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Passages thru Time in Latin America, 2005

3-day seminar, July 13, July 20, and July 27, 2005 9 am-4 pm daily

2 University Extension quarter-units
Most suitable to middle school and high school history and social studies teachers.

The history of Latin America is too often seen in a duality of opposites which have formed the basis of academic debates: colonial vs. national independence, countryside vs. urban, subsistence vs. export economics, regional vs. national history, liberal vs. conservative politics, corporate vs. class-based politics, backward vs. modern, etc. Until recently, these debates have fueled the core historigraphy of Latin America.

In this course, we will attempt to break free of the yoke of these classic dualisms looking, instead, for a more supple interpretation of Latin American history. At the heart of our approach will be an exploration of the so-called "Middle Period" of Latin American history--a period which has recently finessed its way between the classic historiographical divisions of colonial and national history.

Using a variety of sources--including articles, books, photography, painting, films--we will conduct seminar discussions of materials both at UCLA as well as online. The knowledge gained from the seminar proceedings will be applicable across the disciplines and especially at the junior high and high school levels. For accreditation (2 University Extension quarter units) participants are expected to be actively engaged in the academic and educational discourse and produce a critical essay dealing with the content, and its application to their teaching.

Latin American Institute