LAO 200/SOC 341/LAS 336 (SA)
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 M W 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
SPA 216/LAS 216/LAO 216 (LA)
Sacred and Profane
This course surveys how notions of what is sacred and profane inform the cultures of Latin America, Spain, and Latino communities in the United States. It explores how "Catholic" folk piety was established and developed in Spain, what happened to it when it transferred to its colonies, and its iterations today in Latin America and in the United States. It analyzes discursive and pictorial constructions of holiness and sinfulness, the use of religious symbols for political purposes, performative aspects of religion, sociocentrism, the role of women, and the juncture between piety and violence.
Christina H. Lee and Sophia B. Nunez. Schedule: C01 T TH 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm
ENG 219/TRA 219/LAO 219/AMS 316 (LA)
This course argues that translation was a central concern and beloved practice of America's earliest writers. Students will read theories of translation in order to understand the different ways in which authors valued journeying between languages as between geographies and in order to answer questions about translation itself. How do we know when translations fail? What would "perfect" translations be? We will read canonical works as texts that deal in translation and migration to think about the limitations and possibilities that each of these lends to notions of belonging in America.
Monica Huerta. Schedule: S01 T TH 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm
HIS 306/LAO 306 (HA)
The course follows the major themes surrounding the history of Latinos in the United States, enabling an understanding of how Latinos became a group. It seeks to explain the historical origins of the continuing debates over land ownership, assimilation expectations, discrimination, immigration regulation, intergroup differences, and labor disputes. The course looks transnationally at Latin America's history to explain shifts in public opinion and domestic policies in the US. While the course examines the impact of Latinos in many regions of the country, it will particularly focus on those in the Southwest -- largely Mexican Americans.
Rosina A. Lozano. Schedule: L01 T TH 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm
SOC 327/LAO 328 (SA)
Immigration, Race, and the Black Population of the United States
This course seeks to expose students to the recent social science literature on contemporary immigration of black individuals from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa to the United States. In addition to gaining an understanding of the degree of diversity that exists within the black immigrant population, students will explore the long-term effects of contemporary black immigration on American society, with a particular focus on understanding the roles of race, selective migration, and culture in explaining disparate social outcomes between U.S.-born and foreign-born blacks in the United States.
Tod G. Hamilton. Schedule: S01 W 1:30pm – 4:20pm
SPA 360/AAS 361/AMS 375/LAO 360 (EM)
Diversity and Segregation
Diversity has sometimes been viewed as a source of vitality and strength, other times as a threat to cultural or national cohesion. This seminar explores histories of segregation and debates about diversity in a hemispheric framework, asking: how can Latin American perspectives inform our understanding of the U.S.? How has the U.S. shaped urban developments in Latin America, as a model or cautionary tale? What is the interplay between identity politics and moral values? Urbanism and ethics? How does diversity relate to inclusion, difference, and inequality? Topics include immigration, globalization, social justice, planning, race and racism.
Bruno M. Carvalho. Schedule: S01 TH 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm
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.