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
  • 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.

  • Francisco Correa Weffort at Georgetown University
    Social Democratization & Political Democracy
    November 8, 2017

    Remarks made on November 8 by Dr. Francisco Weffort, Emeritus Professor of the University of Sao Paolo and Brazilian Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Democracy and Human Development at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Photo of Ambassador Zabalgoitia
    U.S. and Mexico: Mutual Perceptions
    November 7, 2017

    The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), the Wilson Center Mexico Initiative, the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE) co-hosted an event in November titled “U.S. and Mexico: Mutual Perceptions.” This event brought together experts on Mexico to talk about the current state of the bilateral relationship with the United States, ongoing challenges, and upcoming opportunities.

  • Photo of Andrew Selee
    OpEd by Andrew Selee, Director of MPI
    November 7, 2017

    OpEd published in the Mexican newspaper, El Universal, by Andrew Selee, Director of the Migration Policy Institute and participant in a CLAS-organized event titled Mexico and the U.S.: Mutual Perceptions.

  • Colombian Senator Juan Manuel Galan shakes Professor Marc Chernick's hand at a GU event on September 22, 2017
    Center for Latin American Studies Hosts Colombian Senator and Presidential Hopeful Juan Manuel Galán
    September 22, 2017

    On Friday, September 22, 2017, Senator Juan Manuel Galán (MSFS ‘03) joined students and community members to talk about his presidential campaign, hopes for Colombia’s future, and thoughts on Colombian domestic and international politics. He was joined by Professor Marc Chernick, Professor in the Practice of Political Science at the School of Foreign Service and Director of the Georgetown-Los Andes Program on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.

  • Senator Armando Rios Piter speaking before a group of students at Georgetown University on September 18, 2017
    Mexican Senator Armando Rios Piter Speaks out on the Future of Mexican Politics
    September 18, 2017

    On September 18, Senator Armando Ríos Piter, a presidential candidate to Mexico's upcoming elections, spoke on Mexico’s political future at an event hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies.

  • Geoffrey Wallace, CLAS Visiting Researcher
    Maya Peoples Making History: Founding a Civilization, Adapting to Empire, Engaging Capitalism and Migrating with Globalization
    September 17, 2017

    On September 8 the Georgetown Center for Latin American Studies, together with the Americas Initiative and the Mexican Cultural Institute (MCI), co-hosted a one-day symposium at the MCI entitled Maya Peoples Making History: Founding a Civilization, Adapting to Empire, Engaging Capitalism and Migrating with Globalization. The symposium explored the themes of adaptability, resilience, agency, and autonomy in the history of Maya peoples from the ancient past to the present day and featured presentations from some of the leading researchers from the fields of archaeology, history, and anthropology.