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.