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April 30th - May 3rd

In This Issue

Second Call for Tinker Field Fellowships

CLACS announces a second call for Tinker Field Fellowships.  Awards are intended primarily to support travel expenses related to field research in Latin America for graduate students at the masters or pre-doctoral level. The Tinker Foundation defines Latin America as the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere; it does not include Puerto Rico, Belize, or the Iberian Peninsula. Any graduate student with Latin American-related interests is eligible to apply. Students who have already achieved ABD status are not eligible to apply as the award is not intended for advanced dissertation research. Citizens of Latin American countries enrolled at UIUC may receive awards to conduct research in their home countries if they have no previous field research experience related to the proposed project in that country.  Please contact Dr. Kasia Szremski ( ASAP for application instructions and deadlines.

Second Call for Summer FLAS awards

Calling all graduate students Interesting in traveling abroad to learn Quechua or Portuguese this summer?  Please contact Dr. Kasia Szremski ( ASAP!

Congratulations to CLACS Affiliate Isabel Molina-Guzmán on her Appointment as Faculty Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Congratulations to Professor Isabel Molina-Guzman (Latina/Latino Studies and Media and Cinema Studies) who will be the first to hold the newly created position of Faculty Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the College of LAS. This position was established to provide leadership and coordinate our college efforts in the area of diversity and inclusion. Professor Molina-Guzmán will work closely with college and campus officials in addressing our diversity and inclusion goals in the 2018-2023 strategic plan. 

Dr. Andrew Orta Joins CLACS as Interim Director for AY 2018-2019

Please join CLACS in welcoming Dr. Andrew Orta (Anthropology) who will be joining us and Interim Director for the 2018-2019 academic year.  This will be Dr. Orta's second turn serving as director and we are excited for him to be joining us again!  Current Director, Dr. Anna Maria Escobar will be on research leave and will be returning to CLACS for AY 2019-2020.

Registration for CLACS's Summer 2018 Latin American Studies Educator's Workshop now open!

Calling all K-12 and Community College educators/librarians!  Please join CLACS from June 4th-8th for the 2018 Latin American Educator's Workshop: Modern Andean Points of View: The Andes and Their People.  This workshop will help educators think about how to teach diversity, using the Andes - a region of rich ethnic and linguistic diversity - as a backdrop.  K-12 Educators will be able to receive ISBE Professional Development Hours and all others will be eligible to receive General University Continuing Education Units.  The deadline to register is May 25th.  Please click here for more information.

Registration for CLACS's Third Annual High School Summer Bridge - Portuguese Program now Open!

Calling all high school students!  Join us from June 4th to June 15th to for an intensive introduction to Brazilian Portuguese!  This highly popular program is taught by award-winning instructor Raquel Goebel and teaches students about Brazil's culture and language through movies, music, cultural activities and formal language instruction.  The deadline to register is May 25th.  Please click here for more information.

Events This Week
Wednesday, May 2nd
Last day of classes!!!!!
Friday, May 4th- Friday, May 11th
Final exam week.  Good luck to all of our students!!!
Saturday, May 12th at 2:30 pm
Join CLACS at the Urbana Free Library for Latin American Languages Storytime!  We will be reading Marimba: Animales from A to Z by Pat Mora.  The event will take place on Saturday, May 12th from 2:30-3:30 pm and is free and open to the public!
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Announcing the MarĂ­a 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 ( 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.


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

Fall 2018 Courses
News from the Library

The University Library is soliciting applications from faculty, academic professionals, and graduate students who need to purchase numeric, spatial, or textual data for their research. Through the Data Purchase Program, funds will be awarded for such data purchases, with a maximum award of $5,000. The application deadline for first consideration is May 28, 2018.

Visit for more details, including a link to the online application

Community Announcements

Summer IFLIP Classes

Intensive language classes open to all (Summer 2018)
Summer registration for the Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program is now open! Classes are held May 14 - June 1. Open to everyone; not for credit, just for fun! This summer we offer: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Biblical Greek, Modern Greek, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, and various ESL courses (pronunciation, grammar review, conversation, and English for Professionals). Only $100 for UIUC students; $125 for faculty, staff, and retirees; and $150 for the general public. For more information and to register, visit: If you have any questions, please email Prof. Florencia Henshaw (