Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program
We are a Title VI National Resource Center, in operation since 1973 in consortium with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
  • Virginia Zavala and Victor Vich Florez.
    Meet our Spring 2015 Nave Tinker Visiting Professors!
  • Summer 2015 Educator Trip to Belize & Guatemala!
    Summer 2015 Educator Trip to Belize & Guatemala!
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We are currently experiencing problems with our online calendar feed.  Until this is fixed, please click HERE to review our complete schedule of events this spring. Thank you!




LACIS is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2015 Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute! Please click HERE for more information.





For those of you that missed the WORT 89.9FM program, "What’s going on in Mexico? How could a situation like the 43 disappeared students happen?  What are the roles the global economy and NAFTA have played? How about border security? Immigration? Corruption on both sides of the border? Narco-trafficking?, which featured host Esty Dinur and guests Roderic Ai Camp, Government Department, Claremont McKenna College and Christopher Wilson, Senior Associate, Mexico Institute in the Wilson Center, please visit and scroll down to "A Public Affair" from Friday, 11/21 @ Noon to listen to the broadcast.




We are having some issues with our online calendar and wanted to let you know that we will be holding a lunchtime lecture tomorrow, Tuesday, 11/24 from 12-1 p.m. in 206 Ingraham. "Campesino organization and the struggle for justice in Colombia" presented by Marylen Serna from Colombia. Co-sponsored by Colombia Support Network.



LACIS seeking Teaching Assistant for Spring 2015 for 260 Latin America: An Introduction! Please click HERE for more information.



"Singing the Cheerful Rebellion: An Update on the Political and Social Situation in Honduras: 5 Years After the Coup, the Popular Resistance Continues" with Activist and Performer Karla Lara -- scheduled for Friday, 11/7 @ Noon -- has been CANCELED due to illness.



LACIS Spring 2015 Approved Course List Available NOW!

Spring 2015 Course List




LACIS Announces Renewal of its Title VI Grant!

Announcement from LACIS Director Francisco Scarano.



New York-based artist, Laura Anderson Barbata, will be on campus later this week for a special series of events as part of her decade-long project, Transcomunnality, working with stitlt-walking communities in Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, and Brooklyn, NY. LACIS is proud to be a co-sponsor of these events and invites you to read the article recently published in the Wisconsin State Journal (9/22/14).

"To Lift a Community: A Party on Stilts"




Welcome Back from Francisco Scarano, LACIS Director.

Letter from Professor Scarano




LACIS is proud to welcome Tinker Visiting Professor Gerardo Otero (Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada) to UW-Madison this fall.   Professor Otero will be teaching a course entitled, "Food Politics and the Rise of the Left in Latin America" through the Community and Environmental Sociology Program. Please join us in welcoming him!

Learn More about Professor Otero




On May 16th LACIS celebrated the accomplishments of our graduates.  Undergraduate and graduate LACIS majors were encouraged to invite their family and friends to this special event.  Each graduate was given a certificate of completion, as well as a notebook and pen designed with the LACIS logo as a keepsake.  Kerry Hill, Communications Director for the Division of International Studies attended and took photos of the event.

See the photos!




A recent Latin American Studies Association email announcing book awards caught our eyes at LACIS, and for a few reasons. Three award recipients/honorable mentions currently teach at or received their graduate degree(s) from UW-Madison.

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