Loyola University Maryland

Latin American and Latino Studies

Program News

Two New Courses count for the Latin American and Latino Studies 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. There are generally three sections of the course taught in the spring semester each year by Father Luis Tempe, S.J. and by Ms. Dorris van Gaal. LALS students are encouraged to consider this course as part of their interdisciplinary LALS minor. 

During the fall 2013 semester the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will offer for the first time 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. The Latin American and Latino Studies program has two Brazilianists on the faculty, Dr. Donovan in the History Department and Dr. Rosas Moreno in the Communications Department. Both professors frequently discuss Brazil in their courses. 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.

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.