Latino Studies Fall 2021 Courses

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Below are the courses offered in Latino Studies. Check the requirements page for which courses count towards your program of study. Note that not all courses are offered every semester.

To review current and recent course offerings, see the class search link for Latino Studies on the registrar's website. To enroll in the ILS Supplementary Major or Minor contact Dr. Karen Richman, Director of Undergraduate Studies, by emailing or calling (574) 631-8146. We also encourage you to visit us at 305 Bond Hall.


Latino Studies Fall 2021 Seminars

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Fall 2021 Courses (pdf version)

20000 Level

ILS 20303 Latinx Poetry Now (CRN 20958)

Francisco Aragon - MW 9:30A - 10:45A

ILS 20704 Social Inequality & American Education (CRN 14375)
Amy Langenkamp - TR 2:00P - 3:15P

ILS 20912 CBL: Language, Culture, and Community (CRN 20173)
Maria Coloma - MW 2:00P - 3:15P

ILS 20913 CBL: Once Upon A Time (CRN 20171)
Rachel Parroquin - TR 2:00P - 3:15P/TR 3:15P - 4:30P

ILS 20305 Reading to Create: A Writing Course (CRN 21316)
Francisco Aragon - W 3:30P - 6:00P

30000 Level

ILS 30006 Race and American Popular Culture (CRN 20379)
Jason Ruiz - TR 12:30P - 1:45P

ILS 30010 Borderlands and Art Theory (CRN 16452)
Tatiana Reinoza - MW 12:30P - 1:45P

ILS 30102 Anthropology of Migration (CRN 20957)
J. Jankovic Rankovic - TR 9:30A - 10:45A

ILS 30401 History of Modern Mexico (CRN 16128)
Jaime Pensado - TR 9:30A - 10:45A 

ILS 30410 Experience of Conquest (CRN 17406)
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto - TR 9:30A - 10:45A 

ILS 30442 Labor in America since 1945 (CRN 21175)
Daniel Graff 􏰀- TR 11:00A - 12:15P

ILS 30508 Urban Politics (CRN 20471)
Luis Fraga - TR 12:30P - 1:45P 

ILS 30701 Race and Ethnicity (CRN 17508)
Steven Alvarado - MW 2:00P - 3:15P

ILS 30902 Intro to Hispanic Literature & Cultures (CRN 17679, 17681)
Vanesa Miseres - MW 12:30P - 1:45P
Leonardo Francalanci - MW 2:00P - 3:15P

ILS 30912 Modern Latin American Literature (CRN 20167, 20169)
Thomas Anderson - MW 9:30A - 10:45A
Maria Olivera-Williams - MW 2:00P - 3:15P

ILS 33804 CBL: Spirituality of Justice (CRN 21010)
Christian Santa Maria - T 4:15P - 5:30P

40000 Level

ILS 40711 Race and Activism (CRN 20847)
Rory McVeigh - MW 2:00P - 3:15P
ILS 40846 U.S. Latino Catholicism (CRN 19874)
Tim Matovina - TR 12:30P - 1:45P 

ILS 40901 Latin American Feminism and Novel (CRN 20165)
Maria Olivera-Williams - MW 3:30P - 4:45P

ILS 40902 Texts to Table (CRN 20162)
Vanesa Miseres - MW 11:00A - 12:15P

ILS 43401 Global Sixties (CRN 20942)
Jaime Pensado - TR 11:00A - 12:15P

ILS 43504 Politics of Public Policy (CRN 21317)
Ricardo Ramirez - TR 1:00A - 12:15P

ILS 43711 Racial/Ethnic Educational Inequalities (CRN 17512)
Calvin Zimmerman - MW 11:00A - 12:15P

Fall 2021 Latino Studies Seminars (pdf version)

HIST 13184-08 Columbus in History and Memory
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto - TR 3:30P - 4:45P
For a sense of what Columbus was really like, we'll read a selection of his writings (not the editorially distorted "Four Voyages" that have misled most students, but authentic ipsissima verba). To study the transmission of his image, especially in the U.S., the Catholic Church, and the University of Notre Dame, we'll scrutinize Gregori's famous or notorious murals. Along the way we'll work on critical, informed examination of written and pictorial documents, unremitting perfectionism in writing, improved attentiveness in listening, and growing effectiveness in communicating. We’ll focus on skills typically under-represented in students’ education so far: how to identify and explore interesting problems in history and art history, and how to understand documents from unfamiliar periods by analyzing language, imagery, and, in pictorial works, iconography.

POLS 13186-01 Race and Policing in the U.S.
David Cortez TR 11:00A -12:15P
Are the police, as an institution, irredeemably flawed? Motivated by this central question, this course explores the long, and mutually-constitutive relationship between race and law enforcement in the United States — from the earliest “slave patrols” to the murder, live-streamed on Facebook, of Philando Castile — and the implications of that relationship for liberal democratic norms. Beginning with an introduction to the theoretical conception of race and, more specifically, “Whiteness,” the course proceeds with a historical analysis of the role those constructs played in the development of modern policing (and vice versa). Interdisciplinary by design, this course draws on empirical studies, popular culture, and current events to engage students in an informed discussion of a complex, but ever-salient subject in American political life. Topics covered include: racial profiling and “Stop, Question, and Frisk”; institutional reforms and the minority police officer; and police-contact and political behavior among people of color; and the proliferation of “Copaganda.”

POLS 13186-07 Identity Politics
Michael Hoffman - MW 2:00P - 3:15P
Identity politics has recently regained attention as a major force in political behavior. In this course, we will examine the features of identity politics that bear on individuals’ political preferences and decisions. Using both historical and contemporary examples, we will analyze the role of identity considerations in electoral behavior, protest, and partisanship, among other areas. Some of the identity categories studied will be race, gender, and religious affiliation. The course includes cases both within the American context and international comparisons.

LLRO 13186-02 Dangerous Reads: Banned U.S. Latina/o Literature 
Marisel Moreno - TR 11:00A - 12:15P
The 2010 ban of the Mexican-American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District (AZ) provoked a national debate regarding the importance of ethnic studies in our schools. From Shakespeare’s The Tempest to Drown by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, the list of books “removed” from classrooms revealed that what was—and continues to be—at stake is more than just the future of Mexican-American studies. In this course, we will begin by examining HB 2281, the law that terminated the MAS program. We will read and discuss a number of the canonical US Latina/o/x literary works that were banned, as well as works that have been banned in other contexts. Students will engage with Latina/o/x diaspora literature from various backgrounds, including Mexican-American, U.S. Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, Peruvian, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan. We will end the semester reading Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical hit Hamilton, which due to its unprecedented reception in the US represents a counter-example to the other texts we will study. This course has an optional CBL/service-learning component that entails tutoring at the local organization La Casa de Amistad once a week for 2 hours. Tutoring/mentoring at La Casa will provide an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the issues studied in class in a "real world" context while also fostering stronger ties between Notre Dame and the South Bend community. This course offers a great opportunity for students to learn about Latina/o/x cultural production in the U.S. Knowledge of Spanish is not necessary. Course counts toward the Latino Studies minor and supplementary major.

ENGL 13186-11 On the Move: Migration in American Literature
Francisco Robles - TR 11:00A - 12:15P
In this class, we will examine the importance of migration in twentieth century U.S. Literature. We will consider how migration has been integral in telling or representing the American experience, particularly by investigating how movement has been used by authors and film directors to shape texts, ideas, and characters. In investigating how flux and movement impact both the content and the structure of a literary or filmic text, we will reflect on how migration alters political ideas, ideals, and trends. Finally, we will explore the many ways that migration shapes our conceptions of homeland and region. We will engage with classics of U.S. literature and film, with a significant focus on Latinx and African American literature. We will examine several questions throughout the semester, using these to focus our conversations. Is being American determined by geography? By urban or rural belonging? By openness to flux and change? By ethnic and racial identity, and other forms of communal belonging? By philosophical disposition? By class, employment, or one's form of labor? By language and dialect? How does migration affect each of these possible determinations, and how is it constitutive of American literature as a field of inquiry?