Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Applications open until February 1
The Center for Latin American Studies is pleased to announce that it is now accepting
applications for its Summer 2019 and Academic Year 2019-2020 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)  Fellowship Competitions.

The deadline for application submission is Friday, February 1,  2019, 4:30 pm EST. 

Upcoming info-sessions:
Tuesday, November 27: 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Wednesday, December 5: 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Thursday, December 13: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

For more information on the fellowship and application, please  visit:

Questions? Contact Megan Hasting at
 Internships Available with Latin American News Digest
The Latin American News Digest is seeking qualified students for a limited number of internships for Spring 2019. Student writers and researchers contribute to our weekly issues by aggregating and writing condensed versions of news articles found in Latin American sources. Interns should submit a letter of interest as an example of their writing skills to Dr. Jana M. DeJong ( The letter should outline the intern's experience (coursework, travel, etc.) as it pertains to language skills and knowledge of Latin America. The names and contact information for two references must be included.  

Deadline is November 26, 2018

If you have any questions, please contact
Hubbe's Research on Skeletons Reveals Ancient Population Exchanges Between North and South America
By extracting and studying the DNA of ancient skeletal remains - some as old as 11,000 years - an international team of researchers has uncovered significant evidence of genetic exchanges between ancient populations in North and South America, shedding light on how South America was populated. These findings have broad implications about who the first Americans were and where and how they migrated. The conclusions indicate that, thousands of years ago, waves of North American populations traveled south, resulting in major population turnover in regions throughout South America.

To learn more click here
New Area Studies Center Conference Grant Program Accepting Proposals
Deadline: January 15, 2019

The Ohio State University Area Studies Centers are accepting proposals from OSU faculty members for a new grant program, the OIA Area Studies Center Conference Grants. To further develop and enhance area studies research and dialogue at OSU, this grant competition seeks proposals focusing on the study of global issues from interdisciplinary, multi-regional perspectives. Funding will support a conference or a series of lectures that bring together area studies experts. To be eligible, the project must significantly address the regions of each Center contributing funding to this grant program. Accordingly, a minimum of 25% of the project should focus on Latin America, Russia/Eastern Europe, and East Asia respectively, for a minimum total of 75% of the content on these regions. Awards of up to $15,000 will be made for events taking place between August 15, 2019 and December 31, 2020. Brief pre-proposals are to be submitted online by January 15, 2019.

See for the full Request for Proposals and a link to the online proposal form.

 For further information, contact Amy Carey, EASC senior assistant director, at or by phone at 614-688-4253.
Job Posting: University of Utah CLAS Program Manager
The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah seeks to fill a full-time Academic Program Manager position to begin immediately. The position works with a variety of constituents, including faculty, staff, students, and representatives from other institutions of higher education to further CLAS's core mission and goals.
Its main goal is to increase knowledge, understanding, and awareness of Latin American countries, cultures, and languages though multidisciplinary and multi-institutional collaborative activities that include scholarly research and conferences, teaching and curricular innovations, and robust events and outreach programming. 

For more information and how to apply click here
New Spring 2019 Courses
SPA 8650 Seminar in Latin American cultures:
Michelle Wibbelsman

This course explores indigenous cultures throughout the Andes and Amazonia in historical, geographical, social and political context. We begin with a general overview of Latin America and a collage of images of indigenous peoples in this part of the world accompanied by reflections in their own words about their realities, struggles, celebrations and cultural expression. From pre-Columbian to contemporary contexts we will consider processes of continuity and change in the region and focus on topics including indigenous cosmovision, expressive culture, syncretism, hegemony, cultural reification, ethnogenesis, identity politics, ethnic resistance and revitalization, religion, transnationalism, globalization, migration, diaspora, cosmopolitanism, cultural continuity and social transformation.

Day/time: Th 12:45-3:30 Hagerty 255

Michelle Wibbelsman 

This service learning course is designed to 1) introduce students to key cultural concepts and epistemologies of indigenous Latin America and 2) to equip students as collaborators in K-12 learning communities with activities-based pedagogies that emphasize applied and immediate engagement with Andean and Amazonian regional expression and aesthetics. This course underscores linguistic and cultural diversity in Latin America with particular attention to lesser taught languages (including Andean Spanish, Quechua, Kichwa, and Portuguese) and cultures of the Andes and Amazonia.  By way of collaboration with K-12 teachers, students will also develop professionalization skills in communication, cultural translation and project design.

Day/time: M/W 12:45-2:05

History of Latin America through Film (HIST 2125) 
Stephanie Smith

This is an online course that explores the history of Latin America as represented through the media of film, as well as how film has portrayed the people, politics, and cultures of Latin America in return. The class considers how and why various historical topics have been depicted in movies, how the historical events were interpreted through the filmmaker's imagination, and to what extent the film version reflected the reality of the historical episode. When used in conjunction with textbooks, primary sources, and articles, chapters, and/or monographs, films are a useful tool to analyze themes such as the constructed nature of history, and the interpretation and contextualization of historical sources.

 For more information:

Job Posting: Columbus Council on World Affairs
The Columbus Council on World Affairs is hiring an additional professional to help support and expand their team! If you are passionate about global education, committed to growth, and eager to join a high-performing team, please consider applying for the following positions:

(Full-Time, Paid Position)

The Program Manager is responsible for supporting program logistics, facilitation, development, and planning for the Columbus Council on World Affairs' fastest growing program, the Global Scholars Diploma (GSD) program, and the Signature Luncheon series. Success in this role requires consistently delivering prompt, organized, dependable programming with thoughtful prioritization, impeccable attention to detail, and unparalleled professionalism. The Program Manager should enjoy working as part of a team, demonstrate positivity and enthusiasm, as well as enjoy working with students.

(Part-Time, Unpaid Position)

An internship experience with CCWA is an invaluable opportunity to be immersed in the dynamics of the professional non-profit community of central Ohio, while establishing worthwhile connections and developing a deep appreciation and knowledge for global affairs.

The Council offers three cycles for internships, each with its own deadline for applications:

Summer (May - Aug):  March 15, 2019
Fall (Sep - Dec):  June 15, 2019
Spring (Jan - Apr):  November 1, 2019

For more information call: (614) 229-4599
Venezuela Under Siege: Challenges from Within & Without
When:  Monday, December 3rd, 2018 7 PM
Where:  CWA Local, 4502, 620 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH

Steve Ellner will be stopping by Columbus on his National Speaking Tour to discuss the current political situation in Venezuela. Ellner has taught Economic History at the Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela since 1977. He is the author of numerous books  and journal/magazine articles on Venezuelan history and politics. 

For more information, please e-mail
K-12 Global Fellowship Program
Join the Area Studies Centers from the The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs for a four-part Minority Issues Around the World Global Fellowship Program for K-12 teachers. 

The K-12 Global Fellowship Program will engage K-12 teachers in a series of four guided readings, lectures, and group discussions over the course of the 2018-19 academic year. K-12 teachers will explore minority issues in East Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East under the guidance of a regional expert. Teachers may opt to attend individual sessions, or the whole series. Each participant will receive a contact hour certificate for each session that they attend. Readings will be sent to registered participants two weeks prior to each discussion date below.

Enarson Classroom Building*, Room 160, 10:00AM-12:00PM on the following Saturdays:

February 9, East Asian Studies Center presents:
"Ethnicity in China: Ethnic Minority Cultures in Southwest China" by Dr. Mark Bender, Ohio State U.

February 16, Center for Latin American Studies presents:
"Afro-Brazilian Journeys Towards Freedom" by Dr. Isis Barra Costa, Ohio State U.

March 23, Middle East Studies Center presents:
*Enarson Classroom Building, 2009 Millikin Rd, Columbus, OH 43210. Parking available in the Tuttle Park Place Garage, 2000 Tuttle Park Pl., Columbus OH 43210. Teachers who attend the whole session will be provided with a paid parking token.
Tinker Fellow: Matthew Spearly
During the summer of 2018, the Tinker Foundation funds enabled Matthew Spearly to interview  political, economy, and social assistance experts in Argentina to identify and understand recent social assistance developments, in addition to collecting related quantitative data. Many studies suggest that Latin American countries might be unable to sustain their social commitments, but it is not clear that this is happening. "To what extent has the end of the commodity boom coincided with a retrenchment of social assistance in Latin America and why?" asks Spearly. Existing predictions offer conflicting results because of their heterogeneous scope conditions, differing measures of variables, and unmodeled interactions of economic and political processes. Updated theories and empirical tests are needed to answer the question posed and its corollaries. The resulting relationships formed, theoretical insights generated, and quantitative data collected will assist greatly in explaining how patterns of social assistance have changed-or not-in Latin America since the end of the commodity boom.

Tinker Field Research Grants are awarded to graduate students to support pre-dissertation research travel to and within Latin America. CLAS affiliates will be invited to attend "Tinker Talk" round table events throughout the year that feature the research progress of our Tinker Fellows. 

For more information: Tinker Field Research Grants
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