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About the Program


PLAS offers undergraduate and graduate students a variety of opportunities to deepen their appreciation and understanding of Latin America. PLAS courses and expertise draw on faculty from across the humanities and social sciences. Through our extracurricular activities PLAS seeks to expand even further the range of faculty members and learning opportunities available to students with an interest in Latin American Studies. In the 2006 and 2007 Spring semesters, PLAS is pleased to host the Zitzmann Postdoctoral Fellow from Argentina. The Program also works closely with and supports the activities organized by the Organization of Latin Students, OLE. In collaboration with OLE, PLAS publishes Americas, a multidisciplinary undergraduate journal in Latin American Studies. Finally, by developing ties with other interdisciplinary programs at Johns Hopkins University, PLAS is working to develop cross-regional and international programs that will give greater depth and perspective to our collective research on, and knowledge of Latin America.

PLAS sponsored activities regularly include the following:

Spring Conference

Each year PLAS sponsors a small, thematically focused spring conference in which invited speakers, and graduate students and faculty of Johns Hopkins University present and discuss research and problems related to the history, cultures and political formations of Latin America and the Caribbean.

PLAS Colloquia Series

Each semester PLAS invites scholars from both the U.S. and Latin America to participate in our Colloquia events. These forums are intended to be a space for sharing the latest research and theoretical insights on Latin America in the field of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Summer Travel Grants
PLAS offers small grants to support undergraduate summer research project and graduate students' predissertation research in Latin American. Grant recipients present their experiences and research findings at a Roundtable Discussion within PLAS's Work in Progress Series

A Seminar on Method and Theory
The Seminar or Method and Theory is organized jointly with the Latin American Studies Programs at George Washington University and Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Seminar participants, including advanced graduate students, faculty and professionals, meet twice a semester to discuss recent work by seminar members and invited guest. The goal of the Seminar on Method and Theory is to build conversations on methodological and theoretical issues in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The seminar meets alternately at JHU, George Washington University, and Georgetown University.


Cultural activities
In an effort to give greater visibility and currency to the arts and cultures of Latin America, PLAS sponsors a variety of cultural activities on the Homewood campus, including photography exhibits, an annual film series, musical events, and guest lectures.

Teaching Fellowship

(For Graduate Students)
This Fellowship is designed to expand course offerings on Latin America and Latin topics.

                                           

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Emma Cervone
Associate Director

Program in
Latin American Studies

281 Gilman Hall
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone: 410.516.5488
Fax: 410.516.6080
Email: plas@jhu.edu