Donna GoldsteinAugust 2017

Dear LASC community, 

I write to thank the LASC community for your participation and for growing along with us during the last four years. With your help, we have been able to establish and solidify a community of Latin Americanist scholars and intellectuals on the University of Colorado campus. We are also moving forward in creating greater links with the broader community. I want to thank Danielle Merriman and Arielle Milkman for their incredible contributions as Research Assistants at the Center. Their work was critical in securing Tinker Funding, organizing events, and building community on our website and listserv. Arielle and I have worked particularly hard during this last year to solidify our Tinker Funding process and to slowly and steadily bring Latin America into focus here on campus. I would like to bid you farewell and to heartily welcome in a new team of Latin Americanists who will continue to build our community. I will be on sabbatical in Fall of 2017 and Arielle will be working at the Program for Writing and Rhetoric as a new GPTI. 

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Dr. Leila Gómez as the new Director of LASC. Dr. Gómez is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and her work is centered on Latin American literature and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries, with emphasis in the Andes, Mexico, Paraguay and Argentina. She is interested in travel literatures and Empire in the context of Science and Archaeology. She has served on the LASC board since 2012. Incoming Research Assistant Ximena Keogh Serrano is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research explores the representation of liminal subjecthoods in literature and film of the Americas, using interdisciplinary approaches including queer theory, gender theory, and border studies. 

Last year, LASC was proud to host the Maya Theatre for Resistance, Sanho Tree (Director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies), Jill Anderson and Raziel Ramos (authors of Los otros dreamers), Dr. Susana Durão (UNICAMP São Paulo), Sebastião Viana (Governor of Acre, Brazil), Dr. Jenny Haase (Humboldt-Universitat Zu Berlin), and Juana Alicia Ruiz (community leader of Mampuján, Maria la Baja, Colombia, and 2015 winner of the Colombian Peace Prize). We were also pleased to present a panel on Colorado Sanctuary Cities, film screenings of Chocolate de paz and Movimientos espectaculares, and presentations of new graduate student research from Tinker grantees.  

LASC has grown in an enormous way in the past three years with the capacity to fund graduate student research in partnership with the Tinker Foundation. The Center also sponsors a Graduate Student Research Cluster and a Research Cluster on Climate Change in Latin America.  

Thank you for your contributions. We are confident in the new team coming in and we look forward to seeing you at future LASC events. 

Best wishes, 

Donna M. Goldstein 

Arielle Milkman