The Latin American Studies program at Skidmore College, in conjunction with other programs on campus and many academic institutions across the nation, reaffirms its commitment to the fundamental principles of social justice and to the fostering of an environment of tolerance, understanding, and opportunity. Given the current political climate and the real threat to the safety and well-being of immigrants and their families, we are pleased that President Philip A. Glotzbach has signed the statement in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Please see the petition here https://www.pomona.edu/support-daca.
Latin America is a region of multiple histories, a complex combination of native and
world cultures and political systems, a distinguished literary tradition, and a dynamic
presence in international affairs. The United States and its residents have longstanding
political, cultural, historical, business, and academic ties to this region, as well
as with Latino populations active within its borders. The importance of Latin America
abroad and at home provides a compelling reason to educate students in the broader
context of Latin American politics, culture, and society in preparation for participation
in civic and professional life as informed citizens at home and abroad.
Students in the course Spanish for Heritage Speakers, taught by Professor Viviana
Rangil, gathered at the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority on Nov. 21 to deliver a
set of translated documents. As part of class project, the students produced a Spanish
translation of a lease agreement and supporting materials that will help the Housing
Authority in its community outreach. The students met with Housing Authority Executive
Director Paul Feldman (center, holding the documents) and his staff to present their
Students who elect the Latin American studies minor will undertake the comparative study of Latin American society and culture, drawing from such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, history, language, literature and political science. Through the minor, students will gain an understanding of the diversity and influence of Latin America and learn to develop questions and think critically about a foreign region from an interdisciplinary perspective.