Above all, CLAS is a place of gathering.
Students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars from throughout the Americas
come here to teach, study, and expand their knowledge through our many programs and events.

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Events Calendar


Contextos: Strong Leaders in Decline? It’s Complicated: A look at Brazil’s Evangelicals and the Election of Jair Bolsonaro

Guilherme Baratho, a MAPSS alumnus, considers not just the when, but how and why strong leaders are elected.

Contextos: The Corridors of Funk in Rio de Janeiro: Meaning, Violence, and Contestations of Space

Patrick Murphy, a doctoral student in Music, reflects on questions related to his upcoming dissertation research on the baile de corredor.

Contextos: Criminality and Evangelisms in the Favela: Ethnographical Notes from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Ana Beraldo, a former visiting doctoral student at CLAS, reflects on bandits and believers in the favelas of Belo Horizonte.

EntreVistas: Surinamese Artist Marcel Pinas on His Roots, His Work, and His Community

Marcel Pinas, a Surinamese artist with Maroon roots, traces his professional and personal journey to becoming an internationally-recognized artist as well as a community activist and advocate. Full episode available here.

Contextos: Making Wind Energy with Venezuelan Horsepower

Steven Schwartz, a doctoral candidate in Anthropology, discusses the significant presence of Venezuelan cars in La Guajira, Colombia's wind energy center.


CLAS by the Numbers

Years—CLAS was founded in 1968
Affiliated Faculty—across the University
Events in 2020–21—lectures, conferences, film screenings and more
Latin America-focused Courses in 2020-21—offered across disciplines