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Explore Our Digitized Lending Library
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The lending library is an online educational outreach resource housed in, which provides images, descriptive text, and searchable keywords to aid the teacher-user in finding the materials they need. The library encompasses all of the regional programs within the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, including the Latin American Studies Program (LASP). This online resource contains books, movies, music, and culture kits—all of which are intended to promote the internationalization of course curriculums. The lending library consists of educational books, DVD movies, and uniquely designed culture kits. These resources were developed to engage both educators and students in creating a deeper understanding of foreign cultures and languages. The resources within the lending library were prepared by experts at Cornell University and are geared for use by K-12, community college, and university educators. 

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Empowering Ecuador's Extraordinary Ecosystems: Action research with community-engaged conservation and development initiatives in Ecuador

Ecuador is among the world's most biodiverse countries and is the first to include the 'Rights of Nature' in its Constitution (2008). This was accomplished as result of decades of civil society mobilization largely motivated by the disastrous legacy of the Texaco oil spills in the headwaters of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Today, despite this history and the Constitution, oil and mining concessions are being granted in globally important forest reserves and indigenous territories without prior consultation of local communities. One such example is in the Choco Andean Corridor, declared as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in July 2018, thanks to local initiatives that have created dozens of community-based forest and watershed reserves, and sustainable economic alternatives throughout the region. Such initiatives demonstrate that a development model based on biodiversity that conserves (rather than destroys) the country’s extraordinary ecosystems is both possible and necessary. Ecuador’s Simón Bolívar Andean University and Cornell University are partnering with local and national organizations to develop action research projects that support this vision. Link to the video:


Empoderando los Ecosistemas Extraordinarios del Ecuador: Investigación-acción con iniciativas comunitarias de conservación y desarrollo en el Ecuador

Ecuador está entre los países más biodiversos del mundo y es el primero en incluir los ‘Derechos de la Naturaleza’ en su Constitución (2008). Esto se logró como consecuencia de décadas de movilización de la sociedad civil motivada en gran parte por el legado desastroso de los derrames de petróleo de Texaco en la cabecera de la cuenca amazónica ecuatoriana. En la actualidad, a pesar de esta historia y de la Constitución, se están otorgando concesiones de petróleo y minería en reservas forestales de importancia mundial, y en territorios indígenas sin consulta previa a las comunidades locales. Un ejemplo es el Corredor Chocó Andino que fue declarado Reserva de Biósfera por la UNESCO en julio del 2018, gracias a las iniciativas locales que han creado docenas de bosques protectores y reservas hídricas comunitarias, así como alternativas económicas sostenibles en toda la región. Tales iniciativas demuestran que un modelo de desarrollo basado en la biodiversidad que conserva, en lugar de destruir, los ecosistemas extraordinarios del país es posible y necesario. La Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Sede Ecuador) y la Universidad Cornell se han aliado con organizaciones locales y nacionales para desarrollar proyectos de investigación-acción que apoyen esta visión. Link to the video:


LASP Lecture Recordings

We record all the lectures organized by the Latin American Studies Program given at Cornell University, such as our Seminar Series, Annual Lectures, and Public Issues Forums.


LASP Library Resources

Cornell's Latin American library collection is recognized as one of the nation's best. It can claim more than 307,366 books, over 4,200 periodicals, and several hundred electronic resources published in and about Latin America. The collections contain material on the entire region, with particular strengths in the Andean region and Brazil, reflecting the emphases of Cornell's faculty. They are managed by two full-time library specialists, both working in Olin Library: an Ibero-American bibliographer who selects and provides reference service and an Ibero-American cataloger who makes the materials accessible to patrons through the on-line database. Additional sources of information on Latin America can be found in the University's Johnson Art Museum, which has important collections of pre-Columbian art objects.



¡CULTURA! Ithaca Strives to foster and share Latinx culture with the community through easily accessible, free or low-cost arts-based educational experiences. Each year we organize a variety of series and events centered around a specific artistic discipline such as handucrafts, music, theatre, storytelling, cooking, and dance. Community members and college students are invited to coordinare a series or lesson, or simply participate in our events. ¡CULTURA! Ithaca is based out of the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins county.


Community College Internationalization Fellowship Program

The goal of the Community College Internationalization Fellowship Program is to encourage faculty at Tompkins Cortland, Monroe, and Onondaga Community Colleges, to collaborate with Cornell University’s Latin American Studies Program to create and implement curricular projects which integrate international, intercultural or global dimensions, and world languages, into community college curriculum. We aim to increase global learning, intercultural knowledge and competence of students at community colleges. These projects could include a new course, a new unit of an existing course, or a service learning component to an existing course that encourages the exchange of diverse perspectives.