When CLAS opened its doors in 1959, just months after the Cuban Revolution, it was one of the first Latin American Studies programs in the United States. It has continued to be a leader in area studies, bringing together scholars and practitioners from the Washington D.C. area and the region to serve as adjunct faculty. The Center regularly hosts visiting scholars from around the world and sponsors a cutting-edge research program that links students to research projects led by CLAS core faculty members.

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CLAS Announcements
  • Photo of Luis Fortuno at Georgetown
    Puerto Rico after María
    March 21, 2018

    The Center for Latin American Studies and the Latin America Leadership Program welcomed Former Governor Luis Fortuño to the Hilltop. Mr. Fortuño shared his perspectives on the current and future challenges the island faces, particularly in light of the catastrophic damages caused by Hurricane Maria in October of 2017.

  • Photo of Pedro Reina presenting at GU on March 15, 2018
    From Foraker to María: The Porto Rico Experiments
    March 13, 2018

    On Tuesday March 13th, CLAS hosted Professor Pedro Reina Pérez for a discussion of the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States entitled “From Foraker to María: the Porto Rico Experiments”.

  • Photo of Eric Gettig at a podium giving his presentation.
    Cuban Energy Insecurity with Eric Gettig, PhD
    March 1, 2018

    On March 1, 2018, Georgetown’s own Eric Gettig, Ph.D. graduate and current lecturer, presented an overview of his current project: a historical review of Cuba’s relationship with oil, or lack thereof. Set against the backdrop of a photograph of Cuba’s first oil well, “this is the story of the absence of a resource,” he said, launching into a compelling argument that will soon be published as a book.

  • Clinton 25 event student asks question
    Clinton 25 Event Reunited Madeleine Albright, Ernesto Zedillo, and Strobe Talbott
    February 8, 2018

    SFS Professor Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State (1997-2001), President Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico (1994-2000), and Strobe Talbott, former Deputy Secretary of State (1994-2001), gathered at the Clinton 25 Symposium to discuss the foreign policy of SFS graduate, President Bill Clinton, at the event’s “Vision for the World” panel. The Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Policy (GU Politics) hosted the symposium to reflect on President Clinton’s vision and presidency on the 25th anniversary of his election. The “Vision for the World” panel, moderated by SFS Dean Joel Hellman, was co-sponsored by the SFS.

  • Photo of Dr. Irfan Nooruddin
    Honduras National Elections
    January 31, 2018

    On January 31st, the Center for Latin American Studies hosted an event to discuss the alleged manipulation of the November 2017 Honduran Presidential election. Miranda Carnes, International Politics Major (SFS'19), shares her viewpoint on Dr. Irfan Nooruddin's presentation.

  • Security, Politics & Public Policy
    January 30, 2018

    On January 30, 2018, The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) welcomed Dr. Mercedes Calzado to present her research on security, politics, and public policy in relation to Argentina’s 2015 Presidential Election.

  • Tutino Book Launch Event at Georgetown University
    Tutino's New Book Chronicles Capitalism from the Perspective of the Mexican Heartland
    January 17, 2018

    On January 17, 2018, John Tutino, Professor of History and International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service, launched his new book, The Mexican Heartland: How Communities Shaped Capitalism, a Nation, and World History, at a book talk and discussion with Professor John McNeill at the Mortara Center for International Studies.

  • Photo of Vidal Llerenas and Alvaro Santos at GU event November 30, 2017
    Mexican Congressman Vidal Llerenas Morales Calls for Innovative Industrial Policy in Mexico
    November 30, 2017

    Vidal Llerenas Morales, a representative of the Movement for National Regeneration (MORENA) party in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, visited Georgetown on November 30, 2017 to discuss the Inclusive, Innovative, and Sustainable Industrial Development Law, which he introduced in May of this year and made the subject of his book, “Industrial Policy for Mexico Based on Innovation: An Inclusive, Sustained, and Sustainable Approach.”

  • Cuzco Weavers Tinkuy 2017
    Dr. Kevin Healy Presents at International Conference, Tinkuy 2017
    November 11, 2017

    Dr. Kevin Healy, adjunct faculty member at the Center for Latin American Studies in Georgetown University, attended a conference in Cuzco, Peru as a speaker. This four-day conference, TINKUY 2017, was held from November 8 thru November 11 and brought together people from all over the world to celebrate the wealth and diversity of Latin American textile traditions.

  • Photo of event speakers on stage (from right: Francisco Weffort, Abraham Lowenthal, Matthew Carnes)
    A Fulbright Brasil and Georgetown University Center for Latin American Studies Collaboration
    November 8, 2017

    The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and Fulbright Brasil co-hosted an event in November “Challenges to democracy in Brazil and the United States: A collaborative and comparative analysis,” which featured two renown experts, Drs. Abraham Lowenthal and Francisco Weffort, who expounded on the current state of democracy in the western hemisphere´s largest democracies.