Calendar

 A Socio-Cultural and Political Overview

Week 1

2/1 Synchronous Session

Course Overview

Music Video:

Hurray for the Riff Raff and Pedro Pietri.“Pa’lante.” YouTube. https://youtu.be/LilVDjLaZSE

2/3 Asynchronous Screening and Assignment

Documentary:

Yo Soy Boricua Pa’ Que Tú Lo Sepas/I’m Boricua Just so You Know. (Rosie Pérez, 2005)

Week 2

2/8 Synchronous Session

Essay:

Morales, Ed. “A Brief History of US Colonialism in Puerto Rico.” Fantasy Island Colonialism, Exploitation, and Betrayal of Puerto Rico. Bold Type Books, 2019. (Pages 19-36)

2/10 Asynchronous Assignment

Essay:

Morales, Ed. “A Brief History of US Colonialism in Puerto Rico.” Fantasy Island Colonialism, Exploitation, and Betrayal of Puerto Rico. Bold Type Books, 2019. (Pages 36-49)

Week 3

2/15 College Closed

2/17 Synchronous Session

Essay:

Bonilla, Yarimar, and Marisol LeBrón. “Introduction.” Aftershocks of Disaster. Haymarket Books, 2019.

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Oral presentation on the essay “Introduction” in  Aftershocks of Disaster

Cancel, Caitlin

Cepeda, Liliana

Recommended Event (Extra-Credit with a 250-word response)

2/18 at 6:00pm ISLA at Baruch event: “Carnival/Carnaval! Celebrating the Great Afro-Latinx Tradition in the Americas”

Roots

Week 4

2/22 Synchronous Session

Essay:

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

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Oral presentation on the essay “Tainos: Mythology and Cosmology.”

Claudio, Pedro O

2/24 Asynchronous Assignment

Essay:

Dávila, Arlene. “Local/Diasporic Tainos: Towards a Cultural Politics of Memory, Reality, and Imagery.” Taino Revival: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rican Identity and Cultural Politics. Markus Wiener Publishers, 1999.

Recommended Event (Extra-Credit with a 250-word response)

Thursday, February 25, 1PM: A Conversation with Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, and author of Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World.

Week 5

3/1 Synchronous Session

Essay:

Torres, Arlene. “The Great Puerto Rican Family is Really, Really Black.” Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean Volume II. Indiana University Press, 1998.

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Oral presentation on the essay “The Great Puerto Rican Family is Really, Really Black.”

Grechka, Inna V

Heeralall, Kelly

3/3 Asynchronous Assignment

Essay:

Torres, Arlene. “The Great Puerto Rican Family is Really, Really Black.” Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean Volume II. Indiana University Press, 1998.

Afro-Boricua Music

Week 6

3/8 Synchronous Session

Essay:

Rivera, Petra. “Cocolos Modernos: Salsa, Reggaetón, and Puerto Rico’s Cultural Politics of Blackness.” Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17442222.2013.768459  

Podcast:

Afro-Pop Worldwide. “Reggaetón and Race.” npr.org. https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444269/pri-afropop-worldwide

3/10

*Midterm Project Proposal is due.*

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One-on-one meetings

11:00-11:20 Cepeda,Liliana (Confirmed)

2:30- 2:50 Cancel,Caitlin

2:50-3:10 Claudio,Pedro O (Confirmed)

3:10-3:30 DaCosta,Alexander

3:30-3:50 Grechka,Inna V (Confirmed)

Week 7

3/15 Synchronous Session

Essay:

del Valle Schorske, Carina. “The World According to Bad Bunny.” nytimes.com. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/10/07/magazine/bad-bunny.html?searchResultPosition=5

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Oral presentation on the essay “The World According to Bad Bunny.”

Medina, Andree

Miro, Christine

3/17

One-on-one meetings

2:30- 2:45 Heeralall,Kelly (Confirmed)

2:45-3:00 Joachim,Taiya M (Confirmed)

3:00-3:15 Medina,Andree (Confirmed)

3:15-3:30 Morel,Ernesto (Confirmed)

3:30-3:45 Nazario,Bryanna Ivette (Confirmed)

Week 8

3/22

One-on-one meetings

3:15-3:30 Romero,Dante

3:30-3:45 Teruel,Emily

3/24

*Midterm is due*

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One-on-one meetings

2:15-3:30 Reisgerzog,Nicholas D

2:30- 2:45 Usher, Kirkland L (Confirmed)

2:45-3:00 Von Drathen-Ruiz, Olivia

3:15-3:30 Yan, Timothy

3:30-3:45 Reyes, Noelia (Confirmed)

3:45-4:00 Rodriguez Martinez,Anacaona Y (Confirmed)

4:00-4:15 Wright,Xavier (Confirmed)

Spring Recess

3/27-4/4

Diaspora and Identity

Week 9

4/5 Synchronous Session

Essay:

Morales, Ed. “Raza Interrupted. New Hybrid Nationalisms.” Latinx The New Force in American Politics and Culture. Verso, 2018. Pages 100-116

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Oral presentation on the essay “Raza Interrupted. New Hybrid Nationalisms.”

Nazario,Bryanna Ivette

4/7 Asynchronous Assignment

Essay:

Morales, Ed. “Raza Interrupted. New Hybrid Nationalisms.” Latinx The New Force in American Politics and Culture. Verso, 2018. Pages 123-132

4/8

Yarimar Bonilla’s Aftershock of Disaster Event (Extra-Credit)

Thursday, April 8, 1pm
Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm
Dr. Yarimar Bonilla in conversation with Professor Rojo Robles Mejias
Video, color, sound, 35:29, 2019
Register here

Week 10

4/12 Synchronous Session

Essay:

Figueroa, Yomaira. “Afro-Boricua Archives: Paperless People and Photo/Poetics as Resistance.” post45.org. https://post45.org/2020/01/afro-boricua-archives-paperless-people-and-photo-poetics-as-resistance/

Poem:

Girmay, Aracelis. “You Are Who I Love.” poets.org. https://poets.org/poem/you-are-who-i-love

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Oral presentation on the essay “Afro-Boricua Archives” OR the poem “You Are Who I Love.”

Rodriguez Martinez,Anacaona Y

4/14 Asynchronous Assignment

Essay:

Figueroa, Yomaira. “Afro-Boricua Archives: Paperless People and Photo/Poetics as Resistance.” post45.org. https://post45.org/2020/01/afro-boricua-archives-paperless-people-and-photo-poetics-as-resistance/

Poem:

Girmay, Aracelis. “You Are Who I Love.” poets.org. https://poets.org/poem/you-are-who-i-love

Thursday, April 15, 1PM: A Conversation with Yomaira Figueroa, associate professor of English at Michigan State University, a scholar of U.S. Latinx Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, and Afro-Hispanic literature and culture, and author of Decolonizing Diasporas:  Radical Mappings of Afro-Atlantic Literature.

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Community Building, Street Codes, and Social Uplift

Week 11

4/19 Synchronous Session

Novel:

Quiñonez, Ernesto. “Because Men Who Built This Country Were Men from the Streets.” Bodega Dreams. Vintage Books, 2020. (Pages 1-42)

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Oral presentation on the novel Bodega Dreams.

Romero,Dante

Teruel,Emily

4/21 Asynchronous Assignment

Novel:

Quiñonez, Ernesto. “Because Men Who Built This Country Were Men from the Streets.” Bodega Dreams. Vintage Books, 2020. (Pages 43-82)

Week 12

4/26 Synchronous Session

Novel:

Quiñonez, Ernesto. “Because A Single Lawyer Can Steal More Money Than a Hundred Men with Guns.” Bodega Dreams. Vintage Books, 2020. (Pages 83-127)

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Oral presentation on the novel Bodega Dreams.

Usher,Kirkland L

Von Drathen-Ruiz,Olivia

4/28 Asynchronous Assignment

Novel:

Quiñonez, Ernesto. “Because A Single Lawyer Can Steal More Money Than a Hundred Men with Guns.” Bodega Dreams. Vintage Books, 2020. (Pages 127-157)

Week 13

5/3 Synchronous Session

Novel:

Quiñonez, Ernesto. “Because A Single Lawyer Can Steal More Money Than a Hundred Men with Guns.” Bodega Dreams. Vintage Books, 2020. (Pages 158-200)

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Oral presentation on the novel Bodega Dreams

Wright,Xavier

Yan,Timothy

5/5 Asynchronous Assignment

Novel:

Quiñonez, Ernesto. “A New Language Being Born” Bodega Dreams. Vintage Books, 2020. (Pages 201-213)

Week 14

5/10 Synchronous Session

Essay:

Figueroa, Yomaira. “Reparations.” Decolonizing Diasporas Radical Mappings of Afro-Atlantic Literature. Northwestern University Press, 2020. (Pages 117-135; 145-6)

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Oral presentation on “Reparations” (Pages 117-135; 145-6) by Yomaira Figueroa

Morel, Ernesto

Reyes, Noelia

Reisgerzog,Nicholas D

DaCosta, Alexander

Joachim,Taiya M

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Wrapping- Up

5/12 Synchronous Consultations by Appointment

 

Week 15

5/17 Synchronous Consultations by Appointment

Final 

5/19

*Via email*

5/28 Final Grade Submission Deadline