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 CLAS Events    (Back to top)

CLASicos and Year-in Review is out!
Check all the events that CLAS organized and sponsored, our awards,
and statistics for 2016-2017
Join us September 28 for our CLAS Welcome Back Reception

RSVP to:


CLAS Undergraduate and Graduate Photo

       For the application form, please email: or click on image.

      --The top three photographs selected will each be awarded a gift card to the University Book Store.
         (1st place $150.00, 2nd place $100.00, 3rd place $50.00).

     --Winners will be announced Thursday, September 28, 2017 during the Welcome Back Reception.
        Space permitting, all submissions will be displayed at the Reception.


October 15 -- October 21, 2017

For one week every year, students at universities and colleges across the United States celebrate and experience the benefits of international education and exchange.  Pitt actively participates in this joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.  International Week is hosted by the University Center of International Studies (UCIS) and will be between October 15 and October 21, 2017.  UCIS is dedicated to initiating, supporting, and coordinating international activities campus-wide.  The theme of this year's International Week is "Displacement."

International Education Week is just one of the many ways that Pitt prepares students to become global citizens empowered with international knowledge, skills and experiences.  Currently there are 22 million refugees in the world and an additional 40 million people who are internally displaced. The changing climate, war, persecution as well as a long history of forced migration provide a sobering opportunity for International Week to focus on displacement through multiple disciplines and perspectives.

For every student on campus, International Week offers the chance to:PURPOSE OF INTERNATIONAL WEEK?  

  • Gain a new cultural understanding
  • Collaborate with and learn from international student groups 
  • Expand awareness of and interest in global issues and global learning
  • Sample a small part of life beyond the shores of America
  • Experience Pitt’s intercultural diversity
Beginning more than 15 years ago with a single event called the “International Fair on the Lawn,” then organized by the Study Abroad Office and the Office of International Services, the event celebrated and promoted HISTORY:

multiculturalism and study abroad opportunities at Pitt.

Pitt's University Center for International Studies saw the possibility of expanding the celebration from a single one-day event to a full week of international programs and activities.  The Fair on the Lawn grew to include International Day and a variety of other events that promote the international educational opportunities at Pitt; to increase the multicultural awareness of the University population; and to celebrate the international accomplishments of both the University and the community.

International Week is hosted by the University Center for International Studies
in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs.



 Other Pitt Events    (Back to top)

Faculty Book Talks

The Library invites you to join Pitt faculty authors from various disciplines as they share their research and  discuss their recently published books. Q & A will follow. Refreshments will be provided. This series is free and open to the public.

If you're Pitt faculty who has recently published and would like to schedule a book talk for your own publication, please contact Heidi Card at

All talks will be held from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Thornburgh Room on the 1st floor of Hillman Library.


 Faculty Opportunities 
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Greenleaf Scholar-in-Residence
Visiting Professor, Stone Center, Tulane University

Tulane University invites applications from mid-career scholars in Latin American Studies conducting interdisciplinary research in the social sciences to spend one or two semester(s) as a Greenleaf Scholar-in-Residence at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies during the 2018-2019 academic year. We seek scholars who address questions of social and gender inclusion, particularly with regard to the reduction of economic, environmental, health or other inequalities. We encourage applications from scholars in the fields of anthropology, development studies, economics, environmental studies, international studies, law, political science, public health, social medicine or sociology. Appointments for fall semester are from August 1 – December 31, 2018. Appointments for spring semester are from January 1– May 31, 2019. Salary is $40,000 per semester plus benefits. Travel and moving expenses are not supported.
Qualifications: Minimum Associate Professor status or above and a distinguished record of publication.
Application Instructions: Applications must be submitted via Interfolio by visiting Please submit a CV including contact information for two professional references, as well as a cover letter describing how residence at Tulane will aid in advancing your research.  Also, please provide a title and brief description of a course (or courses) you would be interested in offering.  Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017, but the position will remain open until filled.


  Student Opportunities  (Back to top)

Graduate Student Event


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:


  Fellowships and Internships  (Back to top)

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Fellowship Application

The Fellowship Competition is Now Open! Deadline is October 1.
Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of expertise, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff. The Center accepts non-advocacy, policy-relevant, fellowship proposals that address key policy challenges facing the United States and the world.

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)


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month and the great Roberto Clemente with Southwest Pennsylvania organized labor. Enjoy deliciously authentic Latin American cuisine, craft beer, homemade sangria, and live music and dance from Alba Flamenca. Net proceeds go to support the work of Casa San José, a community resource center providing vital services to Latino families in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Saturday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m.--10:00 p.m.
City of Asylum Alphabet City Tent
318 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA  15212

Ticket information:
Organized by Casa San Jose and LCLAA Pittsburgh



Presented by Pittonkatonk, Pandemic & Juan Diego VII
We plan to open early for food and drinks. details to come

Sp guest DJ's Juan Deigo, Pandemic Pete & more
Local support Afro Yaqui Music Collective +

Thursday, October 12
Salem's Market and Grill- 2923 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh

Tickets go on sale Aug 15

Formed in 1968 in Iquitos, Peru, Los Wembler’s pioneered a unique style of music that combined cumbia

rhythms, electric guitars, and psychedelic sounds. Their 1971 LP, Al Ritmo de Los Wembler’s, pushed the regional sound of chicha (cumbia rhythms combined with Andean folk melodies) to new levels. This new sound took the name cumbia amazonicá, after the first track on Al Ritmos, and it shaped andean popular music for decades. Even at their height of popularity, Los Wembler’s performed only in their hometown of Iquitos and neighboring areas, with rare performances in neighboring Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador. By the early 1980s, Los Wembler’s faded into the background as the popularity cumbia amazonicá gave way to newer electronic cumbia sounds. Los Wemblers never stopped playing, but stayed in Iquitos playing the occasional party, wedding, or community events. In the early 2000s, cumbia amazonicá was rediscovered as a missing link between traditional cumbia and a new generation of musicians in Argentina, Mexico and Colombia. In 2007, Barbès Records released Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru and Los Wembler’s were rediscovered. In 2011, they performed in Lima for the first time in twenty-five years. A new generation of tropical electronic musicians looked to them for inspiration and the Peruvian group Dengue Dengue Dengue collaborated with them. In 2015, the Smithsonian invited Los Wembler’s to perform at the Folklife Festival in Washington DC.

Los Wembler’s haven’t lost any of their creative edge. Watching them perform or record is to witness musicians at the height of their powers. Their happy first experiments with cumbia and indigenous rhythms were not the product of chance. These are accomplished musicians in tune with their environment but also infinitely curious about the world. They may have a fondness for 1970’s production values, but after all, so do Jack White and Daptone. The style Los Wembler’s created more than forty years ago has finally found an audience around the world, and Los Wembler’s intend to keep it relevant by finding new ways to experiment.

Catch them in Pittsburgh for the first US show on their first world tour.

  Call for Papers and Conference Information    (Back to top)

 For other conferences opportunities visit:

“Hemispheric Connections, Transdisciplinary Perspectives”
The conference will provide a unique opportunity to engage participants in a regional dialogue and serve as an interdisciplinary forum for networking and exchanging ideas, experiences and perspectives on research related to Latin America. We invite all scholars, educators, students and practitioners who research and promote the study of Latin America to submit a proposal. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) literature, linguistics, history, education, geography, political science, economics, anthropology, sociology, art, international studies, gender studies, and more.
We are especially interested in proposals that explore concepts such as global mobility, transformations in fields of study related to Latin America, how research connects the local to the global, as well as proposals related to the natural sciences, environmental sciences, bioethics, and other fields that have been underrepresented in past OLAC conferences. Click to here to submit a proposal.

Registration details can be found online at the conference website, including conference details, the registration form, lodging suggestions, transportation and things to do in Columbus.
OLAC Conference Deadlines
Sept. 10                Extended! Deadline to Submit Abstracts
Oct. 10                   Deadline to register
Oct. 20-21            Ohio Latin Americanist Conference
For questions or concerns, please contact the Center for Latin American Studies at (614-688-4285) or

Call for Papers
Deadline: September 15, 2017
Subject Fields: 
MARIANA MASTRÁNGELO, Chilecito National University (UNDEC), Argentina, and Institute of Latin American Studies (INDEAL), University of Buenos Aires, and MIGUEL CARDINA, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra (CES), Portugal, invite you to submit original research papers in Spanish or P
hrough essays that question the representations of the past, its public uses, the strategies of dissemination, and the mechanisms of silencing to which they are subjected.During the 20th century, the processes of politization that had different social groups as subjects, often conflicted with the repressive mechanisms that were directly or indirectly activated by the State. This relationship between violence and resistance went on in different ways, and more recently fostered the debates on the (in)existence of archives and the ethical dillemas about the use of documents on Repression, on the claims around the so called “historical memory” or on the discussions about the figure of “victim” or “activist”. This special issue is part of the research work produced by the Ibero-American Network on Resistance and Memory (RIARM), that gathers Latin American and European researchers who focus on the study of the memories of resistance. We aim at problematizing the way in which historical knowledge tackles these “difficult pasts”, portuguese on “Memories of Resistance and Resistance of Memory”, for a special issue of the cross-disciplinary and peer-reviewed academic French journal EOLLES (Est Ouest Langues Littératures Echanges Sociétés), University of Le Havre Normandy, to be published in December 2017.
Paper submission due: September 15th, 2017.
Language (including abstract): Spanish or Portuguese.
Instructions for authors:
 Contact Info: 
Mariana Mastrángelo:
Miguel Cardina:



MAY 23 – 26, 2018
Call for Papers
Deadline for papers: September 7, 2017


Asociacion Latinoamericana de Sociologia Rural -ALASRU
Ruralidades en America Latina: Convergencias, disputas y alternativas en el siglo XXI

25-30 de Noviembre 2018
Montevideo Uruguay


  Job Opportunities   (Back to top)

For other job opportunities visit: 

Colegio de Mexico
CES- Centro de Estudios Sociologicos

For open positions:

  • Profesor Sociologia de la Cultura
  • Sociologia de Violencia y Resistencia Social en Teriitorios Locales-regionales
  • Sociologia de la gestion publica del conflicto social
  • Genero


The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Academy Scholars Program, 2018-2019

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions.
 Harvard Academy Scholarships are open only to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. Scholars applying by the October 1, 2017 deadline for the August 2018 postdoctoral fellowships must have completed the PhD or equivalent after September 30, 2014.

Academy Scholars are appointed for 2 years at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and are provided time, guidance, and access to Harvard University facilities. Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $67,000, and predoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $31,000 until they are awarded the PhD or equivalent degree.
The online application for the postdoctoral fellowships beginning in August 2018 is due by October 1, 2017. Finalist interviews will take place in Cambridge on December 6, 2017. Notification of Scholarships will be made in late December, 2017. For complete information on how to apply and for  access to the online application, please visit:


Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Spanish U.S. Latinx Literature and Culture The Amherst College
Department of Spanish invites applications and nominations for a full-time tenure-track or tenured appointment in Latino/Latina/Latinx literature and culture that will begin in July 2018.
The appointee will be expected to teach general courses that engage a broad range of students in Latina/o/x literature and culture, and advanced courses for majors in Spanish and in Latinx and Latin American studies. The successful candidate will have primary teaching and advising responsibilities in the Department of Spanish, and will work closely with faculty and students in the newly created Latinx and Latin American Studies Program. Requirements include a Ph.D. in Spanish, English, comparative literature, Latino/a/x studies, or a closely related field at the time of appointment; an active research agenda in U.S. Latino/a/x literature and culture; near-native or native proficiency in Spanish and English; and a record of teaching excellence.  To apply, candidates should submit electronically to the following: a cover letter addressed to Professor Paul A. Schroeder Rodríguez, a curriculum vitae, a sample of their writing, a sample syllabus focused on U.S. Latino/a/x literature/culture, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will be conducted by phone or via Skype in early November.


Princeton University Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences 2018-2021

Application deadline: September 15, 2017 Princeton Society of Fellows invites applications for three-year postdoctoral fellowships 2018- 2021 for recent PhDs (from Jan.1, 2016) in humanities and affiliated social sciences. FOUR appointments to pursue research and teach half-time in the following areas: Open discipline (three fellowships); Humanistic Studies (one fellowship). Annual salary: approx. $86,600. For eligibility, fellowship details and online application. see


Tenured Professor of Latin American Studies -MIT
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Global Studies and Languages (GSL) section invites applications for a position in contemporary Latin American Cultural Anthropology at the tenured professor level, to start in Fall 2018 (employment begins July 1, 2018). Applicants must hold a Ph.D. and have five-years’ minimum of academic teaching experience at the college or university level. Preference given to candidates with greater teaching experience and clear evidence of publication and scholarly development.
The teaching load is three courses per year, specifically, mid-tier and upper-level undergraduate courses in GSL (generally, two subjects per year conducted in Spanish, one in English). Native or near-native fluency in Spanish and English is required. Portuguese also desirable.
Applicants should be trained in cultural anthropology with a specialization in contemporary Latin American Studies, and prepared to work in a multidisciplinary environment. Applicants must have significant scholarly work that is already published. MIT expects a highly productive and innovative research program as part of the requirements for tenure.
Please submit letter of application, CV, two writing samples of peer-reviewed scholarship, preferably at least one book in English, but no more than two books. Spanish language publications accepted. Please also provide two syllabi of undergraduate courses (one course taught in upper-level Spanish, one in English) that you would be interested in teaching, to be received no later than October 16, 2017 to:
If books cannot be submitted electronically, hard copies may be sent to: GSL Search, MIT Global Studies and Languages, Room 14N-305, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. Books will be returned after the search.
After the initial review of applications, semi-finalists will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation.
Please send questions to


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.

International Political Economy/Comparative Political Economy focusing on Latin America
New College of Florida

New College of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in International Political Economy and Comparative Political Economy with a substantive focus on Latin America.
Candidates should apply on-line at and upload the following: a cover letter; c.v.; statements of no more than a page each regarding teaching philosophy, the candidate’s contributions or approaches to supporting an inclusive culture and learning environment, and research interests; syllabi; teaching evaluations; one writing sample (article or chapter length); and unofficial graduate transcript(s). In addition, please ask at least three references to send signed letters on letterhead electronically to or in hard copy to: IPE Search, Division of Social Sciences, New College of Florida, 5800 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243.  Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017 and continue until  the position is filled. We will be at the APSA convention for preliminary interviews and more information. If you are 2 interested in meeting at APSA, please send an e-mail to Prof. Barbara Hicks at with APSA-IPE in the subject line.



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