Winter 2010 Sample Courses
SPAN/AMST 1010 U.S. Latino Visual Culture
Enrique Garcia, Spanish and Portuguese
In this course we will study the development of U.S. Latino visual culture in the 20th century and how this ethnicity is constructed and visualized in relation to the mainstream Anglophone culture of the United States. Topics will include the early and problematic blackface representations in Hollywood (Touch of Evil and West Side Story), the emergence of narratives that problematize border concepts (El Norte), Ghetto narratives (Stand and Deliver), Hispanic graffiti art and graphic novels, superstars in the media, and the emergence of important U.S. Latino characters in contemporary television (Lost, Six Feet Under). The class will use texts and films written in English.
WRPR/WAGS 0201 Writing For Social Change
Catharine Wright, Center for Teaching/Learning/Research
This course explores the many choices we face as speakers and writers when communicating across race, gender, sexuality, religion, culture, class and ability. Drawing on works by W. E. B. Dubois, James Baldwin, Beverly Tatum, Paulo Freire, Dorothy Allison, Arundhati Roy, Amy Tan, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Desmund Tutu, and others, the class explores a range of genres and voices and examines patterns of domination and subordination in diverse cultural contexts. Students will learn strategies for both creative and critical writing and respond to formal and informal writing assignments. The class will hold occasional writing workshops, and final projects will provide opportunities for collaboration.
WRPR/ENVS 1014 Class and the Environment: The Struggle for Ecological Democracy
Hector Vila, Center for Teaching/Learning/Research
In this course we will explore how and why, in a world being divided into consumer markets, sources of cheap labor and raw materials, and ecological sacrifice zones, the most vulnerable are disenfranchised into communities of poor and working class people. We will examine the future of the environment and “free" market economy and the prospectus of radical green and democratic movements. Through reading, writing, and discussion we will investigate such texts as The Struggle for Environmental Justice to learn how communities face the task of linking protest strategies to the building of positive alternatives.