LLC12: LELACS (Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies)


LELACS (Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies) has been an active working group since 2008 and since then, we have met every semester at one of our regional institutions. LELACS has grown from a handful of participants from four to five institutions to more than 40 members from at least 11 CNY colleges or universities. Every meeting is well attended, and other academic initiatives have also emerged from LELACS. An initial small regional collaboration involving few colleagues from each of five universities (Cornell, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, and Buffalo) has grown to include groups of faculty and graduate students from Colgate, Oswego, Ithaca, Union, Albany, Nazareth, Siena, Skidmore, and Elmira Colleges or universities, in addition to the five founding institutions.

Active since: 2013

  • Syracuse University
  • University of Rochester
  • Cornell University
  • Colgate University
  • Skidmore College

Collaborative Goals

  • Bring renewed energy around Latin American scholarship in literary, artistic, and cultural studies;
  • Foster connections between participants who specialize in relevant fields from institutions across Central New York and
  • beyond;
  • Solidify and deepen collaborations by organizing biannual meetings at rotating locations and inviting more colleagues and students from each of the participating institutions; and
  • Reach out to new colleagues at other Corridor institutions and non-Corridor institutions in Central New York.

Group Organizers

Oscar A. Pérez

Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Latin American and Latinx Studies, Skidmore College

Debra Castillo

Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Emerson Hinchliff Professor of Hispanic Studies, Cornell University

Beth Jörgensen

Professor Emerita of Spanish, University of Rochester

Gail Bulman

Associate Professor, Spanish, Syracuse University

Luisa-Maria Rojas-Rimachi

Associate Professor of Instruction in Spanish, University of Rochester

Maria Fernanda Lander

Department Chair and Professor of Spanish, Skidmore College

Chrystian Zegarra

Associate Professor of Spanish, Colgate University