News and Announcements

PhD Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

CLAS is pleased to announce the launch of a PhD certificate program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Designed to support the professional development and interdisciplinary pursuits of UChicago doctoral students, the PhD certificate provides documentation of regional expertise. More information about the certificate requirements and application process can be found here.

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Slavery, Freedom and the Making of Modern Brazil

On June 8–9, we will bring together some of the most important scholars of Brazilian slavery and abolition to collaborate on an English-language book that aims both to advance our understanding of slavery's enduring significance and to bring Brazil's remarkable Portuguese-language historiography to the attention of English-speaking scholars who study the broader Atlantic world. The event is free and open to the public. Registration information and full program are included below.

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Contextos: CLAS Blog Features New Post

Alysia Mann Carey, PhD Student for the Department of Political Science, shares her experiences doing fieldwork at Salvador, Bahia, Brazil  in "‘As we gather, we encounter our force, our power, our ability to live’: Black mothers and the struggle for Black life in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil". Read more here.

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CLAS Announces New Travel Fellowship for Dissertation Research in the Social Sciences

CLAS is pleased to announce its new travel fellowship for Dissertation Research in the Social Sciences—the CLAS Mellon Dissertation Research Fellowship.

The CLAS Mellon Dissertation Research Travel Fellowship, funded with the generous support ot he Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports outstanding doctoral students in the Social Sciences who need to conduct dissertation research or fieldwork in Latin America. This fellowship provides support for dissertation research travel from 3-12 months in duration. 

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Senior Lecturer Ana Lima Wins Award from American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese

The Illinois Portuguese Language Connection—coordinated by Ana Lima (Romance Languages and Literatures) along with her colleagues Ana Clotilde Thome-Williams from Northwestern University and Raquel Goebel from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—has been awarded the 2017 American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese (AOTP) Award for Educational Initiative/Project in the US.

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CFA: Upper Midwest Latin American Studies Initiative Regional Faculty Research/Travel Award Competition

CLAS offers research-travel awards for faculty members at institutions in Illinois who are engaged in Latin American/Caribbean research projects or conference presentations. As part of our postsecondary outreach program, external faculty members are eligible to compete for modest travel funds.

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The PATHS/Area Centers Public Lectureship Prize

Are you a PhD student working on Latin America, East Asia, the Middle East, or Eastern Europe and Russia/Eurasia? Are you interested in improving your public speaking skills by presenting your research to community audiences at local cultural centers? Apply for the PATHS/Area Studies Public Lectureship Prize to share your global research with local populations. Recipients will receive a $200 stipend and logistical support for planning a talk at a Chicago-area cultural center or community college.

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New Video: Ethnic minority rights in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador by Mneesha Gellman

Video is now available from the CLAS-organized lecture, "Democratization and Memories of Violence: Ethnic minority rights movements in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador" by Mneesha Gellman, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emerson College.

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History Announces New Write-Up Fellowships

Through a generous bequest from the estate of T. Bentley Duncan, associate professor of history emeritus and the first director of the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of History has established two new dissertation write-up fellowships. Read more here.

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CFA: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for 2017–2018

Information Sessions:

Monday, January 9 at 4:30pm, in Kersten Physics Teaching Center Room 206

Thursday, January 12 at 12:30pm, in Kersten Physics Teaching Center Room 206

Register for the sessions via GRAD Gargoyle (click on Events>Workshops)

Application Deadline: Monday, February 13, 2017 at 5pm CT; online applications will go live in early January

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Workshop: Linguistic and Other Cultural Exchanges across Brazilian History: The Indigenous Role

On October 28-29, CLAS, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and the Franke Institute for the Humanities will present a workshop that brings together linguists, anthropologists, and historians, working from different perspectives, for an interdisciplinary conversation on the situations surrounding indigenous people’s contacts and exchanges with others across Brazilian history.

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Latin America UChicago Is Now Available

The Center for Latin American Studies is pleased to announce the release of the 2015–2016 edition of Latin America UChicago. This annual publication features news and stories about our affiliated faculty, visiting professors, and students, as well as the Center’s academic and public engagement activities.

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Latin America in Chicago: Current Events, Activities & Exhibitions

Chicago is the third most populous city in the US and it is widely regarded as an international epicenter for finance, tourism, and culture. This multicultural metropolis is also known for the diversity and distinctive history of its 77 neighborhoods. Since the early twentieth century, Latin America has had a notable and active presence in Chicago. Please visit here for more information about events in Chicago.

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