In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month the Annual Latin American and Latino Studies Heritage Lecture is presented each October to provide UofL students and faculty, and the Kentuckiana community with opportunities to learn more about the diverse cultures of Latin America. The Heritage Lecture series is made possible by the generous support of Richard and Constance Lewis, and funds from other departments and programs including: the Anthropology Department, the Classical and Modern Languages Department, the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, the History Department, and the Liberal Studies Program, among others.
15th Annual LALS Heritage Lecture: October 27, 2016. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Exoticism and the Aesthetics of Diversity," presented by Dr. Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Cuban-American Writer.
14th Annual LALS Heritage Lecture: October 14, 2015. "El Sur Shall Rise Again: How Latino Immigrants are Saving the South," presented by Gustavo Arellano, Author of the column ¡Ask a Mexican!
13th Annual LALS Heritage Lecture: October 14, 2014. "The Rebirth of Argentine Culture During the Post-Dictatorship,” presented by Ana María Shua, Argentine Writer.
12th Annual LALS Heritage Lecture: October 2, 2013. "Reforming Immigration, Re-Forming Place and Race: Latin America, the American South, New Connections," presented by Dr. Jamie Winders, Associate Professor of Geography in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
11th Annual LALS Heritage Lecture: October 24, 2012. "Elusive Identities: The Arabic Presence in Mexican Culture," presented by the Mexican writer, Dr. Alberto Ruy Sánchez, Director of Artes de México.
10th Annual LALS Heritage Lecture: October 26, 2011. "Founding Latin American Women Photographers," presented by Dr. David William Foster, Regents' Professor of Spanish, Humanities, and Women's Studies at Arizona State University.
9th Annual LALS Heritage Lecture: October 6, 2010. "Caves, Codices, and Comics: Drawing Stories, Painting Words," presented by Renowned Artist Brian Nissen.
8th Annual LALS Heritage Lecture: October 7, 2009. "Sociocultural Issues in Intra-Caribbean Migration," presented by Dr. Lancelot Cowie, founding Director of the Center for Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of West Indies.
7th Annual LALS Heritage Lecture: October 1, 2008. "Fair Trade: Transforming Globalization in Latin America," presented by Dr. Laura Raynolds, Co-Director of the Center for Fair & Alternative Trade Studies and Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University.
6th Annual LALS Heritage Lecture: October 22, 2007. "Latino Immigration in the Midwest: the Fight for Decency and Dignity," presented by Dr. Dan La Botz an independent scholar, journalist, and activist.
5th Annual LAS Heritage Lecture: October 16, 2006. “The New Latin Nation: Immigration and the Hispanic Population of the United States,” presented by Dr. Alejandro Portes, Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University.
4th Annual LAS Heritage Lecture: October 17, 2005. “Representations of Jewish-Argentine Identity in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture,” presented by Dr. Darrell B. Lockhart, Professor of Spanish and Director of the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.
3rd Annual LAS Heritage Lecture: October 13, 2004. “From Serfdom to Secretary of State in 36 Years: Ecuador’s Indigenous Rights Movement,” presented by Dr. Lynn Meisch, Professor of Anthropology at St. Mary’s College.
2nd Annual LAS Heritage Lecture: October 23, 2003. “So Near Yet So Foreign: Cuba in the American Imagination,” presented by the Cuban writer, Dr. Gustavo Pérez Firmat, David Feinson Professor of Humanities at Columbia University.
Inaugural LAS Heritage Lecture: October 23, 2002. “The Multiple and Mysterious Values of Culture in Mexican Life,” presented by the Mexican writer, Dr. Alberto Ruy Sánchez, Director of Artes de México.