New Class, Latinos in Global Cities

This course explores the relationship between Latina/o immigration and the development of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami into global cities. We begin this course by defining the "global city" and its place within national and international contexts. We then move on to a consideration of the foundational role Latina/o immigrants play in the creation of such cities by examining the diverse experiences and histories of Latino communities in the Unites States. This comparative framework allows us to consider the similarities and differences among the socio- political trajectories of Latina/o communities. We focus specifically on case studies of Mexicans in Los Angeles, Puerto Ricans in Chicago, Dominicans in New York City, and Cubans in Miami. This course will provide us with a better understanding of the cities we live in and the people who sustain them.
The class will rely on an interdisciplinary approach to race, class, sexuality, and gender relations. We will discuss a broad array of topics such as: immigration, labor conflicts, street life, social movements, bilingual education, and art and the built environment. This course fulfills the "Social Science" liberal education core requirement and the thematic liberal education requirement "Diversity and Social Justice in the United States". Finally, this course includes an optional service learning component based on student collaboration with community organizations that service the Latino community in the Twin Cities.
For questions or additional information, please contact the instructor at mbc@umn.edu.

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