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Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas

Just Published!

The Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas is pleased to announce the release of its latest publications with Casa de las Américas. Please click the images above to access.


The Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas (CESPA) is devoted to the principle that education is the basis for solutions to societal tensions. To this end a primary concern of the Center is the issues stemming from the lived experiences of our students. The purpose of (CESPA) is to promote interest in and knowledge of peoples descendent of Latin American communities, whether of Latino/a, Asian, European, African or indigenous origins, within the US and south of the border through service learning, student and faculty research. CESPA also promotes faculty and public intellectual workshops, symposia, conferences, and lectures. Multimedia forums are utilized to distribute Center programs and research.

The peoples of the Americas have their roots in African, European, Asian, and indigenous cultures. The Center for the Study of the Peoples of the Americas (CESPA), is committed to a deeper understanding of the creation and movements across borders, and the development of border cultures, identities and economies. A primary concern is the lived experiences of our students. The California State University system has among the largest concentration of students of Mexican and Central American extraction of any four-year university system in the country, as well as substantial populations of Asian American and African American students.

To this end CESPA will bring together a group of scholars, researchers, and creative artists from a wide range of disciplines to more effectively provide accessible information to all students and communities about the experiences and the cultures of the more than 50 million Americans of Latin-American extraction and the more than 600 million people living to the south of the United States.


Upcoming Events:

Central American Counterpoetics: Diaspora and Rememory A Book Talk with Dr. Karina Alma

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

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Dr. Karina Alma is an assistant professor in Chicana/o and Central American Studies Department at UCLA. In Central American Counterpoetics, Dr. Alma shows how U.S. Central Americans respond to political repression through acts of creativity that prioritize the wellbeing of anticolonial communities. Building on Toni Morrison’s theory of rememory, and the Spanish verb rememorar, the book examines the concept as an embodied experience of a sensory place and time lived in the here and now. Read more