History | Latin America
E104 | 0152 | Guardino


MW10:10A-11:00A  WH120

Topic: Ethnicity, Race, and Identity

Students must enroll in a discussion section.

How did race and ethnicity become among the most important dimensions of
identity 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.