CLAS@Pitt Weekly Update 02-10-2021

CLAS@Pitt Weekly Update 02-10-2021

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CLAS Weekly Newsletter

Though not a graspable reality at this time, CLAS is already planning for a not-too-distant future when our experiences are not limited to the extent they have been since February 2020. As a CLAS stakeholder, we hope you continue to share your ideas as we adapt to changing conditions and streamline experiences.

The successful China, Latin America and the Caribbean: Infrastructure, Connectivity and Everyday Life conference is now available for viewing through the CLARI site and links in our CLAS page. Panoramas continues this Friday, February 12 with Aby Neiser leading a discussion of her article: The Double-Edged Sword of Lithium Mining’s Sustainability in South America. Earlier that day, the Emerging Latinx Communities Group will restart its cycle of discussions as well. Join us for these exciting opportunities.

At CLAS we are constantly challenging ourselves to improve, and while we sometimes prototype programs, activities, and engagement live, ultimately our aim is to refine, grow and make our work more impactful. As such, we appreciate your critiques, suggestions, and encouragement.

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Emerging Latinx Communities Group
February 12, 2021
In Zoom, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
For information on upcoming meeting and how to join click "HERE"
With the support of the Center for Latin American Studies, we explore 1) the problems Latinos in small yet rapidly growing populations face, and 2) how to solve those problems. We hope to get new writing and research collaborations going! Open to all interested: students, faculty, staff, and practitioners from Pitt and beyond.  If you want to get extra network time, we will be there 30 minutes before and after the meeting time.

Next meetings in 2021: Mar. 12, Apr. 16

Lithium Mining in South America: A Double-Edged Sword of Sustainability
Friday, February 12, 2021
4:15 p.m. EST

Upcoming updates: 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/23
To Register
Crimes Against Humanity in Latin America Series: Nicaragua
On February 25th at 6:00 p.m. acclaimed editorial cartoonist Pedro X. Molina (in exile in the United States), UCA’s Mario Sánchez and Social Scientist and Anahí Napal (FUNIDES) will reflect on the events that followed the student protests of April 2018 in Nicaragua, as well as the antecedents and the political and social context within which their echo has impacted daily life in the country.
To Register

The Dark Side of Superfoods: Negative Externalities
in Luxury Commodity Consumption

by Caelan Hidalgo Schick
5:30 p.m.
February 17, 2021

The Latin America and the Caribbean Competency Virtual Series is an opportunity for students to learn more about different topics related to this area and connect with the guest speakers outside of the classroom environment.

To Register
It all Starts with Human Milk: Normalizing Nature for a Lifetime of Health
February 25, 2021
4:00 p.m.
To Register
The Chambermaid
March 8, 2021
4:30 p.m.

Filmmaker/Director: Lila Ávilés
Language: Spanish
Runtime: 1h 42m

In her feature debut, Lila Ávilés turns the monotonous work day of Eve, a chambermaid at a high-end Mexico city hotel, into a beautifully observed film of rich detail. Set entirely in this alienating environment, with extended scenes taking place in the guest rooms, hallways, and cleaning facilities, this minimalist yet sumptuous movie brings to the fore Eve's hopes, dreams, and desires. For more information about other films and dates, click "HERE"

CLAS Faculty Research Grants Application--Summer 2021, click “HERE”

CLAS Graduate Student Field Research Grants Application--Summer 2021, click “HERE”
Latin American Social and Public Policy Conference (LASPP)

March 25-27, 2021
March 25, 2021—Documentary: Statistics and Chance:
2019 documentary about Carmelo Mesa-Lago, by Carlos Díaz and Elaine Acosta

March 26, 2021Keynote Speaker: 
Dr. Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh  
Four Decades of Private Pensions in Latin America (1980-2020): Promises and Realities

Conference program TBA. This will be a virtual event—Time and Location to be announced.

Dear Festival Community,

As we had originally targeted April 10, 2021 for our Latin American and Caribbean Festival, and we must move cautiously through COVID-19 risk mitigation, we aim to hold a hybrid virtual event, with various live performances over two days.

However, we are also, optimistically planning for a live, in-person Festival on October 2, 2021, if University and City of Pittsburgh guidelines allow us to have a safe event. We also plan to move the annual Festival celebration to the Fall for the foreseeable future. For now, we hope that the April 10 event allows us to maintain connection and give a preview of the type of activities we hope to engage in. More information to come. For more information, Click "HERE"

Pelo Malo
April 1, 2021
4:30 p.m.
Filmmaker/Director: Mariana Rondón
Language: Spanish
Runtime: 1h 33m
Screening Date: 

"A nine year old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming of age tale. For more information about other films and dates, click "HERE"

To Register
CLAS Academic Advisor
Luis Bravo

Luis Van Fossen Bravo is the Academic Advisor for the Center for Latin American Studies, and would be happy to meet with you to discuss your academic aspirations and career goals. To schedule a meeting, click "HERE"

Students and Organizations interested in finding opportunities for internships, click "HERE"
The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and CLAS have had strong ties for many decades.
They have compiled a comprehensive list of event videos hosted by different universities since the pandemic started and we are very glad to contribute to this great initiative.
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Presented in collaboration with Hemispheric Conversations Urban Art Project (HCUAP) at the University of Pittsburgh, this month’s program will focus on the collaborative mural project, Disrespecting the Border, that was created for the Latinx community of Pittsburgh in October 2019. We’ll join a conversation about the role of mural art as a resource to think through migration and border politics between visiting artist Gil Rocha and local artists Leah Patgorski and Max Gonzales organized by Camilo Ruiz and Marisol Vilella Balderrama. The talk will be facilitated by Dr. Caitlin Bruce. Join us to hear about the dialogues, motifs, and collaborations that came out of the project and their salience today.

The program is free but registration is required. Donations to support the Vanka Murals mission including this program are greatly appreciated and may be added to your registration.

To learn more click "HERE"

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CLAS@Pitt: Faculty News
Gina Garcia, an associate professor of higher education in the Pitt School of Education, will receive the University of Pittsburgh’s 2020-2021 Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement for Pitt Faculty in recognition of her work to promote justice.
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Pitt Events, References & Resources
Interested in becoming part of one of the largest student-run newsrooms in the country? The Pitt News is looking for its next team of reporters, photographers, videographers and copy editors to work at the award-winning newspaper.

Students who join TPN are paid for their contributions and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where they can learn the skills of professional journalists. They communicate well and bring their own ideas to the table, while also agreeing to pick up necessary assignments.

All majors are welcome at TPN and no prior journalism experience is necessary. Our staff has gone on to work at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Vanity Fair, CBS Sports, Time Magazine and numerous other outlets.

Students can apply to work at The Pitt News by going to If you have questions or run into trouble filling out the application, please email

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Whether you are looking for a new job or a new hire, Pitt Commons is here to help.
 Searching for a job?                                                      

Find the job of your dreams! The Pitt Commons job board is exclusively available to members of the Pitt community and features openings posted by Pitt alumni who are eager to hire fellow graduates or connect them to open positions.

Find a job at Pitt Commons 

 Looking to hire Pitt talent?                                         

Hiring Pitt talent is always a great investment and Pitt Commons makes it easy to find highly qualified applicants. Help fellow Pitt alumni and soon-to-be Pitt graduates by posting open positions and making sure they’re the first to know if your company has opportunities available.

Post a job at Pitt Commons 

Pitt Commons is an online network of alumni, students, faculty, and staff who are invested in helping one another succeed professionally. Job seekers enjoy the advantage of applying for positions that have been posted by Pitt alumni professionals. And hiring managers can easily scan a pool of applicants who share their connection to the University of Pittsburgh.

When you join Pitt Commons, you’ll also be able to explore mentorship opportunities, register for Pitt networking events, workshops, and training opportunities, and find other professional development resources in your field

It's free and easy. View a job listings on Pitt Commons today!

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To read the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter, "CLICK HERE
Racial and Ethnic Equity--Resources

For some time now, Pitt has been working hard to respond to amplify resources related to racial and ethnic disparities. In 2020, following events that made the urgency of related issues clearer to people around the world, additional efforts and resources have been made available. It is then relevant to highlight some useful links to enhance understanding and contribute to an increasingly equitable and prosperous world for everyone.

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The Student Emergency Assistance Fund is a joint venture led by the Office of the Provost, Office of Philanthropic & Alumni Engagement, Student Government Board, the Graduate & Professional Student Government, and the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. The health and safety of our Pitt community, particularly our students, is paramount.

The fund, to be administered at the direction of the Provost, will be used to provide financial support for degree-seeking students of the University of Pittsburgh with unanticipated and insurmountable expenses related to emergency situations that may result in students facing financial hardship. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students may apply for funds when they experience a financial barrier based on an emergency situation, and when they have exhausted all other available resources.

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Community Support

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher called upon the University to acknowledge our role in the response during this time of great challenge… Join us in Pitt’s Pandemic Service Initiative: expanding staff, faculty, and student service; contributing to drives and collections; and forging innovative partnerships. We are rolling up our sleeves.


As part of the Pitt Pandemic Service Initiative, faculty, staff, and students are coming together to meet critical community needs. You can make a difference with even just a small amount of time. Priority needs identified by community partners include care and connection calls and IT support.

Student Service
Faculty/Staff Service 
Drives and Collections


We’re committed to being a University of the community. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pitt students, faculty, and staff are volunteering to provide technology support, well-checks, and a host of other forms of support. 

For community members, this means access to resources and information. 


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The Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection & Hillman Library 

Eduardo Lozano Latin American Collection

 For more information, visit:

University Library System

Currently, all ULS libraries are open, but if you have questions, please contact Ask Us or check the Library Response & Resources page for ways the library can still help!

Bolivian Studies Journal/Revista de Estudios Bolivianos

We invite you to review its contents by accessing the corresponding website:
Thanks for your continuing interest in our work.

Los invitamos a revisar los contenidos de este nuevo número, disponibles en el sitio:

Elizabeth Monasterios - Martha E. Mantilla
Bolivian Studies Journal/Revista de Estudios Bolivianos

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CLAS Community Engagement 

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.

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University Center for International Studies (UCIS) Engagement 

UCIS Engagement Website:

UCIS Monthly Newsletter:

To request a club or classroom visit:

To share their needs and feedback about UCIS engagement,

we are encouraging educators to take our Fall survey:

.Pittsburghand newsletters, including CLASicos and a weekly newsletter .

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Asian Exclusion in the United States in the 19th and 20th Century
March 27, 2021,  9am-12pm

This workshop will be of particular interest to teachers of U.S. History, Utah History and social studies to add depth and breadth on China when teaching about westward expansion, manifest destiny and the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

An Introduction to Brazil 
April 17, 2021, 9am-12pm

Teachers of World History and Geography will benefit from a focus on this survey course that explores the largest country in Latin America with the world’s 9th largest economy.  Teachers of U.S. History will also benefit from the opportunity to do comparative studies between the United States and Brazil, particularly in regard to histories of slavery, colonization, race relations, and nation building.

To learn more click "HERE" 

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Community Event Highlight of the Week:

Kids Capoeira Classes 


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Community Event Highlight of the Week:


The Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books (GPFB) is being created and organized by the Pittsburgh region’s literary community and civic leaders in recognition of the value to the Pittsburgh region of a festival celebrating and promoting our literary heritage and vibrancy. The GPFB— which will be free to the public—can benefit all area citizens and improve our literary standing on a national level.The first GPFB is planned for 2021. Fundraising has been delayed due to COVID-19. Seed money will kickstart our efforts to hire a part-time employee to concentrate on fundraising efforts and initial programming.

The festival will be a weekend of author appearances, readings, book signings, writing and publishing workshops, and the sale of books and related merchandise. Bookstores and local literary organizations such as Reading Is Fundamental and the Carnegie Library will have information booths.

We are targeting a combination of venues in East Liberty for the Festival site.

The GPFB is a Fiscal Program Participant, with 501(c)(3) status, within New Sun Rising.

GPFB website: 

Media announcements:

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Events List:

To see the latest events happening in our community, please "CLICK HERE". You will see a list of events by date. 

If you have any events that you would like to add, go to: to let us know what is coming up in the community.

Photo by Ruben A. Campos

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(Call for papers, training, conferences, academic, research, and resources opportunities)

For call for papers, training and conferences: 

Call for papers, training and conferences opportunities are listed by deadline dates and are updated as information is available.


Team, Meeting, Lecture, Group, Team Meeting, Business


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Academic Organizations and Resources:

"Click HERE"

Hand, Keep, Globe, Earth, Continents, Usa, America


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NOTE: In this document you will find the latest employment opportunities available.


If you have any questions, we recommend that you contact the company directly. The employment opportunities are listed from the newest to the oldest.

 "Click here"
Bulletin Board, Stickies, Post-It, List, Business

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