The Midwest Association for Latin American Studies (MALAS) was organized to foster an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to education and research on Latin America.
The Association purposes are:
(a) To stimulate public interest in and understanding of the area of Latin America;
(b) To promote the study of the area in institutions of education;
(c) To encourage research in the area by scholars of all disciplines;
(d) To serve as a forum for the exchanges and dissemination of information relative to the area; and
(e) To cooperate with the Latin American Studies Association and regional associations, the Organization of American States, and institutions and individuals within Latin America and elsewhere, for the achievement of these purposes.
To accomplish these objectives, MALAS organizes national and international annual conferences that address the myriad themes reflected in the diverse interests of the membership.
MALAS welcomes the participation of social and natural scientists, artists, and humanists from all disciplines at its meetings and in its publications.
MALAS also offers several awards each year to recognize outstanding student (undergraduate and graduate) research papers presented at the annual MALAS conference. The Dr. Richard (Dick) Millett Program was established during the 2008 MALAS conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The program provides support to students participating at MALAS conferences and recognizes the authors of the best student papers by awarding the annual Dick Millett Prizes.
Our goal is to foster an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to education and research on Latin America.
"MALAS prides itself in being an interdisciplinary organization that brings together scholars, students, activists and policy makers interested in the many issues that concern Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the Latino community in the United States" - Orlando J. Perez