Seminar & Field Trip - Costa Rica

The CLAS 2015 Seminar/Field Trip will return to Central America again to focus upon Costa Rica. The environmentally rich country and most stable democracy in Latin America of almost 5 million people has been a popular region for study by students of a wide variety of disciplines.


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Reforming Communism: Cuba in Comparative Perspective


 November 6-8, 2014
University of Pittsburgh

Cuba has been reforming, or been at the brink of a reform period, perhaps since the revolution. With an aging leadership and now decades-long economic struggles, the pace of change, however, has finally accelerated. Today Cubans can open small businesses, travel abroad, access the internet, and purchase cell phones, microwaves, and (very expensive) new cars. Read More

CLAS 50th Anniversary Gala


Friday, September 12, 2014

For 50 years, CLAS has been dedicated to supporting the study of Latin America's history, cultures, and societies and the continuing challenges and triumphs that the region has experienced. Join us in celebrating 50 years.

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Panoramas: Latin American Roundtable

Costa Rican 2nd Round Elections 2014

Noon - 4217 Posvar Hall

Discussion on the upcoming elections with scholars from Pittsburgh and Costa Rica.

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Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities


Conversations amongst scholars from the Humanities and the Social Sciences towards

A public discourse about the role of fieldwork in humanities scholarship on the global south.


MARCH 28-29, 2014


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Center for Latin American Studies

Since 1964, the University of Pittsburgh has been committed to a Latin American studies program of unique depth and richness. Its Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) has become internationally recognized for excellence in undergraduate, graduate, research, professional education and outreach. CLAS is designated as a comprehensive National Resource Center (NRC) on Latin America by the U.S. Department of Education.


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