Monday, May 5, 2014

May 5-11, 2014

LAST 490, SECTION NS (meets with PORT 410 - Studies in Brazilian Lit )
Tuesday & Thursday, 2-3:15pm

Critical Theory: Made in Brazil
This course aims at presenting an important school of literary criticism in Brazil, as it was developed at the University of São Paulo since the sixties in the works of Antonio Candido, Roberto Schwarz and others. The idea here is to investigate what has been the experience of the dialectic in Brazilian thinking about literature, which could function as a model or at least inspiration for other disciplines. The main concern will be to critically describe how literary form can crystalize social life. Depending on the reading skills of the class texts in Portuguese will also be used. Methodologically, the course will consist of close readings of critical writings accompanied by the literary works on which their insights are based.

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Latin American Studies
This course is designed to provide an overview of current trends and issues in Latin American Studies. Students enrolled in the course will attend the CLACS brown bag lecture series and also meet with the professor to discuss the lectures. Readings will be assigned from a wide array of disciplines (i.e. Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Media Studies, Political Science) to complement and contextualize the public lectures. The course will also address the history and current status of Latin American Studies as an academic field. 

The graduate minor in Latin American Studies will require the student to complete 12 graduate hours; 8 of the hours must be at the 500-level.
  • Area Coursework: A minimum of 8 graduate hours at the 400/500-level from courses in two different departments approved by CLACS every semester. The Center updates and posts approved courses in our website and announce them through our listserv. Our Center has approximately 104 faculty affiliated from different departments in campus, and we approve their courses as part of our curriculum. The Center will record the approved courses on a master list to be kept in the unit that will be used to certify that students took approved courses during their studies in the minor.
  • Language Component: At least 4 hours in language coursework taken in any Latin American language (Portuguese, Spanish or Native American Language or Haitian Creole) while enrolled in the Graduate Minor program.
  • In the case that not enough or advance language courses are offered, The Center also accepts as equivalent area courses taught in these languages, i.e. literature class taught in Portuguese or Spanish.
  • If the chosen language course is at the 400-or 500 level it may count towards the required 12 hours for Graduate Minor. We anticipate that students registering in the Minor already have knowledge of Latin American language.
  • If the Student's Master's thesis or doctoral dissertation deals with a country from Latin America and the Caribbean, we advise students in this minor to speak with their advisor about including a committee member from the minor area.
  • We recommend that the courses taken for the minor not be applied to course requirements in the students' Master's or PhD program

Antonio Sotomayor, Latin American Librarian will be holding special office hours in CLACS every Thursday this from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room 200, ISB. If you have any questions about research, finding sources, literature review, exploring a potential research topic, starting a paper, or anything else involving research, the library, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, please stop by the International Studies Building room 200 on a Thursday, 3:30-4:30pm. If these hours doesn’t work for you, just send me an e-mail and we’ll find another time to meet.
Antonio Sotomayor


Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites applications for the position of Teaching Assistant for LAST 170 (Introduction to Latin American Studies) for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Appointments will be 50% and include a tuition and fee waiver and a salary that meets or exceeds the university guidelines.  Position could be renewed for a second year.

T.A. responsibilities include: attendance at two weekly lectures, teaching three weekly discussion sections, office hours, and collaboration in the preparation and grading of quizzes and exams, and other course related tasks as determined by the course Instructor.

Requirements: 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.

Applicants should send the following ELECTRONIC material (1PDF)
  • Cover letter stating your interest, qualifications and contact information
  • Current CV
  • Graduate Transcripts (non-official)
  • One letter of reference (can be sent directly to
DEADLINE: May 12,2014


The Center for Latin American and Caribbean studies invites faculty and graduate students (in the last stage of their dissertation writing) to present at the Lecture Series Fall 14

Lecture presentations take place in an informal, friendly, and supportive setting where you share any selected aspect of your academic research with graduate and undergraduate students and faculty. Our aim is not only to promote students but also to involve faculty to participate and share their work.

Typically the presenter speaks for 40 to 50 minutes and then invites audience for questions, comments and discussion.

Brown Bags presentations at CLACS are held on Thursdays from noon to 1:30pm in 101 International Studies Building, 910 South Fifth Street in Champaign.

CLACS can provide a lap top and a projector.

I schedule presenters on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested you can sign up for any of the following dates:

If interested contact Angelina Cotler (

Available Dates:
- September 4, 18, 25
- October 2, 9, 16, 23,
- November: 6, 13, 20
- December: 4, 11



Beginning June 1st to August 13th, 2014 or possibly later in the Fall 2014, Dr. Bekteshi with a team of researchers, will be conducting research on how Latino culture-specific beliefs and structural factors (i.e., access to health insurance, availability of free clinics in the area, etc.,) interact in impacting rural U.S. residing, Latino immigrant women engagement in breast cancer prevention behaviors (i.e. Mammography screening, breast cancer self-exam and breast cancer clinical exam).   Dr. Bekteshi is looking for volunteers to help her in this project.

Being engaged in this project, you will  be exposed to implications of collecting data with hard to reach population (i.e. missing data, non response, response bias, etc.)
Learn about stratified random sampling technique,
Learn qualitative research technique, i.e.  interviews and possibly in the Fall 2014 grounded theory techniques.
Acquire basic quantitative analytical techniques, i.e. descriptive statistics,
Learn basic SPSS, data entry and data cleaning,
Benefit from a personalized feedback by Dr. Bekteshi and the energetic and enthusiastic senior PhD colleagues,
Visit and learn about healthcare  services or lack of thereof  in these Illinois areas,
Access to data – quantitative and qualitative and possible collaborations on manuscripts
Enjoy free meals and working on arranging with CRB for a possible modest gift.

While she prefers that you speak Spanish or are familiar with Spanish culture, a desire to learn about research, dedication, commitment and an interest in further education are some of the requirements to join this project.

As a PhD student, there are opportunities later to collaborate on manuscripts using quantitative and qualitative techniques, as well as to supervise undergraduate and graduate student participants.  Also, you may count this experience as a part of an Independent Study Project through which you can earn academic credit.  Please contact Dr. Bekteshi at, to schedule a time to talk about any questions you might have, i.e. requirements of the Independent Study, what to expect from this experience, etc.

  •    “Priority” Campus Deadline for FULBRIGHT GRANTS (for research, graduate study, or English teaching beginning in Fall 2015)

July 1, 2014

Please submit your Fulbright Application online through the Fulbright site, which includes:

  1. Essays
    1. *Personal Statement of no more than one page, single-spaced: Describe who you are; your intellectual growth, experiences, and goals; especially as they relate to your Fulbright proposal.
    2. Statement of Proposed Study or Research of no more than two pages (or one page for English Teaching Assistantships), single spaced: Where are you planning to go? How are you going to spend your time overseas (especially addressing feasibility)? Who (or what institution) will you be working with? Why is your time best spent at this overseas location?
  2. 3 Recommendation letters/forms submitted online by your referees.
    1. For Research Grants, letters should be primarily academic but cover all areas that Fulbright seeks.
    2. For Teaching Grants, referees are asked to fill out an online form detailing your potential as an English teacher in a foreign land. Choose referees based on the questions asked!
  1. Transcripts from all colleges attended need to be scanned and attached.
*Note:  Be creative and interesting. Strong personal statements paint a picture, tell a story, and demonstrate rather than simply tell the reader about your area of proposed study and reasons for pursuing a Fulbright. As such, the personal statement should not amount to a narrative rendition of your résumé! How do you hope to make a difference within your discipline and further cultural understanding?

Why should I submit a priority application? A campus committee will review application materials submitted by the priority deadline and provide feedback on your application’s strengths and weaknesses. Applicants and recommendation writers may then revise their work over the summer before officially submitting an application by the required campus deadline of September 2.

What if I miss the priority deadline? You are still encouraged to submit materials before the fall deadline. The difference is that you will receive feedback solely from the National and International Scholarships Program and not from other reviewers across campus.

Additional information is available at

The National and International Scholarships Program has scheduled a 90-minute workshop focusing on student Fulbright grants for Thursday, May 8 from 3:30-5:00 in room 314 Altgeld. The workshop will include advice from recent Illinois Fulbright recipients. The session is targeted to juniors, graduating seniors, and graduate students who wish to explore opportunities available under a Fulbright and ready materials for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of July 1, 2014. These scholarships support U.S. citizens for one year of study or research in any country where there is a Fulbright Commission. English teaching programs (some with minimal to no foreign language or teaching experience necessary) also are available. Students must begin working on their applications this summer to apply for funding for study, teaching, or research beginning in fall 2015. We anticipate more than a dozen University of Illinois students being offered Fulbright grants. Click here for further information about applying for a Fulbright grant from Illinois.

General Information regarding the Fulbright

For over 60 years, the federal government-sponsored Fulbright U.S. Student Program has provided future American leaders with an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research, and teach in other countries. Fulbright student grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development. 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,900 grants annually and currently operates in 140 countries worldwide.  Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships are now available to more than 65 countries. Fulbright grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage and full or partial tuition.

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program does not require applicants to be currently enrolled in a college or university. Applications from young professionals interested in an international experience are also encouraged.




27 al 29 de noviembre de 2014
Universidad Marie Curie-Sklodowska de Lublin (Polonia)

Este Congreso se presenta como un espacio de reflexión sobre uno de los temas de mayor relieve en la tradición creativa de Occidente, especialmente dentro del orbe hispánico: la violencia. El foco de interés abarca distintas manifestaciones artísticas y un dilatado marco cronológico. Son bienvenidas contribuciones de hispanistas de todo el mundo, especialistas en narrativa, poesía, teatro, cine, periodismo, etc.
Proposal deadline: 30 de junio de 2014
dirección electrónica:
Additional information:
Ejes temáticos:
  1. Violencia como elemento estructural de la obra.
  2. Violencia en las relaciones familiares.
  3. Violencia de género.
  4. Violencia, política y poder.
  5. Violencia como parte de la cultura.
Convocatoria: invitamos a participar a todo investigador cuya propuesta se acomode no solo al enunciado general del evento, sino también a las secciones y los ejes temáticos definidos. Los interesados deberán cumplimentar el formulario que encontrarán en la página web y enviarlo a la siguiente dirección electrónica: En él habrá de figurar el título de la comunicación, un resumen de 250 palabras, 5 términos clave, el eje temático y los datos correspondientes a la institución de origen, la titulación y el correo electrónico.

La duración de las comunicaciones será de 20 minutos. Es importante que se respete este punto para que pueda haber un debate al final de cada sesión.

  • ·         IPRH ANNUAL THEME 2015–16:

IPRH is pleased to announce that the theme for the 2015–16 IPRH Fellowship year will be “Intersections.”
Marking spatial and conceptual sites of convergence and departure, intersections offer junction points for tracking and investigating multiple paths, perspectives, imaginaries, or systems at once. As literal and figurative spaces of mingling and divergence, intersections produce crossroad moments, from which personal, political, disciplinary, or historical trajectories can emerge. They invite multidirectional webs of inquiry into where and how ideas, cultures, and identities cross and collide, and the effects of such encounters and overlaps. Such inquiries could include but are not limited to what is understood as “intersectional” analyses of how gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ability, and other axes of identity interact on multiple, concurrent levels.
IPRH welcomes applications from all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. We invite applications from faculty and graduate students that focus on any aspect of “Intersections.” The theme also provides an opportunity for artists to consider the relevance of ‘Intersections” in their creative practice. IPRH is especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary work.
All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on the U of I campus during the award year, and to participate in IPRH activities, including the yearlong Fellows Seminar. 
Complete fellowship application guidelines for 2015–16 can be found on the IPRH website (Faculty / Graduate Students). Applications must be submitted through an online application portal, which will open September 1, 2014.  No paper or emailed applications or letters of recommendation will be accepted.
The submission links will be as follows:
Eligibility: Applications are invited from full-time, tenured or tenure-track U of I faculty members, and advanced graduate students engaged in dissertation/thesis preparation.
 Award: Faculty Fellows receive release time for one semester in residence, and $2,000 in research funds to be transferred to the faculty member’s departmental research account. (The department will be compensated $12,000 for releasing the faculty member; in the case of faculty members with two percentage appointments, these funds will be distributed in accordance with the department that holds the course offering/s).
Graduate Student Fellows receive a $10,000 stipend and a tuition and fee waiver.
 Deadline: All application materials, including letters of reference, must be submitted by midnight, Friday, December 5, 2014. IPRH strongly recommends, however, that submissions be made prior to 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline, as staff will not be available to assist with troubleshooting after close of business on December 5.
For more information about the IPRH Faculty and Graduate Student Fellowship program, please visit IPRH on the web at Questions about the fellowships may be directed to Nancy Castro at


November 11-14, 2015
Little Rock, Arkansas

LACS accepts papers and panels on all aspects of Latin American and Caribbean history, including the fields of borderlands and the Atlantic World. Submissions should include a 250-word abstract for each paper and a brief curriculum vitae for each presenter. We encourage faculty as well as advanced graduate students to submit panels and papers. Graduate students are eligible for the Ralph Lee Woodward Jr. Prize, awarded each year for the best graduate student paper. Please note that the program committee may revise proposed panels. All panelists are required to be members of LACS. For information about membership, please visit the website at: or contact Tamara Spike of the University of North Georgia For more information about the Southern Historical Association, visit the website: Submit conference panels and papers to Peter Szok, Department of History and Geography, TCU at
Proposal deadline: October 1, 2014
Contact information: Peter Szok,, resource://skype_ff_extension-at-jetpack/skype_ff_extension/data/call_skype_logo.png817-257-6651



Saturday May 10th
2:30-3:30 pm, The Urbana Free Library
We will present Mark Greenwood book: DRUMMER BOY OF JOHN JOHN

Ricardo Herrera, Renata Herrera and Mariano Herrera
will sing two traditional children songs! 
Ricardo Herrera,  Associate Professor of Voice
Bass-baritone Ricardo Herrera performed the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Aspen Music Festival under Julius Rudel in 1997, and the next year he became a member of the Juilliard Opera Center and sang in several Opera productions directed by Frank Corsaro and Ted Altschuler including La Calisto, Cosï fan tutte and Weill's Der Kuhhandel. In 1999 he was honored with the First Prize Award Winner of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition in NYC and was also invited to participate in Placido Domingo's Operalia World Opera Contest. 

Come with your children to listen the story in English and Spanish, enjoy Latin American songs and make a drum!!!!



  •        The College of William and Mary - 2014-2015 Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor of Hispanic Studies

The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at The College of William and Mary invites applications for a one year renewable Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor position beginning August 10, 2014. We seek a scholarly teacher who has the ability to attract, motivate, retain, and mentor students. The successful candidate will have a [3-3] teaching load.
Deadline: May 25, 2014
Minimum Requirements: Minimum Qualifications: M.A. with ABD status by the time of appointment August 10, 2014; Ph.D. preferred. Open specialization in Spanish and/or Latin American cultural studies, with preference given to linguistics. Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English is required. Teaching duties may include lower division Spanish language courses, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, and an advanced course in the candidate’s area of specialization.
Documents Required:
Candidate must apply online at Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including statement of research and teaching interests, a sample syllabus for a course you would like to teach and three letters of reference, at least one of which must speak directly to teaching ability. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by us with instructions on how to submit a letter of reference.

For full consideration, ALL application materials must be submitted by the review date, May 25, 2014. Applications received after the review date will be considered only if needed. You will be prompted to submit three names and email addresses who will be contacted by the online system once your application is successfully submitted containing instructions about submitting letters of reference. All three letters of recommendation must be received by the review date for the application to be considered complete.

Please ensure the email addresses are accurate or your referee will not receive the email. The job system does not work well with Internet Explorer and should not be used to upload the reference letters. If your referee has any problems uploading the letter or receiving the email from the job system, please email Missy Johnson in Modern Languages and Literatures at
Contact Information: Missy Johnson at
Additional Information: Information on the degree programs in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures may be found at

  •        Willamette University – Visiting Professor of Politics
Willamette University’s Department of Politics invites applications for a one-year visiting position beginning Fall 2014. We seek a broadly trained scholar with teaching interests involving the study of politics in Latin America, transnational migration, borderlands and/or diaspora. The position is open as to specific teaching strengths, but presumes a breadth of interests that will enable the hire to contribute to the multi-disciplinary degree program in Latin American Studies. The teaching load is three courses/semester.
Deadline: Application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until May 15, 2014.
Minimum Requirements: ABD
Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D
Documents Required:
Applicants should submit the following materials electronically in MS Word or PDF formats to

  • Cover letter of interest, including a discussion of experience with, and approach to, teaching and experience with diverse student populations.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two sample syllabi.
  • Teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • Names and contact information of three people who can serve as Recommenders, including at least one person who can speak directly toward the applicant’s teaching effectiveness.
Contact Information:
David S. Gutterman
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Politics
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301

  •          Sarah Lawrence College- Gender History in the Global South (Guest)

Sarah Lawrence College, Global Studies Department, invites applications for a one-year full-time guest position in Gender History in the Global South beginning in the fall of 2014. We are particularly interested in applicants whose interests are transnational in nature with a preferred area of specialization in Latin American History. Other specializations such as sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia will be considered.

The successful applicant will teach two courses per semester. Courses are based on a seminar conference system in which faculty teach semiars consisting of 15 students and meet biweekly with each student for individual tutorials. The successful candidate must be able to teach both introductory and upper-level courses consisting of advanced undergraduates and graduate students (most often from the Women's History Graduate Program). Interested applicants may apply online at:
Deadline: Until Filled
Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in history or extensive graduate-level historical training as part of the completion of a Ph.D. in relevant interdisciplinary field such as Gender, Women's and/or Latin American Studies.

ABD applicants considered provided dissertation is defended prior to date of appointment.
Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in Latin American History; College teaching experience
Documents Required: Cover letter; CV; two sample syllabi for courses candidates propose to teach, and a statement of teaching philosophy.

Arrange for 2 letters of recommendation (with Global Studies Global South Search i the subject line).
Contact Information: Rosemary Weeks - (letters of recommendation should be sent to this address)






  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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