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LALS 50th Anniversary!

Stay tuned for anniversary events beginning in the Fall 2024 semester!

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LALS Hosts Annual Degree Celebration

On April 26, 2024, the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies held its annual Degree Celebration event. In this event we honored and recognized our graduates with a Major. Minor, or Master…

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Rachel Nolan Visits LALS

On April 9, 2024 the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies welcomed Rachel Nolan to campus. In this event Rachel talked about Guatemalan child adoptions and her research on the topic. She…

Cecilia Menjivar Visits LALS

On April 2, 2024 the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies welcomed Cecilia Menjivar to campus. In this event Cecilia met with graduate students, faculty from LALS, and hosted a talk open…

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LALS Hosts MA Symposium

On March 13, 2024, the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies hosted its annual MA Symposium highlighting our Master of Arts student’s research projects. For this event LALS tried a new format…

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Radio Series on Labor Rights Education Meeting

As part of the community-based and migrant-centered research focus of the Transnational Migration Network (TMN), on March 8, 2024, we hosted a meeting with representatives of worker centers, migrant leaders, and other state,…

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LALS Hosts Faculty Book Celebration

On January 23 the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at UIC hosted its Faculty Book Celebration. This event featured core faculty and affiliated faculty books. Students and faculty gathered to celebrate…

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LALS Professor Nena Torres Interview on Cuba

Legendary political scientist Dr. María de los Angeles Torres discusses her most current work on Cuba’s long military intervention in the Angolan War (1976-1989) and reflects on her decades of experience and research…

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Professor Esther Díaz Martín is featured in Sounding Out!

The sound studies blog Sounding Out! is currently featuring a series of posts submitted by the Latinx Sound Cultures Studies research working. This week a post by Professor Esther Díaz Martín co-written with graduate fellow…

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Kim Ricardo Event - March 15, 2023

On March 15, 2023 the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at UIC welcomed Kim Ricardo to give a talk on the abortion battle happening both in the United States and Argentina.

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LALS Research Symposium

On March 8, 2023 the Latin American and Latino Studies Program hosted its Master of Arts Research Symposium. Students highlighted their research and presented their findings. Adriana Soto: Confianza y Coraje: Building a…

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Professor Lorena Garcia on The Pulso Podcast

Lorena Garcia, UIC associate professor of sociology and Latin American and Latino studies, is interviewed during the latest episode of  The Pulso Podcast which explores the historical and societal influences surrounding Latina beauty…

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Professor Alvarez Velasco on BBC News

LALS is proud to share with you a link to an article published by the BBC containing an excerpt from an interview Professor Soledad Alvarez Velasco gave last week about Ecuadorean migration through…

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Professor Feldmann on Northern Public Radio

Read more about a story about migrants coming to the U.S. from Latin America includes comments from Andreas E. Feldmann, UIC associate professor of Latin American and Latino studies and political science, who…

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Faculty Highlight: Esther Díaz Martín

Professor Esther Díaz Martín is an Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was born in the state of…

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Faculty Highlight: Soledad Álvarez Velasco

Professor Soledad Álvarez Velasco is a social anthropologist and human geographer whose research analyses the interrelationship between mobility, control, and spatial transformations across the Americas. She investigates the intersection between undocumented global south-north and…

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Mellon Foundation grants back two UIC humanities initiatives

The University of Illinois Chicago has received two grants totaling nearly $1.3 million from the Mellon Foundation in support of threatened humanities scholars from Latin America and a curricular and pedagogical program concerning…

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Student Highlight: Ana Martinez

Ana Martinez is a fourth year student at UIC, double majoring in Anthropology and Global Asian Studies with a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies. She is from the Albany Park area, and due…

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Student Highlight: Michelle Correa

Michelle Correa is a fourth year student at UIC, majoring in Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) with a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies. After graduation, she plans to travel to Thailand and…

Staff Highlight: Ivan Raya

Ivan Raya was born and raised on the far southeast side of Chicago and is the son of Mexican immigrants. He is a first-generation college student graduating from UIC with a Bachelor of…

Student Highlight: Anissa Camacho

Anissa Camacho is a senior double majoring in Anthropology and Latin American and Latino Studies. After graduation she plans on attending graduate school to further her studies and hopes to continue her interests…

UIC teams with Argonne, partners in urban climate change study

A multi-institution partnership, involving Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Chicago in collaboration with other academic and community partners, has been awarded $25 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Energy

Faculty Highlight: Barbara Sostaita

Professor Barbara Sostaita is a scholar of religion and global migration. She grew up undocumented in the south, the daughter of a minister who taught her how religion informs and shapes migrant-led organizing.…

Student Highlight: Nayeli Jimenez

Nayeli Jimenez, a life-long learner, is a senior Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) major with minors in Sociology and Spanish for Professions. Graduating at the end of this semester, she plans to…

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Student Highlight: Cata Herrera

Cata Herrera is a current senior at UIC double majoring in Anthropology and Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) with a minor in Spanish. She is interested in researching the decolonization of education,…

2019 Hilda López-Arce Scholarship Application

Each year the Hilda López-Arce Scholarship Selection Committee, in conjunction with the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos and the Latina Network, awards a scholarship to a Latinx student who exhibits leadership…

LALS Graduates Successful Transitions

Students and instructors work hard together to prepare our graduates for their varied futures. We are happy to announce that Jorge Mena, who recently graduated with an MA in LALS, will be joining…

Celebrate Faculty Books at our Book Presentation Event

You are cordially invited to the University of Illinois Latin American and Latino Studies Program  FACULTY BOOK PRESENTATION & CELEBRATION Wednesday, November 11th,  2015 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. UIC Daley Library  –…

LALS Launches Student Scholarship Fund

LALS will officially announce the launch of our new Student Scholarship Fund at our Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off event on October 29, 2014. Please take the time to donate and take advantage of this…