Abriendo Caminos: Transnational Politics of the Hispanophone Caribbean|
Spring 2018 not offered
|Course Cluster: Caribbean Studies Minor|
This course provides a comparative look at the lives of Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Dominicans who live on their islands, the diaspora, or somewhere in between. Our focus is on politics of belonging and the ethics of solidarity that emerge from these transnational encounters. We begin by considering certain shared realities of the region as a whole, contrasting these larger trends to issues relevant for each island, given their divergent political trajectories. Then, we will look at an array of contemporary artifacts of these fluid encounters, including performance pieces by feminist artists, activists taking on a state, or collaborative educational experiments.
As a first-year seminar (FYS), we will dedicate part of our time to mastering writing as a daily practice. Since much of our material is contemporary, we will consider the meaning of "writing for the present," unpacking the process of social documentation. Along the way, students will gain skill in interpreting evidence, revising, and learning the basics of good college writing.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CBST-MN)
Elson Simmons, Kimberly, RECONSTRUCTING RACIAL IDENTITY AND THE AFRICAN PAST IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Perez Jr, Louis A., ON BECOMING CUBAN: IDENTITY, NATIONALITY AND CULTURE
Ayala, Cesar and Bernabe, Rafael, PUERTO RICO IN THE AMERICAN CENTURY: A HISTORY SINCE 1898
|Examination and Assignments: |
daily journaling (informal writing) turn journal into a critical essay (writing to explore); literature review (develop information literacy + synthesis; multi-stage) documentary analysis paper (5 pages; multi-stage rewrite) interpreting an image/video online (technology literacy)