The New York City Consortium for Latin American Studies (NYCCLAS) is a cooperative effort between the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) of Columbia University (CU) and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University (NYU), both national leaders in teaching, research, and outreach activities in Latin American Studies. The Consortium—designated a Title VI National Resource Center in Latin American Language and Area Studies by the US Department of Education—is committed to combining our resources and expertise in order to expand the academic, cultural and community engagement opportunities available to our students, professors, staff members, and to the greater New York City community at large. Our activities are designed to continue and expand our Centers’ record of excellence in area studies, foreign languages, and community outreach.
Among the many activities the Consortium undertakes to improve learning about Latin America in New York City’s universities and in the greater community is our annual conference. In April 2008 the Consortium Conference “Iberia and the Americas: Contacts and Migrations” was held at Columbia University. Click here for more information about the proceedings. Another important Consortium initiative is our outreach to New York City public school teachers, which includes our highly successful “Voces Mexicanas” and “Voces Dominicanas” conferences. Click here to learn more about K-12 outreach.
The Consortium also sponsors Faculty Working Groups in which scholars from Columbia and NYU, as well as other area institutions, meet regularly to collaborate and dialogue on topics such as Latin American History, Political Economy, or Migration.