The Kansas Latin Americanist: 2022-2023

Brent Metz

From the Director 

Over the past dozen years, support for area studies has been wavering nationally.  During the fall of 2021, the situation seemed more dire than ever, with threats of more cuts to our already overworked staff right when we were about to apply for the next four-year round of US Department of E

The Center Wins $2.1 Million in National Resource Center and Foreign Language Area Studies Grants for 2022-26 

We are excited to announce that the University of Kansas Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies has been funded by the U.S.

The Center Wins Award from the KU Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The center very proud to win a $10,000 award from the KU Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) for being “an exceptional learning community that lifts each member and advances society.” The money is intended to support of our campus-wide programs and initiatives, particula

Anita Hertzfeld

The Latin Americanist Community Celebrates the Life and Career of Dr. Anita Herzfeld 

On November 4, 2022, from 4-7:00 p.m., many KU faculty, graduate students, and staff, colleagues from around the globe, and Lawrence community members celebrated the life and achievements of our late, beloved Anita.  Anita was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1932 soon af

Betsy Kuznesof

Former Director Betsy Kuznesof Graduates to Professor Emerita

On October 14, 2022, the Latin Americanist community celebrated Elizabeth “Betsy” Kuznesof’s retirement from teaching and transition to Professor Emerita.  Betsy served as the center’s director from 1992 to 2010, during which she transformed the center, recruited many profes

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Center Supports Urarina Indigenous Digital Project in Peruvian Amazon 

Bartholomew Dean (Professor, Anthropology), Brian Rosenblum (Librarian and co-director, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities) and Sylvia Fernández (University of Texas–San Antonio, former postdoctoral researcher at the IDRH) presented their collaborative digital research project on Ur

Indigenous Miskitu Migration: The Case for Asylum, by Laura Hobson Herlihy 

A KU CLACS Summer 2022 Faculty Travel Award provided me with the opportunity to study Central American Indigenous migration to the US. I focused on the Nicaraguan Miskitu people migrating to the U.S.

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Krueger Paraguay story

Krueger Paraguay story 

Hed: Art offers a moment of humor, hope  


Dylan Bassett Capitalizes on Faculty Travel Award to Drum Up Partnerships in Brazil

With the help of the Center’s “Faculty Travel Award to Build Latin American & Caribbean Partnerships”, Prof.

Faculty Research Travel Grants Prove a Good Investment in Garibotto’s Psychoanalysis Project 

In the past two years, Verónica Garibotto received two faculty travel awards from CLACS to advance her research on psychoanalysis, intersectionality, and reproductive justice in Latin America.


Adesoji’s travel to Brazil

My prior travel experiences to various countries around the world had exposed me to study with Brazilians who shared with me many stories of the social and economic challenges their society was undergoing despite its numerous natural and human resources.

Grants Awardees

We are very proud to have funded the following KU students for these awards: Stansifer, Tinker, Oppenheimer, Graduate International Research Award, Herzfeld, FLAS.

Charles Stansifer Fellowship.
The Charles Stansifer Fellowship is a $5,000 award to outstanding doctoral students graduate students who are working to complete their dissertations on a Latin American or Caribbean topic.  Preference is given to research on Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and US-Latin American relations, respectively.  

2022  Kevin Chovanec – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 

2023  Timmia Hern – Theater 

2023  Luís Sánchez – Spanish

The Outreach Staff Has Been Busy! 

Over the past two years, the center has held so many outreach activities funded largely by both NRC grants (2018-23, 2022-26) that we cannot list them all here, but here’s a taste of the kind of area studies public education the center staff has been carrying out.