Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies

The Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies (CLAIS) at The MacMillan Center seeks to enhance the understanding of Latin America, Spain and Portugal. The Council draws on the strengths of Yale’s pioneering departments of History, Political Science, Anthropology, and Spanish and Portuguese, among others, to offer a broad array of courses, cultural events, scholarly lectures, and academic research. CLAIS organizes a weekly lecture series, sponsors research abroad, coordinates outreach programs, convenes international conferences, and edits conference results for scholarly publication.


Lucas (center) with members of the Tax Authority's Research Department. The Research Department uses a state-of-the-art database of economic activity to produce insights for policy makers.
July 25, 2019
Fair trade, direct source, sustainably grown — these terms have become commonplace in our consumption of food. Behind them lies the powerful economic idea that paying a premium for goods produced with fair working conditions and sustainable farming...
Interview with Stephanie Avalos, Ecuador's Secretary of Climate Change at the Ministry of Environment.
July 24, 2019
Thanks to the generosity of the Steven Clark Senior Essay Grant under the MacMillan Center (as well as a few other fellowships), I am currently in Ecuador conducting research for my senior thesis for the Environmental Studies major. My thesis...
July 18, 2019
The Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials awarded the 2019 José Toribio Medina Award to  Jana Lee Krentz,  Librarian for the Latin American & Iberian Collections, Latinx Studies Latin American & Iberian Collections,...
June 25, 2019
On June 8, Kenneth David Jackson, Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Literatures and Director of Undergraduate Studies for Portuguese at Yale, was awarded the Officer honor of one of Brazil’s highest decorations, the Order of Rio Branco (Ordem de...

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