First Year Seminar: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America: Myths, Realities and Identities


What does it mean to identify as mestizo, moreno, or mulato? How have Latin American nations dealt with their mixed racial populations and their rich African and indigenous heritages? What does it mean to be black in nations where the official discourse is one of racial hybridity or color blindness? This course examines the history of racial thinking and the experience of race in Latin America. While the focus of the course will be on the complexities of race in Latin America, a place of enormous ethnic and cultural diversity, we will also draw comparisons to the history of race in the U.S.
Course Attributes: EN H; FYS; BU Hum; BU IS; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM