Noticias de la Semana
November 27th-December 4th, 2016

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

Dear LACIS students, colleagues and friends,

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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This Week
Education, Volunteer & Job Opportunities
Upcoming lectures

Upcoming lectures:

This Week...  

Tuesday, November 29th
Please join us for the LACIS Lunchtime Lecture...
"Amazonia as a Storied Land"
Tuesday, November 29th  
206 Ingraham

Presented by Juan Carlos Galeano, Professor of Latin American poetry and Amazonian Cultures at Florida State University
About the Speaker: Juan Carlos Galeano is a poet, translator, and essayist born in the Amazon region of Colombia. He has published several books of poetry, and has translated the works of North American poets into Spanish. Over a decade of fieldwork on symbolic narratives of riverine and forest people in the Amazon basin resulted in his production of a comprehensive collection of storytelling (Folktales of the Amazon, ABC-CLIO, 2008) the documentary film (The Trees Have a Mother, Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2008). His poetry inspired by Amazonian cosmologies and the modern world (Amazonia 2003, 2012, and Yakumama and other Mythical Beings, 2014), has been anthologized and published in international journals such Casa de las Américas (Cuba), The Atlantic Monthly and Ploughshares (U.S.).  He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where he teaches Latin American poetry and Amazonian Cultures at Florida State University. He is currently the director of the FSU Service/Learning Program: Journey into Amazonia in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.
About the presentation: In Amazonia, the beautiful and complex oral narratives expressed by storytellers move us to see forests and rivers as a space where supernatural beings, animals, plants, and creatures express notions of spiritual ecology that have deep roots in Amazonian Indigenous imaginaries-imaginaries that invite us to reconsider the world´s environmental crisis from the perspective of Amazonian thought.
Sponsors: Anonymous Fund and Department of Spanish and Portuguese. 

Coffee & light snacks will be provided

Free & open to the public
Tuesday, November 29th

Hillel Study Abroad Send Off
Tuesday, November 29
6:00 - 8:00 pm
UW Hillel @ 611 Langdon

Studying Abroad next semester? Thinking of going abroad in the future?  International Academic Programs is teaming up with  UW Hillel  for the second year in a row to give you a welcome send off and let you mingle with others who have studied abroad. All students are welcome!

Join us at Hillel (611 Langdon) for this event featuring: WANT A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE FLIGHT?   KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad  is giving away a free round-trip flight in the United States at the end of the event, so stick around!

Wednesday, November 30th

Dr. Hertzman will be holding office hours on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 2-4pm in Social Sciences room 5236! This will be an especially good opportunity for graduate students.

Thursday, December 1st
Please join us on Thursday, December 1st for a Latinx Town Hall

Time: 4PM-5PM
Location: L138 Education

*This student event is open to all, not just those that identify as Latinx*

Now is a time for Latinx students to come together more than ever. The goal of this Town Hall is to create a more unified Latinx student community to create campus climate change. At the meeting we hope to discuss what is happening on our campus, address the problems, create ideas for solutions, and identify student leaders.

Ideally we would like to have one representative from each Latinx-based student organization attend this event.

Thursday, December 1st

Thursday, December 1st

Join the MSC and Crossroads in exploring the issues of racial justice and health equity. This is an introductory workshop that will allow participants to critically examine healthcare and wellbeing from an intersectional social justice lens. All are welcome. 

For questions or accomodations, contact Khaled.Ismail@wisc.ed

Thursday, December 1st
 Global Cafe - Worldwide Winter Wonderland 

It's the International Internship Program's turn to host the Global Cafe, a monthly informal gathering of students over beverages. 

Come in from the cold and enjoy a warm drink in our Worldwide Winter Wonderland. You can drop by any time during cafe hours. 
Bring a friend and make new friends. Practice a language. Play fun games. Build connections around the world. 

We will be featuring hot chocolate from around the world and winter cheer including candy canes and snowflake making!

December 1, 4:30 - 6:00PM, MSC Lounge, 2nd Floor Red Gym 

All are welcome at this FREE event! 
Saturday, December 3rd
Let the countdown to the 2016 Fair Trade Holiday Festival begin! This event is FREE and open to the public!

On December 3rd, 2016 local Fair Trade vendors will converge at the Monona Terrace to offer a wide array of goods from all over the world!

Whether you are holiday shopping for others or splurging on yourself, the Fair Trade Holiday Festival is not to be missed! 
December 1st- December 6th

Upcoming Events...
Tuesday, December 6th
Tuesday, December 6th (12-1:00 ; 206 Ingraham Hall)
"Murder in the Carpa Cubana: Racialized Reporting and the Execution of Chief Red Wing for the Murder of Evangelina Cavazos, 1930-1931"
Presented by Peter Haney, Independent Scholar.

About the Speaker:  Peter Haney is a sociocultural anthropologist living in Madison, WI.  He received his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin and has taught Anthropology, Latin American Studies Latina/o Studies, and Spanish at institutions including the University of Texas at Austin, the Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, CSU-Pueblo, and the University of Kansas.  His research has appeared in journals including the Journal of American Folklore; the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology; Pragmatics; Language and Communication; and Text, Practice, Performance; as well as numerous edited volumes. Much of his work is available online at

About the presentation: During the twentieth century, the state of Texas executed only one person who was believed to be Native American.  Known as Chief Red Wing, the man was a dancer in the Carpa Cubana, a San Antonio-based Latina/o tent show, and he was sentenced to death for killing and raping Evangelina Cavazos, the two-year-old daughter of the show's manager.  This paper analyzes the ways in which ideologies of race and the ambiguous racialization of Mexicans in the U.S. affected newspaper coverage of the case.  Readers of English-language newspapers in the state read a different version of the story from that available to readers of the Spanish-language press.  In the English newspapers, Chief Red Wing's claim to membership in the Cherokee nation led reporters to interpret the case according to the narrative of the innocent white woman victimized by an animalistic man of color, placing Evangelina in the "white" racial slot.  Accounts of Red Wing's bizarre behavior before and after the trial are as striking in the English-language press as they are noticeably absent in the Spanish-language press.  Finally, readers of the English-language accounts missed information that would have made sense of Red Wing's eleventh-hour appeal for clemency based on a claim to Mexican nationality.
Wednesday, December 7th

Date:  Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Time:  5:30-7:30 p.m.
Description:  A Latinx/Chicanx support and discussion group for UW Madison Students. All Latinx students are welcome to participate, listen, relax, build community in a safer space.

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Education, Volunt eer and Job Opportunities...
Meeta Mastani

As we approach the final weeks of the fall semester, we want to share with you two opportunities to interact with  Meeta Mastani , our fall 2016 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence. Both events are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, November 30 , Meeta will discuss her art practice,  Bindaas Unlimited  (a sustainable fair trade textile and craft business) and her work with artisans in rural Rajasthan, India at Hand-Crafted Entrepreneurship . This artist talk takes place in the Plenary Room, Grainger Hall  (975 University Ave.) at 5:30pm  and is presented by the Arts Institute and the  Bolz Center for Arts Administration Wisconsin BBA  and  Office of Diversity and Inclusion  at the  Wisconsin School of Business Click here  to RSVP  on Facebook.
Tactile Textiles: Colors and Culture , the culminating event of Meeta's residency, takes place on Friday, December 2  at 7:00pm  in the Madison Room  at Madison Public Library, Central Branch  (201 W. Miffiln St.). New works by students enrolled in Meeta's course will be unveiled that evening as part of  The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library 's  Night Light series . The opening of the show will feature two performances of Rubedo , a collaborative dance piece created by  Li Chiao-Ping Dance  in response to Meeta's work. This exhibition will be on display in the Madison Room from December 2 - December 6 . Planning to attend? Let us know  on Facebook !


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
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.

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

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.
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

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-UW Badgers], 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 @
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 at 
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!