Courses of interest, Fall 2017

The Southern Border


Walls and deportations in a context of often xenophobic rhetoric have focused national and international attention on the southern border of the United States. This border, stretching from California to Florida, is a cultural mosaic, a zone that brings together diverse experiences from the North and the South. It is also a place where one can see larger social, economic, and political processes at work on both sides of the boundary. In this course, we use the border as a point of departure to explore the relationship between the United States, Mexico, and countries of the Caribbean and South America. After putting this relationship in its historical context, we will look critically at key contemporary issues each of these countries face. These issues include immigration, free trade, climate change, security, and politics as well as music, art, literature and new cultural and political identities. 

LEC  TuTh 3:30P-4:59P | F295 Haas Faculty Wing

Instructor: Harley Shaiken, chair of the Center for Latin American Studies and Professor of Geography and the Graduate School of Education.  

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Courses at the Center

CLAS offers a variety of courses taught by visitors, from short seminars to semester-long classes.  Some past teachers include Presidents Michelle Bachelet and Ricardo Lagos of Chile; musician Horacio Salinas; and renowned journalist Alma Guillermoprieto.

Past CLAS Courses

Sergio Fajardo, "Education as the Engine of Social Transformation"
Javier Couso, "The Clash Between Liberal and Radical Constitutionalism in Contemporary Latin America"