Latino Studies | Seminar in Latino Studies: Latino Social Movements
L396 | 25650 | Darrel Enck-Wanzer


This course takes an interdisciplinary look at the rhetoric of
Latino/a social movements in the United States, paying particular
attention to the Chicano/a and Boricua movements that arose in the
1960s. As a course in the rhetoric of social movements, we will take
seriously the ways in which different groups (e.g., the Brown Berets
and the Young Lords Party) and individuals (e.g., Cesar Chavez)
engaged in a public protest discourse designed to rectify hundreds
of years of oppression. As an interdisciplinary study of Latino/a
social movements in the United States, we will be consulting a
variety of ‘academic’ sources from different fields. We will also
engage critically a variety of cultural artifacts including
speeches, film, and literature. After addressing ways of examining
social movements generally and the historical roots of Latinos/as in
the U.S., we will focus our attention on four key movement moments:
Cesar Chavez and the farm workers; Chicano protest in the 60s and
70s; Puerto Rican radicalism of the 60s and 70s; and contemporary
Chicana feminist work on “borderlands”. TR 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Classroom TBA (3cr) (Carries S&H and Culture Studies Credit)