OF LIBERAL ARTS
AND LATIN AMERICAN NETWORK
SALA Network was initiated
under the 2000-2002 LEQSF/BoRSF enhancement grant to the Department of
Modern Languages at UL Lafayette. Its primary goal is to support and
promote cross disciplinary research and teaching on the Hispanic World
at UL Lafayette. SALA arranges lectures
and other activities, maintains a web
directory, and promotes
Past activities have
included an active film series and the creation
and maintenance of a media library, now housed in the University
library. We were funded by BoRSF for library acquisitions in 2006-2007,
and we are actively seeking similar funding now. In summer 2011 faculty in History and
Anthropology led a study trip to Guatemala; slated for summer 2013 is a trip to
Mexico City, with courses in intermediate Spanish and Mexican
Faculty active in Spanish and Latin American
Studies include Leslie
Francisco García-Rubio (Modern Languages), Mark
Lentz (History and Geography), and Richard
Languages). All members of the LAS Faculty
affiliated with the SALA Network, and the entire Spanish
Faculty works closely with SALA.
Research and Service Learning
of SALA's original aims was to promote undergraduate as well as
graduate level research experience.
Students engaged in individual or group projects gain
in bibliographic research, project design, evaluation and organization
of documents, academic writing, grant writing, web design, and
educational technology, while at the same time deepening their
knowledge of the topic that was their focus.
Some students undertake these projects as McNair
Fellows, and most departments now have a 497 course number to use for independent projects. Recent student research has also included postbaccalaureate work in Anthropology at the Proyecto Salinas de
los Nueve Cerros in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, under the direction of
Brent Woodfill, as well as capstone projects in the Honors Program.
Ongoing service learning projects include literacy volunteering with
the Hispanic community through the city's VITA program; expansion of
service learning opportunities is projected for the near future.
Also in the planning stages is
a major in Latin American Studies, which will include a capstone
experience. Students interested in undertaking Honors, McNair or
service learning projects should discuss options with the faculty
member with whom they would like to work.