Current BA Students

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CLASS OF 2018

Cosmo Albrecht

Major(s): Public Policy Studies; Latin American & Caribbean Studies

What drew you to LACS? What areas are you interested in exploring?

I grew up in a majority-Latino community and have Bolivian roots, so Latin America and its people have always been a presence in my life. I wanted the opportunity to explore Latin American culture and contemporary politics through an interdisciplinary lens. The major's emphasis on language learning, transnationalism, and comparative politics has been awesome.

Favorite LACS course?

"Cities from Scratch" with Professor Fischer

What are you plans for the summer 2017? 

I'll be traveling to South America on a FLAG and ruminating on potential BA topics. Visa clearance permitting, I'll be spending two months in Brazil exploring the historical and cultural sites and learning Portuguese. Beforehand, I plan to visit Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. Excited to cross Machu Picchu off my bucket list!

What would you like to do with your LACS degree?

I'm interested in going to graduate school for public policy or sociology, with a focus on Latin America. In the future, I see myself working in the public/NGO sector, or perhaps teaching.

 Paula Carcamo

Major(s): Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Anthropology

What drew you to LACS? What areas are you interested in exploring?

My parents are Chilean immigrants so I grew up with a big Latin American influence in my life, but I always thought there was a lack of Latin American perspectives in my schooling. Taking classes in CLAS repaired that and solidified my view that Latin American Studies has a lot to offer other fields and really benefits from its interdisciplinary nature. I have particularly enjoyed my classes that are cross-listed with the Anthropology and Art History departments.

 Favorite LACS course?

Progress and Development in Latin America with Pablo Palomino! Human Rights in Mexico was also great!

What would you like to do with your LACS degree

Perhaps graduate school but who really knows what the future holds.

What are you plans for the summer 2017? 

I am working for an environmental justice organization in my neighborhood (Harlem NY!!) called We Act for Environmental Justice as a bilingual community organizing intern and I'm excited to make a positive impact in my home and empower my community, particularly regarding recent immigrants and spanish speakers. I am also volunteering at a radical bookstore in my neighborhood and I'm excited to read a whole lot of books when I'm not working there!

Priyanka Farrell

 

 

Chase Harrison 

Major(s): Latin American & Caribbean Studies 

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What drew you to LACS? What areas are you interested in exploring?

I was originally drawn to Latin America when I was a high school debater. During the heat of the Pink Tide, I found the of politics of the region fascinating. The leadership style of leaders like Evo Morales and Cristina de Kirchner was so dynamic and expressive, as compared to the United States. This led me to take Latin American Civilization, which affirmed my more general interest in the region. I've continued to study political performance while also focusing on the politics and developments of cities. In some ways, I think studying Latin America has denaturalized my understanding of US History. Through learning about Brazilian slavery or Mexican Constitutions, I've come to realize that US history is less deterministic than I had assumed. 

Favorite LACS course?

Law and Citizenship in Latin America!

What are you plans for the summer 2017? 

I will be interning at the Council of the Americas in DC as a policy intern. I will be assisting on several larger research projects on topics like natural gas development throughout Latin America. I will also be assisting the staff on planning conferences and producing content for the website and the journal Americas Quarterly.

What would you like to do with your LACS degree?

I'd ultimately like to be an elected official in the United States. It may seem roundabout, but I think studying Latin America has prepared me well for this. As the US drifts to a more personalistic politics style, I believe we will see the type of leadership that is common in Latin America proliferate in the US. Thus, having an understanding Latin American leaders will prepare me to eventually operate in a new era of US politics.

 Alice Kallman

 

 

 Ivan Vazquez

Major(s): Latin American & Caribbean Studies 

What drew you to LACS? What areas are you interested in exploring?

What drew me was a desire to know more about the world through the perspective of Latin America. I'm interested in exploring post-revolutionary Mexican history so that I can gain a better understanding of the historical and social factors that have lead up to current relations between Mexico and the US. It's also nice to know the history of one's ancestral country. 

Favorite LACS course?

My favorite course so far would have to be "Revolution Under Empire: Mexico-U.S. Relations 1900-1945."

What are you plans for the summer 2017? 

 I'll be going to Mexico and will start doing some readings for my BA thesis.

What would you like to do with your LACS degree?

 Graduate School

CLASS OF 2019

Henry Bacha

Major(s): Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Anthropology

What drew you to LACS? What areas are you interested in exploring?

I spent the summer after my first year studying Portuguese in Brazil. The experiences that I had while studying and traveling in Brazil really left me wanting to learn more about Latin America. I'm particularly interested in Latin American religion and the cycle of revolutions and dictatorships that affected the region in the 20th century.

Favorite LACS course?

I absolutely loved "Musical Multiculturalism in Brazil," taught by Sergio Assad.

What are you plans for the summer 2017? 

This summer I'll be working on an archaeological project in the Teyuna-Ciudad Perdida Archaeological Park in Colombia.

What would you like to do with your LACS degree?

Not sure yet, but possibly graduate school.

Josiah Brown 

Major(s): Statistics; Latin American & Caribbean Studies 

What drew you to LACS? What areas are you interested in exploring?

I became interested in studying on Latin America during the four months I spent living in Guatemala, tutoring youth in math and working on an organic farm. I am interested in studying math education and agriculture across different cultures.

Favorite LACS course?

I loved taking "Inca and Aztec States" with Professor Alan Kolata. 

What are you plans for the summer 2017? 

This summer I will be working with The Food Project, a non-profit based in Boston MA. I will be leading a group of high school students in farm work and educational workshops to work towards building a sustainable food system.

What would you like to do with your LACS degree?

I am thinking about working in a bilingual school, as a math teacher or in the social sciences. 

TJ L’Heureux

Major(s): Public Policy Studies; Latin American & Caribbean Studies 

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What drew you to LACS? What areas are you interested in exploring?

My interest in the Spanish language was the catalyst for deciding to pursue the Latin American Studies major. I'm broadly interested in the cultures of Latin America, from Mexico to Argentina, as well as colonialism in Latin America.

Favorite LACS course?

So far, my favorite course has been Las Regiones del Español, a linguistics class that explores the different dialects in Spanish-speaking Latin America, namely, the differences and similarities between dialects as well as their influences.

What are you plans for the summer 2017? 

During the summer, I'll be working in data analytics consulting for 10 weeks. Additionally, I have a number of books (some on Latin America) to read, and I'm planning on traveling to Cuba for a week and a half.

What would you like to do with your LACS degree?

At some point in my life, I hope to work in Latin American (probably Mexico or Colombia) in consulting. Latin American Studies will be immensely beneficial for finding myself down this avenue.

Martina Lentino

Major(s): Art History; Latin American & Caribbean Studies 

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What drew you to LACS? What areas are you interested in exploring?

I am Argentine myself and grew up in Miami, and I've always been interested in learning more about my culture and the ones that always surrounded me through an academic lens. I'm a double major with Art History, so I'm really interested in conceptualizing Latin American art in context and with a greater background of the places it came from.

Favorite LACS course?

Argentine Histories with Pablo Palomino! It was a fantastic class and gave me new perspectives.

What would you like to do with your LACS degree?

That's a great question! I think I would like to go to graduate school, but I'm unsure in which division/field.

What are your plans for summer 2017?

 I'm currently the Arts Programming Metcalf Intern at the Logan Center! 

Diestefano Loma

 

 

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