Latin American Studies

Have you ever wondered…

  • Why is Latin America so crucial to the U.S. economy and culture? 
  • Why do so many U.S. places have Spanish names?
  • What can the history of Mexico, Cuba and Latin America teach you about your own history? 
  • Should the war on drugs happen on both sides of the border? 
  • Why is the border between Mexico and the U.S. a wall? 
  • Is Spanish the U.S. second language? 
  • How did the U.S. become one of the largest Spanish speaking countries in the world? 
  • Why do Latin Americans think of L.A. or Miami as Latin American cities? 
  • Can you tell which aspects of Latin American culture you come across in your everyday life? 
  • What do media representations of Latino and Latin Americans tell us, or not tell us, about the region and our cultures? 
  • How is knowing about human rights abuses in Latin America and the Caribbean also a way of understanding U.S. history? 
  • Why do some Latin American countries count the U.S. as their major trading partner – and is that a good thing 
  • Why do U.S. authors like David Foster Wallace, Toni Morrison and Elizabeth Bishop read the prose of Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Marquez and Clarice Lispector? 
  • What does the novel Moby Dick have to do with Latin America? What is a Latin@, a Chican@, a Hispanic, a Nuyorican?

Do you want to have answers to these questions? Join the Latin American Studies Program!

Please, contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have!

Marissa Litman
(Program Assistant)
Telephone: (415) 422-2940

Pedro Lange Churion 
Telephone: (415) 422-6135