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LSP 1101 : Research Strategies in Africana and Latino Studies
Crosslisted as: ASRC 1900 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Anthony Cosgrave
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 introduces students with research interests in Latino and Africana Studies to search strategies and methods for finding materials in various formats (e.g., digital, film, and print) using information databases such as the library catalog, print and electronic indexes, and the World Wide Web. Instructors provide equal time for lecture and hands-on learning. Topics include government documents, statistics, subject-specific online databases, social sciences, the humanities, and electronic citation management.
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LSP 1321 : Music of Mexico and the Mexican Diaspora
Crosslisted as: AMST 1321, LATA 1321, MUSIC 1321, SPAN 1321 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Alejandro Madrid
This class is a survey of music practices among Mexican communities both in Mexico and in the U.S. Taking contemporary musical practices as a point of departure, the class explores the historical, cultural, and political significance of a wide variety of Mexican music traditions (including indigenous, folk, popular, and art music, dating back to the 16th Century) from a transnational perspective.
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LSP 2010 : Latinos in the United States
Crosslisted as: AMST 2655, DSOC 2650, SOC 2650 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Hector Velez
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.
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LSP 2152 : (Im)migration and (Im)migrants: Then and Now
Crosslisted as: AMST 2152, GOVT 2152 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sergio Garcia-Rios
One in ten residents of the United States was born outside the country. These people include international students, temporary workers, refugees, asylees, permanent residents, naturalized U.S. citizens and undocumented migrants. The arrival of these newcomers affects the cultural, economic, political and social dynamics of the country. Since immigration shows no signs of slowing down—in the United States or in many other nations of the world—the causes, consequences and repercussions of immigration will be one of the most important topics of the 21- century. Therefore this class will examine the history and contemporary role of immigration in the U.S. political system. The class will focus on two aspects of immigration: First, a historical examination of immigration policy from the founding of the country all the way forward to the current debate over immigration reform. Second, we will evaluate and assess the political incorporation and political participation of immigrant groups in the U.S. and determine whether immigrants are being incorporated, and if not, why? We will reflect on many important questions including the costs and benefits of immigration, issues related to civil rights and civil liberties, and finally propose our own ideas and solutions to the current immigration reform debate.
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LSP 2201 : Perspectives on Latin America
Crosslisted as: LATA 2200, SPAN 2200 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Shawn McDaniel
Interdisciplinary course offered every spring. Topics vary by semester, but readings always focus on current research in various disciplines and regions of Latin America. The range of issues addressed include the economic, social, cultural, and political trends and transitions in the area. In the weekly meetings, instructors and guest lecturers facilitate student discussions. Students taking the course are required to participate in all class discussions and write a research paper in their chosen focus area.
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LSP 2212 : Caribbean Worlds
Crosslisted as: ASRC 2212, ENGL 2512 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Carole Boyce Davies
This introductory course to the study of the Caribbean will begin with examinations of what constitutes the Caribbean and an understanding of Caribbean space.  We will then study its peoples, contact between Europeans and indigenous peoples, African enslavement and resistance, Indian indentureship and other forced migrations.  By mid semester we will identify a cross-section of leading thinkers and ideas. We will also pay attention to issues of identity, migration and the creation of the Caribbean diaspora. Constructions of tourist paradise and other stereotypes and the development of critical Caribbean institutions and national development will be discussed as we read and listen to some representative oral and written literature of the Caribbean and view some relevant film on the Caribbean. This inter-disciplinary survey provides students with a foundation for more specialized coursework on the Caribbean offered in our department.
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LSP 2470 : Digital Latinxs
Crosslisted as: AMST 2470, STS 2470 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ivan Chaar Lopez
Digital technology has been a part of modern life in the U.S. since the Cold War. A growing population of users works, plays, become politically active and fight-off boredom through digital technology. But who are these users? Where do they congregate and how do they emerge? How do they make meaning of their lives? This course focuses on the everyday experiences of Latinxs as users. It examines their participation in digital environments and their engagements with technology while paying attention to their social, political, and cultural contexts. Rather than imagine "users" as a universal category, students will learn about the experiences of Latinxs in digital spaces and their contributions to what scholars call digital culture.
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LSP 3010 : Hispanic Theatre Production
Crosslisted as: COML 3010, LATA 3010 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Debra Castillo
Students develop a specific dramatic text for full-scale production. The course involves selection of an appropriate text, close analysis of the literary aspects of the play, and group evaluation of its representational value and effectiveness. All students in the course are involved in some aspects of production of the play, and write a final paper as a course requirement. Credit is variable depending upon the student's role in play production: a minimum of 50 hours of work is required for 1 credit; a maximum of 3 credits are awarded for 100 hours or more of work.
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LSP 3338 : Border Theory/Border Practice
Crosslisted as: COML 3338, COML 6338, LSP 6338 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Anindita Banerjee
Debra Castillo
As human migration around the world reaches a crisis unseen since WWII and as fences and walls once again dominate political rhetoric, how do we reckon with borders – not just as a metaphor but as a way of life? By examining how ideas and practices of borders interact and collide with their physical and embodied realities, this course approaches one of the most urgent questions of our time in a comparative, transnational framework. Starting with the U.S.-Mexico border and human flows across the Indian subcontinent, we will venture into numerous other zones to develop conceptual frameworks and critical vocabularies for borders in the twenty-first century.
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LSP 3402 : Refugees and the Politics of Vulnerability: Intersections of Feminist Theory and Practice
Crosslisted as: AMST 3420, FGSS 3400, GOVT 3401 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Jane Juffer
Topic Spring 2019: Child Refugees and Politics: Children comprised 52 percent of the worldwide refugee population of 68.5 million in 2017. Traveling with families as well as unaccompanied, they appear in media accounts as the most vulnerable and at risk of all refugees. In this course, we will consider to what degree this assignation of vulnerability, often corresponding with victimhood, shapes the journeys and lives of refugee children. We will use the growing body of feminist scholarship on vulnerability in law, philosophy, migration studies, and other fields to investigate how "vulnerability" creates categories of worthy and unworthy victims. In the U.S., for example, images of babies and toddlers being separated from Central American parents prompted outrage. Yet images of teenage boys in makeshift tents in the New Mexico desert went largely uncovered. At what age does a child no longer deserve sympathy and protection? In what ways does vulnerability overshadow children's agency? How might vulnerability be rearticulated so as to address children's specific needs, at different ages? Our main focus will be Central American and Mexican children crossing into the U.S. at the southern border, but we will make comparisons to other groups throughout the world.
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LSP 3405 : Multicultural Issues in Education
Crosslisted as: AMST 3405, ANTHR 3405, EDUC 3405 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sofia Villenas
This course explores research on race, ethnicity and language in American education. It examines historical and current patterns of school achievement for minoritized youths. It also examines the cultural and social premises undergirding educational practices in diverse communities and schools. Policies, programs and pedagogy, including multicultural and bilingual education, are explored.
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LSP 3980 : Latinx Popular Culture Matters
Crosslisted as: AMST 3981, ENGL 3980 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ella Diaz
This course analyzes several areas of Latinx popular culture that deeply impacted U.S. politics and history, artistic productions, and aesthetic sensibilities, as well as popular and civic cultures. Mapping a historical trajectory of Chicanidad and Latinidad in art, music, film, and popular media in the twentieth century, the course also engages contemporary practices in art that are rooted in 1960s and 1970s civil rights and community art movements. Topics include Latinx people in film and TV, muralism and street art, music, spoken word as well as close examinations of representations of Latinx people in American mainstream culture.
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LSP 4000 : Contemporary Issues in Latin - Latino America
Crosslisted as: LATA 4000, LATA 6000, LSP 6000 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Debra Castillo
Interested in Latino Studies and Latin American Studies? This course will explore topics in Anthropology, Art, Economics, History, Literature, Government, Sociology, etc., of US Latino and Latin American contexts. Course features guest speakers from Cornell and other institutions.
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LSP 4210 : Undergraduate Independent Study
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Hector Velez
Ivan Chaar Lopez
Debra Castillo
Sergio Garcia-Rios
Guided independent study.
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LSP 4470 : Data Bodies: Latinx Art and Politics
Crosslisted as: AMST 4470, STS 4470 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ivan Chaar Lopez
What shapes do data and bodies take in digital environments? Conversely, how have computing cultures and networks been shaped by data and bodies? What kinds of politics can be performed in such conditions? This course tackles these questions by centering the artistic practices of Latinxs and their contributions to the history of performance, multimedia art and tactical media.
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LSP 4851 : Refugees
Crosslisted as: AMST 4851, HIST 4851, HIST 6851, LSP 6851 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Maria Cristina Garcia
Since World War II, over 4 million people have migrated to the United States as refugees. In this seminar we will examine some of these refugee migrations and the ways these migrations challenged our understanding of the United States as a "haven for the oppressed." We will examine the crafting of refugee/asylum policy, the role of nongovernmental actors in influencing policy, and the ways policy reflected foreign-policy interests and security concerns. The last weeks of the course will pay particular attention to climate refugees and asylum-seekers, and our changing definitions of who 'merits' protection in the United States.
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LSP 6000 : Contemporary Issues in Latin-Latino America
Crosslisted as: LATA 4000, LATA 6000, LSP 4000 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Debra Castillo
Interested in Latino Studies and Latin American Studies? This course will explore topics in Anthropology, Art, Economics, History, Literature, Government, Sociology, etc., of US Latino and Latin American contexts. Course features guest speakers from Cornell and other institutions.
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LSP 6110 : Advanced Research in Migration Studies
Crosslisted as: DSOC 6110, ILRIC 6311 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Debra Castillo
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 fieldwork 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.
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LSP 6210 : Graduate Student Independent Study
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Hector Velez
Sergio Garcia-Rios
Debra Castillo
Guided independent study.
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LSP 6338 : Border Theory/Border Practice
Crosslisted as: COML 3338, COML 6338, LSP 3338 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Anindita Banerjee
Debra Castillo
As human migration around the world reaches a crisis unseen since WWII and as fences and walls once again dominate political rhetoric, how do we reckon with borders – not just as a metaphor but as a way of life? By examining how ideas and practices of borders interact and collide with their physical and embodied realities, this course approaches one of the most urgent questions of our time in a comparative, transnational framework. Starting with the U.S.-Mexico border and human flows across the Indian subcontinent, we will venture into numerous other zones to develop conceptual frameworks and critical vocabularies for borders in the twenty-first century.
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LSP 6770 : Hispanic Caribbean Rhythms and Aesthetics
Crosslisted as: LATA 6770, MUSIC 6770, SPAN 6780 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Shawn McDaniel
This course explores how Caribbean music-such as son, merengue, and reggaetón-dialogues with literature in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and New York.  Theoretical readings on Caribbeanness (Benítez-Rojo, Glissant) and ethnomusicology (Flores, Moore, Rivera-Rideau) animate our interdisciplinary examination of Aftro-Antillean poetics (Nicolás, Guillén), Cuban neo-Barogue aesthetics (Severo Sarduy), coloniality and cultural consumption (Luis Rafael Sánchez), queer Caribbean diasporas (Mayra Santos-Febres), and soundtracks from Dominican urbanity (Rita Indiana).
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LSP 6851 : Refugees
Crosslisted as: AMST 4851, HIST 4851, HIST 6851, LSP 4851 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Maria Cristina Garcia
Since World War II, over 4 million people have migrated to the United States as refugees. In this seminar we will examine some of these refugee migrations and the ways these migrations challenged our understanding of the United States as a "haven for the oppressed." We will examine the crafting of refugee/asylum policy, the role of nongovernmental actors in influencing policy, and the ways policy reflected foreign-policy interests and security concerns. The last weeks of the course will pay particular attention to climate refugees and asylum-seekers, and our changing definitions of who 'merits' protection in the United States.
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