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.   

The Center is getting a strong start to the Spring semester with the news that the Tinker Foundation will once again provide support for field research in Latin America by first-time pre-doctoral students.  Graduate students in all KU programs are welcome to apply, and directions are available on our Graduate Funding Page.  We are in the final year of our 2010-2014 FLAS grant, and applications for Summer 2014 and Academic year 2014-2015 FLAS fellowships are due February 3rd.  We are also taking applications for Academic Year fellowships and will award them when and if the funding becomes available from the Department of Education next year.

This Spring, our interdisciplinary faculty Research Cluster on Early Modern Globalizations in the Iberian World will present a final roundtable and a three-day conference in which KU faculty and out-of-state experts will share ideas about the links between our own situation and that of the Colonial Period. Our Brazil Speaker Series, organized in cooperation with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, will feature anthropologist Maxine Margolis and literary scholar Pedro Meira Monteiro.  Maxine Margolis will share research on the experience of Brazilians living outside Brazil, while Pedro Meira Monteiro will discuss how the 1940's were a time of an important shift from Folklorism to Cultural History. For those interested in migration-related themes, the Anthropology Department’s Migration seminar will feature numerous contributions from Latin Americanist faculty.  And our Graduate Research Symposium on March 12th will highlight the best in Latin American research by KU graduate students.


This Fall, our interdisciplinary faculty Research Clusters will present exciting workshops on Early Modern Globalizations in the Iberian World and MERCOSUR and South American Regionalism. In partnership with Topeka’s Tonantzin Society, we will bring artistic and theatrical reflections on death and dying to Northeast Kansas in October and early November.  Then, in late November, our Waggoner Research Colloquium will highlight faculty work on Brazil, and we will help the University community welcome Dominican-born novelist Junot Díaz to Lawrence as part of the Hall Center's Humanities Lecture Series.  In the coming year KU students will continue to participate in the Model Organization of the American States (MOAS), a course that culminates in students’ participation in the Washington MOAS, a simulation of the proceedings of the actual Organization in which each attending university represents a country. Check out the video to see MOAS in action. This year we are working to extend this course beyond KU by facilitating the development of Pan American Clubs in high school and community colleges in the region; this will allow us to get students excited about learning a foreign language early and to see the usefulness of learning about other cultures.
Come check out our brown-bag meriendas on Thursdays in Bailey 318 from 12-1pm or the Hall Center Latin American Seminars which will focus on violence and conflict resolution in Latin America, Fridays 3:30-5:00 throughout the year. Our most recent newsletter is also available in this section. ¡BienvenidosBem-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 brindar apoyo a la investigación y ladocencia 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.

Este otoño nuestras agrupaciones interdisciplinarias de investigación presentarán talleres vibrantes sobre sus temas escogidos:  las globalizaciones del temprano mundo ibérico y MERCOSUR y el regionalismo suramericano.  Junto con el Museo Spencer, organizaremos actividades con el artista Diego Teo de la Ciudad de Mexico, y con la Sociedad Tonantzín de Topeka, llevaremos reflexiones artísticas y teatrales sobre la muerte a finales de Octubre y principios de Noviembre.  De ahí, más adelante en Noviembre, nuesto Coloquio Waggoner recalcará el trabajo sobre Brasil de nuestros catedráticos, y junto con la comunidad universitaria entera, daremos la bienvenida al conocido escritor de origen dominicano Junot Díaz cuando visita a Lawrence como parte de la Serie de Conferencias Humanísticas del Centro Hall.  Durante el año que viene, estudiantes de KU participarán de nuevo el Washington MOAS, cuyo objetivo es simular los procedimientos actuales de la Organización. En dicho modelo, las universidades que asistan representarán a un país perteneciente de la Organización. Este año estamos trabajando para implementar el modelo fuera de la universidad implementando los clubes Panamericanos en las secundarias en la región. Esto nos permitirá provocar mayor interés en los estudiantes hacia idiomas extranjeros a temprana edad y ver la utilidad de conocer sobre otras culturas.

Asista a nuestras Meriendas los días jueves de cada mes en el salón Bailey 318 de 12 pm a 1 pm. También tendremos los seminarios latinoamericanos, los cuales harán énfasis en la violencia y resolución de conflictos en Latinoamérica, los viernes 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.




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