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Spring 2019 LACA Courses 

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LACA 1503M Indigenous Resistance and Contradictions in Latin America (Taught by Cogut Visiting Professor, Irma Velasquez Nimatuj)

Monday, 3pm-5:30pm 

This seminar examines Indigenous People’s knowledge through community resistance and social movements to consider the multiple ways in which globalization impacts their lives. The objective of the course is to achieve an in-depth appreciation of Indigenous resistance through the experiences of specific countries of Latin America, and learning how those practices vary according to each region and circumstance. Across the semester, we will develop critical perspectives on diverse academic approaches. Students will read and analyze path breaking documents that marked several indigenous peoples’ histories and that at times come from voices historically marginalized.

*Taught in Spanish

LACA 1503N Race, Racism, and Indigeneity in the Americas (Taught by Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow, Daina Sanchez) 

Tuesday, 4pm-6:30pm

This upper division seminar focuses on the history and cultures of Latin America’s indigenous peoples, emphasizing the impact of colonial rule, capitalism, and twentieth- and twenty- first century transformations on indigenous communities. Students will trace the effects European conquest and colonization through Latin American history ending with the displacement and emigration of indigenous people from their communities as result of social upheaval and neoliberal policies. Students will frame the experiences of indigenous immigrants through a transnational lens, analyzing how indigenous peoples navigate racial and social institutions in both the U.S. and Latin America.

LACA 1620B / HISP 1331D Latin America and the Caribbean: Challenges of the Global South (Taught by Visiting Associate Professor, Erica Durante)

Tuesday / Thursday, 2:30pm-3:50pm

This course will explore contemporary political, cultural, and ethnic challenges that characterize Latin America and the Caribbean. It will be structured around five themes (1. Hunger and poverty, 2. Slums and environmental degradation, 3. Political regimes and human rights, 4. Race and indigeneity, 5 Global market and cultural subalternity). The course will adopt an interdisciplinary perspective, based on a variety of cultural productions and scholarly contributions. The languages of instruction will be Spanish and English. Students will be expected to conduct their readings in Spanish. During class discussion they will be permitted to use the language of their choice.

*Taught in Spanish and English

Spring 2019 Cross-Listed/Related Courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

AFRI 1020C

The Afro-Luso-Brazilian Triangle

Anani Dzidzienyo

AFRI 1150

Afro-Caribbean Philosophy

Paget Henry

AMST 1700K

Race in the Americas: A Hemispheric Perspective

Kevin Escudero

COLT 1440D


Elizabeth Gray

COLT 1815C

War, Language and the Arts

Esther Whitfield

ENGL 0200D

Women of Color, Migration and Diaspora in America

Lubabah Chowdhury

ETHN 1200D

Latinx Literature

Ralph E. Rodriguez

ETHN 1750L

Latina Feminisms

Leticia Alvarado

GNSS 1070

 On Both Sides of the Lens: Latin American Women Filmmakers

Jeremy Lehnen

GNSS 1961L

Postcolonial Horror: Political Specters in Non-Western Literature and Film

Nicole Gervasio

HISP 0750B*

*taught in Spanish

Latin American Diaspora in the U.S.

Iris Montero

HISP 0750E*

*taught in Spanish

Topics in Hispanic Culture and Civilization

Mercedes Vaquero

HISP 0750Q*

*taught in Spanish

Health, Illness and Medicine in Spanish American Literature and Film

Jill Kuhnheim

HISP 0760*

*taught in Spanish

Transatlantic Crossings: Readings in Hispanic Literatures

Ian Russell

HISP 1370V*

*taught in Spanish

Mujeres Malas

Julio Ortega

HISP 1700B*

*taught in Spanish

Rhythm and Silence: A Creative Writing Workshop

Luis Miguel Estrada Orozco

HISP 2620O*

*taught in Spanish

Authorship and Authoritarianism in Spain and Latin America

Sarah L. Thomas


*taught in Spanish

The Nature of Conquest: Scientific Literatures of the Americas

Iris Montero

HIST 0234


Modern Latin America

Daniel Rodriguez

HIST 0537A

Popular Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Jennifer Lambe

HIST 1954J

The History of the Book in the Americas and Beyond

Neil F. Safier

HIST 1967L

Politics and Culture Under the Brazilian Military Dictatorship, 1964-1985

James Green

HIST 1977I

Gender, Race and Medicine in the Americas
Daniel Rodriguez

INTL 1803S

U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Almita Miranda

LATN 2080F

Latin in America

Andrew Laird

LITR 1151U

Literatura Puertorriqueña: Cruce-Ficctiones y Contra-Poemas

Andrew Colarusso

MUSC 1923

Music of the Andean Countries

Christopher Joshua Tucker

PHP 0030

Health of Hispaniola

Timothy Empkie

POBS 1800F

The Lusophone World and the Struggle for Modernity

Onesimo Almeida

POBS 1501G

Remembering and Forgetting the Portuguese Colonial Empire

Elsa Peralta

POBS 2500N

Got Rights? Human Rights and Contemporary Brazilian Literature

Leila Lehnen

PLCY 1702M

The U.S. War on Drugs: From History to Policymaking and Beyond

Aileen Teague

PLCY 1703A

Youth Politics and Culture in the Americas: Explorations through Ethnography

Dario Valles

SOC 1281

Migration in the Americas

David Lindstrom

*If you are interested in taking a different course and would like to know if it can be used towards the concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, please contact LACA Director of Undergraduate Studies Erica Durante at erica_durante@brown.edu.