"Redefining a Serious State: Labor, Politics, and Regulation in Transnational Seed Firms inChile"
Tuesday, October 18th
Presented by Annabel Ipsen, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University
About the speaker: Annabel Ipsen is a development scholar with a Ph.D. in Community & Environmental Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico. This talk is based on her dissertation, "Navigating Regulatory Regimes when Place Matters: Environmental Governance, Labor, and Power in the Genetically Modified (GM) Corn Seed Industry", which analyzed how transnational firms construct relationships with local communities and the state to shape regulatory processes and outcomes. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development at Michigan State University.
About the presentation: In this talk, Dr. Ipsen will focus on her findings from Chile. She will discuss what drew transnational seed firms to the desert oasis outside of Arica and the process by which they stay there despite the unionization of seed workers and a subsequent labor strike. As part of her multi-sited ethnography, she finds that firms do not simply "shop" for advantageous regulatory spaces; they also seek to shape regulatory environments in situ by actively drawing on power differentials to stay in Arica in the face of resistance from workers.
Complimentary fair trade coffee, tea and light snacks are available at all lectures
Walk-In Advising Mondays, 11am - 1pm, 259 Bascom Hall Tuesdays, 2:30pm - 4pm, 333 Ingraham Hall Fridays, 9:00am to 12:00pm, 259 Bascom Hall **If these times don't work, you can always schedule an appointment here.
Here are upcoming events:
Intern with the US Government Wednesday October 19 (3:30pm - 5pm), 206 Ingraham Hall
Find out about international internship opportunities through the US Government. Advisors will talk about searching opportunities, credit, funding, etc. Presented by L&S Career Services and IIP.
Internships in Germany Thursday, October 20 (4pm - 5pm), 386 Van Hise
Come find out about available opportunities and search strategies for internships in Germany, scholarships and credit through the Worldwide Internship Program.
Please join the UNA-USA Dane County Chapter for our annual luncheon on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at Monona Terrace. This year's luncheon:"Madison: A Tale of Two Cities...One Humanity, Shared Responsibility," will feature a keynote address by activist Everett Mitchell, Dane County Circuit Court Judge and Pastor at Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church.
Tuesday, October 25th
Tuesday, October 24th
Utopías y distopías en la ciencia ficción
Time of Event: 5:30-7:00pm
Location of Event: 104 Van Hise
Cuban writer José Miguel Sánchez Gómez, aka Yoss, entered the science
fiction scene in 1988 when his collection of short stories, Timshel, won the
prestigious David literary award for unpublished authors. An essayist,
anthologist, and author of original works of science fiction, heroic fantasy,
and realist fiction, Yoss has published over 30 titles. His works have
garnered awards and mentions in Cuba and abroad and have been translated into
English, French, Italian, Polish, and Japanese. Yoss is currently in the USA
to promote the translation of his book Super Extra Grande into English by
David Frye (Restless Books, 2016).
Some of his science fiction titles include Timshel (1989), Los pecios y los
náufragos (2000), Se alquila un planeta (2001), Al final de la senda (2003),
Precio justo (2006), Pluma de león (2007), Condonautas (2012), and Super
Extra Grande (2012).
Yoss is a key figure of the contemporary science fiction and fantasy world in
Cuba. He is the founder of the literary workshops Espiral and Espacio Abierto
as well as of La Quinta Dimensión, a literary space for writers, critics,
During his presentation, Yoss will address how utopia and dystopia have
developed over time within Cuban science fiction through an analysis of works
by several Cuban authors.
Tuesday, October 25th
Meet Cuban Science Fiction author, Yoss
Speaker: José Miguel Sánchez Gómez, aka Yoss
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Jo¡n us for an informal lunch with José Miguel Sánchez Gómez, aka Yoss. Yoss will be available to meet students to discuss science fiction and fantasy, comics, rock and heavy metal music, and Latin American literature. Yoss will have images from his upcoming comic book,
Terminal de enlace, available for viewing.
Discussion in Spanish and English.
Pizza will be provided.
Thursday, October 27th
El teatro de Calderón: del texto al escenario
Illustrated lecture (in Spanish) by Nuria
Alkorta, professor at the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático, Madrid,
and director of the company "delabarca," which specializes in the staging of
the plays of Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681) for contemporary
audiences. Presented with generous funding from Spain's Secretaría de
Estado de Cultura. Workshop & Lecture 4-pm. Location TBD.
Thursday, October 27th-28th
In commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Guatemalan Peace Accords (1996), please join us for a comparative symposium:
In the 1980s, El Salvador and Guatemala were in the midst of brutal civil wars pitting leftist guerrillas against military counterinsurgencies, in a political context of repression, foreign intervention, and dictatorship. El Salvador's Peace Accords (1992) successfully demilitarized the country and have been hailed as a model for what such agreements can achieve. By contrast, many elements of Guatemala's Peace Accords (1996) were never implemented and the agreement is often considered a failure; yet unlike El Salvador until very recently, Guatemala has brought some of those responsible for wartime atrocities to trial in national courts.
"What Was Achieved" considers current conditions in Guatemala and El Salvador in the wake of their peace agreements, focusing on migration, impunity, and social justice. Taking advantage of an unusual constellation of expertise and interest in Central America at Marquette and in the Milwaukee area, it asks what challenges remain and whether any lessons might be applied to other conflicts worldwide.
On Thursday afternoon, a keynote panel discussion on the peace accords themselves will feature distinguished guests with deep experience in both countries. On Friday, three roundtables will bring our invited speakers into structured but informal conversation with Marquette faculty and students, community members, and the audience.
Guest speakers include Victor Montejo, Aura Lolita Chávez Ixcaquic, Marcie Mersky, Héctor Lindo-Fuentes, Joaquín Chávez, and Gene Palumbo.
Want to earn extra $$$, while helping others? Looking to sharpen your skills in your area of interest? The Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) is in need of tutors for the course(s) listed below. Tutoring not only benefits the students, but the tutor as well.
ØTutors can earn $9.00 to start (+ $1 per hour for more tutoring a group of 3 -6 students).
ØI am looking for tutors who have earned an AB or higher in the course to tutor ( or equivalent courses/background knowledge), are currently enrolled at UW-Madison with a 2.75 GPA or higher, and want to help other students.
If you are interested, you can complete the attached application. Please attach an unofficial transcript or student grade report from your Student Center.
The annual Undergraduate Symposium (
http://www.learning.wisc.edu/ugsymposium/) is our campus-wide showcase for undergraduate creativity, achievement, research, service-learning and community-based research across all disciplines through oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibitions, and performances. The Symposium will be on April 13, 2017, in Union South.
The application opens on December 12, 2016. In preparation, now is a great time for students to review the Symposium website and familiarize themselves with the program to begin planning their presentation's format.
Seeking Dynamic Part-Time Spanish Teachers for our Internship Positions
Futura Language Professionals is one of the largest and most prominent Spanish language providers in the country. Since 2001 we have taught Spanish to thousands of children using our trademarked Building Block Method of Learning®. As we continue to rapidly grow, we are seeking reliable, dynamic teachers with child-friendly personalities to join our exclusive team over one hundred Spanish instructors.
This is a highly sought after, selective position with room for career advancement.
Qualifications We Require:
Self-starter with excellent communication skills in both English and Spanish
Experience working with children
Sophomore standing in college (minimum education required)
Ability to manage a classroom of 8-15 students ranging from K-5th grade
Minimum of one semester commitment (long-term commitment preferred)
Ability to check email daily
Passion for the Spanish language
8-10 weeks per semester (September-December; February-May)
Meet for one hour before or after school (8am-9am; 3-5pm)
Teachers instruct one to four classes per week
Lesson plans and materials provided
Proven and developed curriculum
Incorporate songs, games and cultural activities using our trademarked Building Block Method of Learning®
Excellent hourly pay of $28-$33/class, dependent on experience
Paid comprehensive training and ongoing support
Opportunity to work and network with like-minded professionals
Career advancement opportunities and referrals
Ability to network with local school districts
If you're interested in inspiring lifelong language learners, please send your resume and cover letter to:
Internship Opportunities at the Latino Academy of Workforce Development
Practice and Use your Spanish while making a difference in your community! (We are on a bus line!)
The Latino Academy of Workforce Development, has been empowering the Latino community in Dane County for 5 years. We train and educate students to successfully integrate into the economic and educational systems in Dane County. We are seeking interns for the fall semester who can help grow the Latino Academy and better serve our students. This is a great opportunity to practice Spanish and work directly with members of the community. If you are interested in learning more about what we do, please visit our Facebook page or website at http://www.latinoacademywi.org/.
The Latino Academy is seeking two-three interns who will specialize in either employment or education. Interns are asked to work at least 8-10 hours a week.
: Duties will include the bi-weekly newsletter (in English), assisting with Facebook communications (in Spanish), assisting with marketing efforts such as flyer creation and daily student calls for classes and special news.
: Assist in creating GED intervention material for students, assist with creating and presenting resume and soft skills workshops, assist with grading and academic planning with students.
Social Services Intern
: Work one-on-one with Latino Academy students (speak in Spanish) and help apply for employment, tutor GED social studies students (Tues/Thurs), call students for class reminders etc. * All categories include clerical and administrative assistance.
We are also seeking volunteers to help out with various events and programs. This is another great opportunity to connect with members of the community and practice speaking Spanish.
We are currently accepting applications for
Consular Fellows - Spanish positions.
New hires who commit to a four-year service agreement will be eligible to receive a recruitment incentive of up to 10% of their basic salary. This incentive would be paid in two installments: one upon completion of the first two-year assignment, and the second at the end of the second two-year assignment (48 months service). Consular Fellows may be eligible to participate in the Department's Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) at any post in which they serve when they sign an initial three-year service agreement. For more information on the program, click
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed. By law, all candidates must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60, except for preference eligible veterans. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.
We appreciate your interest in the U.S. Department of State.
Fall 2016 Language Institute Events
International Career Connections: Alumni Mentoring
Thursday, Nov. 17; 6:00 pm
UW-Madison alumni are coming to campus and they want to talk to you about their careers and yours! Come to meet and network with alumni who took their international experiences to work with them in a broad range of career areas, from business to education, science to communication. Learn about the paths that former students took to get where they are today and get advice for your own next steps. Refreshments will be provided.
Guest Bloggers Sought for LACIS Blog!
Did you study abroad or intern in a LACIS country? Are you following a particular current event? Did you attend a LACIS event? We want to hear what you think! Write a brief post, include pictures or videos, and we will share it on the LACIS blog! (Please note that your blog posting may be edited down for size or content, if needed.)
Contact the LACIS social media intern, Jesus Del Toro (firstname.lastname@example.org), with any questions or with your finished product!
Get Involved with Colombia Support Network!
Want to get more involved with international advocacy on the UW-Madison campus?
Colombia Support Network-UW Badgers serves to bring awareness on the UW campus about the human rights atrocities occurring in Colombia, encouraging UW students to become educated and engaged in the CSN solidarity mission through volunteering, spreading our peaceful mission, and sending student delegations to peace communities in Colombia.
The Colombia Support Network was created in 1989 to provide support to Colombian communities and organizations in areas of conflict which seek to construct a just social and economic order using non-violence means. There are more than 6 million displaced persons in Colombia, and more than 31,000 persons have "disappeared" since 1990s. Peaceful civilians have faced attacks from rebel groups such as the FARC, as well as paramilitary forces which are indirectly - and sometimes directly - aided by a government which serves to protect solely the interests of the wealthy. This March, important peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC forces are likely to reach a deal, making the current issues in Colombia especially relevant.
Engagement with CSN-UW Badgers can be as simple as liking our Facebook page [Colombia Support Network -UWBadgers, and considering attending future CSN events, such as movie series or speakers! We're also looking for new leaders who are passionate about human rights and might one day go on a delegation to Colombia with CSN.
For more information on the Colombian peace process, you should find this website very helpful: www.peaceinsider.com
The Brazil Initiative of the International Division in collaboration with the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program sponsors the
Joaquim Nabuco Award, given annually to the two best essays on Brazil (any field) by a degree-seeking University of Wisconsin-Madison student. The essay may be written in English or Portuguese and should have at least 15 double-spaced pages. The competition is not open to previous Joaquim Nabuco Award winners. The prize, a lump-sum cash award of $2000, is given to one graduate and one undergraduate student each.
The winners are strongly encouraged to use the award for a research trip to Brazil. Applicants must agree to present their paper in person during the Fall semester following the receipt of the award and must make every effort to be introduced by their faculty/thesis advisor.
Applications should include a cover letter stating the student was enrolled at UW-Madison during the academic year. Only electronic submissions are accepted. Deadline for submissions is TBA. Please direct questions and send electronic submissions to email@example.com.
Apply for a grant!
International Division, IRIS award seed grants for interdisciplinary research
Six interdisciplinary research projects that blend place-based scientific inquiry with international expertise have been awarded incubator grants by the International Division and the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
These projects focus on Africa, South Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America, in fields as diverse as public health, child development, civil engineering, climate science, archaeology, genetics, virology, and environmental studies.
Offered this year for the first time, the grants are aimed at bringing together faculty in STEM fields who are conducting place-based research abroad with experts from regional and area studies centers within IRIS.
Funding for these awards, of up to $50,000 each, comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and other International Division funds.
All levels of Spanish speakers are welcome at this informal weekly conversation table, sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. On Facebook: La mesa de conversación - UW Madison. On Twitter: @UWMesa.
nternational Reach is a unique volunteer program that places international speakers in schools, campus venues and community organizations for short presentations. It provides interesting opportunities for individuals to share perspectives on their home countries with teachers, students and area residents for the purposes of furthering global education and intercultural dialogue. International Student Services (ISS) coordinates the International Reach Program.
BRIDGE International Friendship Program
BRIDGE (Building Relationships in Diverse Global Environments) pairs new international students with American students for a whole semester based on similar interests, personalities and needs. BRIDGE provides new international students with a friend, ally, resource person, and cultural navigator. The program offer numerous cross-cultural activities, learning experiences and fun. To learn more, visit www.iss.wisc.edu/bridge.
Millennium Development Goals Awareness Project
MDGAP educates the campus about eight United Nations development goals on poverty, hunger, education, gender eqaulity, global health and the environment. The project also links students with hands-on , goal-related research, internships and volunteer opportunities in order to further job skills, foster global competency, and advance the goals. For details, visit www.iss.wisc.edu/mdgap.
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