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WHAT IS LATINO/A STUDIES?
SPRING 2015 COURSES

The America Borderlands
Uses the concept of “dirt” to explore culture and politics in the Américas. Dirt is literal: land, soil, the earth and all its products that sustain life on the planet. The anthropological notion of culture comes from agriculture, and as we will explore, is always involved with power and thereby politics. Dirt is also contextual, the opposite of clean, the unuseful, waste, excreta, left-over. And dirt is metaphorical, “matter out of place.” By its very presence it makes often unmarked categories and borders more visible.

Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
Examines the social history of five racial minority groups, namely, African Americans, Chicanos/Mexican Americans, American Indians/Native Peoples, Puerto Ricans, and Asian Americans in relation to whites in the USA.

Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas
The basic philosophical architecture of the three great civilizations of America; Maya, Aztec and Inca civilizations. Links the current indigenous revival in the Andes (Bolivia and Ecuador) and in the South of Mexico and Guatemala with the survival of their historical legacies 

Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory
“Let’s Get Shrunk: Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory in the Age of Disgracebook.” We will read key works in psychoanalytic theory by Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and Melanie Klein, focusing on specific topics such as hysteria, perversion, sexuality, the pleasure principle and the death drive, the unconscious, the id/ego/superego. We will examine the relationship in psychoanalysis between theory and practice as well as applicability for grappling with questions concerning power, politics, and the “care of the self.”

US/Mexico Border 18th–20th Centuries
Explores the creation and perpetual remaking of the border between the United States and Mexico from the 1780s to the current day. Topics explored include nation formation, citizenship, migrant lives, public policy, border incursions, and national identity.

Health, Culture, Latino Community
Exploration of health issues in the Spanish-speaking world shaped by social, cultural, political, ethnic, and economic determinants. Topics to be explored include: cultural competency, community beliefs, medical practices and policies, preventive medicine, mental health.

Issues in Education and Immigration
Community-based interaction with Durham Public Schools. Topics for consideration: Latino/a identity, access to education for immigrants, academic performance, assimilation, general pressures of family and peers, bilingualism, configurations of ethno-racial consciousness.

LSGS Capstone Seminar
Final course for students seeking the certificate in Latino/a Studies in the Global South. Provides students with the opportunity to synthesize theories and methodologies in Latino/a Studies taken in previous coursework and to critically reflect on content related to the Latino/a world, especially about latinidad in local and global contexts.

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    • Jennine Capó Crucet, reading from her debut collection of short stories, How to Leave Hialeah (University of Iowa Press, 2009), 6 November 2014.

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    • Jennine Capó Crucet, reading from her debut collection of short stories, How to Leave Hialeah (University of Iowa Press, 2009), 6 November 2014.

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    • Jennine Capó Crucet, reading from her debut collection of short stories, How to Leave Hialeah (University of Iowa Press, 2009), 6 November 2014.

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    • Brando Skyhorse, reading from Take This Man (Simon & Schuster, 2014), 3 November 2014.

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    • Brando Skyhorse, reading from Take This Man (Simon & Schuster, 2014), 3 November 2014.

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    • Brando Skyhorse, reading from Take This Man (Simon & Schuster, 2014), 3 November 2014.

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    • Brando Skyhorse, reading from Take This Man (Simon & Schuster, 2014), 3 November 2014.

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    • Brando Skyhorse, reading from Take This Man (Simon & Schuster, 2014), 3 November 2014.

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    • Brando Skyhorse, reading from Take This Man (Simon & Schuster, 2014), 3 November 2014.

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    • Brando Skyhorse, reading from Take This Man (Simon & Schuster, 2014), 3 November 2014.

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    • Brando Skyhorse, reading from Take This Man (Simon & Schuster, 2014), 3 November 2014.

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    • Daisy Hernández, reading from A Cup of Water Under My Bed (Beacon Press, 2014), 29 October 2014.

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    • Daisy Hernández, reading from A Cup of Water Under My Bed (Beacon Press, 2014), 29 October 2014.

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    • Daisy Hernández, reading from A Cup of Water Under My Bed (Beacon Press, 2014), 29 October 2014.

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    • Lázaro Lima, "Losing Sonia Sotomayor: On the Political Limits of Representative Latinidad," 23 October 2014 | Photographs by Hanes Motsinger.

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IN THE BROWN STUDY

The Latino/a experience affects the entire United States, if not the world.

Lend your ears to "Taking on Academia: A Conversation about Latino Studies," a podcast from NPR's Latino USA centering on the field's importance, its current state, and what educators want going forward. The episode features Frances R. Aparicio, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of the Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University; Nancy "Rusty" Barceló, President of Northern New Mexico College; and Juana María Rodríguez, Professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

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ARROB@ BLOG
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VICTORIA BOULOUBASIS, a food writer and journalist who covers food's cultural symbolism and identity, sustainable agriculture, the fight for fair food access and farmworker and labor rights, started off the 2015 Arrob@ blog with a look at seasonal and migratory rural labor in the rural South. Her first post offered a snapshot of Guadalupe, in rural eastern North Carolina, who "works the overnight shift at a poultry processing plant. She cuts chicken breasts off of the bone, by hand. Hundreds of them, from 7 pm to 7 am." Bouloubasis writes, "Here in North Carolina, a powerful, thriving, dominant agricultural industry is tightly interwoven with and hugely dependent on migrant labor. I think we sometimes forget that this works because we eat, because we consume, and because too many of us are comfortable (or comforted) in our ignorance."
Watch for our next blogger, Historian JOHN MCKIERNAN-GONZALEZ, who will share with us in March.

VIDEO

Faces of Time/Rostros del Tiempo, a film by Charlie Thompson, professor of cultural anthropology and documentary studies at Duke University. Per WUNC: "From 1942-1964 about five million Mexican guest workers were brought to the United States as part of a federal program to help with the post-war labor shortage. These workers were known as Braceros, 'strong arms,' and they harvested crops throughout the country. When they were done, the U.S. government took mandatory deductions from their wages, promising a retirement fund for them when they returned to Mexico. Decades later, many of them have still not received all of their retirement money. Faces of Time/Rostros del Tiempo documents their story and their continuing protests for justice."

CURIOSITIES » AROUND THE WEB
    • Joaquín Torres-García | New York Docks, 1920

» "From Tobacco to Tortillas: Latinos Remake Durham, North Carolina," an NBC News article about Bull City's Latino and Latina population: "After a two-decade period of adjustment, this city of Southern heritage appears also to be cultivating a Hispanic heritage. 'People are getting used to the fact that Latinos are here.'"

» Highlights from the 17 September 2010–9 January 2011 exhibit Nueva York (1613–1945), a joint venture by the New-York Historical Society and El Museo del Barrio, can be found online. Nueva York explores how Manhattan's long and deep involvement with Spain and Latin America has affected virtually every aspect of the city's development, from commerce, manufacturing and transportation to communications, entertainment and the arts. Bringing together New York's oldest museum (New-York Historical Society) and its leading Latino cultural institution (El Museo del Barrio), Nueva York spans more than three centuries of history: from the founding of New Amsterdam in the 1600s to the present day. To borrow from a NPR article, Nueva York casts light on South-North story, as "the first Hispanic immigrant arrived in New York City in the 1600s and today, almost 400 years later, Hispanics have become the largest minority in the U.S." The above painting, New York Docks (1920), is by Joaquín Torres-García (Uruguay, 1874–1949). Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Collection Société Anonyme.

» "A Piece of the Wall," a 4,000-word article about Arizona and the U.S.-Mexico border, written entirely on Twitter by Nigerian-American novelist Teju Cole, over the span of seven hours and posted on 13 March 2014.

» "A Room of Her Own: My Mother's Altar," an installation by renowned writer Sandra Cisneros at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, from 31 October 2014–12 January 2015. Watch and participate in live mobile broadcasts on the Latino Virtual Museum channel, LVM Stream, starting on 27 October.


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