As you know, the Latin American Collection at the Hillman Library is named after its founding librarian, Eduardo Lozano. Last week we received the sad news of Lillian (Billie) Seddon Lozano's passing. CLAS hosted an online Memorial with a group of friends and family last Friday, October 16. Billie was a well-loved artist and creator, and a generous friend of the Center's from the moment she and Eduardo moved to Pittsburgh in 1967. We mourn not being able to have her among us.
This week we started our Crimes against Humanity in Latin AmericaSeries. The first three events, all this week, include foci on Colombia, Chile, Brazil and Argentina. We will have Pablo Salinas, a Human Rights Attorney who has successfully prosecuted Crimes against Humanity violations under the aegis of Operation Condor. He will cover Argentina and Chile, while, Carol Proner, another Human Rights attorney will present on Brazil within the same framework. Earlier this week we had Sebastian Cuellar talk about Human Rights abuses in Colombia, especially as experienced since the Santos Peace Process. On Friday we will have a documentary film titled 23 de Octubre, about the disappearance of High School students in Argentina, and a discussion led by Oscar Edelstein.
This semester we also have a great new addition to the CLAS Team. Mariana Benitezis a Graduate Student pursuing a Master's degree in the School of Public Health and will be supporting CLAS Programming and even this Newsletter. She officially joined us this week. Make sure to help us welcome Mariana!
10/22 @ 7:00 P.M.
An Evening of Reading and Conversation with Kali Fajardo-Anstine
The fiction writer Kali Fajardo-Anstine is this year's winner of the Fred R. Brown Literary Award. She'll read from her work and join Pitt's own Angie Cruz for a conversation and Q & A.
Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the author of Sabrina & Corina, a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction and Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize and the PEN/Bingham Prize. Sabrina & Corina has been selected as a campus one-read by the University of Colorado and Regis University. Fajardo-Anstine is the 2019 recipient of the Denver Mayor’s Award for Global Impact in the Arts. Her fiction has appeared in The American Scholar, Boston Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Idaho Review, Southwestern American Literature, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and Hedgebrook. She has an MFA from the University of Wyoming and is from Denver, Colorado.
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CLAS' community engagement programs play a pivotal role in sharing information and expertise on Latin America to educators both at the college/university level and kindergarten through secondary (K-12) level, the professional community, and general public as part of its Educational Public Service (Outreach) mission.
Community Engagement programs are offered throughout the academic year. These include but are not limited to: professional development workshops, study abroad opportunities, faculty development seminars, summer research fellowships, curriculum development projects, school visit program, lecture and film series, resource lending library, list of Latin American Organizations in Pittsburgh, and newsletters, including CLASicos and a weekly newsletter.
We are creating a list of local Latin American and Caribbean cuisine offerings to support and promote your business. Please complete the included survey to help us identify you and find out what services you offer (delivery, takeout, hours, menu, etc.).
We plan to share this list with other local organizations, and promote it in our newsletter and email list. We hope that you take the time to answer this questionnaire. Thank you!
Click HERE to see the list of local Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine you can order!