Loyola University Maryland

Latin American and Latino Studies

Program News

Professor Carey will be teaching an interesting new course for the Fall 2018 Semester!

HS 468: Environmental History in Latin America

This course will explore how humans and the environment have interacted over time in the Americas from pre-Columbian populations to the recent past. The study of historical change in human-nature interactions reveals both how people have affected the environment and how nature has shaped human actions. Because of the wide range of research methods and topics it embraces, the burgeoning field of Environmental History is both compelling and challenging. We will examine diverse views of nature, the ecological effects of shifting agricultural and consumption patterns, the impact of technological advances, political ecology, conservation, and environmental movements. In part, our task will be to define what constitutes “Environmental History” and to determine if there is a coherent set of problems and issues that this emergent field addresses.

TH265D: World Christianity and PO204 Portuguese for Speakers of Spanish count for the LALS Minor!

The minor in Latin American and Latino Studies now accepts its first theology course as part of the LALS curriculum. TH265D: World Christianity looks at Hispanic/Latino/Latin American Christianity in the context of world Christianity.

During the fall 2013 semester the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures began offering PO204 Portuguese for Speakers of Spanish. This class is geared for native and heritage speakers of Spanish as well as students of Spanish who have completed SN104 or higher. Seven countries speak Portuguese as their official language and Brazil, with almost two-hundred million people and a land mass almost as big as continental United States, is the biggest country in South America. Spanish-speaking students who are interested reading and listening to primary materials from Brazil are encouraged to take the course which counts for the Latin American and Latino Studies minor.  Portuguese for Speakers of Spanish will be offered every spring semester. 

The Don Bosco School for Artisans Art Exhibition and Lecture

During the spring semester 2010 Loyola University’s Dr. Thomas Ward, Professor of Spanish and Latin American and Latino Studies, offered students from two of his classes a unique service-learning opportunity. Students from SN201D: Spanish Composition and Conversation and SN351D: Literature and Identity Politics in Peru came together to work with the non-profit organization (NGO) located in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood known as Artesanos Don Bosco with the goal of lowering. Read "Loyola/Notre Dame Library and Loyola University’s Program in Latin American and Latino Studies Host Successful Exhibit for Artesanos Don Bosco, Peru".

The II International Colloquium on Manuel González Prada

The 2008 Colloquium examined the Peruvian poet and essayist Manuel González Prada’s thorny relationship to the diverse strands of political, cultural and economic thought that made up Peruvian and Latin American liberalism.  As one of the leading Latin American writers of his time, Manuel González Prada  was an influential force shaping how subsequent generations of Latin Americans would engage. Read "The II International Colloquium on Manuel González Prada".