Noticias de la Semana
October 30th to November 6th, 2016

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

Dear LACIS students, colleagues and friends,

Next Tuesday is Election Day. LACIS will not have a lunchtime lecture on November 8th.

Please take advantage of the wonderful events for this week.


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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Education, Volunteer & Job Opportunities
Upcoming lectures

Upcoming lectures:

This Week...  

Monday, October 31st
Tuesday, November 1st
"Ties that Bind: Churches, Youth Gangs, and the Management of Everyday Life in Urban Latin America"

Presented by Brendan Jamal Thornton, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies/University North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Noon-1 p.m.

About the Speaker: Brendan Jamal Thornton is a cultural anthropologist and assistant professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His ongoing ethnographic research in the Caribbean is concerned with the social and cultural politics of belief and the role religious identity plays in impoverished urban communities. Guided by theoretical concerns about culture, gender, and power, and grounded in a firm commitment to ethnographic methodology and anthropological inquiry, his work addresses contemporary issues related to religious identity, spiritual authority and legitimacy, and religious heterodoxy and pluralism. He is author of the recently published book Negotiating Respect: Pentecostalism, Masculinity, and the Politics of Spiritual Authority in the Dominican Republic (University Press of Florida 2016).

About the presentation: Pentecostal churches and transnational youth gangs have more in common than simply their increasing popularity in urban neighborhoods across Latin America and the Caribbean. Indeed, in a remarkably short period of time these emergent institutions have become regular fixtures in the social and cultural life of urban communities throughout the region. This lecture considers these institutions as similar and related with two goals in mind: first, to reflect on the simultaneous popularity of two seemingly irreconcilably different institutions; and second, to probe what this shared popularity might say about contemporary social life in urban barrios today.
Tuesday, November 1st
5pm-7pm @ Dejope Hall
Kekek Stark, Lac Courte Oreilles tribal attorney, and Dylan Jennings, UW-Madison alumnus, will be giving a presentation on how to survive and thrive as an indigenous student on a predominantly white campus. They will emphasize the importance of staying connected to culture, as well as pursuing a career in Indian Country. Present by UW Housing, Wunk Sheek, and the American Indian Campus and Community Liaison .
Thursday, November 3rd
Lectura de poesia 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 
Thursday, November 3rd
Join the Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program for their Community Gatherings!

When: noon on Thursday, November 3rd
Where: 336 Ingraham Hall
Who: Chican@ & Latin@ Studies students, faculty and staff - please feel free to bring a friend!

Community Gatherings are weekly workshop luncheons where CLS students have the opportunity to engage in lively discussions about academic life, learn about resources available to them on the UW-Madison campus, and build a strong sense of community. Each week, representatives of a department or resources unit on campus give short presentations and hold Q&A sessions for students.

The Guest Speaker is  Arturo Tito Diaz , MSC Staff and CLS Alum. 

*The Gatherings are funded by the DDEEA and the CLS Program* 
Friday, November 4th
We have been offered a challenge and are looking to our supporters to help us meet our goal. All donations/ registrations will count toward supporting LxB.

Do you know others who might like to join or donate? Please feel free to pass this along. 
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Support Latinx Badgers at the 2016 Ride Under the Stars!

Have you registered for the 2016 Ride Under the Stars yet? There's still time to dust off that bike and get in gear for a Halloween Themed Ride Nov 4th. This is a unique, non-competitive 15 mile bike ride through Madison's scenic bike paths and the lakefront. This is one of our major fundraisers, so please sign up and spread the word today!

 Madison's finest Badgers, Latinx Badgers, present to YOU...

Ride Under the Stars!!!
Again, a 15 mile Halloween Themed Bike Ride. Bring your best costumes. The top three individuals with the best costume will receive a prize. A podium will be held with our top contestants.

We will provide an air pump before the event starts. We will be meeting at the corner of Park and Spring Street by the Madison B-cycle Station at 6PM. This is a SOCIAL, CASUAL, SLOW paced ride. Everyone is welcomed, invite your friends!!! 

Empanadas and chocolate will be provided at the end of the event at Apartment 2D, 344 W. Dayton. 

Register at the link below before 11:00PM on Nov. 3rd   
Friday, November 4th

MGC Council would like to present our Quad day this week. Come and learn more about our organizations!
 Saturday, November 5th

 Please join us at our 2nd annual Latino Student Union fund raising event!! Featuring: El Ballet Folklorico de Maria Diaz, singers Carlos Soriano, Oscar Zaragoza and Lupita Zaragoza. New this year: Danzas Aztecas de Rene Avila, Sara y su Mariachi Corazón de México, and art expo by a local Mexican artist Rodrigo Carapia. 
Student artwork will also be for sale to raise funds as well as food. Cheap dinner and a show all in one, it can't get any better than this!!!
*Tickets are $5 (children under 10 free). 
*If you can't go but would like to make a donation, or to buy tickets, please contact Silvia at 204-1624 or 577-7979.
Thank you and hope to see you there!!!
Upcoming Events...
Tuesday, November 8th 
Wednesday, November 9th
Wednesday, November 9 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm
Wisconsin Union South

Learn about Latin American cultures and celebrate Dia de los Muertos with WUD Global Connections and AXOLOTE Group of Mexican Friends. Dia de los Muertos is Latin American Holiday, although most strongly associated with Mexico, mainly focusing on the gathering of family members and friends to celebrate passed family members.

We will have sugar skull decorating and more. We will also be viewing a fantastic documentary on Dia de los Muertos. You won't want to miss the delicious Pan de Muerto!

This free event is open to all students, staff and faculty of UW Madison as well as Union Members and their guests.
Thursday, November 10th

Join the Bias response team for an interactive and informative forum on Bias and Hate procedures and responses on the UW-Madison Campus. 

Come get better informed on what to do when faced with a situation that is harmful to you or the campus community. 

Thursday, November 10th
October 31st- November 10th
Fall is here and the season of Caramel Apples has STARTED!! Latin based Sorority, Lovely Ladies of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, Inc. - Chi Chapter are selling DELICIOUS Caramel Apples.

They're selling them for $5 each, or buy 2 for $9 or 3 for $12!

Toppings: Plain (caramel), Crushed Heath Bar, or Crushed Peanuts!

They will be accepting orders from now 10/18 until November 10th.

Apples will be available for pick up on Monday, November 14th in room 16 Ingraham Hall (Ceo office) from 12pm - 3:15pm.  

Dont forget to fill your order form by clicking the link below.

Payment is due upon receiving your caramel apple.
Thursday, November 17th

Thursday, November 17 at 6 PM -
7:30 PM @ Red GYm 

As part of International Education Week, 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!
Saturday, November 19th

For far too long we have been quiet about not only our personal experiences but also about the experiences that marginalized peoples face on a regular basis. As we continue to keep the conversation going, join us on a new approach to building a stronger sense of community. Join us on a new approach to understanding one another better.

We are opening this platform for students, faculty and members of the UW Madison Community to share their stories. Story submission will be open till Friday, November 4th. The complied stories will be shared in a video. We are truly thankful for those of you who choose to share your stories with us and will treat you and your experiences with the utmost amount of respect.

About  the video: The video will include people sharing their personal eperiences in a *reading letter* format or will include volunteers reading the experiences of others in the *reading letter* format. 

We welcome all members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison community to join us on November 19th, 2016.
C'mon all!  #LetsTalkUW
Below is a day of the event itinerary:

10:30AM: Check-in begins (BAGELS!)
11:00AM: Introduction 
11:10AM: Quick Icebreaker 
11:25AM: Safe Space Rules 
11:45PM: Show Video
12:15 PM: Discussion
1:00PM: Notecard Activity/LUNCH Break 
1:30PM: Back to the Note Cards 
1:45PM: Forgiveness 
2:00PM: Closing Remarks (COOKIES!)

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to send us a message via Facebook or email:

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Education, Volunt eer and Job Opportunities...
Fulbright Pakistan Orientation Seminar

Please consider volunteering at the Fulbright Pakistan Orientation Seminar, held in Madison from November 3-6, 2016. Organized by the Center for South Asia, this Seminar has 160 Fulbright students come to Madison for a 3-day seminar centered around US social movements and #BlackLivesMatter in particular. We are looking for volunteers in all different sites and for all different aspects of the program. This is a great opportunity to build cross-cultural communication skills, learn more about Fulbright, or, if relevant, practise your Hindi/Urdu. Students may be rewarded with a $25 gift card (though not all students are eligible for this under UW rules). Transportation and meals are provided where applicable. 
The sign up sheet is here:
or email Lalita du Perron for more details.  Feel free to share this email widely. 

Literacy Network
Do you have 8-10 hours a week to do meaningful, interesting work Spring semester?
Become an ESL Intern at Literacy Network!

Hands-on experience with:
  • ESL lesson planning
  • Volunteer management
  • Classroom management
  • Madison's ELL population
  • Local non-profits
Past interns have said :
"The best part of my experience in CL has been watching the joy and friendships that form between tutor and learner. It's wonderful to see two completely different people work toward a common goal."
"Learning a different style of lesson planning has really helped give me different ways to think."
"Seeing a student get really excited about something they were learning was hugely rewarding."
"You really have a feeling of responsibility and self-accomplishment, but at the same time you know you always have the support of the program director if you need it!"
Apply online by noon on Friday, November 11th.  
For a full position description and to apply, go to:

Volunteer at Centro Hispano
Government Job Fair

Once again this year, L&S Career Services is pleased to be able to offer UW students FREE round trip motor coach transportation to the Government Career Fair in Chicago
- sponsored by the Government College Relations Council (GCRC) of which I am a member. The fair will be a mixture of both employer tables and breakout sessions and we expect to have between 40-50 federal, state of IL and city (various IL) employers in attendance.  More to come on that later.
In order to attend you will need to clear THE ENTIRE DAY 11/18 as the bus will depart campus around 9am and return around 7pm depending on traffic.  If you wish to ride down to Chicago and stay there, you will simply need to alert the chaperones as you board the bus on the 18th that you won't be returning with us.  If you are a current student or an alum who wants to attend the fair on your own (ie not take the bus), please do so - you are welcome!  When you get to UIC, just sign in as a UW student so you can get in free. 
The link to RSVP for this event is: and questions can be directed to: 
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:
Castro & Gutierrez Law Office

Two available positions at Castro & Gutierrez Law Office. We are looking for two legal assistants as soon as possible. They must be fluent/advanced in Spanish. We practice Immigration Law, primarily family benefits. 

Please see the attached PDF of the posting in the UW Job Center for more information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me ( ) or Attorney Mary Castro ( ).

UW Job Center

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!