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Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Social Constructs, Real World Consequences – LSP 1105 (also SOC 1104). This course will examine race and ethnic relations between Whites, Blacks, Latinos, and Asians in the United States. The goal of this course is for students to understand how the history of race and ethnicity in the U.S. affects opportunity structures in, for example, education, employment, housing, and health. Through this course students will gain a better understanding of how race and ethnicity stratifies the lives of individuals in the U.S. Instructor: Steven Alvarado. MW 2:55 – 4:10. 3 credits.

Introduction to Latinos in U.S. History – LSP 1802 (also HIST/AMST 1802). 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. Instructor: Maria Cristina Garcia. TR 1:25 – 2:40. 4 credits.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers - LSP 2020 (also SPAN 2000). A course designed to expand bilingual student's knowledge of Spanish providing them with ample opportunities to develop and improve each of the basic language skills. Prerequisite: LPS score 56 or higher, SAT II 590 or higher, CASE placement, or permission of instructor. Instructor: Mary K. Redmond.  MWF 11:15 – 12:05. 4 credits.

Sociology of Health and Ethnic Minorities - LSP 2200 (also DSOC 2200). This course is a critical introduction to the study of the sociology of health by examining the health status of ethnic minorities. The primary goal of this course is to understand the determinants in the health status as well as access and utilization of health services of Latino and other ethnic minorities in the U.S. We will cover the following areas: 1). The distribution of illness by social and demographic factors, and the social forces affecting inter-group differences; 2). ethnicity, culture, and environment as contributors to health risks, and/or protective behaviors; 3). the organization of the health system and its allocation of resources in the health services; 4). the access to and utilization of health care services by ethnic minorities. Instructor: Pilar Parra. TR 10:10 – 11:25. 3 credits.

U.S. Immigration Narratives – LSP 2251 (also HIST 2251). Americans are conflicted about immigration.  We honor and celebrate (and commercialize) our immigrant heritage in museums, folklife festivals, parades, pageants, and historical monuments.  We also build fences and detention centers, and pass more and more laws to bar access to the United States.   Polls tell us that Americans are concerned about the capacity of the United States to absorb so many immigrants from around the world.  How often have we heard the laments “Today’s immigrants are too different. They don’t want to assimilate” or “My grandparents learned English quickly, why can’t they?”  The assumption is that older generations ‘Americanized’ quickly but that today’s immigrants do not want to assimilate.   Did 19th century immigrants really migrate to the United States to “become Americans”?  Did they really assimilate quickly? Are today’s immigrants really all that different from the immigrants who arrived earlier?  Why do these particular narratives have such power and currency?  This seminar will explore these issues and help students discern fact from fiction. Instructor: Maria Cristina Garcia. TR 2:55 – 4:10. 4 credits.

Cultures and Communities – LSP 2300/4300. Conceived as a service-learning course, the centerpiece here is targeted, engaged research and arts work with Latino/a culture-related organizations in Tompkins County like Cultura!,  No más lágrimas, and the Latino Civic Association.  The core idea is that students will learn while participating in meaningful activities that will enhance arts and culture partnerships.  Faculty will provide guidelines and resources for students to work within existing projects or to develop their own ideas; community partners will provide networks and planning assistance.  All students will be asked to develop a comprehensive learning portfolio on their semester’s work.  Instructor: Debra Castillo. MW 2:55 – 4:10. Variable 1-3 credit hours depending on level of commitment.

Anthropological Representation: Ethnographies on Latino Culture - LSP 2721 (also ANTHR/AMST 2721). Representation is basic to anthropology.  In translating cultures, anthropologists produce authoritative representations of and about other people's lives. In this course, we will examine with a critical eye, the production of representations about U.S. Latino cultures, as they are embodied in anthropological texts. Issues to be explored include the relation between the ethnographer and the people he or she is studying, the contexts in which ethnographic texts are produced, and the way they may position different cultural groups within the larger national context. Instructor: Vilma Santiago-Irizarry. TR 1:25 – 2:40. 3 credits.

Representing Racial Encounters/Encountering Racial Representations – LSP 2770 (also ENGL/AMST/ASRC 2770).  This course uses literature and popular culture, alongside literary, social, and cultural theory to consider how people from different cultures encounter and experience each other. The course explores travel and tourism from multiple perspectives including dark, disaster, and eco- tourisms. It also examines a history of racial representation, dating to the colonial era, that resonate in twenty-first century depictions of race, class, gender, and other markers of “difference.” Designed for the general student population, the course specifically appeals to students traveling abroad, or who in the future will work with diverse communities (for example, students with interests in medicine, law, labor, government, business, the hospitality industry, or in the fields of gender, queer, or ethnic studies). The course serves as an introduction to the critical inquiries and scholarly fields of the English department. Instructor(s):  Ella Diaz and Mukoma Wa Ngugi. TR 11:40 - 12:55. 4 credits.

Nueva York: Caribbean Urbanisms – LSP 3470 (also SPAN 3470). This course explores Caribbean literary, sonic, and visual cultures in New York City from the late 19th century to the present, and examines the ways in which Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican diasporic artists experience New York, whether as tourists, residents, or exiles. We will read about and visit places like Coney Island, Wall Street, Chinatown, Harlem, the Bronx, the Village, and Washington Heights. Through the work of José Martí, Julia de Burgos, Manuel Ramos Otero, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Josefina Báez, and others, we will focus on such topics as immigration, transnationalism, imperialism, modernity, Latinx Caribbean influences on Bronx hip hop, gender, race, and sexuality. Course readings and discussions in Spanish, English, and Spanglish. Includes a 2-day trip to New York City in Week 3. Instructor: Shawn McDaniel. TR 1:25 – 2:40. 4 credits.

Art & Architecture of the Pre-Columbian Americas – LSP 3566 (also ARTH/LATA/ARKEO 3566). This course introduces students to the arts of the ancient Americas from circa 2000 BC to the Spanish invasions of the 15th and 16th centuries. The term pre-Columbian refers to the span of time during which indigenous cultures flourished before Christopher Columbus’ voyage of 1492.  This course covers the arts of indigenous Mesoamerica (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras), the Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and the Greater and Lesser Antilles), and Andean South America (Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile). Students will become familiar with the history, archaeology, and visual arts of the earliest cultures that populated these regions up through the Inca, Aztec, and Maya cultures that encountered the Spaniards. This course also explores the legacies of pre-Columbian cultures among contemporary Chicanx and Latinx artists in the United States. Instructor: Ananda Cohen-Aponte. TR 10:10 – 11:25. 4 credits.

Contemporary Issues in Latina/o/Latin America – LSP 4000/6000 (also LATA 4000/6000).  Interested in Latina/o Studies and Latin American Studies? This course will explore topics in Anthropology, Art, Economics, History, Literature, Government, Sociology, and more, of US Latina/o and Latin American contexts. Course features guest speakers from Cornell and other institutions. Course requirements: Attend a total of 12 programming events of your choice throughout the semester sponsored by the Latina/o Studies and Latin American Studies (you should plan for at least one a week), and write a brief follow-up critical or analytic report on some aspect of what you learned.  These reports are due within one week of the event. Instructor: Deb Castillo. W 12:20 - 1:10 pm. 1 credit.

Migration in the Américas: Engaged Research Methods and Practice – LSP 4312/6312 (also ILR 4312/6312).  This innovative course will introduce students to basic concepts and developments related to migration in Central America, Mexico, and the United States via engaged learning and research. The course will be organized around core themes such as the challenges and ethics of working with vulnerable populations, workplaces and working conditions, oral histories/testimonios, and immigration policy and enforcement practices. Students will learn qualitative methodologies for field research, which they will apply in short projects. This can be taken as a stand-alone course, but it is also a prerequisite for an optional winter intersession practicum. Instructor(s): Debra Castillo and Maria Cook. TR 11:40 – 12:55. 4 credits. Open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Traffic:  Drugs, Bodies, Books – LSP 4565 (also ENGL 4920, LATA/AMST 4565). The movement of things like narcotics and of people like laborers has been a profoundly compelling subject for artists of every form.  This course will study television series such as Weeds and The Wire as well as a number of recent films, hip-hop hits, narco-corridos, novels, legal cases, and visual art in which the subject oftraffic and trafficking play an important role.  We will work across centuries to consider how various forms of trafficking and stories of captivity and treasure hunting help tell the modern tale of nation, race, sex, and gender. Artists and authors may include Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz, Faith Ringgold, Alan Ginsburg, Ernesto Quiñonez, Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Frederik Douglass, and Francisco Goldman.  Instructor: Mary Pat Brady. TR 10:10 – 11:25. 4 credits.

Crossing Borders: Migrations in Comparative Perspective – LSP 6010 (also ILRIC 6010). This seminar will examine the links between globalization and migration and explore the character and dimensions of “unauthorized” migration in several regions of the world. Drawing on in-depth regional case studies from Europe, North America and Australia, we will consider the implications of contemporary migrations for national immigration policies, border control, labor markets, human rights, development, asylum and refugee protection, and politics and citizenship. Open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students only. Instructor: Maria Cook. TR 2:55 – 4:10 pm. 4 credits.

Listening from the Other Side: Issues in Music and Border Theory - LSP 7352 (also MUSIC 7352). Borders are highly contested sites and their representation plays a fundamental role in a variety of identity discourses. The place of borders in contemporary political discourse also speaks of the anxiety borders generate as well as their political currency. This seminar engages a number of cutting edge theoretical and ethnographic writings as well as cultural manifestations (music, films, literature, TV shows) about borders in an attempt to contest the essentialisms that have controlled the representations of these areas and to show instead their fluidity and multi-sited nature. However, in an attempt to articulate the possible shortcomings of border theory, throughout our exploration of the topic we’ll keep in mind the following question: who gets empowered when we speak about borders? Instructor: Alejandro Madrid. Tuesday 1:25 - 4:25. 4 credits.