The Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies (CLAIS) at The MacMillan Center seeks to enhance the understanding of Latin America, Spain and Portugal. The Council draws on the strengths of Yale's pioneering departments of History, Political Science, Anthropology, and Spanish and Portuguese, among others, to offer a broad array of courses, cultural events, scholarly lectures, and academic research. CLAIS organizes a weekly lecture series, sponsors research abroad, coordinates outreach programs, convenes international conferences, and edits conference results for scholarly publication. The Council works to strengthen ties with institutions throughout Latin America, Spain and Portugal, and is a member of the Latin American Studies Association, the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs; the New England Council on Latin American Studies; AAPLAC - the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America & the Caribbean; and ConnLAP, the Connecticut Latin Americanists Partnership.

The Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies (CLAIS) at Yale has been designated a National Resource Center (NRC) for Latin American Studies by the U.S. department of Education's International Education Programs Service (IEPS).

As an NRC, CLAIS receives funding from a Title VI grant provided by IEPS, which enables us to strengthen disciplinary instruction and the teaching of languages, particularly the less and least commonly taught languages, of Latin America, at Yale. We do this by providing a broad range of activities that include instruction, outreach, scholarly research, maintenance of library resources, and teacher training.

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