SPAN190-000: Freshman Seminar: Spanish

Topic: Latino U.S.

January 10, 2017 - April 24, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
10:00am - 11:15am
Callaway Center S108
Dillman, Lisa M
Appropriate for First Year students.

Freshmen only. In-depth treatment of a topic in language, literature, or culture of the Luso-Hispanic world through readings, frequent writing assignments, and class discussions.

Latino US: Culture, Language and Identity

This class is taught in English.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information:

CONTENT:  In recent years, Atlanta has boasted one of the fastest growing Latino populations in the United States. The United States is now the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, surpassed only by Mexico. By 2050, it is predicted to be the first. There are more Spanish speakers in the US than there are in Spain, Colombia, or Argentina. So who, exactly, are “Hispanics”/”Latinos”? This seminar will question the concept of Latino/Hispanic as a homogenous identity by looking at different groups (Chicano, Mexican and Mexican-American, Cuban and Cuban-American, Puerto Rican/NuYorican, Dominican and Dominican-American) with different histories, cultures and circumstances, using a geographical framework (the Southwest, the Southeast, and the Northeast). We will read, watch and listen to literature, journalism, music, Latino comedians, television and film, delving into the history and exploring the present and future of Latino US.


TEXT: Rudolfo Anaya, Alburquerque; Patricia Engel, Vida and daily readings on Canvas.


PARTICULARS: Evaluation is based on active class participation, writing assignments, an oral presentation, and a final paper. There is also one (obligatory) Saturday trip to Plaza Fiesta. Two movie screenings required outside of class.



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