HIST 122 (GSF/ICS/LATAMER 122): History of Latinxs in the US

*Note: HIST 122 is being offered at Duke University. Students must attend in person.

T/TH 3:05-4:20PM

Prof. Cecilia Márquez

This introductory course will cover the social, cultural, and political histories of Latino/as in the US from 1848 to the present. We begin with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo when the United States dispossessed Mexico of the land that currently forms the Western and Southwestern United States and continue through key moments of Latino/a history in the twentieth century like the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, the creation of Latino/a civil rights organizations, and the civil wars and free trade agreements of the 1980s and 1990s that have spawned so much of contemporary migration. The course will cover a broad range of themes including colonialism and conquest, sexuality and gender, race and ethnicity, transnationalism and migration, social inequality and practices of resistance. Looking at both well-known and lesser-known figures in the history of Latino/as, this class will highlight the diversity of the Latino/a experience–focusing on the history of Afro-Latino/as, queer Latino/as, and undocumented Latino/as. This class is particularly focused on Latino/a racial formation. Instead of learning a history of “Latino/as,” we will learn about how a diverse group of people came to be known as Latino/a and how that category has changed over time. Students will look at the evolving internal and external pressures that came together to create this group–as well as the promises and limitations of this category.


SPAN 389: Los Cubanos en la Diáspora

T/TH 12:30-1:45PM

Prof. Rosa Perelmuter

Course Description

A diaspora of two million people, Cuban-Americans have had a significant impact on U.S. culture and politics. As we witness the rapid increase in relations between the U.S. and Cuba, this course will examine the literary and cultural production of Cubans living in the U.S.

Through novels, plays, memoirs and historical texts written mostly in English, we’ll explore the themes of language and identity, the politics of exile, the construction of sexual and national identities, music as a cultural bridge, and much more.

Class will be conducted in Spanish, and exams and papers will be completed in Spanish as well. Prerequisite: Spanish 373 or permission of instructor for those who have advanced Spanish skills. Students lacking the prerequisite are encouraged to email the instructor at rpperelm@email.unc.edu to request permission to enroll.


LTAM 390/690: Heritage and Migration in North Carolina

TR 12:00-2:30PM

Prof. Hannah Gill

Course Description

Experience and document North Carolina’s Mexican and Latin American history. This three- credit course combines field research, oral history, and service learning to understand the immigration and settlement of North Carolinians with Mexican and Latin American heritage. The course will address the ethical and practical aspects of the ethnographic method including the preparation, transaction and transcription of oral history interviews. Students will participate in the New Roots Nuevas Raíces initiative and spend spring break completing field research and public service in a community in North Carolina (March 8- 13, 2020). Students will also complete an independent research project and public presentation.

The course is open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students (Undergraduate students will enroll in LTAM 390; graduate students will enroll in LTAM 690). Required: 3 semesters of Spanish or ability to demonstrate Spanish language proficiency. Recommended: previous courses in Latin American or Latina/o/x studies, qualitative methods, or migration studies. The course will be scheduled for Thursdays from 12pm-2:30pm in the Spring 2020 semester.

Travel expenses, including lodging, transportation, and food, are provided for students. Students are required to apply for this course. The deadline for application is October 14, 2019. To apply, visit https://isa.unc.edu/undergraduate-funding/ or email instructor Hannah Gill, hgill@email.unc.edu requesting an application. Please note that applications will require a letter of recommendation.


ENGL 164: Introduction to Latina/o Studies 

MWF 1:25-2:15PM

Prof. Guillermo Rodriguez-Romaguera

This course serves as an introduction to major questions of Latina/o Studies through an examination of film, literature, visual arts and music. Centered largely on viewings, readings and discussions of full-length feature films, literary works (novels, plays and poetry) and art (music and visual), this class will provide a holistic introduction to Latina/o Studies. Throughout the semester, we will explore histories and genres influential to Latina/o identity such as autobiography, magical realism, science fiction and horror while problematizing issues of ethnicity, media representation, gender and sexuality.


MUSC 147: Music of the Americas

MWF 10:10-11AM

Prof. Juan Álamo

Course Description

This course is an introduction to contemporary Latin(o) American popular music, focusing on how musicians have negotiated an increasingly global popular culture industry.


AMST 398: Del Norte a norte: An American Songbook

Tu 2:00-5:00PM and 30 hours per semester service learning

Prof. Annette M. Rodríguez

Course Description 

This course provides a comparative approach to the song cultures of the U.S. South and the U.S. Southwest—markedly North Carolina and Northern New Mexico—del norte a norte. Through the examination of song cultures and artistic and cultural expressions, we explore the interdisciplinary methods of American Studies and contemporary approaches to the study of American society and cultures, with an emphasis on musical performance. Our course traces the connection of the song cultures and the arts to social change and community building. Students will learn about the sociocultural, aesthetic and critical components of song cultures associated with social change, exploring issues of identity, diversity, privilege, cultures, and justice while participating in community service.

The course will trace various performance political strategies thematically (editorial, empathy, humor, religious, satire) drawing comparisons and contrasts between cultural forms of the American South and the American Southwest. As we explore the articulations of calls for justice in song and performance, we ask: How do we use song in times in struggle? And how do we use song for joy in times of struggle? What are the various rhetorical strategies of musical performance? How does cultural context, musical instrumentation, and vocal choice structure musical expression? How does music and performance reflect the values of social movements and/or help movements convey their message?

This course also requires a minimum of 30 hours of community service in addition to class time. Because students will perform 30 hours of service, students will also explore best practices for community service as part of their coursework. This course is a part of the Carolina Performing Arts “Creative Futures” Initiative


WGST 233: Introduction to Latina Feminist Literature: Latinas, Disabilities, and a New Political Consciousness

MWF 3:35PM-4:25PM

Geovani Ramírez

Course Description

Emphasizing a historical grounding relevant to studying Latina/o literature, this course seeks to position Latina/o literary texts alongside political discourses surrounding disabilities in the US to investigate how Latina literary productions respond to and shape discourse on disabilities. By looking at Latina writings that focus on the broad spectrum of impairments, both physical and mental, this course considers the sociopolitical and economic processes that create disabilities among Latinas. Furthermore, we will explore how culture configures physical and mental disabilities and focus on how Latinas cope with and think through disabilities in their attempts to shape identities and reclaim their agency. We will ask, How do we understand immigration, labor, re-production, rights, and history when we read them through impaired Latina/o bodies and Latina/o responses to disabilities? To answer some of these questions, we will read a variety of literary genres by Latinas of diverse backgrounds: Dominican American, Panamanian American, Puerto Rican, Chicana, and Cuban American.

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