CLACS at La Casa Latino

On Aug 24th 2022, our Director Dr. Daniel Suslak, and current GA Maestro Barbosa-Vasquez, shared with the Latino community at “La Casa’s Welcome and Resource Fair” organized by La Casa/Latino Cultural Center of Indiana University Bloomington

El 24 de Agosto de 2022, nuestro Director, el Dr. Daniel Suslak, y nuestro actual GA, Maestro Barbosa-Vásquez; compartieron con la comunidad latina en la “Feria de Bienvenida y Recursos de La Casa” organizada por La Casa/Centro Cultural Latino de la Universidad de Indiana Bloomington

CLACS GA attends World Social Forum

Geography Professor Dr. Patricia de Toledo Basile and CLACS Graduate Assistant Erin Brown are traveling to the World Social Forum in Mexico City! This semester, Dr. de Toledo Basile taught a course titled “Solidarity Economies in Latin America” where graduate and undergraduate students learned about solidarity initiatives throughout the region. Indiana University have worked in collaboration with students from the University of Virginia as well as the Universidad Federal de Paraná in Brasil to create several podcast episodes about these initiatives and will be presenting their work at the World Social Forum. The presentation will be Tuesday May 3rd at 11:30am ETS. You are invited to attend the session using this Zoom link, To learn more about this session and other WSF events, visit the World Social Forum’s website.

Announcing our 2022 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

We wish to congratulate and recognize our 2022 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Recipients.

Awardee Name Degree Program of Study Language
Robert Pugh PhD Linguistics Maya
Erin Brown MA Latin American/Caribbean Studies Haitian Creole
Abe Kassis BA Spanish and Portuguese; Linguistics Portuguese
Hector Figeroa PhD Ecology and Evoluntionary Biology Maya
Rachel Garza PhD Spanish and Portuguese Portuguese
Miguel Roman PhD Spanish and Portuguese Portuguese
Shelby Bruun MA Spanish and Portuguese Portuguese
Lia Castro Sauer BS Animal Behavior Portuguese

Summer 2022 Intensive Portuguese/Elementary Portuguese for Graduate Students

HISP-P135/P491 Intensive Portuguese/Elementary Portuguese for Graduate Students
Indiana University Bloomington Online via Zoom
Summer II June 20 – July 29, 2022
Days and Times: MWF 1:50PM-3:05PM US Eastern Standard Time via
Zoom, TR taught asynchronously
Class open to students in the Big Ten, BTAA BIG TEN share course

Course Description:
This section of P135/491 meets synchronously three times a week (Mondays Wednesday and Fridays, from 1:50pm to 3:05pm US Eastern time), and asynchronously twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays). The synchronous interactions will be done through Zoom.iu.edu (Syllabus will include information on how to login to class meetings). The Asynchronous interactions will be completed through Canvas. This course is an accelerated treatment of material covered in both P100 and P150 designed for highly motivated students and students with previous language training on another Romance language. May be used as an elective for the Spanish major. Emphasis on oral communication with grammar and vocabulary taught in context. The cultures of Brazil and the Portuguese-speaking world will be presented using interactive activities, songs videos, discussions, and short readings. Credit given for only one of the two classes.

Alberto Varon receives $215,000 New Directions Fellowship

Alberto Varon, associate professor of English and director of the Latino Studies Program in the College of Arts of Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington, has been awarded a $215,000 grant by the Mellon Foundation to support a New Directions Fellowship, which are designed to assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training.  Click here for more information.

John McDowell Retirement

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies would like to congratulate Dr. John McDowell in his retirement after a 46-year career in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. He also served as CLACS’ Interim Director in 1998. Dr. McDowell arrived at Indiana University in 1975 after studying Folklore at the University of Texas. His deep appreciation for Latin America spans from speech play and verbal art among Chicano children to indigeneity in the Andean region. McDowell says that connecting with students was essential to his time at IU. He loved teaching undergraduate students in Chicano Folklore and sharing his passion for Latin American language with graduate students. He also played an essential role in bringing the Quechua language program to the university. McDowell hopes that the future of Latin American and Caribbean Studies will focus on minority cultures and languages because they both bring deeper understanding to the cultural and social aspects of the region. We deeply thank Dr. John McDowell for his work and helping the center become what it is today.