Read latinidad across critical differences in this literary seminar on major historical events shaping the nineteenth century US political landscape. From the Indian Removal Act, the Revolution of Texas and the Mexican American War, to the US Civil War, the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Spanish American War, “America” was built on transnational acts of racialized violence.

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.  Instructor:  Walter Mignolo.

Latino/as in the Global South Capstone — Global/Local Contexts

Required 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. Utilizes texts of a rigorous and probing nature in relation to individual research projects. Open to juniors and seniors who have previously taken Latino/a Studies in the Global South 101S: Introduction to Latino/a Studies in the Global South.

Latinx Communities in the U.S.

This seminar explores the overlapping layers of community among Latinx communities in the United States.  The course begins with an interrogation of the concept of an overarching community formed by diverse groups of multiple national origins and with differing experiences.  We will explore the historical origins and the sometimes-problematic nature of terms like “Hispanic,” “Latino/a,” and “Latinx.”  As the course progresses, students will be exposed to multiple case studies that illustrate the diversity of experiences of Latinx groups in multiple settings, ranging from large urban centers