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Overview

Overview

Welcome to our website!

Latin American Studies at the University of Toronto (LAS@UofT) exists to bring together the energy and insights of a multi-disciplinary collection of individuals and units, to develop innovative courses, and to stimulate exchange. This is a program for students in the social sciences, humanities, and sciences who seek a deeper understanding of the Latin American regions, their histories, cultures, and societies.

The interdisciplinary core of the program begins with its required “gateway” courses, LAS200H1 and LAS201H1 (previously LAS200Y), wide-ranging lecture courses with tutorial discussion sections that are open to students in at least their second year of undergraduate study. Further courses at the 300-level and beyond examine cultural, geographical, historical, literary, political and social topics from across Latin America. The program’s research and pedagogical mission encompasses everything from indigenous cultures and civilizations through histories and theories of colonialism, and the ideas, peoples, and commodities that have come together within a far-reaching trans-Atlantic cultural sphere. It also includes the transnational investigation of Latin American migrants and their descendants in Canada and elsewhere. Offering an overarching set of perspectives on a diverse region in the world, LAS@UofT encourages its students to connect, and to branch out into the complementary disciplines of their choice, while at the same time committing themselves to an emphasis upon the experiences of Spanish and Portuguese America.

LAS@UofT seeks to inspire knowledge and experience across the University’s three-campus community and beyond. One of our primary missions is to provide opportunities for students to engage with new ideas, to enter discussions, to meet people with similar interests – in short, to humanize their learning.

Join us!

Courses are important, but most Latin American Studies Majors and Minors come to our programs for more than coursework alone. Follow their lead and take advantage of a variety of extra-curricular events sponsored by the program. In previous years, we have had the Generation/Generación/ Geração Series, and another series in collaboration with Ryerson University focused on journalism, Making News in the Americas. Nowadays, our calendar goes from the Latin America Film Series, to special speakers and social evenings, to the Latin American Studies Luncheon Series held on many Wednesdays throughout the year (if you RSVP in advance, a light lunch is served). We hope to see you there soon!

 


 

About the LAS@UofT logo

Our logo is the creation of Toronto artist Liliana Rodríguez. Among its features is lettering inspired by the hand of early seventeenth-century native Andean chronicler, Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala. Guaman Poma wrote El primer nueva coronica y buen gobierno of 1615, a 1,200 page letter to the king, including 398 full-page illustrations, that is a testament to his learning and witnessing of the world around him. An online digital edition of the original manuscript at the Royal Library of Denmark is available for you to consult.