Noticias de la Semana
September 25th to October 2nd, 2016

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

Dear LACIS students, colleagues and friends,

Fall is finally here! It's a great time to join LACIS for interesting lectures and activities this week and in the coming weeks.

Please join us!

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

Upcoming lectures:
Tuesday, September 27th

Tuesday, September 27th (12-1; 206 Ingraham Hall)
"The Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras: Justice for Berta and Beyond"
Presented by Martín Fernandez, National Coordinator of MADJ (the Movement for Justice and Dignity)

  About the presentation
The Movement for Justice and Dignity seeks to expose and combat state violence and corruption, while organizing communities around the principles of self-determination, ecological sustainability, and collective resistance. The grassroots organization has been routinely subjected to threats and intimidation due to their human rights work. Martin will discuss this work in the context of Honduras today, and how US policies and security aid contribute directly to the ongoing crisis.

Tuesday, September 27th
C arlos Garaicoa's art focuses on the aesthetic, social, and political implications of ruins--including those in his hometown of Havana--as an expression of history and an inquiry into the future.

Working with a variety of materials and media, such as photography, architectural design, and installation, he comments on urban planning and the relationships between political conflicts and their physical expression in the conditions of the modern city. This artist talk is the first in the Center for Visual Cultures series: "Waste: Decadent, Useless, Discarded."

Tuesday, September 27th
Unfortunately, the 26th of September is the anniversary of the Forced Disappearances of the 43 Students from Ayotzinapa. In order to commemorate the date, Axolote & En Nuestro Patio are organizing a poetry reading. The reading is going to be on the 27th during the radio show En Nuestro Patio frpm 7-8 pm in WORT 89.9 FM. They are planning on reading live and also playing recordings for people who cannot tune in. Contact Nora Diaz (, Axolote ( or a message through FB for more information. 
Tuesday, September 27th
Join us for the Fall Public Service Fair!

The Public Service Fair is an bi-annual event that hosts over 65 representatives from non-profit organizations and governmental agencies who showcase their current volunteer, internship, and/or employment opportunities. This event is perfect for students seeking internships, post-grad job opportunities in the nonprofit sector, and local volunteer experiences.
Learn more about participating organizations on our Facebook Event Page.
Wednesday, September 28th
ECB- 1025 (Engineering
 Centers Building)

In August 25, 2016, The New York Times, addressed the peace process in Colombia, starting an article by saying "The life of every Colombian alive today has been defined, to varying degrees, by violence". Literature reflects on that. In this talk I am going to address the evolution of narrative and its relationship with Colombian history. I am going to trace the transformation of the "Violence novels" during the 60's to the "sicaresque" novel (hitman narrative) of the 90's. Between these two big moments in Colombian literature, I am going to explain what is Magical Realism and the importance of this literary movement in shaping the Colombian mentality. This talk will be permeated by Psychoanalytic insights that help explain the anxiety of violence in each of us focusing on the novel Rosario Tijeras, by Jorge Franco.

This event is part of programming at UW-Madison in celebration of the National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Wednesday, September 28th
The Annual Mildred Fish-Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture 
is pleased to invite you to: 
"Judging and Gender Equity in the International Realm" 

Wednesday, Sept 28 2016 
4pm, Pyle Center
by Viviana K rsticevic

This year's Mildred Fish-Harnack Human Rights and Democracy lecture features Viviana Krsticevic , the Executive Director of the Center for Justice and International Law based in Washington D.C., speaking about "Judging and Gender Equality in the International Realm." Ms. Krsticevic has led numerous conferences and workshops in the Americas and Europe on the international protection of human rights. She has also litigated cases before both the Inter-American Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Ms. Krsticevic received her law degree from the University of Buenos Aires, a master's degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and an LLM from Harvard University, and is the author of numerous articles published in the US, Latin America and Europe.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday, September 28th at 4;00p.m. in the Pyle Center Alumni Lounge, 720 Langdon Street.
The Mildred Fish-Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture is named after a Milwaukee native who was a UW-Madison student in the 1920s. While living in Germany, Fish-Harnack assisted in the escape of German Jews and political dissidents. She is the only American civilian executed under the personal instruction of Adolf Hitler for her resistance to the Nazi regime.
Designed to promote greater understanding of human rights and democracy, and enrich international studies at UW-Madison, the lecture brings to campus a person who contributed to the cause of human rights through scholarship or active leadership.
Funded by the International Division, the lecture is sponsored by the UW-Madison Human Rights Program, Global Legal Studies Center, 4W Initiative, and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS).
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Sumudu Atapattu (

Wednesday, September 28th
U.S. State Department and Peace Corps Panel
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Masley Media Room,  Armory and Gymnasium (Red Gym)
Learn about opportunities with the U.S. State Department and the Peace Corps at a panel discussion. Featuring: Robert Neus, Midwest Diplomat in Residence and Jason Lemberg, Peace Corps Regional Recruiter.
Friday, September 30th
The Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is holding a unique Medicinal Plant Symposium on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 1 pm-6 pm

This is a free event and is available to the general public. The symposium will feature an evening filled with a community of professionals, students and the general public for a series of talks about medicinal plants. The event will include talks by community professionals from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Ebling Auditorium in the Microbial Sciences building on UW campus, followed by a reception at Allen Centennial Garden from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., where attendees can explore the live collections of medicinal plants, mingle and enjoy refreshments.
Upcoming Events...
Tuesday, October 4th
Wednesday, October 5th
Please join us!
*FREE* Food and beverages will be served!
Wednesday, October 5th


Join representatives from CIA's Directorate of Operations and Analysis Divisions
To learn more about careers and internships with the agency
WHEN: Wednesday, October 5th 2016 from 4-6pm
WHERE: TBD - the location has not yet been assigned; all those who RSVP will be emailed with the location when available
WHO:  Open to any student -- Freshmen to Post Doc or alum
ELIGIBILITY: The CIA only employs U.S. Citizens so this session is not a good fit for international students
(If you are unable to attend after you RSVP, please revisit this link to cancel.  There will be a wait list if we exceed 120 students)
Wednesday, October 5th
Sunday, October 9th

Sunday, October 23rd
UNA Luncheon
Sunday, October 23, 2016 @ 11:45 a.m. 
"Madison: A Tale of Two Cities...One Humanity. Shared Responsibility" 
Register online HERE.

Please join the UNA-USA Dane County Chapter for our annual luncheon on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at Monona Terrace. This year's luncheon:"Madison: A Tale of Two Cities...One Humanity, Shared Responsibility," will feature a keynote address by activist Everett Mitchell, Dane County Circuit Court Judge and Pastor at Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church.
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Education, Volunt eer and Job Opportunities...
Wisconsin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The Wisconsin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


The Wisconsin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is looking for students to join their street team, which is part-time and pays $12/hr. They are looking for individuals to help with their outreach and recruitment. They work with everyone, with an emphasis on under-represented populations. They help to connect them with employers that offer career advancement. Please see the job announcement and application which is here. 

Wisconsin Singers!

Wisconsin Singers (sponsored by the Division of Student Life) has immediate openings for 1- PR/Marketing and 2- Graphic Arts interns. UW class credit and scholarship dollars are available for these full academic year internships.  
Students will develop a portfolio of projects that reflect professional work with a non-profit entertainment company right here on campus. 
Please share with your students-we need to fill these positions immediately to kick off our fall performing season as UW's Official Ambassadors of Goodwill since 1967.
Many thanks for your help during this busy time!
Robin Whitty Novotny
Undergraduate Symposium

The annual Undergraduate Symposium ( is our campus-wide showcase for undergraduate creativity, achievement, research, service-learning and community-based research across all disciplines through oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibitions, and performances. The Symposium will be on April 13, 2017, in Union South. 

The application opens on December 12, 2016. In preparation,  now is a great time for students to review the Symposium website and familiarize themselves with the program to begin planning their presentation's format. 

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

Seeking Dynamic Part-Time Spanish Teachers for our Internship Positions
Futura Language Professionals is one of the largest and most prominent Spanish language providers in the country. Since 2001 we have taught Spanish to thousands of children using our trademarked Building Block Method of Learning®. As we continue to rapidly grow, we are seeking reliable, dynamic teachers with child-friendly personalities to join our exclusive team over one hundred Spanish instructors.

This is a highly sought after, selective position with room for career advancement.
Qualifications We Require:
  • Self-starter with excellent communication skills in both English and Spanish
  • Experience working with children
  • Sophomore standing in college (minimum education required)
  • Ability to manage a classroom of 8-15 students ranging from K-5th grade
  • Minimum of one semester commitment (long-term commitment preferred)
  • Ability to check email daily
  • Passion for the Spanish language
Our classes:
  • 8-10 weeks per semester (September-December; February-May)
  • Meet for one hour before or after school (8am-9am; 3-5pm)
  • Teachers instruct one to four classes per week
  • Lesson plans and materials provided
  • Proven and developed curriculum
  • Incorporate songs, games and cultural activities using our trademarked Building Block Method of Learning®

    We offer:
  • Excellent hourly pay of $28-$33/class, dependent on experience
  • Paid comprehensive training and ongoing support
  • Opportunity to work and network with like-minded professionals
  • Career advancement opportunities and referrals
  • Ability to network with local school districts

    If you're interested in inspiring lifelong language learners, please send your resume and cover letter to:
                        Blanca C. García at
        *Please indicate in your email:
        -Your availability
        -Your transportation method
        -If you can commit through December or longer
        -How many classes you are interested in teaching
Latino Academy of Workforce Development

Internship Opportunities at the Latino Academy of Workforce Development

Practice and Use your Spanish while making a difference in your community! (We are on a bus line!)
The Latino Academy of Workforce Development, has been empowering the Latino community in Dane County for 5 years. We train and educate students to successfully integrate into the economic and educational systems in Dane County. We are seeking interns for the fall semester who can help grow the Latino Academy and better serve our students. This is a great opportunity to practice Spanish and work directly with members of the community. If you are interested in learning more about what we do, please visit our Facebook page or website at  

The Latino Academy is seeking two-three interns who will specialize in either employment or education. Interns are asked to work at least 8-10 hours a week.

Communications Intern : Duties will include the bi-weekly newsletter (in English), assisting with Facebook communications (in Spanish), assisting with marketing efforts such as flyer creation and daily student calls for classes and special news. 

Education Intern : Assist in creating GED intervention material for students,  assist with creating and presenting resume and soft skills workshops, assist with grading and academic planning with students.

Social Services Intern : Work one-on-one with Latino Academy students (speak in Spanish) and help apply for employment, tutor GED social studies students  (Tues/Thurs), call students for class reminders etc.
* All categories include clerical and administrative assistance.

We are also seeking volunteers to help out with various events and programs. This is another great opportunity to connect with members of the community and practice speaking Spanish.

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

Consular Fellows - Spanish

We are currently accepting applications for  Consular Fellows - Spanish positions. 

New hires who commit to a four-year service agreement will be eligible to receive a recruitment incentive of up to 10% of their basic salary. This incentive would be paid in two installments: one upon completion of the first two-year assignment, and the second at the end of the second two-year assignment (48 months service). Consular Fellows may be eligible to participate in the Department's Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) at any post in which they serve when they sign an initial three-year service agreement. For more information on the program, click  here

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

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed. By law, all candidates must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60, except for preference eligible veterans. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances. 

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

We appreciate your interest in the U.S. Department of State.
Fall 2016 Language Institute Events

Marketing Your Language Skills: Drop-in Career Fair Preparation

Mid-September, location TBD

Your language skills and international experiences can help you WOW recruiters at the Fall Internship and Career Fair! Stop by to meet with International Directions Advisor Michael Kruse to find out how. Bring your resume.

International Careers: Making Global Connections
Wednesday, Sep. 28; 4:00 pm
Union South

Career and internship advisors will discuss what UW alumni have done with their international backgrounds to better understand the career development process, to help you figure out your next steps in developing your own search strategies and how to build your network. An overview of international internships and upcoming summer program deadlines will also be provided.

Use Your Words: Careers in Translation and Interpreting

Considering a career in the fast-growing fields of translation and interpreting, but wondering how to get started? Come to this workshop series to learn how to gain experience, build your expertise, find work, and more! Presented by UW-Madison alumni working as translators and interpreters in the Madison area.

Freelance Translation
Monday, Oct. 3; 5:00 pm
Union South

Medical Interpreting
Monday, Oct. 10; 5:00 pm
Union South

Legal Interpreting
Monday, Oct. 3; 5:00 pm
Union South

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.
The Information Specialist Internship Program (ISIP) is accepting applications for Fall 2016!
ISIP is a two year, paid internship/career exploration opportunity that is designed to increase diversity in librarianship and information specialist professions.
As an ISIP intern you will be exposed to different library and information service settings around the UW campus in 8-week placements (two per semester). Each placement is designed to introduce you to various aspects of careers in librarianship and information specialism. ISIP requires a commitment of 8-10 hours/week during normal business hours.
Eligibility is limited to second year and third year undergraduates enrolled on the UW-Madison campus, at least half-time, during the 2016-17 academic year, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.
For more information about the program AND the online application, please visit the ISIP website at:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but first consideration for Fall 2016 placements will be given to those applications received by September 16, 2016.  Accepted students would start their internship in early October of 2016.
Have questions?  Contact  
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 @
Wisconsin in Washington

Chancellor Rebecca Blank poses with the 2014 cohort of D.C. Semester students, along with program director Leon Weintraub and UW alumnus Tony Carroll.
The 'Wisconsin in Washington' DC program harnesses the many opportunities found in our Nation's Capital for UW-Madison undergraduates in a wide variety of colleges and majors. 
With the help of our Political Science advisers, our DC-based faculty program manager and our UW/DC Badger alumni network, students pursue DC internships in a variety of fields including government/politics, international affairs, communications, journalism, law, NGOs and nonprofits, history, the arts, corporate management, agricultural and life sciences, environment, lobbying, PR/advertising, think tanks/applied research, education, and more. The program offers students a full-credit option in fall and spring (12 UW credits including a combination of internship, core DC program seminar, and electives taught by UW appointed faculty) and a 3-credit program in the summer. Admitted students stay in university-arranged, apartment housing located in the heart of Capitol Hill. 


Scholarships available for qualified students. 
To learn more, including program costs and application steps, go to:

Please also direct any questions (and interested students) to Joel Clark, Career and Internship Advisor, at   
Volunteer with BECA! 

Joaquim Nabuco Award 2016

Mad about Cervantes or Shakespeare?
Four hundred years after their death, William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes continue to stir passions and attract creative responses. On October 11th and 25th from 4pm to 6pm, the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies will hold commemorations of these figures. You are invited to contribute to these informal conversations on Shakespeare or Cervantes.

These talks will focus around three personal questions:

1. What do you like about William Shakespeare or Miguel de Cervantes?
2.  What is your favorite work and why?
3.  Are Cervantes and Shakespeare relevant to us today? Why? Or why not?

The talks are intended to generate enthusiasm among students and colleagues for the works of these masters. UW- Madison members from any department with an interest in these authors can send me a brief email before September 10, to schedule a time on October 11th or 25th that works for you:

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!