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December 11th - December 17th

 
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CLACS News
 

CLACS ANNUAL REVIEW 2016-2017

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies announces the release of its Annual Review Newsletter 2016-2017. Please, have a full view of the contents or download the magazine through the following link: CLACS ANNUAL REVIEW

Announcing the María Elena Moyano Fellowship Fund

 The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is proud to announce the launch of the María Elena Moyano Fellowship Fund.  It is CLACS’ long-term goal to build an endowment for the María Elena Moyano Fellowship Fund such that it can offer an annual stipend for students from Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America to defray most of their expenses while studying at the University of Illinois. Our short-term goal is for the Fund to reach a minimum endowment of $25,000 so that we can begin offering small fellowships to help students defray some of their living and research expenses. This fellowship will provide funds for study and research for students from Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America who are pursuing a graduate degree in any field of Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This will be the first fellowship at our Center that is geared towards helping newly arriving students from Spanish-speaking Latin America to offset tuition and living expenses while at our campus.  Please see below for more information about the fund as well for information on how to donate.

CLACS now accepting applications for 2018-2019 AY and Summer FLAS Fellowships.

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois Area Studies Centers and Programs and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages and each Center has specific priorities. Click here for more information.

Announcing the Call for 2018 Summer Graduate Research Fellowships!

 The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies announces our call for applications for our 2018 Summer Graduate Research Fellowships. These fellowships are meant to provide support research travel to Latin America for graduate students at various stages of their career.  Applications are due February 16th. Please click here for more information.  

 
 
 
Announcing the María Elena Moyano Fellowship Fund
 

For over half a century the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has established an outstanding record as one of the most distinguished universities in the United States for research and education on Latin America. In this context, the presence of Latin Americanists from Latin America, in particular graduate students, provides an essential diversity of viewpoints and life experiences that allow for a more vital intellectual and cultural ferment and enrichment at our university. Because financial considerations do not enable many Latin American students to enroll in programs of study that we offer, even when they bring stellar academic preparation, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is launching an endowed fellowship fund, the María Elena Moyano Fellowship Fund.  This fellowship will provide funds for study and research for students from Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America who are pursuing a graduate degree in any field of Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This will be the first fellowship at our Center that is geared towards helping newly arriving students from Spanish-speaking Latin America to offset tuition and living expenses while at our campus.

María Elena Moyano (1958-1992) was a fearless and exemplary Afro-Peruvian fighter for the civil rights of women, Afro-descendants, Indigenous people, and the poor in her native Peru. In 1986, at the age of 28 she became President of the Women’s Federation of Villa El Salvador, a very large pueblo joven (shanty town) in the outskirts of Lima formed in 1973 which was internationally recognized as an exemplary model due to the active role of its inhabitants in its governance and development.  In 1990, Moyano became Villa El Salvador’s Deputy Mayor and she strove to protect her community against the violence of the Shining Path, a radical Maoist movement that sought to impose its own vision of cultural revolution.  For her defiance against the violence of the Shining Path, Moyano was savagely and cowardly murdered by the insurgent group in 1992 at the young age of 33.  Due to her commitment and sacrifice, María Elena Moyano represents all those who search social justice in their own communities.

It is CLACS’ long-term goal to build an endowment for the María Elena Moyano Fellowship Fund such that it can offer an annual stipend for students from Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America to defray most of their expenses while studying at the University of Illinois. Our short-term goal is for the Fund to reach a minimum endowment of $25,000 so that we can begin offering small fellowships to help students defray some of their living and research expenses. With your help, we hope to reach that short-term goal within two years. In these times, it becomes vital that the affiliates and friends of Latin American Studies and CLACS at the University of Illinois step forward to help assure the vibrancy of our field of studies at this great university. Creating a critical funding source for one of our core constituencies – graduate students from our region of study – is an important building block to assure a vibrant future for Latin American Studies on campus. Please consider helping us to reach that goal.

We invite you to make any size donation that you can, whether it is a one-time donation, a monthly payroll deduction, or other. Any amount is appreciated, and your gift is tax deductible. If you are interested in making a donation to the "María Elena Moyano Fellowship Fund", go directly to the University of Illinois Foundation (http://www.uif.uillinois.edu/WaysToGive/) to select your method of donation (online, mail, or by electronic transfer).  When donating online, please select “I would like my donation allocated to the following specific fund(s)” and enter “María Elena Moyano Fellowship Fund” in the space provided.We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Sincerely,

Anna María Escobar, Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Nils Jacobsen, Professor Emeritus of History, Ex-Director of CLACS

Norman Whitten, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Ex-Director of CLACS

 
 
 
Highlighted Talks
 
 
 
 
 
Events This Week
 

 

 Wednesday, December 13th
 
Last day of classes!!!
 
 
Thursday, December 14th
 
Reading day
 
Friday, December 15th - Thursday, December 21st
 
Final Exams
 
 
Good luck to all of our students during Finals!!!!!!!
 
 
 

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Events Calendar
 
 
 
 
 
News from the Library
 
 

It is with great pleasure that we introduce our newest library research/study guide: Indigenous Languages and Populations in “Latin” America
(http://guides.library.illinois.edu/indigenouspopulations).

For more information or questions about this guide, please contact Prof. Antonio Sotomayor, asotomay@illinois.edu.

 
 
 
Upcoming Spring 19 Courses
 

HIST 406:  “History of Mexico from 1519”

 

This course is designed as a survey class focusing on the colonial and modern history of Mexico and its people. Particular emphasis will be placed on the cultural, economic, and political structures and processes that shaped and continued to influence life in Mexico from its colonial past to the present. Key issues such as colonialism, racism, mestizaje, the role of the Catholic Church, Independence, the rise of the nation state, the Reforma, the Porfiriato, the Mexican Revolution(s), the economic “miracle,” and US-relations will all be examined critically—from time to time in light of comparative themes in Peru in order to discuss the singularity of Mexico’s history. Course materials include secondary sources as well as primary documents, literature, paintings, and film in order to provide insights into the complex and diverse history of the “Many Mexicos.” To capture its diversity this course will also pay particular attention to the distinct histories of various regions in the country.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grants/Fellowships/Opportunities
 

Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

FLAS Fellowship 2018-19 is open for application.

Application due Friday, January 26, 2018
Letters of Recommendation due Friday, February 2, 2018
Summer 2018 & Academic Year 2018-19 application available now!

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois Area Studies Centers and Programs and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages and each Center has specific priorities. Click here for more information.  Applications are due January 26th.

2018 Graduate Summer Fellowships

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies announces our call for applications for our 2018 Summer Graduate Research Fellowships. These fellowships are meant to provide support research travel to Latin America for graduate students at various stages of their career.  Applications are due February 16th. Please click here for more information.  

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice-oriented degree programs are not eligible for support (see eligible fields). Prospective applicants should read carefully the eligibility requirements, the terms of the fellowship awards, application instructions and other information pertaining to the individual fellowship (PredoctoralDissertation, or Postdoctoral) for which they are applying.  Deadlines: Predoctoral fellowship - December 14th, Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship - December 7th.  Click here for more information.

Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities, 2018-19

Environmental Humanities pulls the energy of several discipline-centric humanistic and related movements—environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others—into one common conversation about the relationship between humans and non-human nature, past and present. Intensely interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse, practitioners of the environmental humanities are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.

The IPRH-Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellows will participate in all activities of the Environmental Humanities Research Group, as led by the IPRH–Mellon Faculty Fellow in Environmental Humanities, Professor Robert Morrissey. In addition to pursuing environmental humanities-related research projects of their own, the IPRH-Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellows will participate in a seminar aimed at developing methodologies for environmental humanities research and pedagogy.

Advanced PhD students from all humanities disciplines, including the humanities-inflected social sciences, whose research and teaching interests lie in the area of environmental humanities, are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to applicants whose scholarship explores themes of climate or climate change, indigenous studies, place and space, resilience, or technology.

Deadline: January 12th, 2018. Click here for more information.

 
 
 
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Community Announcements
 

Intensive language classes open to all (Winter 2018)


The Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program offers low-cost classes in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Latin, Greek, and ESL Conversation (new this year!). Courses are taught by UIUC instructors. Open to everyone; not for credit, just for fun! We offer various levels and different time options. Courses are held January 2-12. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.slcl.illinois.edu/outreach/iflip/. If you have any questions, please email Prof. Florencia Henshaw (henshaw2@illinois.edu).