I recently attended the 2012 Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), which was held May 23 to 26 in San Francisco, California. From the perspective of a first-time attendee, the conference included a dizzying array of panels spanning disciplines from geography to literature, as well as a film festival focusing on Colombia, Uruguay and Latin American wars of independence and memory of exile.

While I learned way more than I could possibly include in a single blog post, here is a recap of some of highlights of my experience at the Congress.

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