Fall 2020

History 265: Across Borders - U.S./Latin America

This course looks at the dynamics between the United States and Latin America from the turn of the Twentieth century to the free trade agreements of the 1990s. We will focus on the transnational connections between communities and individuals, through the discussion of topics such as race, class, gender, imperialism, nationalism, globalization, migration, consumerism, social movements, and political ideologies. What perceptions did local and foreign people have of each other? How did they change over time? What interactions did migrants, exiles, artists, businessmen, and tourists have with local communities? Were the communities shaped or changed with these new arrivals? In what ways did different commodities, cultural practices, and political ideas travel and translate between the different countries? What role did national-level diplomatic and economic relations play in these histories? Throughout the semester, students will read a broad array of primary and secondary sources that will help them engage critically with these questions and will provide different ways to historicize and contextualize these transnational relationships.

Prof. Lund-Montaño, 4 credits, TTh 10:00-11:20am

-Fulfills Cultural Pluralism and Social Sciences distribution.

-History major: modern history; Empires & Colonialism; Revolution, War, & Politics; Social Justice

Spring 2021

History 188: Modern Latin America

Latin America often exists in the North American popular imagination as a series of colorful stereotypes: suave Latin lovers, peasants sleeping under sombreros, wild-eyed revolutionaries in banana republics. This class will replace those myths with a view of the Latin Americans as people, not stereotypes. We will look at shared social, political, and economic problems while also appreciating the diversity of the region by examining the specific cases of various nations. The class, which covers the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning with independence from Spain, will be conducted by lecture and discussion.

Prof. Lund-Montaño, 4 credits, MWF 11:00am-11:50am

-Fulfills Cultural Pluralism and Social Sciences distribution and Race & Ethnic Studies requirements.

-History major: modern history; Social Justice