Arizona Latin American Studies Symposium (ALASS)

ALASS is an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students in Arizona to gain experience presenting academic work in a welcoming, inclusive environment.

Mission

ALASS also strives to encourage learning, collaboration and conversation surrounding important topics in Latin America between students and experts in the field. This event adheres to the goals of LASSO to serve as a resource for students in the Latin American Studies program at the University of Arizona, facilitate a connection between graduate and undergraduate students and the greater University of Arizona and Tucson academic community. LASSO strives to incorporate ALASS into its yearly programming and to grow the event year-by-year to become a mainstay on University of Arizona’s campus as a premier student research event. It is the hope of ALASS and LASSO that students can build off this close-knit experience to further engage in the Latin American studies academic community, including future conference attendance and presentation experiences.

1st Annual ALASS Information

The 1st Annual Arizona Latin American Studies Symposium (ALASS) is a 1-day symposium and an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students in Arizona to gain experience in presenting academic work in a welcoming, inclusive environment. ALASS also strives to encourage learning, collaboration and conversation surrounding important topics in Latin America between students and experts in the field. ALASS will be held on March 26th at the University of Arizona Student Union, and is being hosted by the Latin American Studies Student Organization. 

Students will have the opportunity to present either lightning talks (short five-minute presentations on a topic of interest) or oral presentations (ten-minute talks on research). These talks will be organized into panels and sessions throughout the day to encourage discourse along broader topical and disciplinary lines. Any undergraduate and graduate student researching and studying topics related to Latin America across the UArizona campus is encouraged to submit their work for consideration. These sessions intend to provide critical professional development for students by providing practice in academic presentations. However, ALASS strives to do this in a warm, accepting environment to encourage participation of budding Latin American scholars. It is the hope of ALASS and LASSO that students can build off this close-knit experience to further engage in the Latin American studies academic community, including future conference attendance and presentation experiences.

The symposium will also feature keynote speakers from UArizona faculty and community activists. These speakers will crystallize the academic work of the conference by serving as professional role models for students in their future academic, social and professional endeavors.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Dr. Aracely Rivera Cohen, Dora Rodriguez and Dr. Javier Duran.

Conference Program & Schedule

ALASS_Program_Final.pdf

ALASS_Program_Final.pdf

Final Conference Program - 1st Annual ALASS

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Organizing Committee

Co-Chairs: Jake Dean & Julia Blumberg

Committee Members: Olivia Conklin, Allison Garcia Valdes, Jazmin Gonzalez, Brenda Machado, and Kristal Natera.