The Institute for the Study of the Americas is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous gift of $50,000 for the creation of the Director’s Fund for Excellence in Latin American Studies. The fund will serve the strategic priorities of the Curriculum of Latin American studies, including but not limited to faculty and student support, public lectures, and program events. The Curriculum serves as the undergraduate major in Latin American Studies (LTAM), a baccalaureate program within the College of Arts and Sciences that spans multiple interdisciplinary thresholds in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. The LTAM major is designed to foster intellectual engagement with a region of extraordinary diversity and rich cultural complexity, a region that includes Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. The program offers students multi-disciplinary perspectives as a way to knowledge of the rich history, culture, politics, literature, and arts of Latin America.