LAII Celebrates 35 Years

October 1, 2014

The UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) celebrates 35 years, marking over three decades of contributions to UNM's research, teaching, and service to Latin America. Join us on Friday, October 24, 2014, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., for an evening of historical reflections, hors d'oeuvres, musical performances, and dancing. All are invited and welcome to attend this celebration. Please RSVP to Charla Henley by October 17: or 505.277.6842. For reference, see the event flyer.

Because of the geographic location and unique cultural history of New Mexico, the University of New Mexico (UNM) has emphasized Latin American Studies since the early 1930s. In 1979, the Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) was founded to coordinate Latin American programs on campus.

Designated a comprehensive National Resource Center (NRC) by the U.S. Department of Education, the LAII offers academic degrees, supports research, and provides development opportunities for faculty. In addition to the Latin American Studies (LAS) degrees offered, the LAII supports Latin American studies in departments and professional schools across campus by awarding student fellowships and providing funds for faculty and curriculum development. The LAII is also committed to expanding awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Latin America and Iberia among diverse constituents. Through its community education programs, the LAII coordinates a wide array of outreach initiatives, including K-12 teacher professional development opportunities; post-secondary academic conferences and lecture series; workshops and symposia for business leaders, government officials, and media representatives; and cultural events for the general community.