History | Ethnicity, Race, and Identity
E104 | 0120 | Guardino


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 in
Latin America.  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.

Reading assignments will include three short books and a variety of
documents.  Students will write three 2-4 page papers and complete
three brief exams.