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OAS Secretary General to Open Latin American Studies Association 2013 Congress

  May 28, 2013

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, will deliver the opening remarks to the inaugural session of the Latin American Studies Association 2013 Congress, this Wednesday, May 29, at 19:15 EDT (23:15 GMT), in Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall in Washington, DC.

The XXXI International Congress of LASA will take place from May 29 to June 1 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

A Presidential Panel on United States-Latin American relations, jointly organized by the LASA Congress Program Committee and the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, will feature the former President of Uruguay Tabaré Vázquez; the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson; and the OAS Secretary for Political Affairs, Kevin Casas-Zamora. The panel will take place on Friday, May 31 from 13:00-14:45 EDT (17:00-18:45 GMT) in the Marriott Ballroom Salon 2.

On Friday, May 31, from 8:30 - 10:15 EDT (12:30-14:30 GMT), three panels involving the participation of the OAS will be held: a panel featuring OAS representatives on elections in the region, in the Marriott Ballroom Lincoln Room 3; a panel entitled “Constellations: Past, Present, and Future Directions at the Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States,” in the Marriott Ballroom Salon 1, featuring Dr. Abigail McEwan (University of Maryland), Andres Navia (Art Museum of the Americas), and Adriana Ospina (Art Museum of the Americas/George Mason University); and a third panel, on teaching and learning OAS processes through the Model OAS program, in the Marriott Ballroom Congressional Room. The OAS Art Museum of the Americas will participate with an information and resource booth throughout the conference.

LASA is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 7,000 members, forty-five percent 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. The annual Congress features over 900 sessions. Conference registration is available here.

WHAT: Inauguration of Latin American Studies Association 2013 Congress

WHEN: Wednesday, May 29, at 19:15 EDT (23:15 GMT)

WHERE: Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA

Reference: AVI-152/13