Fri, 2017-10-20 09:29 -- tas3y

Latin American Studies

Fall 2019 Courses

NOTE: Courses listed here or in the Undergraduate Record will count towards a Latin American Studies major or minor. Prior approval for other course work must be granted before the course is taken. For approval, please contact the Director of the Latin American Studies program, Thomas Klubock at Please be sure to include a copy of the syllabus.

For spring 2019, please contact Interim Director of Latin American Studies, Eli Carter, Please be sure to attach a syllabus.


ANTH 3152-001 Amazonian Peoples, M/W/F 11:00-11:50AM, George Mentore, Anthropology

HILA 1501-001   Introductory Seminar in Latin American History,  M 2:00-4:30PM, Brian Owensby, History

Description: Intended for first- or second-year students, this course introduces the study of history. Seminars involve reading, discussing, and writing about different historical topics and periods, and emphasize the enhancement of critical and communication skills. Several seminars are offered each term. Not more than two Introductory Seminars may be counted toward the major history.

HILA 2001-001   Colonial Latin America, 1500-1824, M/W 2:00-3:15PM, Thomas Klubock, History

Description: Introduces major developments and issues in the study of Latin American history from Native American societies on the eve of the Spanish Conquest to the wars of national independence in the early 19th century.

HILA 3051-001   Modern Central America,  M/W/F 11:00-11:50AM, STAFF, History

Description: Studies the history of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and El Salvador from 19th century fragmentation, oligarchic, foreign, and military rule, to the emergence of popular nationalisms.

HILA 3111-001   Public Life in Modern Latin America, M/W/F 9:00-9:50AM, STAFF, History

Description: Introduces the forces shaping the emerging nations of Latin America since independence, emphasizing the dynamic reproduction of hierarchies that correspond to the patrimonial, aristocratic, and populist legitimization of social, cultural, and political relations in city life.

HILA 4501-001   Seminar in Latin American History, M 4:00-6:30PM, Thomas Klubock,History

Description: The major seminar is a small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily but not exclusively for history majors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic of the seminar. Seminar work results primarily in the preparation of substantial (ca. 25 pp. in standard format) research paper. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.

KICK 1010-001   Introduction to Maya K’Iche’ I, M/W/F 4:00-5:15PM, STAFF, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

KICK 2010-001   Intermediate to Maya K’Iche’ I, M/W/F 2:00-3:15PM,STAFF, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Description:  See SPAN 3020-001

PORT 3010-001 Advanced Grammar, Conversation and Composition, M/W/F 12:00-12:50PM, Lilian Feitosa, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Description: Studies advanced grammar through analysis of written and audiovisual texts; includes extensive practice in composition and topical conversation.

PORT 4240-001 Contemporary Brazilian Cinema, T/TH 5:00-6:15PM, Eli Carter, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Description: The objective of this class is to provide a general overview of film production in Brazil. More specifically, we will screen and discuss a variety of documentary and feature-length fiction films released after 1990. Each of the films falls into at least one of five thematic categories: 1) the urban city 2) the underdeveloped countryside 3) identity 4) politics and 5) consumption. With these broader themes in mind, we will pay special attention to the films’ respective portrayals of violence, race, class, and sexuality, particularly as they unfold in a context increasingly marked by globalization and neoliberalism. Note that this course is taught in English.

PORT 4270-001 The Civilization of Brazil, T/TH 2:00-3:15PM, Eli Carter, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Description: This course introduces the development of Brazilian culture from 1500 to the present. Students can expect to engage with a number of different types of texts, ranging from novels and academic articles to films, television, and music. This course is taught in English and does not fulfill the language requirement

SOC 3410-001    Race and Ethnic Relations, T/TH 9:30-10:45, Rose Buckelew, Sociology 


SPAN 3020-001 Grammar and Composition II (Lecture): Writing for Social Justice and Change, M/W/F 11:00-11:50am, Esther Poveda, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Description: Have you ever wondered what kinds of change you could enact with more proficient Spanish writing skills? In this section of SPAN 3020 (in cross-listing with LASE 3500-001), you will have the opportunity to grapple with advanced grammatical and writing skills while you read and discuss selected works by representative Latin American authors who have used writing as a tool for social justice and change, and by participating in a community engagement project. In this course, in addition to completing 20-24 hours of volunteer work with a local organization in the fields of immigration and education, law, health, or social work, you will deliberately use advanced grammatical forms to construct meaning and will produce texts in which grammar and meaning interact to lead to effective writing in Spanish. For any questions or further information, please contact Prof. Esther Poveda Moreno at

SPAN 3430-001 Survey of Latin American Literature II (1900 to Present), T/TH 2:00-3:15PM, Charlotte Rogers, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Description:  Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement. This course is a survey of Modern Spanish American literature to introduce students to major authors, works, and literary movements of Spanish America from 1900 to the present. Students will read poetry, essays and short prose selections as well as a novel. Class participation and attendance, papers, exams and other assignments.

SPAN 4500-002 Afro-Latinidad, M/W 2:00-3:15PM,Anne-Garland Mahler, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese 

Description: This course is a survey of the history and literature of the African diaspora in Latin America from the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Río de la Plata to the “Latin American” cities of New York and Miami. From the earliest days of Spanish colonization to fighting in the wars of independence to forging global political and cultural networks from the early twentieth century to present-day, African-descended peoples have had an undeniably central role in defining Latin America’s history and its present. Yet Afro-Latin American experiences and literatures are often occluded in mainstream media and scholarship.  In this course, we will engage a wide array of texts and films on the experiences of peoples of African descent in Latin America, ranging from narratives about black conquistadors to testimonies of runaway slaves to Afro-Latin@ contributions to the origins of hip-hop in the United States. The primary objectives of this course are to expose students to both texts produced by and about Afro-Latin Americans and to the social and historical context in which those texts were produced, as well as to assist students in further developing their critical writing and speaking skills in Spanish.

SPAN 4520-001 CONTEMPORARY PERUVIAN CULTURE,   Jorge Secada, Spanish, Italian, and Portugues

Description: This course is a survey of contemporary Peruvian culture, focusing on literary, philosophical and political themes through the discussion of a selection of short essays published in Peruvian newspapers, magazines, blogs, and literary and academic journals after 2010. Some contemporary Peruvian authors, whose work is related to the readings, will visit the course throughout term. The course will start with introductory lectures on recent Peruvian history but after that will be structured as a seminar, around class presentations and discussions of the readings. Apart from such work, a term paper will be required. Lectures, discussions and all readings are in Spanish.

SPAN 4712          Travelers in Latin America, M/W 5-6:15PM, Fernando Operé, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Description: In this course of travelers and frontiers in Latin America. We will study diaries and accounts of those travelers that shape the idea that Europe had of America.  What did they see? What did they want to see? How did the describe it? What frontiers they crossed? What influence did their accounts have in the construction of continental imaginary? We will start with text by Christopher Columbus, the trips of Cortés to Tenochtitlan, Cabeza de Vaca in North America, Núñez de Pineda y Bascuñán in Chile, and other travelers in 17th, 18th and 19th Century: Humboldt, Darwin, Ulloa and others. We will continue with some travelers in the 20th Century: the transformative trip of Ernesto Che Guevara and Pablo Neruda.

SPTR 3850 Fiction of the Americas: From Canada to Patagonia,  Monday and Wednesday 2-3:15pm, Gustavo Pellón, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

Description: In this seminar, we will study the centuries long “conversations” between North American and Spanish American writers. Through short stories and some novels, we will examine their mutual fascination.  We will read works from the United States, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, and Uruguay. The authors we will read include: Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Horacio Quiroga, John Reed, Mariano Azuela, William Faulkner, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, Margaret Atwood, Manuel Puig, Silvia Iparraguirre, E. L. Doctorow, and Cormac McCarthy. The class will be conducted in English, and students may read Spanish American works in English translation or Spanish according to their ability or desire. Students who want credit toward the Spanish major must read Latin American works in Spanish and do their written work in Spanish.






Friday, October 20, 2017