Monday, March 28, 2016

March 28 - April 1st

CLACS Newsletter – Week March 28-April 1st





March 1st-May 31st, 2016
1st Floor, Main Library

The exhibit showcases diverse library resources to study sports in Brazil, as well as some of the material about Brazil’s Olympic Movement in the Avery Brundage Collection at our University Archives.

In 2016, Brazil will host the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, having also hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the 2007 Pan-American Games. As in other parts of the world, hosting mega-sport events can be a great scenario to highlight a nation’s achievements, but it can also display some of its weaknesses. Noting that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has more nation-members than the United Nations and that the Olympic Games are an immensely popular modern phenomenon, it is pertinent, if not necessary, to use sport as a window to understand the intricacies of modern societies. Given Brazilian’s passion for futebol (soccer) and other sports, the Olympic Movement can be a great window to study Latin America’s largest country.

Our University Library has special and unique resources to study both Brazil and the Olympic Movement. We have been collecting material about and from Brazil since the late nineteenth century. By 1916, our collection had some 500 volumes about Brazil in multiple languages. During the 1950s, Illinois was the academic library in the United States responsible for collecting material from Brazil under the Farmington Plan, which greatly enhanced our Brazilian collection. Today, our collection has approximately 105,000 volumes, and resources can be located through campus and virtually.

An Illinois alumnus, Avery Brundage was a gigantic figure in international sports. He served as President of the IOC from 1952 and 1972, a critical period in the consolidation of the Olympic Movement as a global phenomenon. In this exhibit you will see a small sample of the type of resources available for research and teaching on Brazil through the lens of sport. Materials include books, articles, videos, and original documents on Brazilian Olympism at the University Archives.

The exhibit is located in the North-South corridor of the Main Library’s first floor and will be up until May 31.

  •   Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Open House



































    IAN MIDDLETON, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Music

    101 International Studies Building

      ABRAHAM LOWENTHAL, Prof. International Relations, University of Southern California.
      President Emeritus of the Pacific Council on International Policy and Founding Director of the Inter-American Dialogue


      Thursday, March 31
      1002 Lincoln Hall

      Lecture co-sponsored by the Department of Political Sciences and the Center for Global Studies
      Abraham F. Lowenthal is professor emeritus of international relations at the University of Southern California, president emeritus of the Pacific Council on International Policy, an adjunct professor (research) at the Watson Institute, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
      He was the founding director of both the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and of the Inter-American Dialogue, and served as a Ford Foundation official in Latin America, as director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and on numerous editorial and governance boards.
      His AB, MPA and PhD are all from Harvard University.
      He is the author of The Dominican Intervention (Harvard, 1972), Partners in Conflict: The United States and Latin America (Johns Hopkins, 1987) and Global California (Stanford, 2009). He has edited or coedited and contributed to a dozen other volumes, including The Peruvian Experiment, Exporting Democracy: The United States and Latin America, Constructing Democratic Governance, and Latin America in a New World.
      He has published scores of book chapters and articles, including seven in Foreign Affairs, five in Foreign Policy, two in World Politics, two in Washington Quarterly, one in International Security, one in The American Interest, and multiple articles in each of the major Latin American journals on international affairs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico.



      The U.S. Department of Education has announced the 2016-17 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program.  The Fulbright-Hays program provides opportunities for doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. 

      The program is open only to US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents.  Allowable projects are those that focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).  Applicants may propose projects lasting from 6 to 12 consecutive months, and projects may start as early as October 1, 2016.

      Students apply through the Graduate College, and the Graduate College’s deadline is Thursday, April 28, 2016. For details on the fellowship and the application process, see the Fulbright-Hays listing in our Fellowship Opportunities database.  

      The Graduate College will hold an information session on the fellowship on Wednesday, March 30, 9:00-10:30, in 308 Coble Hall. Students considering applying are strongly encouraged to attend.  Students can register for the information session here.

      ·         Do you have a research paper on an international, global, or regionally focused topic you’d like to develop further?
      ·         Or are you planning or working on a thesis on a topic involving a foreign country or region?

      APPLY today to join the Undergraduate International Area Studies Workshop, May 16-20, 2016

      What you’ll get:
      ·         Close mentoring by an Illinois faculty member and librarians.
      ·         An insider’s view of scholarly publishing.
      ·         An introduction to interdisciplinary area studies research, which means,
      o   Access to new sources and data from other disciplines to address your research problem,
      o   A broader and more diverse perspective on your research,
      o   The chance to advance your project and make it appeal to a wider audience,
      o   Enhanced research skills and experience with vernacular language sources.
      ·         The opportunity to produce a better writing sample for grad school or a thesis that stands out from the crowd.

      To apply, send the following information and materials to

      ·         A completed copy of the application cover sheet.
      ·         Proposal. A description (200-400 words) of the project you will work on at the workshop: title, topic, discipline (history, sociology, literary studies, etc.), methodology if relevant, course original paper was written for and instructor (if you are revising a course paper), major and advisor for thesis (if the project is a thesis project), and an indication of the current state of the project and any ideas for its further development.
      ·         One letter of recommendation from a professor or instructor (sent directly by the instructor).
      ·         An unofficial copy of your UIUC transcript.

      Deadline extended to: 5 pm CT, Monday, April 4, 2016.

      Co-Sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, Center for Global Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

      The Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is pleased to announce fellowships and development grants to support the internationalization of community colleges nationwide. We invite applications from faculty, librarians, and administrators interested in expanding global studies curricula, instruction in less commonly taught languages, library collections or international education programs at their home institutions. Fellows will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with international and area studies reference librarians and explore the unlimited print and online resources of the University of Illinois Library.
                              To apply, please submit an online application by May 2, 2016. 
      The 2016 Global and Area Studies Summer Lab is open from July 18 until July 29. Fellowships will cover travel, housing, and parking costs and a research honorarium for select participants. Participants will be eligible to receive subsequent development grants. For more information on awards, eligibility, and instructions to apply, visit our website
      Now that this opportunity is available for community college faculty, librarians, and administrators, the Center for Global Studies would like to ask for your assistance in publicizing this call for applications. Our center would greatly appreciate if you could forward this announcement to interested parties through your institution's resource pages, newsletters, social media outlets and listservs.
      The Center for Global Studies partners with the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) to promote the internationalization of community college curricula. Follow this link for more information on fellowships and the Summer Research Lab at REEEC. Participants in the two programs will be invited to share their work and establish collaborations in a joint workshop on July 22
      Are you interested in exchanging ideas on international partnerships and engagements with representatives of higher education from around the world? Participate in the Conference on Global Collaboration in Higher Education at Illinois, August 1-2, 2016. Additional funding may be available for Summer Lab participants.
      This program is made possible by generous funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program and co-sponsorships from the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.




       8-12 de agosto, 2016
      La Paz, Bolivia
      Son, como su nombre lo indica, jornadas andinas de literatura, pero a lo largo de los años han ido cubriendo la región de América Latina en su totalidad y el espacio de sus preocupaciones actuales excede el ámbito de la literatura para extenderse hacia la cultura en general. Llamamos, por lo tanto, a entender las jornadas que se realizarán en La Paz en 2016 en estos términos, como jornadas literarias y culturales de un modo amplio y cuyo foco es Latinoamérica como un todo. En este mismo sentido, convocamos a participar a los interesados en los temas que esta propuesta involucra cualquiera sea su lugar geográfico o epistemológico de proveniencia.
      Proposal deadline: 30 de abril, 2016
      Contact information:


      June16-17, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

      The Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS), in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology, is pleased to announce the joint conference, ‘Cities and Citizenship in Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean,’ which will be held on 16-17 June 2016 in Delft, the Netherlands.
      The 2-day conference will embrace a wide range of topics related to urban development and citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean. In their pioneering collection of essays Cities and Citizenship, Holston and Appadurai (1999) as well as other prominent scholars stressed the importance of cities in the making of modern citizens. At the end of the twentieth century, they demonstrated that urban environments are salient sites for examining the renegotiations of citizenship, democracy, and national belonging. This is arguably particularly the case in contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean, where cities seem to embody the aspirations of citizens and to showcase the best and the worse of their respective societies. It is here that we can observe major opportunities and threats to development, security and human rights, as well as major struggles for rights, inclusion and democracy
      For this conference, we invite individual papers as well as panels proposal that look at the relationship between urban development and practices of citizenship. Conference panels will be organized along four tracks:
       Track 1. Cities and Violence 
      Cities as salient sites where violence and conflict develop and affect the lives of citizens.

      Track 2. Cities and sustainable development

      Cities as salient sites where (spatial) planning and (sustainable) development ideas are applied, and where grassroots and governments alternatingly clash or collaborate in order to simultaneously build cities and structures of citizenship.

      Track 3. Cities and identity

      Cities as salient sites where citizen’s identities and resistances are expressed and repressed.

      Track 4. Open for suggestions

      Cities as salient sites for other themes related to urban life and urban development.

      Individual Paper Proposal Requirements:

      Contact information (name, e-mail address, and academic affiliation of the applicant; Individual proposals featuring more than one author (joint proposals) must include contact information and biographical statements for all authors;
      ·         Track to which the proposal corresponds;
      ·         Paper abstract (up to 500 words) with the title of the paper, references and no more than five keywords;
      ·         Biographical statement (up to 100 words) in narrative form.

      Panel Proposal Requirements:

      ·         Contact information for all panelists (names, e-mail addresses, and academic affiliations; a standard panel format consists of a chair and three or four presenters, with a maximum of five presenters);
      ·         Track to which the proposal corresponds;
      ·         Title and short description of the panel theme;
      ·         Abstract (up to 500 words) for each paper;
      ·         Biographical statement (up to 100 words) for each panelist in narrative form.
      Please send your individual paper and panel proposals to no later than Thursday March 31th, 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be sent before May 1st, 2016.



      ·         San Diego State University
      Director of the J. Keith Behner and Catherine M. Stiefel Program on Brazil

      The College of Arts and Letters of San Diego State University seeks to hire a tenured associate or full professor with a specialty on Brazil.
      Ph.D. in Humanities and/or Social Sciences, with a research and teaching focus on Brazil. Proven administrative experience building interdisciplinary and/or intercollegiate programs and record of success in obtaining external funding.
      Rank and salary commensurate with experience and professional accomplishments.
      I.  Develop both long and short term plans to meet the program’s objectives in the areas of:
      1.      research, scholarship and creative endeavors;
      2.      academic programming and co-curricular activities in all aspects of Brazil's life - social, cultural and scientific -  including international programs with and/or in Brazil, such as exchange of students/faculty;
      3.      engagement and outreach
      II.  Establish an open, inclusive and transparent process to allocate seed money for research projects and support for curricular and extra-curricular initiatives that are poised to deliver tangible outcomes.
      III.  Instigate and develop internal and outreach efforts, including development.
      SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.
      The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
      A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
      Application Instructions
      Position opens for applications March 18, 2016. To ensure full consideration, please apply via Interfolio by April 15, 2016. Position will remain open until filled.  

      ·         ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SPANISH (14396)- Lehman College CUNY

      Description: Spanish language and literature (prose)
      Deadline: Open until filled.
      Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in Spanish required;
      Preferred Qualifications:
      Expertise in Spanish literature with specialization in transatlantic 19th century narrative strongly preferred. Expertise in 20th century Peninsular Spanish literature. Native proficiency in Spanish and English strongly preferred. Additionally, experience teaching Spanish is preferred. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.
      Documents Required: Visit
      Contact Information:
      Prof. Daniel Fernandez at
      Additional Information:
      Herbert H. Lehman College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Institution.




      FRIDAY, APRIL 8 8pm
      Iron Post 120 S Race St, Urbana. $5

      This concert/discussion explores multidisciplinary connections between music and political activism during the early years of the military dictatorship in Brazil as part of the on-going program on Global Utopias of the Center for Historical Interpretation. Held at a local club, the event presents music from Brazilian songwriters including Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Geraldo Vandre, Toninho Horta and Egberto Gismonti, who became prominent through music festivals organized by TV networks during the 1960s. 
      The performance will feature local musicians Marcelo Boccato (DMA student in Jazz Performance) and Tito Carrillo (Associate Professor of Jazz Studies) joined by three of the most relevant contemporary jazz musicians in Chicago: Geof Bradfield, Clark Sommers and Dana Hall. Professors Marc Hertzman (History) and Mike Silvers (Music) will present a brief pre-concert talk and concert notes during the performance discussing issues of aesthetics, modernity, and national identity in Brazilian popular music.

      Event co-sponsored by the Department of History, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies



      The impact of Obama's trip to Argentina

      Peace in Colombia, Shielded by International Support

      Listening to Obama in Cuba

      The Other Explanation for Venezuela’s Economic Crisis

      Rousseff “D Day”: on Tuesday main coalition ally decides if it continues support

      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