*New* CLAS Faculty Affiliate Grant Opportunities
The Center for Latin American Studies is pleased to announce two new funding opportunities for CLAS affiliated faculty, sponsored by U.S. Department Title VI National Resource Center funding:

This competition provides funds to cover travel expenses for professional development related to Latin America (both domestic and international travel permissible), for travel commencing at least 45 days after the application date and up to December 31, 2019. Reimbursable expenses include airfare/mileage, ground transportation and parking, meals (per diem or receipts), and lodging. Application Deadline: February 15, 2019. This competition will run again in Autumn 2019.

Funds will support programming that enhances disciplinary expertise in the region, promotes interdisciplinary faculty engagement and research, and enriches Latin American knowledge and expertise on campus. The purpose is to permit faculty affiliates to apply directly to the CLAS director for funding on a rolling basis.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.

For a complete list of funding available for faculty and instructors, please visit the   CLAS Faculty Funding website.
Community College/Minority Serving Institution Professional Development Grants
The Center for Latin American Studies invites grant applications from faculty and instructors at community colleges and minority-serving institutions (including the University of Puerto Rico) pursuing a wide array of scholarly endeavors related to the study of Latin America. This grant funding supports professional development opportunities. Please visit the CLAS website for more details.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.
Wexner's Screening of Argentine "Prisioneros de la tierra"
Feb 23, 2019 4:45 PM 
Wexner Center for the Arts

Widely considered to be the greatest Argentine film of all time, Prisoners of the Earth (Mario Soffici, 1939) was shot on location in the Misiones region and portrays the grim lives of the mensus, indentured workers whose lives are spent harvesting yerba mate for wealthy landowners under grueling conditions. When a rebellious worker and his whip-wielding foreman fall for the same woman, it sets the stage for one of the most brutal acts of vengeance the screen has ever seen. The restoration is part of the foundation's World Cinema Project. (85 mins., 2K DCP).  The restored film will be introduced by Margaret Bodde, Executive Director of The Film Foundation.

General admission: $8
Members, students, and seniors: $6

For more information, please visit: Wexner Center for the Arts
A Conversation on Indigeneity, Ethnicity, and Race
When: Thursday, February 7, 2019, 1:30-4:30pm (two-part program)
Where: Thompson Library 165

The Center for Ethnic Studies is hosts a panel that brings together three scholars whose work in Asian American Studies, Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, and Native American Studies engages with the overlap and intersections of performance, history, literature, film, and politics. All are invited to join in this conversation. 

Professor Maria Josefina Saldaña-Portillo (NYU), author of Indian Given: Racial Geographies Across Mexico and the United States

Professor Tamara Ho (U of California Riverside), author of Romancing Human Rights: Gender, Intimacy, and Power between Burma and the West

Professor Brenda Child (U of Minnesota), author of Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940

Mini-Workshops on Critical Questions in Ethnic Studies Today (3:15-4:30 pm)

In this second part of the program, we invite participants to join in discussions about activism and scholarship, collaborative research, ethnic studies program building and more.

For more information, please contact: Center for Ethnic Studies, ethnicstudies@osu.edu
Granville High School Volunteer Opportunity
The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is working on an outreach initiative in collaboration with Granville High School (GHS) and is in need of volunteers!

All GHS seniors must complete a country-specific research project, where they spend time researching their respective countries, including culture, politics, and economics, and then establish a comprehensive portfolio outlining possible solutions to any real-world problems.

We are in need of volunteers to assist with the GHS visit to campus. Primarily, volunteers are needed for the final time slots, between 11:15PM-2:00PM, to serve on a panel presentation and participate in lunch.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
9:30AM-11:15AM: Library Research
11:15AM-12:15PM: Lunch in Hale Hall
12:15PM-2:00PM: Music Videos and Panel Presentation in Hale Hall

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Michael Bustamante, the Outreach Coordinator at the Center for Latin American Studies, at bustamante.40@osu.edu.
 2019 CLASP Teaching Award for Junior Faculty
*Deadline Extended*
The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) calls for nominations for its seventh annual "CLASP Teaching Award for Junior Faculty." The award recognizes excellence in teaching Latin American Studies designated courses. Tenured faculty members and graduate students are not eligible. Nominees in a tenure-track position are preferred, but visiting or adjunct professors and instructors are eligible. Nominees must have the Ph.D., and they must be currently teaching at a CLASP member institution. Nominations should come from senior or supervising faculty or administrators (self-nominations are also accepted, but at least three professional references must be included in the self-nomination letter). The nominator (or self-nominator) should briefly provide clear and convincing evidence of the following:

1. Outstanding teaching effectiveness, including pedagogical style and student successes stories.
2. Contributions to the Latin American Studies program and/or the Department.
3. Involvement in the larger community, including professional associations and participation in service activities.
4. Incorporation of own academic research and field experiences into the classroom.

Nominations will be accepted through February, 15th, 2019.  Simply email the nomination letter to Vincent T. Gawronski, Chair of the Teaching Committee: vgawrons@bsc.edu 

The winner will be presented with an engraved trophy and a check for $500 at the Latin American Studies Association International Congress (May 24-27, 2019) in Boston, MA.
Tinker Fellow Highlight: Jo Kingsbury 
During the summer of 2018, Jo Kingsbury travelled as a Tinker Fellow to Barba Azul Nature Reserve in the Beni savanna's of Northern Bolivia. The purpose of the trip was to conduct essential pre-dissertation research and implement vital groundwork for her graduate PhD thesis, which will focus on developing sustainable, wildlife-friendly approaches to land management in Latin America. The funds from the Tinker Fellowship have helped to establish a strong foundation for her doctoral research in Beni. They have allowed her to 1. Set up the infrastructure and logistics required to implement an ambitious, landscape-scale burning an grazing experiment, that will form the basis of two chapters of Kingsbury's PhD thesis; 2. Develop personal and professional skills, and form collaborative relationships with local organizations and individuals, that will support and enhance the future development of her thesis; and 3. Field-test data collection methodologies. The anticipated results of Kingsbury's work will support the mission of the Tinker Foundation, by providing vital evidence to inform land-management policies that help to protect and conserve grassland ecosystems and wildlife in Latin America. Her project will produce predictive tools that help land managers develop more sustainable land management practices - both in the Beni and ecologically similar regions across South America.

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
 Student Academic Success Research (SASR) Grants Program
The Ohio State University's Office of Student Academic Success (OSAS), in partnership with both ODEE Digital Flagship and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), is requesting research and evaluation proposals that focus on improving, expanding, and/or revising student success programs and services, with a special emphasis on historically underrepresented students and other underserved student groups (e.g., low-income, first-generation, regional campus, community college transfer, etc.). 

Projects must include a focus on OSU students. Project leads must be OSU faculty or staff who are qualified to serve as a principal investigator (PI; for details, see: http://research.osu.edu/files/Qualifications-and-Procedures-for-principal-investigator-status.pdf). All submitted proposals must focus on one of the Topic Areas available in the link below using quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed research methods. 

Submission deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019

For more information and how to apply, please click here
Taste of OSU 2019
When: Friday, February 15, 2019 (5-9 pm) 
Where: Ohio Union

Taste of OSU is an evening of cultural performances on stage, exhibits, and food from around the world provided by more than 30 different international and ethnic clubs on campus. Food tickets are $1 each (samples of international cuisine). Admission to event is free. 

Student organizations interested in participating in Taste of OSU 2019, please review  "Participant Information" for guidelines, links to the applications, and future deadlines. Those participants interested in preparing food must also submit their proposed recipes in the correct format. You can find more information and submit your recipe in "Recipe Submission".

For more information, please click here
2019 Summit of Ohio Latinx Conference 
Pueblo Unido: Strength in Community
When: April 12-14, 2019
Where: Denison University, Granville, OH

You are invited to the 3rd annual Summit of Ohio Latinx (SOL)! The summit was born in 2015 at Denison University when Latinx students, staff, faculty, and allies began to raise questions about the growing Latinx student population at predominantly white institutions in the Midwest. How can we better mentor and equip this population? What issues are they facing on and off campus that we should be aware of? How is their experience on campus impacting their decisions and the choices they make after college? As a result of these conversations, a committee of passionate individuals was formed. They created SOL in hopes of inviting other institutions to unite and discuss ways to learn from each other and make a positive change for future Latinx students. 

For more information visit: conferences.denison.edu/sol/
Or contact SOL ( sol@denison.edu)
2019 LCTL Summer Program Lists Now Available
The list of 2019 Summer LCTL programs is now live on the CLASP website:

For any questions or concerns, please email Megan Hasting ( hasting.6@osu.edu)
Global Water Contexts  Faculty Research Forum
When: Friday, February 8, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm (lunch
Where:  18th Ave Library Research Commons, 175 West 18th  Avenue Columbus, OH 43201

MESC's (Middle East Studies Center) cross-disciplinary water research project is based on the idea that the Middle East and other world regions may hold unique keys for addressing the global water crisis.We will explore this idea as we discuss potential solutions at the global water crisis at our faculty research forum. Please RSVP and help us build a research community. The forum will familiarize you with current research interests at OSU in departments such as Anthropology, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, School of Environment and Natural Resources, and others. Professional educators, grant-writing experts and development professionals will also join us to help secure funding and resources needed for team projects.

For more information: http://u.osu.edu/h2oresearch/
Latin American Studies Center Annual Student Conference "Huracán, Tormenta, Storm: Winds of Change"
When: May 2-3, 2019
Where: University of Maryland campus in College Park 

Hurricanes are reckonings, unpredictable confrontations between forces, tormentous experiences.These moments demand analyses of how human activity changes the planet - the seas, the skies, the winds, and the rains. This conference is an opportunity for scholars, artists, and activists to examine "Huracán, Tormenta, Storm" from multiple perspectives. 

The 2019 Call for Papers and Invitation to Participate can be accessed here.

Graduate students and advanced 
undergraduate student submissions from all disciplines are welcome. Abstracts are due March 1, 2019. The conference will include two days of panels, a keynote panel discussion (scholars, activists, and artists), and a music-filled closing reception. 
23rd Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP)
Conference at the University of Pittsburgh
When:  March 29-30th, 2019
Where: University of Pittsburgh

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh welcomes faculty and students to the 23rd Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference. At the conference, researchers can present their scholarly work related to social and public policy in Latin America. LASPP encourages the organization of panels around problems, rather than disciplines, and welcome submissions from the social sciences, arts, humanities, and cultural studies. The Seventeenth Carmelo Mesa-Lago Distinguished Latin American Social and Public Policy Keynote Speaker is: 
Dr. Aníbal Pérez-Liñán (Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame; Editor-in-Chief, Latin American Research Review; and Co-editor, Kellogg Series in Democracy and Development). 

South American Cinema: Sunday Movies at the Upper Arlington Public Library
Feb 10, 2 PM: Bad Hair (2013) A Venezuelan boy's desire to straighten his curly hair leads to friction between himself and his hard-working mother single mother, eliciting a tidal wave of homophobic panic in her. The film has been praised by critics for its performances and for dealing with many topics ranging from adolescence and parent-child tensions to gender identity and sexuality. Its setting in Venezuelan society also contributes to many of the film's themes. NR 93 mins.

Feb 24, 2 PM: Aquarius (2016, Brazil) Clara, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, is the last resident of Aquarius building. She refuses to sell her apartment to a construction company and vows to live in there until she dies after the developer buys all of the units around her. The movie was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. NR146 mins.

Screenings are free. A discussion follows the movie with film scholar Steve Hunt. Upper Arlington Main Library: 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
(614) 486-9621
Summer Seminars Abroad for Spanish Teachers: Uruguay
Program dates: July 9 - 25, 2019

The  Center for Latin American Studies and the  Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Ohio State announce this year's intensive Summer Seminars Abroad, a 17-day workshop in Spanish linguistics in Montevideo, Uruguay. The purpose of the program is to provide participants with an opportunity to analyze and practice the Spanish language in a natural linguistic and cultural context, and to receive graduate university credit for that experience.

The program is intended primarily for Spanish teachers. Application is open, however, to graduate students from Spanish and other disciplines who have a demonstrated ability in the use of the Spanish language and a need for this type of course. Both native and non-native speakers of Spanish are invited to apply.

For more information, please visit:  http://u.osu.edu/ssast/. 
K-12 Global Fellowship Program
Join the Area Studies Centers 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: "Azerbaijani Minority in Iran: Religion, Culture, and Civic Rights Struggle" by Dr. Ramin Ahmadoghlu, Georgia Gwinnett College
*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.
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