The Kalman H. Silvert Award was created in 1982 to honor of the first president of the Latin American Studies Association and the leading figures in Latin American studies during his lifetime. It "recognizes senior members of the profession who have made distinguished lifetime contributions to the study of Latin America." The award is given at each LASA International Congress.
Kalman Silvert spent the majority of his teaching career as a professor of government, politics, and political science with a special interest in studying Latin America. Many of his works are dedicated to social and governmental issues in Latin America. Kalman Silvert wrote these books based on his experiences with politics, government, and living in other countries. Kalman Silvertís career provided many people with insight on the government and the politics of the United States of America and other countries. He worked throughout his life to help those in Latin America countries, so it was fitting that his obituary politely requested that ìin lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Kalman H. Silvert Memorial Fund to assist refugees of oppressive regimes of the Southern Cone of Latin America.