Students interested in the Latin American / Latino Studies concentration within the Ethnic Studies minor may take a variety of courses housed in numerous departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.  In addition to taking ETHS 252B:  Introduction to Latino/a Studies and ETHS 253B:  Introduction to Latin American History, students concentrating in Latin American / Latino Studies may take courses in Political Science, History, English, Cognitive Science, Religious Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology, to name just a few disciplines.

The ETHS Program partners with the Latino/a student organization, La Alianza, and ETHS students have the opportunity to volunteer as mentors at institutions such as ESPERANZA and the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center.  ETHS students also serve as mentors at schools on the West Side with large Latino/a populations, such as Lincoln West High School (Cleveland).

Some of the distinguished lecturers and events ETHS has hosted include:

2014— Richard Blanco, US Inaugural Poet, visited CWRU as part of the activities to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month. Poetry reading and talk. October 15.

2014— Art show exhibition: Latino’s artists at CWRU. Kelvin Smith Library. September 12–October 24.

2014—  “Jose Kozer at CWRU: poetry in exile”. April 14–17.

2014— “A High Art: Soviet and Post–Soviet School of Literary Translation dealing with the Latin American Fiction.” A talk by Daria Sinitcyna, translator, critic and professor from the State University of Saint Petersburg, Russia. April 2–3

2014—Merlinda Bobis, Filipina author and performance artist, Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.

2013— “Cuba at Case.” Official Transfer of 17 books donated by Vigía Publishing House to Kelvin Smith Library, after completion of the first study abroad in Cuba. Talk by Alfredo Zaldívar, founder director of Vigía. April 19.

2012— “A Discourse on Method: How Borges Wrote.” A talk by Daniel Balderston, Mellon Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Pittsburgh. October 11.

2012— Photo–exhibition “Cuba Today: A Soviet Inventory.”

2012–Damaris Punales-Alpizar Photographer, curator and presenter. October 15-November 2. Art Studio. Case Western Reserve University.

2012— “Imaging a Matria: Women, Literature and Nation,”  a talk by Madeline Camara–Betancourt, University of South Florida (ACES + Distinguished Lectureships). April 4-6.

2012—“Toward a New History of the Cuban Cinema.” Invited Speaker: Juan Antonio García Borrero, Camagüey, Cuba. February 9-10.

2012— Emma Sepulveda Pulvirenti, Chilean author and human rights atrapados:  historia oculta de un escate.

2012—Marjorie Agosín, Chilean poet and Human Rights Activiist, Recipient of the Honorary Degree at Case in 2014

2010—“Rethinking the Caribbean.” Invited Speaker: Mamadou Badiane, University of Missouri–Columbia. November 2.

2009– Pía Barros, Chilean author and founder of the first underground feminist press during the dictatorship of Pinochet.  Pia directed two writing workshops for the AP English Latina students at Lincoln West High School.

2004 Emilio Betances, Professor of Sociology and Director of Latin American Studies, Gettysburg College

2004 Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Professor of Spanish at Columbia University