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May 8th - May 14th

In This Issue

 CLACS announces 2nd round call for Graduate AY FLAS.

CLACS is accepting applications for a Graduate Academic Year FLAS for Graduate studies interested in studying Quechua (applications for Portuguese may be considered as well). Please contact CLACS FLAS coordinator, Alejandra Seufferheld at for more information and to apply.

Registration Now Open for CLACS 2nd Annual High School Summer Bridge-Portuguese - 2017.

This intensive, two-week course is geared to introduce students to Brazilian Portuguese and Brazilian Culture and to help prepare them to study language at the college level.  No prior knowledge of Portuguese is required and the course is free!  Spaces are limited, so click here to register now.

Registration Now CLACS Latin American Educators Workshop: The Poetry and Movement of Tango.

Professional Development Workshop for Middle School, High School, and Community College Educators, and Librarians focused on the history and culture of Tango.  Illinois K-12 educators are eligible to receive ISBE Professional Development Hours (PDH). Others are eligible to receive General University Continuing Education units (CEU). The program will take place from June 5th through 9th. Click here for more information.


Events This Week

Saturday, May 13th at 2:30 pm

Come out to the Urbana Free Library on Saturday at 2:30 pm for Spanish Story Time!  This week's story is Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle.

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Highlights from The Library

Library Introduce Trial of New Database, "Cuban Culture and Cultural Relationships"

Part One of Brill’s new Cuban Culture and Cultural Relations focuses upon Casa de las Américas in Havana, Cuba, which ranks among the most renowned cultural institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Ever since its creation in 1959, just three months after the Cuban Revolution, it has been a host to thousands of writers and artists from throughout the region. It has published countless books and articles, organized conferences, concerts, expositions, theater productions and numerous cultural contests. Much of the information, in its original language, is preserved in the present “Casa y Cultura” section of the Archivo Vertical at Casa de las Américas library. This section contains some 45,000 documents organized in 545 folders. This collection offers unique and exclusive access to archival materials from Cuba’s primary cultural institution.  Click here to access the database. Please direct questions to Dr. Antonio Sotomayor



 FLAS AY 2017-2018 Fellowship Available

CLACS is accepting applications for a Graduate Academic Year FLAS for Graduate studies interested in studying Quechua (Portuguese applications may be considered as well). Please contact CLACS FLAS coordinator, Alejandra Seufferheld at for more information.


Call for Candidates for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Scholarships (Argentina)

The archaeology team of The Paleo-Ecology Laboratory (CONICET, UNCuyo, Mendoza) researches human–environment interactions in the Andes. We are looking for research fellows to work on the following specific topics: 

  • Isotopic ecology, subsistence chance, and spatial scales in human societies of the southern Andes (Mendoza)
  • Zoo-archaeology and human subsistence in northwestern Patagonia (Neuquén): spatial and temporal variability
  • Changes in the organization of lithic technology: use of lithic sources, production systems, and artifact variability (northern Mendoza)
  • Volcanism y human responses (southern Mendoza)

We are also looking to reinforce more general research interests: paleo-demography (radiometric dates), mobility and migration (isotopes, human remains, obsidian geochemistry), landscape archaeology (survey and spatial analysis in GIS), paleo-diet and ecology (isotopes, flora, fauna), and agropastoral practices (ceramics, lithics, camelid osteometry, ground stone). The team comprises seven full-time CONICET researchers with complementary specialties: Víctor Durán, high-altitude environments, geo-archaeology, obsidian geochemistry; Valeria Cortegoso, lithic technology; Ramiro Barberena, stable isotopes, human biogeography; Paula Novellino, bioanthropology; Carina Llano, paleo- and modern ethnobotany; Alejandra Gasco, zoo-archaeology, camelid osteometry; Erik Marsh, ceramics, Bayesian statistics. The laboratory belongs to the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, National University of Cuyo, Mendoza as well as the recently formed CONICET research unit, The Interdisciplinary Institute of Basic Science. Click here for more information. Deadline for applications May 15th, 2017.

2017 Graduate and Undergraduate Student Award Competition

ASCE Student Award Committee is accepting nominations for the 2017 Jorge Pérez-López Student Award Competition. A panel of scholars will judge all submissions regardless of the format (visual, roundtable, posters, artistic or reports) on the basis of relevance, originality, quality, contribution, and clarity of presentation. Papers should not be co-authored with an instructor or teaching assistant. At a minimum, all papers must outline a thesis statement, present evidence or data supporting it, confine to 5000 words double-spaced length, and follow one of the standard academic writing and citations styles. The 5000 words limit for the essay will be STRICTLY ENFORCED. All correspondences must be accompanied by a letter stating the name, school affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email of the nominee as well as a brief statement describing the merits of the nomination. A condition of submission is that the paper will be considered for publication in Cuba in Transition. All submissions are expected to conform to ethical and publication guidelines published by the professional association of the author/s field of study.  Please contact for more information.  Applications are due by May 20th, 2017.

Richard E. Greenleaf Library Fellowships

The Latin American Library at Tulane University is pleased to announce the Richard E. Greenleaf Fellowships to support research at the Library for 2017-18. Their purpose is to offer researchers who permanently reside in any country of Latin America or the Caribbean short-term residential fellowships to use the resources of the Latin American Library at Tulane to conduct research in any field of the humanities or social sciences.  Up to two fellowships will be granted every year. Each fellowship will cover the full cost of round-trip airfare as well as housing expenses and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses for a period of one to three months, as well as full library privileges at Tulane University. Fellowships are available to any qualified scholar - including independent researchers - who resides permanently in any country in Latin America or the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico). Applications from scholars of any nationality who are permanent residents of any country in the region will be considered, but preference will be given to citizens of Latin American or Caribbean nations, including Puerto Rico. Citizens of Latin American/Caribbean countries currently living outside the region and Puerto Ricans residing outside the island are not eligible. Click here for more information.  Applications are due by May 26, 2017.

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Community Announcements

Immersion Opportunity for Latin American Studies Students

 Come to beautiful and modern city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, the “City of Eternal Spring,” in North-Central South America and participate in our Program: Travel with a Purpose: Travel, Learn, and Volunteer. Be immersed in the Bolivian Latin American culture, study or improve your Spanish (or Quechua, or Aymara), and participate in our optional volunteer program if desired. There are two options for this program: a 12-week option or a 6-week option (without volunteering).  All of this is provided in a safe and fun program with every detail taken care of, and with 24/7 assistance for emergencies if needed. Our school in Cochabamba, Conexiones entre Mundos Language School, has more than 20 years of experience, with customized one-on-one Language Classes. We have an excellent worldwide reputation and testimonials are available from students and corporations.

For more information click here, and if you want to register, make sure to use the code ST001.

The University of Chicago Summer Language Institute - Aymara

Aymara is spoken by more than two million people in Bolivia and parts of Peru, Chile, and Argentina. In this course, students will work with a native speaker and the tri-lingual textbook (Aymara, Spanish, English) Aymar Arux Akhamawa to acquire speaking, listening, and writing proficiency as well as familiarity with formal grammatical and linguistic structures. Students will work with a variety of authentic cultural materials, includingliterature, music, visual arts, and mass media to gain familiarity with particular meanings embedded within Aymara cultural concepts and contexts.  This 8-week course is designed for students preparing for fieldwork in Andean cultures or for linguists interested in indigenous South American languages. Click here for more information.