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Latin America Through Film

SPAN 290
Córdoba, Argentina
Prof. Cristina Pinto-Bailey

Through viewing, discussion, and analysis of Latin American films, students will develop an understanding of Latin America and of issues that have shaped their societies, such as the foundation of national identities; the political struggles and dictatorships of the twentieth century; women and society; immigration and globalization. The class will include movies from various Latin American countries, with a special focus on Argentina. It is intended as a bridge between intermediate Spanish and more advanced courses on culture and civilization, offering students the opportunity to improve their Spanish language skills, expand their knowledge of Latin America, and develop critical tools to analyze movies in their thematic content and cinematic aspects. The course will include a four-day visit to Buenos Aires, daily Spanish language classes, a visit to La Perla (a clandestine detention center during the Argentine military dictatorship of the 1970s), tango lessons, and home stays.

 

Our Blogger: Sally Curtiss

Sally Curtiss is a junior from Morristown, New Jersey. A neuroscience major with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, she is a member of W&L’s varsity field hockey team and will be president of 24 next year. She is also a member of the Red Cross Club and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and enjoys hiking and reading in her spare time. “I was interested in taking this course because not only would it further my studies in Latin America and the Caribbean, but it would also be a way to experience and immerse myself in a different culture.”

“I was interested in taking this course because not only would it further my studies in Latin America and the Caribbean, but it would also be a way to experience and immerse myself in a different culture.”

  • Class Year: 2016
  • Majors: Neuroscience, Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Hometown: Morristown, NJ
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