2023 Latin American & Latino Studies Summer Courses


    Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies (5 credits)

  • LALS 1 [Online*]

    Session 1

    Interdisciplinary introduction presenting the elements for studying Latin American politics and economics, culture, and society as well as the dynamics of Latino communities in the U.S. Special attention paid to issues of colonialism, human rights, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, racism, capitalist globalization, migration, to emerging political and economic shifts in the Americas, and to new local and transnational efforts for social change on the part of Latin America's peoples and Latinos in the U.S.

    General Education Code ER

    Proposed Instructor: Kim Boyeong

    *Pending CCI approval


  • Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies (5 credits)

  • LALS 1 [In Person]

    Session 2

    Interdisciplinary introduction presenting the elements for studying Latin American politics and economics, culture, and society as well as the dynamics of Latino communities in the U.S. Special attention paid to issues of colonialism, human rights, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, racism, capitalist globalization, migration, to emerging political and economic shifts in the Americas, and to new local and transnational efforts for social change on the part of Latin America's peoples and Latinos in the U.S.

    General Education Code ER

    Proposed Instructor: Mario Gomez-Zamora


  • Art and Social Change in Latin America: Diego Rivera (5 credits)

  • LALS 75 [Online]

    Session 2

    Explores the works of Diego Rivera, other Mexican muralists, and the Latin American cultural movements that developed to address relevant social and political issues.

    General Education Code IM

    Proposed Instructor: Greg Landau


  • LALS 78

  • [In Person*]

    Session 2

    Proposed Instructor: Ana Flecha

    *Pending CCI approval


  • Hip Hop History (5 credits)

  • LALS 79 [Online]

    Session 1

    Exploration of key themes in Latin American history through the medium of hip hop. Students analyze prevalent historical patterns that speak to shared experiences across the Americas. Course content is divided into weekly modules that move thematically through topics including struggles for social and political citizenship, structural mechanisms of exclusion, and anti-imperialist activisms. Also includes reading primary historical documents and engaging in textual analysis of both archival and contemporary texts. Readings equip students to critically interpret elements of hip-hop culture from contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean including MCing, graffiti, and hip hop as the production of knowledge.

    General Education Code TA

    Proposed Instructor: Lily Balloffet


  • Hip Hop Historia (5 credits)

  • LALS 79S [Online]

    Session 1

    Taught in Spanish. Exploration of key themes in Latin American history through the medium of hip hop. Students analyze prevalent historical patterns that speak to shared experiences across the Americas. Course content is divided into weekly modules that move thematically through topics including struggles for social and political citizenship, structural mechanisms of exclusion, and anti-imperialist activisms. Also includes reading primary historical documents and engaging in textual analysis of both archival and contemporary texts. Readings equip students to critically interpret elements of hip-hop culture from contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean including MCing, graffiti, and hip hop as the production of knowledge.

    General Education Code TA

    Proposed Instructor: Lily Balloffet


  • Mother Earth, Capitalism, and Crises (5 credits)

  • LALS 94X [In Person]

    Session 2

    With a focus on the Americas, this course introduces students into the debates about the causes and solutions to the twinned crisis of global climate change and rising inequality.

    General Education Code PE-E

    Proposed Instructor: Alejandra Watanabe-Farro


  • Memoria en Las Americas (5 credits)

  • LALS 129S [Online*]

    Session 1

    Taught in Spanish. Examines the ways memories have been created, protected, organized, and suppressed in Latin America, focusing specifically on the cultural technologies involved. Addresses the following questions: What do we remember and why? Who gets to remember? Who decides what is remembered? What does memory mean for our understanding of ourselves and the places we live? The purpose of this course is to provide students with intellectual tools to read against the grain of what becomes legitimized as official and hegemonic knowledge.

    Proposed Instructor: Gabriela Segura

    *Pending CCI approval


  • Race & Mobility (5 credits)

  • LALS 151 [Online*]

    Session 2

    Focuses on the intersection between mobility and race, examining both how mobility is racially informed and how differential mobilities inform the construction of racial identities, the production of racial processes, and the representation of racialized spaces. Examining different facets of mobility—movement, meaning, and practice—course topics include: the mutual constitution between mobility and racial identities (blackness, whiteness, Latinidad, and indigeneity); white control over the mobility of "others;" bodily movements (dancing, walking) as sites of resistance and policing; prototypical whiteness and the surveillance of non-white mobile bodies border crossing; and the intersections between racial mobility politics and gender and class dynamics.

    General Education Code TA

    Proposed Instructor: Patricia Pinho

    *Pending CCI approval