Noticias de la Semana
October 16th to October 23rd, 2016

Compiled by the Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies Program at UW-Madison

Dear LACIS students, colleagues and friends,

We have another great week ahead with interesting talks and events. Please join us!

Please review the many funding, volunteer and employment opportunities also.

The LACIS Staff: Hernando, Alberto, Darcy, Sarah, Isabel, and Jesus 
P.S. If you wish to submit an event or announcement for inclusion in the "Noticias de la Semana," please click HERE and complete our online submission form. Thank you!
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Upcoming lectures

Upcoming lectures:

This Week...  

Tuesday, October 18th

"Redefining a Serious State: Labor, Politics, and Regulation in Transnational Seed Firms in Chile"  
Tuesday, October 18th  
12:00-1:00 p.m.
206 Ingraham
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 

Free & open to the public

Please contact Jesus Del Toro at with any questions. 
Tuesday, October 18th

Salsa Night w/ free lessons 
Location: B135 Van Vleck 
Time: 6pm - 8pm

Come out and support the KommandinG Womyn of the Kappa Gamma Chapter of Sig ma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. As part of their Gamma Week they will be hosting a Salsa Night with free lessons!

Wednesday, October 19th
MEET THE PRODUCER  Where does my coffee come

Oct. 19, 2016 @ 11:45am-1:15pm  ( Science Hall Student Lounge Room 15)
as we welcome Omar Rodríguez, general manager of Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada (COCAFCAL) cooperative in Honduras. 
COCAFCAL, or the Cooperativa Capucas Limitada, is located in western 
Honduras, in the buffer zone of the Celaque National Park-a cloud forest 
containing the country's highest mountain. The organization represents an 
estimated 12 communities from the municipalities of San Pedro and Corquin in 
Copan. Together, they work to promote the sustainable development of their 
local economy through programs offered to members and their families on 
financial management, technical assistance, production and quality, and 
marketing. Their primary objectives are to reduce poverty and to increase the 
standard of living for their community. Their development programs have 
benefitted approximately 5,000 people in Las Capucas and surrounding regions.
Wednesday, October 19th

 If you don't have a chance to attend Mr. Rodriguez's lecture at 11:45am he will also give a talk at 7pm: Back Room at Colectivo!  

Free to attend & open to the public. Cash bar. 
The Back Room at Colectivo Prospect is at 2211 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee 
Thursday, October 20th
 IIP Internships Extended Deadline (October 20th)

ALUBA  (Asociación de Lucha contra la Bulimia y la Anorexia) is seeking an intern for Spring 2017 in Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFor more information and to apply: (due October 20 th)
EducationUSA Ecuador is seeking a  PAID English teacher intern for the Spring 2017 semester in Guayaquil, Ecuador. For more information and to apply: (due October 20 th)
The Bubble English language newspaper in  Buenos Aires, Argentina is seeking a  Marketing Intern for Spring 2017. For more information and to apply: (due October 20 th)
Check out the  IIP database to see other internships for spring 2017!
Any questions email:

Thursday, October 20th
Interested in a Spring 2017 internship abroad? Apply through UW-Madison's International Internship Program (IIP) by Thursday October 20th (extended deadline)!

Check out our database
for exciting Spring 2017 & Summer 2017 internship opportunities! 
**Students selected for a cultivated internship (listed in red on database) will receive a $750 (semester) or $500 (summer) grant towards the cost of enrolling in the Worldwide Internship Program.

Here is some information about our advising sessions:
Getting Started Video Please watch our short Getting Started video before attending advising.

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.   
Intern Abroad! Monday, October 24 (5pm - 7pm), Upper Carson's Gulley
Come hear about upcoming international internship opportunities and get your questions answered about how to get started, visas, credit, insurance, etc.

Don't forget to like IIP on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates on internships, events and news!
Sunday, October 23rd
UNA Luncheon
Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 11:45 a.m. 
"Madison: A Tale of Two Cities...One Humanity. Shared Responsibility" 
Register online HERE.

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.
Upcoming Events...
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,
and fans.

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
Location: TBD
 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:
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 27-28, 2016
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.
The event is free and open to the public. For the program and more information, see
Monday, October 31st
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Education, Volunt eer and Job Opportunities...
Volunteer at Centro Hispano
Center for Engaged Learning Abroad- Belize
Tutors needed!
Tutor(s) NEEDED FOR Fall 2016: Portuguese 30 1 

Want to earn extra $$$, while helping others? Looking to sha rpen 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.
Ø   Tutors can earn $9.00 to start (+ $1 per hour for more tutoring a group of 3 -6 students). 
Ø   I 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.

Undergraduate Symposium

The annual Undergraduate Symposium ( 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. 

Detailed information about the event can be found on the Symposium Website:
Futura Language Professionals

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
Our classes:
  • 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®

    We offer:
  • 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:
                        Blanca C. García at
        *Please indicate in your email:
        -Your availability
        -Your transportation method
        -If you can commit through December or longer
        -How many classes you are interested in teaching
Latino Academy of Workforce Development

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  

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.

Communications Intern : 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. 

Education Intern : 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.

If you are interested in applying please send resume and cover letter to

Consular Fellows - 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  here

All potential applicants are strongly urged to  read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying. When you are ready to begin the online application process, visit the  Consular Fellows - Spanish vacancy on USAJOBS.

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. 

If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit our forums  or  FAQs  at .

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
Discovery Building

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 (, 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: 
Questions? Please contact Samantha Strok @
Joaquim Nabuco Award 2017

Call for Submissions

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

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.

Spanish Conversation Table
La mesa de conversación

5-7 p.m. (Every Tuesday)

The Sett, 2nd floor, Union South

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.

Portuguese Conversation Table
Bate Papo (Portuguese)
Any question, please contact Ellen Sapega.

Thursdays 4:30pm-6:30pm

Kollege Klub

All levels of Portugese speakers are welcome at this informal weekly conversation table, sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  

Any question, please contact Ellen Sapega 
International Reach
I 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

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

If you wish to submit an event or announcement for inclusion in the "Noticias de la Semana," please complete our  online submission form. Thank you!