McGrath, Elena

New Course in Latin American History

Hist Indigenous Rights in Amer
HILA
2559
Undergraduate
Fall
2018

History of Indigenous Rights in the Americas

Tuesdays and Thursdays (9:30-10:45)

. This is a lecture course designed to introduce students to the study of indigenous history and Latin America since independence. Where did the vibrant indigenous rights movements that are changing the face of Latin America come from? In this course we will trace the long history of indigenous communities demanding rights from the state and from international organizations over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. We will focus on the cases of Colombia, Bolivia, and Chile using primary and secondary sources in English. Students will be expected to attend lecture, complete weekly reading assignments, and participate in short discussions with the class. Written assignments for this class will include two short midterms (essay and key word identification) and a final exam. Weekly readings may include selections from the following books:

Yashar, Deborah J. Contesting Citizenship in Latin America: The Rise of Indigenous Movements and the Postliberal Challenge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Hylton, Forrest, and Sinclair Thomson. Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics. London: Verso, 2007.

Mallon, Florencia E. Courage Tastes of Blood: The Mapuche Community of Nicolás Ailío and the Chilean State, 1906–2001. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.

Postero, Nancy. The Indigenous State. University of California Press, 2017. http://www.luminosoa.org/site/books/10.1525/luminos.31/.

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45
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Introductory Seminar in Latin American History

Race, Sex, Cold War Latin Amer
HILA
1501
Undergraduate
Fall
2018

HILA 1501 Race, Sex, and the Cold War in Latin America

Tuesdays, 6-8:30

 

Wasn’t the Cold War something the US and the USSR fought over? What does it have to do with Latin America, race, and sex? This class explores how this global conflict was in fact not “cold” at all, as Latin American social movements, revolutionaries, and states fought over the definition of citizenship and political and cultural belonging. Each week, students will read and discuss books and articles that examine the global 1950s to the 1990s from the perspective of Latin America. Topics will include the Cuban Revolution, the global youth rebellions of the 1960s, political violence, human rights movements, and the emergence of feminist, indigenous rights, LGBT rights, and anti-racist movements. We will also be watching movies, listening to music, and exploring art and literature from this period. This is an introductory history seminar where students will read primary and secondary texts and conduct archival research for a project of their choice. There are no exams, but students will be expected to complete semi-weekly reading journals and a final research project of 12-15 pages.

 

Readings may include selections from:

 

Dubinsky, Karen, Catherine Krull, Susan Lord, Sean Mills, and Scott Rutherford, eds. New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness. Toronto: Between the Lines, 2009.

Joseph, G. M, and Daniela Spenser, eds. In from the Cold: Latin America’s New Encounter with the Cold War. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.

Green, James Naylor. Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Brazil. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Chase, Michelle. Revolution within the Revolution: Women and Gender Politics in Cuba, 1952-1962. The University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Cowan, Benjamin Arthur. “How Machismo Got Its Spurs—in English: Social Science, Cold War Imperialism, and the Ethnicization of Hypermasculinity.” Latin American Research Review 52, no. 4 (October 23, 2017): 606–22.

Hale, Charles R. “Between Che Guevara and the Pachamama: Mestizos, Indians and Identity Politics in the Anti-Quincentenary Campaign.” Critique of Anthropology 14, no. 1 (March 1, 1994): 9–39.

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15
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Colloquium in Latin American History

How to Tell Global Stories
HILA
4511
Undergraduate
Spring
2018

How can historians tell meaningful stories about cultures other than their own? How can the stories we tell be respectful to local contexts and at the same time speak to global audiences? How can historians use media like podcasts and websites to make history matter in the present? In this colloquium, we will explore questions of historical method and storytelling from the perspective of Latin America.

 

This course will be divided into two units, Theory and Practice. In the theory unit, we will read examples of creative global storytelling from Latin America and other parts of the world. These will include historical monographs, ethnographies, and testimonial literature that actively engage with ethical and theoretical concerns about storytelling, accountability, memory, and power. Some of these works will be about people, and some will tell stories of communities, places, objects, and even animals.

 

In our unit on practice, students will help contribute by suggesting storytelling media, songs, poems, readings, or blog posts that interest them. We will pair these curated storytelling media with workshops on conducting research and writing as students work on their own individual story projects.

 

Assignments for this class will include reading journals for the first unit (30% of grade), active participation in weekly seminars (30%), organizing and leading one discussion section with a group of students (10%) and a final project that combines historical research with storytelling (30%). The final project will have two components: a 10 page academic research paper, and a creative media version of the same story in either audio, visual, or written form.

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12
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Modern Latin America, 1824 to Present

HILA
2002
Undergraduate
Spring
2018

What is a nation? What is progress and how can we measure it? What is the nature of a just society? How can a nation built out of a colonial empire create a such a society? In this course, we seek to answer these questions by exploring the history of Modern Latin America.  In this class, we will examine moments where peoples and governments have sought to make and change the modern world.

 

In Unit I, we will begin by examining the world created by the Independence Wars in Latin America and the Atlantic World. In this period, the new Latin American republics struggled to make liberty, equality, and prosperity possible during a global era of economic imperialism and scientific racism. Using the examples of Venezuela and Argentina, we will explore the problems of integrating diverse populations, generating prosperity, and the promises and pitfalls of democratic participation.

 

In the second unit, we will explore the crises of the late 19th and early 20th centuries using the case studies of Cuban Independence and the Mexican Revolution. We will explore how Afro-Cuban and indigenous Mexican armies demanded full access to social, economic, and political prosperity, and explore how and why these demands were so challenging for elites. In this unit we will also explore how US intervention and foreign capital affected Latin American societies in this period.

 

In the third unit, we will turn to the revolutions and reactions of the twentieth century, emphasizing the role of the Cold War in turning old struggles into new kinds of conflicts. Our two case studies for this period will be Guatemala and Chile. As we explore two would-be revolutions, we will consider issues of gender, sexuality, race, and environmentalism. Studying the reactionary aftermath of revolutions in Guatemala and Chile will also allow us to investigate the role of terror and state violence in creating the neoliberal economic and political order.

 

Requirements for this course include two midterm exams (25% of grade each), and a portfolio of annotated primary sources (25% of your grade) as a final project. The exam format will be closed book short essay, and the portfolio will require using context from lectures, readings, and discussion sections to curate a series of documents provided by the instructor . In addition, attendance and active participation in discussion sections are required and will be 25% of the final grade.

 

Books we will be using for this class include:

Keen’s Latin American Civilization: A Primary Source Reader, Volume 2: The Modern Era (Tenth Edition).

Domingo Sarmiento, Civilization and Barbarism

Ada Ferrer, Insurgent Cuba

Mariano Azuela, The Underdogs

Peter Kornbluh, The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier of Atrocity and Accountability

Daniel Wilkerson, Silence on the Mountain:Stories of Terror, Betrayal, and Forgetting in Guatemala

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60
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