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The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) was founded in 1961 and renamed in 2021 to celebrate our ongoing commitment to Caribbean people and cultures. Part of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, LACS is an interdisciplinary area studies program for Cornell students, faculty, staff, community members, and academic visitors with interests in Latin America and the Caribbean. LACS has over 30 core and 60 affiliated faculty from across Cornell’s colleges and professional schools.

LACS expands the intellectual presence of Latin America and the Caribbean across campus by organizing an array of campus activities related to these regions, including a weekly seminar series run by our graduate fellows, with presentations by local, national, and international scholars; workshops, symposia, and conferences; an annual visiting lecture; initiatives intended to bring graduate students and scholars from Latin America and the Caribbean to Cornell’s campus; and a Latin American Studies undergraduate minor and a graduate minor.

Our outreach to educators in our region receives support from the U.S. Department of Education through a Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) grant.

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