Latino/Latin American Studies
Latino/Latin American Studies Fall 2013 Event Series and Reading Circle
"Mapuche: The Indigenous People of South-Central Chile"Thursday, October 3, 6:30pm, HAB 128, CSB
A basket weaver, a textile weaver, a honey producer, a musician and other representatives of the Mapuche people will present and share stories in an interactive gathering. This event is co-sponsored with Hispanic Studies Department and St. Cloud State University
"The Brazilian Turnaround: A Serious Country At Last
Wednesday, November 20, 6:30pm Quad 170 SJU.
Political scientist Al Montero from Carleton College will present a lecture titled "The Brazilian Turnaround: A Serious Country At Last". At the beginning of the 1990s, Brazil was described as having a "feckless" political system and an economy "drunk" on hyperinflation. By the mid-2000s, it was the 'B' in the BRICS. How did this turnaround happen? Is it real? Has Brazil become a serious country at long last? Prof. Montero argues that Brazil has secured a notable turnaround in political governance, economic management, and most impressively, in social indicators. But much more is left to do to improve the quality of democracy. The mass demonstrations that have plagued the Dilma Rousseff presidency's preparations for hosting the World Cup in 2014 are a reflection of a public that has grown frustrated with the pace of change and the priorities of public policy. The street protests are an indicator that Brazil is a serious country facing serious challenges. This event is co-sponsored with Global Awareness Series.
"The Music of Brazil"
Friday, December 6, 6:30pm BAC, CSB.
Local musician Robert Everest will play Brazilian songs and speak about their origin and significance in the world of music. He has recorded, among others, two CDs of Brazilian music, Aquarela Do Brasil and Sonho Meu. This event is co-sponsored with Center for Global Education.
Students who plan to attend all events may register for "LLAS 270: Readings in Latino/Latin American Studies." This can be taken for either one or zero credits, pass/fail. Requirements are simple: attend all events and write a short (3-4 pages) reflective essay. Registrants for LLAS 270 will receive 1 academic credit. Students may also choose to register for 0 credits which does not require an essay. Interested students should contact Eleonora Bertranou, director of the Latino/Latin American Studies program, at email@example.com. Professor Gary Prevost (POLS) will lead the reading circle. Students should specify whether they wish to register for 1 or 0 credit.
Overview of Program
- Students will take a common introductory course and will complete their program with a common capstone
- The Latino/Latin American Studies minor requires Spanish-language proficiency and twenty-five (25) credits of Latino/L atin American Studies courses: seventeen credits, required; and eight credits, elective
- The program offers a variety of courses, some focusing on particular national groups or specific academic disciplines, and others organized around comparative topics or issues
- The purpose is to encourage in-depth study as well as to provide guidance for a general inquiry into the problem of cultural difference and its social and political implications, within both the Americas and the Caribbean
- CSB/SJU sponsors a nationally recognized Latino/Latin American Learning Community