Latino/Latin American Studies

The Latino/Latin American Studies minor consists of 20 credits of interdisciplinary coursework.  This study of the Americas is appropriate for all students, especially those majoring in History, Hispanic Studies, Political Science, Theology, and Global Business.

Fall 2018 Event Series - Politics of the Imagination: Constructing Futures

Our LLAS events series this semester will respond to the broad theme of Politics of the Imagination: Constructing Futures.

The work of the imagination – i.e., the envisioning and inventiveness that responds to reality and presents alternatives to what is – is an essential component of all political activity, which is to say, of all activity focused on shaping the circumstances of human life and community. How we imagine the future guides how we engage with the present, whether the future we imagine is utopian, dystopian, or reproduces the status quo. 

Latinx performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña has said "My discourse is first of all an artistic discourse, because my main tool is the imagination! You know, I worship the imagination! I think that losing imagination can be even more dangerous than losing our civil rights."

Our fall 2018 LLAS events series will engage with literature, film-making, and street theater as areas of cultural work in which the future is imagined in order to engage with important political questions in the here and now.

View our Fall Event Series poster.

Students enrolled in LLAS 270 will reflect and discuss and imagine together in response to three events:

1. A public presentation about how the creative work of Puerto Rican novelists can be instructive in creating a theology of decolonization.

2. A viewing of a Latino futurist film that imagines a dystopian future for U.S.-Mexico relations that is uncomfortably close to the present.

3. A public presentation and, for those interested, a workshop focused on the role of creative theatrical work in organizing and mobilizing for social and political change.

Fall 2018 Event Schedule

  • Dr. Teresa Delgado, Reimagining Decolonial Futures: Puerto Rico, God-Talk and Seeking the Common Good
    Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:30pm, Gorecki Dining and Conference Center, 204 A&B, CSB
    Presented by the Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture Lecture and co-sponsored by the Latino/Latin American Studies program.

  • Film Showing and Discussion: Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer (2008)
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6:30pm, Quad 346 (Little Theater), SJU

  • Dr. Leticia Robles-Moreno, All the Streets Are a Stage: Performing Transnational Artivisms in the Americas
    Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 7:00pm, Gorecki Dining and Conference Center, 204 A&B, CSB