Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Teaching Symposium | Newberry

Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Teaching Symposium

Saturday, November 14, 2015

9 to 2:30pm

Towner Fellows Lounge

Center for American History and Culture Programs
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar

This daylong workshop for college faculty will be a forum for discussing the key themes of Latino/a Studies, as well as the shared issues and main challenges we face in the courses we teach in this field. Discussion leaders will open each session by talking for just 3 to 5 minutes about their own teaching experiences.They may pose a question or two to help frame our discussion.Then they’ll moderate what we hope will be a relatively free flowing and lively exchange among all of us. All participants should come prepared to actively engage the questions posed by each session.

9:10am-10:05am How should we approach Latina/o Studies courses in an interdisciplinary way despite our disciplinary training? Discussion leaders: Nilda Flores-González , University of Illinois, Chicago and Sandra Ruiz, University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign

10:10am-11:05am What are our particular concerns for a Latino/a Studies classroom, and what are the different backgrounds, needs and interests of our students? Discussion leaders: Sylvia Martínez, Indiana University and Jason Ruiz, University of Notre Dame

11:10am-12:05pmHow do we teach race, class, and gender? Discussion leaders: Camilla Fojas, DePaul University and Maura Toro-Morn, Illinois State University

12:05pm-12:35pm Lunch will be provided for all participants.

12:35pm-1:30pm How do we teach issues of geography and scale, including cities, the Midwest, nations, borderlands, and transnationalism? Discussion leaders: Geraldo Cadava, Northwestern University and Mérida Rúa, Williams College

1:35pm-2:30pm How do we approach the challenge of including the histories of multiple and diverse Latina/o communities? Discussion leaders: Leisy Abrego, UCLA and Amalia Pallares, University of Illinois at Chicago