Spring 2022 Course Offerings

Spring 2022 tentative course offerings (this list subject to change)
Spring 2022 course roster • Guide to Spring 2022 enrollment coming soon

LSP 1101 - Research Strategies in Africana and Latina/o Studies (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 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. Instructors: Tom Ottaviano and Reanna Esmail. MW 2:40 – 3:30. 1 credit. PLEASE NOTE: This course is a ½ semester course – 2nd 7 week session – 3/16 – 5/21/2022.

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. MWF 11:20 – 12:10. 4 credits.

US Borders, North & South – LSP 1820 (also HIST 1820). The borders that separate the United States from Canada and Mexico are among the longest in the world.  The southern border with Mexico receives a disproportionate amount of attention from policymakers, journalists, and artists, while our northern border is largely unfamiliar to most Americans. This course offers a necessary corrective: a comparative examination of these two North American borderlands, from their 16th-to-18th century colonial antecedents to contemporary challenges related to commerce, environmentalism, indigenous rights, immigration, border fence construction, drug smuggling, and pandemic-related travel restrictions. The course demonstrates that both the US-Mexico and US-Canada border zones have been, and remain, sites of conflict and cooperation, nationalism and globalization, sovereignty and subordination. Instructor: Maria Cristina Garcia. MW 10:10 - 11:00 plus discussion. 3 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 12:25 – 1:15. 4 credits.

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: Ella Maria Diaz. TR 2:45 – 4:00. 4 credits.

(Im)migration and (Im)migrants: Then and Now – LSP 2152 (also GOVT 2152).  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. Instructor: Sergio Garcia-Rios. MW 2:45 – 4.:00. 4 credits.

Contemporary Narratives by Latina Writers – LSP 2460 (also SPAN, COML, FGSS): This course will provide an introduction to some of the most important fictional work by US Latina writers, including short stories, novel, and film, with a particular focus on social justice, gender advocacy work, and work by Afro Latinx writers.  We will begin with discussion of canonical figures like Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga, to provide a basis for our focus on more recent writers like Angie Cruz, Elizabeth Acevedo, Linda Yvette Chávez, and Carmen Maria Machado. Instructor: Debra Castillo. MWF 10:10 – 11:00. 3 credits.

Border Environments – LSP 3336/6336 (also COML 3336/6336): This course focuses on a place and a concept where two of the most urgent issues of our times-- migration and environmental degradation -- converge, collide, and shape each other. It examines borders not as abstract lines on the map, but as dynamic hubs that connect human societies, politics, and cultures with the natural and built environments that we inhabit and transform. Through scholarly and creative work from an array of borders around the world, we will develop new theoretical approaches and methodological toolkits for rethinking and re-visioning borders in an era of climate change, toxic pollution, and mass extinction. Using lenses of environmental ethics and justice, the course encourages multi- and inter-disciplinary projects from students and will feature guests from diverse areas, disciplines, and practices. Instructor: Debra Castillo/Anindita Banerjee. MW 11:25 – 12:40. 4 credits.

Multicultural Issues in Education - LSP 3405 (also ANTHR/EDUC/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. TR 1:00 – 2:15. 4 credits.

Decolonial Poetics & Aesthetics: Arts of/as Resistance in the Americas – LSP 4556 (also ENGL 4556). 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 in the early to mid-twentieth century, as well as twenty-first century manifestations. Artists and theorists include Gloria Anzaldúa, Chela Sandoval, Nao Bustamante, Rafa Esparza, Sandy Rodríguez, Tanya Aguiñiga, Rupert Garcia, Dignidad Rebelde, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Regina José Galindo, James Luna, Audre Lorde, Angela Davis, Coco Fusco, Adál Maldonado, Nelson Maldonado Torres, and many other decolonial producers who are concerned with existence and resistance in the Américas. Please note: graduate students interested in this course please contact the instructor via email at emd233@cornell.edu. Instructor: Ella Maria Diaz. Wednesday 12:25 – 2:20. 4 credits.

Afro-Diasporic Afterlives: The Archive, Refusal, and the Disappeared – LSP 4668/6668 (also SHUM 4668/6668).  This seminar will examine the theoretical, critical, and practical methods necessary for the identification and interpretation of archives through the lenses of Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro-diasporic afterlives. We will discuss traditional, nontraditional, and radical archives, the study and collection of alternative archival materials, and various forms of archival refusal and disappearance. This transdisciplinary seminar will traverse theory, poetics, photography, film, and digital cultures to bring fore the precarity and urgency of the quotidian in the wake of slavery, colonialism, and racialization. The course will engage Afro-Latinx/Afro-diasporic studies, decolonial feminisms, sexuality, and theories of the human that impact our approach to archives and often-overlooked histories. Students will curate an anthology and produce digital projects with the aim of communal outreach and engagement. Instructor: Yomaira Figueroa. Tuesday 12:25 – 2:20. 4 credits.

Nightlife – LSP 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 1:00 – 2:15. 4 credits.

Refugees – LSP 4851/6851 (also HIST/AMST 4851).  Since World War II, over four million people have migrated to the United States as refugees.  In this seminar, we will examine some of these refugee migrations and the ways they challenged our understanding of the United States as a “haven for the oppressed”.  We will examine how refugee/asylum policy was crafted: the role of non-governmental actors in influencing policy, and the ways it reflected foreign policy interests and security concerns.  The second half will pay particular attention to our changing definitions of who “merits” asylum in the United States since the end of the Cold War. Instructor: Maria Cristina Garcia. Wednesday 2:40 – 4:35. 4 credits.