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Minority Languages and Cultures Project

The Minority Languages and Cultures Project brings together scholars who share the aims of revitalizing subordinate languages in Latin America, documenting the cultures of the communities that speak them, and monitoring the play of language and culture in the ethnic and regional politics of this zone.

Created in 2002 by Jeffrey Gould, then the director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the MLCP was funded by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education from 2006 to 2014. During that time, the MLCP organized a variety of conferences, lectures, and working groups and established course offerings of three lesser commonly taught languages of Latin America, Quechua, Maya, and Haitian Creole.

Since 2015, Quechua is offered at Indiana University through a consortium with Ohio State University, whereby IU students can enroll in an virtual Quechua class taught at Ohio State. Inversely, Ohio State University students are able to enroll in an virtual Haitian Creole class at Indiana University.

The MLCP is composed of a number of scholars in diverse fields at Indiana University, Bloomington. Please contact CLACS at clacs[at] if you are interested in joining. View the MLCP Facebook page.

Current members:
John McDowell, Professor, Folklore and Ethnomusicology
Jason McGraw, Associate Professor, History
Daniel F. Suslak, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Serafín M. Coronel-Molina, Associate Professor, Education
Michael Gasser, Emeritus Associate Professor, Informatics and Computing
Jeffrey Gould, Rudy Professor, History
Shane Greene, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Stacie King, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Javier F. León, Director, Latin American Music Center
Luciana Namorato, Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
Anya Peterson Royce, Chancellor's Professor, Anthropology
Micol Seigel, Associate Professor, American Studies
Stephen Selka, Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Quetzil Castañeda, Lecturer, CLACS
David Tezil, Haitian Creole Instructor, CLACS
Elizabeth Herring, Visiting Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese
Alfio Saitta, Associate Director, CLACS