LAO 200/SOC 341/LAS 336
Latinos in American Life and Culture
This course will consider how Latinos are transforming the United States socially, politically, and culturally, even as they themselves change in the process. Topics to be examined include meanings of "Latino" and "Hispanic" as ethno-racial categories, where Latinos fit in the American social and economic hierarchies, cultural identities, immigration and assimilation, the significance of Hispanics' unprecedented geographic dispersal, and their myriad impacts on mainstream music, literature, and language.
Staff. Schedule: L01 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm T Th
AMS 314/LAO 314/THR 324
Staging Identity: Strategies for Surviving the American Stage
This course maps some benefits and perils of theater made for, by, or about people of color in the United States. We will investigate the difficult-to-theorize and contested space between politics and artistic craft. We will read both play scripts and critical essays, using each to illuminate and complicate the other. Some of the pairings purposefully cross categories of identity, genre or historic periods. We aim to shake loose some of these texts from identity-based or genre-specific readings and glean from them strategies for making theater and surviving.
Jorge I. Cortinas. Schedule: S01 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm M
POL 334/SOC 333/LAO 334
Immigration Politics and Policymaking in the U.S.
Founded and built by immigrants, the U.S. has a complicated relationship with newcomers. How have politics shaped U.S. immigration policy and with what effects on the character of inflows and American identity? Are changing demographics tied to exclusionary attitudes and public views about immigration policy? Do Hispanic attitudes conform to nativist fears? What role do norms, culture and economics play in public attitudes about immigrants? Do members of Congress follow their constituents' preferences when voting on immigration policy? This class will tackle these and related questions about immigration politics and policymaking in the U.S.
Ali A. Valenzuela. Schedule: L01 11:00 am – 11:50 am T Th
SPA 327/URB 327/LAO 327
Latino Global Cities
This seminar focuses on the comparative study of Latino urban cultures in U.S., Caribbean and Spanish cities (mainly New York City, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Madrid). Topics include the 2008 Financial Crisis, Occupy-like movements, global migratory flows, popular culture, memory, debt, visuality and citizenship. Paying close attention to their political and cultural contexts, flamenco, hip-hop, graffiti, visual culture, poetry, documentary films and political performances will be analyzed. Guest speakers and musicians will be part of the conversation.
Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones & Germán Labrador Méndez. Schedule: S01 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm T Th
AMS 381/GSS 379/THR 383/LAO 381
History of American Popular Entertainments
This course investigates the history of popular entertainments in the United States from the colonial era to the present. Moving briskly among some of the myriad sites, sounds and spectacles that have captivated diverse American audiences, this course tracks how entertainment genres, venues, personalities and phenomena have shaped U.S. culture in enduring and significant ways. This course examines how U.S. entertainment--as simultaneously industrial operation and cultural production--has mapped routes of social encounter, mobility and resistance, while also serving as a platform for individual expression and imaginative escape.
Brian E. Herrera. Schedule: L01 11:00 am – 11:50 am M W
COURSES OF INTEREST
- FRS 128 21st Century Latina/o Drama#
- SPA 214/COM 204 Dreams and Nightmares in Hispanic Fiction and Film#
- AAS 380/AMS 382 Public Policy in the American Racial State#
- HIS 361 The United States Since 1974#
- REL 505 Studies in the Religions of the Americas - Hemispheric Reflections#
- SPA 224 Hispanic Studies: Introduction to Cultural Analysis#
SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSES
- AMS 201/LAO 201 American Places: An Introduction to American Studies
- AMS 329/SOC 329 Immigrant America
- HIS 306/LAO 306 Latino History
- HIS 407/AAS 417 Politics of Racial Violence in America
- LAO 200/SOC 341/LAS 336 Latinos in American Life and Culture
- POL 333 Latino Politics in the United States
- POL 334/SOC 333/LAO 334 Immigration Politics and Policymaking in the U.S.
- POL 423/LAS 423/LAO 423 Seminar in American Politics - Latino Politics in the U.S.
- POL 430 Seminar in Comparative Politics: Causes and Consequences of International Migration
- SOC 210/LAS 210 Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change in the Americas
- SOC 227 Race and Ethnicity
- SOC 310/LAS 310 Gender and Development in the Americas
- SOC 315/LAS 316/AAS 315 Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism in Latin America
- SOC 340/REL 390 God of Many Faces: Comparative Perspectives on Migration and Religion
ARTS AND HUMANITIES COURSES
- AAS 412/ENG 425/LAO 412 Cultures of the Afro-Diaspora
- ENG 337/AAS 361/LAO 337/LAS 337 The Literary South
- ENG 402/AAS 408/LAO 402 Forms of Literature: Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Literature
- SPA 212/LAS 213/LAO 212 Myths and Religion
- SPA 222/LAO 222/LAS 222 Introduction to Latin American Cultures
- SPA 319/LAS 319 Topics in Cinema and Culture
- SPA 327/URB 327/LAO 327 Latino Global Cities
- SPA 401/LAS 428 Topics in Hispanic Culture (Europe and America)
Note: For a topics course to count towards a certificate in Latino Studies, students must write about a subject concerning the Latino population. Please consult the Program with any questions for pre-approval of courses not devoted specifically to Latinos.
Courses with a pound sign [#] are one-time-only courses. Should these be approved by the home department for cross-listing with the Latino Studies Program, the course listing will be appended.