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First Name Last Name Userid Title Home School Org Short Name
Catherine Bartch bartch LIMITED SERVICE (E) School of Arts and Sciences Latin American and Latino Studies
Spring 2019
Spring 2019
Latin@ Cultural History
This course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the resiliency and impact of Latin@ cultural and artistic contributions, esthetics, expressions and institution building int he United Stats from the Civil Rights Era to the present. We will explore how Latin@s arguculturally defining being "American"; how their artistic expressions fit and influence the creativity and productivity of American and global Arts & Cultural expressions; and the Latin@ interactions of race, culture, society, economy and politics in the U.S.

Foundational Approach

Cultural Diversity in the US
Johnny Irizarry
Adjunct Faculty
Adjunct Faculty
This course serves as one of the main courses of the LALS major and minor dealing with Latinxs in the United States. In fact, there are only a few other courses that we offer that explore this topic. Many of the LALS students do take this to gain an overview of the Latinx populations and a strong understanding of their cultural expression via all forms of art in the United States.
• Brief historical overviews, with course content concentrating on Latinx artistic and cultural production from the civil rights movement to the present
• Artistic and Cultural expressions of individual U.S. Latinx ethnic communities
• The pursuit/construction, formation of “Latinx Identity” through artistic and cultural expressions. Art as a tool for de-colonization and liberation, both individual and group
• An examination of how Latinxs interact, influence, affect and relate culturally with each other and other Americans (impact of race, class, gender, socio-economic dynamics and how those have changed with historical, socio-economic and political conditions, time, activism and advocacy
• Study concepts such as Latinx cultural hybridity, multiple-identities in one, racialization of individual and group experiences, Border/s Theory, Chicana Critical Feminist Theory, immigration experiences (political, colonization, civil wars and economic push factors), similarities and differences in Latinx presence/experiences in the U.S., urban/rural, equity and poverty and how cultural deficit theories, national and global dynamics impact Latinx identity formation through time, and on how time has impacted Latinx art and cultural expressions across disciplines
• The impact of Latinxs in U.S. artistic/cultural-history (across disciplines---spoken language (bilingualism/multi-lingual, native languages and dialects), popular culture, traditional arts, visual arts, music, dance, film, theater, literature, storytelling, performance art, indigenous, Western and African traditional, classical and interdisciplinary expressions; the historical
• role/impact of Latinx artists, writers and performers in contemporary “American” cultural/art movements such as popular theatre, the history of mural making, social justice arts education, the building of Latinx cultural institutions and community based centers, Hip Hop, Spoken Word, and Urban Art
• Explore essential questions such as, what is Art and who determines what is or is not Art? Is there such a thing as art for art sake? The impact of technological advances in Art production?
• The history and roles of Latinx cultural/art institution building and the impact of those organizations/institutions in their local and national communities (case studies)
• An overview of arts/cultural education programs in Philadelphia, Latinxs artists in Philadelphia
• Impact of arts and cultural programs in student academic success in schools, as adults…
• The arts as a signifier of social status; power and influence; High Art / Low Art
• The subsistence of artists, artists as laborers, workers, artists as vanguard; Art Manifestos
• Artists and capitalism; political artistic censorship/silencing
• The arts as a core element of the human experience

Methods of Assessment

1 Final research paper incorporating original research in the form of interview as well as substantial secondary research.
6 Journal entries that can be written reflections on class.
1 take home written essay midterm and 1 in-class written essay.
1 - 15 minute presentation on class topics

Cross Cultural Analysis


Cultural Diversity in the US

This class emphasizes all of the forms of differentiation mentioned above-- race/ethnicity, immigrant status, social class, gender, religious affiliation. However, it mostly focuses on race/ethnicity, immigrant status and social class.
The course presents a comparative perspective about the Latinx community in the United States examining the multiple identities. It also explores how Latinx cultural workers and artists have engaged with paradigms such as the White/Black narratives on race: Multi-Racial bodies; being Latinx Gay/lesbian/Queer, Transgender; socio-economic class divides and regionalized social-cultural experiences in the U.S. In addition, the course will look at the experiences of Latinx 1st, 2nd, multi-generational U.S. born and new immigrants from Latin America, how Latinxs artistic expressions change, interact and influence the creativity and productivity of other artists and art movements in the United States, in Latin America and globally.
The class, as stated above, does explore the intersection of Latinx identity with race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and other identities.
The course addresses inequality, stratification, and power by exploring the history and roles of Latinx cultural/art institution building and the impact they had on the communities. It also examines how art captures, reveals, but also masks inequities in society and how it can be used as a positive tool for social change. The course also examines the challenges Latinx art faces within a global capitalist system. Throughout the course students will delve into concepts such as inequality and privilege.
The course incorporates both social scientific data collection via qualitative methods. Students are asked interview various members of the Latinx community. In addition, students constantly engage in critical reading of literature and social science materials. Students are also asked to think, write, and create using scholarly resources and with a critical lens.

Quantitative Data Analysis


Formal Reasoning


Administrative Fields

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