CLAS Weekly Newsletter--November 29, 2017

University of Pittsburgh


NOTE: All announcements and events are listed in chronological order. 

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CLAS Events   (Back to top)
NOTE: All announcements and events are listed by chronological date.

November 29


Sister Janice Vanderneck, Director of Civic Engagement for Casa San José, will speak in the course HIST 0501, Modern Latin America. Her talk will be entitled “Immigrants and Human Dignity” and will consider current political and policy debates in the US concerning immigration. She will speak on Wednesday, November 29, 10:00-10:45 AM, in G24 Cathedral. Her talk is open to the public. 
Sister Janice was the founding Director of Casa San José, a community resource center that advocates for and empowers Latinos by promoting integration and self-sufficiency. She is currently Director of Civic Engagement for the organization.

For more information contact: Dr. Reid Andrews at


November 30


Noon--4217 Posvar Hall

Populist Discourse and Civic Culture: Insights from Latin America

For more information:

Lunch included.

How does the political discourse of populist leaders affect citizens’ orientations towards the democracy? Latin America offers some of the most representative cases of populism, as well as significant negative cases, where populism has not occurred. The main goal is to identify differences between the governing styles of two Latin American leaders in order to provide clues about links between populism and political culture of their citizens. I analyze the content of the political discourses of two presidents in Latin America: Rafael Correa and Jose Mujica. The former is considered a case of a populist regime, while the latter considered is a case of the non-occurrence of populism. Changes in citizens’ attitudes and orientations towards democracy could reveal the impact of populist frames that leaders develop in their political discourses.


December 6

Diamante Trio Concert -- 8:00 p.m.--Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

The Diamante Trio formed in 2016 in order to bring both pop and classical music of South American to wide and diverse audiences. Countries represented include: Argentina, Spain, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and America. The Diamante has been featured on WQED radio twice and has been the recipient of two University of Pittsburgh grants.

December 10

Coro Latinoamericano 20th Anniversary Holiday Concert

4:00-5:30 p.m--Frick Fine Arts Auditorim

Open to the public! Family friendly & handicap accessible. Donations accepted.

The Coro Latinoamericano – Pittsburgh, founded in 1997, is dedicated to building bridges to other peoples and cultures in Pittsburgh and beyond through choral music from the countries of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Coro Latinoamericano – Pittsburgh is committed to educational

For more information: or


Other Pitt Events   (Back to top)

Let us know about events going on in the community. We will publish community events in our weekly updates and email newsletter.
To submit events, visit:

Other Pitt Events(not sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies)

Pittsburgh Community Events Form

NOTE: All announcements and events are listed in chronological order.

English Language Institute

For more information on programs, visit:

For over 50 years, the English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Pittsburgh has been teaching English as a second language courses for international students with a variety of language needs. The ELI has a rich assortment of courses to help  students reach their educational goals.


December 3

Nationality Rooms@PITT--Open House--12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Performance Schedule—Commons Room

For more information, visit:

12:00—Introduction by Maxine Bruhns

12:05—Pittsburgh Finns Ensemble (Finnish)

12:15—Organization of Chinese Americans (Chinese)

12:30—Pardon My French (French)

12:45—Hillelujah (Israel Heritage)

1:00—Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh (Philippine)

1:15—Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance(Irish)

1:30— Afro-Colombian Dance Ensemble (African Heritage and Latin American Cultural)

1:45—Pardon My French (French)

2:00—Pittsburgh Finns Ensemble (Finnish)

2:15—Bociai (Lithuanian)

2:30—GTEV D’Lustigen Isartaler (German)

2:45—Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance (Irish)


3:15—Tzu Chi Academy (Chinese)

3:30—Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh (Philippine)

3:45—Balmoral Pipes and Drums (Scottish)



Faculty News and Publications   (Back to top)

NOTE: All announcements and events are listed in chronological order.

For Faculty:


CLAS Faculty Research Grants 2017-2018 Competition


C­LAS Fac­ulty Re­search Grants fund research projects ­on Latin America and/or the Caribbean by faculty members that ­will enhance the expertise and current knowledge of the faculty members and enrich the Latin American/Caribbean content of their courses.


The applicant must be a “Core” or “Related” faculty member of the Center for Latin Am­eri­can Studies at the Uni­versity of Pitts­burgh. Previous awardees who have not submitted brief reports and expenditure documentation from past grants are not eligible to apply.

For more information on rules and datelines, visit:
or contact: Karen Goldman, CLAS Associate Director at


News from Dr. Carmelo Mesa Lago, CLAS Emeritus, Department of Economics:

“This book is the most comprehensive and well thought-out account of Cuba’s new private sector. It presents a wealth of information that had never before been compiled so systematically” (Jorge I. Domínguez, Professor of Government, Harvard University).

“A unique treasure. A triumph of scholarship in a country where fieldwork is notoriously difficult to carry out” (Mitchell A. Seligson, Founder of Latin American Public Opinion Project, Vanderbilt University).

“This book should be read carefully because is of great utility for those interested in Cuba’s non-state sector. It will be required reading for our society, and hopefully motivates researchers to engage in similar projects” (Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva, former Director Center for the Study of Cuban Economy, University of Havana, coeditor of Miradas a la Economía Cubana: Análisis del Sector no Estatal).  

“A model of innovative academic collaboration between US and Cuban-based scholars, this book is both quantitatively rigorous and qualitatively path breaking. An essential, timely resource for Cuban policymakers and all those interested in Cuba" (Archibald Ritter, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Carleton University Canada, and Ted Henken, Associate Professor of Sociology, Baruch College; co-authors of Entrepreneurial Cuba). 

“For its scholarly rigor, immense readability and policy-making applications, this is a pioneering volume. It takes a ‘ground-up’ approach relying on interviews with Cubans that speak for themselves” (Lillian Guerra, Waldo Neikirk Professor of Cuban and Caribbean History, University of Florida).
 “The authors capture the interest of the reader through a careful analysis and the testimonies of the protagonists, providing an accurate view of the daily problems of the Cuban society… one of the most significant contributions to the economic and social history of that nation” (Consuelo Naranjo Orovio, Professor and Director Institute of History, Spain’s Higher Council of Scientific Research).

“The most authoritative, complete and fact-based analysis of Cuba's nascent private sector. A required reading for those interested in the progress and challenges of Cuba's reform process” (Jorge Pérez-López, former Economist, U.S. Department of Labor, author of Cuba's Second Economy).

“A totally original approach to Cuba’s economy and society. A pioneer book… supported by an excellent field work and reliable statistics and information, a reference volume that will be key to understand the future of Cuba and the evolution of its reforms” (Carlos Malamud, Principal Researcher on Latin America, Royal Institute Elcano of International Studies, Madrid).

“This excellent book arrives in a crucial moment. It shows new evidence and a variety of experiences among the micro-entrepreneurs of the new economy. ¡A great accomplishment!” (Pavel Vidal Alejandro, Professor of Economics, Universidad Pontificia Javeriana, Colombia).

“This book is of indisputably importance to understand today Cuba because it examines the emergent non-state economic sector and the obstacles that the state erects to its expansion. It synthetizes the difficult transit of a centrally planned economy to one of socialist market in the 21st century” (Rafael Rojas, History Department, CIDE, Mexico City).

“This book, in a sharp and meticulous manner, significantly advances our knowledge with rigor and depth. It reveals what the non-economic sector thinks for the country’s future, and provides evidence of the opening happening in Cuba’s academic world towards more economic freedom” (Prof. Manuel Alcántara, Director de FLACSO, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain).

"A welcome addition to the literature on the Cuban socialist economy of today. The 80 intensive interviews represent a unique accomplishment, given the continuing restrictions to economic freedom" (Alejandro Portes, former President American Sociological Association).

 “Few analysts like Mesa-Lago, profoundly knowledgeable of Cuba’s economy and society, are in the position to immerse in Cuba’s new reality and interpret it, with empathy and rigor. This book, well-documented and vibrant, is indispensable to become acquainted with the Cuba emerging from a process of change” (José Antonio Alonso, Professor of Applied Economics Universidad Complutense Spain).

“Carmelo Mesa-Lago represents, in his magna oeuvre and impeccable trajectory, Cuba’s national conscience. In this book, he and his colleagues document the current Cuba, the one that could have been, and still may become” (Enrique Krauze, Editor of Letras Libres, Mexico City).

This book gathers the scarce data available on those in the non-state sector, based on answers from interviews with them, so that they are no longer unknown” (Antonio Santamaría García, Researcher Institute of History, Higher Council of Scientific Research, Spain).
“This timely book casts light on one of the most important yet so far little analyzed effects of Raul Castro’s economic reforms.  It brings together a wealth of detail on the growth of Cuba’s non-state sector, enriched by the voices of Cubans working in this emerging economy. A most welcome contribution to the scholarship on contemporary Cuba” (Maxine Molyneux, Professor of Sociology, University College London.

News from Dr. Lisa Jackson-Schebetta:

Her new book came out this year: Traveler, There is No Road: Theatre, the Spanish Civil War and the Decolonial Imagination in the Americas. (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2017.)

“Mexico, 1680: Decoloniality, the Anthropocene, and Performance History.” Journal of  American Theatre and Drama 29:2 (June 2017)


News from Dr. Jorge DelgadoAdjunct Instructor-Affiliated Faculty, Dpt. Administrative & Policy Studies (Education) - Ctr. for Latin American Studies

Dr. Delgado was elected Co-chair 2017-2018 of the Education and Education Policy Section during the annual conference of the Latin American Studies Association in May 2017 in Lima, Peru. 

News from Dr. Silvia Borzutzky, Professor of International Relations and Politics, CMU:

Her new book "Human Rights Policies in Chile: The Unfinished Struggle for Truth and Justice" came out this past June. 


News from Dr. Caitlin Bruce, Assistant Professor, Department of Communications:
Dr. Bruce is in León Guanajuato Mexico for most of the year on a Fulbright García Robles-Comexus postdoctoral fellowship. she is working on a book about the evolution of graffiti and arte urbano in León.


News from Dr. Scott Morgenstern, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Professor, Department of Political Science:

(Cambridge University Press; forthcoming) Are Politics Local? The Two Dimensions of Party Nationalization around the World; Chapter 1 Available—by visiting:


News from Dr. Daniel Balderston, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures:
He received official notification of being elected an "Academico Correspondiente" of the Academia Argentina de Letras

Academia Argentina de Letras

Buenos Aires

News from Dr. Ariel Armony, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Director (UCIS), and Professor (GSPIA and the Department of Political Science)
Chinese trade, investment, and infrastructure projects create 1.8 million jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean
The first  study of how economic relations with China impacted the quantity and quality of jobs in the region underscored the scarcity of information on the subject, but at the same time revealed numerous dimensions of a relationship that has intensified and grown more complex.  
The study is available in both English and Spanish:

News from Dr. John Beverley, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures:

He gave mini-seminars on Cultural Theory at the Universidad de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana Mexico last November, and at the Latin American Program at Birkbeck College, London, England, this past May.  The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh now has a faculty exchange program with Birkbeck.

New publications include:
"Despues de lo poscolonial: Igualdad y critica cultural en tiempos de globalizacion." In Juan Ramon de la Fuente and Pedro Perez Herrero, eds.  El reconocimineto de las diferencias (Estados, naciones e identidades en la globalizacon). Madrid:  Universidad de Alacla de Henares,

"Caliban after Commmunism: Thoughts  on the Future of Cuba."  Forthcoming in a special issue on Cuba and the Vanishing Horizon of Communism of  the journal Cultural Critique 28 (Winter 2018).
The last paper originate in a conference on the transition in Cuba CLAS organized a couple of years ago.

News from Dr. Shalini Puri, Department of English and Dr. Lara Putnam, Department of History:

© 2017
Caribbean Military Encounters
Editors: Puri, Shalini, Putnam, Lara (Eds.)
In May, Dr. Lara Putnam and Dr. Shalini Puri co-edited the book Caribbean Military Encounters, Palgrave Macmillan.
--One of the first volumes to consider how people on the ground experienced militarization in the Caribbean
--Analyses the role of the military from an interdisciplinary perspective, across multiple historical periods
--Looks at the Caribbean both from a regional and international perspective



News from Dr. Reid Andrews, Department of History:

©  2016
Afro-Latin America: Black Lives, 1600–2000 (The Nathan I. Huggins Lectures) Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts


News from Dr. Aurea Maria Sotomayor, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures:
Two new books:

Poéticas que armar, modos poéticos de replicar al presente en la cultura  puertorriqueña  contemporánea. Editora Educación Emergente, Puerto Rico, 2017.


Entre objetos perdidos. Un siglo de poesía puertorriqueña. Universidad del Este/Biblioteca Jesús T. Piñero, Puerto Rico, 2017.


Student Events & Opportunities 
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Certificate information for undergraduate and graduate students:

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

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


Spanish Club - Club de Español

Pitt Spanish Club is a student organization of the University of Pittsburgh with the principal goal of promoting the practice of speaking Spanish. One way we achieve this goal is through conversation tables, which allow students to practice their conversation skills in a relaxed environment twice a week. Additionally, the group promotes Latin American and Hispanic culture through events like dance workshops and cultural nights. The club works with other organizations with ties to Latin American culture in Pittsburgh, like the Center for Latin American Studies and Brazil Nuts. The club involves itself with the local Hispanic community by offering volunteer opportunities.

Mesas de Conversación / Conversation Tables

During the academic year, Spanish Club meets twice a week to discuss a weekly theme in an event called Mesas de conversacion. The event attracts students of all levels of Spanish, ranging from beginner to native speakers. We encourage all students to attend and practice their Spanish.


To find out more information about the events that Spanish club holds and the days and times for when we meet, please contact our e-mail or join our Facebook page.




Brazil Nuts Portuguese Club

Contact E-mail:




Funding, Internships, and Scholarships Opportunities    
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For other research and study opportunities visit:


Pitt Undergraduate and Graduate Students--The 2018 Summer Study Abroad Scholarships--Nationality Rooms
For more information: 

Call for Applications: Young Scholars Symposium 2018
The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce our annual Young Scholars Symposium. Our visiting professor for this academic year is Professor José E. Limón, Notre Dame Foundation Professor of American Literature Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of American Literature Emeritus University of Texas at Austin, and former Director of the Institute for Latino Studies.

Professor José E. Limón's activities on the Notre Dame campus will include a symposium for advanced doctoral students and pre-tenured professors. We seek applications from young scholars who are working on a dissertation, a book, or another research project related to the study of U.S. Latina and Latino populations. Successful nominees will attend Professor José E. Limón's public lecture and participate in a symposium at which they will present a dissertation chapter or essay draft for discussion with Professor José E. Limón and ILS faculty fellows. ILS will cover all expenses and offer an honorarium of $500 to each young scholar selected to participate in these events, which will take place April 25-27, 2018 at the University of Notre Dame.

Applicants are asked to submit a CV, one letter of recommendation, and a brief (2 pages or less) application letter that presents (a) a general summary of your dissertation project and/or overall research agenda, (b) a précis of your proposed chapter or essay submission for the symposium, (c) a statement of your progress to date on the overall project and on the proposed chapter or essay submission, and (d) a statement of how specifically Professor José E. Limón's expertise and mentorship will enhance your research. Please submit your application materials no later than December 4, 2017 to

Undergraduate Opportunity

The English Opens Doors Program- your students and alumni could volunteer to teach English in Chile!

It is that time of year again! We are excited to announce that the English Opens Doors Program has opened the application process for its 2018 volunteer services to teach English in Chilean Public schools!

English Opens Doors Program volunteers spend approximately 35 hours per week focusing on developing students’ communicative abilities in English using a dynamic teaching style, facilitating intercultural exchange, and generally making English fun to learn! Volunteers will gain real teaching experience in a Latin American country through a United Nations sponsored program, while simultaneously learning (or improving their) Spanish-language abilities and getting to know an incredible country with a wealth of cultural and geographical beauty. More importantly, the English Opens Doors Program will give volunteers the opportunity to make a positive impact in a public school community, and to change their own lives in the process.

For more information: 

Graduate and Undergraduate Opportunity~Boren Awards: Funding for Language Study & Research Abroad

 Application Deadline: January 30, 2018
The application period for the 2018 Boren Awards is now open! Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East).
Webinars about the Boren Awards, including special regional initiatives and components of the application are scheduled throughout the fall and spring. Sign up today for webinars! Applicants are encouraged to contact their Boren Awards campus representatives, listed here, for institution‐specific guidance.
To apply: 

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: PhD-students, scholars, practitioners, activist, policy makers:


Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

Are you currently working on efforts to improve the health of those from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds?

The Center for Health Equity (CHE) in the Graduate School of Public Health (Pitt Public Health) offers several funding opportunities for those working to address health disparities and health inequity. Projects of interest include those focused on improving the health of those who face social or economic obstacles to health due to their race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health, cognitive, sensory, or physical disability, sexual orientation, geography, or other characteristics linked to discrimination or health inequity.
For more information visit:

Heinz Fellows Program

The Heinz Fellows Program offers an extraordinary, year-long opportunity for forward-thinking, social justice-oriented individuals who are interested in the future of education. Fellows will work in collaboration with each other to support students while building the knowledge and skills to work in urban schools.
More information:

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Fellowships

Fostering research projects across national boundaries

Founded in 1981, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is a private nonprofit federation of independent overseas research centers (ORCs) that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies. CAORC fosters research projects across national boundaries, encourages collaborative research and programmatic and administrative coherence among member centers, and works to expand their resource base and service capacity. CAORC member centers maintain a permanent presence in the host countries where they operate—in Europe, Latin America, the Near and Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and West Africa.

The centers are the primary vehicle through which American scholars carry out research vital to our understanding of and intersection with other cultures. Some centers have existed for over a century while others were founded in the decades following World War II in response to American scholarly needs and host country invitations. Nearly four hundred American universities, colleges, and museums hold multiple memberships in the centers which serve their institutional members, individual fellows and members, and affiliated scholars through a broad range of research- and teaching-support services. Funding is awarded from sources including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as from private foundations and individuals.

2018 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship: Open to undocumented graduate students with DACA

The Ford Foundation is committed to increasing the diversity of the country’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Their Pre-Doctoral fellowship opportunity offers an annual stipend of $24,000, expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows, as well as access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows.

Here are the eligibility requirements:

  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors, or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level,
  • Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required), program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education,
  • Individuals who as of the 2018 fall semester require a minimum of three years of study to complete their Ph.D./Sc.D. degree, and
  • Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

The deadline to apply is December 14, 2017
For more information and to apply, please visit their official website: Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship


Organizations    (Back to top)

NOTE: These are organizations from around the country, the world and locally, we recommend that you visit their website for information about their events, and opportunities!

Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA)
Americas Society (AS)

Is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas. Its mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social, and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States and the first global think tank. For updates and information about events and topics visit:

Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh

For more information about tickets and events visit: or

Council Hemispheric Affairs

Founded in 1975, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), a nonprofit, tax-exempt independent research and information organization, was established to promote the common interests of the hemisphere, raise the visibility of regional affairs and increase the importance of the inter-American relationship, as well as encourage the formulation of rational and constructive U.S. policies towards Latin America. In 1982, COHA’s board of trustees voted to expand its mandate to include monitoring Canadian/Latin American relations.

Since its inception, COHA has been one of the most active and broadest-based U.S. private bodies dealing with the entire spectrum of political, economic and diplomatic issues, as well as responding to the economic and political challenges confronting the nations of this hemisphere. From its beginnings, COHA’s board consisted of the leadership of some of this country’s most important trade unions, professional organizations and religious groups, as well as distinguished civic and academic figures, who joined together to advance their common belief in support of representative government and pluralistic institutions throughout the hemisphere.
For more information contact:

Global Links

Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship and improving health in resource-poor communities, primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our two-fold mission provides hospitals with a socially and environmentally beneficial alternative to sending hundreds of tons of still-useful surplus materials to landfills.

Hospitals and clinics in under-served communities often lack the supplies and equipment necessary to provide even basic care to their patients, resulting in needless suffering and deaths. At the same time, the US healthcare industry generates a staggering amount of medical surplus which, without intervention, is destined to pile up in our landfills.

Global Links' innovative model of recovery and reuse connects these two social problems in a way that helps to solve both, creating a "virtuous circle" that converts an environmental burden to a life-saving purpose. For information about events and programs visit:

Latin American Council of Social Science

The Latin American Council of Social Science (CLACSO is a non-govermental international organization with UNESCO associate status, established in 1967. We currently bring together 394 research centers and graduate school in the field of social sciences and humanities n 26 Latin American countries, North America and Europe.

Latin American Perspectives

is a theoretical and scholarly journal for discussion and debate on the political economy of capitalism, imperialism, and socialism in the Americas. For more than forty years, it has published timely, progressive analyses of the social forces shaping contemporary Latin America.


Latinamerican Press 

Mission: To produce independent and reliable information and analysis about Latin America and the Caribbean with an emphasis on the problems and situations that affect the human rights of vulnerable and marginalized sectors of the population, and distribute it among individuals—and strengthen the communications skills of social leaders and leaders of opinion—groups and forums whose work has the power to contribute to the construction of more inclusive and just societies.

Latin American Student Association (LASA)

Forum: The fall 2017 issue of the LASA Forum is now available for viewing online. This brief issue includes two timely essays on the crisis in Venezuela. Members can also view the new LASA membership dues and an explanation of the new dues structure. Also, the LASA2018 program co-chair shares updates on the upcoming LASA Congress in Barcelona.


Latin American Research Review (LARR)

The Latin American Research Review (LARR) is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes original research and surveys of current research on Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Latin American Research Review now has a blog, hosted by the information platform Panoramas at the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, highlighting recent and forthcoming articles: see the LARR blog.
LARR was founded in 1965 by a consortium of U.S. universities. When the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) was established the following year, LARR and LASA merged, with the journal becoming the association's official scholarly journal.

Starting at University of Texas at Austin in 1965, the editorship moved to the University of North Carolina in 1974, and then to the University of New Mexico in 1982 before returning to the University of Texas at Austin in 2003.Dr. Philip Oxhorn at McGill University was editor in chief from 2006 to 2016. The new editor in chief, starting in 2017, is Professor Aníbal Pérez-Liñán at the University of Pittsburgh.
Beginning in 2017, LARR is open access and online-only at No subscription is needed to access new content.

OLA (Observatory in Latin America—Observatorio Latino Americano)
The broad objectives of OLA are to:
•Improve academic and public understanding by observing and studying the processes of political and economic change underway in Latin America.

•Foster a public dialogue between and within the United States and Latin America about the challenges of building social democracy in a globalized world, including creating opportunities for Latin American leaders to directly express their views to audiences in the United States.

•Collaborate with Latin American institutions to further these objectives within countries across the Hemisphere by linking and mobilizing ideas and institutions.
For events visit:

The Economic Commission for Latin America CEPAL (news)

The Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA) -the Spanish acronym is CEPAL- was established by Economic and Social Council resolution 106(VI) of 25 February 1948 and began to function that same year. The scope of the Commission's work was later broadened to include the countries of the Caribbean, and by resolution 1984/67 of 27 July 1984, the Economic Council decided to change its name to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); the Spanish acronym, CEPAL, remains unchanged.
ECLAC, which is headquartered in Santiago, Chile, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world. The promotion of the region's social development was later included among its primary objectives.
In June 1951, the Commission established the ECLAC subregional headquarters in Mexico City, which serves the needs of the Central American subregion, and in December 1966, the ECLAC subregional headquarters for the Caribbean was founded in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. In addition, ECLAC maintains country offices in Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Montevideo and Bogotá, as well as a liaison office in Washington, D.C. 

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle has more than 70 writers, editors, and international correspondents.

The Humanities Center at the University of Pittsburgh

The Humanities Center has been running for seven years.  Its vitality derives from the energy of Pitt’s faculty and students in the humanities and associated departments. Thanks to all the hundreds whose scholarly and intellectual passions generate the proposals and fuel the participation that together make a flourishing center. For more information:

The World History Center, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh

The World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh emphasizes research, teaching, and international collaboration on the global past, with attention to policies for the global future. The Center, directed by Patrick Manning, is located in the Department of History and is affiliated with the Global Studies Center and the University Center for International Studies.

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of key contemporary international issues throughout Western Pennsylvania. Established in 1931, the Council is committed to informing opinion leaders and decision-makers about developments around the world as they unfold, and to educating them about the relevance of such developments to the region.

The Council also has a special focus on secondary schools throughout the region, and works to give students and teachers a more nuanced understanding of the global issues of our time.


Rescue Efforts Information   (Back to top)

There have been a lot of requests for information on rescue efforts after natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Below you will find a list of organizations that are helping with this effort.

If you would like to add other groups to this list, email



U.S. Humanitarian Nonprofit Global Links Preparing Medical Supply Shipments to support Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Cuba. Global Links is also responding in Puerto Rico by providing medical materials to health facilities who were affected by the storm.

Global Links is currently accepting financial donations to cover the cost of shipping medical supplies to the affected areas.   


Puerto Rico:  or by sending a check to:

Global Links
700 Trumbull Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
For information on supporting Global Links’ Hurricane response, call 412-361-3424, email or click

Casa San José

Municipio de Asunción Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca


Puerto Rico - please mention on donation
  • [Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF)]
  • Please use the address to our website donation page. 
  • If it is a check, please mark on the check it is for Puerto Rico if you wish.
  • BBF is receiving corporate donations it items.
  • We are also working with Food Banks in the Northeast to provide container load donations of food request by the Food Bank in San Juan.
  • The Food Bank in San Juan will make local decisions about local needs.
  • If you go our Facebook page BBF is collecting new school supplies Details are there.
  • BBF is working with The Connecticut Association of Schools to raise funds to support schoolchildren in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
  • BBF is preparing to do more with the help of the Puerto Rican Community others in Pennsylvania and around the Country.

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The Government of Dominica:

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NOTE: All announcements and events are listed in chronological order.

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December 3


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Dear Casa San José Amigos,
Welcome back to our weekly message!  Here’s what’s new:

First, a special invitation: please come to our Casa San José Open House! Come get to know our new home, meet other members of our community, and share some refreshments.

  • Where: 2116 Broadway Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15216
  • When: Sunday, December 3, 2017
  • Time: pass by anytime between 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Other news:

  • Volunteers needed!  On Sunday Jan. 7, the Feast of the Three Kings celebration will happen at St. Catherine's Church after mass ends at 1:30 pm. If you can help, please email Sister Valerie at  
  • The 8th Annual Friends Benefit Concert, which benefits Casa San José and Pittsburghers for Public Transit, is happening Friday, December 1, 7:30 – 10:00 at the Quaker Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh 15213. Featuring Smokestack Lightning, Penny Anderson, Chie Togami, and Sarah Bowen-Salio with Chuck Bowen, and the evergreen Raging Grannies.  Donation: $15 at the door ($6 for students/unemployed).  Help make a joyful noise and enjoy homemade baked goods!


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Butler Area Public Library
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Call for Papers and Conference Information   
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Call for papers:
V Intercultural Encounter of Amerindian Literature(s) & Culture(s)
Self-Writing, Extractivism, and Bird Songs

Bogotá, Colombia, 25-29 April 2018
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana | National Library of Colombia | FILBO International Book Fair of Bogotá.
Visit: (Spanish)

The indigenous languages and literatures of the Americas and the Abya Yala make up one of the fields of intercultural creation more dynamic and critical of the contemporary world. Countless narrators, writers, and creators in hundreds of native languages as well as in languages of the colonial legacy, interweaves their voices, calling on hegemonic societies and (re) planting knowledge(s) in multiplicity of ways to see, feel, and recreate the stories that make us human.


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Assistant Instructor of Quechua--University of Pittsburgh
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Women's and Gender Studies Visiting Endowed Chair (Visiting Associate or Full Professor) in Brooklyn, New York

Lecturer in Latin American Studies at UCL Institute of the Americas
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Application for Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar
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Curator for Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Studies
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The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Job Description – PA 2-1-1 Human Services Manager
Reports to:       Assistant Director PA 2-1-1            Department:  75
Classification:  Exempt                                            Division:        211                           
Grade Level:                                                             Office Location: Pittsburgh
Date: October 23, 2017                                         
Approved By:  Vice President CommunityImpact                                                              
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Job Summary:
United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania is seeking a Human Services Manager for PA 2-1-1 Southwest, 2-1-1 SEPA, and PA 2-1-1 Northwest, with easily accessible and accurate information about community resources.  2-1-1 is a nationally recognized, easy to remember phone number.  It will provide an efficient connection between people seeking assistance with available local health and human service resources.  The PA 2-1-1 Human Services Manager will be responsible for the daily quality experience of PA 2-1-1 including calls, texts, and chats.  The manager will be responsible for the client interaction, referrals provided, and follow up provided.  He/she will be responsible for the daily supervision of the resource navigators at the contact center.  The manager will maintain strong professional relationships with health and human service agencies and proactively advocate for clients with critical needs.  The manager will participate in attaining and maintaining accreditation from the international Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS).
Essential Functions:

  • Perform all supervisory duty for a contact center.
  • Monitor service performance and adjust staffing to meet client need.
  • Live monitor resource navigator performance against quality assurance standards;
    • Identify service gaps and provide real time feedback and training/reinforcement to staff;
    • Identify overall training opportunities for Quality Manager.
  • Resolve resource navigator contact questions and respond to contact escalations.
  • Proactively advocate for clients with critical needs to provide timely aide via his/her relationships.
  • Participate in the Quality Circle to foster continuous process improvement. 
  • Master PA 2-1-1 software, such as VisionLink, Community OS and Appointment Plus to assist team in using technology to its full capacity. 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Cultivate relationships across the PA 2-1-1 Southwest footprint, and among the top 100 referral agencies, to ensure that PA 2-1-1 has access to the most accurate and up-to-date information to incorporate into its database of community and human services. 
  • Support the system with research, information updates and technical assistance to ensure quality of service to callers and engage in creative problem solving to address more complex and challenging cases. 
  • Other projects as assigned. 


  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Tech savvy and strongly motivated to learn and incorporate new technologies to innovate service delivery and operational systems.
  • A team player capable and willing to support all aspects and jobs required for successful implementation of the service.
  • Strong passion for improving access to information.
  • Ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Services or related field preferred.  Degree requirement can be waived in lieu of 5 years or more of direct Human Services experience.


  •  Strong case management or information and referral experience in basic needs human services field. 
  • Knowledge of social service delivery systems in Western Pennsylvania.
  • Strong affinity for and practical experience in providing information via technology and social media. 

Latin America Research Commons Managing Editor / Production Manager 

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Latin America Research Commons Managing Editor / Production Manager The Latin American Studies Association is seeking a Managing Editor / Production Manager for its new Latin America Research Commons (LARC) open access press.  LARC is “un portal completamente abierto a las investigaciones y estudios más avanzados sobre Latinoamérica, principalmente en español y portugués, fundado por la Asociación de Estudios Latinoamericanos (LASA, por sus siglas en inglés). La misión de LARC es ofrecer una plataforma de acceso abierto para facilitar la difusión de investigaciones originales en Latinoamérica y el Caribe, para contribuir a una discusión intelectual más rica, a la investigación y la enseñanza en la región ayudando a superar barreras económicas y geográficas para dejar fluir libremente las ideas”.
The Managing Editor will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the Press (book publishing and the hosting journals on the LARC website) and overseeing the entire publishing process, including copyediting, design, typesetting, and the pre-press finalization of titles. The Managing Editor will engage in regular communications with LARC authors, editors, vendors and others as needed. This person will also play a critical role in the development and implementation of new production processes for the Press, as well as develop and regularly monitor performance, reporting on key metrics, and set improvement goals,  in addition to meeting key target publication dates.
The ideal candidate will possess proven management skills and experience working in an academic publishing environment.  He/she will possess an ability to organize, prioritize, and problem-solve in a setting with rapidly changing needs and deadlines. This person will have strong technical and editorial skills, and have at least intermediate proficiency in editing and the following Adobe Creative Suite design software: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat. They should be able to learn new software programs and processes quickly, possess an innate knowledge of the inner workings of publishing, and have the drive and direction to complete their work thoroughly, efficiently, independently, and on time. 

• Proficiency using computer software, includes Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite (5 or higher) with an emphasis on InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Word, and Excel
• Experience with academic publishing workflows and comfort working within an expanding digital workflow system
• Professional demeanor paired with strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), including the ability to present information clearly one-on-one and in group settings
• Dedication to developing positive relationships with team members and colleagues 
• Thorough understanding of Spanish and English grammar 
• Superb attention to detail
• Strong analytical skills • Ability to work well under pressure in an environment of rapidly changing deadlines and priorities, and to meet or exceed expectations
• Motivation to work independently
• Excellent capacity for organization, time management, and multi-tasking, along with the ability to balance multiple priorities simultaneously
• Exceptional decision making and problem solving skills
• Ability to work cohesively and productively with colleagues, paired with proven skills to motivate and set an example for direct reports
• Willingness to adapt to fast-changing processes and procedures that improve efficiency
• Some experience with copy editing and style guides, specifically The Chicago Manual of Style, is preferred

• Previous experience working with a press is required, with at least 10 years of experience
• Spanish, Portuguese, English required
• Minimum Education: Masters degree
• Technical proficiency in listed software programs and knowledge.
• Preference will be given to candidates with experience in both print and digital production 
 JOB TYPE: Full Time SALARY: Commensurate with experience


Executive Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

The Executive Director is responsible for the execution of the strategic vision set by the Faculty Director and the Executive Committee. 
Management responsibilities include building and developing a diverse and effective team; planning and delegating work effectively; communicating and monitoring performance expectations; motivating and developing direct reports; and ensuring compliance with Harvard and FAS policies and procedures. 
Basic Qualifications 
•Bachelor degree required.
•Minimum of 10 years professional experience in an academic organization and/or in a senior leadership position in an organization focused on research or teaching.
Additional Qualifications 
Advanced degree preferred. Demonstrated leadership, supervision, and communications skills, preferably in higher education.  Increasing level of responsibility in strategic planning, organizational design and general management. 
Must have a successful track record and proven skills in all phases of administration and operations –finance, human resources, strategic planning, organizational communications, academic program management, and program monitoring and evaluations. Demonstrated ability to lead through persuasion; develop, coach, and supervise a diverse staff; and promote collaboration.
Experience serving as an expert source of information, with a collaborative and flexible style; developing trusting long-term relationships with constituents and creating and maintaining a team culture with a commitment to supporting teaching/research opportunities for faculty and students. Ability to work collaboratively across all levels of an organization.  The candidate should be well organized, able to prioritize, have a strong attention to detail, and be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
The position requires strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact well with faculty, staff, and partners in Latin America. He or she will have a proven ability to work with a variety of constituents in developing and managing new projects and research and student programs.
Spanish and/or Portuguese language skills strongly preferred.

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