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SPAN 4080

Course Name:
Discovering Cultural Formation
Credit Hours:
3 hours

Students develop advanced reading, writing, and research skills by exploring cultural contexts from all corners of the Spanish-speaking world. Given in Spanish.

Offered every year.

Fall 2022: Diálogos híbridos hispanoamericanos:  Literatura,  cultura popular e intertextualidad  en el siglo XX y XXI  con Dra. Feracho

¿Cómo dialoga la literatura latinoamericana del siglo XX y XXI con cultura popular y  otras formas artísticas?   

El objetivo de este curso es  analizar  intertextualidad en literatura latinoamericana y sus diálogos híbridos con música, cine y pintura entre otras formas culturales.   Através de textos de países de Sur América, el Caribe y comunidades Latinx en los Estados Unidos exploraremos las siguientes preguntas:   

  • ¿Qué signficado tienen estos diálogos intertextuales  en el ámbito cultural, histórico y/o político en las Américas?  
  •  ¿Cómo se usan estas conversaciones artísticas  para hablar del rol del artista? 
  • ¿Cómo hablan del rol de arte respecto a identidad y poder y  su rol en representaciones nacionales?   
  •  ¿Cómo podrán ser parte de diálogos transnacionales y qué importancia tienen esas conexiones?  


Coming in Spring 2023: Diversity Through Dance with Dr. Elhage

This course combines movement, group discussion, and lecture, to immerse us in embodied practices of cultural diversity.  Students will come to understand and experience the ancient art of dance for what it is at its deepest roots – a vehicle for building human connection through kinesthetic empathy. When we move in sync, we feel in sync.

Students in this course will read the literature on cultural psychology and prejudice reduction related to dance education, as well as study the origins and cultural contexts of Latin dance. Specifically, students will experience a repertoire of Latin dance moves such as Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, and Tango as they engage in joyful and rhythmic forms of building cultural awareness.

As we move our feet to the Latin beat, we will question preconceived notions of dance as a talent reserved for the gifted, highlighting it instead as a means of universal connection. We will help each other step out of our often-deceptive cultural comfort zones into a new, open space of experiential connection, collective empowerment, and democratic understanding.

No dancing experience required

For more information check out

SPAN 3030 or SPAN 3030E or SPAN 3030H

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