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Spanish & Latin American Network

The Spanish and Latin American Network (SALA) at UL Lafayette supports and promotes cross-disciplinary research and teaching on Spain and Spanish America, Portugal and Brazil, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. SALA arranges lectures and other activities and promotes study abroad while working to strengthen resources on campus for research and teaching on the Hispanic World and deepening connections with the Latino community in Acadiana.


All members of the Latin American Studies faculty are affiliated with the Spanish and Latin American Network, which also works closely with the entire Spanish faculty. We invite you to join our mailing list to share news of academic and community activities related to Spain and Latin America.

Our community partners and contacts include Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults (VITA), the adult literacy program of the city of Lafayette, the Proyecto Hispano de Ayuda a la Comunidad, the La Familia Resource Center, the Hispanic Ministry of the Diocese of Lafayette, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Club Cubano de Lafayette, the Asociación Cultural Latino Acadiana, and Alfa & Omega Church International, which spearheads a number of initiatives in support of immigrant communities.

Student Research & Service Learning

SALA promotes and supports undergraduate as well as graduate level research on the Hispanic world. Students engaged in this work gain experience in bibliographic research, project design, evaluation and organization of documents, grant writing, and more, while expanding their knowledge of a particular topic.

We encourage you to design your curriculum with the Latin American Studies courses so they reflect your particular interests.

Some students undertake these projects as McNair Fellows or as capstone projects in the Honors Program; others do so with SALA-affiliated faculty in their major departments. If you are interested in undertaking research projects, you should discuss options with the faculty member with whom you would like to work.

Developing internship opportunities and service learning projects is another objective of the SALA Network. Ongoing projects include literacy work with the Hispanic community through the city's VITA program. We expect to launch other service and experiential learning projects in 2017.

Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).