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The Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) collection supports the students and faculty in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and related programs at the University of Washington. Fifty-two faculty across the three campuses are affiliated with the program, representing departments such as Human Rights, Geography, Spanish & Portuguese Studies, French & Italian Studies, History, the Information School, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and more.
The LACS collection includes materials about the entire Latin American and Caribbean hemisphere south of the United States. Although no nation is excluded, the collection’s geographic focus traditionally has been on Mexico, the Andean region, and Central America. Emphasis within the geographical guidelines is on the social sciences, although not to the total exclusion of other fields like agriculture and the environment.
French, Spanish, and Portuguese languages and literatures are covered by the French & Italian Studies and the Spanish & Portuguese Studies collections. Cinema Studies primarily purchases film and film criticism for the region. Materials about Latinx communities in the United States are collected by the American Ethnic Studies Librarian. Music, art, architecture and science-related materials are primarily covered by those selectors.
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