CLAS Weekly Newsletter--October 4, 2017

University of Pittsburgh

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 currently accepting financial donations to cover the cost of shipping medical supplies to the affected areas.   Donations can be made online at 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)

Wednesday, October 4


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Thursday, October 5


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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. 

October, 19


For more information email:



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
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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

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

Hillman Library National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration!



Faculty News and Publications   (Back to top)

Even the smallest donations can go a long way!
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Fall 2017 Hewlett International Grant

The University Center for International Studies is proudly accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 Hewlett International Grant. The Hewlett International Grant Program is primarily intended to help Pitt faculty in the development or completion of international projects “International” is defined as relating to another country or culture, comparative analysis covering more than one country or culture, studies of international relations or of transnational activities, studies which examine global issues, or collaborative projects with partners around the world. In addition, Hewlett International grants may support the participation of Pitt faculty when delivering papers or presentations in conferences abroad, regardless of discipline or topic. This is a competitive program and proposals are reviewed by a committee of former grant recipients and UCIS team members representing a range of disciplines. Please circulate widely to your affiliated faculty.
Application Deadline: October 15th
For eligibility criteria, funding priorities and online application, please visit:

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:


Undergraduate Opportunity!

Thursday, October 4

Dear CLAS Students,


My name is Emily Luther and I am a student ambassador for the Center for Latin American Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year. One of my primary goals for this year is to connect the CLAS undergraduate student community. My first step towards achieving this goal is creating a Facebook group solely for students pursuing the Latin American Studies certificate and related concentration. My hope is that this group will be an easily accessible and honest place where people can ask/give recommendations about CLAS courses and professors, form study groups, and learn about events and opportunities related to Latin America, whether through CLAS or the Pittsburgh community. I'd like to emphasize that no professors or CLAS faculty are in this group, only students. Please follow the link below to join our group:


Within that group, I have created a Facebook event for our upcoming Seminar and Field Program Panel on Thursday, October 5th from 6-7:30 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall! This panel will be a great opportunity for prospective students to ask students who have previously completed the program last year for advice, opinions, experiences, etc. Plus there will be free pizza! Please RSVP on Facebook if you are interested :)

You can click on the link here or find it through the Facebook group:

Even the smallest donations can go a long way!
For more information, email: 


Add a world language to your skills.

Pitt's foreign language courses:

Be Global Ready!

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

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Funding and Internships Opportunities
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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)


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


Even the smallest donations can go a long way!
For more information, email: 

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

weekly messages:

Volunteers needed on Saturday, Oct. 14 to help with an event sponsored by the Mexican Consulate to get Mexican passports and other vital documents to local residents who are Mexican citizens. Location is the gym behind Central Catholic High School which is at 4720 Fifth Ave. in Oakland, with parking on site.  We need: 
people to help set up starting at 8 am and/or take down around 4:30 pm
people to help sell food during the day
people to help watch and play with children while their parents get documents
interpreters who can assist the lawyers who don't speak Spanish 
If you can do this, please email Sister Valerie at  (Only the interpreters need to speak Spanish.)

Last Friday, Casa San José joined the Steelworkers and LCLAA and other allies in a march from Market Square to Sen. Toomey's office to support the Dreamers, but also all immigrants. Monica spoke and reminded us that "today we stand here with workers for DACA, but in reality it's also about the parents of the DACA youth and all the 11 million people who desperately need compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform." We need to keep our eyes on the larger goal too.

There are still a few more tickets left (click here to get them and more info.) for the super celebration "¡Que Viva Clemente!" Saturday, Oct. 7 from 7-10 pm at Alphabet City on the North Side.  Proceeds go to support our work at Casa San José.  It's an annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the legacy of the great humanitarian and Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente, organized by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). Enjoy wonderful Flamenco dance and music from Alba Flamenca and deliciously authentic Latin American cuisine along with fine craft beer and homemade sangria. 

Last Sunday, Sr. Janice spoke to the worshippers at Sunnyhill Unitarian Universalist church in Mt. Lebanon, and this weekend she will be traveling to St. John's Lutheran Church in North Versailles. Faith based organizations are reaching out to us for informational talks and to ask what they can do to help and support our work.

Come visit us and other great nonprofit partners at the Help or High Water Volunteer Fair this Thursday evening at the Union Project.  

SUGGESTED if you'd like to read or see more:
Relatives of Undocumented Children Caught Up in ICE Dragnet: in a shift from how it operated during the Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is cracking down on relatives who let undocumented kids stay with them after entering the U.S.  ProPublica, Sept. 11.
Thank you for joining us!

Amigas and Amigos--event in Westmoreland County
Contact E-mail:



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


October 7

Saturday at 7:30 PM - 10 PM
100 Años de Violeta - Peña/Open Mic

Vengan a compartir sus recuerdos, sus historias de vida, o su canto para homenajear a Violeta Parra esta tarde!

De 7:30 a 9:30, First Unitarian Church abre las puertas de su Undercroft Gallery, y varios miembros de Copihue Chile PIttsburgh serán anfitriones en un lindo encuentro con interludios de música y baile. Marcia Moreno de Cleveland y Emily Pinkerton de Pittsburgh cantarán algunas canciónes para empezar el evento.

—Si tuvo la oportunidad de ver tocar en vivo o conocer a Violeta Parra, le hacemos una invitación especial para compartir sus recuerdos de ella y de la época en la cuál vivió.

—Si la música o el arte de Violeta lo ha acompañado en momentos importantes, o tiene un significado personal que quisiera relatar, también lo invitamos a compartir con nosotros.

—Si quisiera interpretar una canción de Violeta, con mucho gusto lo invitamos a alzar la voz.

Nos imaginamos un evento que mezcla el espíritu de una peña, un open mic y Moth Radio Hour. Cada participante tendra 5 minutos para contar una historia, recitar una poesía, o cantar una canción. Reserven su lugar, escribiendo a Emily por facebook, or por mail (pinkertonej [at] yahoo [dot] com).

Bienvenidos están todos, sean de Chile o de otra tierra, para celebrar a Violeta Parra y el tremendo legado artístico que brindó al mundo.

Multilingual Program: 


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

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.

Live Performance by Gavas: 
October 12

presents a Puerto Rican Bomba workshop at Sankofa Village
October 14

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, and in collaboration with the Latin American Cultural Union and Yemaya Productions, local CALLE BOMBA artists Geña Nieves and Gloria Ransom-Rodríguez will be presenting a 1.5 hour, educational and artist workshop on Bomba drumming, dancing, and lyric creation at Sankofa Village on Saturday, October 14th, at Sankofa Village

(201 N Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208), from 4:00 p.m. -5:30 p.m.

All ages! All skills levels!
$15/ticket at
$20/ticket at the door
Contact E-mail:
Organization: Calle Bomba-Latin American Cultural Union-Yemaya Productions

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!

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

Call for Papers and Conference Information   
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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.


Job Opportunities   (Back to top)

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Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
Job Description:
(40 Hours; M-F Variable Shifts/Hours; Focus on working with ESL clients)
GENERAL SUMMARY: Supports the organization’s Mission, Guiding Principles and Values and Women’s Center Business System (WCBS), along with sensitivity of cultural and workplace harmony.
SUMMARY:  Provides direct service and advocacy for shelter and hotline clients with a specific focus on working with individuals who are refugees, immigrants, or speak English as a second language.
REPORTS TO:  On-Site Program Manager & On-Site Operations Manager
This Shelter/Hotline Advocate will have the specific responsibility of working with all non-English speaking Shelter/Hotline clients, providing services including: crisis intervention counseling; safety planning; individual advocacy; immigration assistance; all victim support services; and specifically while in Shelter, intake interviews and general assistance to make sure basic needs are met. Also, this Advocate will facilitate or co-facilitate support groups that include or are focused on this underserved population. As a member of the RIL (Refugee, Immigrant, Limited English Speaker) Team, this Advocate will meet every other week with the RIL Team and may take on other duties related to improving the quality of our services to this population.   
All Shelter/Hotline Advocates have the following Shelter responsibilities with all clients:
  • Maintains building security at all times and assures confidentiality of residents
  • Provides intake interviews with the resident to identify individual needs
  • Work with residents on meeting basic daily needs
  • Facilitates DV educational support groups for residents
  • Supervises volunteers and substitutes in absence of managers

All Shelter/Hotline Advocates have the following Hotline responsibilities with all clients:

  • Provides crisis counseling, information and makes triage referrals to all callers.
  • Assist with training substitutes, volunteers and interns for hotline work
  • Provides support to volunteers, substitutes and interns on hotline data collection 

All Shelter/Hotline Advocates have the following combined responsibilities:

  • Documents and enters accurate client information and systems advocacy and submits in a timely manner
  • Meets regularly for supervision with Managers to review, receive and prioritize tasks and discuss issues/problems of the shelter and hotline departments
  • Advocates for victims of IPV, using the Justice, Autonomy, Restoration and Safety model (JARS) and the Sanctuary model
  • Performs other duties and assigned by Managers.


  • Bi-lingual or multi-lingual – fluent in speaking, writing, and comprehension (this is the primary requirement for this position)
  • Degree in social work/social sciences
  • 1-3 years in direct service in a human service agency, including two years in a counseling setting
  • Ability to multi-task and adapt to change
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Sensitive to domestic violence and cultural diversity issues
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Windows, Outlook and Word
  • Act 33/34 and FBI clearances

Salary Starts Low $30,000’s annually.
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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:


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.
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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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