Student profile

Lizzy Speece Lizzy Speece

Latin American studies

Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I transferred to Conn after my freshman year, so I'd learned what I liked at my previous school and what didn't work for me. I wanted small classes and an engaged campus community.

Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I studied in Lima, Peru, for a semester. It sparked my interest in Sendero Luminoso, or the Shining Path, and the armed conflict in Peru. My research became my senior project. I focused on Sendero Luminoso and the contradictions within their ideology.

Q: What role has CELS, the college's career and internship program, played for you?
A: My CELS counselor has really gotten to know what kind of person I am and what jobs would best suit my interests and personality. I spent two months before my semester abroad working for the Pulsera Project in West Chester, Penn., as the first part of my CELS internship. After my semester abroad, I finished my internship with Pulsera in Nicaragua. I got a better understanding of how non-profits function and what challenges come with working in multiple countries.

Selected courses

  • Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • Hispanic Cultures
  • Latin America in Film
  • An Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean History
  • Religion and Violence in Latin America
  • Growing up in Latin America: The Bildungsroman in Latin American Narrative
  • Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Spanish America
  • Economics of Latin America
  • Democracy in Latin America
  • Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean
  • Rebellion and Revolutions in Latin America


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