This course focuses on the experiences and perspectives of the U.S. Latino population through a transnational framework and a historical perspective that emphasizes the analysis of documentary film. Latino/a is a fluid concept that refers to peoples of diverse backgrounds and ancestries whose identity is constructed from the cultural consequences of English and Spanish colonialism and the conflicting nation-building projects of both the U.S. and Latin America. Using a hemispheric approach and focusing on themes of empire, borders (literal and figurative), and mobility, this course asks how Latino identities were, and continue to be, con-structed, negotiated, and challenged throughout U.S. history. We will focus particularly on the urban history of peoples of Mexican, Cuban, Dominican, Central American and Puerto Rican backgrounds residing in major U.S. cities such as Miami, Los Angeles, and New York City.
This class will teach students the crucial skills of evaluating sources, critical thinking, and effective communication that go beyond the classroom. With a particular focus on documentary film as a historical text and powerful visual medium representing historical moments and shaping attitudes and assumptions about Latino history and Latino identity, students will learn to apply the skills of a historian to the analysis of visual sources. Carries culture studies and S&H credit.
My artwork is reflective of my Chicana, South Los Angeles upbringing. By creating my own saints and martyrs, I bring attention to the overlooked and underrepresented. The defiant survivors memorialized in my artwork are symbols of the dualities of strong family ties and a deep pride in neighborhood contrasted with the reality of addiction and violence. Altars and offerings become tools for not only expressing loss, survival, and hope but are also instruments for recording personal/communal history and voicing collective struggles.
News: Latino Studies is very happy to welcome Dr. Alberto Varon to both Latino Studies and the Department of English! Dr. Varon comes to IU from the University of Texas, Austin where he
received his Ph.D. in 2012. More information will be available on Dr. Varon soon. Our online newsletter will be available soon.