CLAS Weekly Newsletter--October 18, 2017

University of Pittsburgh


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

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.

Red Cross


Hurricanes Irma & Maria - Red Cross Response Expands:


The Government of Dominica
Government of Dominica


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

October 15 -- October 21, 2017

For other events during Int'l Week, visit:

October 21


LOS COLORES DE LA MONTAÑA (90 minutes, Colombian film)
with English subtitles
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Come and enjoy a great film and some delicious Colombian empanadas!

For the movie trailer:

Manuel, 9, has an old ball with which he plays football every day in the countryside. He dreams of becoming a great goalkeeper. His wishes seem set to come true when Ernest, his father, gives him a new ball.

But an unexpected accident sends the ball flying into a minefield. Despite the danger, Manuel refuses to abandon his treasure... He convinces Julián and Poca Luz, his two friends, to rescue it with him. Amid the adventures and kids' games, the signs of armed conflict start to appear in the lives of the inhabitants of 'La Pradera'.

For more information:


October, 19


For more information email:


October 20-21



Wednesday, October 25


The Multicultural Turn, the New Latin American Constitutionalism, and Black Social Movements in the Andean Sub-Region

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Presenter: Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier
Location: 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by: Center for Latin American Studies along with Department of History
Contact Email:

With the Andean sub-region in mind, I first discuss the particular significance of what authors have called “the Latin American multicultural turn” as it relates to Andean ideologies of national identity, and Afro-Andean lives and political strategies. I then explore the new Latin American constitutionalism that emerged out of, and has defined the Latin American multicultural turn by focusing on specific articles of Andean constitutions and special laws that deal with collective rights and legal protections against racial and other discriminations. Acknowledging the lack of uniformity among the Andean sub-region’s multiculturalisms, and the concomitant diversity of Afro-Andean political strategies, I call for a comparative assessment of the usefulness (or lack thereof) of these more or less recently adopted “multicultural legal instruments” to remedy wrongs Afrodescendants experience.

Wednesday, October 25


The Unkindest Cut of All; Coloniality, Performance and Gender in the Courtroom and Beyond

October 30


Thomas W. Walker

One Scholar’s Half Century Affair with Nicaragua

Amy Knapp Room - Hillman Library G74
Monday, October 30, 2017
4:00  pm – 6:30 pm
Reception to follow
For more information:  

Special Thanks to Dr. Ariel Armony, Vice Provost for Global Affairs

Thomas W. Walker is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Director Emeritus of Latin American Studies at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Before retiring, he taught courses on “The Government and Politics of Latin American,” “Revolution in Latin America,” and “Latin American Political Thought.”
Dr. Walker is both a Brazilianist and a Central Americanist. He did his dissertation research in Brazil and has published a couple of articles and one book about the politics in that country: (with Agnaldo Sousa Barbosa) Dos Coroneis a Metropole: Fios e Tramas da Sociedade e da Politica em Ribeirao Preto no Seculo 20 (Palavra Magic, 2000).
Regarding Central America, he is the author, co-author or editor of ten books, two of which are now in their sixth editions: Nicaragua: Emerging the Shadow of the Eagle, co-authored with Christine Wade and Understanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion and Change, co-authored with John Booth and Christine Wade. In 1984, 1989/90, and 1996, Walker served on international delegations that observed Nicaragua’s national elections.
With those experiences, he was later invited to be part of the Carter Center’s teams, which observed the 2004 presidential recall referendum in Venezuela and the 2006 National elections in Nicaragua. Walker has delivered over 185 guest lectures at institutions of higher education around the United States, Latin America, and Europe.


November 5


For tickets and other information, visit:


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.

October 15 -- October 21, 2017

For other events during Int'l Week, visit:



Faculty News and Publications   (Back to top)

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

This annual event aims to promote an exchange of ideas between college students, professors, and the community who share an interest and passion for Quechua language and Andean culture.

We are working towards creating a space for students to become dynamic leaders in the academic context where there is an increasing interest in Indigenous languages and cultures of the Americas by fostering the relations needed to build a strong network and community at the university level.

The Quechua Student Alliance Meeting, the first of its type in the United States, has the format of a one-day gathering with cultural activities, lectures, games, debates and dialogue.

For previous editions at the University of Pennsylvania, we were joined by participants from Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington DC, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Ohio. Remezcla, a latinX news website, posted a story about our gathering.

Quechua at NYU and the Runasimi Outreach Committee is hosting this year’s meeting in collaboration with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU and the Quechua Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
The event is free and open to the public. Food will be served. Registration closes on October 24 at midnight.

For questions regarding proposal submissions, please contact  

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: 

This annual event aims to promote an exchange of ideas between college students, professors, and the community who share an interest and passion for Quechua language and Andean culture.

We are working towards creating a space for students to become dynamic leaders in the academic context where there is an increasing interest in Indigenous languages and cultures of the Americas by fostering the relations needed to build a strong network and community at the university level.

The Quechua Student Alliance Meeting, the first of its type in the United States, has the format of a one-day gathering with cultural activities, lectures, games, debates and dialogue.

For previous editions at the University of Pennsylvania, we were joined by participants from Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington DC, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Ohio. Remezcla, a latinX news website, posted a story about our gathering.

Quechua at NYU and the Runasimi Outreach Committee is hosting this year’s meeting in collaboration with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU and the Quechua Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
The event is free and open to the public. Food will be served. Registration closes on October 24 at midnight.

For questions regarding proposal submissions, please contact   


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 Opportunities    
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For other research and study opportunities visit:


New Organizing Fellowship

Pennsylvania Student Power Network


Questions? Email


The application deadline for the New Organizing Fellowship is Monday, October 23. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with those sent earlier receiving priority. Fellows will receive a $300 stipend in December upon successful completion of the program, with opportunity to renew the fellowship into the spring semester.

Fellowship description:
This fall, the Pennsylvania Student Power Network (PSPN) is looking for emerging student leaders to serve as paid New Organizing Fellows.

As a fellow, you’ll help to lead campaign work for economic, racial, immigrant, and environmental justice with PSPN, on campus and in the local community. You’ll also receive dedicated support, training, and tools to take your leadership to the next level. In the process, you’ll build relationships with student leaders from across the state.

In this fall’s pilot semester of the New Organizing Fellowship, we are able to support a limited number of fellows on college and university campuses across Pennsylvania.

Eligibility requirements

  • Currently enrolled at a 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education in Pennsylvania

  • Preference for 1st and 2nd year students, and/or students in new areas, but open to all

  • Clear and demonstrated commitment to core values of social justice, racial justice, and collective liberation

  • Clear and demonstrated commitment to working with groups on campus that represent marginalized populations

  • Passionate about organizing with a larger team of students on campus, including existing PA Student Power leaders

  • Passionate about moving others to action

  • Strong communicator and team-player

Women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. We believe in centering and elevating the leadership of those representing the most marginalized among us. By uniting and organizing, we believe that we create change in our communities and across Pennsylvania.

Fellowship responsibilities

  • Organizing for at least 5-10 hours per week

  • Helping to build campus and local campaigns—including but not limited to free higher education, fair treatment of campus workers, immigrant justice, racial justice, and environmental justice

  • Identifying 5 new campus leaders and collecting at least 100 new contacts (via pledge cards, sign-in sheets, or petitions)

  • Participating in regular PSPN local team meetings and events on campus, and recruiting students from your campus to statewide PSPN events

  • Communicating with the fellowship team and director on a regular basis, and working together to create organizing plans

  • Organizing at least one training or event in partnership with other PSPN or local leaders

  • Attending an end-of-semester gathering

Fellowship term: Rolling start date in October, through December 15

To apply: Send an email with the subject line, “New Organizing Fellow,” to Include a copy of your resume and answers to the following questions, no more than 200 words each:

  • What excites you about the New Organizing Fellowship and the PA Student Power Network?

  • How did you first get turned on to social justice activism? Was it an experience you had growing up, folks who inspired you, an event in the world, or an action that you participated in?

  • When was a time that you brought a group of people together around a common cause, concern, or activity?

  • When was a time that you dealt with a challenging or frustrating situation but were able to stay positive?

  • What experience do you have working with others across race, gender, sexuality, or other identities? What made this work effective or less effective?

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. PSPN and our fiscal sponsor, One Pennsylvania, are Equal Opportunity Employers. Women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 


    Postdoctoral researchers with an interest in sustainable development are invited to submit their applications for the GVI Sustainable Development Fellowship Program before the 15th of November 2017. 

    Fellowships will be granted to postdoctoral scholars with a foundation in:

    • Community Development
    • Education (K-12 And Adult)
    • Gender Equality and Women’s Rights
    • Public and Global Health
    • Social and Micro-enterprise
    • Socio-economics
    • Urban Agriculture
    • Environmental Science
    • Marine Science

    Each GVI Research Fellow will be partnered with one of GVI’s 18 locations, in South Africa, Seychelles, Mexico, Costa Rica, Fiji, Thailand, Laos, Nepal or India, and will be required to visit the site each year. Costs of a pre-agreed economy flight, airport transfer, accommodation and meals for the duration of two calendar years will be covered. Selected academics will have access to selective collaborative data sets, for review and analysis, as well as co-authored publications, covering the above-mentioned range of subjects. 
    Please submit proposals via the website. Kindly note that due to an expected high level of interest, only short-listed candidates will receive feedback on their applications.


    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

    Community Events    (Back to top)
    NOTE: All announcements and events are listed in chronological order.

    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

    October 18

    For ticket information 

    Wednesday, October 18 at 8 PM - 10 PM
    James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy
    422 Foreland St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212

    Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is a virtuoso with an infectious, joyful feeling that will leave you amazed and happy. He will be joined by Brazilian jazz songstress Kenia for one night only at the legendary James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy! The duo will be visiting the music of Joao Bosco as well as Brazilian classics. 

    Diego is an extraordinary fast rising star among the world's greatest jazz guitarists. His superb technique, timing and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names right now. He has unique skills and his concerts have been a great success in more than 50 countries around the world. 

    Diego played to a sold out show in Pgh this summer... Don't miss your last opportunity to discover this incredible artist!

    October 20
    For more information visit:


    October 22


    Click on photo for more information.


    Día de los Muertos
    Join La Escuelita Arcoiris at The Shop- Homewood on October 29 from 1-4 PM for an afternoon filled with family-friendly, community based activities! Enjoy food, drinks, and live music; Plus face painting, sugar skulls, tamales, tarot card reading and much more! Let the Pittsburgh community come together as one, for a celebration of life and a remembrance of loved ones who have passed!
    Contact E-mail:
    Organization: La Escuelita ArcoIris


    This is a trilingual newsletter in English, Spanish and Portuguese. For list of events, visit:   

    CASA SAN JOSE is a community resource center that advocates for and empowers Latinos by promoting integration and self-sufficiency.

    For Casa San Jose weekly messages, visit:
    If anyone is interested in volunteering to serve on any of the following committees, please email: 

    As you may be aware, Casa San Jose is rapidly growing.  In order to meet growing needs in the Latino community, we have had to acquire staff and resources in order to meet these needs.  It became apparent that we needed an annual Fund Raising Event.  
    A number of generous volunteers stepped up and have been meeting with Sr. Janice to begin the planning.  We are in need of some subcommittees in the following areas:
    --Guest List/Invitations:  This group would develop a good list of people that would be interested in contributing to Casa San Jose
    --Food and Drink:  This group would be responsible for finding several different vendors who would be able to donate a variety of food, special beer, cocktails, etc.
    --Auction Items:  This group would be responsible for creating 10 deluxe baskets with things like good wine, liquor, etc.  
    --Entertainment:  This group would be responsible for getting flamenco dancers and drummers.  It was suggested that this group try to schedule these dancers and drummers who performed at the recent Viva Clemente event.
    --Sponsors:  This group would solicit sponsors to help offset the cost of the event.
    --Publicity:  This group would take care of ensuring wide-spread publicity:  TV, radio, newspapers, etc.


    Multilingual Program:
    For more information:

    Call for Papers and Conference Information   
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    For other conferences opportunities visit:


    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.

    Undergraduate Opportunity!
    The Department of Language and Literature at Lee University cordially invites submissions for the Annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference on Latin American and Iberian Studies on March 25, 2017. This conference will bring together undergraduate students and professors from a wide variety of disciplines.


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    Latin America Research Commons Managing Editor / Production Manager 

    For more information: 

    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


     Program Coordinator, Latin American Studies Program Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced
    The Latin American Studies Program Coordinator is responsible for providing general administrative support to the Program Director, Associate Director, full-time faculty and professorial lecturers. Responsibilities include organizing department events, and contributing to the planning and execution of international study trips, internal and external communication, and recruiting activities. Additionally, the Program Coordinator monitors and maintains web page content, budgets and monthly expenditures, program files, and office supplies in addition to providing general information to students, visitors, and callers, among others 

    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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