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Latina/o Studies offers a multi-disciplinary range of courses that enhance students’ understanding of Latinas/os in the United States ranging in topics from immigration, labor, politics, music and health to history, culture, law, education, performance and literature. Course offerings are mostly drawn from history, sociology, anthropology, government, literature and performance studies, among others, but the program also cross list courses from other colleges.                                             

Latina/o Studies Program Fridays with Faculty Seminar

Originated in 2004 and currently supported by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Latina/o Studies Program Fridays with Faculty seminar offers an opportunity for Latina/o and non-Latina/o students of all levels and disciplines to meet faculty and administrators from across the university for informal conversation and lunch. The program features speakers with some connection to Latina/o Studies or the Latina/o experience at Cornell and provides a significant alternative academic component for the LSP community.  The seminar also serves as a cornerstone retention program as it builds connections and sense of belonging among undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty, and increases students' use of Cornell's academic resources. Fall 2018 seminar series.

"These Friday lunch seminars provide one of the few spaces that exist where faculty and students - from all schools and all majors - can come together, eat, and have truthful conversations on a variety of topics."

Fall 2018 Featured Course: LSP 1802 Introduction to Latinos in U.S. History

(also HIST 1802 and AMST 1802). Tuesday - Thursday 1:25 - 2:40 • 4 credits • Instructor: Maria Cristina Garcia

How would our understanding of U.S. History change if we began the national narrative in the 16th century New Mexico rather than 17th century Virginia?  What does U.S. history look like when examined as part of the broader hemispheric history?  What does U.S. History look like from the vantage point of the immigrant, the refugee and asylum seeker, the exile, transmigrate, and transnational? This course seeks a fuller recounting of the U.S. history by remapping what we understand as “America”.  We will examine traditional themes in the teaching of U.S. history – Territorial expansion and empire, migration and nation building, industrialization and labor, war and revolution, and citizenship and transnationalism—but we will examine this “American experience” in a broader hemispheric context and include as actors Americanos of Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, and Central/South American ancestries.