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The Program in Latina/o Studies

A Transdisciplinary Program Housed in the Department of English & Comparative Literature

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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Check out the CAROLINA LATINA/O COLLABORATIVE, a separate but collaborating entity with the Program in Latina/o Studies.

For a full description of the foundation, history, and achievements of the UNC Program in Latina/o Studies, please consult the article "The Emerging Geographies of a Latina/o Studies Program," in the special issue "Carolina del Norte: Geographies of Latinization in the South" of the geography journal Southeastern Geographer, Vol. 51, no. 2, Summer 2011, pp. 307 - 326.

The Development of Latina/o Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill

History of the undergraduate UNC Latina/o Studies Minor (established 2004) & the UNC Latina/o Cultures Speakers Series (begun in 1999):

March 1, 2004 the UNC-CH Administrative Boards approved an undergraduate Minor in Latina/o Studies. It has been available since Fall 2004. Please consult the list of courses associated with the Minor below the list of advisory board members.

Please contact Tara Cowan, Undergraduate Literature Program Assistant, in the Department of English & Comparative Literature, if you have specific questions about paperwork for the Minor. Her email address is:tlcowan@email.unc.eduIf you are intending to Minor in Latina/o Studies, make an appointment with your academic advisor. Check under Student Personal Information on Student Central to find out what advising team you are on. Plan to fill out a Major/Minor Declaration for Undergraduates form. These forms are obtained from your advisor. The code for the minor is: LTNO.

This undergraduate transdisciplinary Minor in Latina/o Studies housed in the Department of English & Comparative Literature draws from course offerings in the humanities, social sciences, and, possibly, the sciences. In order to obtain certification in the Minor a student must take 5 courses in a variety of areas so that her or his plan of study qualifies as Latina/o Studies (and not just literature or history and so forth). We have faculty teaching relevant courses in Anthropology and African/Afro-American Studies, Dramatic Arts, English, Geography, History, Music, Public Policy, Romance Languages, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. As a complement to the minor, we have the UNC-Chapel Hill Latina/o Culture(s) Speakers Series . Since Fall 1999 the Series has brought to campus many distinguished scholars and writers and has been exploring the intersections between Latina/o and African American cultural production, between specifically Chicana/o and Native American Studies, and common ground (LatinAsia or AsiaLat Studies) between Latina/o Studies and Asian Diaspora Studies. We also have an English department graduate minor in Latina/o Literature(s) & Theory. An undergraduate minor with more than 27 courses reflects Carolina’s commitment to this burgeoning area of inquiry, cultural production, and lived experience.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Dr. María DeGuzmán, Director of Latina/o Studies at UNC, at If you are a full-time or adjunct faculty member or post-doc at UNC - Chapel Hill and would like to offer courses that would count toward the minor or re-design related courses you are already teaching, by all means indicate this in your email. You may want to contact the advisory board members and other relevant faculty to see what courses they are offering in the area of Latina/o Studies or that include a crucial Latina/o Studies component.


Brief Definition of Latina/o Studies:

Latina/o Studies as a field is constituted out of the transdisciplinary study of Latina/o cultural production and experience in terms of a whole variety of factors. Latinas/os are defined as people of Latin American and/or Iberian heritage living and working in the United States or U.S.-based but also moving between the U.S. and the rest of the Americas. Latinas/os are ethno-racially diverse, of African, indigenous, Asian, and European descent; linguistically diverse, speaking varieties of English, Spanish, Portuguese, Spanglish, African, Asian, and indigenous languages; and culturally diverse, coming from more than 35 countries and 5 continents. Unlike Latin American Studies where the primary focus is on the cultures and experiences of various parts of Latin America (an umbrella term covering Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America), Latina/o Studies takes as its primary concern the presence of Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the myriad combinations of Hispanic-Native-African-Asian-and-European non-Hispanic cultures within the borders of the United States. However, Latina/o Studies is not confined within those borders either to the extent that its subjects of study (and the very creators of the field itself) are in motion and in flux, coming and going, continually crossing borders and boundaries. In this respect, it does share some of the transnational and transcultural scope, momentum, and issues of Latin American Studies but with its own foci, its own perspectives, that owe a great deal to Ethnic Studies and the knowledge produced in and through various intersecting civil rights movements. Latina/o Studies does not duplicate the work of Latin American Studies; it draws on it and complements it. Ideally, this scholarly relation works in reverse, too. An excellent book on the relation of Latin American and Latina/o Studies in the era of transnationalism and globalization is Critical Latin American and Latino Studies, edited by Juan Poblete (University of Minnesota Press, 2003).

Like Latin American Studies, Latina/o Studies is characterized by heterogeneity. Latina/o Studies encompasses Chicana/o Studies, Puerto Rican Studies, Cuban American Studies, Dominican Studies, Central American Studies, and so forth, and it must take into account the cultural production and the socio-economic and political experiences of a very diverse population located in many parts of the country, not just in the Southwest borderlands, though, of course, those are of primary importance given the historical and contemporary relation with Mexico (part of North America, after all, and from whence the United States took a quarter to a third of its territory). As such, Latina/o Studies offers plenty of opportunity for specialization. At the same time, by virtue of being "Latina/o Studies" (a synthesizing rubric), it is characterized by research and invites courses that explore the mutual influence of and transculturation between different groups of Latinas/os in the United States and in the migrations across and within national borders. Thus, for instance, "Latinidad" or "pan-Latinidad" has become and will continue to be a debated and researched phenomenon. As of July 2001, there were 37 million documented Latinas/os in the United States, over 13% of the population. That figure has increased since then. In July 2004, Latinas/os numbered 41.3 million out of a national population of almost 293.7 million. At the present time, the figure has surpassed 45.5 million people. The importance and relevance of "Latina/o Studies" is not only demographic, but cultural and historical, not only about immigration but about the momentum and synergy of people who have long been within what is today known as "the United States of America."


Advisory Committee for the Latina/o Studies Minor:

Deborah Bender (, Health Policy and Administration, School of Global Public Health
Marta Civil (, School of Education
Altha Cravey (, Geography
Elyse Crystall (, English & Comparative Literature
Paul Cuadros (, School of Journalism
María DeGuzmán (, English & Comparative Literature
Oswaldo Estrada (, Romance Languages
David García (, Music
Juan Carlos González-Espitia (, Romance Languages
Laura Halperin (, English & Comparative Literature
Mario Marzan (, Studio Art
Rosa Perelmuter(, Romance Languages
Roxana Perez-Mendez (, Art Department
Krista Perreira (, Public Policy
Emilio del Valle Escalante (, Romance Languages & Literatures
Lucila Vargas (, School of Journalism
Zaragosa Vargas (, History
Adam Versenyi (, Dramatic Arts
Ariana E. Vigil (, Women's Studies

List of courses in the Latina/o Studies Minor (subject to change and update):

Requirements for the Minor: 2 core courses (1 in the Humanities and 1 in the Social Sciences) plus 3 electives distributed between Humanities and Social Sciences (that is, in terms of electives, 2 in Humanities and 1 in Social Sciences or vice versa). See options listed below.

1 in Humanities, that is, in Latina/o Literatures & Cultural Production (including visual media, performance, and the like). Courses under this rubric are: 

Course offered by the Dramatic Arts Department:

Drama 288: Theatre for Social Change: Latina/o Performance Traditions. Center for Dramatic Art # 102. This course follows the history of a select number of U.S. Latina/o and Latin American paradigms of using theatre for social change. Students in this class will learn about Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, the actors of the Chicana/o Movement, guerrilla theatre in forms used throughout Latin America, and activist U.S. Latina/o plays in mainstream theatres. Students in this course will develop their own actos or guerrilla theatre skits at the end of class and hold performances (hopefully both on campus and in a community-oriented venue) at the end of the semester. Students do not need to choose Latina/o related issues for their political performances. The Latina/o element of the course lies in learning the history of political theatre techniques that have been successfully employed by Latinas/os in the Americas and applying these strategies for social change in newly developed performance pieces. Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Spring 2012. Fall 2012 the course is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:45 PM at the Center for Dramatic Art, Room 102. Instructor: Ashley Lucas.

Drama 487: Chicana/o Drama. Since the collective consciousness of a Chicana/o group identity in the U.S. became solidified during the Great Delano Grape Strike of 1965, Chicana/o theatre practitioners have been using performance as a means to explore and redefine notions of what it means to be a part of this community. This course surveys Chicana/o history and culture from 1965 to the present through the examination of plays by and about Chicana/os. It also interrogates Chicana/o performance practices as political acts and examines the nature and effectiveness of the activism explicitly and/or implicitly expressed in these plays. Instructor: Ashley Lucas. Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 - 3:15 PM. Spring 2010 and Fall 2010. Mixed level, open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Pending approval for inclusion in the Latina/o Studies Minor. Students can request that this course count for their plan of study as Latina/o Studies Minors by getting a letter signed by Dr. Lucas and Dr. DeGuzmán, Director of the Program, and presenting it to the Office of Undergraduate Curricula or to whomever is overseeing the credits you receive for your coursework.

Drama 488: Latina/o Theatre and Performance. This course investigates Latino/a theatre texts and performance practices as a discreet genre within the larger context of theatre in the United States. Students will study what distinguishes Latino/a theatre from the larger dominant (European American) culture, as well as the diversity of forms, styles, and theatrical practices within Latino/a theatre itself. Instructor: Adam Versenyi. Spring 2007 and Spring 2009. Spring 2011. To be taught again Fall 2012 on Tues. & Thurs. 9:30 - 10:45 AM. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.


Courses offered by the English & Comparative Literature Department:

ENGL 265-001 Literature & Race, Literature and Ethnicity: La Vida Loca. MWF 10:00-10:50 AM. Greenlaw 302. Max Enroll: 35. What does it mean for a person to be called loca or loco? What does it mean for an entire group to be labeled such? In this interdisciplinary discussion-based course, we will explore the multiple meanings the term “locura” has acquired in late twentieth century Latina/o literary and cultural production. We will begin the semester by reading psychological literature, ethnography, memoir, and fiction that focus on locura’s literal translation as “madness.” We will then turn to texts that portray locura's association with gang membership. Our next section will examine linkages between locura and homosexuality. We will conclude the course by reading critical scholarship about pop icon Ricky Martin that analyzes the singer’s popularization and sexualization of what it means to “liv[e] la vida loca.” Throughout the course, we will question how the categorizations of locura feed into and/or challenge stereotypes about Latinas/os in the United States, and we will consider the power of labels to harm but also to empower. Instructor: Laura Halperin. Fall 2011.


English 284, Section 1 now re-numbered as English 267: Growing Up Latina/o. In this interdisciplinary discussion course, students will critically analyze a variety of texts that explore what it means to grow up Latina/o. The course will situate the Latina/o fiction students will read in the social context from which this fiction emanates. To this end, texts will include theoretical articles, essays, newspaper articles, web pages, poems, memoirs, radio broadcasts, public policy reports, documentaries, short stories, novels, and biographies. Students will learn about debates surrounding monolingualism, bilingualism, multilingualism, and education policies affecting Latinas/os. Students will also analyze Latina/o books that have been banned, Latina/o coming of age narratives, and texts that delve into the racial heterogeneity among Latinas/os. Throughout the course, one of the questions we will repeatedly ask is whether it is appropriate to classify the Latina/o texts we will be reading as children's literature. Instructor: Laura Halperin. Spring 2009 and Spring 2010.


English 364: Introduction to Latina/o Studies. This discussion course introduces students to the transdisciplinary field of Latina/o Studies, a field that generally combines the humanities and social sciences. Given this transdisciplinarity, the course contents will draw from histories, memoirs, theoretical essays, fiction, films and/or documentaries, music, and media. The course will begin by contextualizing the historical experiences of different Latina/o groups, including Chicanas/os, Puerto Ricans, Dominican Americans, and Cuban Americans. It will investigate what it means to be Latina/o in the United States, critically examining the formation of, and differentiation between, group labels such as "Latina/o" and "Hispanic." It will familiarize students with some of the major issues affecting the field of Latina/o Studies, such as border issues, immigration and migration, labor, and national allegiance(s). In addition to being transdisciplinary, the course will be intersectional, as it will encourage students to think critically about the ways race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality shape discourses and representations of Latinas/os in the United States. Instructor: Laura Halperin. Tuesdays and Thursdays 2 - 3:15 PM. Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, and Spring 2012. Spring 2012 this course is being offered Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 - 10:45 AM and 11 - 12:15.


English 49E now English 465 and English 465H: Difference, Aesthetics, and Affect. Explores interrelations between cultural difference, socio-political circumstances, aesthetic form, and the representation, production, and transmission of subjectivity in texts, other media such as film and photography, and material culture more generally. Counts for the Latina/o Studies Minor when taught as Chicana/o (Mexican-American) Noir. Mexicans and Mexican Americans have figured prominently as types of criminality, victim victimizer, and evil in Anglo-American film noir culture. One need only think of films such as Anglo-audience-aimed Edwin L. Marin’s Nocturne (1946), Fritz Lang’s The Secret Beyond the Door (1948), John Farrow’s Where Danger Lives (1950), Phil Karlson’s Kansas City Confidential (1952), Orson Welles’s A Touch of Evil (1958), Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), or neo-noirs such as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential (1997) based on a James Ellroy novel, and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001). This course examines the way in which Chicana/o literature intervenes in and against U.S. film noir stereotypes about Mexican-Americans. Required reading: Américo Paredes’s The Shadow (1950s/1998), Oscar “Zeta” Acosta’sAutobiography of a Brown Buffalo (1972), Margarita Cota-Cardenas’s Puppet (1985, 2000), Cecile Pineda’s Face (1985, republished in 2003), Lucha Corpi’s Eulogy for a Brown Angel (1992) and Death at Solstice (2009), Michael Nava’s The Burning Plain (2000), Carla Trujillo’s What Night Brings (2003), and Manuel Muñoz’s What You See in the Dark (2011). Written assignments: Two 8-10 page papers. Instructor: Dr. María DeGuzmán. Spring 2012 as English 143 and Fall 2012 as English 465.

English 50/Women's Studies 150 now English 665: Queer Latina/o Literature, Performance, and Visual Art. Taught in connection with the Sexualities Minor as well as the Latina/o Studies Minor. This course explores literature, performance art, film, and photography by Latinas/os whose works may be described as "queer" and that question the terms and norms of cultural dominance. Instructor: María DeGuzmán.

English 79 now English 364: Introduction to Latina/o Studies. This course introduces students to the transdisciplinary field of Latina/o Studies, a field that generally combines the humanities and social sciences. The course will be oriented towards familiarizing students with some of the major questions within Latina/o Studies in terms of transnationalism, transculturation, ethnicity, race, class, gender, sexuality, systems of value, and aesthetics. It will help students to think about the curricular, institutional, and cultural implications of Latina/o Studies—particularly in relation to U.S. Literature, Literature of the Americas, American Studies, Latin American Studies, and even Transatlantic Studies. Much of the reading will be critical and theoretical but we will consider some primary verbal and visual works around and upon which to ground our discussions. Course requirements include two 2-3 page written responses, an oral presentation, one 8-page essay, and an 8-10 page essay. Class meetings will involve a mixture of lecture and discussion. Spring 2006. Instructor: María DeGuzmán.

English 90/American Studies 80 now English 265: Literature and Race, Literature and Ethnicity when taught as "The Southwest as Contact Zone: Reading ‘Chicana/o’ and ‘Native American’ in Relation." Considers Chicana/o and Native American texts and cultures in a comparative framework and examines how these texts explore historical and contemporary connections between groups of people in the United States and the Americas. May also be taken when listed as "Chicana/o and Filipina/o-American Literatures & Cultures in Comparison." To be taught as "The Southwest as Contact Zone" Fall 2006 and Spring 2010. Instructor: María DeGuzmán.

English 666: Queer Latina/o Literature and Photography. This course explores Latina/o literature about photography in relation to photography by queer Latina/o artists and, through this double focus poses certain questions about identity, subjectivity, and culture. Spring 2007, Fall 2009, Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. Instructor: María DeGuzmán.

English 179 now English 685: "Imagen doblada: Photography in Latina/o Short Fiction of the Americas" (to be taught in the new curriculum as English 685): Literature of the Americas and cross-listed with Comparative Literature. Multi-disciplinary examination of texts and other media of the Americas (with 50% of the course involving U.S. Latina/o work), in English and Spanish, from a variety of genres. Pre-requisite, two years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. Spring 2006, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, and Spring 2014. Instructor: María DeGuzmán.


ENGL 864-001 Studies in Latina/o Literature, Culture and Criticism: Medicalizing latinidades. Graduate level course. M 2:00-5:00. Greenlaw 318. Max Enroll: 15. Building on Vilma Santiago-Irizarry’s ethnographic study about the medicalization of ethnicity, this interdisciplinary and intersectional graduate seminar will focus on the medicalization of U.S. latinidades. Through an examination of texts across genres—such as novels, memoirs, plays, poetry, vignettes, films and/or documentaries, medical anthropologies, literary analyses, environmental and social justice studies, and psychological studies—this course will explore the medicalized construction of latinidades, with particular attention to the roles race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality play in these constructions. We will analyze fictional and nonfictional representations of Latinas/os as physically and/or mentally ill, and we will explore the crossroads of physical and psychological harm to which Latinas/os are subject. Questions we will ask include the following: What is at stake in literary representations of Latina/o physical and mental illness? Why does the figure of the Latina “madwoman” in particular surface in Latina literature written in the past twenty years? Given that the field of Latina/o Studies was built on a platform of racial and ethnic pride, what is the significance of the relatively recent literary preoccupation with an arguably unspeakable shame? What types of sociopolitical and environmental commentaries can be gleaned from Latina/o literary portrayals of physical illness? How can we connect Latina/o fictional literary representations of psychic and corporeal harm to Latina/o nonfictional portrayals and analyses of such harm, and what messages can we draw from such linkages? This discussion-based course is structured in such a way to help you as you advance in your academic careers. To this end, you each will be responsible for leading class discussion, writing a paper abstract for an academic journal, presenting a conference-length version of your final research paper, and writing a final research paper for possible submission to an academic journal. Instructor: Laura Halperin. Fall 2011.


ENGL 864-001 Studies in Latina/o Literature, Culture and Criticism: This course involves a study of representative work by Latina/o writers and critics in relation to major social and historical trends and critical models for this literature--the borderlands / border theory, biculturalism, mestizaje, tropicalization, diaspora, postcolonial, transcultural pan-latinidad, Afro-Latina/o disidentifications, and LatinAsia Studies. Spring 2013. Instructor: María DeGuzmán. Currently being offered. If interested in taking this upper level graduate seminar (open to graduate students only), please contact the instructor at


Courses offered by the History Department:

History 241: History of Latinas/os in the United States. This lecture course examines the historical, social, political, economic, and cultural experiences of Latinas/os in the United States. The main emphasis will be on Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans but attention is given to other Latina/o ethnic groups. A comparative historical perspective will help explain the contrasting experiences of Latinas/os. Our readings and discussions will take a broad historical perspective, including links with topics such as the legacies of American colonialism and conquest immigration; community formation; the impact of the Great Depression on Latinas/os; Latina/o lives during the World War II and postwar periods; the 1960s civil rights struggles and subsequent nationalist movements; constructions of race, ethnicity, and gender; U.S. neo-imperialism; and cultural commodification by Latinas/os in the contemporary period. We will also be investigating those historical periods and issues that have attracted controversy or new methods and findings, and which therefore offer rewarding oportunities for research and writing. Spring 2010 and Fall 2010. Fall 2010 MWF 1:00 - 1:50 PM. Instructor: Zaragosa Vargas.


History 395: Working Class History. The purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to new material on Latina/o working class history and train students in historical research methods related to the subject material. Readings for this seminar are designed to allow students to examine the experiences of Latina/o workers and expose students to the historiography of Latina/o working class experiences. Our readings and discussions will take a broad historical perspective, including links with topics such as group inequality; class, gender, and racial formation; patterns of transnational labor migration; and collective protest and mobilization. The objective of this seminar then is to provide students with new ways in which to investigate the role of Latina/o workers in the United States and to afford students the opportunity to produce an original research paper on any aspect of the history of Latina/o workers from the turn of the century to the present. Spring 2010 and Fall 2010. Fall 2010 Monday 3:00 - 5:50 PM. Instructor: Zaragosa Vargas. Pending approval for inclusion in the Latina/o Studies Minor.


LTAM 291, section 001. The Latino Experience in the United States
This lecture course examines the historical, social, political, economic, and cultural experiences of Latinos in the United States. The main emphasis will be on Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans but attention is given to other Latino ethnic groups. A comparative historical perspective will help explain the contrasting experiences of Latinos. Our readings and discussions will take a broad historical perspective, including links with topics like the legacies of American colonialism and conquest; immigration; community formation; the impact of the Great Depression on Latinos; Latino life during the World War II and postwar periods; the 1960s civil rights struggles and subsequent nationalist movements; constructions of race, ethnicity, and gender; U.S. neo-imperialism; and cultural commodification by Latinos in the contemporary period. We will also be investigating those historical periods and issues that have attracted controversy or new methods and findings, and which therefore offer rewarding opportunities for research and writing. Spring 2013. Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 - 10:50 am. 3024 Global Center. Instructor: Zaragosa Vargas.


History 100 now History 574: Spain in North America, new proposed course, upper-division lecture class. This course examines the history of the Spanish colonial experience in North America. Topics will include pre-Columbian southwestern, plains, Californian, and Mississippi valley cultures, conquistadors, priests, slaves, missions, trade fairs, the diverse and changing lives of Native Americans, horses, buffalo, marriage, war, and the shifting boundaries of Spain’s colonial claims. This course has historical relevance for Latina/o Studies in that it introduces students to the complex colonial hybridity of Hispanic North America. Instructor: Kathleen DuVal.

History 145 now History 561: The American Colonial Experience [from a multicultural perspective]. This course examines the history of Native North America, the Europeans (the Spanish, French, and English) who colonized North America, and the Africans brought as slaves, to 1763. Latino/a Studies minors will write their papers on Spanish colonization and will have some readings available in Spanish. Instructor: Kathleen DuVal. Fall 2007.


Course offered by the Music Department:

Music 147: Introduction to Latin/a/o American Music. How do we explain the significance of mixing jazz, rock, and hip hop with samba and maracatu in Brazil? How do Andean ethics of community play themselves out in musical performance in the highlands, and how do these ethics change among migrants living in the cities of Peru? What do songs about 9/11 as performed by musicians in the Andes and Mexico teach us about their own experiences with terrorism? Is salsa Puerto Rican, Cuban or Nuyorican? What is transnationalism, and how has it shaped contemporary Latin American popular music like reggaeton? What kinds of Latin music are accessible in North Carolina, and what can these music scenes teach us about the music and cultures of Latinas/os and Latin Americans in the United States? This course will introduce students to Latin American music and Latina/o music of the United States. We will also learn about this music’s historical, cultural, social, and political significance by addressing the questions listed above and others like them. We will do this by listening to, reading about, researching, and even playing some of the musical traditions that encompass South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States. Instructor: David García. Fall 2011.

Music 258 / INTS 258: Musical Movements: Migration, Exile, and Diaspora. 
This course will focus on the cultural, social, and political functions and meanings of Latin American and Latino music in the contexts of migration, exile, and diaspora with a special emphasis on North Carolina and the New South. In North Carolina a broad spectrum of Latin American and Latino music has taken root to include bachata, banda, calentana, capoeira, cumbia, duranguenese, mariachi, merengue, música llanera, norteña, salsa, samba, and timba. This musical diversity represents the diversity of not only musical styles but also experiences and types of migration encompassing Latin American and Latino communities in North Carolina and the United States. The main goal of the course is for students to learn about the histories of these musical styles and their significance in North Carolina today. In addition students will collaborate on a music production/research project that will contribute to the knowledge and vitality of Latin American and Latino music in our state. Spring 2012. Tues. & Thurs. 9:30 - 10:45 AM. Hill Hall 103. Instructor: David García.

This course is cross-listed in music and global studies and, thus, will focus on an interdisciplinary approach to the study and research of music in migration, exile, and diaspora. It is open to 30 students to facilitate a seminar-based classroom setting. Students will be assigned to lead class discussions on reading assignments and give presentations on their original research assignments and group project. Students will develop basic skills in musical analysis from an ethnomusicological perspective, skills that DO NOT require a musical background or literacy in musical notation. The final project(s) will include original research framed within the issues and methodologies defining the latest research on Latin American and Latino immigration in the southern United States.

This course satisfies the following requirements:
· Global Studies major: transnational cultures, identities, and arts thematic concentration with Latin America as the geographic concentration
· Latina/o Studies minor: elective in the Humanities
· Music major and minor: music elective
· Undergraduate General Education: social and behavioral science (SS)

All students with an interest in Latin American and Latino music and culture are invited to register for this course whether or not the student meets the prerequisites (MUSC 132 or 132H, and 133).

If you wish for credit for the UNC Latina/o Studies Minor after completing this course, please be sure to ask for a letter from the instructor and from the Director of the UNC Program in Latina/o Studies and send an electronic version of this letter along with a copy of the course syllabus to your academic advisor with your petition.


Courses offered by the Department of Religious Studies:

Religion 245: Creolization and Latina/o Religious Transformations. The goal of this course is to orient students toward the great diversity of Latina and Latino religious formations in the United States today. Engaging Indigenous, African, and Catholic Creole "inspirations," this course focuses students on the emergence of a distinctly U.S. Latina/o religious experience in the present-day. We approach the problems of hybridity, or "the new," via a critical approach to creolization. Anthropological and Religious Studies terms such as "sacrifice" and "the sacred" center our understanding of how religious formations come to be, grow, and transform. Instructor: Todd Ramón Ochoa. Spring 2010, Spring 2011, and Spring 2012.


Courses offered by the Department of Romance Languages:

Spanish 389: Los cubanos en la diáspora: literatura y cultura / Outside Cuba: Cuban-American Literature and Culture. Required Reading: Reinaldo Arenas, Viaje a la Habana; Daína Chaviano, La isla de los amores infinitos; Nilo Cruz, Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams; Carlos Eire, Waiting for Snow in Havana; Cristina García, Dreaming in Cuban; Melinda López, Sonia Flew; Achy Obejas, Days of Awe; and Mirta Ojito,Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus. Course Requirments: midterm (40%), Final (40%), and 2 papers (20%). Readings will be in Spanish and English, according to the original language of each text, so students must be proficient in Spanish (must have completed Spanish 73 or the equivalent). Instructor: Rosa Perelmuter. Fall 2008 and Fall 2009. Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 - 4:45 PM.


Spanish 398 (seminar) open to qualified undergraduates. Topic: Los cubanos en la diáspora: literatura y cultura. Works by writers such as Reinaldo Arenas, Daína Chaviano, Carlos Eire, Cristina García, Ana Menéndez, Achy Obejas, Mirta Ojito, Virgil Suárez, and Zoe Valdés. Readings will be in Spanish and English, according to the original language of each text, so students must be proficient in Spanish, that is, must have completed Spanish 73 or the equivalent. Instructor: Rosa Perelmuter. Spring 2007.

Spanish 96A/Spanish 398 (variable topics course): Cuban Literature and Culture: Inside/Outside (most readings will be in Spanish). In this course we will sample a variety of contemporary Cuban and Cuban-American texts (novels, autobiography, short stories, poetry), music and films in order to gain an understanding of the breadth and complexity of expression found in the literary and cultural production of Cubans in the island and in the United States. Students will keep a Spanish-language diary of primary and secondary readings (40% of the grade; will be collected in three installments) and write a research paper in Spanish (10–15 pp; 60%). Primary readings will include: 1. Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Vista del amanecer en el trópico; 2. Miguel Barnet, Canción de Rachel; 3. Nicolás Guillén, Tengo; 4. Senel Paz, El lobo, el bosque, y el hombre nuevo; 5. Leonardo Padura, Máscaras; 6. Reinaldo Arenas, Viaje de la Habana; 7. Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban; and 8. Carlos Eire, Waiting for Snow in Havana. This course will attempt to develop a dialogue between the literature produced by Cubans in the island and in diaspora from 1960 to the present. Lectures, class discussions, and most readings will be in Spanish. Instructor: Rosa Perelmuter.


Courses offered by the Department of Women's Studies:

WMST 233: Introduction to Latina Literature. This course provides an introduction to Latina literature. We read a wide variety of genres from a range of ethno-national perspectives and examine such topics as immigration, identity, mother-daughter relationships, and sexuality. Schedule: Tues. & Thurs. 3:30 - 4:45 PM. Graham Memorial 0038. Instructor: Dr. Ariana Vigil. This course is pending approval for official inclusion in the Latina/o Studies Minor as it is new, but if you wish to get credit for it towards the Minor, it can be approved on an individual basis via letters from the instructor and from Dr. María DeGuzmán, Director of Latina/o Studies.

WMST 281: Gender and Global Change: Militarization and Transnational Latina/o Literature. Through a diverse set of contemporary U.S. Latina/o texts, students will examine the response to and representation of gender and militarization in the Américas, examining in particular war, revolution, and the militarization of everyday life connected to spaces such as the U.S. Mexico border and the U.S. prison industrial complex. . Fall 2012. MWF: 11 – 11:50 a.m.; Graham Memorial 0213. Instructor: Dr. Ariana Vigil. Also, being taught Fall 2013. This course is pending approval for official inclusion in the Latina/o Studies Minor as it is new, but if you wish to get credit for it towards the Minor, it can be approved on an individual basis via letters from the instructor and from Dr. María DeGuzmán, Director of Latina/o Studies.

WMST 281: Gender and Global Change: Militarization and Transnational Latina/o Literature. Spring 2013. T/R: 11 AM – 12:15 PM.

WMST 365: Latina Literature: Women, Immigration, and Human Rights. In this course students will explore the ways in which the immigrant experience impacts both immigrant and non-immigrant women in gender and sex specific ways. We will begin the course by briefly exploring the history of Latina/o communities in the U.S. and familiarizing ourselves with the history and definition of "human rights." This introduction will equip us to analyze the literary and non-literary works we read and to place the experience of immigrant women within an appropriate political and historical context. The bulk of course reading material will consist of literary and journalistic accounts of the experiences of immigrant women and children. Despite many similarities, we will also encounter vastly different narratives and experiences as we read work by and about Chicana (Mexican American), Puerto Rican, and Honduran women. The different kinds of works will also contribute to a broader picture. In reading literary and journalistic works, we will be able to examine how Latina women discuss their own experiences as well as how immigrant women are discussed in media coverage and government legislation. Students will be asked to write bi-weekly response papers and complete three essays. A final project will ask students to locate and analyze a text by and/or about Latina immigrants. Instructor: Ariana E. Vigil. Offered Fall 2011, Spring 2012, and Fall 2013. This course is pending approval for official inclusion in the Latina/o Studies Minor as it is new, but if you wish to get credit for it towards the Minor, it can be approved on an individual basis via letters from the instructor and from Dr. María DeGuzmán, Director of Latina/o Studies.



1 in Social Sciences or Latina/o Communities & Cultural Space. Courses included in this rubric would be:

Courses offered by the Departments of Anthropology and African/Afro-American Studies:

Anthropology 30 is now Anthropology 130: Anthropology of the Caribbean. This course examines some of the key issues that anthropologists explore when studying the Caribbean. It will introduce students to theories and examples of how Caribbean people of different backgrounds and status life, act, and think of themselves as well as how non-Caribbeans (especially North Americans) conceive of people and places in the Caribbean region. It also will consider the nature of relations between Caribbeans and non-Caribbeans (especially Europeans and North Americans) in a contemporary and historical context. Among the Caribbean people examined are Afro-Cubans and Afro-Cubans in the United States. This course constitutes part of the Afro-Latina/o component of the Minor. Instructor: Karla Slocum. Tues. & Thurs. 12:30 - 1:45 PM. Fall 2005.

AFAM 140 now AFAM 340 in the new system: Diaspora Art and Cultural Politics. The focus is on the articulation of diaspora consciousness as it is manifested through art and culture and its socio-political contexts. The course visits debates about the meanings of diaspora but also covers other terminologies and theories associated with identity, subjectivity, essentialism, transnationalism, indigeneity, race, ethnicity, mestizaje, etc. It is an interdisciplinary course and, although there are course texts, the course draws on periodical literature and makes extensive use of film/video. Course texts are Fabre and Benesch's African Diasporas in the New and Old Worlds: Consciousness and Imagination and Richard Powell's Black Art: A Cultural History. Collateral texts are Walker's African Roots/American Cultures and Okpewho, Davies, and Mazrui's The African Diaspora. 55-60% is US based (Powell's book) and includes a good deal of work on Puerto Rican, Dominican as well as other Afro-Latin formations rising in the US, particularly on questions of identity, race, caste, class and ethnicity.  Cultural workers are featured from different activist perspectives, with emphasis on movements that employ popular/traditional art forms to build and maintain community (i.e., Candomble, Macumba, Lucumi formations in Afro-Latin communities throughout the US, impact on music by Latino forms, the art, for example of Taller Puertoriqueno in Philadelphia) Aya de Leon is scheduled to speak to the class. Instructor: Joseph Jordan. To be taught again Spring 2008 and Spring 2011.


Please note that AFAM 095 was then numbered AFAM 190 and is now AFAM 293: The African Diaspora in the Americas. The African Diaspora in the Americas is an interdisciplinary survey and examination of the creation of the African descendant communities in north, central, and south America. It will focus on the development and expression of African (or Black) identities in the context of the Americas. It will consider the theoretical literature, the problem of competing definitions of "diaspora," as well as ongoing controversies in the field. Emphasis will be placed on the role of socio-historical forces in the creation of the African diaspora, and the re-creation of cultural connections/expressions in the American context. In addition to the readings and texts assigned to the course, students will engage a range of resources including film, literature, narrative and song, folklore and other media. Required texts: Afro-Latin America, 1800–2000 by George Reid Andrews, Rise and Fall of the Cosmic Race: The Cult of Mestizaje in Latin America by Marilyn Grace Miller,Neither Enemies nor Friends: Latinos, Blacks, Afro-Latinos ed. by Anani Dzidzienyo and Suzanne Oboler, and New York Ricans from the Hip-Hop Zone by Raquel Z. Rivera. Instructor: Joseph Jordan. Tues. & Thurs. 3:30 - 4:45 PM. Fall 2005. Taught again Fall 2007, Fall 2010, and Fall 2011.


AFAM 78 now AFAM 278: Black Caribbeans in the United States. This course looks at the experiences of Black Caribbean immigrants in the United States, the activities in which they participate as well as their shifting senses of who they are—their identities. It considers these themes within three contexts: urban political life, everyday community or family life, popular culture, and the African American community. That is, it explores how Caribbean immigrants’ lives take shape in the realm of urban politics, everyday life, specific community/cultural events, and within the African American community. Central questions we will address include: How have Caribbean immigrants’ activities been part of what we in the U.S. know to be the African-American experience, and how (and when) have they become distinct? How is Caribbean immigrants’ racial and national identity shaped by U.S. politics and racial categorization along with Caribbean notions of nationhood, color, and status? How does Caribbean culture and a Caribbean identity shift in the US context? This course constitutes part of the Afro-Latina/o component of the Minor as well as the part of the minor that puts U.S. Latina/o Studies in dialogue with Caribbean Studies. Instructor: Karla Slocum. Tues. 3:30 - 6:20 PM. Fall 2006. Offered again Fall 2009.


Courses offered by the Geography Department: 

Geography 6 now Geography 56: "Local Places in a Globalizing World." This is an intro level course and a first year seminar. It focuses on the following questions: How do international and global processes affect local places? Is it possible for local people to affect global processes? This seminar examines the relationship between globalization and localization in order to think about how we--as individuals and groups--make a difference in the world. Examining cultural, economic, and political dynamics, we will consider how local North Carolina communities are linked to other places in the world. How were global connections established and maintained? What individuals and groups were involved and has this changed over time? What challenges and opportunities accompany these distant connections? Students in the class engage basic social theoretical concepts that have been used to understand globalization and transnationalism. We also examine Latina/o migration in North Carolina (and the United States) and think about ways migration may challenge (or confirm) some of the concepts and theories. Instructor: Altha Cravey. Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 - 3:15 PM. Fall 2006. Also offered Fall 2009, Fall 2010, and Fall 2011.


Geography 423 now offered as Geography 430: Social Geography: "Global Migrations, Local Impacts: Urbanization and Migration in the United States." Immigration has been a defining feature of U.S. cities since their inception. A rich academic history has documented and theorized the experiences of immigrants in urban areas. Significant increases in immigration to the United States over the last fifteen years, however, makes this topic particularly salient. In recent decades, U.S. cities have been transformed by unprecedented rates of migration, particularly from Latin America. Intense conflicts have arisone over urban space, access to social goods (for example, housing, healthcare, and education), and, in some cases, there has been a re-working of racial hierarchies. At the same time, however, cities are places of possibility for migrants where they can often enjoy upward mobility, political freedoms, and exciting cultural exchanges. This course provides students with an opportunity to explore these contradictory experiences, drawing on a variety of theoretical and empirical sources. This course is designed for advanced undergraduates and Master's students in Geography and Latina/o Studies, though students from related disciplines, such as Sociology, City & Regional Planning, Political Science, and Anthropology, are welcome. There are no formal prerequisites for this class, though familiarity with urban studies, economic sociology, urban politics, and/or migration theory would be an asset. Instructor: Nina Martin. Spring 2010 and Spring 2011. Spring 2011 it is offered on M & W from 2:00 - 3:15 PM.


Geography 152 now Geography 452: "Mobile Geographies (Migration)." This course focuses on Latinos and Latinas who have migrated to North Carolina in recent years as well as explores local social change, transnationality, translocality, and related theoretical concerns. How are the politics of identity and place-identity caught up in local experiences? Do Latinos/as establish parallel worlds in the rural South? Do geographies of work determine the pattern of settlement for new migrants? These questions will be contextualized by examining historical and geographical changes in global and regional migratory impulses. Instructor: Altha Cravey. Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, and Fall 2011.


Geography 814: "Mobile Geographies: The Political Economy of Migration." Open to qualified undergraduates. In this seminar we will read widely on migration, with a particular emphasis on various conceptual frameworks that engage political economic and feminist perspectives on human movement. We will spend the first four weeks reading classic works before turning to contemporary scholarly literature. The goal of the course is to explore the connections among international migration, transnational networks, globalization and cultural/social change, although related issues (e.g. environmental effects; migration at smaller geographical scales; refugeee migration; temporary forms of international migration) will be considered as well. Each student will be responsible for leading one or two seminar discussions and all will write short essays in response to 4-5 distinct topics. The course is designed to appeal to students in geography and related fields such as sociology, anthropology, political science, International Studies, Latin American Studies, and history. Instructor: Altha Cravey. Tuesdays 5:00 - 7:30 PM. Fall 2006. If you are an undergraduate and decide to take this course for Latina/o Studies Minor credit, you will need a letter from your instructor and Dr. María DeGuzmán requesting that you receive credit for this course as a course toward your fulfillment of the Latina/o Studies Minor. This is not a problem, but it is an extra step that you need to be aware of and take.


Courses offered by International Studies:

INTS 390: "Latin American Migrant Perspectives: Ethnography and Action." This class combines fieldwork, migration theory, and service learning in a course that examines Latina/o immigrant perspectives. Students will research and work with immigrants in receiving communities in North Carolina and spend Spring Break in immigrants' home communities in Guanajuato, Mexico. The course will address ethical and practical aspects of the ethnographic method including the preparation, transaction, and transcription of interviews. Using these skills outside the classroom, students will choose an issue related to immigration and conduct interviews with community members to gain an understanding of the impact of migration on the community and how newcomers adapt to a new place. Instructor: Hannah Gill. Pending approval for inclusion in the Latina/o Studies Minor. If you are taking this course Spring 2008, you may petition for credit for the Latina/o Studies Minor. Offered again Spring 2009. Pending approval for inclusion in the Latina/o Studies Minor.

Course offered by the Department of Public Policy:

Public Policy 49/International Studies 83 now Public Policy 249: "New Immigrants and the South" to be taught in the new curriculum as Public Policy 249: "New Immigration and the South: Immigration Policy in the 21st Century." This course is designed to introduce students to the field of immigration policy. In the past decade, record numbers of people have left their home countries, especially in Asian and Central America, and have migrated to the U.S. There are many reasons for this, including civil war, ethnic strife, natural disasters, the breakdown of the communist block, economic pressures, and the simple hope for a better life. The American South has become an important part of this migratory flow and north Carolina has the fastest growing Latino population in the country. These massive population movements generate complex problems for state, national, and international policy makers. The objective of this course is to enhance students’ understanding of the causes and consequences of U.S. immigration within social, historical, political, and economic contexts. Instructor: Krista Perreira. Spring 2008 and Spring 2013. Please check with Dr. Krista Perreira at .


Course offered by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication:

JOMC 443 (formerly JOMC 191.2 and JOMC 490.02). "Latina/o Media Studies." This course is about why media and media portrayals matter for everyone, but especially for groups such as Latinas/os who are often stereotyped in the media. Thc course begins by comparing the current schizophrenic media portrayal of Latinas/os in the U.S. mainstream media (e.g. undocumented workers vs. affluent consumers). Then, it examines the great variety of media catering to Latinas/os, including both transnational media such as Mexican telenovelas and local "ethnic" media in the continental United States such as North Carolina's Qué Pasa newspaper. Finally, the course focuses on the media consumption patterns of Latinas/os and explores the way in which these audiences use the media offerings available to them. The course includes an APPLES service-learning component in which students work with Latina/o teenagers in the production of a radio show. For their term projects, students may either choose to participate in service-learning, to develop a media product, or to conduct historical research. TTH 12:30 - 1:45, Carroll 143. Instructor: Lucila Vargas. Spring 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, and usually offered every fall semester but please check with Lucila Vargas in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to be sure.

Undergraduate Certificate in Latina/o Journalism and Media. Journalism majors may consider applying for the new interdisciplinary program sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Department of English & Comparative Literature through its Program in Latina/o Studies. The Undergraduate Certificate in Latina/o Journalism and Media is open only to journalism majors. For more information, please visit Latijam, or contact Dr. Lucila Vargas at or Dr. Julia Cardona Mack at

The UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication also sponsors Latino Journalism and Media at Carolina (Latijam) dedicated to promoting and practicing fair and competent reporting about Latina/o life in North Carolina. The project has a four-pillar strategy that addresses needs in four areas: news, research, curriculum, and engagement and public service. Its Web site offers resources that assist students, scholars, and professionals in covering local Latina/o communities in all their vitality, complexity, and potential. Please visit Should you have questions about Latijam, please contact the project's director Dr. Lucila Vargas at


Electives (3 of them): Any of the courses not taken as cores listed above may be taken as well as:

AFAM 54 now AFAM 254: "Blacks in Latin America." The course explores various social, pedagogical, and historical issues which frame Black Studies (i.e. racial categorization, the creation of race), The branches that make up Latino culture (its Iberian, indigenous, and African strands) are examined as well. The perception of the two "new worlds" and the people from there composes the next part of the course as does the process that led to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade which brought the Africans to the west. Instructor: Kia Caldwell. Spring 2008.

Drama 486: "Latin American Theater." This course explores the historical and aesthetic development of the Latin American theatre, focusing upon particular factors that distinguish this theatre from the Western European tradition. The course includes several units on Latina/o drama and performance. Instructor: Adam Versenyi. Fall 2005, Fall 2007, and Fall 2011.


2 of these electives should be in different categories from one another. In other words, a student may take 2 electives in the Humanities and one more in the Social Sciences or vice versa.


Latino/a Studies Courses at Duke:


Library Resources in Latin American/Caribbean/Iberian/Latina/o of Relevance to Latina/o Studies:

Major Latin American Collections Nationwide including the Southeast

UNC Latin American and Iberian Resources:

Bibliographer for these resources at UNC-CH's Davis Library is Teresa Chapa,

Alexander Street Press Database of Latino Literature

Duke Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese Resources:

Bibliographer at Duke's Perkins Library is Hortensia Calvo,

Emory University's Oxford College guide to latinolinks:

Tulane Latin American Library:

University of Florida at Gainesville Latin American Collection:

Vanderbilt Resources for Latin American Studies:

Latin American Studies Southeast Region (LASER):

Biblioteca de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, recinto de Rio Piedras:


Latina/o Studies Journals (not regionally bound):

Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies

Centro de estudios puertorriqueños (bilingual):

Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Website to be announced. Email Dr. Alicia Partnoy, co-senior editor if you have questions:


Journal of Latin American Anthropology

KARPA: Journal of Theatrical and Visual Culture Criticism

Latino(a) Research Review

Latino Studies Journal

Nepantla: Views from South


Recent Books about Latina/o Issues:


Recommended US Latina/o Websites:


Latinas/os and the Media: Check out The Latinos and Media Project at:


Latina/o Magazines and Higher Education: The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine at:


Latina/o Art Resources listed through the UNC Library System: If you have questions about this area of the Sloane Art Library collection, please contact Patricia Thompson at


Latino Studies Library Research Guide:


Latina/o Studies Programs: Inter-University Program for Latino Research

Selected University Latina/o Studies Programs: Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Indiana University, New York University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Michigan, etc.


Minority Fellowships Websites (not regionally bound):


MURAP (Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program & Educational Diversity):


Latina Teen Empowerment Project: Latinitas, Inc. at:


Internet Resources for Ethnic Studies:


Chican@ Website Pathfinder (includes Latina/o Resources in General):


Hispanic/Latino Resources from the University of Texas at Austin:


Puerto Rico y el Sueño Americano:


The Duke-UNC Consortium in Latin American Studies:


UNC - CH Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) Resource Page:


Area Events:

The ongoing UNC-CH Latina/o Culture(s) Speakers' Series:


Festival on the Hill 2008: Transcending Borders: Latin American and Latina/o Music in North Carolina and the United States, March 27-30, 2008, UNC Chapel Hill. Celebrating the contributions of Latin American and Latina/o music and culture in the United States. Please visit the Festival on the Hill's website:

for more information on events and participants.



Noteworthy News Articles & Statistics:

Endeavors article "Emerging Culture" on Latinas/os in North Carolina:

Latino Population Statistics:

Migration Dialogue:


North Carolina Latina/o Links:

¡Ayúdate! in partnership with N.C. Governor's Office for Latino/Hispanic Affairs

Cooperative Comunitaria Latina de Crédito/Latino Community Credit Union

Hispanics in Philanthropy - North Carolina

North Carolina AHEC Latino Health Resource Center

North Carolina Latino Coalition

North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: Contact Rogelio Valencia, Hispanic Ombudsman

Nuestra Comunidad: Latinos in North Carolina:

School of Public Health Minority Health Project:

Comprendiendo los fundamentos de la epidemiología: un texto en desarrollo/ Understanding the fundamentals of epidemiology

UNC Medical School: UNC CENTER FOR LATINO HEALTH CLINICA GLORIA SUAREZ 4162 B. Bioinformatics Bldg. Campus Box 7082 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7082. This is a bilingual, multidisciplinary clinic working in collaboration with Carolina Health Net (counties of Orange, Chatham, Alamance, Lee, and Caswell) and Piedmont Health Services and serving the Central North Carolina Latina/o population. For more information, please contact Claudia Rojas, Clinic Manager, at Office tel.: 919-966-5878 Fax: 919-966-6671.


Institutes for Social Justice and Community Organization Websites:

Southeastern Regional Economic Justice Network (Southeast REJN):

Student Action with Farmworkers:

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

National Council of La Raza:

El Centro Hispano, Inc. (Durham, NC):

El Pueblo:

Mujeres Unidas y Activas:


Student Organizations:

Carolina Diversity Links:

Chispa (The Carolina Hispanic Association) and ¡Que Rico!:

Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity (La Unidad Latina):

Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad / Lambda Pi Chi, Sorority Inc.:

Mi Gente at Duke:

The Scholars' Latino Initiative:


Latina/o Music and Afro-Latina/o Cultural Collaborations:

El Kilombo:

Montas Lounge:



Puerto Rican online newspaper: El Nuevo Día Interactivo

Global Latin American and Latina/o News Service:

Professor Alvina Quintana's website with informative links to Chicana, Puerto Rican, and Afro-Latina/o Studies websites and


Welcome to the Other America within the longtime transnational South:

What's in a name? What's written into the land? What past? What future?

Alabama: Andalusia, Fort Spanish, Madrid, Buena Vista, Gordo, Cordova, Cuba

Arkansas: El Dorado, Bella Vista, Manila, Lepanto, El Paso, Ola, Casa, Moro

Florida: Pontevedra, Fernandina, Mayo, Matanzas, Favorita, Havana, Hernando, Altamonte, San Antonio, St. Leo, Buena Vista, Largo, De Soto City, Boca Grande, Placida, Bonita Springs, Boca Raton, Ponce de Leon, Naranja, Boca Chica, Key Largo, Vaca Key

Georgia: Buena Vista, Unadilla, Seville, De Soto, Montezuma, Nuñez, Rincon, Isabella, Pavo, Valdosta, Ocilla, Ft. Frederica, Mora

Kentucky: Monterey, Sacramento, Sonora, Seco, Cadiz, Mexico

Louisiana: Bonita, Olla, Toro, Monterey, Feliciana, Jota, Iberville, Gonzalez, Marrero, Lake Barataria, Barataria Bay, Salvador

Mississippi: Tunica, Jacinto, Como, Saltillo, Bolivar, Buena Vista, Anguilla, Pinola, De Soto, Gitano, Ozona

North Carolina: Como, Barco, Corolla, Casar, Eldorado, Cordova, Colon, Cerro Grande, Bolivia, Maribel, Oriental

South Carolina: Campobello, Mayo, Saluda, Valencia Heights, Cordova

Tennessee: Monterey, Alcoa, Isabella

Virginia: Callao, Chula, Montebello

West Virginia: Alma, Bolivar, Spanishburg



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