Southwest Council of Latin American Studies (SCOLAS)

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  • SCO­LAS, The South­west Coun­cil of Latin Amer­i­can Stud­ies, is one of the old­est regional Latin Amer­i­can stud­ies orga­ni­za­tions in the United States. Formed in 1966, at about the same time as the national Latin Amer­i­can Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion (LASA), it serves all seri­ous stu­dents of Latin Amer­ica. The pur­pose of SCO­LAS is to pro­vide a pro­fes­sional asso­ci­a­tion to fos­ter the inter­est and enter­prise of schol­ars and stu­dents of Latin Amer­ica, to encour­age more effec­tive teach­ing and research, to pro­mote a con­tin­u­ing dia­logue among schol­ars and inter­ested indi­vid­u­als both within and out­side the orga­ni­za­tion, and to com­mu­ni­cate by con­fer­ences, pub­li­ca­tions and other means with those con­cerned with Latin Amer­i­can life and culture.

    SCO­LAS holds an annual meet­ing, alter­nat­ing usu­ally between a major South­west­ern city and a major Latin Amer­i­can city. All mem­bers in good stand­ing may par­tic­i­pate in pan­els offered at the annual meet­ing, planned gen­er­ally for the month of March. A newslet­ter, the SCO­LAS Bul­letin, is dis­trib­uted to mem­bers two or three times per year. SCO­LAS gives two annual awards to its mem­bers, a book prize for a mono­graph and an arti­cle prize for pub­li­ca­tions relat­ing to any topic on Latin Amer­ica or U.S. His­panic mat­ters. A cash schol­ar­ship is awarded annu­ally to grad­u­ate stu­dents to help with their research expenses. Any SCO­LAS mem­ber who is also on the fac­ulty of an accred­ited col­lege or uni­ver­sity may nom­i­nate one stu­dent per year.

    Mem­ber­ship is included in the Reg­is­tra­tion for this year’s con­fer­ence. To remain a mem­ber, you need only pay dues and par­tic­i­pate in the affairs of the organization.


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