Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8 -14, 2014

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

ARTH 546: Art & Conflict
How does conflict impact visual culture and artistic practice? What role does art play during a moment of conflict or crisis? In what ways might artistic interventions reveal histories hidden by conflict or mediate trauma?
 In this seminar we will examine a selection of artistic responses to conflict, politics, and trauma. Organized around 20th and 21st century events such as the Spanish Civil War, Mexico '68, September 11th in 1973 and 2001, and more recently, the militarization of the US/Mexico border, we will examine artistic response and mediation to specific sites of dramatic political and social change. We will discuss the work of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Luis Camnitzer, Francis Alÿs, Alfredo Jaar, Allora and Calzadilla, Emily Jacir, and Ai Weiwei all of whose practice mediates conflict and inequality.

FR 199: Introduction to Haitian Creole and Culture
Introduction to Haitian Creole and Culture: This intensive course is addressed to students interested in speaking, writing and reading basic Haitian Creole to learn basic survival skills in the language and gain a better understanding of the Iand's unique language, history and culture. Taught in English and Haitian Creole.

In five centuries since the arrival of Portuguese colonizers, Brazil has emerged as one of the largest, most economically significant and socially diverse countries in the world.  This course conducts an in-depth reading of culture, society, politics and economic development.  We will survey the historical trends in Brazilian society, such as its role as a center of the slave trade in the Americas.  Brazil’s experience as an independent nation during the nineteenth century (it became the only monarchy in the Americas) offers a provocative point of comparison to the history of republican nationhood elsewhere in the continent.  We will also examine the challenges associated with late industrialization and state-sponsored development.  Brazilian society is a mirror of our own in unexpected and remarkable ways.  The questions of identity framed in this course -- race, class and gender -- form the map of exclusion and integration of societies throughout the Americas, including the United States.  By studying Brazil in its historical specificity we explore questions of identity, modernity and society which are widely relevant.

Would you like to learn how to connect reading instruction to reading assessment? Are you searching for hands-on experience where you administer reading assessments to students and create and enact an individualized instructional plan catered specifically for your student? Are you interested in learning the best practices for phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension instruction? Would you like to consistently engage in discussions that demonstrate how instruction can be modified to cater to English learners? If your answer to any of the previous questions is “yes,” then Assessment-Based Reading Instruction is meant for you.



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 Spring 15

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:
  • January 29
  •  February  26
  •  March 5, 12
  •  April 16, 23, 30

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies.

FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois National Resource Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please see the FLAS website at:
CLACS - FLAS fellowships may be used for the study of Quechua, or another Amerindian language, or Portuguese. Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages.
Under exceptional circumstances, advanced (or third-year) Spanish study may be allowed for graduate students.
Applicants are ineligible for support to study a language of which they are a native speaker.

For more information contact Alejandra Seufferheld-
Are you interested in exploring a research project in Latin America during the summer  of 2015?
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers summer fellowships for graduate students (from any nationality) in any discipline who haven’t pass their prelims or qualifying exams yet
Information Meeting: Friday January 30 at 12pm in Room 200 International Studies Building
Information and requirements about the fellowship:

Deadline: MONDAY February 23, 2015

Any questions contact Angelina Cotler, Associate Director.

The Lemann Institute of Brazilian Studies offers fellowships to UIUC graduate students doing research about Brazil. For the academic year 2015-2016, fellowships will pay $18,000.00. The Lemann Graduate Fellows will have tuition and fee waivers from LAS units and participating professional schools. Applicants should check with their Departments and Schools to verify that their home units offer tuition waivers. The number of awards varies year to year and may depend on the strength of the applications received.

Deadline to apply: Monday February 24th, 2014

Information and requirements: 
Any questions contact Elis Artz
Thanks to the generous support of Professors Joseph Love (History-Emeritus) and Werner Baer (Economics), the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies announces the competition  for TWO fellowships to graduate students working in Latin America.
WHO CAN APPLY: Any graduate student who is enrolled in a Ph.D. program and is already ABD or has pass their prelims or qualifying exams , from any department, from any nationality.
REQUIREMENTS: Research for at least minimum 4 weeks either on summer or during the academic year.
REPORT: Students should report the donors within a month of their return from Latin America.  If the students are going to the field for the first time, they should participate in the Tinker workshop held in late October every year.
RESTRICTIONS: Grant money cannot be used for conference or course registration, or for intensive language workshops or field schools. The subject of investigation may be related to dissertation research
It is acceptable to use other grants in conjunction with this grant.
    • Write in the subject Line: Love & Kilby Fellowships  
    • Deadline:  MONDAY, MARCH 9TH, 2015
IPS Research Travel Grants will again be offered by the office of International Programs & Studies (IPS) to be used in the summer of 2015 or parts of the 2015-2016 academic year. Research Travel Grants range from $1,000 to $4,000 per award; Conference Grants may be up to $12,000. The original source of these funds is an endowment initiated by a grant from the Hewlett Foundation that was matched by university funds and private donations. A committee convened by IPS will review the proposals.

Proposals should be submitted through the online forms found through the links by December 19, 2014.

For more information on these grant opportunities and application materials and guidelines, please visit the website:

Research travel grants:
Conference grants: 

Ethnomusicology in Cuzco
Amazonian Linguistics Summer School
Indigenous Rights and Legal Pluralism Field School
Spanish Language and Peruvian Studies

The Institute of International Education (IIE) Office for Latin America works with various foundations, private corporations, institutions, and governments in managing scholarship and training programs to provide Latin Americans with more opportunities for higher education and exchange. IIE offers the opportunity for graduates from U.S. universities to intern in its Latin America division for a period of 4-6 months during Fall, Spring and Summer sessions. 

The Institute of International Education in Mexico City is seeking Graduate student interns for the Spring 2015 semester.  For more information and to apply see:

Intern Responsibilities
The Graduate Interns work with IIE/Latin America outreach & scholarships or Assessment division to assist in:
• Responding to inquiries about IIE/Latin America scholarship program opportunities.
• Managing contact databases and statistical information about grantee cohorts.
• Assistance in promotional activities.
• Communication with university representatives and students.
• Assistance in selection processes and organizing orientation programs for grantees.
• Program development initiatives including research and proposal writing.
• Managing IIE’s website and social media platforms.
• Completing office tasks and working on other programs as needed

Regional Faculty Associates engaged in Latin American/Caribbean research projects or conference presentations are eligible to compete for modest travel funds each year. The deadline date appears on the Description/Criteria document and below.
Regional Faculty engaged in Latin American/Caribbean research projects, conference presentations or conference attendance are eligible to compete for modest (up to $500) travel funds each cycle. Funded with Federal Title VI Grant monies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Chicago, all designated as U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) National Resource Centers and working collaboratively, these awards are for Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist faculty with an appointment at a two or four year, public or private institution in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota or Iowa.
For Regional Faculty Associates of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this is an expansion of the existing research-travel grant program adding several more award allocations.
NOTE: Funding is intended for faculty at other regional campuses beyond the three sponsoring universities.
Description and Application:
Upcoming Deadlines:
January 12, 2015 (for travel February to mid-July, 2015) **
Future Deadlines (information posted after January 12, 2015):
May 15, 2015 (for travel after August 15, 2015 to mid-February, 2016) **
December 15, 2015 (for travel mid-February, 2016 to mid-July, 2016) **
**US/ED travel restrictions apply




A Bolivian Debate

March 26-27, 2015
University of Pittsburgh

I Symposium of Bolivianists
Organized by the LASA-Bolivia Section

The LASA-Bolivia Section invites its members and the scholarly community to submit papers that address, from different perspectives and disciplines, the vibrant debate of "decolonization" in Bolivia.

With the Participation of
Xavier Albó, Universidad-PIEB
Waskar Ari, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Pamela Calla, New York University
Pablo Mamani, Universidad Pública de El Alto (UPEA) Juli
eta Paredes, Comunidad Mujeres Creando Comunidad
Sinclair Thomson, New York University
Esteban Ticona, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA)

Proposal deadline: December 15, 2014. Hotel and travel information will be sent shortly.
Contact information: Send proposals to the Section’s electronic address ( including name, paper title, and a brief description of its content.
Additional information: Sponsors: Center for Latin American Studies, Humanities Center, The Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, UCIS, Dept. of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Bolivian Studies Journal

11 and 12 June, 2015,
Paris, France

Cuba is going through an intense period of change, driven by reforms to lift the country out of the economic crisis that began in the 1990s. This process of change accelerated with the arrival to the presidency of Raúl Castro in 2008. In the same period, Cuba’s international integration has increased, through the role it plays in international organizations, the multiplication of bilateral agreements with countries in South America but also with Russia and China, and the re-negotiation of relations with the European Union within a context of questioning the "Common Position".

Social science research on Cuba carried out in France and in Europe, is multiplying, although remains scattered. Our ambition is to propose a multidisciplinary forum for exchange and reflection, including young and senior researchers from France and Europe, about the ways in which the changes in Cuba can be analysed. Through this meeting, we will try to generate a dialogue between quantitative and qualitative approaches, micro and macro, "committed" research and that integrated into the academic setting, in a thoughtful approach to the changes in Cuba based upon field work. We will also welcome work from historical perspectives, and other branches of the social sciences, which are interrogating the current dynamics in Cuba.

Our thoughtful approach will adopt two orientations:

At the methodological level, this conference will question the practice of research in the social sciences. How does the researcher access data, and how does his/her own experience affect their analysis? How is macro and micro research articulated, transparently or hidden? What of case studies, personal testimonies and stories of the small and ordinary? Is there a significant gap between ordinary practices and policy decisions and how to approach to epistemlogical and methodological level?

In the analytical and conceptual field, we will try to reflect on the interpretations of what, it is said that changes in the light of the key words of the debate in Cuba: Is it only 'invention', a term in Cuba in the daily practices aimed more generally at solving very specific problems? Can we talk about 'innovation, social, political, economic, ecological, etc., referring to a creative adaptation of structural frameworks, which have kept changing and adjusting since their introduction in the 1960s? Later, we will consider these initiatives, in themselves and their effects. Are they effecting a 'renewal' - or 'update' to use an official term – of the Cuban socialist system? How are research and development positions built? Are they constructed on epistemological and methodological grounds or upon conviction? To whom they are intended?

This conference will have three levels of analysis:

  1. The experiences of the actors in the context of current changes: inventions, innovations? What people do, what initiatives - daring, investment, solidarity, participation, cooperation, culture - to take advantage of open spaces for institutional change? What are the means to achieving that? How do the actors found during field work set out their experiences, initiatives and projects? How does they position themselves relative to social change in Cuba and relative to the reforms promoted by the government? Do they make reference to "new" values and norms or values and norms that might call "revolutionary"? What are the expressions of response; can we talk about creativity in terms of political and cultural participation? How can the researcher interpret what they hear, see and observe? How does this stand out against other scales of change?
  2. The political-economic, legal and social reforms, their effects and modes of enunciation: renovation and update? How are the reforms designed and implemented by the political and economic actors? What are the legal texts that accompany them? What are the effects on social cohesion, economic entities and balance of political power, and how are these effects are considered? What are the forms of solidarity, cooperation and integration that arise and develop to address, among other things, the restructuring of the labour market and forms of economic production, the increasing inequality and situations of poverty, the needs of the elderly and the dislocation of families? What are the innovations in the field of social policy and assistance? Is the research responding to these reforms? In this case, on what basis? Can one place oneself at the service of public policy?
  3. Regional and global integration. What is the foreign policy of Cuba in its international agreements, scientific and medical collaborations, humanitarian development aid programmes and cultural programmes and how are they built locally by specific actors and institutions? How do these contribute to producing, accompanying and influencing the ongoing transformations? What is the role of regional and international organizations in these exchanges? What is the researcher's work at this level?
Proposal deadline:
Please send your paper proposal no later than January 10, 2015, giving us:

- An extensive curriculum of about 5000 characters mentioning the research work done in / on Cuba and proposing a reflective perspective according to the guidelines set described above (methodological, analytical and conceptual);

- About ten lines of bio-bibliography (in French, Spanish or English)

Responses will be sent on February 20, 2015, with a programme proposal. Oral presentations will be in English or Spanish.

It is considered to publish the conference proceedings in the International Journal of Cuban Studies. A call for texts to be sent at the end of the conference.

Contact information:
Additional information:
Scientific Committee: Janice Argaillot, Université de Grenoble 3 –Stendhal ; Claes Brundenius, Research Policy Institute, University of Lund, Sweden ; Sabrina Doyon, Université de Laval, Québec, Canada ; Hortense Faivre d’Arcier, UMR 8138 - IRICE – université Paris 1 ; Marie Laure Geoffray, IHEAL-CREDA- CNRS UMR 7227 ; Janette Habel, Institut des relations internationales et stratégiques (IRIS) ; Marta Nuñez Sarmiento, Centro de Estudios de Migraciones Internacionales (CEMI), Universidad de La Habana, Cuba ; Pedro Monreal, UNESCO ; Karel Negrete, Universidad de La Habana et Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense ; Pierre Salama, Centre d’économie de Paris Nord, CEPN/ CNRS-UMR 7115 ; Jacques Sapir, CEMI-EHESS ; Yves Sintomer, Université Paris VIII ; Nelson Vallejo Gomez, Programme scientifique Amériques FMSH ; Ana Vera Estrada, Instituto Cubano de Investigación Cultural Juan Marinello, Cuba ; Angelica Wehrli, University of Lucerne, Switzerland; Stephen Wilkinson, King's College London, Institute for the study of Cuba, Great Britain.

Organisational committee: Blandine Destremau, IRIS EHESS ; Nils Graber, EHESS-CERMES 3 ; Jérôme Leleu, EHESS-CEMI ; Marie-Laure Geoffray, IHEAL-CREDA- CNRS UMR 7227 ; Janette Habel, Institut des relations internationales et stratégiques (IRIS) ; Stephen Wilkinson, King's College London, Institute for the Study of Cuba.

  •         Postdoctoral Lecturer, Center for Latin American Studies. University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies invites applications for a postdoctoral position as a Lecturer in Latin American Studies to begin in Autumn 2015. The Latin American Studies Program includes an interdisciplinary M.A. Program in Latin American Studies serving students with research interests in social sciences and humanities, and a B.A. major in Latin American Studies that has a social sciences emphasis. Recent PhDs (within the past six years) in the humanities, social sciences, or area studies who deal with Latin American issues are encouraged to apply. Relevant disciplines include sociology, political science, anthropology, history, literature, and media studies. The successful candidate will teach an M.A. Proseminar (meets over two quarters), advise M.A. students, and will develop one graduate/undergraduate course and two undergraduate-only courses in their own specialty. This is a twelve-month appointment. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year dependent upon performance review. The Lecturer in Latin American Studies is responsible for:
  • In collaboration with Latin American Studies faculty, teaching the M.A. Proseminar, a graduate-level academic seminar designed to give incoming Latin American Studies M.A. students a critical understanding of the major theoretical approaches, principal research methods, and current trends in Latin American Studies and to help students develop the proposal for their master’s thesis.
  • Teaching one undergraduate/graduate course in the incumbent’s field of expertise.
  • Teaching two undergraduate-only courses in the incumbent's field of expertise.
  • General academic and career advising of M.A. students in Latin American Studies.
  • Directing individual B.A. Papers and M.A. theses, as needed.
Deadline: February 28, 2015
Minimum Requirements: All requirements toward the PhD degree must be completed by August 31, 2015. Teaching experience is required.
Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be able to give theoretical and methodological advice to master’s level students with a broad range of social science and humanities interests.
Documents Required: To apply for this position, please go to the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website and select requisition #02425. Applicants are required to upload the following materials – cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, dissertation abstract, reference contact information, and up to three writing samples/publications. Under separate cover, please have three letters of recommendation sent to the Center for Latin American Studies, 5848 South University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.
Contact Information:
Additional Information: To receive full consideration, all application materials must be received by February 28, 2015.
  •          Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Latin American/Brazilian Art/Architecture - Brown University

The Departments of the History of Art and Architecture, Hispanic Studies, History, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, John Carter Brown Library and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invite applications for a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship offered by the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University for a term of two years beginning in July 2015.
Applicants will have received a Ph.D. within the past five (5) years from an institution other than Brown in the fields of Brazilian, Spanish Latin American or Caribbean art, architecture or visual culture. Cogut fellows will participate in the activities of the Center and teach two courses each year (cross-listed in each of our departments, as appropriate). The term of the fellowship is two years.

The particular sub-fields and time periods for this position are open to all Brazilian, Spanish Latin American, and Caribbean art, architecture and visual culture. Specialists in early modern, modern and contemporary are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in scholars who would approach the subject through non-traditional approaches to visual culture and the built environment, and who would capitalize on new theoretical models relating to gender and embodiment in traditional or contemporary art, urban planning, arts and cultural literacy in the construction of a Brazilian or Latin American social imaginary, contemporary art practices and their relationship to memory and tradition, and/or varied architectural responses to Western building techniques and ideologies. We can also envision courses that examine the historical dimensions of Brazilian, Spanish Latin American, and Caribbean cultures and their expression in art and architecture, as well as the conditions and experiences of artists developing their work in the contemporary Latin American post–colonial state.

Stipend: $61,449 and $63,907 in the first and second years plus a $2,000 research fund.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Deadline: January 15, 2015
Minimum Requirements: Ph.D with the past 5 years
Preferred Qualifications: Fields of Brazilian, Spanish Latin American or Caribbean art, architecture or visual culture.
Documents Required: CV, cover letter, three (3) letters of recommendation
Contact Information:
Additional Information: Brown University History of Art and Architecture department
  •     Visiting Assistant Professor - Contemporary Latin American and/or Transatlantic and Peninsular Literature - University of California Santa Cruz

The Department of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2015-16 academic year, with the possibility of a one-year renewal. We are seeking a scholar working in 20th and 21st century Latin American literature and cultural production and/or Transatlantic and Peninsular Studies with interdisciplinary interests that may include media studies (old and new), popular culture, indigeneity, Spanish-based creative writing, poetry and poetics, gender and critical race and ethnic studies. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue research, to have clearly demonstrated university teaching skills at the undergraduate level, and to be able to teach large lecture courses as well as smaller classes in Spanish and English on topics related to Latin American and/or Transatlantic and Peninsular literatures. The applicant must be able to work with students and faculty from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their writing, research, teaching, and/or service. This position carries a four-course workload over three quarters with an expectation that the selected candidate will pursue an active program of research and writing and will perform significant departmental service.
RANK: Visiting Assistant Professor I – III

SALARY: $57,600 – $64,400, commensurate with qualifications and experience

Deadline: Open Until Filled

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: All candidates must have Ph.D. in hand, or equivalent foreign degree in a related field of study, demonstrated research, teaching experience at the university level, and the ability to teach in both Spanish and English.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2015 with academic year commencing Fall 2015. Appointments are contingent upon availability of funding.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: One year appointment, with possibility of extension through June 2017. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment, a review to assess performance will be conducted.

Documents Required:
TO APPLY: Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system, and should include: an informative letter of application in English (clearly outlining your educational background, teaching experience, and publication record), curriculum vitae, two syllabi/description of proposed literature courses (one in Spanish and one in translation), a writing sample in either English or Spanish of no more than 25 double-spaced pages, and three letters of recommendation* (dated 2012 or later). Applicants are encouraged to submit a statement addressing their teaching philosophy and their contributions to diversity through their research, teaching, and/or service. Submit all documents/materials as PDF files.

Apply at
Refer to Position #JPF00222-15T in all correspondence.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2015. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this time. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 6/30/2015.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064;
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  •        UNC Chapel Hill, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures- Assistant Professor of Portuguese & Spanish
 The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Portuguese and Spanish at the rank of Assistant Professor. The field of specialization is 20th- and 21st-century Brazilian Studies, with equal emphasis of specialization in Spanish American Studies. The candidate will teach one course in Portuguese and one course in Spanish each semester, depending on program needs.
 The Department seeks candidates who will contribute to our strong interdisciplinary programs, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, in literary and cultural studies, film studies, and/or theory. Evidence of outstanding scholarship and teaching excellence are required. The successful candidate will have native or near-native fluency in Portuguese and Spanish and must hold a PhD in a relevant field at the time of employment. We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. The position begins July 1, 2015 and carries a 2-2 teaching load with significant expectations for research, as well as departmental service.  Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

 Applicants must apply online at < by 11:59 p.m. on December 20th, 2014 and submit a cover letter, CV, and a writing sample demonstrating his or her research. Review of applications will begin immediately.

At the time of application candidates will also be required to identify the names, titles, and email addresses of professional references (three are required). References must be at level of tenure-track assistant professor or higher. Recommenders identified by the applicant will be contacted via email with instructions for uploading their letters of support. These letters must be received by December 25th, 2014. Alternatively, applicants may list Interfolio as a reference and the application system will solicit recommendations directly from Interfolio. For instructions please see:
 Questions regarding the position should be directed to Professor Samuel Amago, Search Committee Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, CB #3170, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-3170,
  •       Assistant or Associate Professor in the Social Sciences-University of Florida

Latino Studies: The Center for Latin American Studies and the College for Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor in the social sciences with a teaching and research focus on Latino/a Studies to begin in August 2015. Substantive interests may include, but need not be restricted to: immigration; socio-economic issues affecting Latino/a communities; Latino politics; comparative approaches to different Latino groups; the ways that Latinos/as in the US are linked to their countries and communities of origin; and the role of Latino/as in US society. We seek applicants with superior promise who combine rigorous scholarship with excellence in teaching. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries with faculty and students in various departments and disciplines. The successful candidate will contribute to a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses and to a new interdisciplinary program initiative in Latino/a Studies.

The appointment will be made jointly between the Center for Latin American Studies and the appropriate disciplinary department within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The Center offers a Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS), graduate and undergraduate certificates, an undergraduate minor, a joint law degree, and an interdisciplinary specialization in Latino Studies. The Center is linked to departments with strong PhD programs including those where the faculty member for this position will be tenure-track. More information about the Center can be found at: The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) is UF’s largest college and encompasses the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, which includes the Departments of Anthropology, Political Science, and Sociology and Criminology & Law ( All three of these departments have MA and PhD training programs with faculty who employ diverse theoretical perspectives and methodologies. Social science faculty in CLAS frequently work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries and are active in research and practice in many countries across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Deadline: For full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by December 15, 2014, when the search committee will begin reviewing applications and continue until the position is filled.
Minimum Requirements: Candidates should have their Ph.D. in hand or near completion at the time of hiring.
Documents Required:
Applications must include the following: (1) a letter of interest (indicating research and teaching interests); (2) current vitae; (3) three current letters of reference. Applicant will provide names/emails of references and the application system will send automated emails to references requesting that they upload their letters of reference directly to the application website. For full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by December 15, 2014, when the search committee will begin reviewing applications and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information:
Applications must be submitted on-line



Saturday, 13 December, 1:00-5:00 P.M.
Sunday, 14 December 1:00-4:00 P.M.
507 E. Harding Drive, Urbana, Illinois
·         CERAMICS AND WOOD CARVINGS from Amazonian Ecuador
·         PAINTINGS AND WEAVINGS from Andean Ecuador
·         TAGUA (IVORY NUT) CARVINGS from Panama
·         INDIGENOUS BEAD WORK  (necklaces, bracelets, headbands, earrings, keychain attachments) from Amazonian Ecuador
At the request of indigenous people in Canelos Quichua territory, Amazonian Ecuador, Sibby and Norman Whitten established this foundation in Urbana, Illinois, in 1975 and gained IRS not-for-profit status as a publicly supported institution in 1976. Every year we hold a sale in the Whittens’ home (507 E. Harding Drive, Urbana) and all proceeds are used for a medical-care delivery program for participants in the program in Amazonian Ecuador. We offer very high quality indigenous arts together with handicrafts and other objects of interest.
You are cordially invited to join us this December 13 and/or 14. Here is the advertisement that is circulated in hard copy to people who have visited our sale before, or who have asked to be on our mailing list. If you would like to be on the mailing list please send a note to




Friday, December 12

6:00 PM

Lucy Ellis Lounge

The episodes in the life of a Jewish family in the Once neighborhood of Buenos Aires and the other shopkeepers in a low-rent commercial gallery are depicted in the story.
The narrator, Ariel Makaroff (Daniel Hendler), is the son of Sonia Makaroff (Adriana Aizemberg) who was deserted by her husband (Jorge D'Elía) when he went to Israel in 1973 to fight in the Yom Kippur War. Yet, the father is in touch with Sonia via telephone weekly and supports Ariel and his brother Joseph (Sergio Boris). Sonia runs a lingerie shop in the gallery.
Daniel Hendler in the film as Ariel.
Ariel is a young man in a hurry without much of a sense of direction. He's having an affair with Rita (Silvina Bosco), an older woman, pines for his former girlfriend Estella (Melina Petriella), and fantasizes of emigrating to Poland, where his family came from during World War II.
He carps at his grandmother (Rosita Londner) for immigration documents that will support his claim to Polish citizenship as he wants to become "European." This forces his grandmother to remember her memories of Holocaust Poland.
Ariel also visits the rabbi in order to get documents. One of them has been cut in a corner and the rabbi explains: "So, no one can use it again." - "Oh! Like circumcision!", Ariel retorts. Like Woody Allen in "Deconstructed Harry", Burman takes an ironic stand against circumcision.
At one point, the shop owners organize a race against another group of merchants. They hope to earn a cash purse and fix up the exterior of their gallery and install air conditioning.
Other characters include: a large Italian family whose noisy arguments drown out the radios in their radio repair shop; a quiet Korean couple who run a feng shui boutique; Mitelman (Diego Korol) who runs a travel agency, but which is really a front for currency smuggling; and a solitary stationer named Osvaldo (Isaac Fajm).
Right before the big race his father suddenly shows up in Buenos Aires. His mother confesses to Ariel that his father left Argentina and the family because she had a brief affair with Osvaldo, the retailer next door. It was a one time thing and did not mean anything but it ruined the marriage. Ariel finally gets to hear his father's side of the story: he could not get over the fact that his mother had betrayed him with Osvaldo. Elías can finally enfold his son in a long-overdue embrace, and Ariel embraces his father as well in the closing moments of the film.
The grandmother sings a klezmer song over the closing credits.

Saturday December 13th , we will present Lucía González's book: 

2:30-3:30  pm
The Urbana Free Library


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

·         Pura Belpré Honor Book
·         Jane Addams Children's Book Award Jane Addams Peace Association
·         Book of the Year Award, Finalist ForeWord Magazine
·         International Latino Book Awards, Honorable Mention Latino Literacy Now
·         Skipping Stones Honor Award Skipping Stones Magazine



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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