News & Updates

People marching with posters that read "Anderson Gomes Presente" and "Marielle Franco Presente"


March 1, 2022

CLAS announces three funding opportunities, with applications due this Spring semester. 

Event & Conference Cosponsorship Grants: Funding for UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and researchers to organize conferences, lectures, and cultural events. Applications are due 4/15 for fall 2022. More information here.

January 12, 2022

Jun q'olb'elb'il te kyiy / Greetings to you all,

We are happy to announce the Spring 2022 Mam Language workshop at Laney College. This unofficial class offers an overview of Mam language and culture in Guatemala and Oakland, looking at aspects of culture, history, language, and cuisine through the development of basic conversational skills in  contemporary Mam language. 

November 24, 2021

Looking for a course for Spring 2022? CLAS has collected a list of Berkeley courses with Latin American content:

If you have comments or suggestions for more courses to be included in the list, please write to

November 1, 2021

Tinker Field Research Grants are available for graduate students to support travel and field-related expenses for brief periods of pre-dissertation field research in Latin America, defined here as the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of the region. In 2022, remote research is allowed. Awards are open to students across all academic disciplines and graduate degree programs.

October 19, 2021

The CLAS Community Library is now available for your browsing. Visit CLAS and take home one of our collection of books on and about Latin America. The Community Library is available during normal CLAS business hours, 9 am - 4 pm Monday through Thursday (donation suggested). 

September 8, 2021

Every academic year, CLAS cosponsors lectures, conferences, and events organized by UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff.

Events must be organized by students, faculty, staff, or researchers affiliated with the university, must take place on campus (or virtually, hosted by a Berkeley account), and must be open to the public. Funds can be used towards honoraria, technical expenses, production costs, space rental, and/or transportation (food/refreshments are not allowed).

Proposals for Spring 2022 are due on October 15th. 

August 27, 2021

Every academic year CLAS sponsors several working groups comprised of UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students who gather regularly to discuss and share research on topics of mutual interest. CLAS provides funds to support costs related to group meetings, speaker series, and small conferences.
Proposals for funding for the 2021-22 academic year are due September 5th.

August 17, 2021

August 10, 2021

Valeria Ramírez Castañeda discusses a new approach in Colombia that takes on the goal of "objectivity" which has for so long isolated scientific practice from its social context. 

Read "Construyendo Ciencias para la Paz: Experiencias interdisciplinarias desde Colombia"

July 13, 2021

Daniel Payares Montoya, a consultant at the World Bank and former researcher at CLAS, discusses the impact of the pandemic on employment in Latin America, and argues for forward-looking policies for the region after Covid-19. Read "The Future of Work in Latin America."

June 25, 2021

It is with great pleasure that we announce Professor Natalia Brizuela as the new director of the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Director Brizuela’s appointment will begin on July 1, 2021.

May 3, 2021

The Center for Latin American Studies is organizing a new calendar, the Latin American Community Calendar, for events about Latin America and Latinx communities in the U.S., across the Americas, and around the world. This calendar is intended to be a resource for events across campus, and is not limited to CLAS events. 

April 25, 2021

Katie Sharar lives in Tucson, Arizona, and for nearly 20 years has worked in Arizona, Texas, and Mexico to support people in migration on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. For the CLAS Blog, she examines the impact of a Trump administration policy using pandemic concerns to overturn the rights of migrants, and argues for a more humane asylum system and border policy.

March 31, 2021

Visual and performance artist and scholar Laila Espinoza writes about using her art to draw attention to the continuing violence against women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, where nearly a thousand victims of feminicide have been reported since 2010.

February 1, 2021

It is with great pleasure that we announce Professor Rosemary Joyce as the new Interim Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies. Director Joyce's appointment will last January 1 - July 1, 2021.