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.

Spring 2019 Event Series

Politics of the Imagination:
Historical Remembering

This semester's event series will highlight some of the different ways and different contexts in the Americas in which creative work turns toward the problem of acknowledging and bringing into a community's awareness historical experiences that might otherwise be forgotten or excluded from historical memory.

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, on an S/U basis.  Registrants for LLAS 270 will receive 1 academic credit if they attend all events and collaborate on a community project.  Students may also choose to register for 0 credits, which only requires attendance of events. Interested students should contact Dr. Bruce Campbell, Director of the Latino/Latin American Studies program, at [email protected]

Our next eventStudents from the LLAS 270 course this spring read and reflected about the concept of justice as defined by a variety of texts and traditions, from Catholic social doctrine to social philosophy to the neo-Zapatista project in Mexico. They then took up the challenge of imagining justice as an image (above). 

Collective Memory and Borders
Xavier Tavera
Wednesday, April 3
7:00pm – 8:15pm, Quad 264, SJU

While the concept of nations is modern, the actual physical and geographical space of the borderlands carries generational scars of collective memory and identity. The political character of the border as a wound materializes in a wall with sentiments of nationalism, protectionism, and absurdity. Most Latinas/os living in the United States are deeply marked by the notion of the border. The concept of the border as material or ideological barrier is part of our identity. As protagonists of Latina/o history it is up to us to define and preserve jointly that memory however we choose to remember. Photography is a way of remembering.

Event Information

Earlier Events

A Cartography of Material Memory of the Central American Diaspora in Los Angeles
Tuesday, March 12, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
Gorecki 204 AB, CSB

Theater of the Oppressed and the Politics of Memory
Tuesday, January 29, 4:30pm – 5:45pm
Gorecki 204 BC, CSB