Noticias de la Semana
April 17th- April 24th, 2017

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

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Monday, April 17th
"Guillén Landrián:  cine, poesía, locura"
 Lecture by Professor Julio Ramos (UC-Berkeley) on
the work of Cuban filmmaker Nicolás Guillén Landrián.
Time of Event: 5pm
Location of Event: 104 Van Hise

Tuesday, April 18th
"Seeing Amazonia Slowly: Nature and Culture in a Time of Environmental Change"
Ingraham 206, 12pm-1pm

Presented by  Marcos Colon,  PhD Candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UW Madison.

About the Speaker:   Marcos Colón is a dissertator in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the representations of the Amazon in 20th-Century Brazilian literature from an environmental studies perspective. In particular, he is interested in examining a variety of viewpoints of the post-rubber era Amazon through written texts, oral reports, and films, observing changes in the region, its nature and people. Colon's scholarship uses the post-rubber era as a springboard for re-envisioning the region. In 2016, he visited the Amazon forest in Peru and Brazil, with the support of LACIS, the Nelson Institute and the Center for Culture, History, and Environment-CHE.  
About the presentation:  The Brazilian rubber boom caused a profound change in the 19th century Amazonian economy and landscape. The rubber rush brought explorers from different parts of the world to the region, among them the American capitalist Henry Ford. In this talk, Marcos Colón will present a visual account of the environmental transformations that occurred in the region after Ford's arrival and how his presence influenced in the cultivation of soybeans. During the summer of 2016, Colón spent three months traveling through the states of Pará, Amazônia, and Acre where the impact of soy agriculture on the rain forest is most visible, and represent a major ecological challenge.     

This talk is co-sponsor by Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Wednesday, April 19th

Wednesday, April 19th
 Study Abroad Open Advising
Wednesday, April 19
3:00 - 4:30 pm
MSC Lounge, 2nd Floor, Red Gym

Drop by the MSC Lounge on Wednesday for FREE PIZZA and Study Abroad Advising. 

If you have study abroad questions, we have answers. Get familiar with study abroad options from  International Academic Programs (IAP), plus internships from the International Internship Program (IIP), scholarships, funding and more.

Everyone gets FREE PIZZA, while supplies last!

Thursday, April 20th
Friday, April 21st

Saturday, April 22th

One dollar = One Tree 

The Alpha Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. with the gentlemen of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. Gamma Theta chapter present Save the Trees, an event to raise funds for The Canopy Project to plant trees in tribute of Earth Day to strengthen communities and restore our diminishing forests. The United Nations estimates that for every dollar spent of reforestation, $2.50 are generated in local downstream income and benefits. 

You may sponsor a tree (or multiple) to be part of the solution and effort to restore our forests with a donation of $1 or more. All proceeds will be donated to the Canopy Project.

Donations can be made through cash or Venmo. We ask that you fil l out a sponsorship form as well. 
The Tree Sponsorship form:
Venmo: @AK-KappaDeltaChi 
Cash: Please contact any sister or email alphakappa.service@kappade 
**We will be accepting cards or cash on the live event day** 

Additionally , your donation will make you eligible to enter the raffle for a chance to win a small price for your contribution. One lucky winner will be revealed on the kick off day event on Saturday,April 22nd, 2017 (Earth Day). 

Sunday, April 23rd

Acompañenos a escuchar música tradicional de cuerdas del sur de Veracruz, Mexico, con el Colectivo Altepee, quienes vienen de Acayucan en Veracruz.
Este es un evento gratuito pero se agradecerán donativos para apoyar el trabajo que el Colectivo desarrolla en su comunidad.
¡Lxs esperamos!

Join us to listen traditional string music from southern Veracruz, Mexico with el Colectivo Altepee, who come from Acayucan in Veracruz.
This is a free event but donations will be appreciated to support the work that el Colectivo develops in its community.e!
See you there!

Upcoming Events...
Tuesday, April 25th
Literature y Opression: culture y resistance in Guinea Ecuatorial
Presented by: Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo
Location:  206 Ingraham Hall
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo was born in Niefang, continental Equatorial Guinea, in 1950. After having been educated by Catholic missionaries, he left his country for the first time in 1965, when he was only 14 years old, to pursue his studies on mainland Spain. From then on, he became a globetrotter. Today he is regarded as the leading contemporary writer of Equatorial Guinea, and a multifaceted artist: journalist, novelist, literary critic, essayist, researcher, anthologist, publisher, etc. His artistic development, like that of his contemporary Guinean writers, took a turn for the worse during the long years of Francisco Macías Nguema's dictatorship (1968-1979), when all formal education and literary production was suppressed. The few writers who managed to work wrote from their countries of exile: their writing focused on exile, problems of existentialism and loss of identity, nostalgia for the homeland, dictatorship, and national unity. This group of writers became known as "la generación perdida," the lost generation of Equatorial Guinean writers. Ndongo led this group and the era. Ndongo edited and compiled the Antología de la literatura guineana, published in 1984 in Madrid. This pioneering collection of texts included 17 poets and 12 narrators, totaling 23 different names. 

Wednesday, April 26th

Wednesday, April 26th
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) 2018-19 competition opened on April 3, 2017!

Mark Lilleleht, the campus Fulbright Program Advisor, will hold information sessions about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program this April. The program is open to undergraduates graduating in December 2017 or May 2018, currently enrolled graduate students, and alumni.

Full details on the campus process (and deadlines) are available @

To be eligible for the Fulbright U.S. Student program, you must be a U.S. citizen. We will discuss the different types of grant categories, the application process, and how to start planning for your project. Sessions will be held:

FUSP Information Session
Wednesday, April 26
206 Ingraham Hall

The Writing Center is also hosting a workshop:

Writing Your Way to a Fulbright: The Application Process
Tuesday, April 25
Helen C. White Hall
Register @

If you cannot make a session but would like to learn more, please contact Mark Lilleleht to set up an appointment (skype appointments for those abroad are also encouraged). For more information go to the UW-Madison FUSP page: 

Monday, May 1st
Nomination form:
Graduation stole form:

It is that time of the year again! The nomination form for the Multicultural Leadership Awards is open and accepting nominations for the following awards:

- Emerging Leader (Freshman or sophomore)
- Established Leader (Juniors)
- Campus Legacy (Senior)
- Crossroads Initiative Leader
- Outstanding Faculty/staff member
- Outstanding Student Organization
- Excellence in Social Justice
- Outstanding program

Please take the time to nominate students, organizations, and faculty/staff who are striving to make this campus more inclusive and open. Nominations will be accepted until April 7th. The awards celebration will take place on Monday, May 1st at 6:30pm

If you or someone you know is graduating, we want to celebrate them too! The awards and graduation ceremony will take place on Monday, May 1st at 6:30pm. Please RSVP here in order to reserve your stole and certificate.

Monday, May 1st
  Quest Coordinator
 1127 University Avenue, Madison, WI

This is a 10-hour-a-week position, with a very flexible schedule. Salary is
$13.00 an hour. Regular vacation time and holidays provided. Graduate
students are encouraged to apply.

Send letter of interest and resume electronically to - No phone calls, please. Position will be
open until filled.
The Crossing provides a positive and healthy work environment, with a
supportive staff and Board of Directors. All qualified candidates will be
considered without discriminating for sex, gender, gender expression, sexual
orientation, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status,
physical or mental abilities, political persuasion, religious affiliation or
lack thereof. The Crossing, a progressive and ecumenical campus ministry serving the
students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as nearby colleges
and universities, seeks a dynamic, focused, organized and social-justice
minded individual to serve as Quest Coordinator. Quest is the
service-learning program of The Crossing, which takes students on
service-learning trips to locations within the USA, Latin America, and

The ideal candidate will possessed a high school diploma, equivalent or
above; be a dynamic individual with a sense of adventure, passion for social
justice, experienced with coordinating service-learning projects, and
committed to the values of a theologically progressive faith community. The
Crossing is looking for a reliable individual that can work in collaboration
with other staff members to provide lief-transforming experiences of service,
learning, relationship building, and personal and spiritual growth to
students. A full description of the position can be found here

Wednesday, May 3rd
We would like to invite you to an evening of fun, food, and music benefitting the 2017  Madison Early Music Festival  (MEMF)! This year, MEMF will present Quixotic Musical Treasures from the Golden Age of Spain  from July 8-15. In anticipation of the Festival, we are hosting a celebration,  ¡Tapas y Petiscos! , at the University Club on Wednesday, May 3rd, from 5:00-7:00 pm that will inspire you to join us for MEMF in July!
A program of Spanish Renaissance vocal music will be presented by members of Eliza's Toyes, soprano Chelsie Propst and tenor Jerry Hui, with MEMF Co-Artistic Directors, baritone Paul Rowe and soprano Cheryl Bensman-Rowe. A special menu of Spanish and Portuguese tapas will be served, and there will be a Spanish wine tasting for an additional fee.

The fundraiser costs $30 and all net proceeds will benefit the Madison Early Music Festival to help us cover expenses related to bringing this year's amazing  concert artists . During the evening, you'll also be able to designate a contribution to support specific concerts or artists during the 2017 Festival.

 Click here to register for the event by Wednesday, April 26.* If you have any questions, contact Mallory Murphy, Assistant Director for Outreach Programs, at 608-890-1118 or

We look forward to seeing you for an evening of music and fun in support of the Madison Early Music Festival! For more information on MEMF, visit  

*Please note for walk-in registrations, we cannot accept cash at the door, only check or credit card.
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Spanish 361
If you took Spanish 223 or Spanish 224 with Professor Egea, you may be interested to know that he will be teaching Spanish 361 (on Spanish culture through film) during the second four-week session this summer (July 17-August 13). Please feel free to contact him directly if you want more information about the course. This is an excellent opportunity for students wishing to take the Spanish civilization course but are having issues enrolling in it during the academic year.

International Internship Program 
The International Internship Program (IIP) is looking for a Fall admin. & communications intern. *(Some hours will be available in summer as well, so preference is given to students who can start this summer.)

Sample tasks include assisting with student advising via email and at outreach events, processing applications, creating print and social media marketing materials and managing data. This is a great way to gain office experience and learn about international education. 

The internship is paid ($9.50) and on-campus (Bascom Hall). The application is here and is due 
Sunday, April 23.

Chican@ & Latin@ Studies

I wanted to let the LACIS community know about some opportunities for employment with the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program for Fall 2017.  We seek lecturers to teach two sections of "Introduction to Chican@ and Latin@ Studies."  These positions could go to people who have finished Ph.D. degrees or to advanced graduate students who could work as SAs.  We are also seeking a lecturer or SA to propose a 300-level Topics class in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies for the Spring semester.  Finally, the Program is seeking a graduate student Project Assistant to help with its newsletter and publications.  The listings for the two lecturer positions are on Jobs at UW, PVL #90066 and #90074.  The Project Assistant position is posted as position #45111 at the Student Job Center.  You are welcome to share these announcements with the LACIS community.  More information about our program is at the link below.  Thanks so much.
Peter C. Haney, Ph.D.

World Language Education
International Business 320

Anthro 352

Wisconsin State Senator intern

Wisconsin State Senator intern




Agricultural Research Assistant

HOURS:  Mid-June through August.  During June schedule is flexible, starting July 1 until August 20 full-time.  7:30 AM to mid-late afternoon, M-F and Saturdays and Sundays during July and early August.  If advance notice is given, weekend time off is possible for weddings or family functions.
JOB DESCRIPTION:  Assist the UW Sweet Corn Genetics and Breeding Program at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station located at 8502 Mineral Point Road.  Duties will consist of hand pollination of breeding nursery, weed control (hoeing), hybrid evaluation (taste testing and data collection), trial and nursery maintenance, and seed harvest.
QUALIFICATIONS:  No experience necessary; training provided.  Work/study students desired.  Successful candidates must be current and continuing (Fall 2017) undergraduate students.  Non-agricultural majors interested in an outdoor experience are encouraged to apply.  Affinity for outdoor activities is highly recommended, given that all activities related to this summer job opportunity will involve handling corn plants in a field setting.  Applicant must provide own transportation to and from the West Madison Agricultural Research Station.
SALARY:   $12.00 per hour
TO APPLY:  Send a resume to containing references and contact information.  Questions regarding this position may be sent to email address above, or by calling 608-513-1797.


It can be difficult for students to find a well-paying job that is
compatible with class schedules -- let alone one utilizing Spanish skills!

RockAuto, a successful global e-commerce business, is located five miles
from campus and currently has Part Time and Full Time Bilingual Customer
Support positions open for fluent speakers of Spanish. Most RockAuto
staff are UW graduates. Spanish is used at RockAuto on a daily basis --
Bilingual Customer Support Representatives translate our catalog into
Spanish and work directly with Spanish-speaking customers around the world.

The Part Time Bilingual Customer Support positions currently available
pay students $20/hour and are completely compatible with most full-time
students' schedules. You can view the job listing here:
Wisconsin in Washington, DC

Wisconsin in Washington, DC 
Internship Program

Get first-hand experience in Washington, DC, connecting with UW alumni and other professionals in a wide range of fields.

On the Wisconsin in Washington, DC Internship Program, you'll explore domestic and international fields through the lens of an internship experience suited to your particular academic and career interests.

Spring semester 2017 - 2018 program priority deadline: March 3
Final deadline:  April 21


Department of Political Science Summer Courses

Department of Political Science is offering many interesting summer courses both online and on-campus.
Summer Courses
PS 103: Intro to International Relations (Online)
PS 104: Intro to American Politics and Government (Online)
PS 106: Politics Around the World (Online)
PS 209: Intro to Political Theory (Online) 
PS 217: Law, Politics, and Society (On campus)
PS 317: The Politics of Human Rights (Online)
PS 359: Problems in American Foreign Policy (Online)
PS 371: International Political Economy (Online)
PS 400: Models of Political Leadership (On campus)
PS 414: The Supreme Court as a political Institution (On campus)
PS 427: Legislative Internship (Online)
PS 449: Government and National Resources
(On campus)
PS 506: Democracy in America (On campus)  

Public Affairs 520

If you are looking for a summer course, please consider this new course from the La Follette School of Public Affairs:
Public Affairs 520: Inequality, Race and Public Policy
SUMMER, 2017
Explore the impact of public policies and programs on the distribution of income, wealth and opportunity in the United States. Examines inequalities across various social dimensions with a focus on disparities across racial and ethnic groups. It will begin with an introduction to key concepts in the measurement of inequality and poverty and an overview of recent trends. We will systematically examine how public policy shapes inequality across a range of topical areas including labor markets, education, taxation, health, housing and criminal justice.  Prereq>  Sophomore standing; The course has been approved to meet the ethnic studies requirement. Students from all departments welcome.
M,Tu, Wed and Th
On-campus, 6/19 to 7/16
For more information:
Mary Treleven
Spring 2017: Professional Development

Madison:  1pm-5pm on 9 Saturday afternoons
March 11, 18 (independent study online), 25 & April 1, 8 (fieldtrip), 15, 22, 29 & May 6
Madison:  8am-12noon on 8 Sunday mornings & fieldtrip
March 12, 19, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & May 7
Madison: 5:30-9:30pm on 9 Friday evenings
March 17, 24, 31 & April 7, 14, 21, 28 & May 5, 12
Madison:5:30pm-9:30pm on 4 Thursday evenings
March 23, April 20, 27, and May 4
Madison: 5:30pm-9:30pm on 4 Thursday evenings
March 30 & April 6, 13 & May 11
with possible start date of 3/16/no class 4/6
NEWLY SUBMITTED COURSES awaiting approval:
1--Social Responsibility in lyrics of songs by Michael Jackson & John Lennon (1 credit)
2--Travel to Oaxaca, Mexico over Days of the Dead and to meet artists studied in Fine & Folk Arts of Mexico (3-4 credits)
Other new courses and online courses will be submitted in 2017 for approval by UW-Parkside, as well.

The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University

The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University is seeking an Outreach Coordinator to lead our K-16 and public engagement initiatives.  We have benefited greatly from Lisa Finelli's leadership in our outreach efforts, will miss her energy and enthusiasm, and wish her well as she goes on to new adventures in Los Angeles.
The CLAS Outreach Coordinator does this through:
1) organizing professional development workshops and programs for K-12 teachers in Tennessee and throughout the region; 2) developing curricular materials related to Latin America; 3) maintaining partnerships with local organizations and minority-serving institutions in the region; 4) coordinating social media and publicity; and 5) organizing on and off-campus events targeting the university community and the general public.
We are looking for an energetic candidate with strong organizational and communication skills, the ability to build and manage relationships with multiple constituencies, and the ability to manage multiple projects at once in a fast-paced environment. 
The job description for the position and link to apply are below; please distribute to anyone who might be interested.

Please see below and attached for information on the Spanish Summer Course 2017 offered by APLU member Universidad de Guadalajara. Please pass along this information to those on your campuses who might be interested in this student opportunity
Taking into consideration that the Spanish language is the 2nd most spoken language in the world and in the US, Universidad de Guadalajara offers the PEPE Program as a valuable asset for the development of intercultural and professional skills for US Students. Also, the PEPE Program is an opportunity to increase our mutual understanding in the context of the North American integration.
Learn more about the program at 

National Council on US-Arab Relations

Applications for Summer 2017 Now Available: 

Washington, DC Summer Internship Program 

May 30 - August 4, 2017

[Download PDF Brochure] 

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.
  • Professional work experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world-related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours per week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.
  • Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice-weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations. There will be a particular emphasis, though not exclusively, on Arabia and the Gulf.
  • Site visits: Interns receive a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.

Let AIESEC take you to Buenos Aires, Argentina this summer. 
Spend your summer in a fulfilling way by volunteering or doing an internship with AIESEC in Argentina.
AIESEC is the world's largest youth-led organization. We create leaders and empower communities through cross-cultural exchange. 
  • 6-week long volunteer opportunities or 2-month internship in Buenos Aires
  • Learn Spanish while immersing yourself in a beautiful culture
  • A chance to change local lives by volunteering or working as a:
    • English teacher
    • Marketing/fundraising manager 
    • Childcare teacher
  • Working on a weekly basis abroad
  • $500 volunteer program fee or $600 internship program fee
  • Airfar
Latino Academy of Workforce
 Spring 2017 Internship at the Latino Academy of Workforce Development
Engage in your local latino community and be part of Latino Academy ! (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 spring 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 interns to assist with daily operations and student long term employment success. Interns are asked to work at least 7-10 hours a week.
Futura Language Professionals 

Teach in Spain

                    5 Reasons teaching in Spain gives you an edge over competition  

1. Adaptability-- This unique experience will immerse you in creative and unconventional English teaching, allowing you to become a more versatile thinker in different working conditions.
2. Cultural insightfulness
-- You will become more of a global citizen by overcoming language barriers and cultural differences.

3. A jumpstart to your career!-- There aren't many high-quality undergraduate experiences in the field, so having one like this under your belt will help you get ahead of the game.
4. Opens doors
-- Become more marketable to institutions at home AND abroad! You never know what opportunities may arise in the future for which you could be a perfect candidate for...

5. Personal growth
-- Stepping out of your comfort zone will only make you stronger and more confident in both your personal and professional lives. You'll only regret the things you DIDN'T do.

CARA Pro Bono Project
Now more than ever, it is important to fight for justice for Central American families seeking asylum in the United States. The  CARA Pro Bono Project, a legal services and organization in one of the United States' three family detention centers, is looking for passionate people to join their staff. You can read more about the South Texas Family "Residential" Center, where CARA works, here: I'm writing to inform UW-Madison students of the opportunities available to them with the CARA Pro Bono Project. 

For current undergraduate students:
Week-long volunteer
Each week, a new team of lawyers, paralegals and activists from around the country comes to Dilley, Texas to devote their energy and efforts to getting Central American women and kids out from "babyjail" and a fair hearing in a US court to apply for asylum. Even as an undergraduate student, your Spanish skills would be a tremendous asset to the team, and this can make a meaningful alternative spring or winter break. Contact  Maggie Schumann, former undergraduate long-term volunteer, for ways of making it affordable. More details:

Summer legal assistant
A small number of individuals spend extended periods at the CARA Pro Bono Project as long-term volunteers. Because CARA runs primarily on weeklong volunteers, your longer-term presence means you'll become a valuable member of the team. If you're thinking of pursuing a career in law or social justice work, this is for you. Reach out to  Maggie Schumann, a former undergraduate long-term legal assistant, for more details on what the position entails and ways of making it affordable. 
Consular Fellows

Now Accepting Applications
W e are currently accepting applications for Consular Fellows - Spanish positions. 

The Consular Fellows Program (CFP) is a unique national service opportunity with the Department of State to live and work overseas as part of an Embassy or Consulate community.

New hires will receive a competitive salary, paid housing while overseas and may be eligible for a recruitment bonus 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 also be eligible to participate in the Department's Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) at any post in which they serve. 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. 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

Volunteer at Centro Hispano
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

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