Message to LACIS Community…

(edited Friday, March 13th)

Dear LACIS Community (including faculty, staff, students, and community supporters)…

It is very likely that you have already heard about UW-Madison’s decision to temporarily suspend face-to-face course instruction, as well as UW-sponsored activities through April 10. Despite our need to cancel several upcoming events, our office and much of campus will remain open although hours may be limited from time-to-time.

Like the rest of campus, we value the health of our community; this is our top priority.

For now, we are postponing to the fall all of our weekly lunchtime lectures through April 14th, as well as our conference on migration which was scheduled for April 27th and 28th.

1. We plan to upload links to supplementary online lectures, articles, etc. for those of you who would like to continue learning about Latin America, Caribbean and Iberian World. If you are currently enrolled in LACIS 440 as part of our weekly lecture series, you will be working with these supplementary materials, and also receiving additional communication from Alberto Vargas and Kata Beilin.

2. Regarding the conference, we are tentatively planning to reschedule it for fall of 2020 and will share information HERE as we firm up plans.

You may be interested to learn more about how the Coronavirus is impacting Latin America and the Caribbean. Please read THIS article for more information.

If you are a LACIS student and have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Sarah Ripp ( or Alberto Vargas ( If you have general advising questions as we navigate through this unusual time, please know we are available to assist you.

In the meantime, we wish everyone good health and the very best.


(Kata, Alberto, Sarah, Laura, Janel, Kierstin, and Claire)