CLAS: Center for Latin American Studies

News and Highlights


February 18, 2012

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) in collaboration with the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC), and thanks to the support of the Goizueta Foundation, has awarded a new round of grants to faculty for the development and revision of undergraduate courses. These grants offer faculty members the opportunity to either revise or create new courses incorporating a strong research component exploring the unique holdings at the CHC, containing primary and secondary sources documenting Cuba and its diaspora from colonial times to the present. With the goal of exposing undergraduates to research training, the courses have a one-on-one mentorship component leading to a symposium where findings are presented.

Recipients of the latest round of grants represent a diverse pool of UM’s talented faculty. These include Professor Edmund Abaka from History and Africana Studies Department, Professor Eduardo Elena of the History Department, Professor Michele Maldonaldo of Religious Studies, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Helena Solo-Gabriele. During the fall 2012 semester, four undergraduate courses will make use of the rich materials in the CHC, fostering innovative undergraduate research. From a wide range of topics such as Caribbean Religion, Africa in Cuba/ Cuba in Africa, Travels through Latin America, and Environmental Engineering, these courses make the most of the available infrastructure at the University while fostering undergraduate scholarship.