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Comprising one of the most culturally diverse regions on the planet, the countries that constitute Latin America present a dynamic social, historical, and aesthetic panorama. Offering courses in Anthropology, Art, Architecture, and Design, History, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, and Spanish, the Latin American Studies (LAS) program at Lehigh University offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Latin America. LAS also features a Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowship, and routinely offers a Latin American Film Series and lectures by LAS faculty and invited speakers. Learn more about the Minor in Latin American Studies

For further information or to coordinate your minor program, students should contact Matthew Bush, Director, Latin American Studies Program, Maginnes Hall, Room 536 or matthew.bush@lehigh.edu or 610-758-3087. Download a minor declaration form, or visit the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, Maginnes Hall, 490.


Faculty Research and News 2013-2014

The final word on New Spain's José de Gálvez June 11, 2014
Barbara Zepeda Cortes, Assistant Professor of History and Latin American Studies

Congratulations to Javier Puente, LAS Pre/Postdoctoral Fellow, on the successful defense of his dissertation entitled "Closer Apart: Indigenous and Peasant Communities and the State in Capitalist Peru, 1700-1990." March 27, 2014

Congratulations to Jaime Pensado, former LAS Postdoctoral Fellow, on the publication of his book, Rebel Mexico (Stanford UP). March 18, 2014
 
In the middle of the twentieth century, a growing tide of student activism in Mexico reached a level that could not be ignored, culminating with the 1968 movement. This book traces the rise, growth, and consequences of Mexico's "student problem" during the long sixties (1956-1971). Historian Jaime M. Pensado closely analyzes student politics and youth culture during this period, as well as reactions to them on the part of competing actors. Examining student unrest and youthful militancy in the forms of sponsored student thuggery (porrismo), provocation, clientelism (charrismo estudiantil), and fun (relajo), Pensado offers insight into larger issues of state formation and resistance. He draws particular attention to the shifting notions of youth in Cold War Mexico and details the impact of the Cuban Revolution in Mexico's universities. In doing so, Pensado demonstrates the ways in which deviating authorities—inside and outside the government—responded differently to student unrest, and provides a compelling explanation for the longevity of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.
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