Brigham Young University

Latin American Studies

The Future of U.S.–Mexico Relations

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The Future of U.S.–Mexico Relations

Alejandro I. Estivill, acting ambassador of Mexico to the U.S., will address a campus audience on  Monday, 2 March at 4:00 p.m. in 238 HRCB.

Estivill is the acting Mexican ambassador to the United States, having previ­ously served as the deputy head of mission at the Mexican Embassy in the United Kingdom. And during a long diplomatic career, his previous service  includes director general for North America and for cultural affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Rela­tions of Mexico; vice-minister of foreign affairs; secretary for political affairs and media in the Mexican Embassy in Costa Rica, and as an advisor in the minister’s cabinet.

He entered the Mexican Foreign Service in 1993. Read More…

The Cervantes Institute Offers Scholarships

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The Cervantes Institute Offers Scholarships

The Cervantes Institute offers university graduates internship scholarships to train in various departments. Successful candidates will intern for an initial duration of 12 months at Cervantes Institute centers in the autonomous community of Madrid. That period can be extended for another 12 months depending on budget availability and following a favorable review from the intern’s manager. Interns will receive 800 Euros a month.

Interns are required to know Spanish, and candidates who are not from a Spanish-speaking country must hold a diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) at a minimum level of C1. They must also hold or have fulfilled the requirements to obtain by the application deadline, a university degree (bachelors degree, doctorate degree, or equivalent degrees on specialized subjects related to the positions being offered, which you can see in the Anexo I section of the announcement published in the official state bulletin.

Interns may not have received the scholarship previously.

The selection process will be carried out in two phases. In the first one, the merits and achievements of candidates will be considered according to the documentation provided by the candidates themselves: the résumé –from which most of the points will be awarded, academic records and knowledge of languages. The ten candidates who earn the most points will be invited to a personal interview.

The deadline to apply has passed for this round. E-mail (seleccion.sede@cervantes.es) for more information on when the next deadline will be, or check their web site.

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Black Rio: The Brazilian Soul Movement of the 1970s

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Black Rio: The Brazilian Soul Movement of the 1970s

Christopher Dunn’s topic is one that brings a focus on Black History month and the semester-long events scheduled by African studies. His presentation is on  Wednesday, 18 February at 10:00 a.m. in the HBLL auditorium.

Dunn is an associate professor at Tulane University, where he holds a joint appointment in Spanish and Portuguese and African and African Diaspora studies.

He is the author of Brutality Garden: Tropicália and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture and co-editor of two volumes of essays about Brazilian popular music.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and African Studies.

SALAS Presents

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SALAS Presents

BYU’s President Kevin J. Worthen will address Latin American studies majors and faculty as he relates his personal and professional experiences in Latin America on Thursday, 15 January at 4:30 p.m. in 3380 WSC.

After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Monterrey, Mexico, Kevin J. Worthen finished an associate degree at the College of Eastern Utah and worked summers in a local coal mine. He graduated from BYU summa cum laude with both his bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees and left in 1982 to clerk for Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the D.C. Circuit Court and then for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1984, Worthen joined the respected law firm Jennings Strouss & Salmon in Arizona, but his promising law-firm career proved to be short lived. In 1987, BYU came calling with an opportunity to return to the J. Reuben Clark Law School as a faculty member, and he jumped at the chance. As the Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law, Worthen specialized in federal Indian law and the rights of indigenous peoples. And as a Fulbright scholar, he studied the cultural and ethnic assimilation of Chile’s native populations.

Understanding South America through the Lens of Brazil

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Understanding South America through the Lens of Brazil

Julio De Amo, Jr., a major general (ret.) in the Brazilian Army, will share his keen insights on  Wednesday, 3 December at noon in 238 HRCB.

Major General Julio has the distinction of being the team coordinator for the first Brazilian Defense White Paper (“Livro Branco de Defesa Nacional,” 2012).

Julio retired in March after a distinguished military career that began at Agulhas Negras Military Academy (AMAN), the largest military school in Brazil. In addition, he received training from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and completed the UN Force Commander Course in Berlin, Germany. Julio also served as a UN military observer in Angola.

He resides in Resende, Brazil, where he is establishing a center for team work and leadership capacitation, which trains teams from companies and organizations to achieve their goals.