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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Thursday Sep 28th, 2023

Conversations About and Across Difference Lunch

Today’s Topic: “How can we honor and support Latinx and Afro-Latinx cultures without appropriation?”

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Wednesday Apr 19th, 2023

CoSA 2023: Celebration of Student Achievement

Every April, we reschedule classes for a day so every student can participate in the Celebration of Student Achievement (CoSA). The day is filled with talks, poster presentations, and performances from hundreds of students from every discipline, from first-year students to seniors.

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Monday Apr 10th, 2023

An Absent Center, a Violent Border: Hollywood and the Idea of Mexico

A talk by Dr. Matthew Bush on US cinematographic imaginary on the US-Mexican border.
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Tuesday Mar 21st, 2023

Rewritings in Contemporary Spanish American Fiction: New Ways of Approaching the Past

(and Building New Worlds for the Future) 
by Chilean author María José Navia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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Tuesday Mar 14th, 2023

The First Ornithologist of the New World: Afro-Latino Santiago de Cárdenas and his Scientific-Literary Dialogue

Join the Modern Languages Department for a talk by Martina Thorne (Georgetown University).
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Wednesday Sep 14th, 2022

The Fruits of Empire: Art, Food, and the Politics of Race in the Age of American Expansion

Dr. Shana Reisig Klein (Kent State University) will give a public talk based on her recently published monograph,The Fruits of Empire: Art, Food, and the Politics of Race in the Age of American Expansion (University of California Press, 2020), a history of American expansion through the lens of art and food. 
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Wednesday Mar 23rd, 2022

Bisabuelo: Narrating Japanese Migration to Mexico

Jumko Ogata-Aguilar, an AfroJapanese Mexican and pocha writer, explores Japanese migration to Mexico through the lives of three men, including her great-grandfather.
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Friday Dec 3rd, 2021

Hora de café

This event is geared towards learning about upcoming initiatives to support Latinx students at Ursinus. All are welcomed! Meets first Friday of every month.
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Friday Nov 5th, 2021

Hora de café

This event is geared towards learning about upcoming initiatives to support Latinx students at Ursinus. All are welcomed! Meets first Friday of every month.
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Thursday Oct 14th, 2021

History of the Incas and Indigenous Sovereignty: Two Cases in Colonial Peru, 1722-1758

A Baden lecture by Jose Eduardo Cornelio, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

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Thursday Apr 16th, 2020

IFF: Films from Latin America and Spain

NN (2014)
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Wednesday Apr 1st, 2020

IFF: Films from Latin America and Spain

Asier eta biok/Asier and I (2013)
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Tuesday Mar 24th, 2020

International Film Festival: Films from Latin America and Spain

Online Film Festival. Inspired by actual events, this teenage thriller is a unique social commentary on dreams, class, and unfulfilled expectations in contemporary Chile.
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Tuesday Mar 17th, 2020

CANCELED: IFF: Films from Latin America and Spain

In light of changes in the college calendar, organizers are looking into alternative options for the film festival - stay tuned.

Carga sellada/Sealed Cargo 
(2015)
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Thursday Feb 13th, 2020

IFF: Films from Latin America and Spain

El techo/On the Roof (2017)
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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

More Events

Latin American Studies Coordinator

Dr. Jose Eduardo Cornelio

jcornelio@ursinus.edu