Latin American Studies
Explore a continent and its peoples.
A Region of Over 30 Countries and 650 Million People
Oberlin’s Latinx Resources
The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) is pleased to cosponsor and provide support for Latinx Heritage Series each year. LHS is a year-long series of speakers, screenings, performances, and gatherings organized by the community of Latinx students, in collaboration with the MRC as well as other faculty and staff at Oberlin College.
La Casa Hispánica
La Casa Hispánica, officially known as Harvey House or Spanish House, is a theme-based residence hall for students interested in learning and speaking Spanish. The Hispanic studies and Latin American studies departments often sponsor functions at the Casa for students eager to practice and improve their Spanish-speaking skills.
What is Latin America and why does Latin American studies exist as an academic field of study? What does it mean to study Latin America from the outside, particularly from the United States? This multidisciplinary, team-taught course lays the groundwork for an intentional and self-reflective trajectory through Oberlin’s interdisciplinary LATS program. In addition to the history of Latin American studies, it addresses questions that are central to any scholarly engagement with the region.
- Taught by
- Matthew Rarey
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to modern historical, ethnohistorical and anthropological approaches to the indigenous populations of Latin America. The course will focus on the ongoing process of conflict and accommodation that has characterized the relationship between the native peoples of the New World and those of the Old World. We will study indigenous social movements dealing with issues such as land claims, natural resources, economic development, cultural recognition and human rights.
- Taught by
- Baron Pineda
This course explores the contributions of Africans and their descendants in the shaping of national identity, political culture, economic development, and cultural expression in contemporary Latin America. With an emphasis on social justice issues and gender, the course engages with rich primary and secondary sources, including documentaries, material culture, and musical artifacts, to offer a dynamic history of the African Diaspora in Brazil and Colombia but also in lesser-studied areas, such as Mexico and Argentina.
- Taught by
- Danielle Terrazas Williams
The U.S.-Mexico border region is a political, economic, and cultural crossroads. The course investigates interactions between Native Americans and Spanish colonists beginning in the 16th century, emerging United States economic and political control during the 19th century, and immigration, community building, and civil rights movements in the 20th century. We also discuss la frontera as a literary and symbolic concept.
- Taught by
- Pablo Mitchell
Teaching in Guatemala
At Oberlin, Nina Harris ’20, a Latin American studies and gender, sexuality, and feminist studies major, worked in the Oberlin Spanish in the Elementary Schools (SITES) Program and with El Centro Volunteer Initiative. After graduating, she was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to Guatemala.
Advocacy Work in Lorain County
At Oberlin, Alyssa Phelps ’15, a Bonner scholar and Latin American studies major, cofounded Project Unbound, a student group working to raise awareness about human trafficking in and around Lorain County, and to raise funds for the Human Trafficking Collaborative of Lorain County. After many educational experiences abroad, she was awarded a Fulbright to Mexico.
Fulbright Fellow to Mexico
Julia Pearlstein-Levy ’15, a Latin American studies major and environmental studies minor, spent a summer teaching computer skills in Ecuador, as well as a semester and subsequent winter term in Costa Rica, where she conducted research on conservation and sustainability. After graduation, she was awarded a Fulbright Grant to teach in Mexico.