Noticias de la Semana
April 22, 2012 - April 28, 2012
Compiled by the Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies Program
We hope you will join us for our final lunchtime lecture of the spring semeser next Tuesday. Also, please register for the upcoming talk on Cuba by Julia Sweig from the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Sweig will give a second talk on Brazil which does not require advance registration. Details about both are noted below.
Also, LACIS will host its annual graduation celebration on Tuesday, May 1st (this event is by invitation only). All LACIS students (undergraduate, graduate, PhD Minor) that graduated in August or December 2011 or that plan to graduate in May 2012 are invited to attend. Also, all LACIS core and affiliated faculty and staff are also invited. You should have received an email with a link to an online registration, but if didn't, please contact Sarah Ripp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And finally, the deadline for submissions to the Nabuco Award Competition are due May 1st (details below).
Wishing you a wonderful week,
LACIS' Outreach Coordinator
|MONDAY, APRIL 23|
Racial Cannibalism: Carmen Miranda and the Performance of White 'Negritude' on the Brazilian Stage of the 1930s
Kathryn Sanchez, Dept of Spanish & Portuguese
3:00 - 5:00 pm, 212 University Club, 432 E. Campus Mall.
This project explores race and its representation in the performing arts as central to the modern concept of Brazilianness in the decades following the pivotal week of Modern Art held in São Paulo, Brazil in 1922. In this presentation I will explore the racial discourse of Brazil's most iconic white performer of all times, Carmen Miranda (1909-1955), whose signature look embodied the racially-charged 'baiana' or Afro-Brazilian street vendor who would typically carry large baskets of fruit and food on top of their turbans. Set against the racial politics of the time, and in particular the widespread current of Brazil as a racial democracy, I engage Carmen Miranda's whitening of the Afro-Brazilian image with the ideological manifestation of a Brazilian racial hegemony through which operates a culturalist commodification of Afro-Brazilianness for a white, elite and often foreign audience. I aim to discuss the literal and figurative black masks that were used, politically and culturally, to project an 'authentic' race-blind Brazilian culture and that go countercurrent to the widely proclaimed racial democracy.
Kathryn Sanchez is Associate Professor of Portuguese and works with Portuguese literature of the 19th and 20th Century, Brazilian film and popular culture, and the representation of Brazil and Brazilians in the United States. She frequently teaches Portuguese and Brazilian literature and culture, an introductory course to Latin America, and courses on race, gender and sexual difference in relation to the Portuguese-speaking world. Her current research project is a book length study that re-evaluates Carmen Miranda as an icon of tropical otherness in the United States. Her first book, Utopias Desmascaradas [Unmasked Utopias], was published by the Portuguese National Press INCM, in 2008 and explored otherness in the context of Portuguese Romanticism. She has published articles in Portuguese Studies, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Quadrant, Santa Barbara Portuguese Studies, World Literature and Its Time, Queirosiana and Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies. She served as the President of the American Portuguese Studies Association (2008-2010).
Sponsored by Institute for Research in the Humanities.
|TUESDAY, APRIL 24|
LACIS Lunchtime Lecture:
"A Producer's Perspective on Fair Trade Coffee in Latin America"
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Presented by representatives from fair trade coffee co-ops that work with Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN) in Madison:
Mario Rivero is the General Manager of the Asociacion de Productores del Valle de Alto Mayo (APAVAM). APAVAM is a coffee cooperative providing training and access to international fair trade markets for 518 families living and farming organically in the Alto Mayo Valley, part of the remote eastern Andean region. The Alto Mayo is a national protected forest with beautiful landscapes, spectacular geological formations, and distinct flora and fauna, primarily orchids and butterflies.
Roberto Gonzalez is the General Manager of the Cooperativa Regional Mixta de Agricultores Orgánicos de la Sierra (RAOS). RAOS was founded in 1997 by organic coffee producers in Marcala in the department of La Paz in Honduras. In the region of Marcala, coffee dominates and is renown internationally as a high quality producing region in Central America. RAOS' aim is to not only produce high quality coffee but to improve the living conditions of its members by producing, processing and trading organic products coffee and other products as well.
Eduardo Eras, Commercial Manager of FAPECAFES. FAPECAFES is located in the town of Loja, Ecuador. FAPECAFES mission is to improve the life quality of its affiliated families through the efficient storage, processing and marketing of mainly organic and gourmet coffee on the fair trade market. Environmental conservation and sustainable community development are the other strategic objectives of FAPECAFES. This federation has a great system of technical training and organizational strengthening of the local associations and their individual members.
*LACIS is pleased to provide coffee, a selection of teas, and light snacks*
|WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25|
The Global Market Place II: A One-Day K-12 Teacher Workshop (April 25, 2012)
LOCATION: Pyle Center, UW-Madison
DATE: Wednesday, April 25
*Registration for the workshop is now closed; however, there is a public event associated with the workshop noted below*
The current global economic crisis has done much to highlight the significance of the study of international economics and the interconnectedness of regional and national economies worldwide. UW-Madison faculty, graduate students and regional outreach specialists along with guest speakers from the community will discuss aspects of the global economy, explore the ways in which specific regions and countries have been affected by economic crises, and present resources and opportunities available for the study and teaching of international economics, national economies, and business practices. Specific themes for this workshop include Sustainability, Microfinance, the European crisis and the prospects for the euro.
The workshop will run from 10am until 4pm. Participants are then invited to join a special public event at 4pm at the Pyle Center:
PUBLIC EVENT (Registration not required):
Europe at the Crossroads: The Euro Crisis and the Future of European Integration
, Hillquit Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University
, Senior Affiliate of the Center for European Studies, Harvard University
, Professor of Economics UW-Madison
4:00 p.m, Pyle Center
LACIS is a co-sponsor of this event.
|Lecture: "Symbols of Resistance: The Legacy of Artists under Pinochet"|
4:30pm - 5:30pm
5231 Social Sciences
Presented by NAVE Visiting Scholar Joanne Pottlitzer. Pottlitzer, a freelance playwright and theater producer/director and scholar, has produced numerous Latin American plays in New York for over 14 years and is the winner of two Obie Awards. Her long involvement with Chile and its culture spans four decades.
This talk encompasses memories of artists during 17 years of dictatorship in Chile, 1973-1990, of their lives and their strategies to create change. Artists included in the talk are essentially theatre and music artists and members of the /avanzada/ visual arts movement, including CADA, the Arts Actions Collective. One of its founders, Lotty Rosenfeld, describes several of CADA's large "art actions" on the streets of Santiago, and its "NO +" symbol, which anticipated the design of the ballot of the 1988 plebiscite, with the YES or NO vote, that said NO to eight more years of Pinochet as president. The importance of women in the artistic resistance in Chile is evident in the talk. The program is informative and moving, often with unexpected humor.
for more information on Joanne Pottlitzer.
Co-sponsored by the Goldberg Center and NAVE Fund. Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Humanities.
Language for Life: Professional Opportunities in National Security and Intelligence
A Panel Discussion for UW-Madison Students
6:30 pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Interested in exploring professional opportunities in national security and intelligence? In learning about the kinds of academic experiences that federal agencies most value in prospective job candidates? Come to this panel to learn about professional opportunities for students with well-developed foreign language and cultural competencies. Panelists are from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Language Service Corps, National Security Agency, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
* Al Leftwich, Defense Intelligence Agency
* William Rivers, Chief Linguist, National Language Service Corps
* Patrice Shackleford, National Security Agency
* Errol Smith, Foreign Language Program Office, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
* Peter Sursi, Chief, Language Personnel Resource Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Language for Life is a program of the
to give current UW-Madison students the opportunity to meet with alumni and working professionals who studied a foreign language in college, and are using that language in their professional or personal lives in inspiring ways. See
The Language Institute is an initiative of the College of Letters and Science, with substantial support from the Division of International Studies.
MEChA de UW-Madison presents to you...
Nuestr@ Flor Y Canto: Featuring Yosimar Reyes!
This event invites you to share your spoken art! Poetry, writings, songs, anything, share your thoughts.
Come join us as we also feature this night Yosimar Reyes!
Yosimar Reyes is a two spirit poet, educator, activist from San Jose, CA. "A brave and vulnerable voice that shines on the issues affected queer immigrant youth ad other disenfranchised communities in the U.S. and throughout the world."
WHERE: RAINBOW BOOKSTORE, 426 W. GILMAN ST.
Watch this performance of Yosimar!
|THURSDAY, APRIL 26|
|Bilingual and Multicultural Education in Guatemala: Opportunities and Challenges|
Presenter Maria del Carmen Tuy Tococh is a professional educator on Mayan culture. She works on many important fields promoting bilingual education, evaluation of textbooks, specialized training of bilingual teachers. She has been an assistant to the Center of Studies of Mayan Culture, a radio host, consultant, researcher, and coordinator of Mayan cultural studies.
Sponsored by Consejo Tikoj, Centro Hispano, LACIS, Community Action on Latin America, Edgewood College
|FRIDAY, APRIL 27|
|No events |
|SATURDAY, APRIL 28|
|"Thirty-Five Years of Struggle; Thirty-Five Years of Success"
Thirty-Fifth Anniversary of the Chican@ Latin@ Studies Program
Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m.
Tripp Commons, Memorial Union
*Free and open to the public*
Lecture by Marc Simon Rodriguez
Assistant Professor, Department of History
Concurrent Assistant Professor in Law and American Studies
Fellow, Institute of Latino Studies
Fellow, Kroc Institute for Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame
Marc Simon Rodriguez has just been awarded the NACCS Tejax FOCO Book Award for his new book The Tejano Diaspora.
Sponsored by the Chican@ Latin@ Studies Program, Multicultural Student Center, and LACIS. Funding Courtesy of the Kemper K Knapp Bequest Fund.
Land Tenure Center celebrates its 50th anniversary
The event includes:
- Land Tenure Forum, with panel discussions and a noon roundtable from 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
- Reception 4:30pm with Dinner 6:00pm, featuring after-dinner stories, history and legacy
Visit: http://nelson.wisc.edu/ltc/ for more details!
The Land Tenure Center was established at UW-Madison in 1962 with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development. It was created under the administration of President John F Kennedy as part of the U.S. Latin American initiative called the Alliance for Progress. It is administratively housed within the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
Co-sponsored by LACIS.
|The Relationship of Latin America to Iran and the New Geopolitical Balance in the Middle East|
Monday, April 30
Time and Location TBA
Presented by Zidane Zeraoui, a professor and researcher at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) - Campus Monterrey in the International Relations Department, and Director of the same Department from 1997 to 2003 and Dean of the Research Chair "Regionalization and International Cooperation." He holds a Ph.D. and master degree in Political Science from the National University of Mexico and a master degree from La Sorbonne, Paris.
Co-sponsored by LACIS, the Division of International Studies, Global Studies, CREECA and Inside Islam.
|LACIS Graduation Celebration!|
Tuesday, May 1st
This event is by invitation only. If you are an undergraduate, graduate, dual-degree or PhD minor student that graduated in August or December 2011 or will graduate in May 2012, you should have received an email with a link to the online registration. If you did not, please contact Sarah Ripp at email@example.com. All LACIS Core and Affiliated Faculty and Staff are also invited to attend.
|Leading Cuba and Brazil Expert, Julia Sweig, to Visit Madison for Two Special Events!|
"Cuba Today: Domestic Developments and Foreign Policy"
Wednesday, May 2nd
5:30 pm at the Edgewater Hotel, 666 Wisconsin Avenue in Madison
Following her talk, there will be a Meet and Greet with Dr. Sweig. The event is open to the public. A $10 event fee ($5 for students) can be paid at the door.
"Fifty years after the United States enacted an embargo on all trade and commercial transactions, relations between the two countries remain frozen, even as Raul Castro has been moving in the direction of the kind of reforms that every administration over the last fifty years has called upon Cuba to make," says Sweig. She will focus the discussion on her insights into where these economic and political changes may lead Cuba and what they may portend for US-Cuba relations.
Julia Sweig is the Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow and director for Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She also directs CFR's Global Brazil Initiative and Cuba in the Twenty-First Century Program. She is the author of "Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know" and "Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground," is a frequent visitor to Cuba and last met with Fidel Castro in August 2010.
REGISTER in advance for this event by visiting (tickets/registration also available at the door): https://sites.google.com/site/madisoncommittee/contact-us/registrations-payments.
"Thinking about Brazil in Today's Global Environment"
Thursday, May 3rd
Noon, Memorial Union (TITU)
Free lecture/open to the public -- No registration required.
Dr. Sweig's visit is being co-sponsored by the Madison Committee on Foreign Relations, the Madison-Camaguey Sister City Association, the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program at UW-Madison, the Brazil Initiative, and the Dane County Chapter of the United Nations.
EDUCATION, VOLUNTEER & JOB OPPORTUNITIES...
|Library Consultation Hours for Spring 2012|
Drop in to get help finding research materials for your courses, papers, thesis, dissertation or any other scholarly writing.
Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Rm 1066 VAN HISE HALL
The following Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm
March 14, 28
April 11, 25,
LACIS- Rm 206 INGRAHAM HALL
The following Tuesdays, 1-2pm
April 3, 17
May 1, 15
|2012 Joaquim Nabuco Award|
Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, May 1, 2012
The Brazil Initiative of the Division of International Studies and the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program are pleased to announce the 2012 Joaquim Nabuco Award. This award is given annually to the two best essays on Brazil (any field) by a University of Wisconsin-Madison student (undergraduate or graduate). The essay may be written in English or Portuguese, and should be at least 15 double-spaced pages in length.
PRIZE: The prize, a lump-sum cash award of $1400 each, will be given to one graduate and to one undergraduate student.
For more information, see: www.brazil.wisc.edu
CLACS Summer Teacher Institute:
The Politics of Motherhood in Latin America
July 11-13, 2012
Application deadline: May 18, 2012
Motherhood is generally viewed as a conservative institution in Latin American society with mother's lives centered on the private world of child rearing and self-sacrifice for their families. This Institute explores the public dimension of motherhood in Latin America, examining efforts to shape mothers' lives and demands by mothers to participate as mothers in their nation's politics and economic development. Topics include micro-lending programs for women, reproduction and welfare policies and how indigenous mothers' handicraft production both challenges and reinforces gender stereotypes. Faculty Coordinator: (Professor Seth Meisel, History, UW-Whitewater).
Presenters include Dr. Jadwiga Pieper Mooney (History, University of Arizona), Dr. Carol Hendrickson (Anthropology, Marlboro College)and Dr. Natasha Borges Sugiyama (Political Science, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)
Cost: $95 (includes continental breakfasts, lunches, and materials)
Dorm housing available at cost of ?.
1-3 graduate credits (History) available for additional cost through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (will require subsequent online discussion and curriculum development work). To request full informational and registration packets please contact the Credit Outreach office at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 621-5376.
For more information, contact: Julie Kline (email@example.com or 414-229-5986)
A collaboration between UW-Whitewater, UW-Madison Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS) and the UW-Milwaukee Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies(CLACS). CLACS and LACIS are a consortial Title VI National Resource Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education
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,a lly, 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.
Language Conversation Tables
Meet new people and practice a foreign language while taking advantage of the Spanish & Portuguese Department's informal conversation tables.
La Mesa de Conversación (Spanish)
Every Wednesday during the academic semester, 5-7pm in the Rathskellar of the Memorial Union. All levels of Spanish are welcome at this informal conversation table. For more information please contact Steve Fondow: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bate Papo (Portuguese)
Bate Papo meets on Thursdays from 4:30 until 6:30 at the Kollege Klub at 529 North Lake Street. Any question, please contact Ellen Sapega email@example.com.
For more information on language tables for other languages, visit the Language Institute's website. Also view the International Conversation and Coffee Hour below.
International Conversation and Coffee Hour
Every Friday during the academic semester
Marquee Lounge, Union South
Come join us for a nice break at the end of your busy week. We'll have free cookies, coffee and tea available, as well as plenty of conversation to go around. It's a perfect place to meet to people from all over the country and the world!
For more information, contact 265-5236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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