Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 11, 2012

The Lemann Institute offers travel grants to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate and undergraduate students who have been accepted to present papers at academic conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Any student can apply to up to 2 conferences in the U.S. per year OR 1 international conference. http://www.clacs.illinois.edu/lemann/fellowships/default.aspx

Only 3 graduate courses



The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLAS) is seeking 1 teaching assistant for LAST 170 (Introduction to Latin American Studies) for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. Appointments will be 50% for three discussion sections and include a tuition and fee waiver and a salary that meets or exceeds the university guidelines. Applicants’ responsibilities include: attend two weekly lectures, prepare for and teach three sections and office hours, collaborate in the preparation of quizzes and exams, and grade.

Applicants must be UIUC graduate students in good standing who will be registered during the semester(s) they will be teaching. They should also have previous teaching experience and a strong academic background in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Electronic submissions. Send in 1 PDF  to Angelina Cotler (cotler@illinois.edu)
  • Cover letter stating your interest, qualifications and contact information
  • Current CV
  • Graduate Transcripts (non-official)
  • One letter of reference (can be sent directly to cotler@illinois.edu)
 DEADLINE: Monday, March 25th

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies invites applications for the position of Research Assistant for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. Appointments will be 50% and include a tuition and fee waiver and a salary that meets or exceeds the university guidelines.  The Research Assistant will support administrative functions at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Lemann Institute. Responsibilities include:

  1. Clerical support (copying course materials, general office work/clerical/receptionist, correspondence, and supervising reading room);
  2. Technical/support services (Webmaster/assisting faculty with web pages, network administration/end user support, equipment management, monitoring instructional and service labs [computer, video, etc.], translation, routine support for publications [recordkeeping, writing copy for university or department newsletters or non-research publications, correspondence, etc.]);
  3. Outreach duties (recruiting students, publicizing programs and activities to campus and public constituencies, and working with/assisting with event management).

Applicants must be University of Illinois graduate students in good standing who will be registered during the semester(s) they will be working. They should also have a strong academic background in Latin America and the Caribbean. Knowledge of Portuguese is a plus.

Applicants should send the following material in 1 PDF to Angelina Cotler (cotler@illinois.edu)
  • Cover letter stating your interest, qualifications and contact information
  • Current CV
  • Graduate Transcripts (non-official)
  • One letter of reference (can be sent directly to cotler@illinois.edu)
 DEADLINE:  Monday, April 8, 2013

 ·        NEW COURSE FOR THE FALL 2013

(3 credits - no prerequisite - taught in English)
Instructor: Jose Cairus

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to topics in Brazil through a multidisciplinary approach using a broad range of sources such as textbooks, novels, magazines, and audiovisual materials. Students will be introduced to the Portuguese realm of Latin America with its transatlantic connections. Classes will elaborate on the high mixed ethnic environment in Brazil that blended Natives, Europeans, Africans, and Asians. This phenomenon bore a rich and distinct culture that manifests itself in music, arts and sports, some of which was later exported on a
planetary scale. Course materials will also cover contemporary topics in economy, society, politics, and environmental issues. Topics will be taught in a comparative framework with other Latin American countries, the United States and within a global context. By conclusion, we will analyze the rise of Brazil, at the twilight of the twenty first century, to a top world economic and as a political "soft power" on global scale upheld by a solid social democracy.

Jose T. Cairus was born in Rio de Janeiro, and has an M.A. in African Diaspora at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and a Ph.D. in Latin American History at York University in Toronto. His doctoral dissertation is titled "The Gracie Clan and the Making of Brazilian jiu-jitsu: National Identity, Performance and Culture, 1905-1993". At York University, University of Guelph and University of Toronto, Dr. Cairus has taught courses in Islamic Civilization, African History, Latin American History and Brazilian Culture.


101 International Studies Building


 ANDIARA SCHWINGEL, Kinesiology and Community Health
Wojciech Chodzko-Zajko and Tania Benedetti from UFSC

Despite increased governmental efforts towards promoting healthy and active lifestyles among Brazilians, physical inactivity is a serious concern in the population. “Project VAMOS: Active Living, Enhancing Health” was developed using a new approach to community interventions for the promotion of physical activity. “VAMOS” is an educational program based on behavioral change principles that consists of 12 meetings. Based on an American evidence-based program (“Active Living Every Day”), “VAMOS” was translated and culturally adapted to the Brazilian context. A number of adjustments were made to the original American version of the program prior to conducting the pilot study. In this presentation, the speaker will review information about the conception of the program, as well as name, brand, and logo development. She will discuss issues related to translation and cultural adaptation, evaluation strategies, and will review lessons learned from the pilot study that involved older adults and public health centers in Florianopolis, South Brazil.


Informal panel discussion with:

Damarys Canache (Political Science)
Nils Jacobsen (History)
Andrew Orta (Anthropology)

101 International Studies



6pm Percussion Workshop
8pm Dance Workshop
8:30pm Live Music


 ·       Huaylas Quechua 2013: Deadline March 15th 
The Center for Social Well Being offers our 6 week Intensive Quechua Language course in the north-central Peruvian Andes.  The program is designed for students who require class instruction and Quechua immersion contexts to develop language proficiency. FLAS Foreign Language and Area Studies grantees are eligible to apply.
Course Content, Structure and Activities         Beginning, intermediate and advanced courses are offered that provide concentrated class hours focused on grammar, vocabulary and the development of speaking skills and listening comprehension of Huaylas Quechua, native to the region. The Center for Social Well Being is affiliated with the Regional Academy of Ancash Quechua, an association composed of bilingual school teachers, historians, writers, folklorists, musicians, poets and other professionals dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of the Quechua language.  All university-trained in intercultural education, our team of Quechua instructors offer an academically rigorous program, complemented with an orientation to Quechua creative expressions of local myths, legends, songs and poetry.  The program is structured into 4 hour classroom sessions each morning, and a 2 hour workshop of conversation, songs and poetry every afternoon. The 6 week session provides 140 contact hours with native speakers, equivalent to 1 year of university study. Our teachers guide students to their home communities and the schools where they teach for in-context language practice and skills acquisition. A highlight of the program is student participation in fiestas and the revitalization of Andean rituals in honor of the spirits of the earth and cosmos. Program site The Center for Social Well Being is located on an ecological ranch in the Quechua-speaking community of Cajamarquilla, nestled in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the Callejón de Huaylas, 7 hours northeast of Lima. Students lodge here for the duration of the program to fully engage in rural activities where there are plenty of opportunities to practice Quechua conversation. Excursions to archaeological sites, glacial lakes, hotsprings and impressive mountain passes are available.  The program is under the direction of Applied Medical Anthropologist, Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D., and Ecologist, Flor de María Barreto Tosi.
Total Program Cost: $6,000 US dollars that includes all program tuition and fees, food and accommodations at the rural center, field excursions and course materials.
Dates  Session I: May 27th - July 5th 2013
Session II: July 15th – August 23rd  2013 Please contact us for other possible 2013 programs
For an application contact: phammer@wayna.rcp.net.pe
Further information available at www.socialwellbeing.org
 ·       The Center for Economic and Policy Research is currently looking for a full-time International Program Intern for Summer 2013 (May- August). 

Responsibilities include assisting staff with research on upcoming papers and opinion pieces; organizing events with Latin American delegations, CEPR staff, and visiting academics; assisting in the production of the Latin American News Round-up by compiling daily news clips on Latin America and the Caribbean; as well as working on outreach to press, advocacy organizations and Congress.

The responsibilities vary based on their interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will be able to attend relevant events around Washington, DC.

Qualifications: We are looking for applicants with a general understanding of economics, international relations, and democracy issues, and an interest in economic justice. Previous research, data and/or outreach experience is extremely helpful; interns with strong economics or foreign policy experience (including Master’s degrees) will have the opportunity to engage in serious research, and those with strong organizing or outreach experience will have event management opportunities. The intern will need to be fluent in Spanish, including the ability to perform accurate written translations; able to work in a fast-paced environment with limited management; and be a self-starter and independent learner. Should have excellent writing and communications skills.

Stipend: $1,550 per month, plus up to $250 for health insurance reimbursement per month.

Closing Date of Position:  April 1, 2013.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and a brief (2 page) answer to the question “How can the US improve its foreign policy toward Latin America?” via email to internationalintern@cepr.net. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. No calls or faxes please.

Organization Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. It is an independent nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, DC. CEPR is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options.

CEPR is an ideal place to learn about current economic and global justice issues in a friendly, relaxed and fun environment.  Work schedules are flexible.


8:30 AM- 3:30 PM
LUCY ELLIS LOUNGE. Foreing Languages Building, 707 South Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
    --Offered to K-14 School Educators, Teachers and Librarians.
    --Professional Development Teachers Workshop earn up to 7 CPDU credit hours.

 REGISTRATION 2013 LATW (https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/7419660)

Any question contact Alejandra Seufferheld at amsseu@illinois.edu

·         XX Annual Meetings of the LACEA / IADB / WB/ UNDP Research Network on Inequality and Poverty (NIP)
Washington DC – May 6th and 7th, 2013
The next meeting of the LACEA/IDB/WB/UNDP Network on Inequality and Poverty (NIP) will be held at the World Bank headquarter in Washington DC on May 6th and 7th, 2013. The NIP is an initiative that aims to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding the causes and consequences of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion, as well as on the whole range of policies, institutions, and social structures that influence their dynamics.
For more information on the NIP, go to www.lacea.org.

Submissions on all topics related to poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean are welcome, although we particularly seek papers on two broad subjects: "Markets and Equity" and "Middle-class, Vulnerability and Poverty Transitions" in the region. For the first broad subject, we especially encourage papers that address issues related to access to factor and product markets for poor and vulnerable groups. Of particular interest is how to measure market power, transactions costs (in a systematic way), and other barriers to access that may limit the participation of the poor in markets and their ability to contribute to growth, the political economy challenges that keep these barriers in place and the policy options to address them. Regarding the second broad subject, we welcome original submissions on the evolution of the middle class and its implications, on the analysis of transitions in and out of poverty, with an emphasis on social spending and distributional aspects of taxation.

Complete papers or advanced drafts in Word or PDF format should be sent to nip@cedlas.org by March 25th, 2013. Strict compliance with this deadline is required. Papers will be selected on the basis of academic merit. Submitted papers will be reviewed by a program committee made of members of the Executive Committee of the Network. Authors of the selected papers will be notified by e-mail. Every accepted paper will be included in the program and will have a discussant. We expect to communicate our decisions by April 5th, 2013.

The NIP may offer partial funding for travel expenses for those participants who are not able to obtain any other financial support from their institutions or other sources. If authors require financial support, they should indicate it at the time of submission of the paper. In order to receive funding from NIP, authors whose papers were accepted must be members of LACEA and current on their membership dues by the time of the meeting.
Inquiries concerning the meeting should be sent to nip@cedlas.org .

Executive Committee, NIP:
Guillermo Cruces (Chair/CEDLAS)
Isidro Soloaga (Mexico Chapter Head)
Louise Cord (World Bank)
Hugo Ñopo (IADB)
George Gray Molina (UNDP)
Máximo Rossi (Uruguay Chapter Head)
Florencia Pinto (Secretariat)
·         Tercera Conferencia Sobre Etnicidad, Raza y Pueblos Indigens en America y el Caribe
23,24 y 25 de Octubre 2013
Oaxaca, Mexico

La Tercera Conferencia sobre Etnicidad, Raza y Pueblos Indígenas en América Latina y el Caribe es organizada por ERIP-LASA (Ethnicity, Race and Indigenous People, sección de Latin American Studies Association), Instituto de Investigaciones Sociológicas de la Universidad Autónoma “Benito Juárez” de Oaxaca, Departamento de Antropología de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana- Iztapalapa, Seminario Africanos y Afrodescendientes, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Centro de Investigaciones Superiores de Antropología Social- Oaxaca, y la Jefatura de la Licenciatura de Antropología Física de la Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia.

En esta conferencia se discutirán temas relacionados: a).- etnicidad, relaciones raciales e interétnicas, conflictos étnicos y raciales; b).- problemáticas de género y raza, procesos de desigualdad socio étnica y racial, migración, racismo y otras formas de intolerancia; c).- políticas de los estados nación con las minorías étnicas y nacionales; d).- procesos de resistencia y autonomías de los pueblos originarios; e) .- interculturalidad; y f).- afro descendientes y pueblos originarios en las Américas y en el Caribe.
Proposal deadline: 15 de Marzo 2013

 Nicolás Maduro va por herencia de Chávez http://www.ipsnoticias.net/nota.asp?idnews=102486

Brazil pledges support for Venezuelan transition but takes distance from Chavez populism  http://en.mercopress.com/2013/03/11/brazil-pledges-support-for-venezuelan-transition-but-takes-distance-from-chavez-populism

Argentina court convicts ex-President Menem over arms  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-21719187

Argentina advierte que referendo en Malvinas no pone fin a la disputa  http://www.infolatam.com/2013/03/10/argentina-advierte-que-referendo-en-malvinas-no-pone-fin-a-la-disputa/

Chile: Piñera anuncia medidas económicas en breve balance de tres años de Gobierno  http://www.infolatam.com/2013/03/11/chile-pinera-anuncia-medidas-economicas-en-breve-balance-de-tres-anos-de-gobierno/

Lo que Felipe Calderón no enseña en Harvard  http://alainet.org/active/62314

Angelina Cotler, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
201 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Ph: (217) 333-8419
Fax: (217): 244-7333

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