CLACS Sponsoring La Comunidad del Sancocho for their lunch with Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo

On Tuesday Nov 8th “La Comunidad del Sancocho – IU Colombian Students Association” hosted a Lunch with the artist Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. In the event had a mixed Colombian group, including the CAIUB officers, Bloomington community members, faculty, and undergraduate and graduate students, where some of them are new faces in our meetings! This was an exceptional, fun, and warm experience!

CLACS affiliate Christiana Ochoa to be next dean of IU Maurer Law School

Christiana Ochoa has been has been named dean of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, effective Nov. 1, 2022.She is the school’s first-ever Latine dean and one of just eight Latine women ever to serve as the dean of a U.S. law school.

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CLACS as co-sponsor of Lotus World Music Festival Latin-American Artists

As a Center we understand the enormous importance that culture has in the understanding of the regions. That is why, we felt very proud to be able to support the 2022 version of the Lotus World Music Festival co-sponsoring three groups from Latin America: Matizando, Ladama, and Bazurto. Lotus was a Four-day long musical extravaganza from Sept 22 -25, 2022, in downtown Bloomington with more than 20 international artist groups. A experience to enjoy music, the arts, food, dance, and workshops between a combination of free events and incredible ticketed concerts for All Ages! More info at:

Como Centro entendemos la enorme importancia que tiene la cultura en el entendimiento de las regiones. Por eso, nos sentimos muy orgullosos de poder apoyar la versión 2022 del Lotus World Music Festival copatrocinando a tres grupos de América Latina: Matizando, Ladama y Bazurto. Lotus fue un gran espectáculo musical de cuatro días de duración del 22 al 25 de septiembre de 2022 en el centro de Bloomington con más de 20 grupos de artistas internacionales. ¡Una experiencia para disfrutar de la música, las artes, la comida, la danza y los talleres entre una combinación de eventos gratuitos e increíbles conciertos con boleto para todas las edades! Más información en:

CLACS Hosting the Ex-President of the Colombian Constitutional Court – Manuel Jose Cepeda

On Sep 22, 2022, CLACS hosted Manuel Jose Cepeda Espinoza, Ex-President of the Colombian Constitutional Court, in a warm and frank conversation about the insides of the Constitutional legal system of Colombia. From the understanding of the new humanistic advances in the 1991 new Colombian Constitution to the complex and controversial constitutional sentences that he had to deal with during his tenure as Justice of the Constitutional Court from 2001-2009, the conversation shared the principles around the “Tutela” process and implications for Colombians, and the process of Justice selections every eight years for the Colombian Courts. The conversation had multidisciplinary faculty, scholars and students from IU Bloomington, all sharing the interest in the possible Latinamerican Countries’ application of Constitutional concepts discussed in the session. We also hosted a special guest, Irene Massimino, human rights lawyer from Argentina, Rapporteur of the High Criminal Court of Buenos Aires Province who is working towards her PhD at the IU Indianapolis School of Law.

El pasado 22 de septiembre de 2022, CLACS recibió a Manuel José Cepeda Espinoza, Ex-Presidente de la Corte Constitucional de Colombia, en una cálida y franca conversación sobre las entrañas del sistema jurídico constitucional de Colombia. Desde la comprensión de los nuevos avances humanísticos en la nueva Constitución colombiana de 1991 hasta las complejas y controvertidas sentencias constitucionales que tuvo que enfrentar durante su gestión como Magistrado de la Corte Constitucional de 2001 a 2009, la conversación compartió los principios en torno a la “Tutela” sus proceso e implicaciones para los colombianos, y el proceso de selección de Magistrados cada ocho años para las Cortes colombianas. La conversación contó con profesores, académicos y estudiantes de diversas disiciplinas en IU Bloomington, todos compartiendo el interés en la posible aplicación de los conceptos constitucionales de los países latinoamericanos discutidos en la sesión. También recibimos a una invitada especial, Irene Massimino, abogada de derechos humanos de Argentina, Relatora del Tribunal Superior Penal de la Provincia de Buenos Aires que está trabajando para obtener su doctorado en la Facultad de Derecho de IU Indianápolis.

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 (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.