The Sverdlin Institute for the History and Culture of Latin America promotes Latin American and Iberian studies at Tel Aviv University.

Main Activities:

1. Publishing E.I.A.L (Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe), the Institute´s journal of Latin American studies, in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. 

2. Bibliographic collections:

  1. The Borah Collection: donated by the renowned historian and demographer, the late Prof. Woodrow Borah.
  2. The Nes-El Collection: An impressive collection of books, booklets and research sources, donated by the historian and publicist Dr. Moshe Nes-El. The collection focuses on Chile's history and the history of Latin American Judaism.
  3. A collection based on parts of the Ibero-American Institute's library (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) housed in Sourasky Central Library.
  4. The generous donation of the Szkurnik Family (Brazil) has allowed the Institute, in the last seven years, to purchase some 2000 titles devoted to Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.
    All of our collections are housed at the Sourasky Central Library

3. Promoting events, international conferences and research workshops on Latin America.

4. Encouraging the study of the Spanish and Portuguese languages:

  1. Language and culture courses at the Division of Foreign Languages.
  2. The Granada Scholarship Program- Student exchange program with the University of Granada (Spain).

5. Latin American and Iberian studies:​

  1. Courses on Latin America, Spain and Portugal in the Multidisciplinary Program in the Humanities
  2. Latin America studies for M.A. and Ph.d in the Department of History and the School of Historical Studies
  3. Research Seminar attended by teachers, research fellows, doctoral students and graduate students

6. Scholarships for research students who wish to specialize in issues related to Latin America.

7. The Sverdlin Institute welcomes research fellows from Israel and abroad.

History of the Institute:

Founded in the mid 1990s, The Institute for History and Culture of Latin America was officially established In 1999 by Prof. Zvi Medin. In 2008 the institute was named after the late Norman Sverdlin Forman, with the continued and generous support of the Sverdlin family (Mexico-Israel).


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