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This is a reminder that there is still time to apply for Fall internships.
The Latin American News Digest is seeking qualified students for a limited number of internships for Fall 2018. Because the goal of the Digest is essentially a didactic one, to spread the word about news from Latin America, we feel strongly about providing the opportunity for students to participate in this process. Student writers and researchers contribute to our weekly issues by aggregating and writing summaries of news articles found in Latin American sources. Ideally, internships happen in tandem with an independent study led by a faculty member of the appropriate department, but this is not a requirement. The result is an enriching experience for students who discover a variety of perspectives within the Latin American media. Students are able to identify trends and anomalies in the region, giving them a much greater breadth of knowledge and understanding of the hemisphere in which they live.
Interns must be able to write brief aggregations in English that summarize multiple perspectives from newspapers written in Spanish, and sometimes in Portuguese or English. Typically, interns write 1000-1200 words per week (3-4 section articles or News in Brief items). Interns generally work approximately five-six hours per week with most of that work falling on Wednesdays and Thursdays since submissions are due on Fridays. This internship does not require onsite work. Interns work remotely, but need to be readily available via email, cell and skype.
Fall 2018 internships begin on September 2 and end on January 5, 2019. Interns are expected to be available during that time; however, consideration will be given to “breaks” in the schedule if they are arranged with sufficient prior notice.
Interns must possess excellent writing skills in English and advanced reading skills in Spanish. Ability to read Portuguese is a plus. Familiarity with Latin American civilization and culture, as well as general current events is highly recommended. The ability to meet deadlines is essential.
Interns should submit a letter of interest as an example of their writing skills to Dr. Jana M. DeJong (firstname.lastname@example.org). The letter should outline the intern’s experience (coursework, travel, etc.) as it pertains to language skills and knowledge of Latin America. The names and contact information for two references must be included. One of the references must address the applicant’s ability to write in English, while the other should address the applicant’s reading ability in Spanish and/or Portuguese. One of the references should also speak to the applicant’s familiarity with Latin America. The letter of interest and contact information for two references must be submitted by August 24, 2018, (or thereabouts).
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SIP FilmFest 2018:
Contemporary Women’s Visions from Spain, Italy, and Latin America.
9/27 - 9/30
Women directors have often been neglected by mainstream audiences and by canonical academic syllabi. At a time of renewed uncertainty for women's rights, we would like to continue giving voice to female filmmakers, protagonists and minor characters who question the status quo with their gaze, their stories, and their behaviors, and have gone beyond traditional portrayals of women. Our selection of movies for this year’s Festival encompasses a variety of countries and latitudes, bringing a cross-cultural and global point of view of women’s experiences to the forefront.
5 p.m. La novia del desierto / The Desert Bride (Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, Argentina/Chile, 2017). Newcomb Hall Theater, University of Virginia.
- 5–6 p.m. Reception
- 6:15 p.m. Opening Remarks
- 6:20–6:30 p.m. Introduction to the film by Dr. Rocío Gordon and Dr. Fernando Operé
- 6:30–8:30 p.m. Film and discussion with Dr. Rocío Gordon and Dr. Fernando Operé
54-year old Teresa has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in San Juan, in the semi-desert region of El Chaco. During her first stop at the pilgrimage site of the miraculous “Santa Correa”, she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident stalls Teresa’s life long enough to make her reappraise her existence, and the ways in which she could take ownership of it.
3:30 p.m. “Representations of the Slum in Argentine Cinema.” A talk by Dr. Rocío Gordon (Christopher Newport University). Location TBA
8 p.m. Era d’estate /Once in the summer (Fiorella Infascelli, Italy, 2016), Charlottesville City Hall Council Chambers.
- 8–8:10 p.m. Introduction to the film by
- 8:10–10:30 p.m. Film and discussion with Dr. Sarah Annunziato
In summer of 1985, two anti-Mafia judges along with their families are transferred to a safe house in a small island north of Sardinia. Sparkling seas and a gorgeous landscape fit for a relaxing holiday are in sharp contrast with the constant threats to their lives from the Mafia and sabotage of their mission from within the Italian government. Based on actual events, this a story of friendship grounded in a mutual commitment to truth and justice.
2 p.m. Los Adioses / The Eternal Feminine (Natalia Berinstain, Mexico, 2017). Nau Hall 101.
- 2–2:10 p.m. Introduction to the film by TBA
- 2:10–4:30 p.m. Film and discussion with TBA
The film traces an important turning point in the life of Rosario Castellanos, one of the most important feminist authors in Mexican literature. In the early 1950s in Mexico City, Castellanos is fighting to have her voice heard in a society run by men. She is also involved in a tumultuous marriage that brings out her fragility and contradictions. At the peak of her career and her marriage, her struggles ignite a discussion of gender roles that will mark a turning point in her life.
8p.m. El Olivo / The Olive Tree (Iciar Bollaín, Spain, 2016). Charlottesville City Hall Council Chambers.
- 8:00 – 8:10 p.m. Introduction to the film by Dr. Sam Amago
- 8:10 – 10:30 p.m. Film & discussion with Dr. Sam Amago
20-year old Alma works on a chicken farm, in Castellón, on the east coast of Spain. She has a profound connection with her dearly beloved grandfather even though he stopped talking years ago. When he begins to refuse to eat, Alma becomes obsessed with an idea: the only way to save her grandfather is to recover the millennial olive tree that the family uprooted and sold against his will 12 years earlier.
2 p.m. Como nossos pais /Just Like Our Parents (Laís Bodanzky, Brazil, 2017). Nau Hall 101.
- 2–2:10 p.m. Introduction to the film by Dr. Lilian Feitosa
- 2:10–4:30 p.m. Film and discussion with Dr. Lilian Feitosa
Rosa decides to break out of her usual obligations when her mother makes a surprising disclosure. Her new direction reveals that life still holds many surprises. This is a story about a woman who confronts the self-imposed and impossible expectations on herself as daughter, mother, wife, and breadwinner.
This event has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the UVA Arts Fund for Artistic Excellence, the Latin American Studies Program, the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality, the Institute of World Languages, and the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese.