The UCLA Latin American Institute is a vital regional, national, and international resource on Latin America. Since its founding in 1959, the LAI has equipped generations of leaders, professionals, and students with the information and skills required for understanding the vast and complex region of Latin America. The LAI supports research by funding grants and foreign-language instruction, and disseminates recent scholarship through conferences, workshops, public programs, teacher training, and publications.


Dr. Karin Nielsen wins prestigious Brazilian prize in health sciences

Dr. Karin Nielsen, a leading specialist in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission and director of the Center for Brazilian Studies, has won the Brazilian Diaspora Award in health sciences.

UCLA Anderson’s 2015 Latin American Business Conference-video gallery

The UCLA Latin American Institute sponsored conference explored the development of Latin America through three lenses: leadership in business and government, the societal demands of a burgeoning middle class, and the globalization of Latin American companies.

HAPI celebrates its 40th anniversary

In 2015 the Hispanic American Periodicals Index of the UCLA Latin American Institute enters its 40th year as the field’s leading bibliographic database for librarians and scholars worldwide.

Chocolate provides a window onto Latin American culture

The UCLA Latin American Institute is sponsoring a lecture on the history of chocolate and workshops on the Mexican art form of paper cutting at Avenue 50 Studio in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

UCLA nursing students visit Cuba

Cubans embrace Westwood visitors after news of the re-establishment of U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relations.

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