Center for Latino Studies | Queens University of Charlotte

Center for Latino Studies

Promoting Understanding of the Latino Experience

The Center for Latino Studies at Queens University of Charlotte supports multidisciplinary and multifaceted projects with the common mission of promoting understanding of the Latino experience in the southeastern United States.

The Center creates an intellectual and physical space in which scholars, local leaders, students, and the wider community can engage in research, cultural exploration, and dialogue about the Latino community of the southeastern United States—and especially North Carolina's Piedmont region—means for our communities and future. In keeping with Queens’ commitment to community engagement, the Center also engages in community projects that support the broader Latino population.

Painting of people holding hands

Two Women Walk into a Bar by Rosemary Meza-DesPlas

Arte Latino Now

Sponsored by The Center for Latino Studies at Queens University of Charlotte in partnership with artist Edwin Gil, and Queens' Departments of Art and World Languages, Arte Latino Now is an annual art exhibition that seeks to highlight the exciting cultural and artistic contributions of Latinos in the United States. We invite artists who self-define as Latino and live and work in the United States to submit an original creative work in their medium of choice. Winners are exhibited at Queens University of Charlotte in this annual exhibition. Check out art from Latinos around the nation on the Arte Latino Now Facebook page.

Arte Latino Now: Student Projects

Meet the Latino artists, writers and performers who are living and working in the United States, shaping culture and furthering the arts with Arte Latino Now. This initiative of the Center for Latino Studies is a product of independent student research in which they independently interviewed Latino artists, writers and performers about their life and work. 

Latino Art

Ideologías Encontradas by Eliana Arenas

Label Me Latino

Label Me Latina/o is an online, refereed international e-journal that focuses on Latino Literary Production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries co-edited by Dr. Michele Shaul (Queens University of Charlotte) and Dr. Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez (Georgian Court University). The journal invites scholarly essays focusing on these writers for its biannual publication. Label Me Latina/o also publishes creative literary pieces whose authors self-define as Latina or Latino regardless of thematic content. Label Me Latina/o is indexed by the MLA International Bibliography, is listed in the MLA Directory of Periodicals and is a member of Latinoamericana: Asociación de revistas académicas en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales. Our articles are discoverable on EBSCOhost research databases, ISSN 2333-4584. Take a look at some of the work at Label Me Latina/o.

Latino Art

The Nostalgic Wind of the Castaway (Same Sand, Different Island) by Marcos Martínez


Past Events

  • Latino Leaders Weekend Retreat -  fosters dialogue between different factions of the Latino community
  • ARTE LATINO NOW - annual exhibit of local Latino artists held on the Queens campus
  • "Women of the Mexican Revolution" - photo exhibit.
  • Hispanic Authors Book Club
  • Painting4Diversity - challenges elementary school students in eight North Carolina communities to illustrate their concept of diversity
  • Dolores Prida's play Coser y cantar - one act play by Cuban-American author staged at the Mint Museum Randolph
  • Sos paisa - an event to highlight development in Medellin Colombia
  • Speakers series which has included Dr. Richard Chacón (Winthrop University)- Tradition and Change among the Yanomamo of Venezuela; Frank Domínguez (Davidson College)-  Classical Music of Spain and Latin America; Dr. Hannah Gill (UNC-Chapel Hill)- New Roots  in the Old North State: Understanding Demographic Change in North Carolina; Jess George (Latin American Coalition)- Immigrant Integration in the New South; and Dr. Oswaldo Estrada (UNC-Chapel Hill)- Adelitas, Soldaderas, Cucarachas... Women and the Mexican Revolution in Contemporary Literature.
  • Production of the play El regalo de San Valentín by Myriam Amanda Henríquez Arocha in partnership with the Mint Museum 
  • Concert: Bolero, a Latin American Tradition with Ana Lucía Divins

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Center for Latino Studies

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