Latin America: An Institutional and Cultural Survey



Week 1 

8/26 Synchronous zoom session

Course Introduction

On colonialism

Week 2 

9/2 Synchronous zoom session

Césaire, Aimé. Discourse on Colonialism. Monthly Review Press, 2000.


Blog post 1 is due before class.

Indigenous cultures + down came “the West”

Week 3 

9/9 Synchronous zoom session

Robiou Lamarche, Sebastián. “Tainos: Mythology and Cosmology.” Tainos and Caribs: The Aboriginal Cultures of the Antilles. Editorial Punto y coma. 2019.


Blog post 2 is due before class.

Oral/Slide Presentations on Chapter 7 (Pages 104-117)



Caraballo,Katelin Regalada

Recommended events:


Black and Latino Studies Department Open House 1:00 pm

Meeting ID: 849 5519 6946

Passcode: BLS2021


Extra-credit opportunity with 300-word reflection:

“Latina, Latino, Latinx: What’s in a name?” Round Table 6:00 pm

Meeting ID: 818 9686 9208

Passcode: BLS2021​

9/16 No classes scheduled

Week 4 

Asynchronous screening

Even the Rain. (Icíar Bollaín, 2010)

9/23 Synchronous zoom session

Solnit, David. “Reflections From Bolivia: Water Wars, Climate Wars and Change from Below.”

Anandakugan, Nithyani. “Hopes For a Rainy Day: A History of Bolivia’s Water Crisis.” Harvard International Review


Blog post 3 is due before class.

Oral/Slide Presentations




Slavery and its afterlives, toward black liberation and expression

Week 5

Asynchronous Screening

Egalite for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution (Noland Walker, 2009)

9/30 Synchronous zoom session

Trouillot, Michel-Rolph. “An Unthinkable History: The Haitian Revolution as a Non-Event.” Silencing the Past: Power and Production of History. Beacon Press, 2015.


Blog post 4 is due before class.

Oral/Slide Presentations


Gonzalez-Pinon,Ramschel Thais

Week 6

10/7 Synchronous zoom session

Andrews, George Reid. “An Exterminating Bolt of Lightning.” Afro-Latin America. Oxford University Press, 2004.


Blog post 5 is due before class.

Oral/Slide Presentations



Recommended Event: Extra-credit opportunity with 250-word reflection

Puerto Rico Taino Movements: Sherina Feliciano and Yarimar Bonilla in Dialogue

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 Week 7

10/14 Asynchronous session

The midterm project is due.



Week 8

10/21 In-person session (Room B-Vert 9 150)

Davies, Darién and Judith Michelle Williams. “Pan-Africanism, Negritude, and the Currency of Blackness.” Beyond Slavery: The Multilayered Legacy of Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.


Blog post 6 is due before class.

Oral/Slide Presentations



Mejia,Marjhory R

Lee,Kristin Brianna

Recommended Events:


1:00 pm Fringe Boricua Filmmaking in NYC: Reimagining the Queer Archive 

6:00 pm Reading Convo with Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Week 9

Asynchronous screening

La playa D.C. (Juan Andrés Arango Garcia, 2012)


Black in Latin America: Cuba, The New Revolution (Henry Lois Gates, 2011)

10/28 Synchronous zoom session

Tickner, Arlene. “Aquí en el Ghetto: Hip-Hop in Colombia, Cuba, and Mexico.” Latin American Politics and Society, Fall, 2008, Vol. 50, No. 3 (Fall, 2008), pp. 121-146


Blog post 7 is due before class.

Oral/Slide Presentations


Portillo-Carrillo,Laura A.

Ricketts,Javaun Anthony

Week 10

11/4 Synchronous Zoom Session

Rivera, Petra. “Cocolos Modernos: Salsa, Reggaetón, and Puerto Rico’s Cultural Politics of Blackness.” Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies.


Blog post 8 is due before class.

Oral/Slide Presentations



Santamaria,Patrick Loui

Contemporary Indigenous Struggles

Week 11

Asynchronous Screening

The Uprising of Dignity: The Zapatista Movement in Chiapas/Mexico (Manchester Zapatista Collective, 2016)

11/11  Synchronous Zoom Session

EZLN-CCRI. Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle (Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona), 2005.


Blog post 9 is due before class.

Oral/Slide Presentations

Santin,Logan A




Latin Americans in the US: displacement, migration, and cultural hybridity

Week 12

11/18 In-person session (Room B-Vert 9 150)

Morales, Ed. “Raza Interrupted. New Hybrid Nationalisms.” Latinx The New Force in American Politics and Culture. Verso, 2018.


Blog post 10 is due before class.

Oral/Slide Presentations



Wu,Can Fu


11/25 No classes scheduled

Extra-credit Opportunities with 250-word reflection

.Thursday 11/18 at 1pm on Zoom – “La Gran Colombia,” unpacking the history of unity and independence in South America, and the consequences of those historical events for the region today — featuring our fantastic colleagues Mark Rice (History), Tshombe Miles (BLS) and Enrique Desmond Arias (Marxe).

Meeting ID:  833 9988 5059
Password:  LGC_ISLA21
.”The Fight against Racial Capitalism” (Video) 


Week 13

12/2 In-person session (Room B-Vert 9 150)

Cornejo Villavicencio, Karla. “Ground Zero.” The Undocumented Americans. One World, 2020.


Blog post 11 (optional) is due before class.

Oral/Slide Presentations





Week 14

12/9 In-person session (Room B-Vert 9 150)

Acevedo, Elizabeth. “Afro-Latina.”

Frohman, Denise. “Accents.”



Collective final reflections

Final project

12/21 until 11:59 pm via email.

Please send your project as a Word, Goggle, or Pages document; as an audio file, or send the social media links.

Final grade submission deadline