Latin American Cultural Center officially open to public

September 20, 2022

The building itself has a lot of history. It was built in 1912 for the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania on Bigelow Boulevard. The Latin American Studies Association bought it in 2019.

Bill DeWalt is the senior advisor for the Latin American Studies Association that has now created the new Latin American Cultural Center. The cultural anthropologist has traveled back and forth to Latin America since 1970.

WTAE Pittsburgh


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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.

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