Courses

  • LTAM 100: The Politics of Memory in Latin American Literature

    We will explore the ethics and politics of memory and trauma in societies previously torn asunder by civil wars and dictatorships. The texts and films assigned will be studies of how subjective and collective memories are negotiated both through fictional and testimonial narratives. Our focus will be primarily on Argentina, Chile, Guatemala and El Salvador but we will also read some Holocaust literature to compare how this subject has been represented in another tradition. The primary question we will explore is: how does a work of art adequately represent the horror without aestheticizing the experience? 6 credit; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · Yansi Y Pérez
  • LTAM 110: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

    This fast-paced introductory Portuguese language course focuses on developing communication skills and emphasizes speaking, reading, and writing. Previous knowledge of Spanish is assumed in presentation of grammar and vocabulary. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or instructor permission 3 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2018 · Helena I Kaufman
  • LTAM 270: Chile's September 11th: History and Memory since the Coup

    September 11, 2013 marked the fortieth anniversary of the coup d' état  that deposed the democratically elected government of socialist Salvador Allende and ushered in the seventeen-year dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. This interdisciplinary course canvasses this tumultuous era and its aftermath through the study of historical sources, literature, film, photography, and music. It explores the rise and fall of Allende, life and repression under the dictatorship, the protest movement against military rule, and the ongoing struggles and debates over human rights, justice, and collective memory. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • LTAM 300: Issues in Latin American Studies

    This required course for Latin American Studies minors and majors explores complex issues pertinent to the study of Latin America. These issues may include the emergence of indigenous cosmopolitics in the Andean region, the workings of narco states and their networks, and the contemporary urban cultural production in major Latin American cities, among others. The course emphasizes the necessity of a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research perspective for understanding the changing nature of Latin American Studies today. Designed by the faculty in Latin American Studies, the course will include regular guest lectures from among these faculty.

    Prerequisites: Latin American Studies gateway course 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · Silvia López
  • LTAM 382: Conflictive Development: Peru 1980 to Present

    This is a two-track course that focuses, on one hand, on specific problems resulting from the conflict between strong economic growth and the persistence of social inequality and marginalization. On the other hand, the class will explore the difficulties of creating forms of participatory politics, against the background of key moments in Peru's political history. The emphasis will be on present-day manifestations of the polarity "formal" vs. "real" democracy." A political scientist and a sociologist lead the class, and classes are supplemented with lectures by experts on specific issues. Prerequisites: Spanish 204 or the equivalent 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2017–2018
  • LTAM 398: Latin American Forum

    This colloquium will explore specific issues or works in Latin American Studies through discussion of a common reading, public presentation, project, and/or performance that constitute the annual Latin American Forum. Students will be required to attend two meetings during the term to discuss the common reading or other material and must attend, without exception. All events of the Forum which take place during fourth week of spring term (on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning). A short integrative essay or report will be required at the end of the term. Intended as capstone for the Latin American Studies minor.

    2 credit; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2018 · Alfred P Montero
  • LTAM 400: Integrative Exercise

    Satisfactory completion of the major includes the writing of a thesis which attempts to integrate at least two of the various disciplines studied. A proposal must be submitted for approval early in the fall term of the senior year. The thesis in its final form is due no later than the end of the first week of spring term. An oral defense of the thesis is required. 1-6 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018