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CLACS 50th Anniversary

CLACS 1963-2013

This year, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. We are very proud of our half century of commitment to promoting understanding of and engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean. At the same time, we recognize that such milestones are only reached with the contributions of and support of many people. We therefore would like to encourage you to join us as we highlight the Center's accomplishments, its contributions to the University of Illinois and to the field, and our plans for the future.
Featured events will include:

CLACS - 50 Years and Counting! A Symposium Commemorating the Past, Present, and Future of the Center

Friday, October 11, 2013
9 AM- 5 PM, Levis Faculty Center, Music Room
CLACS 50 Years and Counting! Program
  • 8:30-9 Breakfast and Registration
  • 9-10:45 Panel: CLACS, Our First Half-Century: Reflections from Former/Current Directors of the Center and Lemann Institute
    • Joseph Love, History, UIUC
    • Enrique Mayer, Anthropology, Yale University
    • Norman Whitten, Anthropology/Spurlock Museum, UIUC
    • Nils Jacobson, History, UIUC
    • Andrew Orta, Anthropology, UIUC
    • Mary Arends-Kuenning, Lemann Institute/Agriculture and Consumer Economics, UIUC
  • 11-12 Plenary Session: From Latin America to Latin American Studies and Back Again
    • Diego Quiroga, Vice President for Research, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
  • 12-1:30 LUNCH & "Our Not-so-Humble Beginnings"
    • Tribute to John Thompson, founding member of CLACS - Remarks by Carl Deal
  • 1:45-3:15 Panel: How CLACS Changed my (Professional) Life. Graduate Student Perspectives on the Role and Impact of the Center
    • Chair: Angelina Cotler, CLACS
    • Antonio Sotomayor, Assistant Professor & Latin American Studies Librarian, International and Area Studies Library, UIUC
    • Pilar Eguez, Post-Doc, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, UIUC
    • Carolina Sternberg, Assistant Prof Latino/Latin American Studies, DePaul Univ
    • Isabel Scarborough, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Parkland College
  • 3:30-5PM Round Table: The Future of Latin American Studies: Reflections from Current Center Directors
    • Dara Goldman, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese/Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UIUC
    • Shane Green, Anthropology/Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Indiana University
    • Mauricio Tenorio, History/Latin American Studies, University of Chicago
    • Alberto Vargas, Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Latin American & Caribbean Studies Library Exhibit

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois. As part of the celebrations, the library has curated an exhibit entitled: Unity in Diversity: Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of Illinois' Library, which showcases some of the material for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Illinois. This material extends well over 50 years, as our library has been collecting Latin American sources for more than 100 years. We encourage you to visit and explore the current exhibit, located in the south corridor of the first floor of the Main Library, which will be open throughout the month of September. Enjoy!


Folk Art in Latin America - Spurlock Museum

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Spurlock Museum joins the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) in celebrating its 50th anniversary. An integral part of this celebration is "Latin American Research: Past, Present, and Future." To complement this focus there will be an exhibition of Latin American folk art. Situated adjacent to the permanent South American Gallery, the exhibition will feature selected objects from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil, countries where CLACS personnel have conducted and are conducting research.

Location: Hundley Central Core Gallery, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: During Museum Hours
Cost: Free Admission


Past CLACS Directors