Latin American Studies

<strong>Pura vida!</strong> Students conduct field research in Costa Rica.Pura vida! Students conduct field research in Costa Rica.

  • The Chicago Latino Film Festival, the largest U.S. film festival with a focus on Latin America and Latinos, features over 100 films in a variety of languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, and English. For several years, Lake Forest College has been a partner venue, working with the Latino Cultural Center of Chicago to bring their films to Chicago’s North Shore.

Encompassing Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Hispanic Caribbean, Latin America has grown enormously in economic and cultural importance to the United States. Immigration, trade, travel, literary production, and popular culture—these are just a few of the ways in which Latin America is affecting the lives of Americans and just a few of the things our students and faculty are studying.

Many of our Latin American Studies students participate in the Border Studies Program and the Granada Semester abroad. 

Department News

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    Dr. Daniel Carroll Rodas, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary, delivered the talk “Immigration and Christian Faith: Connecting Our Common Humanity with Christian Identity and Mission” for the annual Latin American Studies lecture on Feb. 6.
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    Four students from the Department of Economics and Business conducted research this summer to assist two organizations in serving low-income people around the world. Akua Agyei ’15 and Ariana Rincon ’14 served as “youth enterprise” curriculum consultants for Andean Aid, which offers students a safe, clean environment for doing homework. And, a study of savings groups for Bright Hope International was conducted by Ariane Uwamba ’15 and Mbakisi (MB) Gopolang ’14.