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With the support of a second Title VI National Resource Center grant, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI) of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences  continues to expand its research, education, and outreach initiatives related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Other programs and LACSI faculty affiliates advance research, education, and advocacy on and on behalf of U.S. Latinx communities. LACSI’s more than 200 faculty affiliates represent all of UGA’s colleges and professional schools, with several jointly-appointed faculty who teach the Institute's core curriculum.

Through the nation's first Portuguese Flagship Program and a Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies grant, LACSI supports thriving Portuguese language and growing Quechua language programs, funding on-campus study and study abroad opportunities for students of less commonly taught Latin American languages.  

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Fall 2021 Course Offerings

LACS1000  Introduction to LACS  T R 12:45-2:00  Lapegna

The interdisciplinary study of Latin America and the Caribbean.  Examination of ethnic and cultural diversity and issues of gender, race, class, and culture within Latin American and Caribbean society.  Consideration will also be given to the historical, political, economic, geographic, and social experiences of Latin American and Caribbean ethnic and cultural groups with special attention to their diversity and unity.

LACS3820 Reflections on Fighting Hunger T R 2:20-3:35 Navarro

Exploration of world hunger using an interdisciplinary approach. Analysis of natural resource-related, political, and cultural causes of hunger; its health and socioeconomic effects; and current proposed solutions, with an emphasis on education. Group discussions will be emphasized in this course.

LACS4211/6211 Environmental Justice in Latin America and the Caribbean T R 2:20-3:35 LaPegna

An introduction to environmental issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on how capitalist expansion, patriarchal structures, and white supremacist ideologies are linked to environmental degradation. We will review theories on environmental issues and apply them to the analysis of environmental problems in specific ecosystems.

LACS4260/6260 The Black and Green Atlantic T R 11:10-12:25 O’Neill

An exploration of the comparative dimensions of Black and Irish experiences in the Atlantic world through the study of cultural production from the United States, Africa, Britain, the Caribbean, and Ireland. Special emphasis will be placed on the relevance of the texts under discussion to contemporary society around the world.

LACS4660/6660 US Latino/a Mental Health: An Introduction T R 2:20-3:35 Delgado-Romero

An overview of Latino/a mental health issues in the United States from the perspective of well-being, cultural strengths, and empowerment. Students will examine the strengths and resiliency of U.S. Latinos/as and critically examine structural and societal barriers in the U.S. that result in stress and mental illness in this population.

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Rialto Club, Hotel Indigo, 500 College Avenue, Athens, GA 30601
Dr. Adele Nelson, Assistant Professor of Art History and Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (The University of Texas)

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Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

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Our Graduate Program

The requirements for a LACSI Graduate Certificate are:

Four graduate courses with significant Latin American or Caribbean content from at least two disciplines. Two of the four courses must contain ≥ 75% LAC content. Some suggested courses are listed below. However, additional courses taken toward a graduate degree can be applied to the certificate provided they include significant LAC content. (One of the four courses can be an independent core study.) A grade of B or better is required in all course work.

Students must demonstrate that they have done substantive research on a Latin American or Caribbean topic through their thesis or other written work.

Read more about our LACSI Graduate Certificate

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