Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15-21


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 Studies Librarian, will be holding special office hours in CLACS every Thursday this semester from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in room 200, ISB. If you have any questions about the research process, 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, 3:00-4:00pm. If these hours doesn’t work for you, just send me an e-mail and we’ll find another time to meet. 


September 19-25
126 W.  Church Street, Downtown Champaign

All the information is posted at  ,   and

Venezuela, 2013, 93m.
Director: Mariana Rondón
Starring: Beto Benites, Samantha Castillo, Samuel Lange Zambrano
Junior is nine years old and has "bad hair." He wants to straighten his hair for his yearbook picture so he can look like a fashionable pop singer. This elicits a tidal wave of homophonic panic in his hard-working mother, who finds it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior’s fixation with his looks. The more he tries to look sharp to make his mother love him, the more she rejects him. Eventually, he is cornered, faced with a painful decision.

Havana Film Festival 2013, Best Film
Montreal Festival of New Cinema 2013, Best Actor
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2013, Concha De Oro, Best Film

Watch the trailer:

Brazil, 2013, 131 m.
Director: Fernando Coimbra
Starring: Leandra Leal, Thalita Carauta, Julaino Cazarré
Brazil’s A Wolf at the Door opens with a mother arriving to pick up her young daughter at school, only to learn that the girl already left with another woman. From that point on, the film takes increasingly sinister turns as it delves into the events that led to the girl’s kidnapping. Director Fernando Coimbra has described the film as a modern-day variation on Medea, which provides a hint on where this story will be heading. Coimbra was also inspired by some news stories in South America that suggest why the Greek tragedy is not outdated. The film does not take audiences on an easy ride, and it’s an utterly compelling and indelible drama.

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2013, Best Film and Best Actress
Havana Film Festival 2013, Best First Work
Miami Film Festival 2014, Best Director

Mexico, 2012, 111m.
Director: Kenya Marquez
Starring: Damian Alcazar, Marisol Centeno, Ana Ofelia Murguia

In modern-day Guadalajara, loving mother Ramona searches for her layabout adult son. Her new neighbor Mariana seems to be the key to finding him, but she has dark secrets of her own. Then there’s Genaro, an odd duck obsessed with forensics who hangs around the local coroner’s office. A dark comedy of errors with a Rashomon-like structure: the tantalizing puzzle-pieces of a murder mystery are gradually revealed from three different perspectives, subverting our assumptions and preconceptions.
Winner of the Audience Award at the Morelia Film Festival, Kenya Marquez’s debut feature (after her years as director of the Guadalajara Film Festival) effortlessly blends drama, suspense, and humor to create a wry commentary on the endemic violence of contemporary Mexico. DP Javier Morón uses a shadowy, burnished color palette to masterfully convey an atmosphere of dark suspicion, and leads Ana Ofelia Murguía, Marisol Centeno, and Damiàn Alcazar turn in subtle but magnificently intense performances.
Huelva Latin American Film Festival 2012, Best Director
Miami Film Festival 2012, Ibero-American Opera Prima Award

Uruguay, 2013, 93m
Director: Daniela Speranza
Starring: Vicky Rodríguez Cartagena, Maria Elena Pérez, Adriana Aizenberg 
With Montevideo’s rambla, an avenue that goes along the coastline, as its stage, “Rambleras” centers on three women facing a personal crisis. Thirty something Patricia, an employee at Jacqueline’s rotisserie, spends her nights alone in her apartment, staring wistfully at her cell phone, hoping for that one phone call that might change her life. Jacqueline, on the other hand, fears that her relationship with husband Juanca has reached a dead end. Meanwhile, eighty something Ofelia is still coming to terms with the death of her sister, her longtime companion; she dares not walk the rambla alone.

Cuba, 2013, 95 m
Director: Jorge Perugorria
Starring: Daylenis Fuentes, Jorge Perugorria, Yuliet Cruz 
Actor turned director Jorge Perugorria follows on the footsteps of Cuban masters Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio with this scathing dark satire. Deeply indebted Nacar, a young lab technician, visits her mother’s tomb every Sunday to talk to her. Her mother’s spirit advises her to sell the family’s tomb and its contents to pay the bills and keep the family afloat. With the help of painter and future flame Nilo, Nacar sets the wheels in motion as they exhume the bodies and remains of their loved ones in this story about survival in post-Special Period Cuba.

Havana Film Festival 2012, Best Film

Argentina, 2014, 117m.
Director: Oliver Kolker, Hernan Findling
Starring: Hector Alterio, Gaston Pauls, Antonella Costa
Ezequiel Kaufman is a psychiatrist who works in a typical 3rd world country public hospital. Among his patients is Fermín Turdera (85) (Héctor Alterio), a patient at the hospital for more than 10 years. Mr. Fermin expresses himself exclusively using the lyrics and titles of Tango Songs, a peculiar characteristic not understood by the doctors until Ezequiel comes on the scene. A great patient/doctor relationship develops between Ezequiel and Fermín. Through their relationship, Ezequiel discovers the tango and the customs of Argentina in the 40’s , when Fermín reveals his relationship with his two most intimate friends, Ciempiés and Clodomiro; and Zulma Prando his greatest love.
Not only will Ezequiel navigate across the waters of the Tango underworld with Fermín, he will also find love when he meets Fermin’s granddaughter, EVA Turdera. Eva was raised by Fermín when her parents disappeared during the Military Dictatorship in the 1970’s.
The treatment brings Fermín to an understanding of his own past, and to settle an old debt. Ezequiel, on the other hand, will be forced to decide his own future.

USA, 2013, 85m
Director: Gael Garcia Bernal and Marc Silver
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal
Following a team of dedicated staff from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to understand what it must have felt like to make this final journey, he embeds himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. He experiences first-hand the dangers they face and learns of their motivations, hopes and fears. As we travel north, these voices from the other side of the border wall give us a rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.
Who Is Dayani Cristal? tells the story of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death” and shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration. As the real-life drama unfolds we see this John Doe, denied an identity at his point of death, become a living and breathing human being with an important life story.

Saturday 21 3:15pm
Sunday 22 3:15pm

Sundance Film Festival 2103, Cinematographic Ward
Cork International Film Festival 2013, Audience Award

Watch the Trailer:

Saturday, September 20
On Saturday, September 20, the Spurlock Museum will hold a day-long celebration in honor of the exhibit Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala. From 10 am to noon, visiting artists Rafaela and Edgar Apen will provide a weaving demonstration. An afternoon reception will be highlighted by 2 pm talk by curator Margot Blum Schevill. Admission is free. The event is sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.  The Spurlock Museum is located at 600 S. Gregory St. in Urbana.  For more information, contact Kim at 217-244-3355.

A total of ninety-three textiles provide the broad cultural and geographic scope of the exhibit, with eight distinct Maya languages, thirty-two highland towns, and eleven governmental departments represented. In addition to the display of individual objects, eight complete outfits will be displayed on mannequins.

Six topics are highlighted in Artists of the Loom: links between the living Maya and their ancient ancestors, the significance of the backstrap loom, ceremonial cloths and clothing, daily wear, the art of the traditional Maya blouse, called a huipil, and the evolution of huipil design.  Woven throughout the exhibit is discussion of the enduring influence of ancient tradition in spite of invasion, conquest, political conflict and the tastes of modern collectors and dealers.

Adding context to the individual objects are photographs by ethnographic photographer Jeffrey Jay Foxx.  A winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award in Race Relations, Foxx’s images provide scenes of daily life, ceremony, and the natural environment of the Guatemalan highlands. As Foxx states: “My mission has been to document the Maya and their way of life, not turn them into my art form.  That said, I tend to show the moments of beautiful light and gesture.”

The textiles featured in Artists of the Loom were selected by guest curator and scholar Margot Blum Schevill, author/editor of several books on Maya textile traditions. They were chosen from among the 790 articles of clothing and adornment she reviewed and recommended to form part of the Museum’s extensive Kieffer-Lopez Collection. Each piece reflects the deep appreciation for and knowledge of the Maya weaving tradition that the collector Margaret “Peg” Kieffer developed over a period of more than thirty years, beginning in 1972 when she first traveled to Guatemala to conduct research for her Ph.D.

Two special events will be held in conjunction with the exhibit:
Exhibit Opening Celebration: Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala
Saturday, September 20 • 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00–4:00 pm
From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Rafaela and Edgar Godinez Apen, visiting artists from San Antonio Aguas Calientes, will demonstrate the weaving style of their community in the Central Core Gallery. From 1:00 to 4:00 pm, enjoy the exhibit and a reception, including a presentation on weaving as an expression of identity given by guest curator Margot Blum Schevill with Rafaela and Edgar Godinez Apen at 2:00 pm in the Knight Auditorium. Free admission.

Lecture: Maya Images: 1978 to 1986
The Spurlock Museum Guild Lecture and Performance Series
Sunday, November 16 • 2:00 pm
Guest curator Margot Blum Schevill and ethnographic photographer Jeffrey Jay Foxx will present a program of reflection upon images, memories, and knowledge gained in more than three decades of work among the Maya.  Free admission.

Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala is free and open to the public during Museum hours through January 25, 2015.  


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 3- 4, 2015
Theme:  Negotiation and Law in Latin American History: New Connections?”
The Latin Americanist Historians at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – both faculty members and graduate students – hereby convene another Midwest Workshop on Latin American History on our campus for April 3-4, 2015. With this initiative we hope to revitalize an important venue for presenting fresh research and discussing pressing issues in our field that was successfully initiated with a series of annual workshops convened by the University of Chicago, Notre Dame University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for several years between 2002 and 2008. The University of Chicago again hosted the Workshop in 2013. Latin Americanist historians in the Midwest thus are adopting a format for advancing discussions and regional collaboration in our field that colleagues in other fields – most notably the historians of Russia and Eastern Europe – have employed with great benefit for decades. The research universities in the Midwest comprise one of the most dense and impressive cohorts of Latin Americanist history scholars and advanced graduate students anywhere outside of Latin America. It thus promises great scholarly gain and cost-effectiveness to strengthen the network among these specialists through annual workshops. The informal and friendly atmosphere at the workshops is especially conducive for the free flow of ideas. It also forms a wonderful training ground for advanced graduate students.

We envision a workshop with scholarly papers by both graduate students and faculty members from Big Ten universities, and other nearby research universities. We plan to hold about six panel sessions with 3-4 papers each, lasting from Friday morning to Saturday noon. Faculty members from participating institutions will serve as discussants for the panels. In keeping with the desired informality of the Workshop, the keynote event will be a panel discussion about the theme of the 2015 Workshop, held towards the end so that it can serve as a kind of wrap-up of our discussions. All panels will be plenary so that all participants will share knowledge of all discussions. Papers will be distributed among all participants at least two weeks before the event. The workshop will include session about Latin American and Caribbean History resources at the University of Illinois Library. This Library session will introduce the participants to Illinois’s renowned Latin American collection hoping to foster a discussion on research methods, sources, and archives.

In order to facilitate informal discussions and networking and underscore the friendly atmosphere of the Workshop, we plan to offer two dinners and two lunches to all participants. Pending funding, we also hope to pay for two nights lodging for out-of-town participants. While faculty members from other universities will have to defray their own transportation expenses, we hope to pay a modest subsidy for graduate student transportation costs .

The overall theme we have chosen for the 2015 Workshop, “Negotiation and Law in Latin American History: New Connections?,” addresses central cutting-edge issues currently debated in Latin Americanist scholarship and is sufficiently capacious to allow most historians in the field to participate in the debate. Over the past few years, scholars in many subfields of Latin American history – from colonial ethnohistory to environmental and labor history of the twentieth century – have re-examined the role of law in defining the distribution of rights, obligations and resources among various ethnic/racial, gender, social, and regional stakeholders in the region’s polities over the past five-hundred years. Rather than focusing on the limited efficacy of many laws, as in earlier scholarship, scholars are now asking questions relating to the processes through which laws are adopted and the imaginaries, interests and enforcement strategies they bring to the fore. This new approach to legal history is closely linked to another approach now employed by many Latin American historians: as a consequence of the emphasis on the “agency” of diverse subaltern or popular groups, scholars are now exploring how institutions, power constellations, resource distributions, the ordering of space are shaped and reshaped through negotiations between different stakeholders. This approach has begun to alter our notions of socio-racial orders, political cultures, labor relations, the organization of social movements, and family structures, the articulation of national and regional identities through sport, music or food production, among other issues, from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. While the question of negotiation privileges non-state (“civil society”) interactions, the approach of legal history necessarily focuses on the interaction between subjects/citizens and the state.  Bringing these two approaches into conversation, thus will provide an especially fruitful field of related problems, from issues of taxation to family law, and from the formation of revolutionary coalitions to the contestation over environmental regulations.

Therefore, we welcome papers that discuss themes as diverse as, though not limited to:
  • Workers, labor and state
  • Slavery and emancipation
  • Space, imaginaries and citizenship
  • Social movements, sports, art and culture
  • Political culture and state Formation
  • National, regional and local identities
  • Memory and the construction of historical narratives
  • Family, law and immigration
  • Gender, race and ethnicity
  • Environmental and economic history
  • Religion, popular religiosity and the rise of anticlerical, secular traditions
We understand the global theme of the Workshop as a loose framework for the discussions, as an invitation to focus individual projects of the widest possible range in Latin American history onto this broadly conceived field of research issues.  It should not be seen as constraining participation to historians who view themselves as experts in either of the two approaches outlined above.

Submission of paper proposals: Please upload the title and a brief (200 words) abstract of paper proposals to the Workshop website,, no later than Monday, October 27, 2014. We will try to accommodate as many paper proposals as possible and will confirm participation by early December 2014.

The Steering Committee for the Workshop: Ryan Bean, Marilia Correa Kuyumjian, Silvia Escanilla Huerta, Nils Jacobsen, Elizabeth Quick, Antonio Sotomayor 

For more information go to :
Sainsbury Institute for Art, UEA, Norwich, UK

 Session: Navigating the Pacific: Latin America and Asia in conversation
Convenors: Kathryn Santner and Paul Merchant (University of Cambridge). and
The critical role of Asia in the history of Latin American art has often been overlooked; recent scholarship has, however, begun to reassess this longstanding cultural engagement. This session will examine the significance of Asia–Latin America exchange from its earliest days via the Manila Galleon and Portuguese trade networks through to the present day. Iberian trade brought luxury goods – porcelain, lacquerware, folding screens, ivories, and inlaid furniture – to the Americas, where they were adapted and incorporated into local artistic practice, spawning new art forms like the biombo. The decline of the galleon trade after 1815 did not mark the end of this transpacific relationship; ensuing centuries brought successive waves of Asian immigrants to Latin America – notably the Chinese to Peru and the Japanese to Brazil. In the wake of this diaspora, artists have recently begun to explore Asian identity in Latin America, notably in several successful documentary and fiction film productions from the region. The presence, for the first time, of a Latin American pavilion at the Beijing Art Expo 2013 also points to the increasing recognition of a centuries-old dialogue in the visual arts. So too does the ‘Latin American Artists in Asia’ network, whose members practise in fields from sculpture to photography and digital art.
This session will cover a broad historical period, and adopt a variety of methodological approaches. Key issues to be considered include (post) national identity, materiality and its relationship to place, and the opportunities and complications offered by digital technologies.
Structure of the session: Papers will be 40 minutes in length (5 minutes set up, 30 minute paper and 5 minutes Q&A.
 Deadline for abstract submissions: 10 November 2014. Please see format guidelines attached.
 Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made by 20 November 2014.

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



2014 Hispanic Heritage Month
The Many Shades of Brown
Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Month, explore the topic and current issue of colorism within the Latino community and celebrate the experiences of al Latinos including Mexicans, South Americans, Central Americans and Caribbean Latinos.  We have compiled a calendar of events and speakers that will touch on this issue from various perspectives. Some of the events would like to highlight are below:

·         Movie Screening: NEGRO: A docu-series about Latino identity – Monday, September 15 @ 7pm, Lincoln Hall 1000
·         Dinner Dialogue: The Many Shades of Brown – Wednesday, September 17 @ 6pm, La Casa Cultural Latina 104
·         Favianna Rodriguez: Art is a Hammer: The Transformative Power of Culture to Promote Equality, Justice and Pussy Power – Wednesday, October 1 @ 7pm, Illini Union Rooms
·         Richard Villegas: Story-sick: Storytelling Surgery and Other Remedies – Thursday, October 9 @ 6pm, La Casa Cultural Latina 104
·         Movie Screening: Unfreedom, Friday, October 10 @ 1pm, La Casa Cultural Latina 104

The mission of La Casa Cultural Latina is to promote a welcoming and dynamic atmosphere through the development of educational, cultural, socio-political, and social programs that lead to greater recruitment, retention, advancement, and empowerment of Latina/o students. La Casa engages current and future leaders through mentorship, civic engagement, and the promotion of social advocacy.

Co-sponsors: Latina/Latino Studies Department, University UMCA, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Diversity & Social Justice Education, Illini Union, CU Immigration Forum, Channing-Murray Foundation, Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of UC, UC Friends Meeting

Some of the events throughout the month are paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.


  •       Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers

Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers, in collaboration with the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, is pleased to announce a one-year competitive postdoctoral fellowship for a scholar pursuing research in Caribbean Studies. We seek scholars working on innovative cultural, artistic, historical, theoretical, and/or social studies. Scholars working on the Dutch or the French Caribbean, with a focus on transnationalism, migration, colonial legacies, decolonization, race and racism, and/or queer feminist studies, are especially encouraged to apply, but we welcome applications from all scholars who feel that their work would benefit from affiliation with the Caribbean studies community at Rutgers. The selected fellow will receive a stipend of $65,000 as well as an annual research allocation of $3,000 and Rutgers University health benefits. The successful applicant must have the doctorate in hand by July 1, 2015 (defense date must be scheduled no later than May 31, 2015), be no more than three years beyond the Ph.D. (degree received on 2012 or later), and be able to teach one undergraduate course during the Spring semester of their tenure at Rutgers. Position begins on July 1, 2015 and ends on June 30, 2016.
The Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean studies ( is a space for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and teaching. Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers aims to foster multi-disciplinary research about the Caribbean to allow a better understanding of the region and its people from a variety of perspectives. 
 Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers aims to foster multi-disciplinary research about the Caribbean to allow a better understanding of the region and its people from a variety of perspectives.  Affiliates conduct research on such diverse areas as diaspora and transnational studies, migration and immigration, cultural and performance studies, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, psychoanalysis, colonial and postcolonial studies, decoloniality, political theory, critical epistemology, intellectual history, history of New World slavery, social movements and revolution, eighteenth century studies, the urban Atlantic, contemporary urbanization, environmental studies, insularity, and the archipelagic Americas.
 There will be opportunities for the postdoctoral fellow to connect with broader academic and community-minded research units at the University, including the Center for Cultural Analysis, the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, the Center for Race & Ethnicity, the Center for African Studies and the Institute for Research on Women.
 Candidates should submit their applications, consisting of a CV, a 1,500-word statement and 3 letters of recommendation, electronically to  The statement should address the following: (1) the significance of the candidate’s research and the specific project that will be developed during the one year postdoctoral fellowship, (2) a brief description of the course the candidate could offer, and (3) how and why Rutgers can advance the candidate’s areas of research. Applications must be received by Friday, January 9, 2015.
 Applications are free to candidates who already have an account in  If you are unable to create an interfolio account, please contact by December 10, 2014.
  •     Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Post-Doctoral  and Visiting Fellowships
Harvard Brazil Office

The Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is currently accepting applications for its Post-Doctoral Democracy Fellowship and Visiting Fellowships. The application deadline for these fellowship opportunities is October 1, 2014.

Two-Year Ash Center Post-Doctoral Democracy Fellowship

Ash Center Post-Doctoral Fellows will receive a stipend of $50,000 annually and $2,500 per year for research during the fellowship. Fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year begin in August 2015. The duration of the post-doctoral fellowship is 2 academic years. 

Applicants to the Ash Center Post-Doctoral Democracy Fellowship must complete the online application form available at the following link: In addition applicants must send a recent CV and one or two relevant English paper manuscripts or articles to Juanne Zhao, Program Assistant, Democratic Governance Program at the Ash Center ( with subject “Ash Center Democracy Fellowship". All application materials must be submitted by October 1, 2014. Eligible applicants will be completing or will have just recently completed dissertations in the fields of political theory, political philosophy, political science, sociology, law, or history.

One-Year Ash Center Democracy Visiting Fellowships 

Ash Center Visiting Fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year begin in August 2015. The duration of Ash Center Visiting Fellowship is one academic year. The Ash Center Visiting Fellowships do not carry a stipend, but the Center can offer institutional supports including office space and physical and on-line library access. 

Applicants to Ash Center Ash Center Visiting Fellowships must complete the online application form available at the following link:

In addition, applicants must send one or two relevant paper manuscripts or articles, a current CV, and a brief description of the work that they plan to do while in residence at the Ash Center to Juanne Zhao, Program Assistant, Democratic Governance Program at the Ash Center ( with subject “Ash Center Democracy Fellowship". All application materials must be submitted by October 1, 2014. The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation invites faculty, doctoral, and postdoctoral students to apply for its Visiting Fellowships. The Center is especially interested in drawing scholars whose work focuses on innovations in public participation and/or political participation in non-democracies.

For more information, visit:

  •        Gus Hart Fellowship - 2014 Call for Nominations
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is now accepting nominations of strong candidates from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua for the 2015 Gus Hart Visiting Fellowship. The fellowship has been endowed by the Hart family to honor Gus Hart, distinguished cofounder of the Inter-American Foundation, whose lifelong interest in the Latin American and Caribbean region and long service to The Chicago Council served as an inspiration for many in Chicago.

Gus Hart Visiting Fellows are selected annually to spend one week in Chicago interacting with business, civic, academic, and media professionals in a program tailored to the Fellow’s interests and experience. The Fellow will deliver the Annual Gus Hart Lecture to a public audience and be honored at a dinner by the Chicago Council’s Board of Directors and other leading figures. The Fellow will receive a $10,000 honorarium and will be provided with transportation, room, and board for the stay in Chicago.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, October 13, 2014.







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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