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After Rio de Janeiro, which Latin American city has 
the largest Carnival?

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

The answer to this question will be featured in next week's newsletter.

Last newsletter's question was: After Spanish, Portuguese, and English, what is the most frequently spoken language in South America?  

The answer was: Quechua

The winner was:  Rossana Lawrence

Please note: to collect your prize you will need to visit us at 4200 Posvar Hall. 

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Volunteers needed!

If you would like to volunteer at the Festival,
please "click here"


40th Latin American and Caribbean Festival

Save the date: Saturday, April 4, 2020

Starting at 3:00--9:00 P.M.

For photos from previous Festival and information, please visit:





 Monday, March 16, 2020
12pm – 1:30pm

Dr. Ricardo Klein, “Development of Street Art as Community Experience in Latin America,”
4130 Posvar Hall, 230 S Bouquet St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
*lunch provided*

This talk will share experiences of communities in Latin America with respect to the role that street art plays as an artistic tool for these regions. At the same time, it will explain how, through these initiatives, such art develops strategies for recognition and legitimation of communities, generating new collective spaces for participation. Street art (and muralism in particular) seek to create a positive experience of local public space, generating other practices, including creating open air galleries/museums. One example will include the experience of the Open Air Museum in San Miguel in Chile, or the International Open Street Festival (FITECA) in the neighborhood of Comas in Lima, Peru.


Check out Pitt's Global Hub

Visit the Pitt Global Hub in Posvar Hall to explore
how to be global-ready at home and abroad.

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:    

PressReader is a resource we recently started subscribing to with good international news coverage. 

It provides access to more than 6,000 current newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries and about 60 languages. Content is discoverable by searching publication name, subject, country or language preference.

Fully-formatted publications and stories appear just as they do in print.  The database archives content for up to 90 days.
It can be accessed at:
Databases A-Z -



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:



 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:


Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Studies: Dean's Tuition Scholarships

Dean’s Tuition applications for Summer 2020 are now available. Applications are due on
Friday, April 17, 2020. 

The primary criteria for this award are financial need and academic achievement in the graduate program as certified by the applicant’s graduate department. Priority is given to registered students who have exhausted all university and personal resources. Due to limited funds, tuition scholarships will not be provided for beginning students or to students who have previously received the scholarship. This is a tuition only scholarship. Students are responsible for any other required fees. The application can be found on our website:

Applications can also be obtained from departmental graduate administrators or from 5141 Sennott Square. In addition 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 a 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. 



The Richard E. Greenleaf Library Fellowships

The Latin American Library at Tulane University is pleased to announce the Richard E. Greenleaf Fellowships to support research at the Library for 2020-2021. Their purpose is to offer researchers who permanently reside in any country of Latin America or the Caribbean short-term residential fellowships to use the resources of the Latin American Library at Tulane to conduct research in any field of the humanities or social sciences.

Up to three fellowships will be granted every year. Each fellowship will cover the full cost of round-trip airfare as well as housing expenses and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses for a period of two to three months, as well as full library privileges at Tulane University. Fellowships are available to any qualified scholar - including independent researchers - who resides permanently in any country in Latin America or the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the Anglophone Caribbean). Applications from scholars of any nationality who are permanent residents of any country in the region will be considered, but preference will be given to citizens of Latin American or Caribbean nations, including Puerto Rico. Citizens of Latin American/Caribbean countries currently living outside the region and Puerto Ricans residing outside the island are not eligible.

Fellows are expected to reside in New Orleans, to conduct research at the library for the term of the award, and to deliver a public presentation of their work-in-progress during their stay. Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the merits and significance of the project, and the relevance of the Latin American Library's collections to the development of the project.

Aside from the residential requirement, criteria for selection include:

  • The merit of the research project and proposal, which should be in any field of the humanities or social sciences
  • The relevance to the project of the resources of the Latin American Library
  • The scholarly achievements and merit of the candidate, and the significance of his/her project

All inquiries and documents regarding the Greenleaf Fellowships must be submitted to the following address:

Becas de Investigación Richard E. Greenleaf

La Biblioteca Latinoamericana de la Universidad de Tulane se complace en anunciar el concurso para las becas de investigación Richard E. Greenleaf para 2020-2021. El propósito de las becas Greenleaf es ofrecer a investigadores que residen permanentemente en cualquier país de Latinoamérica o del Caribe una beca a corto plazo para utilizar los recursos de la Biblioteca Latinoamericana de Tulane para adelantar un proyecto de investigación en los campos de las humanidades o las ciencias sociales.

Un máximo de tres becas serán otorgadas cada año. Cada una cubrirá el costo del transporte aéreo y del hospedaje, mas una suma mensual para ayudar con los costos de manutención, por un período de dos a tres meses. Se aceptan solicitudes de investigadores que estén o no afiliados a una institución académica o que sean estudiantes avanzados de programas de postgrado.

Los candidatos deben residir permanentemente en cualquier país de Latinoamérica o el Caribe, incluyendo Puerto Rico. Si reside permanentemente en Latinoamérica o el Caribe, pero es ciudadano de EE.UU., un país europeo o tiene doble nacionalidad, puede postularse pero se dará preferencia a los ciudadanos de países latinoamericanos y del Caribe. Los puertorriqueños recibirán la misma preferencia que los ciudadanos de países latinoamericanos o del Caribe.

Si es ciudadano de un país latinoamericano o del Caribe, pero actualmente tiene residencia permanente fuera de la región, aunque sea temporalmente, no será considerada la solicitud; Los puertorriqueños que residen fuera de la isla no pueden postularse al concurso.

Si se le concede la beca, el candidato debe trasladarse a Nueva Orleans para residir aquí y mantener una presencia continua en la Biblioteca Latinoamericana durante los meses de vigencia de la beca. Asimismo, deberá hacer una presentación pública de su trabajo en marcha durante su estadía.

Los criterios de selección son:

  • Los méritos y logros profesionales del solicitante
  • Los méritos y significado el proyecto, que debe ser en cualquier campo de las humanidades o las ciencias sociales
  • La relevancia de las colecciones de la Biblioteca Latinoamericana con respecto al tema del proyecto
Toda correspondencia referente a las becas Greenleaf ha de dirigirse a únicamente.


Bolsas de Pesquisa Richard E. Greenleaf

A Biblioteca Latino-Americana da Universidade de Tulane, Nova Orleans, tem o prazer de anunciar o programa de bolsas Richard E. Greenleaf para apoiar a realização de pesquisas na biblioteca durante o ano acadêmico 2020-2021. O objetivo do programa é oferecer aos investigadores com residência permanente na América Latina ou Caribe, incluindo Porto Rico, bolsas residenciais de curto prazo que permitam a utilização dos recursos da Biblioteca Latino-Americana da Universidade de Tulane em seus projetos de pesquisa em ciências humanas ou ciências sociais.

O programa concede até tres bolsas cada ano. A bolsa cobre o custo total da passagem aérea de ida e volta e o alojamento durante o respectivo período. Também inclui um estipêndio mensal para cobrir as despesas para um período de dois a três meses. As bolsas estão disponíveis para qualquer pesquisador qualificado - inclusive pesquisadores independentes - que resida permanentemente em qualquer país da América Latina ou Caribe (incluindo Porto Rico). Serão considerados pesquisadores de qualquer nacionalidade que residam na região, mas será dada preferência para cidadãos latino-americanos ou caribenhos. Os cidadãos dos países da América Latina e Caribe que atualmente moram fora da região não são elegíveis.

Os bolsistas deverão residir em Nova Orleans durante a duração da bolsa e dar uma palestra para a comunidade da Universidade de Tulane sobre a pesquisa em andamento. As bolsas serão concedidas com base nas qualificações acadêmicas do candidato, os méritos e a importância do projeto, bem como a pertinência das coleções da Biblioteca Latino-Americana para o desenvolvimento do projecto.

Além do pré-requisito do país de residência, outros critérios para seleção incluem:

  • O mérito do projeto de pesquisa e da proposta, nas áreas de ciências humanas, sociais e literatura
  • A relevância dos recursos da Biblioteca Latino-Americana para o projeto
  • O mérito e as realizações acadêmicas do candidato e a importância do projeto

 Toda correspondência e documentos relevantes para as bolsas Greenleaf devem ser enviados ao endereço eletrônico




This special eight-week course is designed for people wishing to study beginning Brazilian Portuguese. SIPI 2020 will take place June 15th through August 7th, 2020.


Enrollment is open to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty and other researchers from any institution and will be useful to those who need to develop communication skills and reading knowledge for research.  Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

The Institute will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the eight-week summer session, June 15-August 7, 2020. Instruction is five days a week, four hours a day and the courses (listed as Portuguese 301-302) carry a total of 8 credits. Knowledge of Spanish or another Romance language is required (2-3 years equivalency).

The Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute is sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS) – a Title VI National Resources Center- and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Our priority deadline for applicants is February 1, 2020. The final deadline to apply is May 1, 2020.


  • Complete the 2020 Summer Intensive Portuguese Student Application.  The final deadline for applications is May 1, 2020.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis — if space is still available, applications submitted after the deadline may be considered.  The priority deadline for applicants is February 1, 2020.
  • Applicants will begin to be notified about the status of their applications starting in mid-March 2020.
  • Once accepted:
  • If you are a current UW-Madison student, you can enroll for classes via the MyUW Student Center:
  • If you are not a current UW-Madison student, you will first need to submit an application form to become a special student via UW-Madison’s Adult Career and Special Student Services:

    Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs

    The online fellowship and grant administration (OFA) system is now open for applications.


    • Stipend: $70,000 per year, employer-based health insurance, a relocation allowance, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds over the course of the fellowship
    • Tenure: Two years; start date on August 3 or September 1, 2020, depending on the fellowship position
    • Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( Please do not contact any of the organizations directly.
    • Application deadline: March 18, 2020, 9pm EDT
    • Notification of application status will occur by email starting late-May 2020.

    ACLS is pleased to announce the tenth annual competition of the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. The program promotes the visibility and value of the humanities PhD beyond the academy by offering opportunities for PhDs to contribute to the public good while gaining career-building experience in the fields of policy, community development, conservation, arts and culture, and media. This initiative is made possible through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

    In 2020, the program is offering 21 two-year term positions at organizations in government and nonprofit sectors for recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will have opportunities for networking, mentoring, and career development programming, both in-person and virtually. Fellows receive a stipend of $70,000 per year and have access to employer-based health insurance through the host organization. In addition, ACLS provides funds for relocation and professional development.

    As the tenth anniversary Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows cohort, the 2020 fellows will join a robust network of fellows and program alumni working across the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Please see listings of current and past fellows here. The diverse experience of the Public Fellows community is a shared resource that fellows are encouraged to draw on during and after their fellowship terms.

    Applicants must:

  • have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences (see note on eligible fields below) conferred between September 1, 2016 and June 19, 2020
  • defend and file/deposit their completed dissertations no later than April 6, 2020, and be prepared to verify this with official university documentation during the review and selection process
  • be authorized to work legally in the United States. Neither ACLS nor the host organization will sponsor fellows for work visas.
  • Prospective applicants should read through all the fellowship positions listed below and identify the positions that best fit their career goals. Each applicant may apply to up to two positions.

    The deadline for submitted applications is Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 9pm EDT.

    Applications must include:

    • A completed application form
    • A cover letter tailored to each selected position and addressed to the host organization (1-2 pages). Applicants applying for two positions will submit two distinct cover letters.
    • A résumé (1-2 pages). Applicants applying for two positions will submit two résumés.
    • Two reference letters for each selected position.

    Please note that finalists may be asked to provide institutional documentation of PhD conferral (or, if the degree has not yet been conferred, an institutional statement from the registrar attesting that the dissertation defense and deposit have been completed and confirming the degree conferral date).

    Only complete applications, submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system by the deadline, will be considered.


    After screening applications for eligibility, ACLS transmits eligible applications to external peer reviewers. Applicants who advance to the final round of review will participate in interviews with staff from the host organization and, in some cases, with ACLS staff. The review process takes place throughout April and May, and the exact timeline varies by organization. Notification of application status will occur by email by late-May 2020.

    Reviewers will evaluate applications based on:

  • Demonstrated relations between past experience—both within the academy and beyond—and the qualifications and responsibilities of the position
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to pursuing a career with the relevant field
  • Applicant's academic and extra-academic accomplishments

    Click on the below positions to view the PDF of the full description, which includes detailed information on the host organization, the position, and requisite qualifications. Read each description carefully and ensure that your application materials address the position’s requirements as well as the host organization’s mission and priorities.

  • Alliance for Higher Education in Prison (Denver, CO) – Community Engagement Director
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Washington, DC) – Government Relations Project Manager
  • American Civil Liberties Union (New York, NY) – Research Associate
  • Asian Cultural Council (New York, NY) – Manager of Strategic Research
  • Children’s Defense Fund (Washington, DC) – Senior Research Associate
  • City of Seattle Innovation & Performance Team (Seattle, WA) – Outreach & Engagement Research Analyst
  • Humanities Action Lab (Newark, NJ) – Public Programming and Exhibitions Manager
  • Institute for Study Abroad (Indianapolis, IN) – Assistant Director of Global Learning and Assessment
  • National Book Foundation (New York, NY) – Education Programs Manager
  • New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (Newark, NJ) – Policy Analyst
  • ONE Archives Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) – Communications Manager
  • Oxfam America (Washington, DC) – Research and Policy Advisor
  • Partnership for Public Service (Washington, DC) – Writer and Editor, Communications Team
  • Partnership for Working Families (Oakland, CA) – Public Goods Policy Strategist
  • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (Pittsburgh, PA) – Government Relations Specialist
  • Refugees International (Washington, DC) – Program Manager
  • San Francisco Arts Commission (San Francisco, CA) – Community Impact Analyst
  • Solutions Journalism Network (New York, NY) – Higher Education Program Specialist
  • Twin Cities Public Television (St Paul, MN) – Audience Development Project Manager
  • University Settlement Society of New York (New York, NY) – Advocacy Director
  • Washington Center for Equitable Growth (Washington, DC) – Engagement Project Manager
  • Applications for these positions are accepted solely through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. Only complete applications, submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( by Wednesday, March 18, 2020 9pm EDT, will be considered.

    Do not contact any of the host organizations with questions. Questions about the fellowship program should be directed in writing to (no calls please), though we will not field questions about the particulars of specific positions or the organizations. Please carefully review the program information, the positions, the sample application, and the FAQ before contacting ACLS.

    If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact For more information about eligibility, visit the FAQ page. 



    Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society:
    Argentina and Latin America

    We invite submissions to the conference “Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America.” The conference, organized by The Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina (MESO), will take place on August 27 and 28 2020, at Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    This will be the sixth annual conference organized by MESO on the interactions between media, culture and society. For more information about previous events, please visit our website. This sixth annual conference is sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University.

    Submissions should contribute to ongoing conversations about media, culture, and society in empirical, theoretical or methodological ways. They might also broaden our knowledge about the relationship between media, culture, and society at the national and regional level. Articles may refer to different aspects of communication, media, and cultural goods and services in the areas of journalism, entertainment -cinema, theater, television, music, etc. - advertising and marketing, public relations, social media, and video games, among others.

    Topics to be addressed include the following, among others:

    • Transformations in content production.
    • Change in the use of media.
    • Innovation and technological change.
    • Media sustainability and funding.
    • Gender, race, ethnicity, and identity.
    • State, government and civil society.
    • Regulation and public policies.
    • Political communication and electoral campaigns.
    • Production, distribution and consumption of information on social media.
    To make a submission:
    • Submit an extended abstract of the article, with a maximum length of 500 words (excluding title and references).
    • Detail contact information, a brief (no more than 75 words) biography of each author and provide institutional affiliation and position.
    • The deadline for submission is April 30, 2020. Scholars should provide the extended abstract via submission form:
    A selection committee will evaluate the abstracts and the results will be notified to the authors on May 31, 2020.

    Please write to if you have any questions and/or need any further information.




    A Student Journal of Social Relations


    Contact Us:

    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:

    For more information visit:

    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 : How “Indians” Think Colonial Indigenous Intellectuals and the
    Question of Critical Race Theory

    By Gonzalo Lamana



    Immigrant & Refugee literature at City of Asylum Bookstore!

    The store also has a website, in which you can order any of these books (and virtually any book published):

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    For more information, email: Susan A. Dawkins

    Let us know about events going on in the community! 
    To submit events, visit:

    City of Asylum: Latinx & Proud! Reading Series 
    Join us for a reading celebrating the work of Latinx literary voices. This
    installment of the Latinx & Proud! Reading Series will feature Melissa
    Lozada-Oliva and Ana Portnoy Brimmer! (+TBA)
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

    Melissa Lozada-Oliva is an American poet and educator based in New York. She is the author of chapbooks Plastic PajarosRude Girl is Lonely Girl! (Pizza Pi Press), and Peluda (Button Poetry 2017). Her poem, “Like Totally Whatever” won the 2015 National Poetry Slam Championship. Lozada-Oliva was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts by immigrant parents; her mother is Guatemalan and her father is Colombian. Her performance of a poem called “Like Totally Whatever” won the 2015 National Poetry Slam Championship and received mainstream media coverage. Her work “explores, interrogates and redefines the intersections of Latina identity, feminism, hair removal & what it means to belong.” Lozada-Oliva co-hosts Say More podcast with her best friend and fellow poet Olivia Gatwood.

    Ana Portnoy Brimmer is a Puerto Rican poet and performer, writer and ARTivist. She holds a BA and an MA in English (Literature) from the University of Puerto Rico, and is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Rutgers University-Newark. Her chapbook manuscript, To Love An Island, is the winner of YesYes Book’s 2019 Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest, forthcoming in March 2020. Ana is the recipient of The Ancinas Family Scholarship; the inaugural recipient of the Sandra Cisneros Fellowship; a 2019 Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets and Best of the Net nominee; and a #PoetsForPuertoRico organizer. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine, Gulf Coast, Foundry Journal, Sx Salon, Huizache, Anomaly, Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm, Centro Journal, among others.

    For more information, visit




    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:


    Clínica Pediátrica y de Vacunación en español:
    Todos los martes por la mañana, Jueves después de las 5 p.m. y Viernes en la mañana  
    cita previa y seguro de salud son necesarios
    Primary Care Center de Children’s Hospital de Pittsburgh en Oakland
    3420 Fifth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Clínica Pediátrica y de Vacunación en español:
    Todos los segundos Sábados de cada mes en la clinica
    no se necesita cita previa ni seguro de salud
    Birmingham South Side 
    54 S. 9th Street
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Clinica Pediátrica en español:
    Todos los cuartos Martes de cada mes en la clinica
    Se necesita cita previa pero NO seguro de salud
    Birmingham South Side
    54 S. 9th Street
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Clínicas Pediátricas y de Vacunación Gratuitas:
    Todos los Martes en la tarde a partir de Febrero 2020 de las 1PM a 4PM
    Se necesita cita – No se requiere seguro de salud
    Casa San José
    2116 Broadway Ave,
    Pittsburgh, PA 15216

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

    Latin American Cultural Union (LACU) 

    For more information about event sponsored by LACU please CLICK HERE

    Latino Family Center (LFC) 

    For more information about events and information by LFC please CLICK HERE


    Latin American Studies Asociation (LASA) 

    The LASA Career Center is free to all job seekers and provides you with access to employers and jobs from all over the world. For more information, please visit:

    Pennsylvania Court Interpreter Program

    Court interpreters are a vital tool in fulfilling the Judiciary's obligation to guarantee the rights of persons with limited English proficiency and those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    "Due process is a core value of the American judicial system, ensuring that every litigant and criminal defendant receives a fair hearing that is based on the merits of his or her case and presided over by an impartial judge. No one should be put at a disadvantage in court by reason of race, ethnicity, or gender. The basic fairness of the Pennsylvania court system is jeopardized if litigants with limited English proficiency (LEP) are unable to have access to competent interpreters and other language assistance."

    - Final Report of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System, March 2003

    Become an Interpreter

    The Interpreter Certification Program was established to provide trained and qualified interpreters for the courts of Pennsylvania. A statewide roster of qualified and certified interpreters helps each judicial district implement effective interpreter services. The program works with judges, administrators and the legal community to promote awareness of interpreter issues including training, testing, skills and the role of interpreters. For an overview of the need, requirements and qualifications, download the Become an Interpreter brochure. To learn more about the necessary qualifications to become a court interpreter, take the Self-Assessment Quiz, and read about the required Knowledge and Skills court interpreters must have. If you would like to become an interpreter, register for the Interpreter Certification Program.

    Orientation Workshops

    All candidates are required to attend a two-day orientation workshop sponsored by the Interpreter Certification Program. 

    The interpreter program will be holding their next orientation workshop in Pittsburgh on May 2-3.

    Workshops are offered in locations throughout the state. Dates and locations are posted on the interpreter program calendar as they are scheduled. 

    Topics covered in the workshop include interpreting as a profession, the state's judicial system, ethics and professional development, interpreting skills and modes of interpretation. Candidates receive training materials, information about resources, legal glossaries and study tips for the written and oral examinations.

    Workshops are taught by federal and RID certified interpreters who have legal interpreting experience. Candidates must attend both sessions to meet certification requirements. Sessions start at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. each day and are limited to a maximum of 50 attendees.


    To register for the orientation workshop, print, complete and mail the orientation registration form to the address at the bottom of the form. Since places are limited, it is important for candidates to submit registration forms as early as possible. The Interpreter Certification Program tries to accommodate candidates' date preference in the order forms are received. 

    The cost of the workshop is $150 for state residents and $175 for non-residents. Registrations must be accompanied by full payment. Payment can be made by money order or personal check written to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. Registration and payment must be received by 5 p.m. on the registration deadline listed as the first choice. A $25 fee is assessed for all returned checks. Registrations canceled before the confirmation letter is mailed are entitled to receive a full refund. Candidates who fail to attend the workshop will not receive a refund.

    Download the orientation registration form.


    Once forms and payments are received, candidates are sent a confirmation email. Once registration closes, candidates receive a confirmation letter with the location of their orientation site, directions and any other relevant information. All arrangements are made at the candidate's expense. You must bring your confirmation letter and a valid government issued photo ID on the first day of the workshop.


    Summer Teaching Jobs Available Nationwide:
    Teach Reading Classes to Students of All Ages

    Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2020

    The Institute of Reading Development offers summer reading skills programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Since 1970, the Institute’s teachers have helped over 3 million students master valuable reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.  Programs designed by the Institute give students the right skills, books, and experiences that result in greater success in school and beyond.

    We are currently hiring hard-working, encouraging people with a passion for reading to teach our summer programs. As an Institute teacher you will:

    • Earn up to $8,000 in one summer. Our full-time teachers typically earn $550-$700 per week.
    • Improve your teaching skills and confidence during our comprehensive, paid training program.
    • Gain over 400 hours of classroom teaching experience with a variety of age groups from 4-year-olds to adults.
    • Help your students become successful readers with a love of great books.

    Successful Institute Teachers:

    • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
    • Are responsible and hard-working, with good communication and organizational skills
    • Will be patient and supportive with students
    Best of all, you’ll make a lasting impact on your students.

    In order to apply for a teaching job you must have:

    • A completed undergraduate degree (min. 3.0 GPA) before teaching begins--We are seeking applicants from any academic discipline
    • Full-time use of a reliable car throughout the summer
    • A computer with a webcam for participating in video meetings
    • Minimal or no scheduling conflicts during the training and teaching season

    Learn more about teaching for us and apply today: Summer Teaching Jobs


    Job Posting: Business Development Representative ($1,000 Signing Bonus!)


    RoadRunner Recycling is seeking upbeat, proactive, goal-oriented individuals to join our inside sales team at the company headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA.  

    As a Business Development Representative (BDR) you will be responsible for developing new business through proactive, strategic outreach methods including prospecting, cold-calling and lead qualification.

    You will be assigned to one of our fast-growing markets and paired with an Account Executive in the field. Together you will work as a team develop leads and grow the business on a day by day basis!

    If you're the type of person who gets excited about the opportunity for advancement in your career, then the RoadRunner Sales team is a great place for you!

    As a BDR, you will have the ability to earn three promotions within your first year! Each promotion comes with additional responsibility and of course more compensation!

    What you will be doing:

    • New business development
    • Lead-generation via prospecting
    • Cold calling
    • Building target call lists
    • Navigating the decision-making tree
    • Working closely with the Account Executive team

    To be great in this role you must be:  

    • Career-oriented
    • Coachable
    • Resilient
    • Confident
    • Passionate about growth
    • Possess a winner's mentality 
    • Resourceful

    Education: Two-year college degree required; 4-year college degree preferred

    We offer:

    • First class leadership!
    • Educational 8-week training program led by our head trainer and top performing reps
    • The opportunity to earn three promotions during your first twelve months
      • Top level reps carry a total compensation package of $60,000 annually
    • Uncapped commission!
    • Fun and motivating monthly contests
    • First class Health, Dental, & Vision coverage
      • RoadRunner pays 99% of the coverage for the employee and 75% for spouse and any dependents. Employees are eligible for benefits coverage in their second month of employment.
    • 401(k) with a generous 4% company match
      • Employees are eligible to participate after six months of employment
    • Commuter Benefits
    • 17 Earned Paid Vacation/Personal Days each year

    About RoadRunner Recycling:

    RoadRunner Recycling is one of the fastest growing companies in America. We are transforming the waste and recycling industry with innovative thinking and unprecedented results. We create and manage end-to-end waste and recycling solutions for businesses large and small. Every day we cut carbon emissions, divert recyclables from landfill and reduce operating costs for our customers. With the belief that recycling should be mutually beneficial for the planet and our pockets, we help commercial businesses recycle more and spend less.  

    • Voted by Business Insider as the #1 Hottest Enterprise Start-Up in the Country!
    • Voted by the Tech Tribune as one of the 2020 Best Tech Startups in Pittsburgh

    For consideration, PLEASE APPLY TODAY. We thank all applicants for their interest in RoadRunner Recycling, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We look forward to reading your application!

    RoadRunner Recycling is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. It is the policy of RoadRunner Recycling that qualified individuals with disabilities are not discriminated against because of their disabilities regarding job application procedures, hiring, and other terms and conditions of employment. It is further the policy of RoadRunner Recycling to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all aspects of the employment process. RoadRunner Recycling is prepared to modify or adjust the job application process or the job or work environment to make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of the applicant or employee to enable the applicant or employee to be considered for the position he or she desires, to perform the essential functions of the position in question, or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by other similarly situated employees without disabilities, unless the accommodation will impose an undue hardship. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact our Human Resources department at RoadRunner Recycling, at

    Job Posting: Coordinator of Social Service Ministries

    Good Samaritan Catholic Church is seeking a Coordinator of Social Service Ministries to serve the Latino community in Beaver County. This individual will be responsible for extending the mission of this Church to serve and support immigrants by connecting them with social service providers and empowering them to become more self-sufficient. The overall mission of this ministry is to connect Latino immigrants with services so that they may successfully adjust and thrive in the United States and Beaver County. The Coordinator of Social Service Ministries must keep sight of the ultimate goal of building self-sufficiency and to facilitate coordinating and accessing community resources to empower immigrants to do increasingly more for themselves and for each other.
    This is a full-time position that will oversee a growing network of social services provided by Good Samaritan Catholic Church. This person will perform client intakes, individual assessments, coordination, and monitor the delivery of service coordination to high-need immigrant populations with language and cultural barriers. S/he will also oversee case assessments and management, referrals/coordination to social service, medical, and government agencies (etc.), and linkages with interpretation assistance and English classes. The ideal candidate will be fluent in both English and Spanish and have a background in serving minority communities.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in social service, education or related field (Master’s Degree a plus), and/or 3 years of experience with immigrant services, service coordination or other social services.
  • Alert to cross-cultural differences in dealing with foreign-born clients, able to behave in a culturally sensitive manner, and to respond appropriately to the cultural characteristics of the clients.
  • Excellent team player with organizational, communication, and leadership skills.
  • Be a practicing Catholic with familiarity with Catholic theology and social teachings.
  • Fluent or near fluent reading, writing, and speaking in English and Spanish. Experience in translation-interpretation is preferred.
  • Strict adherence to confidentiality and ability to pass a background check.
  • Flexible schedule for some evening and weekend hours. Car required.

  • Screen/meet with clients to determine and assess gaps in service, English proficiency level, medical needs, social service and other needs, provide referrals, and track progress on a regular basis.
  • Develop individual plans that aim to build competence in accessing services independently.
  • Coordinate services and referrals with partner agencies, County human service providers, schools, healthcare and government entities, etc.
  • Interpret in person or by phone to connect immigrants with services.
  • Collect and record client data, producing measurable outcomes, as appropriate.
  • Write case notes for all activities on behalf of clients, including any telephone communications.
  • Perform Exit interviews during last quarter to determine successes and future plans.
  • Serve as cultural liaison, informing internal and external providers on culture, norms and customs, and orienting immigrants to American systems, customs and culture.
  • Practice cultural sensitivity while engaging with professional partners, communities, and clients.
  • Recruit, train, and manage a team of volunteers to support the ministry and outreach.
  • Liaise with an ESL Coordinator and office staff to ensure room requests, schedule, announcements, and other ESL needs for clients needing English class referrals.
  • Attend any meetings required by supervisor.
  • Manage social media communications with Latino community.
  • SUPERVISOR: Casa San Jose, Monica Ruiz, Executive Director
    For more information, please contact

    Job Posting: SPANISH TEACHER

    Beginning August 2020

    St. Edmund’s Academy seeks a dedicated and dynamic educator to teach Spanish at St. Edmund’s Academy.

    The teacher will be responsible for designing curriculum, planning lessons, and promoting the world language program in collaboration with the school’s academic leaders. The teacher will also partner with the French and Latin teachers to implement a program that emphasizes fluency, linguistic dexterity, and an appreciation for global perspectives and the cultural aspects of language instruction.

    Candidates must possess enthusiasm for 21st century pedagogy, be open to change and new ideas, and have an outstanding record teaching elementary and/or middle school age groups. Excellent writing skills and strong verbal communication are expected. Ability to be positive, collaborative, detail-oriented, and innovative is essential. Candidates must have the capacity to teach extended periods in a rotating block schedule.

    Educators dedicated to meeting the academic, social, emotional and personal needs of children should apply. A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who are fluent in more than two languages.

    St. Edmund’s Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its employment policies, or any other policy of the program.

    St. Edmund’s Academy provides an exceptional independent school experience for students in preschool through 8th grade, combining a rigorous academic curriculum with enduring Core Values and rich tradition in a nurturing environment.

    Core Values

    • Respect for the needs and feelings of others
    • Understanding and appreciation of the differences among people

    • The worthiness of service to others

    • The importance of taking responsibility for one’s own conduct

    • The central role of honesty in relationships

    • The value of setting high standards in all endeavors

    Core Competencies

    • Character

    • Critical thinking

    • Communication

    • Collaboration

    • Creativity

    • Cross-cultural competency

      Interested candidates should send a résumé and cover letter to:

      Thu-Nga Morris
      Assistant Head of School, Director of Academics, and Director of Upper School
      St. Edmund’s Academy
      5705 Darlington Road
      Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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