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Community Partnerships Link Latin America to Milwaukee

The event will feature exhibits on CLACS history as well as faculty and student exhibits, artwork and a series of short performances by UWM faculty and students.

By - Dec 1st, 2015 12:17 pm

MILWAUKEE_The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) celebrates its 50th anniversary from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 Kenwood Blvd.

The event will feature exhibits on CLACS history as well as faculty and student exhibits, artwork and a series of short performances by UWM faculty and students. Proyecto Bembe, an Afro-Caribbean percussion group based at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School, will also perform.

On campus, the center houses the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Certificate program and supports the Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latin@ Studies major. In the Milwaukee community and beyond, the center supports educational and cultural efforts showcasing the Americas.

As part of the anniversary celebration, a workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at Alumni House, 3230 E. Kenwood Blvd. UWM and regional experts on Latin America will discuss challenges and opportunities to promote research, teaching and public engagement on the Americas. The workshop includes three roundtables, with a total of six presenters.

About UWM

As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, UWM has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism. On an operating budget of $705 million, UWM educates about 27,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UWM a “2015 Best in the Midwest” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. Its economic impact is more than $1.5 billion per year in Wisconsin alone.

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