Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that explores the history, politics, and culture of Latin America and Latino/a communities in the U.S. 

The Latin American Studies program offers insight into Latin America’s vibrant ethnic and cultural diversity and deepens students’ understanding of the region’s historical and political relationship with the U.S., Europe and beyond. Our program helps students become informed global citizens by expanding their knowledge of this important region and by promoting cultural awareness as well as a critical international perspective.

The Latin American Studies minor engages students from a variety of majors (Anthropology, Biology, Business and Economics, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, Politics and International Relations, Spanish) with a particular interest in Latin America. Our program prepares students who intend to work in businesses or organizations with connections to Latin America or Latino/a communities as well as students who plan to pursue graduate degrees with an emphasis in this area. 

Spotlight on Recent Events
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Wednesday Nov 6th, 2019

Venezuela’s Once and Future Crisis

Even against the backdrop of nearly twenty years of seemingly unending crisis, recent news out of Venezuela is astounding.
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Monday Mar 25th, 2019

¡Qué rico es! Citizens bringing to bear food on health, equity and sustainability in Ecuador

Join us for a talk with agronomist and innovation sciences scholar Dr. Stephen Sherwood
Presented by GPLASC (Greater Philadelphia Latin American Studies Consortium) and LAS
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Saturday Mar 23rd, 2019

¡Piñata Party!

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Thursday Feb 28th, 2019

Invocation: A Night of Poetry with Ariana Brown

Sponsored by the Inclusive Community Grant and Arts & Lecture Funds
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Friday Feb 15th, 2019

L.A.X. Presents: Movie Night

Have no plans on a Friday night? You don’t mind a cry or two? Join us as we gather around for a Movie & Chill kind of night.
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Tuesday Oct 2nd, 2018

Clínica de Migrantes: A Screening & Talk

WHAT SHOULD MATTER TO ME? The documentary Clínica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness follows the work of the staff of Puentes de Salud, a Philadelphia medical clinic that serves the city’s undocumented immigrant communities.
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Thursday Apr 12th, 2018

The Distance Between Us - Reyna Grande

Latina author Reyna Grande will be talking about her experiences of traversing boundaries and living between two worlds.

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Monday Oct 9th, 2017

Suicide in the Latinx World, 1880-1917

Suicide, as a form of subject making and unmaking, is a place from which to theorize how structural forms of violence come to bear on the individual as a practice informed by racial capitalist systems, is routed in the U.S. Latinx world from 1880 to 1917. From the Financial Panic of the 1890s, the Spanish American War, and World War I, we get a glimpse of why and how Latinx killed themselves because of myriad structural forces. 
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Monday Apr 10th, 2017

Lost in Transition: Remaking the Past in Contemporary Spanish Culture

A talk by Professor H. Rossi Song (Bryn Mawr College) 
UC Arts and Lecture Series
Sponsored by LAS and MLD
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Tuesday Nov 29th, 2016

Weaving the Guatemalan Dream

Hear about Nany Zepeda’s activism for the Guatemalan Dream.

Presented by the Joseph H. Melrose Center for Global Civic Engagement, International Relations Club and Latin American Studies Program.
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Tuesday Nov 29th, 2016

Indigenous Languages in Universities: The Case of Quechua

With nearly eight million speakers, Quechua is the most widely spoken Indigenous language of the Americas; however, UNESCO and other organizations recognize it as an endangered language.

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Wednesday Nov 16th, 2016

“Is the United States a Civilized Nation?” The Forgotten Tradition of Mexican Legal Claims Against the American Government

The United States is often described as a nation founded on the rule of law. But the American government has in recent decades drawn criticism for promoting forms of punishment, warfare, and surveillance that violate international legal standards.
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Monday Oct 3rd, 2016

Black Legend: The Unexpected Story of ‘El Negro Raúl’

And the Untold History of Race in Argentina
With Historian and Author, Dr. Paulina Alberto

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Tuesday Apr 5th, 2016

Video Games and Latin America: A Cultural History

Join us for a talk on video games and Latin America. 

Dr. Phillip Penix-Tadsen is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Delaware and author of Cultural Code: Video Games in Latin America (MIT Press, 2016).

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Latin American Studies

Teresa Ko, PhD. 
Coordinator
Olin Hall
(610) 409-4578
tko@ursinus.edu