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, Sociology, Theology, and Global Business.

Spring 2022 Series: Race and Climate Change

For more information please see our Spring Series poster

LLAS 270 

Students who plan to attend all three events are invited to register for LLAS 270, for either 1 or 0 credit, on an S/U basis. There is no classroom or meeting schedule to worry about, just the scheduled public events and participation in online conversation and the occasional informal gathering.  This semester registrants in LLAS 270 will have an opportunity to participate in the design of mural art for the Multicultural Center.  Interested students should contact Dr. Bruce Campbell, Director of the Latino/Latin American Studies program, at [email protected].

Landscapes of Mapuche Mobilities 
in the Andes of Southern Chile, Wallmapu

Monday, January 31, 6:00 PM CST, Webinar Event
Register in Advance Here

This presentation will discuss the production of the landscapes of the mobilities of the Mapuche in the southern Andes of Chile, Wallmapu. The Mapuche are an indigenous people of Chile with a long history of resistance to the colonization of the Southern Cone. The landscapes associated with specific routes and mobilities in the Andes, account for past and present mobilities that challenge and resist processes of territorial dispossession in the context of settler colonialism. 

Viviana Huiliñir-Curío is a Mapuche geographer who has a Master's degree in Social Sciences and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research is located at the intersection of mobility studies, human geography, and political ecology. In her work, she examines the various forms of mobility in Wallmapu, especially in the Andes of southern Chile, and their implications in the production of Mapuche landscapes, social memory and territories in the context of settler colonialism. 

Latino Climate Justice and Activism
in the New Immigrant Gateway:
Interrogating Policy, Urban Planning, Research in MN

Wednesday, March 2, 7:00 PM, Quad 264 SJU

This presentation considers the opportunities and challenges linking climate justice/activism and the Latino experience in MN through the lens of urban planning practice and research. To explore this link the presentation will be composed of two parts; the first part offers a baseline assessment of current debates concerning Latinos and public policy in MN. This analysis is placed in relation to a broader discussion about urban planning and Latinos in order to evaluate the potential of centering climate justice/activism in MN. In the second part of the presentation participants learn about the experience of conducting community-engaged research focused on urban planning and Latinos in MN through a series of case studies focused on transportation, food systems and community engagement. The presentation concludes by identifying key tensions between policy, research and practice that may inform
a synthesis of climate justice and activism, Race and immigration in MN. 

Dr. Fernando Burga is an assistant professor at the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Program at the Humphrey School
of Public Affairs. His research, teaching and service focus on immigration, food systems and Race in urban planning. 

Dislodging Authoritarianism:
The Brazilian Labor Ministry’s Fight
Against Neo-slavery and Environmental Exploitation

Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 PM, Upper Gorecki CSB

In this talk, Dr. Carrillo will discuss his research on the Brazilian Labor Ministry's efforts to combat neo-slavery and environmental exploitation. Based on interviews conducted with labor inspectors, prosecutors, and judges, Dr. Carrillo will describe how these  actors built a federal bureaucratic infrastructure to dislodge local systems of authoritarianism in interior Brazil. The talk will detail how these officials enforced legal principles grounded in human rights, worker justice, and environmental protection to undermine regimes of racialized labor abuse and resource depletion. 

Dr. Ian Carrillo is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma. He completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on how race, class, and environment interact to shape inequality, with an emphasis on Brazil and the United States. With past support from the Fulbright Association and the National Science Foundation, his work has been published in Rural SociologyAgriculture and Human Values, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Current Sociology, Environmental Sociology, and Latin American Perspectives.