LATS 420
Latinx Ecologies Fall 2017 Division II; Cross-listed as LATS420 / ENVI421
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An August 2015 Latino Decisions poll found that Latinxs, more than other ethnic groups in the U.S.A., are deeply concerned about climate change and the “environment”. How and why might some Latinxs be disproportionately impacted by climate change? How have a few distinct Latinx theorists and activists imagined and constructed ecology? How are struggles for environmental justice related to broader Latinx concerns with and constructions of place? This seminar will examine a few moments in distinct Latinx histories and geographies such as California migrant farmworkers and the struggle over pesticides, urban movements over waste management such as the Young Lords’ garbage offensive, food justice movements and urban gardening, as well as literary and theological representations of affective and sacred ecologies such as Helena María Viramontes’ Their Dogs Came With Them and Ecuadoran-U.S. ecofeminist Jeanette Rodríguez’s theological texts. Evaluation will be based on class participation, presentations, annotated bibliography, short writing assignments, writing workshop participation, and a final 20-page research paper.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 1212
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, presentations, annotated bibliography, short writing assignments, writing workshop participation, and a final 20-page research paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Latinx Studies concentrators; Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: LATS 400-level Seminars

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