Welcome to the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS). A Comprehensive National Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, we coordinate and support research and teaching about the Americas on the KU campus and conduct educational outreach to teachers and communities throughout the Great Plains.   

We have been getting exciting reports from graduate students who have spent the summer in the field with support from the Tinker Foundation.  Applications for Winter 2014-2015 Tinker Field Research Grants are due September 26th.  Graduate students in all KU programs are welcome to apply, and directions are available on our Graduate Funding Page.  Our application for the NRC/FLAS grant from the U.S. Department of Education is in, and we expect to hear results in mid-September.  Watch this space for further announcements as we learn more.

This Fall KU and the Center will host a rich array of guest speakers on topics related to Latin America and the Caribbean.  On Tuesday, August 26th, journalist Jonathan Katz will visit KU to discuss his recent exposé of the failures of international reconstruction efforts in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.  September will be an especially active month.  Programming highlights include a presentation at Ecumenical Campus Ministries by garment workers from the Dominican Republic’s Alta Gracia Factory and a community lecture by the well-known attorney and activist Jennifer Harbury at the Lawrence Public Library.  Harbury will share her thoughts and proposals regarding the recent influx of Central American refugee children in Texas. On October 9th literary scholar John Beverly, a co-founder of the Latin American Subaltern Studies Group will also speak to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, followed on October 29th by workers from the Colombian cut flower industry who will speak at Ecumenical Campus Ministries about the conditions they face on the job. These workers are on a tour organized by Witness for Peace of the Upper Midwest. On November 3rd, another acclaimed chronicler of Haiti, Amy Wilentz, will reflect on that country’s future and her own decades of engagement with it as part of the Hall Center for the Humanities’ Humanities Lecture Series

Come check out our brown-bag meriendas on the first Thursday of each month in Bailey 318 from 12-1pm, the Hall Center Latin America and its Diasporas Seminars which will focus on public health in Latin America Mondays from 3:30-5:00 this semester. As usual, the Anthropology Department’s Human Migration seminar series includes numerous Latin Americanist contributors, and our partnerships with Topeka’s Tonantzín Society and Kansas City’s Sociedad Hidalgo continue to bring public arts programming on Latin American themes to northeastern Kansas.  Our most recent newsletter should give a more in-depth sense of the work of our dynamic faculty and students. ¡Bienvenidos!  Bem-vindos!



Bienvenido al Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe. Somos un centro nacional de recursos financiado por el Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos. Nuestra misión es coordinar y apoyar a la investigación y la docencia para el área de las Américas en el Campus de la Universidad de Kansas. Además, organizamos actividades de alcance externo para educadores y comunidades en la región central del país.

Nos han caído noticias excitantes de nuestros estudiantes de posgrado que durante el verano se han dedicado a proyectos de investigación de campo con apoyo de la Fundación Tinker.  Estudiantes de posgrado de cualquier programa de la universidad pueden aplicar para becas Tinker para el año 2014-2015 hasta el 26 de septiembre.  Para mayor información y direcciones, véanse a nuestra página de apoyo financial para estudiantes de posgrado.  Hemos entregado nuestra aplicación al Departamento de la Educación de los EEUU por el programa NRC/FLAS y esperamos una respuesta a mediados de septiembre.  Manténganse al tanto de este espacio para las últimas noticias.

Este otoño la universidad y el Centro ofrecerán un rico y variado sorteo de presentaciones y conferencias sobre temas relacionados a al América Latina y el Caribe.  El jueves 26 de agosto, periodista Jonathan Katz nos visitará para compartir sus revelaciones sobre el fracaso de la reconstrucción de Haiti después del terremoto de 2010.  El mes de septiembre será bastante activo.  Entre los eventos notables se encuentra una visita a Ecumenical Campus Ministries de trabajadores de la fábrica Alta Gracia de la República Dominicana y una conferencia de la conocida abogada y activista Jennifer Harbury en la biblioteca pública de Lawrence.  La Lic. Harbury hablará sobre la situación de los niños refugiados de America Central en tejas.  El 9 de octubre, el filólogo John Beverly, co-fundador del Grupo de Estudios Subalternos de la América Latina, presentará su trabajo al Departamento de Letras Españolas y Portuguesas.  De ahí el 29 de octubre trabajadores de la industria de flores cortadas de Colombia traerán una presentación sobre las difíciles condiciones laborales que encuentran a Ecumenical Campus Ministries, coma parte de una gira organizada por la organización Acción Permanente por la Paz. El 3 de noviembre Amy Wilentz, invitada especial para la serie de las humanidades Hall, comentará sobre el futuro de Haití, reflejando sobre sus dos décadas de trabajo en ese país. 

No dejen de asistir a nuestras Meriendas los primeros días jueves de cada mes en el salón 318 de Bailey Hall de las 12 pm a la 1 pm. También tendremos los seminarios latinoamericanos del Centro Hall, los cuales harán énfasis en la violencia y resolución de conflictos en Latinoamérica, los lunes de 3:30 pm a 5:00 pm durante el año. También puede ver nuestro boletín más reciente en esta sección. ¡Bienvenidos! Bem-vindos!


CLACS offers courses in Quichua (Andes), Kaqchikel Maya (Guatemala), and Miskito (Nicaragua). Watch the Indigenous Languages of Latin America Video below for an introduction.

We support students of Indigenous languages, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole through Federally-funded Foreign Language Area Studies fellowships.


Use our online cultural trunks or order the physical trunks today!

Our outreach newsletter, El LASO, offers accessible articles about Latin America and the Caribbean.  Our K-12 educator workshops help teachers bring the region into the classroom.



We are excited to announce that our first educator workshop of the year will focus on Brazil! The workshop will take place Saturday, September 13th from 9:30 – 4:00 at the Spencer Museum of Art. It includes a light breakfast and a Brazilian-inspired lunch. The day’s agenda includes: • Brazil 101: An Overview of Brazilian Culture, History, Language, and Education • Social and Environmental Movements in Brazil, including an interactive skype session with activists on the ground in Brazil • Panel with exchange students (KU Students who studied in Brazil and Brazilian Students who are studying at KU) • Film Screening: Award-winning film Wasteland with discussion about art and film as a lens into other cultures and to highlight social issues. PLUS: We invite you to join BRASA, the Brazilian Student Association at KU for happy hour drinks in downtown Lawrence after the event! We hope you can join us for what promises to be an educational and fun day of learning and networking! Please invite your colleagues and interested students to join you for this FREE workshop! Register now: http://latamst.ku.edu/registration-brazil-workshop
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