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Center for Latin American & Latino Studies


Latin American/Latino Studies
Fax: 202-885-6430
Spring Valley, Room 515

Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Program Manager

Latin American/Latino Studies

Washington, DC 20016-8137

About Us

The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, established in January 2010, is a campus-wide initiative advancing and disseminating state-of-the-art research. Our faculty affiliates and partners are at the forefront of efforts to understand economic development, democratic governance, cultural diversity and change, peace and diplomacy, health, education and environmental well-being. CLALS generates high quality, timely analysis on these and other issues in partnership with researchers and practitioners from AU and beyond.

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CLALS Publishes Spanish-Language Edited Volume Sexo, Delitos y Pecados 

As part of the Religion and Democratic Contestation Initiative, generously funded by the Henry R. Luce Foundation, CLALS has published a Spanish-language Ebook. Available for free download, Sexo, Delitos y Pecados: Intersecciones entre religión, género, sexualidad y el derecho en América Latina brings together the insights of academics and advocates, many of whom are currently at the forefront of impact litigation across Latin America concerned with the rights of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans) people and women’s reproductive rights. Chapters in the edited volume highlight the role played by religion in the region, in both promoting and limiting such rights. Coming to us from the front lines of these struggles in Latin America, this book offers timely clarity about how the law and particular rights with respect to gender and sexual identity are currently being interpreted, contested, and sometimes, transformed, by social justice and religious parties to such conflicts. Learn more 

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CLALS In the News

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CLALS experts have been featured in several publications regarding the implications of Fidel Castro's passing and potential impacts of a Donald J. Trump presdiency in Latin America. CLALS Director Eric Hershberg told the Daily Signal that Trump has the authority to roll back many of the normalization advancements made by the Obama administration in Cuba. The Wall Street Journal quoted CLALS Affiliate Matthew Taylor: "It looks like Latin America is turning into a favorite punching bag for Trump’s tweets, and here we can include Mexicans, the wall, and now Cuba." And in an op-ed piece for the New York Times, CLALS Affiliate William LeoGrande argued that Trump's negotiating style won't work in Cuba, especially after Fidel's passing.  

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AU News

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School of Communication Journalist in Residence and CLALS Affiliate Bill Gentile's Backpack Documentary en Español class was recently highlighted by University Communications. The class, taught entirely in Spanish, is a first for the School of Communication, and it allows students to connect with the larger DC community through the dynamic medium of videojournalism. Professor Gentile is also the Director of the Backpack Journalism Project at AU, and director of "When the Forest Weeps," a CLALS-sponsored documentary about the spiritual relationship between the Kichwa indigenous people and the Ecuadoran Amazon rain forest.   

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Grant Highlights

CLALS has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to convene a January 2017 workshop to enhance scholarship and better inform decision-making on asylum claims submitted by Central Americans.

AU's Office of the Provost has awarded CLALS a Faculty Research Support Grant to launch a pilot study of the school integration experiences of resettled migrant youth in the DC-metro area.

The Henry Luce Foundation has provided $425,000 in renewed support for CLALS to conduct a two-year project on religion and climate change in cross-regional perspective.

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