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CMU presents month-long Latin American film festival

Carnegie Mellon’s department of modern languages has partnered with the Latin American Cultural Union to present the Latinos In/On Film Festival 2012, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The festival will show five films over the course of four weeks. It started last week and will end Oct. 12. The aim of the festival is to showcase the accomplishments of Latino writers and filmmakers and the contributions of the Latino population to American culture.

“Showing this particular group of films during Hispanic Heritage Month is not just to acknowledge recent Spanish-speaking immigrants to the U.S., but primarily to acknowledge the historical presence of Latinos here, since Spanish colonial days and on into the 19th and early- to mid-20th century and beyond,” Hispanic studies associate professor Kenya Dworkin said in a university press release. “The Latino presence here is as much U.S. history as it is about more recent immigrants and exiles. These five films are a modest attempt at offering a glimpse of that vast experience as written and portrayed by U.S. Latinos.”

The first film, ...y no se lo tragó la tierra, was shown last Thursday. The remaining four films are El Súper, which will be shown this Wednesday; La guagua aérea, which will be shown Oct. 3; Nueba Yol, which will be shown Oct. 6; and A Day Without a Mexican, which will be shown Oct. 12. A discussion will follow each film.

Researchers launch shale literature review website

A team of Carnegie Mellon researchers, led by economics and public policy professor Robert Strauss and social and decision science professor Afeworki Paulos, has launched a comprehensive online compilation of literature on natural gas extraction in the Marcellus and Utica shales.

“Not surprisingly, there has been scant investigation of impacts of natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing in areas such as population change, transportation infrastructure, housing patterns, income or poverty and social services usage. There is very little knowledge about how this important economic driver is affecting so many aspects of our communities. The majority of the literature on this activity deals with economic, environmental, or public health impacts. And even these impacts are still under investigation,” Strauss said in a university press release.

The aim of the project is to allow policymakers to understand the body of research on natural gas extraction. The project catalogues over 1,200 academic articles, reports from think tanks, government documents, maps, and research guides. It can be searched by keyword or browsed by category.

The team compiled the literature with a grant from the Chrostwaite Institute, the nonprofit arm of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.