Fall 2022 Course Offerings

Fall 2022 tentative course offerings (this list subject to change)
Fall 2022 course roster

Spanish for Heritage Speakers I – LSP 1250 (also SPAN 1250). This low-intermediate course expands Heritage students' confidence and competence in Spanish by providing opportunities to build upon the conversational skills they have. Through literary texts, other readings, music, films and the visual arts students broaden their vocabulary, improve grammatical accuracy, develop writing skills and enrich their understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. The heritage student grew up speaking Spanish and finished high school in the U.S.  After this course student may take SPAN 2000, SPAN 2070, or SPAN 2090. Instructor: Mary K. Redmond. 10:10 - 11:00. 4 credits. This course fulfills Humanities distribution for the LSP undergraduate minor.

Immigration in U.S. History – LSP 1800 (also HIST 1800, AMST 1800).  This course examines immigration as a major theme in U.S. history and culture. We will discuss immigration in different periods of our national history, from the early republican period to the present; and in different locations, from Boston and New York to San Diego, San Francisco, and Honolulu. We will also examine these migrations in a global context since they were part of a worldwide migration that affected millions of people. Lectures, readings and discussions will examine popular, legal, and political responses to immigration, as reflected in legislation and policy, as well as film, art, literature, and the print media. Instructor: Maria Cristina Garcia. TR 11:25 – 12:40 pm. 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. Two sections: MWF 11:20 - 12:10 and MWF 12:25 – 1:15. 4 credits. This course fulfills Humanities distribution for the LSP undergraduate minor.

Introduction to Latinx Studies – LSP 2100 (also AMST 2106). This course is an introduction to Latina/o Studies, an interdisciplinary field of knowledge production that focuses on historical, sociopolitical, cultural, and economic experiences of Latinx peoples in the United States—both as a nation and as a geopolitical location in a larger world. We will survey and analyze the arts, histories, cultures, politics, and sociological landscapes of Puerto Ricans, Dominican Americans, Cuban Americans, Mexican Americans, Central Americans, as well as other Latinx peoples who have made communities within the United States for centuries, and who are part of Latinx diasporas. Intersections of U.S. Latinx identities are also explored in this course by asking questions related to the fields housed within Latina/o Studies: How is Latina/o/x identity defined and performed? What does the use of an ‘x’ in Latinx mean or do? How do histories of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the U.S. impact one’s Latina/o/x identity?  Many of these questions will be answered by using scholarship produced by the Latina/o Studies Program faculty at Cornell, familiarizing students with the breadth of research and expertise of program. Instructor: Vilma Santiago-Irizarry. TR 1:00 – 2:15. 4 credits. Required course for the LSP undergraduate minor.

Caribbean Worlds - LSP 2212 (also ASRC 2212/ENGL 2512). 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. Instructor: Carol Boyce Davies. MW 2:45 - 4:00 pm. 3 credits. Elective.

U.S. Immigration Narratives – LSP 2251 (also HIST/AMST 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 walls and detention centers, and pass legislation to bar entry to the United States. Public opinion 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 Americans complain “Today’s immigrants don’t want to assimilate” or “My grandfather came in legally, why can’t they?” Are these complaints new? Did 19th century immigrants really migrate to the United States to “become Americans”? Did they 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 examine these issues and help students discern fact from fiction. Instructor: Maria Cristina Garcia. TR 2:45 – 4:00 pm. 4 credits.

Introduction to U.S. Latinx Literature – LSP 2400 (also ENGL 2400, AMST 2401). From radical manifestos written by revolutionaries and satirical plays of union organizers to experimental novels, poetry, art, and music, this course examines Latinx literatures published in the United States beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing to the present. We also pay particular attention to the precursors of U.S. Latinx literature, pushing back on the “borders” of national canons of art and culture to rethink “the start” or origin point of “American” literature. Exploring oral histories and intergenerational memory in the narratives of spoken word, visual, craft, and ephemeral art, we sample fiction, poetry, letters, and other forms of storytelling that document the experience of Latinx peoples. Authors include Julia Alvarez, Gloria Anzaldúa, Luisa Capetillo, José Martí, José Montoya, Cherríe Moraga, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, Pedro Pietri, Ernesto Quiñonez, Helena Viramontes, and others. Instructor: Debra Castillo. TR 2:45 – 4:00. 4 credits. This course fulfills Humanities distribution for the LSP undergraduate minor.

Migration: Histories, Controversies, and Perspectives - LSP 2810 (also ILRLR/AMST/PAM/SOC 2810). This introductory course introduces students to issues and debates related to international migration and will provide an interdisciplinary foundation to understanding the factors that shape migration flows and migrant experiences.  We will start by reviewing theories of the state and historical examples of immigrant racialization and exclusion in the United States and beyond.  We will critically examine the notions of borders, citizenship/non-citizenship, and the creation of diasporas.  Students will also hear a range of perspectives by exposing them to Cornell guest faculty who do research and teach on migration across different disciplines and methodologies and in different world areas. Examples include demographic researchers concerned with immigrant inequality and family formation, geographic perspectives on the changing landscapes of immigrant metropolises, legal scholarship on the rights of immigrant workers, and the study of immigrant culture from a feminist studies lens. Instructor: Shannon Gleeson. MW 1:00 - 2:15 pm. 4 credits. This course fulfills Social Science distribution for the LSP undergraduate minor.

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. Faculty. M 1:00 – 2:15. 1 credit. This course does not fulfill minor requirements.

Decolonial Poetics and Aesthetics: Art of the Americas – LSP 4556/6556 (also ARTH/AMST/ENGL 4556/6556). Exploring a genealogy of Latinx, Afro-Latinx, Black, Indigenous, and Chicana/o/x theorizations of modernity and identity, the course asks, what is the decolonial? Is it a space between the colonial and post-colonial? Is it a creative process, an intellectual theorization, or a historical period? Is it a performance, intervention, or embodied experience? Tracing a historical trajectory of the decolonial in poetry, performance, installation, and visual art, the course examines decolonial modes of making and being from the sixteenth to the twenty first century. Instructor(s): Ananda Cohen-Aponte/Jolene Rickard. R 12:25 – 2:20 pm. 4 credits. This course fulfills Humanities distribution for the LSP undergraduate minor.

Latinx Education Across the Americas – LSP 4790/7790 (also ANTHR 4790/7790). This course examines Latinx education in comparative perspective, with a focus on transnational communities and cross-border movements that link Latinx education in the United States with Latin American education. We ask: how do legacies of colonialism and empire shape the education of Latinx communities? How are race, language, gender, cultural and national identity, and representation negotiated in schools? Drawing on ethnographic studies of education in and out of school, we explore how families and youths create knowledge, do literacy, and respond to cultural diversity, displacement, migration, and inequality. Throughout, we inquire into the potential for a decolonial and transformative education. Instructor: Sofia Villenas. F 11:20 – 1:15. 4 credits. This course fulfills Social Science distribution for the LSP undergraduate minor.

Minoritarian Aesthetics In-And Performance – LSP 6611 (also PMA/AAS 6611, AMST 6612. What are minoritarian aesthetics? How do these inform the production and reception of performance, broadly defined? How does attending to the aesthetics involved in the production of artistic and cultural productions open up new ways of critically understanding the world around us? In seeking to answer these questions, and others, this seminar will introduce graduate students to theories and critiques that attend to the aesthetic dimensions of visual culture, scripted staged performances, performance art, and contemporary media created by Black, queer, Asian, Caribbean, and Latinx/Latin people. Drawing on the work of theorists Fred Moten, José Esteban Muñoz, Leticia Alvarado, and Sandra Ruiz amongst others, students will interrogate the dialectical relationship between the artist's subject position and their resultant creative and critical work. Instructor: Karen Jaime. TR 11:25 – 12:40. 4 credits. This course fulfills Humanities distribution for the LSP undergraduate minor.