S104 25372 Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (Guardino) (HIST) (S & H) (3 cr.)

How did race and ethnicity become among the most important dimensions of identity in Latin America? How have racial and ethnic boundaries been perceived and enforced by European Americans, African Americans, and Native Americans? How have ideas about race and ethnicity changed over time? How have visions of race and ethnicity been used to construct national identities in Latin America? Why and how have racial and ethnic identities resurged in Latin American politics and art in recent years? This course is designed to introduce students to the kinds of questions historians pose about identities and boundaries.

We will use a variety of materials to explore race and ethnicity over time. Students will be exposed to different kinds of information about race, including both written and visual primary sources from the past, historical writing based on such evidence, contemporary cinematic depictions of race and ethnicity in both the past and the present, and contemporary art and literature. They will be asked to think critically about all of these materials and produce arguments in both written and verbal forms.