Noticias de la Semana
October 23rd to October 30th, 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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This Week
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Upcoming lectures

Upcoming lectures:

This Week...  

Monday, 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prestigious David literary award for unpublished authors.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. 
Monday, October 24th
Introduction to the International Studies Major Workshop

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: 336 Ingraham Hall

Description: This event is an opportunity for beginning IS Major students to learn more about major requirements, track options, resources, advising and career counseling, and a chance to ask questions. Mandatory for all IS Majors to complete.

Monday, October 24th
Intern Abroad!

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Location: Upper Carson's, Carson Gulley Center

Description: Come find out more about searching for internships abroad and how to get credit and insurance with the Worldwide Internship Program. Undergraduate students only! Get your questions answered by an advisor from the UW-International Internship Program (IIP) and a recent IIP alum. Schedule: 5pm - 6pm: Presentation 6pm - 7pm: Walk-in advising

Tuesday, October 25th
Tuesday, October 25th


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese would like to invite Freshmen and Sophomores Spanish majors to meet with some of our recent alumni to talk about the ways in which you can benefit from your major after graduation. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 25th, at 5pm, at the Residencia de Estudiantes. This will be an opportunity for you to hear about their professional trajectories and ask them questions that may help you to begin exploring possible career options. At the same time, you will be able to get to know the Residencia --the Spanish-speaking section of the International Learning Community at UW-Madison, where students experience language immersion in the comfort of their own dorm.

Space is limited, so if you would like to participate you should register  here, explaining in a few words why you are interested in attending. We will get back to you to confirm space availability and provide further information. 
The following are short bios of two of the invited alumni.
Sarah A. Thomas grew up moving around the Midwest, and earned her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish, with a certificate in Environmental Studies from UW-Madison. Upon graduation, she did research on political performance in Argentina and completed an internship for an environmental NGO in Costa Rica, where she ended up teaching English for eco-tourism. Back in Madison, Sarah found paid bilingual employment at an international financing company, but soon decided to pursue a career in education. Since 2004, she has worked in bilingual elementary education, working in Montevideo, Uruguay and Verona and Madison, Wisconsin. Sarah earned her Masters in Education in 2013, and has taught language learners aged 5 to 65 in both Spanish and English.  
Carly Stingl is a Madison aluma for both her undergrad and graduate degrees. She majored in Spanish, LACIS and Journalism and then later returned for an MA in Spanish literature. She studied abroad in high school for her senior year in Madrid, Spain and then again in Quito, Ecuador during undergrad. She also did an internship in Buenos Aires, Argentina before deciding to return to go to graduate school for Journalism at La Universidad Torcuato di Tella/La Nación. While in Argentina, she met her Spaniard husband and they moved to Madrid for three years before returning to Madison together. She considers speaking Spanish and understanding Spanish culture as being the greatest advantage she has had for her career. She currently works at UW Madison in the International Internship Program office developing opportunities for students in Spanish-speaking countries.
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. 
Wednesday, October 26th
 Salsa Rueda Lessons! Lesson #3


Date: Wednesday, October 26th
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: SAC Multipurpose Room (4th floor)
Cost: (whole series): $10 for BAM members; $15 for non-members OR Cost (single lesson): $4 for BAM members; $6 for non-members

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
Upcoming Events...
Monday, October 31st
Thursday, November 3rd
Lectura de poesía y narrativa de Nibaldo Acero

Nibaldo Acero (Doctor en literatura por la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), es académico, poeta y novelista, cuya línea principal de investigación es la poesía latinoamericana. Ha sido docente en la Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, la Universidad Central de Chile, y de la Universidad Católica del Norte. Ha publicado diversos artículos académicos, capítulos de libros, y los libros Melinka (poesía), Por el corazón o la verga (poesía), Guía satánica de Gerona (novela) y Último Gol  (novela). Prepara un libro sobre la relación entre la poesía y la narrativa en la obra de Roberto Bolaño.
Fecha : Jueves, 3 de noviembre a las 5:00pm. Lugar : 336 Ingraham Hall
Sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UW-Madison 
Free and open to the public 
Tuesday, November 10th
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Education, Volunt eer and Job Opportunities...
Volunteer at Centro Hispano
Leaders for Youth
IIP Admin & Communications Intern
The International Internship Program (IIP) is looking for an Admin.& Communications intern for the Spring 2017 semester (possible extension into the summer).


 The tasks are varied but include advising prospective students on internship opportunities (responding to emails, staffing outreach events), processing internship applications, working with our social media accounts and managing data.
This internship is paid ($9/hour) and on campus (in Bascom Hall). The application deadline is October 23rd and through our database.
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.

UW Sports in Dominican Republic

UW Sports in the Dominican Republic 
Summer 2017 Study Abro ad

Study abroad this summer with fellow Badgers, exploring the Dominican Republic's history through the lenses of sports and culture.

This three-week program is open to all UW-Madison students, but is specially designed to accommodate UW student athletes' summer training schedules. 

Learn more & apply > 

Sponsored by the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Department of History, this program explores the history of the Dominican Republic from first contact with European powers, to the age of colonization, to the dictatorial regimes of the post-colonial period, to present-day relations with the US. Tying these themes together, you'll also examine the place of baseball within the history and culture of the Dominican Republic.

Led by UW-Madison History Professor Karl Shoemaker, you'll be treated to guest lectures from local experts and excursions to historical sites and attractions, including MLB Academy. 

You'll receive in-residence credit for History 225.
Scholarships available!

The deadline for applying to UW Sports in the Dominican Republic is February 24, 2017.  
For more info about this and other study abroad programs, visit, or stop by the Study Abroad Resource Center in 106 Red Gym, weekdays from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Wisconsin Idea
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
CAE Internship Program

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!