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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-758-3087. Download a minor declaration form, or visit the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, Maginnes Hall, 490.
Faculty Research and Program News 2015
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES 2015 GRADUATES!
Alyssa Autieri, Kathleen Costello, Maria Cuenca, Cristina DeScisciolo, Susan Jensen, Paige Mandy, Brenda Martinez, Holly Meister, Jessica Moore, Shannon Nelson, Kevin Portillo-Ramirez, Angee Ruiz-Carrillo, Jordan Smith, Kimberly Villacis and Marni Zahorsky.
Melodrama and the Social Imagination (University Relations, March 11, 2015)
Javier Puente Valdivia, current LAS Postdoctoral Fellow, has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. The UC is one of Latin America's premier research institutions and Javier will join their Institute of History this summer.
Congratulations to Professor Matthew Bush, Director of Latin American Studies on the publication of his book, Pragmatic Passions: Melodrama and Latin American Social Narrative
From the era of the wars for independence onward, the emotionally heightened and ethically charged theatrics of melodrama have played a substantial role in the framing of Latin American fictional narrative. Over that same time period, melodramatic reasoning has influenced the critical models through which the countries of the region conceive their respective histories and political landscapes. Pragmatic Passions: Melodrama and Latin American Social Narrative demonstrates how melodrama is deployed as a convincing means of affectively narrating socio-political messages, yet how it also unwittingly undermines the narrative structure of paradigmatic works by Rómulo Gallegos, César Vallejo, Roberto Arlt, Jorge Amado, and Carlos Fuentes.
Faculty Research and News 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