News and Announcements

Contextos: CLAS Blog Features New Post

Keshia L. Harris, Ph.D. Candidate for the Department of Comparative Human Development, discusses her dissertation's fieldwork in Salvador, Brazil: “Dissertation Dive: Salvador, Brazil”…Read more here.

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Summer Teacher Institute June 27–28, 2016—Global Issues in Local Contexts: Turning International Journalism into Teachable Lessons

Conflict and international migration. Consumption and waste. Environmental degradation and conservation. No matter where we live, these issues affect our lives. But how do these issues manifest differently around the world? How do global issues connect to local contexts? How are contemporary challenges handled in different places around the world? And how can we present these important topics to students in ways that will both engage them and connect them to the larger world?

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Announcing the Inaugural CLAS Alumni Webinar—May 16

Join CLAS for an informal conversation with Alaina Harkness (MPP/LACS AM, 2006), Fellow in the Office of the Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution and former Senior Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation.
Monday, May 16, 2016, 4:00 PM CDT

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UChicago Presents: Sérgio, Odair, and Clarice Assad—Memories from Rio

Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad set the benchmark for all other guitarists by creating a new standard of innovation, ingenuity, and expression. Here, they are joined by Sérgio’s daughter, Clarice, a sought-after composer, pianist, and vocalist. The Assads conclude the 2015–16 UChicago Presents classic concert series with music inspired by their homeland.

CLAS is thrilled to cosponsor the Assads performance and residency.

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Second Competition for FLAS Academic Year Fellowships

CLAS is pleased to announce a second call for applications to the academic year 2016–17 FLAS (Foreign Language & Area Studies) Fellowship competition for Haitian Kreyol and Portuguese.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

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Seminar: Frontiers of Slavery and Freedom in the 19th Century Lusophone World

On Saturday, February 27, scholars from throughout the US and Brazil will gather on the UChicago campus to explore the frontiers of slavery and freedom on myriad scales with an eye toward interrogating slavery's formative influence on enduring institutions and socio-cultural formations in Brazil and the Lusophone Atlantic.

For more information, please visit the seminar webpage.

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Professor Hebe Mattos at UChicago, February 2016

Hebe Mattos, Professor of History at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is conducting research at the University of Chicago Library during the month of February 2016. Professor Mattos works on Brazilian slavery and post-emancipation society; her current project focuses on self-narratives of free men descended from enslaved Africans in Brazil.

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Latin America in Chicago: Current Events, Activities & Exhibitions in 2016

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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Spring 2016 Courses in Latin American Studies

Descriptions for spring quarter Latin American Studies courses are now available! With topics ranging from Latin American cinema to Science and Technology in Latin America, the spring quarter boasts a plethora of exciting offerings. Of these, CLAS would like to hi-light the following new courses. A complete list of course offerings can be downloaded here.

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BA/MA Program Admission Deadline February 1, 2016

The joint BA/MA program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies makes it possible for highly qualified students in the College to augment their undergraduate studies by combining a BA program in an undergraduate major with an interdisciplinary MA program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Through the BA/MA program, students acquire a thorough knowledge of the cultures, history, politics, and languages of the region, and develop skillsets that are transferable to careers both within and outside of the academy.

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2016 CLAS Tinker Field Research Grant Call For Applications

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is pleased to announce a travel grant competition for University of Chicago graduate students to conduct preliminary (pre-dissertation) field research in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere, excluding Puerto Rico. The 2016 CLAS Tinker Field Research Grants provide students with the opportunity to develop an independent research project, collect data, explore research sites and archives, and establish professional and institutional contacts. 

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Latin America Chicago 2014–15 Now Available Online

The Center for Latin American Studies is pleased to announce the release of the 2014–2015 edition of Latin America Chicago. This annual publication features news and stories about our affiliated faculty, students, Tinker Visiting Professors, and students, as well as the Center’s academic and public engagement activities. View the entire issue or download our newsletter in PDF format.

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Contextos: CLAS Blog Begins New Academic Year with New Post

Visiting Brazilian PhD student Marcella de Araujo Silva writes "On the Current Brazilian Housing Program" for Contextos. Read more here.

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CLAS Student Photography Competition and Exhibition

The application is now open for the inaugural year of CLAS's student photography exhibition, Vistas. This exhibition—which we hope to mount annually—will highlight the importance of our undergraduate and graduate student experiences across Latin America and the Caribbean. Please consider submitting photos that depict your research, work, and/or volunteerism in the region during the last year.

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New Book by CLAS-Affiliated Faculty Member Michael Albertus

Assistant Professor of Political Science Michael Albertus has published Autocracy and Redistribution: The Politics of Land Reform (Cambride University Press, 2015).

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Autumn Course Descriptions Available

Course descriptions for undergraduate and graduate autumn quarter courses are available here. There are a number of new offerings this quarter. Of particular note: Slavery and Freedom in South America, taught by Keila Grinberg, Tinker Visiting Professor in History, Introduction to Brazilian Culture, taught by Victoria Sarmago, Romance Languages and Literatures, Elections with(out) choices?

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CLAS-Affiliated Faculty Reflect on Porfirio Díaz on the Centennial of His Death

Emilio Kourí and Mauricio Tenorio are featured in Mexican magazines Proceso and Nexos on the occasion of the 100-year anniversary of Porfirio Díaz's death (July 2, 1915).

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CLAS Student Affairs Coordinator Jamie Gentry Wins Award

CLAS Student Affairs Coordinator Jamie Gentry has been presented with the 2015 Marlene F. Richman Award for Excellence and Dedication in Service to Students. The award was created in honor of Marlene F. Richman, who served students with extraordinary commitment and caring during a career that spanned four decades. Marlene was a revered career counselor for 36 years and the Resident Master of Burton-Judson during her career at the University of Chicago.

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Mauricio Tenorio (History) Wins Book Awards for "I Speak of the City"

Professor of History and former CLAS Director Mauricio Tenorio has won two prestigious book awards for I Speak of the City: Mexico City at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2012).

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CLAS Event in the Chicago Maroon

On February 9, CLAS partnered with the Institute of Politics to organize "The Thaw: What’s Next for U.S.-Cuba Relations," featuring Maria de los Ángeles Torres, director and professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago; Ana Carbonell, Managing Partner of The Factor, Inc., a Florida based public affairs and political strategy consulting firm; and moderator Eddie Arruza, a correspondent and segment host for Chicago Tonight.

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UChicago Feature Article on Claudia Brittenham (Art History)

Art historian Claudia Brittenham, co-author of The Murals of Cacaxtla: The Power of Painting in Ancient Central Mexico (University of Texas Press), discusses her work in Mexico and the importance of art in the UChicago feature story Mexican murals reveal art's power, published on the University's home page on January 5, 2015.

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Opportunity for K–12 and Post-Secondary Educators: Travel to Belize and Tikal

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago, the Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico are pleased to announce a summer 2015 educator travel opportunity to Belize and Tikal (Guatemala).

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Upper Midwest Latin American Studies Initiative Regional Faculty Research-Travel Awards

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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Introducing the Blog of the Center for Latin American Studies at UChicago

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