Latin America

Meet the LAI Interns

The UCLA Latin American Institute launches a new student internship.

Train wreck: Failures of U.S. immigration policy

Sociologist Doug Massey told the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies that post-1986 U.S. border enforcement policy with Mexico has prevented cyclical immigration, decentralized crossing points and created a false impression of ever-increasing border crossings.

Favela Sustainable Urban Planning

Dr. Theresa Williamson (Catalytic Communities) discusses the conditions of Rio de Janiero's favelas pre/post Olympics and envisions a future for sustainable urban planning.

Trump Administration Decision to End TPS

Statement from the UCLA Latin American Institute

Apply to the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship program

Academic-year and summer fellowships to support undergraduate and graduate students with training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies.

Divinas Divas at UCLA

Brazilian actress and director Leandra Leal attended the screening and discussion of her recent documentary, "Divinas Divas."

UCLA Professor José Luiz Passos publishes two new books

O Globo has published an article about UCLA Professor José Luiz Passos and his new books, “Antologia fantástica da República brasileira” and “A órbita de King Kong.” An author of both novels and literary criticism, Passos was the inaugural director of the UCLA Center for Brazilian Studies (2008–2011). (In Portuguese)

FICG IN LA 2017 (November 2-5, 2017)

UCLA Latin American Institute, a Supporting Organization of the FICG in LA 2017, hosts three films.


The Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellowship Fund provides support to top Brazilian students with a deep interest in the overall advancement of Brazil.

Brazilian TV profiles director of UCLA Center for Brazilian Studies

Dr. Nielsen was featured on TV Globo International.

2017-2018 UCLA Latin American Institute Internship

All majors and minors with an interest in Latin America are welcome to apply for the 2017-2018 internship. Preference offered to majors/minors within the International Institute.

Where to Send Aid to for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean

Lists of recommended organizations to support the disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Where to send aid to Mexico

A list of organizations prepared by UC MEXUS of University of California Riverside.

Workshop on the Histories and Cultures of the Caribbean

K–12 educators attend workshop on the Caribbean

Language of the Aztecs alive and well in Los Angeles

Historian Kevin Terraciano, director of the UCLA Latin American Institute, is up to his ears in the language of the Aztecs: Nahuatl.

In the Fields of the North

At a book talk on May 23, photojournalist David Bacon discussed the power of photography and journalism to spark social change and the difficulties that migrant farm workers face. ​

Balancing artist and activist: Race and hip-hop in Cuba

Magia López and Alexey Rodriguez of the Cuban rap group Obsesión visited UCLA's Powell Library on April 13 to participate in a public conversation on race, gender and hip-hop in Cuba.

Zika seminar hosted at UCLA

A recent seminar on the Zika virus drew researchers from Brazil and throughout California.

ELIS: Bringing a Brazilian icon to life

Following a screening of his film “Elis,” Brazilian director Hugo Prata joined UCLA's Randal Johnson in a discussion of the life and times of Elis Regina and the difficulty of making accurate films about historic figures.

UC moving forward with Mexican initiative

The Los Angeles Times reports on UC President Janet Napolitano's commitment to continuing the UC-Mexico Initiative begun in 2014, regardless of Trump's policies.

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