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Roberto Lint Sagarena

Professor of American Studies; Director of Intercultural Programs

 work(802) 443-5508
 Fall 2021: by appointment
 Carr Hall 203

Roberto Lint Sagarena is Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College and Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. He holds Bachelors degrees in Art History and Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Doctorate in Religion from Princeton University. His research and teaching interests center on the role of religion and religious rhetoric in the formation of racial, ethnic and regional identities in the Americas with particular attention to social relations resulting from inequality. He is the author of Aztlan and Arcadia: Religion, Ethnicity, and the Creation of Place (2014 NYU Press).



Course List: 

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AMST 0101 - Intro to American Studies:      

Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description.

Fall 2018, Spring 2022

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AMST 0213 - Intro to Latina/o Studies      

Introduction to Latina/o Studies
In this course we will undertake an interdisciplinary investigation of the unique experiences and conditions of U.S. Latina/os of Caribbean, Latin American, and Mexican descent. We will critically examine transnational cultures, patterns of circular migration, and intergenerational transformations from a historical perspective while also using methodologies from the humanities and social sciences. Topics will include the conquest of Mexico’s northern frontier, Chicana/o and Nuyorican movements, Latina feminist thought, Latina/o arts, Central American migrations in the 1980s, Latina/o religiosities, as well as philosophies of resistance and acculturation. 3 hrs. lect. AMR HIS NOR SOC

Fall 2017, Fall 2020

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AMST 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Select project advisor prior to registration.

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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AMST 0701 - Senior Work I      

Senior Work
(Approval required)

Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021

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AMST 0710 - Honors Thesis      

Honors Thesis
For students who have completed AMST 0705, and qualify to write two-credit interdisciplinary honors thesis. on some aspect of American culture. The thesis may be completed on a fall/winter schedule or a fall/spring schedule. (Select a thesis advisor prior to registration)

Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022

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AMST 1022 - American Pulp Fiction      

American Pulp Fiction
In this course we will consider how American pulp fiction has reflected cultural attitudes, represented categories of identity, and been regularly reimagined from the golden age of the genre in the 20th century to contemporary times. We will read stories by Jack Vance, Poul Anderson, and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as Chester Himes’ The Heat is On. We will also view Pulp Fiction, the Maltese Falcon, and Lovecraft Country. AMR LIT NOR WTR

Winter 2022

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FYSE 1029 - Worldbuilding      

In this seminar we will critically examine fictional worlds in literature, cinema, and games. Worldbuilding synthesizes and transforms our understanding of reality into fantastic settings such as Middle-Earth, Star Wars, or even colonial exploration narratives. We will critically examine the multidisciplinary use of origin stories, symbols and myths, invented histories, and imagined geographies in constructing new universes. Among the questions we will consider are: How do we conceive of coherent places and times? What real world consequences do fictional worlds have on popular beliefs and practices? Students will design their own well-researched and richly detailed worlds during the semester. 3 hrs. sem. CW LIT

Fall 2021

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IGST 0703 - LAS Senior Thesis      

Latin American Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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Program in American Studies

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