Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2020

  • Topics in Chicano Studies – “Chicanos and the Environment”

    CHICANO 180 002 | CCN: 19256

    Pablo Gonzalez

    TU 5:00 - 7:59pm 110 Barrows

    4 Units

    The relationship between Chicanos and Latinx communities and the environment is a sacred one.  It means locating not only the ways that these communities have been severed from the land through structures of power like colonialism, racial capitalism, and dispossession, but also the many forms of stewardship that they continue to practice in relationship to the land.  This course is designed as an encounter with the many ways Chicanx and Latinx communities think of the environment, a life politics that asks continuously where they live, how they live, and what their relationship to each other will be.  It will take into account not only the relationship with the land, whether ancestral lands or as guests on lands of the many pueblos originarios,  but also the struggle for the land in relationship to environmental justice movements in the US and in Latin America. The course will also engage questions of place-making and migration in relationship to Latinx communities and most importantly, the type of social relations these communities sustain and build to form communities across borders and geographies