The UCLA Latin American Institute is a vital regional, national, and international resource on Latin America. Since its founding in 1959, the LAI has equipped generations of leaders, professionals, and students with the information and skills required for understanding the vast and complex region of Latin America. The LAI supports research by funding grants and foreign-language instruction, and disseminates recent scholarship through conferences, workshops, public programs, teacher training, and publications.


Kevin Terraciano to publish two new books

Two new volumes edited by the Latin American Institute director come out this summer. Both address, in whole or in part, Mesoamerican culture and the Florentine Codex.

The diverse culture of Latin America

Two Latin American films recently screened at UCLA explored the experiences of German immigrants to Chile and race and class prejudice in the Dominican Republic, respectively.

New Haitian migration patterns end in displacement

Haitians have created new migration strategies to places such as Tijuana, Mexicali, Venezuela and Brazil that often put them at risk for deportation.

Diverse Female Filmmakers Celebrated at 7th Annual Latin American, Latinx and Iberian Film Festival

Hosted by the UCLA Spanish and Portuguese Department and co-sponsored by many entities on campus, the 7th Annual Latin American, Latinx and Iberian Film Festival: Women's Voices will take place April 15-18, 2019 and feature free screenings of twelve films at multiple locations across UCLA's campus, including the James Bridges Theater.

New endowment strengthens and diversifies Latin American Studies M.A. Program

The Sandra Mabritto Memorial Fellowship Fund will provide permanent support for master's degree students in Latin American Studies at UCLA, laying the foundation for the program's sustainability.

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