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Latinos in Louisiana

HNRS 2033 Sec. 064 - Spring 2023

Dr. Claudia Sanford Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Tu Th 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
203 French House

What is the history of Latinos? Where do they come from? Why are so many here? Why is it the largest minority group in America? What is the evolution of Latin American identity from the 1500s to the present? What is the influence of the Latino population in Louisiana? Fostering an interdisciplinary and hemispheric approach to Latino/a Studies, this course will provide students with a critical overview of some of the central themes and issues that have shaped the experiences of Latino/a populations in the U.S.

The main areas of inquiry that this course will address include:

  • The history of ethnic labels
  • U.S.-Latin American relations
  • The formation of transnational communities and identities
  • The politics of language and bilingualism
  • Race, class, and ethnicity
  • Political and social movements
  • Geographic space and localities
  • Media and popular culture

As a starting point for this seminar, we will use interviews of about one hundred people involved in politics, business, and pop culture and those who have lived through crucial moments in American history. We will study events from then and now to make comparisons and contrast between the intersections of these cultures.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Social Sciences