DNA + Latinx: Decoding the "Cosmic Race"
Division II; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Scientists working to assemble maps of the human genome have found a goldmine in the DNA of Latinx, Latin American, and other populations that derive ancestry from multiple continents. In this interdisciplinary course, we will explore Latinidades through a genealogical lens: What culture-specific issues emerge around history, identity, ethics, forensics, immigration, commerce, surveillance, art, science, and medicine? Readings will include The Cosmic Race by José Vasconcelos, The Cosmic Serpent by Jeremy Narby, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina by Raquel Cepeda, and The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome by Alondra Nelson.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance and class participation, writing exercises, 4- to 5-page midterm paper (close-reading a text), 10- to 15-page final writing portfolio
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Enrollment Preference: Latina/o Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Distribution Notes: DPE: Readings and class discussion offer students the opportunity to analyze the shaping of social differences, dynamics of unequal power, and processes of change
Attributes: LATS Core Electives