An international organization of 14,000 professional scholars who study Latin America searched for a new home for 10 years before finding it in Oakland.
Leaders of the Latin American Studies Association, based in Pittsburgh, looked at real estate in Washington, D.C. and Miami before buying the old Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania building in Oakland, said Milagros Pereyra-Rojas, executive director of LASA. The new Latin American Cultural Center has 15,000 square feet of space for displays, meetings and offices.
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The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.
If you wish to interview a LASA Executive Council member, you can contact the LASA communications office at (412) 648-7929 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.