Noticias de la Semana
September 11th to September 17th, 2016

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

Dear LACIS students, colleagues and friends
As the new director of LACIS it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016/17 academic year. This year LACIS will continue to flourish thanks to you and the dedication of our incredible team: Alberto Vargas, Sarah Ripp, Darcy Little, Jesus del Toro and Isabel Suarez.
As usual we will have vibrant activities during the year and we hope you will join us in fostering an intellectual community that cares about our region and the multiple challenges we face. Thanks to the continued support of the Tinker Foundation, in the fall, the Department of Sociology is hosting Bastian Reydon (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil), who specializes in land tenure issues in Brazil. He'll be teaching a seminar on "Sociology of economic Change."
We hope this fall you have a chance to attend one of our lunchtime lectures or check out the myriad activities LACIS sponsored or co-sponsored throughout the semester. We are very grateful for your support and always welcome suggestions, inquiries, etc.!

If you've ever wondered what our academic programs are like or what one could possibly do with a degree in LACIS, please take a moment to read one of our blog post: Jacob Wolbert is a former LACIS undergrad with fantastic things on the horizon!
I look forward to working with you this year and helping you achieve your goals!
Hernando Rojas
LACIS Director
The LACIS Staff: Hernando, Alberto, Darcy, Sarah, Isabel, and Jesus 
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This Week
Education, Volunteer & Job Opportunities

This Week...  

Friday, September 9th

Upcoming lectures: 

Monday, September 12th

The Madison Area Permaculture Guild
is hosting an
Herb Garden Plant Giveaway!
September 12th from 6:00-7:30   

More information HERE.


Tuesday, September 13th
The 8th Annual SuperMercado Latinx
September 13th, 2016

The Brothers of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. present the 8th annual SuperMercado Latinx!

Please join the men of Lambda Theta Phi and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement in one of the largest gatherings of Latinx/multicultural students and faculty at UW Madison. SuperMercado Latinx is an evening of fun with music and a great way to meet new friends and explore new opportunities. This will allow incoming Latinx freshmen to seek resources that will enhance their academic careers.Various student and community organizations will be in attendance tabling along with other activities including:
- Free food!
- Live Perfomances: Ballet Folklorico Mexico de Carlos y Sonia Avila
- Key Note Speaker: Sergio Hernandez, City Year, Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Loteria with prizes
- Other give aways and raffles

Come and enjoy yourself!

Tuesday, September 13th
Spanish Conversation Table
La mesa de conversación

5-7 p.m.

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.

Tuesday, September 13th

UNA Dane September 13, 2013 Program, Downtown Library 7:00 p.m.
Presentation Title: Fair Trade: A Consumer Driven Strategy to Reduce Poverty
Topic: Fair Trade was started 70 years ago in the U.S. as a strategy to help low income people in developing countries escape poverty and build economically sustainable lives. It has grown into a global movement committed to promoting consumer driven economic change that will promote increased social justice, better working conditions and less disparity of income.  
Bob will explore the history of the fair trade movement, its ten core principles, and its goals and objectives. He will delve into its impact on the lives of low income artisans and workers in developing countries, with particularly emphasis on ways the movement provides an alternative to sweat shop produced products, particularly clothing. He will also discuss the role Madison has played in this growing movement.
Bob will be joined by "stars" from Madison's own roller derby team, Mad Rollin' Dolls who will model current fair trade fashions offered by Serrv and other fair trade organizations.

Bob Chase has been CEO of SERRV International, a 65 year old nonprofit fair trade and development organization, for the last 27 years. Previous he and his wife owned and operated in fair trade store. He is a member of the board of directors of the World Fair Trade Organization, past member of the board of directors of the Fair Trade Federation and is UNA Dane County Treasurer.      
Wednesday, September 14th
Study Abroad Fair
 Varsity Hall, 1:30pm-6pm

The Study Abroad Fair gives students a one-stop-shopping experience for exploring hundreds to study abroad opportunities for every major. More than 90 exhibits will showcase info about UW sponsored programs, including IAP's 200+ programs and offerings from other study abroad offices on campus. You'll find programs on 6 continents ranging from classroom experience to internships, research, field work, service learning & more.
Wednesday, September 14th
Internships in Latin America and Spain Info Session
336 Ingraham Hall, 4pm

Come hear about spring and summer internship opportunities in Latin America and Spain. Get your questions answered about available opportunities, how to do your own search, course credit, scholarships, visas, insurance, etc. Session will be run by the International Internship Program (IIP) and Latin America, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS).
Friday, September 16th

Upcoming Events...
Sunday, September 25th

Madison World Music Festival Free!

The Mystical Arts of Tibet - Sand Mandala: Shannon Sunset Lounge, Memorial Union. Schedule: 
9/13, Tuesday, 12n - 1pm, Mandala Opening Ceremony 
9/13, Tuesday, 1:30pm - 4:30pm, Drawing of the lines 
9/14, Weds. 9am - 6pm, Mandala Construction 
9/15, Thursday, 9am - 6pm, Mandala Construction 
9/16, Friday, 9am - 3pm, Mandala Construction 
9/16, Friday, 3:30pm - 5pm, Closing Ceremony and Dispersal of the Sand 

Thursday, 9/15, Fredric March Play Circle
5:30 pm, Film: LIFE IS WAITING: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara - directed by Iara Lee. Forty years after its people were promised freedom by departing Spanish rulers, Western Sahara remains Africa's last colony. This film chronicles the everyday violence experienced by Sahrawis living under Moroccan occupation and voices their struggle for self-determination through creative resistance and non-violence.
6:45 pm: Enyedi-Salamon Ensemble, Hungary, dancing workshop (Rain: Festival Room)
8:15 pm: Enyedi-Salamon Ensemble, Hungary, performance (Rain: Play Circle)

Friday, 9/16, Memorial Union Terrace (rain: Shannon Hall):
5:30 pm: Rajab Suleiman & Kithara, Zanzibar
7:30 pm: Alsarah & the Nubatones, Sudan/USA
9:30 pm: The Dhol Foundation, India/England 

Saturday, 9/17, Willy St. Fair, Large Stage:
2:30 pm: Femina, Argentina
4:45 pm: A-Wa, Israel/Yemen
7 pm: Ótimo Dance, performing with Drum Power students and lead by Yorel Lashley and Tom Ross, Brazil/Madison
7:30 pm: The Villalobos Brothers, Mexico
Shannon Hall:
8pm: The Mystical Arts of Tibet. Free
Terrace (Rain: Fredric March Play Circle):
9:30 pm: A-Wa, Israel/Yemen
Wednesday, September 28th
 Mildred Fish Harnack Lecture
Wednesday, Sept 28 2016 
4pm, Pyle Center
by Viviana Krsticevic

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 see _________________ or contact Sumudu Atapattu ([email protected])
Tuesday, October 4th
Sunday, October 9th

LACIS News...
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Lunchtime Lecture Videos:
Couldn't make it to a Lunchtime Lecture? Check out our YouTube channel for videos of all the lectures and more! 
Education, Volunteer 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

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 [email protected]

        *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 [email protected].org.

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 ourforums 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.
Futura Teaching Internship

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 ([email protected]), 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 wascreated 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 @ [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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: [email protected].

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.

International Reach
International 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

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