Thursday, April 9, 2015

Announcements from CLACS

Spanish and Portuguese Song Festival April 10th, 2015 - 6 pm
Neal Marshall Black Cultural Center

This year 8 undergrad students studying Spanish and Portuguese in the Spanish and Portuguese department will be competing for a top prize. Participanting students will perform songs from Colombian, Mexican, Spanish, Brazilian artists among some other ones. Special guests include Emmanuel Padilla (harpist), Venus Hernandez (soprano vocalist), Valeria De Castro (Bossa Nova, Samba, Jazz) and Birimbi (afro-Colombian and other Latin American rhythms) from the Latin American Music Center, the Jacobs School of Music and Bloomington will also perform during the festival.

Lecture: “The Emotional Ecosystem of the ‘African Atlantic’: On Vulnerability and Resilience” 
April 16th, 2015 - 12:30 PM
Eigenmann Hall Conference Room 301 

This talk will be presented by Christabelle Peters, a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study. Please RSVP if interested in attending to 
Community Events

Paso a Paso: A Cultural Dance Workshop
April 18th, 2015 - 12 - 3 PM
Neal Marshall Black Cultural Center 

Do you like to dance? Do you want to learn more about Latino culture? Why not do both! Paso a Paso: A Cultural Dance Workshop is hosting its first event on April 18th from 12-3pm in the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center. Paso a Paso is a program designed to introduce, reconnect, and reinforce Latino culture to the community here at IU. We take pride in educating our culture through a series of presentations and dance instruction over different groups from Latin America. Come join us! Learn, dance, and have fun with Paso a Paso. Snacks will be provided.
Attention Bloomington soccer players!
WDR Football Club is looking for players for weekly organized pickup games. The games are competitive (some experience necessary), co-ed, and for players of mixed ability  (no beginners please). Visit
and/or email for more details and information.

Help Flood Victims in Chile 
Donate Here
Recent torrential rains and heavy flooding in Chile’s northern region have left 12 dead and 20 disappeared. Atacama, Antofagasta, and Coquimbo are the most affected regions, where thousands of homes have been destroyed, roads made impassible, and potable water has become obsolete. According to the mayor of Copiapó, 80% of the city has been buried under the mud and rain. The northern catastrophe hit Chile on the heels of massive fires that burned 93,000 hectares of land in the southern region in these last two years. Although urgent help is necessary, efforts to reconstruct homes and rebuild towns and cities will take months. Our timeline is to raise as many funds as possible (meeting and even surpassing our goal) within 3-4 weeks. Thanks for your donation and for sharing the link!

Language Learning / Study Abroad Opportunities

Portuguese language hour will take place every Friday from 4 - 6 PM in the IMU Starbucks. Come out and practice your Portuguese with speakers of all levels!

Café Hispano
Spanish language hour will take place every Tuesday from 4:30 - 6:30 PM in the IMU Starbucks. Come out and practice your Spanish with speakers of all levels!

Study Abroad in Cuba at George Mason University 
This summer George Mason University's  Center for Global Education is offering a four-week-long trip to Cuba! We have extended the deadline for the program so there is still time to apply.
This is a great opportunity for students to travel and earn 6 undergraduate credits. On this month-long excursion, students will be immersed in the Cuban culture by visiting famous landmarks by Ernest Hemingway and visit various sites in Havana. This is a great time for students to utilize this opportunity to study abroad in Cuba due to the recent 'normalization' announcement between the two countries. For more information, check out the website here.

Intern in Panama
11 week entrepreneurial internships in Panama are currently being offered via Kaluyala Internships. These programs focus on sustainability, and focus particularly on outdoor recreation, biology, community outreach & education, agriculture, farm-to-table culinary arts, business and health & wellness. For more information, check out their website. 

English Opens Doors Program in Chile 
Application Deadlines:  April 27th (semester program)
The English Opens Doors program is a fee-free volunteer initiative which invites native and near native speakers to volunteer-teach English in Chilean public school classrooms. A part of the Ministry of Education in Chile and supported by the UN Development program, the English Opens Doors program invites you to apply to help teach. For more information, check out their website here.

Global Health Work Opportunity with AYUDA
AYUDA is a non-profit organization that offers four different diabetes education programs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic throughout the year for students who are committed to rigorous training and field work.  Students earn up to 385 contact and preparation hours and work closely with our local partner organizations during their time in-country. For more information on our 2015 Programs, please see our website.

CETLALIC Language and Culture for Educators Program 
For present and future bilingual educators, the most progressive Spanish immersion school in Mexico invites you during one of our special social justice programs. For more information, check out their website here. 

Huaylas Quechua
June 1st - July 10th 
The Center for Social Well Being offers a six week Intensive Quechua Language course in the north central Peruvian Andes. The program is designed for students who require class instruction and Quechua immersion contexts to develop language proficiency. For more information, check out their website here. 

Andean Action Research for Social Change 
An internship seminar offered in Peru this summer called the June Solstice seminar is currently accepting applications. This program allows students to work and pursue their own research objectives in health, education, agriculture, and social development. For more information, check out their website here. 

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