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Message from the Director

Flores Macias

Dear friends of LASP,

Now that the semester has come to an end I wanted to take a moment to take stock of the Latin American Studies Program's accomplishments during the last year. During this time, we continued to build on the Program's strong presence at Cornell by developing new initiatives, revamping our website and online presence, and supporting the intellectual engagement of the LASP community.

There are a few initiatives that are worth mentioning. For example, the first LASP Annual Spring Conference brought together more than forty colleagues from across the University as an opportunity to present their research, network, and receive feedback. We also launched the LASP Graduate Student Fellowship, which gave eight fellows selected competitively the opportunity to play a major role in the the life of LASP and created a strong intellectual core for the Program's activities. The second cohort of fellows for next year has been selected and we are excited to welcome them in their important role.

We have been busy improving our online presence as well. You probably have noticed changes to our website to turn it into a better resource for the LASP community and the new format of our email newsletters. More importantly, the graduate fellows worked hard at launching the new blog and YouTube channel, both of which will contribute to the exchange of ideas.


We continued to host speakers in our LASP seminar series and sponsor a number events across disciplines. Two that I would like to highlight are a round table discussion by the LASP fellows on the region's leftist governments and a presentation by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, which recently moved to Cornell, on its Latin America database and the resources available to the LASP community.

All of this and more was only possible thanks to the deep commitment of the LASP faculty, staff, and affiliates to the success of the Program, as well as the support of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. I am very grateful for the time and energy that many of you invested to make this an exciting time for LASP. I would also like to take this opportunity to ask you to join me in welcoming Raymond Craib, Associate Professor of History, who will be taking over as director of LASP this summer.

Wish best wishes,

Gustavo Flores-Macias

Director, Latin American Studies ProgramAssistant Professor of Government