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Intro to Latinx Studies in the Global South

Who are Latinxs? How did we become Latinxs? This interdisciplinary course will bring together exciting material to talk about the complex and ever-changing category of "Latinx" and the diversity of Latinx people communities. Some of the topics included will be Latinx racial formation, queer and trans Latinidades, black Latinx critique, Latinx indigineities, community formation, and Latinx history.

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History of the Present

How did we get here? To a world of Black Lives Matter, the 1/6 Insurrection, and COVID-19? This history course begins where many end, exploring American history since Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement. It will give you the tools you need to understand your world, and your place in it. 

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The Latinx South: Immigration, Race, and the Nuevo South

In the past decades many of the fastest growing Latino/a populations have been in the US South. Instead of traditional sites of immigration like Los Angeles and New York, the U.S. South has become home to a diverse group of Latino immigrants. This course examines the history of Latino/as in the U.S. South. Spanning the twentieth-century it will trace the long history of Latino/as in the South and how they experienced Jim Crow segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, white supremacy, and labor struggles. This interdisciplinary approach the study of race and region will expose students to a diverse range of texts including historical monographs, memoirs, graphic novels, and documentaries.

Latinx Social Movements

Over the course of the twentieth-century various Latino/a groups have mobilized their growing power to make demands for social justice and equality. This course will study the history of Latino/a organizing from the 1940s to the contemporary moment. Some of the groups we will examine include: the Chicano movement, the Young Lords Party, Chicana feminists, Third World Women's Alliance, DREAMers, resistance to Arizona's SB1070, and UndocuQueer. We will look at the history of political organizations, community formation, identity development, and movement ideology.

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History of Latinxs in the US

Now one of the largest groups in the United States, the history of Latinxs in the United States encompasses major themes in US History: settler colonialism and the expansion of the US empire, the creation of race and racial inequality, anti-black and anti-indigenous racism, gender and sexuality, migration and mobility, and the formation of social movements. 

Student Research Collaborations

Story+ 'Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Voz: Latinx at Duke'

Over the past two years students in classes taught by Prof. Cecilia Márquez and Prof. Joan Munné have worked to create the first-of-its-kind exhibit entitled “Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Voz: Latinx at Duke.” This exhibit documents the long history of Latinx students at Duke University. The Story+ team will produce a pilot website that documents the physical exhibit and use materials within the exhibit to create new digital content. This website will be used in future courses and for future researchers. This project will weave together public humanities and digital humanities skills to produce a dynamic hub for the continued exploration of the rich history of Latinxs at Duke University and the region more broadly. 

Data+ 'Latinxs and the Right'

The visibility of hate groups such as the Alt-Right became mainstream into contemporary political culture during the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, VA in 2017. This project aims to explore methods to quantify the presence of Latinxs within the Alt-Right, particularly in how they racialize themselves in a space that often spews hate towards Mexicans and other marginalized groups from Latin America. Using data from multiple sources (such as Twitter, Stormfront, and Breitbart), we developed a corpus of tweets, subthreads, and articles, and analyzed this data using basic natural language processing (NLP) techniques.

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