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Spring 2015-2016
* SPA 327 / URB 327 / LAO 327 (LA)   na, npdf

Latino Global Cities

Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones
Germán Labrador Méndez


This seminar focuses on the comparative study of Latino urban cultures in U.S., Caribbean and Spanish cities (mainly New York City, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Madrid). Topics include the 2008 Financial Crisis, Occupy-like movements, global migratory flows, popular culture, memory, debt, visuality and citizenship. Paying close attention to their political and cultural contexts, flamenco, hip-hop, graffiti, visual culture, poetry, documentary films and political performances will be analyzed. Guest speakers and musicians will be part of the conversation.

Sample reading list:
Federico García Lorca, Poeta en Nueva York
Albert Rivera, Sleep Dealer
Manu Chao, Clandestino
Julia de Burgos, Poesía. Selección
I. Bollaín, También la lluvia
Mike Davis, Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the U.S. Big City

Reading/Writing assignments:
80-120 pages reading each week and/or 2-3 films each week; quizzes before each class; two 12-page papers, two 3-page reports. Assignments written in Spanish.

Quizzes - 20%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Not Open to Seniors.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A 200-level SPA course or instructor's permission. This course is primarily open to freshmen and sophomores who are considering the pursuit of studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures. Applicants must submit a one-page motivation letter to Prof. Germán Labrador Méndez ( and a selection of students will be contacted for an interview. Early applications encouraged. Final candidates will receive notification before December 10th. Preference will be given to potential concentrators..

Other information:
Course taught in Spanish. A mandatory trip to Puerto Rico will take place during the spring semester break (Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 20, 2016). Basic travel expenses will be covered.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43846 S01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T Th   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:10 Limit:14