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Brian Larkin
Director Latino/Latin American Studies Program
CSB Richarda N8
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University

Collegeville, MN 56321
320-363-5226

blarkin@csbsju.edu

Latino/Latin American Studies

The Latino/Latin American Studies minor consists of 20 credits of interdisciplinary coursework.  This study of the Americas is appropriate for all students, especially those  majoring in History, Hispanic Studies, Political Science, Theology, and Global Business.

LLAS Event Series Spring 2016
Francis: The First Latin American Pope

Wednesday, January 27, 7:30 pm, Quad 264, SJU

From Bergoglio to Francis: The History and Significance of Catholicism's First Latin American Pope

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in 2013, his status as the "first Latin American pope" was hailed as a triumph for Latin American Catholics and, more generally, Catholics residing in the third world. But what does it mean to be a "Latin American pope"? How has Pope Francis' pontificate-and, in particular, the changes in tone and agenda he has brought to the Catholic Church-been shaped by his experiences in Latin America? How has the history of Latin American Catholicism been shaped by Pope Francis? This lecture will  address these and other questions by examining the "Pope Francis revolution" in the broader historical, theological, and political context of both Latin America and the universal Catholic Church as a whole.​

 

 Dr. Erika Helgen
 Collegeville Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow  

 

 


Tuesday, February 23, 7:30 pm, Quad 264, SJU

A Church For The Poor: Pope Francis and Liberation Theology 

When Bishop Jorge Bergoglio, S.J., of Buenos Aires was inaugurated as the 226th pope in March of 2013, many wondered whether or not the election of the first Latin American pope would mark a significant shift in the Vatican's strained relationship with liberation theology. His predecessors, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict the XVI, had treated this movement with suspicion, scorning it as Marxist and censuring many of its leading advocates. Although Pope Francis has never proclaimed himself to be a liberation theologian, his insistence that the church be "for the poor" and his pointed criticisms of capitalism and consumerism have led many to believe that the Vatican's once hostile relationship to liberation theology has finally begun to warm. Has Pope Francis's papacy brought about a second act for liberation theology?  In what way has his pontificate illustrated both the promise and potential problems of this controversial movement? 

 

 Dr. Laura Taylor
 CSB/SJU Theology Department

 

 


Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 pm, Founders Room, SJU

From the Ends of the Earth: Francis and the Reshaping of the Modern Papacy

"You know that it was the duty of the Conclave to give Rome a Bishop. It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one... But here we are!"  With these words Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome greeted the world.  It was an unforgettable encounter that would kick-start a precarious journey of reform and renewal in the Catholic Church.  The man behind it: the first Latin American and Jesuit Pope, with a deep love and concern for the poor and a track record of good management.  Shaped by his cultural and spiritual identity, Francis has brought the ends of the earth to the center of the Roman Catholic Church.

 

 Sebastian Gomes
 Salt + Light TV, Toronto, Canada

 

 


 LLAS 270 Reading Circle

Students who plan to attend all events may register for "LLAS 270: Readings in Latino/Latin American Studies." This can be taken for either one or zero credits, pass/fail.  Requirements are:  attend all events and write a short (3-4 pages) reflective essay. Registrants for LLAS 270 will receive 1 academic credit.  Students may also choose to register for 0 credits which does not require an essay. Interested students should contact  Dr. Brian Larkin, Director of the Latino/Latin American Studies program, at blarkin@csbsju.edu. Students should specify whether they wish to register for 1 or 0 credit. 


For video links to previous guest lectures, go to: LLAS Digital Commons

Program Highlights

  • The program offers a variety of courses, some focusing on particular national groups or specific academic disciplines, and others organized around comparative topics or issues
  • The purpose is to encourage in-depth study as well as to provide guidance for a general inquiry into the problem of cultural difference and its social and political implications, within both the Americas and the Caribbean

Fall Courses Offered

History 121: Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas: From Indigenous Empires to Conquered Peoples

History 321: Mexico: From Aztecs to Independence

Hispanic Studies 336: Latin American Culture

Hispanic Studies 340: Latin America: Conquest and Colonization

Political Science 347: Latin American Politics 

LLAS 270: Reading Circle

 


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Brian Larkin
Director Latino/Latin American Studies Program
CSB Richarda N8
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University

Collegeville, MN 56321
320-363-5226

blarkin@csbsju.edu