Monday, April 25, 2016

April 25 - 29, 2016

 CLACS Newsletter – Week April 25-29





Congratulations to our Faculty
Co-winner Eduardo Ledesma (Spanish and Portuguese), "The Poetics and Politics of Computer Code in Latin America: Codework, Code Art, and Live Coding," published in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 49.1 (March 2015).   
Honorable Mention to Michael Silvers (Music: Musicology), "Birdsong and a Song About a Bird: Popular Music and the Mediation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Northeastern Brazil," published in Ethnomusicology 59.3 (Fall 2015): 380-397.



·         Online summer course: LAST 170 Introduction to Latin American Studies
Interdisciplinary introduction to the ways of life of Latin American peoples, their origins and current expressions; discusses social, economic issues, and domestic and international policies related to them in the context of other societies in developing countries. Class Schedule Information: Students must register for one discussion and one lecture section.

·         Online summer course -- UP335: Cities and Immigrants

This course introduces students to the experiences of foreign-born residents living in U.S. cities, towns, and rural communities. We examine the local policies that both welcome and integrate immigrants as well as those policies that restrict and exclude immigrants. By the end of the course, students will better understand the reasons for anti-immigrant backlash, the economic opportunities of immigration, and ways in which immigrants claim their right to the city. Students will have the option to participate in several half-day field trips in the Chicago area.

FALL  2016
·         SLCL 303: Introduction to research methods
Fall 2016, Thursdays, 2-4:20pm
Instructors: Jonathan Ebel, Tania Ionin, Mariselle Melendez

This course covers the basics of research design, archival methods, data collection, data analyses, and analytical writing appropriate for the disciplines represented in the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (SLCL). The course will be divided on three units, on (1) research methods in cultural and literary studies; (2) quantitative research methods in linguistics and language acquisition; and (3) archival research methods in historical studies. Students will develop their own research proposals as part of the course. In addition to learning general and field-specific research skills, students will become familiar with the myriad resources available for humanities and social science research at the University of Illinois. Students will be taken on visits to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum, SLCL research labs in the FLB, and other locations to be determined. The course is designed especially for majors in SLCL departments.


·         June 6-10 (M-F)
·         9:00 am- 2:00 pm
·         University of Illinois campus

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is proud to announce our first one-week Professional Development workshop directed to Middle School, High School, and Community College Educators and Librarians interested in Latin American Studies. 

·         Registration closes: May 10, 2016
·         For more information visit:



·         June 6 - 17 (M-F)
·         9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
·         University of Illinois campus

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is proud to announce our first two High-School Summer Bridge courses to learn about the language and culture of two important populations of Latin America: Quechua-Andean and Portuguese-Brazilian.

For complete information  visit:  1st High School Summer Bridge 2016 Programs
Registration fee: $ 25.00
Course cost: Free
Registration due: May 10, 2016





  • TUE April 26
  • 2:00 pm
  • 101 ISB

The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies and the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program are co-sponsoring an interdisciplinary panel on the Zika epidemic.
In the midst of political crisis, Brazil is dealing with outbreaks of Zika along with increased reports of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome in babies born to mothers infected by Zika. This panel will start with an up-to-date report about Zika virus. Next a panel of experts will discuss the history of public policy responses to similar epidemics in the past that caused birth defects, the history of attempts to control the aedes egypti mosquito that carries Zika virus in Brazil, and the current epidemiology of the Zika virus. The experts will explore the implications of past experiences for the current epidemic in Brazil.


Professor Brian Allan, Department of Entomology, University of Illinois
Professor Leslie Reagan, Department of History, University of Illinois
Doctor Jaime Benchimol, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil (participating via Skype)
Professor Mary Arends-Kuenning, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Professor Noreen Sugrue, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program

Dr. Brian Allen ’s scientific research combines interests in the ecology of infectious diseases, conservation biology, and the influence of global change on human and animal health. Dr Allen’s research laboratory investigates the consequences of anthropogenic change for a diversity of vector-borne disease systems, including mosquito-borne diseases, particularly West Nile Virus, in the U.S.
Dr. Leslie Reagan’s areas of specialization are U.S. medicine and public health and the history of women and gender. One of her current research projects is titled, “Monsters in the News: Thalidomide, Gender, and the Media.” Her prize-winning book, Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities and Abortion in Modern America, published by University of California Press, tells the story of the German measles epidemic of the early 1960s and how it created national anxiety about dying, disabled, and “dangerous” babies.
 Dr. Jaime Benchimol is an historian at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he has authored several books on the life sciences, medicine, public health and urban history since 1986, including two on the history of yellow fever. In 1996, he became the scientific editor of História, Ciência, Saúde – Manguinhos, one of the most important journals in Latin America dedicated to the history of science and health.


Center for Advanced Study
George A. Miller Endowment Visiting Professor and Director, Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas and Universidad Nacional de Tierra del Fuego, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory

Global warming is changing the glaciers. Since 1978, the mountain glaciers of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego have been undergoing rapid glacial recession, ice thinning, rise in snow line elevation, and permafrost reduction. Most of the mountain glaciers of this region may soon disappear. Global warming is known to cause glacial melting, but the true nature of global warming is not yet clear and may be more complex than expected.
Hosted by: Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Geology, Prairie Research Institute, Illinois State Geological Survey
In conjunction with: Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, College of Education, Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, School of Earth, Society & Environment, Spurlock Museum, University of Illinois Extension




ANNA MARIA CABALLE MASFORROLL, Prof Spanish, University of Barcelona. Tinker Faculty at the University of Chicago


101  International Studies Building


Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese



The Business and Languages in Emerging Markets Symposium will take place on Friday, April 29 in Room 405 Illini Union. This interdisciplinary symposium will bring people from diverse backgrounds (language instructors, business professionals, and students) together to explore the role that languages and language learning play in emerging markets. 

The symposium will help to inform business students and students of less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) such as Portuguese about the importance of learning languages of the countries where global/multi-national companies are located, in order to engage in successful business practices. This symposium will also provide instructors with guidance on designing successful business language curricula. Participants will gain a better understanding of the importance of languages for business and will make connections with the real-life implications of learning languages.





Friday, April 29, 2016
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB
707 S. Mathews Avenue, Urbana

9:00 am-10:15am Reforming the Other: Reconciliation, Vagrancy, and the Limits of Law
Nathan Tye (History) Consider the Vagrant: Poverty, the Law, and Policing the Boundaries of Urban Belonging
Juan Bernal (Law and Philosophy) Building Peace After Achieving Peace: What the World Can Learn From Colombia’s Path to Cultural Reformation
10:30-11:45am Africans, Native Peoples, and the Law in the Early Modern Atlantic World
Ryan Bean (History) In and Out of the Walled Barrio: Native Andeans, Law, and the Emergence of a Frontier City in Sixteenth Century Lima
Rebecca Schumann (Anthropology) Overcoming the Silence: Race, Law, and Archaeology
1:30-3:15 pm The Law in Global Migrations and Exchanges
Peggy Brennan (History) A Land with an Eternal Summer: Mapping a Refuge in Colonial North America
Brenda Nyandiko Sanya (Global Studies in Education, EPOL) Exceptionalism as Evidence: Immigration Law, Visas, and Surveillance
Thornton Miller (Musicology) Alternative Forms of Compensation for the Soviet Publication of Benjamin Britten’s Music in the Early 1960s

KEYNOTE: Frederick Hoxie, CAS and Swanlund Professor of History, Law, and American Indian Studies
Friday, April 29
Illini Union Rm A
1401 W. Green Street, Urbana
If American Indians have rights in the United States, where did they come from? And what do they mean?
While Native Americans enjoy the rights of United States citizens, they also have rights as members of indigenous communities. In many instances, Native Americans have privileged access to natural resources, operate businesses that are exempt from local regulation, and organize government and social welfare organizations that serve and protect their communities. All of these activities take place in a nation whose Constitution’s opening phrase, “We the people,” was not originally written to encompass the needs and desires of Native peoples. How did this happen? Dr. Hoxie will describe how a succession of Native American leaders— lawyers, diplomats, writers and politicians—forged a vision of American citizenship that could accommodate indige-nous people and recognize their unique place in the na-tion’s history and political life. Their victory—the creation of a legal space for Indian people within the legal framework of the United States—saved democracy, both for Native Americans and for everyone else and has implications for other indigenous peoples in the world.
Hosted by the INTERSECT Program, Graduate College



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:



Annual conference of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA)

November 4-5, 2016
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

NCCLA invites proposals for panels, round tables, and papers from all disciplines that highlight potential common themes shaping Latin American History, Politics, Anthropology, Art, Economics, Literature, and more. 

Interdisciplinary and comparative analyses are most welcome. Proposals may focus on any region and may be written and presented in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Teaching panels concerning pedagogical strategies, teaching and learning methods, and in-class or long distance innovative approaches are especially invited. Papers and panels are encouraged that link a common theme in Latin America across several disciplines. Papers are also encouraged that highlight how trends and tendencies in Latin America influence Latinos in the United States. 

Proposals (250-300 word abstracts) must be submitted by July 10. Please enclose a cover sheet stating professional affiliation, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of each participant. Please also state need for audiovisual support. E-mail submissions are preferred. 

Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are encouraged to participate. The NCCLA is especially interested in presentations of faculty-student collaborative research. A limited number of student travel grants of up to $200 each are available. Grants are for full-time students who are not professionally employed. See application at 

.Conference presenters are eligible for NCCLA Research and Teaching Awards.
Proposal deadline:  July 10, 2016
Contact information: 
Professor Pedro G. dos Santos 
NCCLA Program Chair 2016 
700 College Dr. Decorah, IA 52101 
(563) 387-1250



·         Assistant Director for Administration, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida is conducting a search for an Assistant Director for Administration. Primary responsibilities are to execute the programmatic activities of the Center in a professionally efficient and effective manner, in compliance with university, federal and foreign granting agency requirements. These duties include but are not restricted to grant and budget management, preparation of grant reports and applications, administrative management of the Center’s office, and supervision of Center staff. Additional responsibilities may include event planning, advising students, writing and editing a variety of materials, coordinating fellowship and grant competitions, and coordinating evaluation initiatives.

Minimum qualifications: Master’s degree in appropriate area of specialization and two years appropriate experience or a bachelor's degree in appropriate areas of specialization and four years of experience, preferably in higher education, and experience managing budgets and grants.

Preferred qualifications: A Master's degree in area relevant to Latin American Studies, administrative experience in a higher education setting, experience managing budgets and grants, strong written and verbal communication skills, some supervisory experience, knowledge of HR processes, strong attention to detail, good organizational skills, fluency in Spanish or Portuguese, and computer literacy in Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, internet browsers, social media, and e-mail. Salary range is $46,500-65,000. To apply: Application deadline: May 18, 2016.

The UF Center for Latin American Studies is a nationally visible Title VI-funded center with a range of language and area-studies programs related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino Studies. The position reports directly to the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies.




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