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Belonging to professional organizations and attending conferences are excellent ways to connect with community and keep abreast of innovations and key issues in the field.
The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. There are over 12,000 members, nearly 60 percent of whom reside outside the United States.
BRASA is an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars who support and promote Brazilian studies in all fields, especially in the humanities and social sciences. BRASA is dedicated to the promotion of Brazilian studies around the world in general, and in the United States in particular.
The CLAH is a professional association devoted to encourage the diffusion of knowledge about Latin America through fostering the study and improving the teaching of Latin American history. The Conference is affiliated with the American Historical Association, although membership in the AHA is not a prerequisite for joining CLAH.
The WRLC was established in 1987 by some of the major universities in the Washington D.C. area to share library collections and information technology in order to enhance the resources available to their students and faculty. Georgetown participates in the WRLC through its Consortium Loan Service (CLS) and through cooperative collection development. You can request consortium member books through the WRLC catalog and they will be sent to Lauinger Library for pickup.
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The Hispanic Reading Room is the primary access point for research related to the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the U.S. and peoples of Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
The Columbus Memorial Library is responsible for the Archives and Records Management Program of the OAS General Secretariat, and for preserving and indexing the OAS official documents, as well as carrying out the functions of a traditional library.
The Smithsonian Libraries system is comprised of 20 branch libraries, which serve Smithsonian Institution staff as well as the scholarly community and general public with information and reference support. Its collections number over 1.5 million volumes including 40,000 rare books and 2,000 manuscripts.
Many of these important organizations post research, data and publications on their websites. You can also subscribe to their newsletters to find out about upcoming events.
Established in 1959, the IDB is the largest source of development financing in Latin America and the Caribbean. On the IDB website you can access their research publications, subscribe to their mailing list, and find out about upcoming events.
The OAS is an international organization that promotes regional collaboration and cooperation, among member countries regarding issues of sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence. They promote economic, social, and cultural development. Their website provides access to: organizational information; official documents and reports; national legal resources; publications; organizational events
PAHO is the specialized international health agency for the Americas, working with member countries to fight communicable and noncommunicable diseases and their causes, to strengthen health systems, and to respond to emergencies and disasters. On the website you can access publications and data, which includes national health profiles and reports.
The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Its five institutions share a commitment to reducing poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development.
You can access World Bank Open Data, Open Learning Campus, Research and publications on their website.
The Inter-American Foundation, or IAF, is an independent agency of the United States government that funds development projects undertaken by grassroots groups and nongovernmental organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Wilson Center’s Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere.