Fall 2017 Courses:

 

Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies

CRN

LACS

Cross List(s)

COURSE NAME

DAYS

TIME

INSTRUCTOR

GEN ED

25731

103

GEO 103

Multi-Cultural Geographies Of US

MWF

10:50a-11:50am

John W Frazier

N , P

16501

180E

AFST 180R

MUS 112

Music Cults: Africa, Caribbean, American

TR

11:40a-01:05pm

James M Burns &

Gavin E Webb

A , G

24338

27642

27643

200

 

HIS 282D

Intro Latin American & Caribbean Studies

MW

F

10:50a-11:50am

10:50a-11:50am

12:00p-1:00pm

Nancy P Appelbaum

N , W

27146

271

 

Library Research Latin American/Carib/US Latin@s

MW

12:00p-1:25pm

Delal Aydin

J

20888

280O

AFST, COLI,

ENG,SOC,WGSS

Politics of Women of Color

TR

11:40a-1:05pm

Maria C Lugones

 

27477

304

ENVI 382A,

SOC 380G

Environmental Activism in Latin American/Caribbean

TR

2:50p-4:15pm

Lorena Campuzano Duque

N , O

26115

310

AAAS 380D, SOC 380C

Asian & Latin American Immigration to US

TR

4:25pm-5:50pm

Kai Wen Yang

J , N

28306

340

AFST, PLSC, SOC, WGSS

Women & U.S. Criminal Jus Sys

T

1:40p-4:40pm

Juanita Diaz

N , P

16505

344

SPN 344

Adv. Reading & Interpretation

TR

10:05a-11:30am

Gerardo Pignatiello

FL3 , H

17907

344

SPN 344

Adv. Reading & Interpretation

TR

2:50p-4:15 pm

Salvador J Fajardo

FL3 , H

29431

360

SPN 360

Hispanic Culture

TR

10:05a-11:30am

Sandra Maria Casanova-Vizcaino

H

24609

365

AFST, HDEV, PSYC

Psychology of Racism

W

01:40p-04:40pm

Leo Wilton

N , P

24830

370

SPN 370

Hispanic Literature

TR

1:15pm-2:40pm

Salvador J Fajardo

H

27756

380C

COLI, ENG, WGSS

Sexual Transgression

M

4:40pm-7:40pm

Maria C Lugones

 

16516

380F

AAAS, HDEV, WGSS

Global Migration Flows & Procs

W

5:50pm-8:50pm

Hyeyoung Kang

G

19244

380P

AAAS, AFST, HDEV, WGSS

Migration, Citizenship & Human Rights

T

5:50pm-8:50pm

Oscar F Gil

G

19241

380V

COLI ,FREN

Food in Francophone Lit

TR

1:15p-2:40pm

Robyn S Cope

 

24821

400

AAAS, HDEV, WGSS

Social Justice

W

5:50pm-8:50pm

Denise G Yull

G

25807

LACS

400

AAAS, HDEV, WGSS

Social Justice

T

5:50pm-8:50pm

Jakob Willibald Feinig

G

16521

480A

COLI, ENG, WGSS

Contemporary Black Britain: Writing & Film

TR

4:25pm-5:50pm

Thomas Glave

H

29346

 

480C

SPN 483G/571G

Reading Puerto Rico

T

6:00pm-9:00pm

Sandra Maria Casanova-Vizcaino

H

16527

16537

480Y

580T

AFST, SOC, WGSS

Social Dynamics of Punishment

T

6:00pm-9:00pm

Juanita Diaz

W

27654

 

27655

482B

 

580E

COLI, HIST

Modern Latin America & Caribbean

W

3:30pm-6:30pm

Nancy P Appelbaum

C , N

FALL 2017 COURSES

 

LACS 200/HIST282d
Introduction to Latin American & Caribbean Studies

An introduction to the history, politics, societies, and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean. For Fall 2017 a central theme is resistance: histories of resistance, what constitutes resistance, and what makes for effective resistance. Related topics include: colonialism and anti-colonialism; the state; race and ethnicity; social movements; diasporas and migrations; gender and sexuality; and U.S. interventions. Gen. Ed. N, Harpur W.

Class meets M-W 10:50-11:50 with discussion sections F 10:50-11:50 and 12-1

Professor Nancy Appelbaum
nappel@binghamton.edu 

Summer 2017 Courses 

 

LACAS 303/14818: "LATIN AMERICAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS"
GenEd: G and N
Instructor: Delal Aydin
Description: Latin American Social Movements. Inequalities of power and privilege have always existed throughout history. However, some periods of history are more likely to spawn protest movements by subordinated groups. Using sociological theories of development and change, the course examines the rise of social movements in 20th Century Latin America and the changing role of U.S. intervention in the region. It looks at the neo-liberal era, the limits of formal political democratization, and the rise and decline of the globalization project as it has occurred in Latin America.

 

LACAS 380B/12153: "ECOLOGICAL IMPERIALISM IN LATIN AMERICA"
GenEd: G and N
Instructor: Roberto Ortiz
Description: Ecological Imperialism in Latin America. Global warming, environmental degradation, deforestation, the appropriation of indigenous lands for mining: all are signs of a global ecological crisis. This course examines the extent to which this crisis can be understood through a frameworks of imperialism and environmental racism. We will study the historical relations between Western Europe and the U.S. and Latin America, and question the benefits of of trade relations and the extraction of natural resources in Latin America. Sugar plantations in Cuba, various industries in the Amazon, oil from Venezuela, mining in various regions, just to name some examples, have all played a role in the development and underdevelopment of Latin America. They contributed to the wealth of Europe, U.S., and other countries and regions. To what extent have these kinds of agricultural and extractive industries been beneficial or harmful for Latin Americans? We will examine whether terms such as "ecological imperialism," "environmental racism," and "unequal ecological exchange" can explain these global inequalities, how they might be related to climate change, and the impacts on Latin American lives.

 

LACAS 380M/14817: "EROTIC REVOLUTIONARIES"
GenEd: H and P
Instructor: Maria P Chaves
Description: This class will use Shayne Lee’s book Erotic Revolutionaries (2010) and Audre Lorde's essay "The Uses of the Erotic" as well as other critical essays to understand the use of the erotic by Latin American and African diasporic women. We will explore how the erotic is used to create representations that challenge and resist respectability and gender norms.We will analyze and interrogate short stories, tesimonios, music videos and movies to discuss and question the use of sexuality as part of revolutionary practice in the personal and political lives of women of color in the U.S.

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Open letter to President Harvey Stenger

Binghamton University

February 14, 2017

Dear President Harvey Stenger,

We, the faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies, urge you to join us in denouncing President Trump’s January 27th executive order imposing a 90-day suspension of visas and other immigration benefits to all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. Like the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), this executive order is nothing short of an attack on the world’s most at-risk populations—those forcibly displaced by war, political instability, religious persecution, environmental degradation, and hunger. Both as a mosaic of humane, ethical individuals and as a unified intellectual community whose cornerstone is respect for human dignity and diversity, we cannot be willing parties to the exclusion and dehumanization of wide swaths of innocent persons. We call upon you as a leader to publicly acknowledge the human consequences and intellectual repercussions of this policy. Moreover, we urge you as a servant leader to take concrete measures to protect the most vulnerable members of the Binghamton University community. 

We strongly oppose this Executive Order because it goes beyond the scope of national security that tends to target immigrants for their religious beliefs, particularly MuslimsWe are especially concerned that this may lay the groundwork for a more permanent ban on travel and immigration from most, if not all, Muslim-majority countries. The present ban is an outright and intolerable example of Islamophobia, which is a frank human rights violation. In particular we likewise are worried about our students and colleagues directly impacted by this ban: because this restriction may impede or is impeding their own ability to remain in this country or travel to and from it, as well as because this ban may be hurting or is actually harming their close relatives and loved ones. In both cases, the academic work and peace of mind of our students and faculty are already being negatively affected: grades and attendance suffers, physical and emotional health is impaired, and productivity declines. That is hardly a climate conducive to optimal results in higher education.

The restrictions on immigration and travel contained in the Executive Order of January 27th raise serious concerns about the ability of Binghamton University to continue functioning at its best. Our campus has made a commitment to internationalization, and has received ample recognition for its achievements in this area. Proud as we are of our growing reputation for innovative research and scholarship, we also know that our ties to a community of international scholars and students are essential to sustaining the pursuit of academic excellence. The Executive Order of January 27th could prevent people from seven countries from joining Binghamton university as faculty; it could prevent some from performing research, and it would not permit some members of our community to return if they were to leave. We are deeply concerned about this Executive Order because we believe that it would likely disrupt or even damage the intellectual exchange and academic activities that form the core of university life. 

We must stand together as we denounce this ban as a devastating human rights infraction and anti-democratic action adopted by the President of the United States. There is no place for racist and religious profiling in Higher Education, but most of all, there is no place for such ban in a supposedly democratic nation. 

 

Respectfully, 

Gladys M. Jiménez-Muñoz, Interim Director, LACAS

Ana M. Candela, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Lubna Chaudhry, Director and Associate Professor, Human Development

Robyn Cope, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Juanita Diaz-Cotto, Professor, Sociology

Carmen Ferradás, Associate Professor, Anthropology

Oscar Gil, Assistant Professor, Human Development

Thomas Glave, Professor, English, General Literature, and Rhetoric

Giovanna Montenegro, Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature and Romance Languages

Jessie Reeder, Assistant Professor, English

Ana Ros, Associate Professor, Romance Languages

Nadia Rubaii, Associate Professor, Public Administration

Kelvin Santiago-Valles, Associate Professor, Sociology

Brad Skopyk, Assistant Professor, History

Leo Wilton, Professor, Human Development

 

 

Open Letter from LACAS Faculty to University Leaders 

November 21, 2016

 

Dear President Harvey Stenger and University Leaders,

We, faculty members affiliated with the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies (LACAS) Program at Binghamton University, would like to affirm our commitment to defend, support, and stand in solidarity with Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a students, faculty, and staff and all others who may feel their rights, safety, or dignity are under attack.  We feel compelled to make this statement in light of a divisive national election and overt acts of racism, sexism, and xenophobia.  We are in the midst of a context of political and legal uncertainty, which has in and of itself increased fear, anxiety, and stress for many students, families, and their communities. We see our commitment as a natural extension of our program’s mission to cultivate awareness and appreciation for the historical processes, cultural dynamics, and social and economic problems affecting people of Latin America and the Caribbean and Latina/os in the U.S.  

We will work with you to ensure that Binghamton University fulfills its historic ideals as an inclusive and internationally oriented institution that welcomes and protects students regardless of race, faith, disability, class, nationality, ethnicity, immigration status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.  We call on University leaders to take the concerns of our community members seriously and to take proactive steps to guarantee the rights of all of our students to their education and safety, and the rights of all of our colleagues and co-workers to safe and supportive working conditions.

Sincerely,

 

Nancy Appelbaum, Director, LACAS, and Professor, History

Susan Appe, Assistant Professor, Public Administration

Anne Bailey, Associate Professor, History and Africana Studies

Ana Maria Candela, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Sandra María Casanova-Vizcaíno, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Lubna N. Chaudhry, Associate Professor, Human Development

Robyn Cope, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Juanita Díaz-Cotto,  Professor, Sociology

Elizabeth A. DiGangi, Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Carmen A. Ferradás, Associate Professor, Anthropology

Leslie Gates, Associate Professor, Sociology

Óscar F. Gil-García, Assistant Professor, Human Development

Thomas Glave, Professor, English

Gladys Jiménez Muñoz, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director, Sociology

Maria Lugones, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature

Giovanna Montenegro, Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature and Spanish

Luiza Franco Moreira, Professor, Comparative Literature

Joshua Price, Professor, Sociology and TRIP

Jessie Reeder, Assistant Professor, English

Idaliz Román Pérez, Adjunct Lecturer, LACAS

Ana Ros, Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures

Nadia M. Rubaii, Associate Professor, Public Administration

Odilka Santiago, Adjunct Lecturer, LACAS

Leo Wilton, Professor, Human Development

Kai Wen Yang, Adjunct Lecturer, LACAS

  

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