On April 28th, 2021 Chancellor Yang delivered the welcoming remarks of the LAIS alumni renunion celebrating the 40th+ anniversary of the graduate program. The event feautured career panels and an alumni mixer which highlighted the diverse accomplishments of LAIS Master's alumni!

LAIS Alumni Reunion, Career Panels and celebration of 40+ years of LAIS MA theses was held April 29-30, 2021. We were joined by alumni, faculty past and present, and current LAIS students and staff. 

History Graduate Student, Pilar Ramírez presents at LAIS Tertulia, 'Protests and Politics in Latin America: What is new in Chile and Colombia?' March 3rd, 2020. 

LAIS welcomed their new cohort of graduate students at the Fall 2019 Welcome Lunch. Pictured are Rosa Rodriguez, Liz Marchante, Cecilia Méndez (LAIS Director), Katia Rodriguez and Jennifer Amador. To learn more about our students: https://www.lais.ucsb.edu/people/student.

On May 28th, 2021 LAIS hosted the End of Year Celebration which welcomed students, staff, faculty and family members to celebrate the graduating LAIS majors, the outstanding LAIS faculty and the dedicated LAIS staff!

LAIS End of the Year Picnic. Program Vice-Director Juan Cobo with LAIS Undergraduates at Goleta Beach, May 2019.

Dean of Social Sciences and Anthropology Professor giving the inaugural words at the LAIS International Graduate Conference 2018

Professor of Global Studies, Javiera Barandarian, presents via Zoom at LAIS Tertulia 'Protests and Politics in Latin America; What is new in Chile and Colombia?' March 3rd, 2020. 

Dr. Terry Lynn Karl delivers keynote address at LAIS Undergraduate Conference 4/10/2019

 Diego Astorga de Ita at LAIS Graduate Conference 2018

Professor Juan & Natalie Cobo's Book Launch. Panel Discussion with Prof. Cecilia Méndez, Prof. Juan Pablo Lupi, and Visiting Faculty Juan Carlos Estenssoro. McCune Conference Room. Spring 2019

STATEMENT OF THE PROGRAM IN LATIN AMERICAN AND IBERIAN STUDIES AT UCSB REGARDING THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN COLOMBIA

The program in Latin American and Iberian Studies at UCSB condemns the acts of violence perpetrated by Colombia’s law enforcement against the civilian population since April 28th, 2021, in the midst of nationwide massive protests.

As of May 5, 37 people have been murdered, 10 have been victims of sexual violence, and hundreds more have been injured – a total of at least 1,708 cases of police violence, according to Temblores ONG.

We believe in a peaceful resolution and urge our community to join us in solidarity against the human rights violations that are being committed in Colombia at this time.

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Santa Barbara, May 7, 2021

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PRONUNCIAMIENTO DEL PROGRAMA DE ESTUDIOS LATINOAMERICANOS E IBÉRICOS DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE CALIFORNIA, SANTA BÁRBARA, SOBRE LA VIOLACIÓN DE DERECHOS HUMANOS EN COLOMBIA

El programa de Estudios Latinoamericanos en Ibéricos de la Universidad de California, Santa Bárbara, condena los actos de violencia que la fuerza pública colombiana está perpetrando contra la población civil desde el 28 de Abril de 2021, en medio de protestas masivas a nivel nacional. 

Hasta el 5 de Mayo, 37 personas han sido asesinadas, 10 han sido víctimas de violencia sexual y cientos han sido heridas, sumando un total de 1,708 casos de violencia policial, de acuerdo a la Temblores ONG

Creemos en una solución pacifica y hacemos un llamado a nuestra comunidad a unirse en solidaridad contra las  graves violaciones de derechos humanos que se vienen cometiendo en Colombia en este momento.  

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Welcome to Latin American and Iberian Studies

Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara examines the people and cultures of Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries throughout the world. Such study encompasses not only Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, but also Angola, Mozambique, the Philippines, Macao, and the Chicano and Puerto Rican populations in the U.S. However, most students center their studies on Latin America.

Latin American and Iberian Studies examines the whole culture or civilization, not only throughout the humanities and fine arts, but also throughout the social sciences and history. This allows students to explore a variety of topics - in addition to Spanish and Portuguese language and literature - such as Latin American anthropology, the history of Spain and Portugal, and the political life of Latino communities.

 

News

Marlene Torres Magana has been awarded a Graduate Opportunity Fellowship to support her research project, Historietas, Nationalismo Mexicano, y Cultura: The Construction and Promotion of a Mexican National Identity during the Twentieth Century. 

The recordings of Professor Melissa Wright's and Kai Mederios' Key Note Lectures at the 2nd LAIS International Graduate Student Conference are available.

Former LAIS director Víctor Fuentes (Spanish and Portuguese) discussed the origins of LAIS at UCSB and the impact the program has had for students and the entire campus. 

 

LAIS undergraduate major, Lee Leal-Ramirez, join us to talk about what motivates her to study Latin America and her work with Neogranadina.

LAIS alumni Jorge Gonzalez (2012) shares his experiences in the LAIS graduate program and how his studies influence his work in activism. 

Upcoming Events

LAIS is happy to announce The Burdick Global Scholars Fellowship, which will award a $50,000 maximum and course relief to UCSB faculty, to support research partnerships between UCSB scholars and their counterparts in other parts of the world.

  1. August 1, 2021 - 5:00pm