CLAS@Pitt Weekly Newsletter -- September 21

CLAS@Pitt Weekly Newsletter

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In this Issue ... CLAS Events Pitt Other Events Student Events, News, & Opportunities Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection News Internships, Fellowships, & Funding Opportunities Call for Papers & Conference Information Organizations Community Events  
CLAS Events 
September 27, 2018 CLAS Welcome Back Reception      5:00 p.m.      4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall Meet the Center for Latin American Studies staff, affiliated faculty members, interns, and other students. This is a chance to learn about all that the Center offers, including opportunities available in the upcoming year.  RSVP:


Fall 2018 CLAS Cinema Series   MARK YOUR CALENDARS!   October 2 ... On the Roof October 23 ... Eyes of the Journey November 6 ... Spider Thieves November 27 ... The Candidate December 4 ... The Queen of Spain Frick Fine Arts Auditorium      6:30 p.m. -- Pizza      7:00 p.m. -- Film For more information on each film, click here. 

September 24, 2018 Lecture: On the Ground Perspectives of Cuba Speakers include: Osborne Hart, Michele Reid-Vazquez, Daniel Kornosky, Grace Nelson, and other Community Members     5:00 p.m.      4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

September 26, 2018
Round Table Discussion Moderated by Ignacio Mamone Argentina in Turmoil: Corruption Scandals, Economic Crisis, and the Return of the IMF 12:00 p.m. 4217 Posvar Hall For more information, visit:   
September 27-29, 2018 Transnational Social Movements and Global Change (Research Workshop: Keynote Addresses are open to the campus community and public)   Keynote Address Thursday, September 27, 2018 4:00-5:30 p.m. O’Hara SC Dining Room “Civil Society, Transnational Networks and Global Change: Assessing Trends and Methodological Challenges” Marisa Von Bülow, University of Brasilia For more information, visit:

September 29, 2018 Latino Picnic 12 - 7 p.m. Schenley Park

October 4, 2018 La Biografía y las Formas Narrativas de la Ilusión Carlos Domínguez, Argentine writer 327 Cathedral of Learning 12 p.m. For more information: Sponsored by: The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies  
October 5, 2018 Delmira Agustini y Marosa di Giorgio El Erotismo Fuera de Luga Ana Ines Larre Borges, Uruguayan critic 149 Cathedral of Learning (the French Room) 2:00 p.m. For more information: Sponsored by: The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies  
October 13, 2018 UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR INT'L STUDIES (UCIS) 5Oth Anniversary Celebration!      Cathedral of Learning 1st Floor Commons      1:00 p.m.--5:00 p.m.

In 1968, the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) was created as the University of Pittsburgh’s encompassing framework for all its multidisciplinary international programs. To commemorate our 50th anniversary, we will be holding a celebration open to both the University and larger Pittsburgh community.

Join us for an afternoon of international performances, sweet treats from around the globe, children’s activities, and more! For more information, visit:

October 18, 2018 Global Trivia William Pitt Union  |  Assembly Room 9 - 10:30 p.m. Come join us for our 4th annual Global Trivia Night! Compete with groups of up to five undergraduate students, and test your knowledge in global categories like Global Current Affairs, World Culture, World History, Geography, and more. Prizes are up for grabs! Free food and beverages will be provided! Registration closes on Wednesday, October 17th at 11:59 PM, or once capacity is reached. Register your team here: For more information on International Week:

October 26, 2018 Palenque! 7 - 9 PM Kelly Strayhorn Theater 5941 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Bésame is partnering with Melissa Teodoro, professor of dance at Slippery Rock University. This is an original production featuring the music, dance, poetry, and culture of the Colombian Atlantic Coast. This is an original production featuring the music, dance, poetry, and culture of the Colombian Atlantic Coast.

$15 General Admission $10 Student Admission For more information: If you would like to add a CLAS sponsored event to your personal (OUTLOOK or GOOGLE) calendars, visit: then look for specific event or by date.  (Back to top takes you back to the menu)

Pitt Other Events
Let us know about events going on in the Pitt community! To submit events, click here. Other Pitt Events (not sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies)   
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! September 15 - October 15 Join us in honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, a month during which we celebrate the multiethnic and multicultural customs of Hispanic and Latino Americans and their social, cultural, and educational achievements and contributions to the United States.  For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month at Pitt:

September 21, 2018  How Can Pitt Better Serve Hispanic/Latinx College Students? Gina Garcia, Assistant Professor, School of Education  Foster Conference Room 1149 Public Health Building 1 p.m. For more information, email:

September 25, 2018 Free Argentine Tango Lessons Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:45 p.m. Posvar Hall 1st Floor Lobby, near the escalators FREE for students! $15/semester for non-students ($5 drop-in) No partner or experience necessary For more information:  
October 20, 2018 Pitt Make A Difference Day Pitt Alumni Volunteer

Pitt Make a Difference Day (PMADD) is the University’s largest day of service. On Saturday, October 20, 2018, students, alumni, staff, and faculty will come together to show their Pitt spirit and serve their communities across the world.  GET INVOLVED! Alumni are urged to help coordinate a service event in their region.  So, whether you want to organize a food drive, a clean-up day, or a pet parade there are Pitt friends and alumni who would love to join you.

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Student Events, News, & Opportunities
Congratulations, Catalina!

We are honored to share that during the 5th Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) World Congress 2018, Catalina Pineda was awarded the 2018 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award. The 2018 TERMIS World Congress was held from September 4 to 7, 2018, at the Kyoto International Conference Center, in Kyoto, Japan.

The TERMIS World Congress is one of the most important events that brings together researchers, scientists, trainees, and students to discuss cutting edge research, legal regulation, and commercialization of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. TERMIS hosts a World Congress that combines the three chapters of the society (Asia Pacific, Europe, and Americas) every three years. The Society also serves as an international forum to promote the informed discussion of challenges and therapeutic benefits of the application of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine technologies.

This Award recognizes the work that she did as a PhD student. Her research focus has been on the mechanisms of host-biomaterial interactions; specifically, the macrophage response to surgical mesh materials. With the research, they have identified the molecular mechanisms that promote the upregulation of endogenously produced antimicrobial peptides and the activation of the regulatory phenotype of macrophages.

Her participation in the Bioengineering Program at the University of Pittsburgh was possible thanks to the opportunities that she has received from COLCIENCIAS-Fulbright Colombia, LASPAU, the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, the Bioengineering Program at the University of Pittsburgh, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the Stephen Badylak Lab.


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:    

Welcome to Brazil Nuts!

Brazil Nuts is an active student organization at the University of Pittsburgh. Since its creation in 1998, the group's primary goal has been to expose students to Brazilian culture and the Portuguese language, creating environments for the students to practice their Portuguese outside of the classroom and to interact within the Brazilian community.

The club's activities provide students with unique opportunities to learn more about Brazil and its people. Weekly dance classes are offered where participants can enjoy themselves while learning about axé, samba and other forms of Brazilian dance, while movie nights provide viewers with a chance to witness the art of Brazilian cinema. The club also offers Bate-Papo, a weekly conversation table where students of all levels can practice Portuguese with peers and native Portuguese speakers.

Membership is open to anyone who is interested in the Portuguese language and learning about the cultures where Portuguese is spoken. Take a look at our site, learn about some of our activities and find out about other events occuring in the Pittsburgh area! Visit the Brazil Nuts Facebook:


Pitt Caribbean and Latin American Student Association (CLASA) CLASA Fashion Show November 18th @ 8 p.m.

FREE for Pitt Students $5 for non-Pitt - benefits Sow a Seed charity For more information:

  Our purpose at Pitt Spanish Club is to immerse students in the culture and language  of Spanish-speaking countries. We collaborate with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and other organizations to host many events: or

Also, follow our new instagram account for even more updates on club events:

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Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection News
For questions, comments or suggestions, please contact: Martha E. Mantilla, Librarian, Latin American Studies and Eduardo Lozano Collection E-mail: 171 Hillman Library - University of Pittsburgh  Voice:  (412) 648-7734  Fax: (412) 648-7713  
The University Library System recently acquired this recent manuscript:     “Cuaderno Avon” by Jorge Luis Borges The University Library System recently acquired a manuscript notebook by Jorge Luis Borges called the “Cuaderno Avon,” dated 1950. The acquisition of this rare notebook penned in Borges’s hand from a private collection was facilitated by Daniel Balderston, Mellon Professor of Modern Languages and director of the Borges Center at the University of Pittsburgh. The addition of this exceptionally valuable item to the University of Pittsburgh’s Archives and Special Collections will contribute to the enrichment of the Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection.     Guide to the Cuaderno Avon, Borges Notebook, 1950-1951   For more information:  
The University Library System recently acquired the full collection of these two journals:      ATABAQUE. El llamado de los afroumbandistas (después del No. 85: El Llamado del los afroamerindio). Después No.20: Periódico Oficial de la Religión en el Uruguay. Directores: Julio Kronberg, Susana Andrade Año I – No.1 (Noviembre de 1997) – Año XI ; No.122 (Noviembre 2007) Total 122 números. colección completa. Only one other Library in the US has this journal.     Bahia - Hulan - Yack : comunidad internacional. Sociedad de Amigos de Africa y Protectora de los Derechos Humanos.  1900s-? Spanish:  Serial Publication: Periodical v.: ill.; 29 x 40 cm. Montevideo, Uruguay: Sociedad de Amigos de Africa y Protectora de los Derechos Humanos One Library in the US has two issues of this journal. -------------   The Guide to the Florencio Asenjo Collection, 1945-2013 is now online:   This collection was processed by Juan Fernando Velasquez Ospina and Jim Cassaro.   The collection documents the musical career of Florencio Asenjo, and contains manuscript sketches and first and final versions of all of the composer’s musical output, mostly for orchestra or chamber ensemble. In addition, correspondence, audio recordings, and clippings from the musical press are included.   Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1926, Asenjo was a mathematician who came from Argentina to the United States in 1958. He was professor on the faculty at several American universities, including Georgetown, Southern Illinois, and the University of Pittsburgh, where he was associate professor of mathematics from 1963 to 2010. Asenjo also had intellectual interests in other areas such as philosophy—especially phenomenology—art history, aesthetics, and especially music.  
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Internships, Fellowships, & Funding Opportunities
La Escuelita Arcoiris  INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY We are looking for a Social Media Intern this Fall! If you know a social media wizard who is looking to work in a creative and colorful environment, send them our way! For more information & to get in touch:
National Association of Latino and Arts and Cultural Grant Opportunities:


Latin American Studies Association (LASA) RESEARCH & STUDY OPPORTUNITIES

The following listing of research and study opportunities is organized by deadline dates and are updated as information becomes available to us. To view more information on a particular entry click on its title.

Call for Papers & Conference Information
For other conferences opportunities visit:  
Duke University is pleased to issue a call for submissions for the 10th annual Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America honoring an outstanding book of non-fiction, including graphic works, published in English on human rights, democracy and social justice in contemporary Latin America. The deadline for entries is September 30, 2018. There is no entry form. Publishers, authors or readers may send inquiries to Please use the subject line Méndez Book Award.   Book copies should be mailed to Méndez Book Award Duke Human Rights Center @ the Franklin Humanities Institute Box 90403 114 S. Buchanan Blvd. Durham, NC 27708   The Méndez award will be announced in Fall 2018 with the winner invited to deliver a reading at Duke University in February 2019.   For more information, please visit:  
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NOTE: These are organizations based locally, nationally, and internationally. 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.

Latin American Studies 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.  
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Community Events
Let us know about events going on in the community!  To submit events, visit: Other Pitt Events (not sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies)
   Saturday, September 22, 2018 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Heritage Night Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 7:00 pm For more information, visit: To purchase tickets, visit  
SALUD PARA NIÑOS Clínicas Pediátricas Gratuitas   Segundo Sábado de Cada Mes - Vacunación Gratuita No se necesita cita o seguro de salud Sábados(3er Sábado del mes), Octubre 13, Noviembre 10 8:30 AM to 12 PM*     Cuarto Martes de Cada Mes Se necesita cita – No se requiere seguro de salud   Martes Septiembre 25, Octubre 23, Noviembre 27 2 PM to 3:40 PM   Para hacer cita y para confirmar que la clínica no ha sido cambiada de fecha llamar al 412-692-6000 opción 8   Salvation Army Carson Street y Calle 9na (54 S. 9th Street) South Side Pittsburgh, PA 412-692-6000 opción 8   *Para ser atendido sin cita, por favor llegar antes del medio día (12 PM) Si tiene registro de vacunas u otros documentos médicos favor traerlos a la visita.

September 25, 2018 Celebrate Child Passenger Safety Week Latino Family Center 5450 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Kristen Urso at 412-885-0266  
Immigrant Workforce Program 9-week Class on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 - 8 p.m. Begins: Monday, October 8 Location: The Global Switchboard 305 34th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201  

October 8, 2018 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Brookline Branch Storytime: English and Spanish Monday, October 8, 2018 6:30 PM–7:00 PM 708 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh  PA 15226 Celebrate our city’s diverse culture as we explore new words through songs, action rhymes and stories in both English and Spanish. For more information: ----------------------------------------------------- October 24, 2018 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Squirrel Hill Branch Spanish for Beginners Wednesday, October 24, 2018  6:00 PM–7:00 PM  5801 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh  PA 15217  

Spanish for Beginners is an introduction for those who are new to Spanish or consider themselves a little bit rusty. This group meets on second and fourth Wednesdays. This class session runs from September to December.

These classes are for adult learners and are FREE. You do not have to register for the classes or bring anything. New participants are welcome at any time. For more information:  

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