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Spring 2018 Course Roster 

Research Strategies in Latino and Africana Studies - LSP 1101 (also ASRC 1900). The digital revolution has made an enormous amount of information available to research scholars, but discovering resources and using them effectively can be challenging.  This course will introduce students with research interests in Latino and Africana Studies to search strategies and methods for finding materials in various formats (print, digital, film, e.g.) using information databases such as the library catalog, print and electronic indexes, and the World Wide Web.  Instructors will provide equal time for lecture and hands-on learning.  Topics will include government documents, statistics, subject specific online databases, social sciences, the humanities, and managing citations electronically. Instructors: Tony Cosgrave/Eric Acree.  TR 11:15 am – 12:05 pm or TR 1:30 - 2:20 pm. 1 credit.   PLEASE NOTE:  This course is a ½ semester course – 2nd 7 week session – 3/19 – 5/9/2018.

Latino Music in the United States - LSP 2320 (also MUSIC 2320). Music and dance cultures have been central topics of study in the development of Chicano studies, Puerto Rican studies, and Latino studies in general. From Americo Paredes to Frances Aparicio and from Jose Limon to Deborah Pacini-Hernandez, focusing on music and embodied culture through sound has allowed scholars to engage the wide variety of cultural experiences of the different ethnic groups usually described with the term “Latino.” Taking this scholarship as a point of departure, this class offers a survey of Latino music in the U.S. as a window into the political, cultural and social that struggles Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Brazilians, Colombians, and Central Americans have gone through while becoming hyphenated (Eg. Mexican-American, Cuban American, etc) or not, and into how these processes have continually challenged and enriched mainstream notions of “American identity.” Instructor: Alejandro Madrid. TR 2:55 - 4:10. 3 credits.

Latinos in the United States - LSP 2010 (also SOC 2650, DSOC 2650, AMST 2655). Exploration and analysis of the Hispanic experience in the United States. Examines the sociohistorical background and economic, psychological, and political factors that converge to shape a Latino group identity in the United States. Perspectives are suggested and developed for understanding Hispanic migrations, the plight of Latinos in urban and rural areas, and the unique problems faced by the diverse Latino groups. Groups studied include Mexican Americans, Dominicans, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans.Instructor:  Héctor Vélez. TR 2:55 – 4:10. 3 or 4 credits variable.

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.  

Multicultural Issues in Education - LSP 3405 (also ANTHR 3405, EDUC 3405, AMST 3405). This course explores research on race, ethnicity and language in American education. It examines historical and current patterns of minority school achievement as well as practices of teaching and learning in diverse families, communities, and schools.  Policies, programmatic and pedagogical responses to diversity, including multicultural and bilingual education, are addressed.  Instructor:  Sofia Villenas. MW 2:55 – 4:10. 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.

Undocumentation – LSP 4621 (also SHUM 4620).  In this seminar we will sustain a particular reading of post-1984 Mexico-US border cultural production as “undocumentation.” Specifically, we will focus on performance, conceptual, and cinematic practices that corrupt the spreadsheet and the exposé; that reflect their makers’ commitments to portraying extreme labor situations in a period of greater Mexican neoliberal transition now synonymous with NAFTA, culture and drug wars, and border militarization and maquilization. Assigned texts will include artwork by the Border Art Workshop and Elizabeth Sisco, Louis Hock, and David Avalos; writing by Gloria Anzaldúa, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Sara Uribe, and Sergio González Rodríguez; contributions to the Tijuana-San Diego installation festival inSITE; and “undocumentaries” like Alex Rivera’s Borders Trilogy, Sergio De La Torre and Vicki Funari’s Maquilapolis, and Natalia Almada’s El Velador. Instructor: Amy Sara Carroll . M 2:30 – 4:25. 4 credits.

Art! Poetry! Power! – LSP 4635 (also ENGL 4635, AMST 4633). This course investigates the relationship between poetry, politics, and art. Our exploration begins with a set of questions that guide our critical inquiry: Does art produce political resistance? Does art produce political consciousness? How can we read poster art and murals as texts or narratives? How does poetry perform or visualize a collective movement and political moment? By centering our study on these questions, we will move through the poster art, murals, and poems of U.S. Latinos and African Americans during the 1960s and 1970s civil rights movements. Reading visual image and spoken works as cultural texts, we will examine art and poetry for their knowledge about community, ethnicity, and racial experience in the U.S.  Instructor:  Ella Diaz. W 12:20 – 2:15. 4 credits.

NightlifeLSP 4701/6701 (also PMA 4701/6701). This course explores nightlife as a temporality that fosters countercultural performances of the self and that serves as a site for the emergence of alternative kinship networks.  Focusing on queer communities of color, course participants will be asked to interrogate the ways in which nightlife demonstrates the queer world-making potential that exists beyond the normative 9-5 capitalist model of production.  Performances of the everyday, alongside films, texts, and performance at will be analyzed through a performance studies methodological lens. Through close readings and sustained cultural analysis, students will acquire a critical understanding of the potentiality of spaces, places, and geographies codified as "after hours" in the development of subcultures, alternative sexualities, and emerging performance practices. Instructor: Karen Jaime. TR 1:25 – 2:40. 4 credits.

New Latinx Writing – LSP 4720/6720 (ENGL 4720/6720). Contemporary Latinx writing explores an extraordinary range of experiences using a variety of experimental forms. This course will examine the poetry, fiction, memoirs, plays, and new media produced within the last fifteen years by a new generation of Latinx writers and artists. We will consider how writers queer Latinidad, play with gender norms, question received concepts of race and culture, and examine the constraints imposed by immigration laws and de facto practices of segregation. Authors may include Justin Torres, Sandra Cisneros, Eduardo Corral, Erika Lopez, Junot Diaz, Helena Viramontes, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Mary Pat Brady. T 10:10 – 12:05. 4 credits.

Advanced Research Methods in Migration Studies – LSP 6110 (also ILRIC 6311). This course is only open to students who have already taken the introductory research methods course LSP 4312/6312 (also ILR 4312/6312). Students will participate in a winter session practicum, and in this follow-up course will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on turning their field work results into professional policy papers or academic publications.  As a course with a strong commitment to community engagement, students will also learn how to share their results with the target communities in an effective manner. Instructor: Debra Castillo. W 2:30 – 4:25. 4 credits.

Latino Language, Ideology, and Practices - LSP 6460 (also ANTHR 6460). Latino ethnic identity in the U.S. is often organized around the use of Spanish and the issues this raises in an English-dominant society.  Drawing from anthropological studies on language as a signifying practice, this course will look at the place of language in the life of Latino populations in the United States.  Topics to be explored will include linguistic diversity and change, language as an instrument of accommodation and resistance, language maintenance and shift, culturally-specific linguistic ideologies, and institutional applications of language. Instructor: Vilma Santiago-IrizarryM 4:30 – 6:30. 4 credits.

Building Feelings / Feeling Buildings: Mapping Urban Memory in an Ahistorical Age – LSP 6819 (SHUM 6819). In 2014, architect and author Marc Kushner praised the role of social media in shaping the future of our built environments.  In a TED Talk, he skipped over histories of social, economic, and political exclusions in modern American cities, including early twentieth-century redlining practices, gentrification, and urban renewal projects of the mid to late-twentieth century, to declare, “Architecture is not about math and it’s not about zoning; it’s about those visceral, emotional connections that we feel to the places that we occupy.” This course asks how built environments make us feel by connecting different vocabularies and methodologies used in academic fields (public history, ethnography, cultural studies, etc.,) and visual and performance art to map architectures of identity and unpack notions of cosmopolitanism and nationalism. The early twentieth century witnessed unprecedented migrations of racial-ethnic and working-class peoples in the U.S., many of whom moved from rural to urban environments. These migrations shaped communities that catalyzed populist arts movements during the 1960s and 1970s civil rights era, which defined urbanism in American cities that are now integral to the visual and cultural landscapes of these cities. Today, urban and community art initiatives are promoted by municipal redevelopment agendas with corporate sponsorships.  There is little to no recognition of the liberationist agendas in which murals, graffiti, street art, and pop-up galleries and art spaces materialized. We will consider the absence of local histories in the remaking of urban landscapes as global art networks and transactional spaces in the neoliberal age. Moving between U.S., Latin American, and Caribbean cities, the course explores popular arts movements in connection with relational aesthetics, social sculpture, and public art interventions from a range of artists and collectives including Anne Bray, FelixGonzalez-Torres, Judith Baca, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Regina José Galindo, INDECLINE, Ana Teresa Fernández, and others. Instructor: Ella DiazW 10:10 – 12:05. 4 credits.