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Spring 2016-2017
* SPA 360 / AAS 361 / AMS 375 / LAO 360 (EM)   No Audit

Urban Diversity and Segregation in the Americas

Bruno M. Carvalho


Diversity has sometimes been viewed as a source of vitality and strength, other times as a threat to cultural or national cohesion. This seminar explores histories of segregation and debates about diversity in a hemispheric framework, asking: how can Latin American perspectives inform our understanding of the U.S.? How has the U.S. shaped urban developments in Latin America, as a model or cautionary tale? What is the interplay between identity politics and moral values? Urbanism and ethics? How does diversity relate to inclusion, difference, and inequality? Topics include immigration, globalization, social justice, planning, race and racism.

Sample reading list:
C. Nightingale, Segregation:A Global History of Divided Cities (sels.)
José Martí, "Our America"
Octavio Paz, "Mexico and the United States"
G. Freyre, New World in the Tropics (sels.)
James Baldwin, No Name in the Street (sels.)
Andrew Sandoval-Strausz, "Latino Landscapes"

Reading/Writing assignments:
This interdisciplinary and comparative course will include readings from various fields, as well as films and music. Readings from sources in Spanish and Portuguese will be available both in English translation and in the original. Texts will be available on blackboard. A mid-term project 20%), an oral presentation, and one final research project will be required. Students are expected to contribute to an online discussion board.

Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Enrollment is by application only. The seminar seeks to engage students with a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints. Those interested in applying should contact

Other information:
The class will be conducted entirely in English. If a student is pursuing a Portuguese or Spanish certificate, however, written work is to be completed in the target language. For LAO credit, students must write a paper related to Latino Studies, or at least comparative between the U.S. and Latin America. The course will include a field trip (details TBD).

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43410 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Scheide Caldwell House   209   Enrolled:17 Limit:15 Closed