An introduction to Latin American and Caribbean culture and history to students with no previous background in the subject. The emphasis in the course is on peoples and processes and change rather than on institutions and events.
The multicultural reality of the American experience from the 1600s through the 1800s by examining the complex interactions of people of diverse races, ethnicities, classes, and gender in forging the American nation.
Amerindian, Iberoamerican, and Caribbean history and culture from pre-encounter times to 1800.
Latin American and Caribbean history and culture from 1800 to the present.
Explores the impact of colonization on Native Americans to 1840. The course will focus on the creative adaptations of Indians to the great changes unleashed by the meeting of the new and old worlds.
Government policy towards Indians, but more importantly, exploration of how Native Americans themselves constructed their lives over the past 150 years. The readings give voice to Indians while at the same time providing a structured historical background.
Mexican history and culture from pre-Columbian times to the present.
Brazilian history and culture from pre-Columbian times to the present.
The islands and Caribbean periphery from pre-Columbian times to the present. European intrusion and settlement, plantation societies and economies, slavery and slave rebellion, nineteenth- and twentieth-century political and economic developments, and United States policy. Approximately one-…
The Western hemisphere from pre-Columbian times, with emphasis on social and economic development and the evolution of political cultures from the American Revolution to the present.
Offered every year.
North American Indian cultures at the time of European contact. Additional topics include origin and development of Indian culture, impact of European contact on native cultures, and problems faced by Native Americans today.
Survey course presenting orality as major modus of literary and knowledge production in Africa. Presentation of the institutional carriers of orality (storytellers, etc.). Readings in English translation.
Two indigenous urban societies of the Americas, from farming village beginnings to the Spanish conquest, and their lasting impact on modern middle American culture. Topics include ecology, economy, political organization, urbanism, militarism, beliefs, art, architecture, and literature.
Development of the native societies of the southeastern United States, the exploration of the area by Spain in the sixteenth century, and the consequences of the meeting of the two peoples.
Social history of the native peoples of the southern United States from the beginnings of the Spanish missions and the English deerskin and slave trade through Indian removal.