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Which country is the world's top producer of emeralds?

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 newsletter's question was: What is the national instrument of Guatemala
and where did it come from?

The answer was: The Marimba
The winners were:
 Daniel Kornosky and Mel Packer



1:30—3:30 p.m. Panel

Ignacio Arana | Jana Morgan | Scott Morgenstern | John Polga-Hecimovich 

4:00—5:30 p.m. KEYNOTE
“Resisting Illiberal Regimes: Lessons from Venezuela”
by Anibal Pérez-Liñán


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Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.




Deadline for abstract submissions Extended to 01/26/2020

Save the Date!

40th Latin American and Caribbean Festival


Starting at 3:00 p.m.

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh is privileged to celebrate the 40th Latin American and Caribbean Festival on Saturday, April 4, 2020. An innovative initiative promoted by Carmelo Mesa-Lago and Shirley Kregar as a way to “bring Latin America” to Pitt students in 1979 has now grown into an emblematic tradition, attracting more than 3,000 people yearly and forming part of Pittsburgh’s cultural fabric for generations.

The Festival reflects the diversity of Latin America and the Caribbean, connecting participants of all ages through attractions including cultural activities, cuisine, art and music centered on Latin American and Caribbean traditions and celebrations. Moreover, the Festival’s appeal includes the opportunity to access  travelling consulates, advocacy and ancillary legal services and support.  Please join us for this joyful yearly happening as we celebrate our roots and look forward to an auspicious future.

For photos from previous Festival and information, please visit:


The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is pleased to present the Spring 2020 Latin American Film Series. The series was curated by Luciana Lemos, a Brazilian GSPIA student with experience organizing independent film festivals. The topics vary from gender issues, water rights and ethnicity in Latin America and the Caribbean to Latinx identity and a reflection on the tensions between parental roles and public duty.

The films will be screened approximately twice per month, through the end of the Spring semester. All showings start at 6pm at either WWPH 4130 or the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

Pizza will be served.For more information on upcoming films, email:

Applications for
For more information, see link below.

Applications for FACULTY RESEARCH GRANTS are now open!
For more information, see link below.

Graduate Student Class Opportunity!
Dr. Enrique Dussel Peters' new course for Spring Term 2020:

PIA 2431
The New Socioeconomic Latin America and Caribbean-China Relationship: Theory and Evidence

The objective of this course is to understand general and detailed topics in the current Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) and China socioeconomic relationship since the 1990s and particularly in the fields of trade, financing, foreign direct investments (FDI) and infrastructure projects. The first section of the course will begin with a group of sessions on conceptual debates in development theory, data sources for trade, FDI, and infrastructure projects, as well as a structure to analyze the LAC-China relationship in the 21st century. The second section of the course will examine details of the LAC-China relationship in terms of proposed strategies and analysis in each of the four mentioned items (trade, financing, FDI and infrastructure projects), as well as analysis of existing literature in LAC and China. The third section of the course will present case studies of the LAC-China relationship in specific countries and/or of specific topics in one of the suggested 4 topics and/or of specific value-added chains; students will participate with presentations in this section of the course. The final session will also present main results, challenges, and policy suggestions for the current and future LAC-China relationship, both from a bilateral and regional perspective.

Wednesdays | 3-6pm | 3610 Posvar Hall
3 credit Seminar, Grading Basis GLG (Grade Letter Grade)

For more information on Dr. Dussel Peters, click here.

The ULS Joins a Proof of Concept Pilot for the Collaborative
Stewardship of Open Access Books

In 2016 the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP) formally endorsed a search for a viable pilot project designed to explore the stewardship of a set of open access scholarly e-books published in Argentina.

The open access book content published by CLACSO (Latin American Council of Social Sciences) was selected for the pilot project. Garcia Cambeiro, based in Argentina, and JSTOR jointly provide essential library services for the stewardship of the 2018-2019 frontlist Open Access published by CLACSO and assist with the assessment of the pilot project. A group of LARRP member libraries are providing the necessary funds to support the pilot project. In addition to Pitt, other partner libraries include: NYU, NYPL, Harvard, UT Austin, Princeton, and Columbia University.

Latin American Council on Social Sciences (CLACSO) is an academic network which represents 345 research centers and 649 post-graduate programs in social sciences, located in 25 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, United States and Europe. CLACSO and its associates publish close to 300 monographs per year. The year one Partner Libraries are contributing $70,000 in total for this Pilot Project.  The funds cover the costs for the publishing, access, discovery and preservation of 200 CLACSO book titles covering the 2018 and 2019 copyright years.

Here is a link to view the individual titles which are available via keyword searches and browsing on JSTOR:



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:   
Graduate Programs:

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

Applications for
are now open! For more information, see link below.



Currently at the Pitt Global Hub:

Ramón Gómez de la Serna Exhibit 

Featuring a sample of items from this remarkable collection of one of the most innovative literary figures in Spanish literature of the 20th century. A prolific Spanish-Argentinian poet, novelist, and essayist, Gómez de la Serna is especially known for creating a new literary genre he named the “greguería.” Ramón himself defined the greguería as a mathematical equation:  Greguería = Humor + Metaphor. Others have characterized it as a brief, humorous insight expressed in metaphoric language.

It was a pleasure and a challenge for me to dig-into the Ramón Gómez de la Serna papers to select 16 items from the approximately 60,000 pieces that compose the collection. The ones selected for the exhibit are intended to present a glimpse of the scope of the collection, the range of topics, the physical formats (handwritten notes, drawings, caricatures, manuscripts) and Ramon’s untraditional approach to express his views on the subject matters. Numerous cross-outs and colorful marks can be found throughout his work.

Kari Johnston, Communications Support Specialist for the ULS, printed the images and designed the artistic display. Many thanks to Kari for her valuable contribution.

Edward Galloway, Associate University Librarian for Archives & Special Collections, provided valuable advice and support. Many thanks to Ed. 

The exhibit will be on display throughout the spring and a talk about the collection will be scheduled later in the semester. 

I will welcome questions and comments about the exhibit.

Please send them to:  Martha E. Mantilla

Librarian, Latin American Studies and Eduardo Lozano Collection

For more information about the Collection, visit:

Graduate Student Class Opportunity!
Dr. Enrique Dussel Peters' new course for Spring Term 2020:

PIA 2431
The New Socioeconomic Latin America and Caribbean-China Relationship: Theory and Evidence

The objective of this course is to understand general and detailed topics in the current Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) and China socioeconomic relationship since the 1990s and particularly in the fields of trade, financing, foreign direct investments (FDI) and infrastructure projects. The first section of the course will begin with a group of sessions on conceptual debates in development theory, data sources for trade, FDI, and infrastructure projects, as well as a structure to analyze the LAC-China relationship in the 21st century. The second section of the course will examine details of the LAC-China relationship in terms of proposed strategies and analysis in each of the four mentioned items (trade, financing, FDI and infrastructure projects), as well as analysis of existing literature in LAC and China. The third section of the course will present case studies of the LAC-China relationship in specific countries and/or of specific topics in one of the suggested 4 topics and/or of specific value-added chains; students will participate with presentations in this section of the course. The final session will also present main results, challenges, and policy suggestions for the current and future LAC-China relationship, both from a bilateral and regional perspective.

Wednesdays | 3-6pm | 3610 Posvar Hall
3 credit Seminar, Grading Basis GLG (Grade Letter Grade)

For more information on Dr. Dussel Peters, click here.



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


MSU Special Collections Summer Research Grants

Michigan State University Libraries invites applications for research grants for the summer of 2020. The grants are intended to help scholars who live more than 100 miles from East Lansing whose research would benefit from on-site access to the rich primary source collections housed in MSU Libraries’ Special Collections. The 2020 grants are made possible through the generous support of Char Mollison and MSU Libraries Special Collections Endowment.

Five grants of $3,000 will be awarded based on the overall promise of the research project and the significance of MSU’s Special Collections to the work. The on-site research period must run for at least one week between May 1 and September 30 of the year awarded.

Research strengths of MSU Special Collections are deep and varied, including an outstanding comic art collection; American radicalism on the extreme right and left; extensive holdings on Latino and Chicano activism and artists; popular culture; zines, Africana; exceptional rare book holdings in cookery, the history of science, veterinary medicine, Italian unification, conduct books; one of the country’s oldest LGBTQ+ collections; a peerless collection documenting the contemporary men’s movements; and the papers of numerous Michigan writers including Richard Ford, Diane Wakoski, and Thomas McGuane. Please consult their collections page for more information on MSU’s unique holdings.

How to Apply

Any researcher, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, artists, activists, or independent researchers, residing more than 100 miles from East Lansing, is eligible to apply. International scholars are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa, which may have travel limits. Current or incoming MSU students are not eligible.

Please submit the following documents, preferably as a single PDF, to SPC Summer Research Grant Applications ( by January 31, 2020.

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than six pages
  • Description of research topic, its significance, and specific materials within MSU Special Collections to be used (two pages maximum)
  • First and second choice of dates in residence. On-site research period must run for at least one week between May 1 and September 30. Please note: our summer reading room hours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professional and/or academic reference speaking to the value of your project and the quality of your work. Recommendation letters can be submitted with the application or separately to the same email address.

travel guide has been prepared to assist all recipients, once they have been notified of acceptance:

All grant recipients will give a presentation about their research at the library during their visit. Recipients are also asked to acknowledge the grant in any publications resulting from funded research in MSU Special Collections and to provide a copy of the final publication. Grant recipients may be subject to tax implications, depending on how the awarded funds are spent. For international award recipients, this may include tax implications in the United States and in their country of origin.

The grants committee will begin reviewing applications promptly after the deadline and grant recipients will be notified by March 16, 2020.

For more information, click here.

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.


 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. 

For more resources here:

Touch, Taste, Turn: Unleashing the Senses in the Art of the Americas
The Fifth Annual Symposium of Latin American Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, the Graduate Center, and Columbia University: Presented by the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA).

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, Columbia University in the City of New York, and the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) are pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Symposium of Latin American Art.

“Touch, Taste, Turn: Unleashing the Senses in the Art of the Americas” will be held in New York on April 2, 3 and 4, 2020.

The symposium will include keynote lectures by María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Claire Tancons, and a methodological workshop for the panelists led by Constance Classen. Cultural and artistic practices that engage with multiple senses (e.g. sight, smell, hearing, taste, touch, and beyond) have a long history in the Americas. Indigenous civilizations and Afro-diasporic communities have developed artifacts and practices that promote forms of knowledge grounded in presence, materiality, and sensorial perception.

Examples include Andean quipus or knotted cords used to communicate information, Haitian Vodun visual and ritualistic practices summoning sensorial and spiritual energies, and seventeenth-century Tupinambá ceremonial feather capes. These legacies continue to inspire artists today, such as Cecilia Vicuña, who produces environments that evoke quipus; María Magdalena Campos-Pons, whose mixed-media works incorporate bodily interventions and soundscapes; and Guadalupe Maravilla, whose performances explore movement and the experience of migration. With these precedents in mind, this year’s iteration of the symposium will bring together interdisciplinary and cross-temporal scholarship focusing on objects and practices by makers and artists in the Americas that engage in multisensorial experiences. By placing an emphasis on multiple senses and their interrelation, the event will draw upon and expand on the “sensory turn,” an approach more commonly associated with disciplines such as anthropology, history, and cultural studies since the late 1980s. Unleashing the senses poses important challenges to art history, a discipline founded on the privileging of sight, by underscoring the role of multiple senses in the creation of meaning. Our event will recall previous undertakings by art historians and critics in the Americas who have embraced the sensorial to analyze or theorize Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx art. Examples range from Brazilian poet Ferreira Gullar’s 1959 Manifesto Neo-Concreto to Nuyorican artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz’s multimedia pedagogical projects in the 1970s, as well as the 1981 “Primer Coloquio Latinoamericano de Arte No Objetual y de Arte Urbano” in Medellín. Anticipating the “sensory turn,” these efforts brought attention to practices previously undervalued in art history such as vernacular music and culture, self-taught arts and crafts, and performance.

Inspired by the rich and diverse artistic and historiographical production of the Americas, this event revolves around questions such as: What does a multisensorial approach bring to the understanding of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx art? Conversely, what does the production of those regions bring to the understanding of multisensorialism? What strategies can artists and scholars adopt to complicate the sense of sight? How are sensorial experiences conditioned by social, cultural, and historical variables, and how can they help us understand those variables? How does a multisensorial model put pressure on art history? How can museums and cultural institutions promote experiences that go beyond visuality?

Possible themes include but are not limited to:
● Immersive, participatory, and multisensorial installations (including soundscapes, haptic media, and techniques, olfactory and edible artworks, etc.);
● Artistic engagements with kinesthesia and synesthesia;
● Motion, performance, and physicality;
● The relation between multisensoriality and intermedial practices;
● Landscape, the built environment, and the senses;
● Artistic and cultural deployment of psychotropics;
● Technology’s potential for sensorial expansion;
● Challenges to the hierarchization of the senses;
● The politics of sensorial repression or negation;
● Archival practices that transcend visual documentation;
● Spiritual knowledges, magical thinking, and ritualistic practices;
● Art engaging bodily pleasure and desire;
● Accessibility issues in curatorial and pedagogical strategies;
● The "sensory turn," interdisciplinary methodologies, and art history.
Current graduate students, recent graduates, and emerging scholars are invited to apply, especially those based in Latin America and the Caribbean. Topics from all historical periods of Latin American / Latinx / Chicanx / and Caribbean art (e.g. pre-Columbian, Colonial, Modern, Contemporary), as well as fields outside the realm of art history, but grounded in visual material (e.g. Cinema and Media Studies, Latin American and Latinx studies, Visual Culture) are highly encouraged. Abstracts will be accepted in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

To apply, please submit an abstract of up to 300 words to by Sunday, January 19, 2020.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Monday, February 3, 2020. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, with additional time for discussion. In your application, please indicate your current institutional affiliation and from where you will be traveling, as well as the languages you speak. Limited funding may be available to assist with travel expenses. This symposium is generously funded by the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA), the Rewald Endowment of the Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Art History, and the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures and the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University. It is coordinated by Professors Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts; Anna Indych-López, Professor of 20th-Century Latin American and Latinx Art at the Graduate Center; Katherine Manthorne, Professor of Art of the United States, Latin America, and their Cross-Currents, 1750–1950 at the Graduate Center; Lisa Trever, Lisa and Bernard Selz Associate Professor in Pre-Columbian Art History and Archaeology; Alexander Alberro,Virginia Bloedel Wright '51 Professor of Art History, Barnard; and Kellie E. Jones, Professor. The symposium is organized by current PhD candidates Horacio Ramos and Francesca Ferrari and PhD students Juan Gabriel Ramírez Bolivar, Gwen Unger, Julián Sánchez González, and Tie Jojima.

For further information or with any questions, please contact


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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


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) offers resources and funding for affiliated faculty throughout the University. For more information please visit our faculty link here:

Applications for Faculty Research Grants are now open!
For more information, see link below.

For more information visit:


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 from Dr. Pilar M. Herr - an assistant professor of history and the coordinator for the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Contested Nation: The Mapuche, Bandits, and State Formation in Nineteenth-Century Chile

Throughout the colonial period the Spanish crown made numerous unsuccessful attempts to conquer Araucanía, Chile’s southern borderlands region. Contested Nation argues that with Chilean independence, Araucanía—because of its status as a separate nation-state—became essential to the territorial integrity of the new Chilean Republic. This book studies how Araucanía’s indigenous inhabitants, the Mapuche, played a central role in the new Chilean state’s pursuit of an expansionist policy that simultaneously exalted indigenous bravery while relegating the Mapuche to second-class citizenship. It also examines other subaltern groups, particularly bandits, who challenged the nation-state’s monopoly on force and were thus regarded as criminals and enemies unfit for citizenship in Chilean society.

Pilar M. Herr’s work advances our understanding of early state formation in Chile by viewing this process through the lens of Chilean-Mapuche relations. She provides a thorough historical context and suggests that Araucanía was central to the process of post-independence nation building and territorial expansion in Chile.

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)




Substitute Teacher needed!

Central Catholic High School

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Kevin Sheridan from Central Catholic High School in Oakland, PA 

(The classes would start on January 21, 2020 and run through the end of the 2020 year.)

For more information, email: Susan A. Dawkins

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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.

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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
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Clínicas Pediátricas Gratuitas
Cuarto Martes de Cada Mes
2 PM to 3:40 PM
Lugar: Salvation Army (Centro de Donaciones) Calles Carson y 9 South Side
(Carson Street and 9th Street) Pittsburgh, PA
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

Para hacer cita y para confirmar que la clínica no ha sido cambiada de fecha
llamar al 412-692-6000 opción 8

Mayor información: 412-692-6000, opción 8
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Latin American Cultural Union (LACU) 

For more information about event sponsored by LACU please CLICK HERE

Latino Family Center (LFC) 

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Amazon Conservation Association Employment Opportunity:

Amazon Conservation Association (also known as Amazon Conservation) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been protecting the western Amazon for almost 20 years now. As conservation pioneers since 1999, we have used science to guide our multi-pronged approach to environmental conservation and restoration in Peru and Bolivia. Our founding program provided support for Brazil nut harvesters in Peru, as an incentive for protecting the forest. Since then, the organization has grown to protect over 4 million acres of rainforest, establish Peru’s first conservation concession, host thousands of scientists and tourists at our three premier biological stations, empower indigenous communities to develop forest-friendly livelihoods, and so much more.

Amazon Conservation is growing and we are currently recruiting three positions:

Administrative and Program Assistant
UCIS-Office of the Director - Center for Latin American Studies

The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a qualified Administrative and Program Assistant. The Administrative and Program Assistant will provide administrative support within the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). 

Primary duties include analyzing and organizing operations for CLAS, handling confidential and timely materials, scheduling appointments for the staff, making travel arrangements for staff and students on CLAS-sponsored programs, processing payments and reimbursements, distributing mail, handling foreign visitors and other duties assigned by the Associate Director. 

The Assistant will engage in event planning, manage the scheduling, logistics, publicity, and information for a range of Center activities, and help facilitate outreach events. Other major duties include providing administrative support to the Assistant Directors for Academic Affairs and for Partnerships Programming, and for CLAS-sponsored or administered study abroad programs.

 The Assistant must be cordial, professional and possess excellent communication and computer skills (knowledge of Windows, Microsoft software, and HTML coding software required) along with strong organizational skills, initiative, and interpersonal skills. Bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of one to two years of administrative experience. Knowledge or experience in Latin America and Latin American languages studies preferred.

Complete mastery of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Access Database, and Internet essential, Adobe Pagemaker, and Microsoft Publishing useful; excellent verbal skills (ability to draft/modify routine correspondence and standard information documents; efficient and correct use of office equipment (Copiers, fax, etc.); Incumbent should be proficient in at least one Latin American language (Spanish, Portuguese, Kriol, etc.) in addition to English.

 The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled. 

Assignment Category: Fulltime-Regular
Job Classification: Staff.Administrator.I
Campus: Pittsburgh
Minimum Education Level Required: Baccalaureate
Minimum Experience Level Required: 2-3 years experience
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hiring Range: $23,868.00 - $37,752.00
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: No
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances: Not Applicable
Required Documents: Resume, Cover Letter

For more information, click here.

Program Coordinator
Med-Pediatrics - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a qualified Program Coordinator to assist the Director of the Center Adolescent and Young Adult Health (CAYAH) in the Department of Pediatrics with a variety of community-based programs and pilot projects. Specific tasks include implementation of the Trans Buddy Peer-Support Program, provider integration, volunteer recruitment, volunteer scheduling, outreach, training, and education around gender identity and sexual orientation to enhance and expand care for Transgender people. 

 This position requires attending community meetings and sites during the week, working off-site some evenings and weekends. Experience working with the transgender/gender nonbinary community is desired. Solid interpersonal communication skills, advocacy work, volunteer management, and education around issues of gender identity are a plus. Bachelor’s degree with one to two years of experience required. 

 Equivalent relevant work experience may be substituted for degree requirement. 

 PLEASE NOTE: The hiring range posted above is for a full-time position at 100% effort. The salary range for this part-time position will be prorated based on 80% effort. TB test and PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required as a condition of employment. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.

Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Bilingual Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply. Equivalent relevant work experience may be substituted for degree requirement.

 The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled. 
Assignment Category: Part time-Regular

Job Classification: Staff. Administrator.II

Campus: Pittsburgh

Minimum Education Level Required: Baccalaureate

Minimum Experience Level Required: 1-2 years experience

Work Schedule: Position will require flexibility with shift/hours and will be required to work on the evenings and weekends.

Hiring Range: $26,988.00 - $43,212.00

Relocation Offered: No

Visa Sponsorship Provided: No

Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check

Child Protection Clearances: The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks are required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Required Documents: Resume

Optional Documents: Cover Letter

For more information, click here

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) 

    To learn more about LASA employment opportunities , please visit this link:

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