Mantilla at
CLAS Faculty News 
New book on Gamaliel Churata by Professor Elizabeth Monasterios and Mauro Mamani Macedo!

Gameliel Churata: El escrito, el filósofo, el artista que no concíamos
New Book : How “Indians” Think Colonial Indigenous Intellectuals and the
Question of Critical Race Theory

By Gonzalo Lamana


CLAS Faculty Poetry Book 2019

Dr.  Áurea María Sotomayor
Operación Funámbula: Antología personal (1973-2018)
Published by Amargord Ediciones (2019)

CLAS Faculty Book 2018

Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago
Voices of Change in Cuba
from the Non-State Sector
Published by University of Pittsburgh Press 2018

CLAS Faculty Book 2019

Dr. John Beverley
The Failure of Latin America: Postcolonialism in Bad Times
(University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019)  

CLAS Faculty Book 2019

Dr. Gina Garcia
Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities.
(Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019)

Let us know about events going on in the community! 
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The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh hosts various clubs, classes, and conversation groups related to Spanish. These including "Spanish for Beginners," "Spanish Conversation," and "Spanish II."

To browse events related to Spanish offered by the library, click here:

These classes are for adult learners and are FREE.
You do not have to register for the classes or bring anything.
New participants are welcome at any time.

Let's Speak English

If English is not your first language and you would like a place to practice, come to the Library! Join other non-native English speakers for friendly, low-stress conversation.

Want to know more?

Casa San Jose 
Extended Office Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Casa San Jose esta extendiendo sus horas de oficina en nuestro segundo local en East Liberty.
Si quiere hacer cita o comunicarse con esa oficina por favor llame al (502) 682-4540.

For more information on Casa San Jose, visit:

Clínicas Pediátricas y de Vacunación Gratuitas
Segundo Sábado de Cada Mes
8:30 AM to 12 PM*
Salvation Army (Centro de Donaciones) 54 S. 9th Street South Side Pittsburgh, PA 15203
865 Cabot Way, Pittsburgh, PA, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
No se necesita cita o seguro de salud

Clínicas Pediátricas Gratuitas
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2 PM to 3:40 PM
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Latin American Cultural Union (LACU) 

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Latino Family Center (LFC) 

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Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) Job Postings

JFCS is known as a local leader in providing innovative and effective social service solutions to problems facing families and individuals of all ages and walks of life. Support ranges from counseling services, career services, guardianship services, immigration legal services, refugee and immigrant services, scholarship services and we run the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry. We offer support without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, gender, sexual orientation, familial status, age, handicap or disability.

Position Description

Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) is the lead agency of a five-agency partnership called Immigrant Services & Connections (ISAC). This position falls under the ISAC program. This individual will assist the program supervisor in administering the ISAC Program in the following ways: maintaining customized web-based database, running reports for evaluation and outcome reporting and training/updating staff on database. Monitoring and/or conducting screenings of ISAC referrals and intakes to ensure quality, communicating with and collecting information from partner agencies, quality assurance, and compliance with program/funding requirements. Utilization of interpretation as appropriate.

Bachelor’s degree and experience in program administration and/or database management. Informational systems/data collection program skills needed. Excellent organizational and communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with and follow direction of management team and staff required. Experience with non-English speakers a plus. Cultural sensitivity a must. Maintaining a valid PA driver’s license and insurance is a requirement.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains the customized web-based database and troubleshoots problems. Serves as the contact for database with vendor and other IT consultants as needed.
  • Assists in collecting/entering data; tracking and reporting on program activities, quality control issues, evaluations and outcomes.
  • Responsible for monitoring the Service Coordination waiting list and assigning cases as necessary.
  • Act as front line staff to respond to inquiries by phone and in person (utilizing interpretation as needed), assess needs, enroll and determine level of service needed for clients with limited English and/or cultural barriers.
  • Develop and revise ISAC and database training materials, forms, and program information.
  • Responsible for providing ISAC and database training to service coordinators, navigators, supervisors and interns at JFCS and partner agencies,
  • Assist in convening internal staff meetings and regular monthly partner meetings and quarterly trainings; including recommending training and scheduling presenters, as well as logistical planning
  • Participates in staff development and training opportunities as directed.
  • Assists with communication to clients, partner agencies and external providers. Working through an interpreter if required.
  • Supports other administrative and program activities as required.
  • Is alert to cross-cultural interference in dealing with clients and behave in culturally sensitive manner in order to be able to respond appropriately to the cultural characteristics of the clients.
  • Performs outreach and marketing activities to promote ISAC and inform the service provider community of its two-way referral network,
  • Represents ISAC on various committees and at regular ongoing stakeholder meetings
  • Application

    Please email cover letter and resume to with “ISAC Administrative Coordinator” in the subject


    JFCS Refugee & Immigrant Services leads Immigrant Services & Connections (ISAC), a five agency partnership helping newcomers build their lives in the Greater Pittsburgh area by connecting immigrants to important resources, services and communities in Allegheny County and offering information & referrals, service coordination to assess needs and connect clients to a full range of community connections, and bilingual navigation.

    Position Description
    Make an impact on the lives of new immigrants in our region. As Intensive Case Manager, you will be responsible for providing case management to high-needs clients referred by ISAC partners and help the most vulnerable of our community meet their life goals.

    Work together with clients, complete intakes and individual assessments, and develop and implement individualized plans.

    Connect clients with resources spanning social services, medical, and government agencies, as well as to interpretation assistance and English classes to promote long-term self-sufficiency.


    • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology or related field (MSW preferred)
    • Minimum of three years case management experience
    • Experience with immigrant services, case management, service coordination or other social services
    • Alert to cross-cultural differences in dealing with vulnerable immigrant clients and to their unique needs
    • Excellent team player with organizational and communication skills
    • Comfort working together with interpreters
    • Comfort with inputting data into data management systems
    • Proficiency in a second language a plus
    • Maintaining valid PA driver’s license and insurance (requirement)

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Identify clients in partnership with ISAC staff
    • Screen clients to determine and assess gaps in service, English proficiency level, medical needs, social service and other needs, provide referrals, develop case management plans and track progress on a regular basis. Assure proper documentation
    • Develop individual plans, both short-term and long-term, to include, whenever possible, development of English proficiency as well as building competence in accessing services independently
    • Case management to support connection to services and referrals with partner agencies, county human service providers, schools, healthcare and government entities, etc.
    • Work, at times, in ISAC neighborhood drop-in sites around the Greater Pittsburgh area
    • Work closely with navigators (bilingual community helpers) and interpreters.
    • Take part in staff development and training opportunities
    • Collect and record program data both electronically and in paper files
    • Participate in delivery of training to external service providers and outreach to client/immigrant communities
    • Other duties as needed

    Please email cover letter and resume to with “Intensive Case Manager” in the subject line.


    Children International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization working to eradicate poverty around the world. At CI, we believe that ending poverty starts with children. Without help, children in poverty become adults in poverty. Our vision is to bring people together to put an end to that through programs focused on health, education, empowerment through life skills and, ultimately, employment. Ours is a unique, long-term, customized approach that allows us to stay with our children for the first two decades of their lives. We’re in it for the long haul because we know that the 220,000 children we support in 10 countries around the world deserve a fighting chance.
    Children International’s work is made possible by generous and caring sponsors, donors, corporations, more than 9,000 dedicated volunteers and approximately 1,600 employees. To ensure our programs give children the best possible chance of breaking the poverty cycle, we are elevating our practices for growing our people talent worldwide. That’s where you come in.


    We are seeking an exceptional leader, passionate about health and programming for young people, to serve as the Regional Program Officer for Health and Nutrition – Latin America. We believe that health and wellbeing, both through prevention of disease and access to essential health services when needed, are critical to holistic child and youth development. Young people that can stay healthy throughout childhood and adolescence are better equipped and positioned in the world to access opportunities and break free from poverty.

    This regionally based position will report to the Global Program Officer for Health and Nutrition, who is based in Kansas City, MO, and will influence our global portfolio of health programs across seven agencies in Mexico, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Colombia and Ecuador. The Regional Program Officer will collaborate closely with country-level management and health staff in this Regional Program Officer – Health & Nutrition process.

    This position is responsible for providing people and thought leadership on health programs and
    initiatives, including but not limited to supporting local execution of relevant prevention programs
    focusing on hygiene, safe water, oral health, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health, along
    with programs that aim to increase access to essential health services such as medical, dental and
    nutrition services. This person will also provide oversight and technical support on the portfolio of
    health programs regionally, especially related to design, implementation, and monitoring and
    evaluation of these programs. As we evolve our program model, we look for a leader to manage
    change, guide innovation, and set a precedent for intentional learning and reflection.

    • Provide technical support to Health Coordinators at each agency in Latin America
    • Coach on strategy and provide implementation support
    • Support teams to experiment and innovate
    • Knowledge management of learnings in health in the region
    • Support program design (participatory needs assessment, secondary research, M&E system development)
    • Review and approve annual health program plans and budgets
    • Consolidate and review semi-annual data and facilitate learnings based on the data/results
    • Lead thought leadership in the region, sharing best practices and opportunities with teams
    • Review global and regional best practices, distill these practices, and make them actionable at the agencies
    • Identify, establish, and support regional, national and local partnerships
    • Create and manage technical working groups and forums to further the health agenda regionally
    • Operationalize CI’s global health policy with country teams and guarantee that local plans are aligned with the health public policy in each country
    • Support agency staff in the design and review of localized health curriculum and materials
    • Represent CI at regional conferences and forums
    • Collaborate with regional counterpart (Regional Health Program Officer – Asia/Africa) to ensure alignment of work globally
    • Perform other administrative duties as assigned, including composing non-routine correspondence, trip reports, financial reports, and assisting with annual budgets
    • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree desired
      • Academic background – public health, community development, or related fields
    Required Experience and Skills
    • At least five years of program management experience
    • Experience working with an international NGO or in the field implementing related programs
    • Experience in program design, monitoring and evaluation, including quantitative data collection and analysis required
    • Excellent verbal and written Spanish and English communication skills required
    • Strong facilitation skills
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
    • Additional Skills and Characteristics
    • Experience working closely with families, communities, local or national government, and other partners to deliver effective programming highly preferred
    • Understanding of a life stage approach and ecological model approach to health highly preferred
    • Deep commitment and belief in the CI mission and organizational values
    • International travel up to 25% is required
    • Excellent interpersonal, relational and communication skills, with a history of inspiring collaboration across various functions
    • Possess a passion for children and youth and be committed to making a difference in the world
    • Flexibility and sensitivity to work with multiple cultures and languages
    For more information, click here.

    Latin American Studies Asociation (LASA) 

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