Latin American & Caribbean Studies at CofC

The College of Charleston offers a major and minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS).

Welcome to the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) at the College of Charleston! Housed in the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program promotes cultural exchange and interdisciplinary research in a key region of today's globalized communities and economies. The Program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in

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All are welcome! This event will be held in person and via Zoom. Click here or the link in our bio to sign up today!
Luís Cláudio Villafañe Gomes Santos is a diplomat, historian, and biographer. As a diplomat, he served at several Brazilian Embassies. He was Ambassador of Brazil to Nicaragua from 2017 to 2022. Additionally, he has written several books about Brazil’s foreign relations history. His knowledge and background will inspire thoughtful discussions about Brazil’s identity.


We are hiring!!! For the first time ever, and thanks to a grant from the Ga***rd & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, we are hiring a part time Administrative & Fundraising Assistant. Basic requirements: to be passionate about fostering Latino arts and culture and to have experience in administrative and fundraising activities. Job is up to 20 hours a week and salary range is $12-20/hour.

If interested, please send us an email to: [email protected].
Tell us why you want to work with us and about your experience in admin and fundraising activities. Come and work with us!


CofC Women's and Gender Studies' "Land, Body and History" kicks off today.

A new series exploring vectors of knowledge from global Black feminist perspectives, "Land, Body and History" will run through Friday, Sept. 29.


Reminder: This is the last week to apply to study abroad in Cuba in spring 2024. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity!


CofC students: we hope to see you at the Multicultural Fest on Sept 15 in the Cistern Yard, hosted by the Hispanic Latino Club and co-sponsored by LACS!

CHILE'S COUP at 50 Countdown Toward a Coup | National Security Archive 09/11/2023

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1973 coup in Chile. Check out the National Security Archive briefing book for more on the history of the coup:

CHILE'S COUP at 50 Countdown Toward a Coup | National Security Archive September 8, 2023, Washington D.C. - “In the Eisenhower period, we would be heroes,” Henry Kissinger told President Richard Nixon several days after the overthrow of Salvador Allende in Chile, lamenting that they would not receive credit in the press for this Cold War accomplishment. Fifty years...


Curious about studying abroad in Cuba? Save the date for this info session to learn more!


Upcoming Event: LACS Faculty Lecture Series, Sept 13 at noon featuring Dr. Will McCorkle (details in the flyer)


Did you know you can take a History course in the spring with a spring break trip to Mexico City?
* Info Session: 9/13
* Deadline to Apply: 10/15
* Contact Dr. Covert for more info!

Teotihuacan with J. Schwaller and M. Restall | Conversations in World History 08/24/2023

Teotihuacan with J. Schwaller and M. Restall | Conversations in World History John Schwaller is a scholar of early colonial Latin America, and of Nahuatl and the Nahua (the Aztec language and people) Dr. Schwaller is the author of five books and the editor of three others. Matthew Restall is a Colonial Latin American Historian with areas of specialization in Yucatan and Mexic...

Photos from Latin American & Caribbean Studies at CofC's post 08/22/2023

This summer LACS Affiliate Dr. John Thomas attended the United Nations Meeting for Persons of African Descent. About the experience, Dr. Thomas said: "Attending this forum helped to advance my research project evaluating how governments respond to Afro-descendant movements in Latin America. One aspect I examine is how publicly expressed government commitments translate into actual policy. This forum is an excellent place to observe this phenomenon firsthand.”

Photos from Latin American & Caribbean Studies at CofC's post 08/08/2023

LACS faculty have been busy this summer - stay tuned for more about their research and travels!

Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas :30-sec PROMO 04/12/2023

Please join the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program in welcoming Kim Haas, executive producer, creator and host of PBS's Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, a travel show celebrating the African influence in Latin America.
Wednesday, April 19, 5 pm in RITA 101, 58 Coming Street, Charleston

Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas :30-sec PROMO Groundbreaking public television series, "Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas" captures the heart and soul of Afro-Latino culture throughout the Americas…

Photos from Latin American & Caribbean Studies at CofC's post 04/12/2023

CofC Study Abroad in Cuba - Spring 2024!


TUESDAY, February 21, at 4:30 pm
LACS Mardi Gras Meet and Greet - All LACS Majors and Minors: join us for appetizers, learn about our upcoming events. Bring a friend or two! RUSTY BULL BREWING CO. (CHUCKTOWN BREWERY) 337 King Street on the patio.
For more information please contact Dr. Nadia Avendaño.

Timeline photos 01/18/2023

Make sure you stop by Cougar Mall on January 25th between 10:00am-1:00pm to learn more about summer and fall study abroad programs!


January 27, 3 pm at the Addlestone Library, Room 227. Please come to a book talk with Dr. Blake Scott moderated by Dr. Lisa Covert, Department of History, and hosted by the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program at the College of Charleston. The conversation will focus on Blake’s new book, Unpacked: A History of Caribbean Tourism, recently published with Cornell University Press.


Have you ever wanted to pick up a guitar, a conga, or a microphone, and experience Latin American musical culture first-hand? MUSC 363-02 Latin American Ensemble, CRN 23809 (also known as Otro Sur) is a one-credit hour course open to all students, with no audition or experience necessary. Vocalists and all kinds of instrumentalists (guitar, percussion/drums, piano, all strings, winds and brass) are all needed. The course meets once weekly, Tuesdays 6-8PM.

Learn genres from bossa nova and Latin jazz to salsa and boogaloo from instructor Gregory Guay, guitarist/arranger/composer with the band Caja de Cuerdas. Check out Otro Sur on the group’s page.

Questions? To register for the course, e-mail Music Department Chair Michael O’Brien at [email protected].

Otro Sur - College of Charleston Latin American Ensemble Otro Sur is an ensemble in the College of Charleston Department of Music (Michael O'Brien, director).

We play folk and popular music of Latin America.


“Creole Israel: Abraham Philip Samson and the Formation of the Caribbean Jewish Rootsman"
This in-person event will take place in the Jewish Studies Center, Arnold Hall (Room 100), and via Zoom.
Event Description:
Professor Eli Rosenblatt will talk about the work of Abraham Philip Samson (1872-1958)—the relatively unknown Surinamese Jewish activist, writer, and pharmacist—as a lens on the complex position of Jews in late 19th and early 20th-century Suriname, a Caribbean country on the northeastern coast of South America ruled by the Netherlands until 1975. Since much excellent recent scholarship has focused on Surinamese Jewish culture in the era of slavery, this talk will discuss how Samson, a Surinamese Jewish descendant of both free Jews and enslaved people, inherited and represented the legacies of that era in political, ethical, and theological contexts.
Speaker Bio:
Eli Rosenblatt is the Wallerstein Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. His research interests include Modern Yiddish Literature, the United States and Caribbean Jewish Cultures, and Modern Jewish Thought. He is currently at work on two projects, one about Ashkenazic Jews and racial politics in the Atlantic world, and the other a collection of scholarly essays on the writings of WEB Du Bois in light of contemporary Jewish concerns.
Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture
Department of Religious Studies
Department of Hispanic Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program


Círculo Hispanoamericano presents
Dr. Chester B. DePratter
Research professor and Director of the Research Division of the South Carolina Institute of Archeology and Anthropology
Spanish exploration and settlement in the southeastern United States, 1514-1587
Thursday, September 22, 2022 5:30 pm
Blacklock House, 18 Bull Street, College of Charleston
Spanish claim to what is today South Carolina can be traced back to the first voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492. In the sixteenth century, Spaniards led multiple expeditions of exploration and settlement to what was called at the time "La Florida," extending as far north as Newfoundland in Canada. They explored coasts and inland areas with the hope of establishing permanent settlements. French intrusion into Spanish Florida in the 1560s triggered retribution ordered by Spanish King Philip II. As a result, Spanish St. Augustine was founded in 1565, and Santa Elena on present-day Parris Island, South Carolina, was established in 1566 with the intent of making it the Florida capital. Indian uprisings, further French intrusions, and an attack by English privateer Francis Drake resulted in the abandonment of Santa Elena in 1587 with subsequent Spanish activities focused on St. Augustine and a string of Indian missions along the Georgia coast.
Free and open to the public - Presentation will be in English, followed by a reception
Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Hispanic Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, with a grant from South Carolina Humanities.


Please join Latin American and Caribbean Studies for the Black Lives Signature Series Finale Celebration, a Carnivale experience in the Stern Center Gardens, on Wednesday, April 13 from 2 to 4 pm.
Enjoy some light refreshments and soak up the sounds of Gino Castillo and the Cuban Cowboys! Faculty, students, and staff are welcome.


Charleston Jewish Filmfest presents:
The Movie: Sin La Habana will be available for streaming March 11-14, 2022. (95 minutes | Canada, Cuba | 2020)
The Discussion: Monday, March 14 at 7 pm - Join Dr. David Dulceany of Hispanic Studies as we delve into the movie’s themes, including immigration and the challenges of cultural life in Cuba. Registration includes both the Vimeo link to stream the film and the Zoom discussion link. Free and open to the public.

Leonardo, a ballet dancer, and Sara, an ambitious lawyer, are young black Cubans desperate to leave their country. They realize that their ticket off the island is for Leonardo to seduce one of the foreign students at the salsa school where he teaches. Dreams collide when they meet a lonely Iranian-Canadian woman who is seeking adventure and passion in paradise.

Co-sponsored by Charleston Jewish Filmfest and the College of Charleston Departments of Hispanic Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Documentary film screening: "A Month and Some Days" Wednesday, January 26, RITA 101 (College of Charleston). Doors open at 5; film begins at 5:30.

A Month and Some Days will leave a mark on the viewer through the voice of the Tri-County Latino community, exposing its challenges and achievements from the perspective of the first- and second-generation Latino immigrant youth. Facilitated through Art Pot with the organization's director, Maribel Acosta, serving as the mentor, this project involved a process of research, interviews, fieldwork and, ultimately, the production of a documentary film. The main objective is to delve into the reality of the Latino community, raising awareness about the immigrant community through some experiences and lived stories and a careful artistic and professional ex*****on.



If you’ve seen our flyers around and have been interested in our summer internship, here’s your chance to hear more about the program in detail and ask any questions regarding the application and summer!

CofC Majors and Minors Fair 9 29 21 09/29/2021

It was so great to see everyone at the majors/ minors fair today.


Join us on Tuesday, October 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Zoom for our Annual Global Awareness Series featuring one of our graduates, double major in LACS and Sociology: Brooke Bazemore ’18. Her talk is titled “Interdisciplinary Foundations and Social Work”.

Meeting ID: 859 6057 8892
Passcode: 526631

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