Panel to assess 50 years of Latin American and Caribbean studies

It’s been an eventful week for Latin American and Caribbean studies at Indiana University Bloomington. But then it’s been an eventful half century.

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies will take stock this evening with a roundtable discussion on the past, present and future of the field. Three former directors of the center will serve on the panel, and current director L. Shane Green, associate professor of anthropology, will moderate.

The discussion, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Georgian Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, connects with a celebration of 50 years of Latin American and Caribbean studies on campus. The center, originally the Latin American Studies Program, was established in 1963.clacs at 50

The event features former CLACS directors Any Peterson Royce, Bradley Levinson and Jeffrey Gould along with scholars Rolena Adorno of Yale, Charles Hale of the University of Texas and Claudio Lomnitz of Columbia University. A reception will follow at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center (RSVP requested).

Here’s evidence the present of Latin American and Caribbean studies is active and engaged at IU:

  • IU Cinema played host last weekend to a Latino Film Festival and Conference, featuring Edward James Olmos, film scholar Chon Noriega and several film showings.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz spoke and read to a packed house Tuesday night at downtown Bloomington’s Buskirk-Chumley Theater after taking part in an IU workshop on science fiction in the Americas.

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is one of 11 federally funded Title VI area-studies centers in IU Bloomington’s School of Global and International Studies. It sponsors lectures, conferences and events and provides interdisciplinary programs offering academic certificates and graduate degrees. Approximately 120 faculty members at IU Bloomington and IUPUI teach or conduct research on topics related to Latin America.

A slide show highlighting the first 50 years of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies can be viewed at the center’s website.

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