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Summer 2021 Undergraduate Courses

Summer Session 1: LTAM 291: The Latino Experience in the United States

Meeting times: M-F: 9:45-11:15 AM

Mode of instruction: Remote Synchronous

Instructor: Dr. Hannah Gill

A film, reading and discussion seminar that will introduce student to topics in the history of U.S. communities with Latin American ancestry from the 19th century to the present.


Summer Session 2: ENGL 164: Intro to Latina/o Studies

Meeting Times: 11:30-1:30PM

Mode of instruction: Remote Synchronous

Instructor: Dr. Geovani Ramírez

In On Latinidad, Marta Caminero Santangelo offers the plural term Latinidades to account for Latinx diversity. In this class, we will examine literature from multiple genres alongside visual art, film, and music by a variety of ethno-racial Latinx subjects to help us expand and re-shape our notions about Latinidad(es), Latinx histories, and Latinx identities and gender. Toward this end, we will pay close attention to the specific ethnic histories as well as genre and medium conventions that inform our texts. We will answer such questions as what is the relationship between histories and national, cultural, and personal identities?  

Fall 2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

We will update course offerings as they are announced, so please continue checking this page to see all of our offerings.

DRAMA 486:  Latin American Theatre

Meeting Times: T/TR: 9:30-10:45 AM

Instructor: Dr. Adam Versenyi  (He, Him, His)

This course explores the historical and aesthetic development of the Latin American theatre, focusing upon the particular factors that distinguish this theatre from the Western European tradition.  Theatre is never created in a vacuum.  It emerges from specific cultural, historical, political, and economic contexts.  By the end of this course students will not only learn about the aesthetic evolution of Latin American Theatre from pre-Columbian times to the present, but also how that theatre reflects and refracts the global forces that have affected the region from the Conquest in the fifteenth century to the waves of migration both to and from the region in the twenty-first century.  Among other topics, we will look at the ways in which Aztec, Inca, and Mayan cosmogony created particular forms of indigenous ritual and ceremonial performance, explore how José Vasconcelos’ rhetoric of “la raza cósmica” led to the “theatre of masses”, and how the horrors of the “National Security State”– supported financially and politically by U.S., French, and Israeli government– led to the creation of new and important dramaturgical forms in the 1970s and 1980s in the Southern Cone.  The environmental effects of the presence of the hidalgo, horse, and pig at the time of the Conquest to the extirpation of rainforests and the stripping of plants and minerals in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have created socially engaged and politically conscious forms of theatrical creation that have subsequently influenced other areas of the world.  Throughout the course we will be looking at the myriad ways in which the colonial project in Latin America led to forms of hybridity and mestizaje unique to the region and to uniquely rich forms of playwrighting, theatrical production, and theatrical performance.

English 666: Queer LatinX Literature & Photography 

Meeting Times T/TH: 11:00 – 12:15 PM

Instructor: Dr. María DeGuzmán (

This course explores novels and short stories by LatinX writers that focus in one way or another on photographs & photography and, in doing so, that simultaneously question (or “queer”) certain cultural givens about gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, and other coordinates of identity, identification, and subjectivity. We will give careful consideration to each of the terms in the title of this course (Queer, LatinX, Photography, Literature) as we investigate the connections between this double focus on photography and literature. At the same time, we will examine actual photo-based visual work by a wide variety of LatinX artists. Visual and textual works considered include those by Alma López, Laura Aguilar, Félix Gonzalez-Torres, John Rechy, Achy Obejas, Helena María Viramontes, Emma Pérez, Elias Miguel Muñoz, Graciela Limón, and Carla Trujillo. [This course is open to both undergraduates and graduate students and can count as a graduate seminar when the graduate student completes a 20-25-page seminar paper as the final assignment for the course.]

MUSC 141:Introduction to Music of the Américas

Meeting Times: M/W/F: 10:10-11:00 AM

Instructor: Dr. Juan Álamo (

The class is open to all Carolina undergraduate students regardless of major. Non-music majors are welcome, and no music reading skills are required, as the classroom, subject and textbook will help students to learn and understand the essential musical and historical concepts that will facilitate a greater understanding and appreciation of the music and culture of this region.

Required Textbook:

Robin Moore, Music of Latin America, 1st edn. (New York: Norton, 2012)

WGST 233: Introduction to Latina Literature.

Meeting Times: MW 3:35-4:45PM
Instructor: Krysten Voelkner
This course will provide an introduction to Latina literature. We will read a variety of genres from a range of ethno-national perspectives and examine such topics as immigration, identity, mother-daughter relationships, and sexuality.

ENGL 359: Latina Ecofeminism & Disability

MWF 1:25PM-2:15PM

Office Hours TBA (Via Zoom)

Instructor: Dr. Geovani Ramírez

This course will offer a theoretical grounding on Latina feminism and the historical moments and movements that inspired and/or influenced such Latina feminist thought and productions. In this course, we will gain a foundation for how Latinas theorize about Latinx gender, identity, culture, history, and aesthetics, and we will explore the intersections between Latina feminist thought and disability studies and ecofeminism. We will analyze a variety of cultural productions by Latinas including visual art, film, and music as it relates to health and environments. Along other lines of questioning, this course asks, what happens to discourses surrounding climate change, hazardous waste, reproductive health, and medicine when we consider Latina feminism and its theorization of Latinx experiences and epistemologies? What can Latina feminist thought and cultural productions offer to discussions surrounding the future of the environment and healthcare? 

Spring 2022 Courses

ENGL 256 – Crafting the Dramatic Latinx Film

Meeting Times TBA
Instructor: Dr. Guillermo Rodríguez-Romaguera
This course examines key concepts and theoretical approaches to Latinx cinema as students learn how to produce and direct a short narrative film. As they engage with positions and issues of film theory and criticism (including semiotic, cognitive, psychoanalytic, feminist and phenomenological) and apply them to historically significant and recent Latinx films, students practice the basic principles of film production (producing, directing, cinematography, editing, and sound designing) to produce narratives that showcase their ideas on how Latinx identity could be/should be represented in cinema. By the end of the course, students should display basic competence in conceiving and developing dramatic ideas and in using cinema and digital media to engage audiences on issues affecting Latinx communities. Using equipment and Adobe editing software available to all UNC students through the Media & Design Center, this course instills the attitude that creative and critical ways of thinking should go hand in hand. Films to be discussed might include Roma, El Norte, Selena, Under the Same Moon, La Llorona, María Full of Grace and Culture Shock.
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