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Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

Welcome to the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) at the College of Charleston!

Housed in the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program promotes cultural exchange and interdisciplinary research in a key region of today's globalized communities and economies. The Program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of the languages, literature, history, politics, art and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean. It allows for faculty members and students coming from a wide range of areas but with a common interest in the region to benefit from an intellectually stimulating trans disciplinary environment.

The Program provides our Majors with full linguistic and cultural immersion by requiring them to spend a semester or a summer abroad in one of the many College of Charleston programs sponsored by LACS; at renowned Latin American or Caribbean universities affiliated with the College of Charleston; or through approved independent programs. The LACS Program is also committed to assisting its students with their post-graduation job searches by tailoring an internship opportunity to each LACS Major's area of interest and needs.

For more detailed information, please contact Dr. Lola Colomina-Garrigos, Program Director, at

Program Events:

"Today's common struggles of race and gender in Cuba and the US": Public Lecture by Tomás Fernández Robaina, José Martí’s National Library and the University of Havana Thursday, October 8, 5:00pm, MYBK 100

Tomás Fernández Robaina is Cuba’s foremost scholar of Afro-Cuban issues and anti-racism activist. Based in Havana, he has been affiliated with the José Martí National Library, Cuba’s equivalent of the Library of Congress, since 1962, and since 1989 has held the positions of researcher and professor in the Department of Cultural and Historical Research and Library Sciences at that institution as well as that of Professor of Bibliography, Cuban Bibliography and of Social and Cultural History of Blacks in Cuba at the University of Havana. He has devoted his career to the exploration of transcendent themes of Cuban history and identity while, at the same time, analyzing the mechanisms of racism alongside the ongoing struggle against racial discrimination. Over the years, he has published countless in-depth bibliographies and monographs focusing on distinct facets of Cuban Afro-descendent culture, Cuban identity, and racial issues, but the reach of his insights extends well beyond Cuba.

This event is FREE and Open to the Public. Dr. Robaina’s talks and visit are sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program and by the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs.