In 2013-2014 LAS benefited from courses originating in ten different departments and programs across campus. We offered a
total of 33 courses to 468 students, cross-listed with Spanish, Africana Studies, History, French, Sociology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, English, and Gay and Lesbian Studies.
Marcos Lopez taught two new courses, "Latina/os in the U.S." and "Immigration and the Politics of Exclusion." Laura Premack also taught a new class, titled "Spiritual Encounters: African Religion in the Americas," and a revised version of "Beyond Capoeira: History and Politics of Afro-Brazilian Culture." These courses were welcome additions given our desire to expand our offerings on Brazil and Latino Studies. We are thrilled that next year Laura will offer a "History of Brazil" survey and Marcos will teach a new class, "Global Bodies and the Politics of Work," which touches on Latino/a issues. New courses next year will also include Allen Wells’, "The Haitian Revolution and its Legacies" and two other courses on the French Caribbean, Greg Beckett’s "Contemporary Haiti," and Hanétha Vété-Congolo’s course on aesthetics. Finally, Carolyn Wolfenzon will offer a new course on contemporary Latin American historical novels that treat the colonial period. Partially focused on the Andean region, that class will coincide with updated versions of other courses on that region: Krista Van Vleet’s "Culture and Power in the Andes", Allen Wells’ "The Historical and Contemporary Maya", and Susan Wegner’s survey on Ancient Mexico and Peru. Susan’s class will have a new accent on environmental factors, in keeping with the current campus-wide student and faculty focus on questions relating to the environmental crisis.
Gustavo Faverón Patriau
L.A.S. Program Director