LATS 330
DNA + Latinx: Decoding the "Cosmic Race" Spring 2023
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity

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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. This interdisciplinary course explores Latinidades through a genealogical lens: What culture-specific issues emerge around history, identity, ethics, forensics, immigration, commerce, surveillance, art, science, and medicine? Through discussion, materials, and activities that engage personal, historical, and scientific perspectives, this course offers students the opportunity to explore the many codes embedded in the double-helix. Readings include scholarship out of Stanford University’s Bustamante Lab, 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: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3669
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
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
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Latina/o Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: 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

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