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Latin American/Latino Studies
Fax: 202-885-6430
4545 42nd Street, Room 308

Stinchcomb, Dennis A
Program Manager

Latin American/Latino Studies
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8137

CLALS events intend to enrich understanding of Latin America and Latino communities in the U.S. Many are open to the public.

Capital Start-Ups: What We Know and Need to Know about Latino Entrepreneurs in the DC-Metro Region

February 18, 2016 | Kogod Student Lounge

Join CLALS and AU's Kogod School of Business on Thursday, February 18 from 10:00am-12:00pm, for a public forum followed by a light reception.

The event will introduce and discuss a report, currently being prepared by Principal Investigator Barbara Bird (Kogod) and co-PI Mike Danielson (CLALS), which analyzes data from a survey of almost 200 Latino entrepreneurs/small business owners from across the DC-metro region.

After Profs. Bird and Danielson present their analysis, Alfredo Casta (Cascades Technologies, Inc.) and Tara Palacios (BizLaunch) will offer their insights on the implications of the report and the future of Latinos in the regional economy.

This event is part of the ongoing Latino Entrepreneurs project.

For more information, please contact Bob Sweeney (, Rob Albro (202.885.6174), or Jacquelyn Dolezal (202.885.6173).

Event flyer

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American University's Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum: "THE ROLE OF THE LATINO VOTE IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION"

February 29, 2016 | Abramson Family Founders Room

CLALS and the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies will jointly sponsor the second Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum, to take place at the School of International Service on Monday, February 29, 2016, from 1:00-5:30pm.

Forum Agenda:

    Opening Remarks, 1:00-1:15PM

    Panel 1: The Republican Primaries, 1:15-2:30PM

    • Glen Bolger, Public Opinion Strategies
    • David Karol, University of Maryland
    • Neri Martinez, Republican State Leadership Committee
    • James Thurber, American University (Moderator)

    Panel 2: The Democrats & the Latino Advantage, 2:30-3:45PM

    • Matt Barreto, UCLA and Latino Decisions
    • Maria Urbina, Voto Latino
    • Janet Hernandez, National Council of La Raza
    • Matthew Wright, American University (Moderator)

    Panel 3: Swing States & Wildcards, 4:00-5:15PM

    • Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew Research Center
    • Luis Fortuño, former Governor of Puerto Rico, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
    • William M. LeoGrande, American University
    • Eric Hershberg, American University (Moderator)

For more information and to RSVP, visit the ALPAF 2016 home page


Public Panel "Cultivating Dialogue: A Comparative, Participatory Analysis of U.S. and Cuban Agricultural Cooperative Policies"

March 22, 2016 | Abramson Family Founders Room

Join CLALS and the School of International Service for a Reynolds Foundation-funded public panel to take place on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 9:00-10:30am.

This gathering launches a "bilateral," comparative, participatory dialogue about what Cuban and U.S. agricultural cooperatives have to learn from each other. How have agricultural cooperatives fostered farmer livelihoods, nutritious food production, ecological sustainability, and social justice in Cuba and in the U.S.? What have been the challenges and limitations that cooperative producers have faced in their respective countries and how are cooperative dynamics currently changing? What could U.S.-Cuba trade openings do to enhance agricultural cooperatives-and the resilience and diversity they afford?

Speaker information and a flyer for the event will be forthcoming.