Course Offerings

Winter 2017

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Economic Globalization and Multinational Corporations

BUS 337 - Reiter, Sandra L. (Sandy)

This course focuses on the historical and present effects and issues of economic globalization, and the role of multinational corporations in a global economy. Topics covered may include: production, supply chain, technology, trade, finance, natural environment, labor, development, poverty and inequality, privatization of utilities, immigration, and state sovereignty. Emphasis is on understanding the costs and benefits of economic globalization and the role business plays in contributing to these outcomes.

Modern Latin America: Túpak Katari to Tupac Shakur

HIST 131 - Gildner, Robert M. (Matt)

A survey of Latin America from the 1781 anticolonial rebellion led by indigenous insurgent Túpak Katari to a globalized present in which Latin American youth listen to Tupac Shakur yet know little of his namesake. Lectures are organized thematically (culture, society, economics, and politics) and chronologically, surveying the historical formation of people and nations in Latin America. Individual countries (especially Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru) provide examples of how local and transnational forces have shaped the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of North and South America and the Caribbean, and the cultural distinctions and ethnic diversity that characterize a region too often misperceived as homogeneous.

Seminar: Revolutions in Latin America

HIST 337 - Gildner, Robert M. (Matt)

Detailed analysis of 20th-century revolutionary movements in Latin America. Examines historical power struggles, social reforms, and major political changes, with in-depth exploration of Mexico, Bolivia, Cuba, Peru, Chile, and Nicaragua. Explores the social movements and ideologies of under-represented historical actors, such as peasants, guerrillas, artists, workers, women, students, and indigenous people.

Capstone Seminar in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

LACS 396 - Barnett, Jeffrey C. (Jeff)

This capstone course builds upon the foundations developed in LACS 101 and related coursework in the distribution areas. Students discuss assigned readings centered around a key theme or themes of Latin American Studies in connection with an individualized research project. This project is carried out with continual mentoring by a faculty member and in collaboration with peer feedback. Each student presents his/her findings in a formal paper, or other approved end-product, and summarizes the results in an oral presentation.

Accelerated Intermediate Portuguese

PORT 163 - Pinto-Bailey, Ana C. (Cristina)

This course develops intermediate communicative Portuguese vocabulary and active intermediate competence in the language. The traditional skills of foreign language instruction (structure, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking) are stressed. This course meets five days per week.

Spanish-American Civilization and Culture

SPAN 212 - Botta, Monica B.

A survey of significant developments in Spanish-American civilizations. The course addresses Spanish-American heritage and the present-day cultural patterns formed by its legacies. Readings, discussions and papers primarily in Spanish for further development of communication skills.

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Pinto-Bailey, Ana C. (Cristina)

Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Barnett, Jeffrey C. (Jeff)

Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Spanish-American Theater: 20th Century to the Present

SPAN 354 - Botta, Monica B.

This course provides a panoramic view of the theatrical traditions that have emerged in Spanish-American theater, beginning with the independent theater movement of the 1930s and concluding with the most recent trends in theatrical practices. In particular, the plays are studied as vehicles that reveal how theater practitioners engaged with their historical and cultural contexts in aesthetic terms. Therefore, the focus is also on the plays as performative texts. In order to develop this objective, students are expected to read, discuss, and analyze the dramatic texts, as well as perform scenes from the plays. This course includes works from playwrights such us Arlt, Triana, Diaz, Gambaro, Carballido, Castellanos, and Berman, among others. In addition, we study the political and aesthetic theories of theater developed by Enrique Buenaventura and Augusto Boal.

Fall 2016

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Arts of Mesoamerica and the Andes

ARTH 170 - Lepage, Andrea C.

Survey of the art and architecture of Mesoamerica and the Andes before the arrival of the Europeans, with a focus on indigenous civilizations including the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, and Inca. Art is contextualized in terms of religious, social, political, and economic developments in each region under discussion. The class includes a trip to the Virginia Museum of fine Arts in Richmond.

Arts of Modern Latin America

ARTH 273 - Lepage, Andrea C.

This lecture course surveys the art and architecture of Latin America from circa 1900 to the present. Students explore the relationship between the arts in Europe and Latin America, trace the development of modern art in Latin America, and consider topics such as the rise of modernismo in Latin America, art in service of nationalism, indigenismo, and the growing Chicana/o movement in the United States. Among the artists covered are Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Tarsila do Amaral, Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Wilfredo Lam, Lygia Clark, and Francisco Botero.

Latin America: Mayas to Independence

HIST 130 - Gildner, Robert M. (Matt)

An introduction to the "Indian" and Iberian people active from Florida to California through Central and South America between 1450 and 1750.

U.S.-Latin American Relations from 1825 to Present

HIST 233 - Gildner, Robert M. (Matt)

Examines the historical interaction between Latin America and the United States from Spanish American Independence in 1825 to the present. Explores the political, social, cultural, economic, and ecological dimensions of this relationship, focusing on such key themes as imperialism, development, military-state relations, the environment, the war on drugs, science and technology, and human rights.

Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies

LACS 101 - Botta, Monica B.

A multidisciplinary, introductory course designed to familiarize students with the pertinent issues that determine or affect the concept of identity in Latin American and Caribbean societies through a study of their geography, history, politics, economics, literature, and culture. The purpose of the course is to provide a framework or overview to enhance understanding in the students' future courses in particular disciplines and specific areas of Latin American and Caribbean study.

Latin American Politics

POL 247 - Dickovick, James T. (Tyler)

This course focuses on Latin American politics during the 20th and 21st centuries. Major topics include: democracy and authoritarianism; representation and power; populism, corporatism, socialism, and communism; and questions of poverty, inequality, and economic growth. The course places particular emphasis on the Cuban and Mexican Revolutions, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, and Peru. In addition, the course examines political and economic relations between the United States and Latin America.

Accelerated Intermediate Portuguese

PORT 163 - Pinto-Bailey, Ana C. (Cristina)

This course develops intermediate communicative Portuguese vocabulary and active intermediate competence in the language. The traditional skills of foreign language instruction (structure, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking) are stressed. This course meets five days per week.

Introducción a la literatura hispanoamericana

SPAN 240 - Pinto-Bailey, Ana C. (Cristina)

Spanish-American literary masterpieces from colonial times through the present. Readings and discussions are primarily in Spanish.

Spanish-American Short Story

SPAN 340 - Barnett, Jeffrey C. (Jeff)

A study of the Spanish-American short story with special attention to the works of Quiroga, Borges, Cortázar, and Valenzuela.

Spanish-American Seminar

SPAN 398A - Michelson, Seth R.

A seminar focusing on a single period, genre, motif, or writer. Recent topics have included "Spanish American Women Writers: From America into the 21st Century," "20th Century Latin America Theater," and "Past, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Argentina's Cultural Products." May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2016, SPAN 398A-01: Poetry and the Politics of Immigration (3). Corequisite: SPAN 200. Prerequisites: SPAN 240 and 275. This seminar explores the politics of immigration through poetry through literary-centered cultural studies. All students must also register for the one-credit, service-learning practicum to take place in a local juvenile facility housing undocumented, unaccompanied youth. In class on campus, we perform and debate close readings of poetry written about, from, and beyond immigrant experiences. In class at the correctional facility, we join incarcerated juvenile Latino immigrants in an inside-out poetry workshop pairing each W&L student with an incarcerated student in a term-long literary partnership within our greater collaboration as a transinstitutional, transnational, and transcultural community. We enhance our ability to conceive, understand, analyze, and discuss the complexities of immigration, while also developing our abilities to read, write, speak, and listen in Spanish. (HL) Michelson

Spring 2016

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Topics in United States, Latin American or Canadian History

HIST 269 - Gildner, Robert M. (Matt)

A course offered from time to time, depending on student interest and staff availability, on a selected topic or problem in United States, Latin American or Canadian history. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2016, HIST 269-03: Race and Racism in the Americas (3). Studying the development of race across the early-modern Atlantic world, analyzing how the idea has influenced the history of peoples, nations, and knowledge in modern Latin America.  How did Europeans understand themselves in relation to African and Native American "Others"?   We situate race within the history of ideas before tracing its diffusion across the Americas from the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment to our own (post-) modern age, taking into account how religion, science, colonialism and capitalism have influenced both ideas of race and the practice of racism. (HU) Gildner.

Living on the Edge: Identities in Motion in Argentina and Uruguay

SPAN 216 - Michelson, Seth R.

Conducted in Spanish in Argentina and Uruguay, this course comprises a study of Argentine culture, language, and identity. Students live in Buenos Aires with Spanish-speaking families while pursuing coursework on identity in local, national, and international contexts. What does geography have to do with identity? How might a nation redefine its policies and peoples over time? Where does the line exist between an economic system and its individual constituents? And what insights can art offer into domestic and international conflict? This course engages such questions through the study of Argentine historiography, literature, economics, and art. Coursework is accentuated by visits to sites of cultural importance in Argentina and Uruguay, including museums, banks, literary presses, political centers, meat markets, parks, and tango houses.