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with amazing professors and students in one of the most extraordinary cities in the world. You’re probably beyond excited for this opportunity and eager to get started, but you may not be sure just yet if this program is the best fit for you. We are here to answer any questions you may have and give you any advice that we can offer. Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below, and we’ll quickly respond.
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1. What kinds of issues and research are students interested in?
Students are interested in a very wide range of topics, which is what makes CLACS what it is! These range from heritage tourism in indigenous communities, Brazilian immigration to the US, and Jesuit history in Cusco, to US and Latin American relations during the Cold War and women’s reproductive rights in Latin America. Check out our current student profiles to learn more. Continue reading
Hi! My name is Elizabeth Con and I am a first year M.A. student at CLACS. I just graduated from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, with degrees in Political Science and International Studies and a minor in Spanish. I moved to New York City three weeks ago and living in Bushwick (Brooklyn) has proven to be a fun and interesting change. The past few weeks, I’ve been busy learning subway lines, checking out touristy spots (while trying to appear as a local), and savoring the last weeks of summer by trying out ice cream shops with my roommate.
As a first year student, new to CLACS, NYU, and NYC, I’m perpetually confused and anxious, but also enthusiastic and eager to be in a new place, to meet new people, and to challenge myself academically and personally.
From how I ended up at NYU and highlights from CLACS lectures to the best coffee shops around campus and goings on around town, I’ll be using this space to reflect on my daily experiences as a grad student. I look forward to sharing some of these experiences with you, and maybe even offering some tips on thriving in the labyrinths of NYU and NYC.
Elizabeth Con is an MA Candidate at CLACS at NYU
CLACS is located on the south side of Washington Square Park, in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village
Each year, CLACS hosts over 100 events that are free and open to the public. These Latin America and Caribbean-themed events range from film screenings to lecture series, art exhibits to book readings. Most of our events are followed by a reception, where students, faculty, and community members have the opportunity to connect and discuss. CLACS events are listed on the events page of the CLACS website, the CLACS google calendar, and are also highlighted on the CLACS Facebook page.
You can receive emails about CLACS events that match your interests by signing up for a CLACS email list. CLACS offers more than 20 unique email lists, each focused on a region or topic. You can subscribe to any email list by entering your email on the CLACS homepage, or through this link to our email management system. Some of the email list options include a weekly digest of all events, K-12 Outreach Program, thematic – such as race and gender, or regional – such as the Andes or the Caribbean.
This semester, CLACS is hosting several extra-exciting events. The Spring 2012 CLACS Research Colloquium focuses on “Latin American Independence in the Age of Revolution,” and features lectures on current research in the area. Scholars such as Robin Blackburn and Sara Johnson are among the list of esteemed speakers. From March 22 through April 11, CLACS and ILAS will host Mundos Andinos, an event series pertaining to the Andean region (details to follow – watch the CLACS website). And on March 26th CLACS will have a screening of the film Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, about human rights abuses in Guatemala, followed by a discussion with Pamela Yates, Paco de Onís, and NYU Historian Greg Grandin.
To see a list of all upcoming CLACS events, visit the events page on the website. To receive CLACS email updates, click here to sign up now!
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We are thrilled to welcome Sinclair Thomson as the new CLACS Director!
Starting this spring, Thomson will bring innovative events and research on Latin America to CLACS. A historian, Thomson’s research focuses on indigenous social movements, and how revolutionary ideas live on in Andean collective memory and myth. Thomson’s book We Alone Will Rule: Native Andean politics in the age of insurgency, looks at native Andean politics in the eighteenth century. He also co-authored Ya es otro tiempo el presente: Cuatro momentos de insurgencia indígena, Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics, and is currently working on The Bolivia Reader: History, Culture, Politics.
Thomson says he’s looking forward to being at CLACS.
I’m excited to be involved with CLACS this semester. I am proud that CLACS has such strong programs in Andean studies and Quechua language studies, which coincide with my own interests. At the University of Wisconsin Madison I received great interdisciplinary training in Andean students, and Quechua was a big part of my education. I’m happy to support training new students in these area.
Visit the CLACS website to learn more about Sinclair Thomson.
Early this past December, CLACS and what moves you? hosted a series of two K-12 Educator Workshops which focused on two films from the Indocumentales / Undocumentaries US-Mexico Film Series. The December 5th event included a screening of Farmingville; and the December 14th workshop focused on the film Which Way Home.
The events featured an introduction to CLACS resources for educators about Mexico- U.S. issues, followed by a film screening. Educators then had the opportunity to discuss the issues addressed in the film with colleagues and what moves you? facilitators. These workshops opened a space for educators to discuss current events, and how film can be used to teach Mexico-U.S. relations in the classroom.
Farmingville, a 2004 film by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini, documents the attempted murders of two Mexican day-laborers in Long Island. The movie features first-hand accounts from residents, day-laborers and activists, and underscores the continuing relevance of undocumented immigrant issues. Which Way Home, a 2009 film by Rebecca Cammisa, focuses on immigrant children from Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico, who must overcome tremendous odds in their journey to the U.S.
These are two of many K-12 events that are part of the CLACS K-12 Outreach Program. Learn more about CLACS K-12 Outreach on the CLACS website. You can also sign-up to our K-12 Outreach email list, which will send you notices only about K-12 educator-related events and programs.
Barbara D’Ambruoso at Parque Colón in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Last summer, in the first ever collaboration between NYU CLACS, Yale PIER, and the Yale Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies, CLACS helped organized the Colonial Latin America Summer Institute for educators. The Institute is a series of intensive professional development sessions that serves as a continuing educational training tool for in-service and pre-service educators. The objective of the Summer Institute is to present the best and the latest scholarship on international education to help educators introduce current perspectives on international topics and improve teaching materials for their students. The sessions are led by faculty, graduate students and other expert educators who provide an in-depth understanding of the latest research on teaching international content subjects in schools.
A new element of the 2011 Summer Institute was the production of “classroom-ready” teaching materials, which would be tested in one classroom and then disseminated widely online. By making the materials available on the CLACS website, they can be shared widely, and free of charge, with educators interested in bringing these topics into the classroom.
Felicidades to our 2011 CLACS M.A. graduate students!
Franklin Steven Moreno
Cristina Tamara Diaz-Carrera
Lee Ann Evans
Mariana Judith Pardes
Karla Paola Reyes
Ashley Georgia Roseberry
Maria Piedrahita Trimble
Rachel Elizabeth Brooks-Ames
Roque Daniel Planas
Andrew Collin O’Reilly
Rebecca Lynn Fisher