Latin@ Histories

This course provides an introduction to the history of Latinxs (and Hispanics, a distinction in terms the course will address) in the United States. It explores the impact of various historical actors—women and men, natives and immigrants, political leaders and political dissidents, exiles and refugees—whose actions, interactions, and dynamics shaped the country and defined its character, its politics, its culture, its economics, and its social structures—in other words, its history.

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.

Farmworkers in North Carolina: Roots of Poverty, Roots of Change

Focus on those who bring food to our tables, particularly those who labor in the fields of North Carolina and the Southeast. Students will learn about farmwork from the plantation system and slavery to sharecropping and up to the migrant and seasonal farmworker population today. Study and analysis of media representations of farmworkers and agricultural issues as well as historical and contemporary documentary work and its contributions to farmworker advocacy. Includes a service-learning component involving work in the community. One course.