Thursday, January 24, 2013

Concentration Profile: Latin American Studies

This post is the sixth in an on-going series highlighting SAIS concentrations.
Latin American Studies is one of the larger regional studies programs at SAIS - it does, after all, encompass all the countries in the western hemisphere, with the exception of the US and Canada.
But what is it that draws students to the Latin American Studies program?  I think this quote says it all:
“Latin America lies at the heart of today’s global battle of ideas.  The region will appeal to those ambitious graduate students who want to understand how the economics of the Iraq War strengthened the anti-Americanism of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez; how the current globalization of capitalism with China and India at the forefront has contributed to strengthen nationalism and a reassertion of state ownership and power throughout South America; and what the future transition to democracy in Cuba will look like.”
     – Francisco Francisco E. González, SAIS Professor
Dr. Riordan Roett, SAIS Professor and Director of Latin American Studies, discusses what sets the SAIS Latin American Studies Program apart from the rest:

To hear Professor Roett discuss Latin American Studies further, click here.
Beyond academics, some highlights of the Latin American Studies Program include:
  • International Study Trips: Students have the opportunity to take part in international study trips, contingent on available funding.  This past Thanksgiving, Latin American Studies students traveled to Beijing and Shanghai to study China’s development and growing ties with Latin America.
  • Tertulias/Bate-Papos: These student-led social events are intended to provide an opportunity to practice conversational language skills and informally discuss relevant topics of interest with native Spanish- and/or Portuguese-speakers.
  • Latin American Film Series: Interested students and WHS staff collaborate to organize a series of Latin American films to provide additional insight on cultural and historical issues in the region.
You can learn more about Latin American Studies at SAIS here.  You can also read the Latin American Studies blog here.
Thanks for reading!
— Erin Skelly Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions