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Welcome to the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean


PLACA’s mission is to promote excellence in multi-disciplinary scholarship focused on Latin America and the Caribbean, and to connect the Syracuse University community with students, scholars, artists, writers and activists from the region.

Located within the Moynihan Institute for Global Affairs in the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA) is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary center for scholarship and cultural exchange.  PLACA brings together faculty members and graduate students from across Syracuse University and the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) who share scholarly and cultural interests in Latin America and the Caribbean. PLACA provides students, faculty, and community members a wide variety of scholarly and cultural opportunities, including a yearly graduate seminar, funding for summer research, a speaker series, a film series (‘Cinelatte’), a Brown Bag research talk series, graduate student working groups, and the Spanish and Portuguese Tables for those wanting to practice their language skills.  More than anything else, PLACA is a center for graduate student training, research, and involvement.  Most of our programs are run by and for students, and we welcome involvement from students across the Syracuse-ESF community and beyond.

In recent years, our graduate students have received funding to conduct field research in Brazil, Chile, Dominica, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.  In addition, PLACA provides graduate students the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Latin America and the Caribbean.  To learn more about PLACA events, people, and opportunities, or to become involved, browse the links to this page.

 PLACA is funded by the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs