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Spring Semester 2010: Community-Based Media Production (Film 4125)

Meets Tuesdays from 11am to 12:40pm and Thursdays from 11am to 2:30pm.

This course will be held in cooperation with two Columbian universities. Click here to learn more.

Study Abroad in Argentina: Human Rights in Argentina: From Dictatorship to Democracy 

An exciting interdisciplinary Study Abroad program will be offered during Maymester 2009, entitled “Human Rights in Argentina: From Dictatorship to Democracy (1976-Today). The program, which will be offered in English, will take place from May 16 to June 3, 2009. 

For more information about the first offering of this program, click here. For information about the current program, click here.

Learn Portuguese: Two new new sections of Portuguese for Fall 2008

Two new sections of Portuguese have been added for the Fall 2008 semester. Elementary Portuguese I (1001) and Intermediate Portuguese I (2001)

Elementary Portuguese I

TR 11:00-12:15 p.m.
MW 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Course Description:
Elementary Portuguese I. Development of basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing; acquisition of grammatical structures. Not open to native speakers of Portuguese.
3.000 Credit Hours

Intermediate Portuguese I

TR 1:00-2:15 p.m.
TR 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Course Description:
Intermediate Portuguese I. Prerequisite: Port 1002 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent. Continued development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Vocabulary expansion; further work with grammatical structures. Not open to native speakers of Portuguese.
3.000 Credit Hours

For more information contact the Department of Modern & Classical Languages at 404-413-5980 or


HIST 4890: Special Topics in World History: Modern Cuba: History, Politics and Society (4hrs)

                Day: Tuesdays & Thursday                 Time: 5:30-7:10
                Room: Sparks Hall, Room 330

Course Description: This undergraduate course introduces students to the major factors that shaped the Cuban Revolution. Moving chronologically from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century, the readings highlight the historical, political, cultural, and social transformations within the Cuban republic and the challenges of revolutionary society after 1959. Particular emphasis will be placed on political affairs, national identity, race and gender relations, and immigration. Daily reading, active class discussion, and written assignments, along with images and music, are designed to focus student inquiry and analysis of Cuba’s complex history. In addition to quizzes and short essays, students will complete a final research paper.  For the final project, students may elect to combine historical material with media applications.

For more information contact Dr. Michele Reid,, 404/463-9362

HIST 8420: Seminar in Latin American History: African Diaspora in Latin America( 4hrs)

               Day: Wednesdays
               Time: 5:30-8:50
               Room: 705  GCB  

Course Description: This seminar is designed to introduce students to the historical literature of the African Diaspora in Latin America. Focusing primarily on the late 18th century to the early 20th century, the readings explore the historical, political, cultural, and social transformations that the millions of Africans and their descendents, slave and free, experienced in Latin America.The course will highlight Mexico, Brazil, and Cuba. Topics include slavery, rebellion, abolition, and national identity.  Students will complete a final project, typically a research paper, however, students may elect to create a final project that combines historical material with media application

For more information contact Dr. Michele Reid,, 404/463-9362


SPAN 8880 Viajeros: Time & Space in Hispanic Caribbean Literature and Culture (3hrs)

            Day:      Monday
            Time:    4:30PM-7:00PM
            Room:  715 GCB

Course Description: Being the site where European explorers first established lasting colonies in the Western Hemisphere, the Hispanic Caribbean has long been known as the middle ground between Europe and the Americas, between the Old World and the New World, between the past and the present. The writings from the region suggest that such divisions are not always so simple and neat, particularly inasmuch as many of these writings have both mourned and challenged such simplistic divisions. In light of these polemics, this graduate-level course will examine the ways literary texts and other cultural production imagine (or reimagine) and construct (or reconstruct) the Hispanic Caribbean, especially in terms of varying conceptions of time (including “history”) and space (or geography). The readings in the course consist largely of “primary” fictional texts with occasional theoretical texts and cultural criticism also interpersed. Students will be called on to research and – when possible – to help create more sophisticated theoretical frameworks for understanding the interrelations of time and space in the region and its cultural production.

Course materials : Vista del amanecer en el trópico, by Guillermo Cabrera Infante; Los pasos perdidos, by Alejo Carpentier; Falsas crónicas del sur, by Ana Lydia Vega; La novela de mi vida, by Leonardo Padura; El hombre, la hembra, y el hambre, by Daína Chaviano; and photocopied materials.

Instructor: Rudyard J. Alcocer  GCB 864 ; e-mail:

New World

HIST 8890 Seminar in Atlantic World History Thursdays, 5:30PM-9:10PM

HIST 3620 Atlantic World History
Fridays, 9AM-12PM


Course Description: This seminar course is designed to introduce students to theoretical, comparative, and integrative issues in Atlantic World History from the15th century through the 19th century. The readings highlight the expansion of Western European empires, the development of the African Diaspora, and Indigenous responses to the colonialism, particularly in the Caribbean and Latin America. Additional topics for discussion include voluntary and involuntary migration experiences, geopolitical struggles, commodities, slavery and abolition, race and gender relations, rebellion and revolution, and the construction of national identities. Active class discussion, visual images, and a variety of written assignments are designed to focus student inquiry and analysis
of Atlantic World History.
For more information contact Dr. Michele Reid,, 404/463-9362

20th Annual Latin American Film Festival

Friday, September 16, through Saturday, October 29 2005
The High Museum of Art's 20th Latin American Film Festival features outstanding recent cinema from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and the U.S. All films are in their original languages with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.

For more information click here.

PolyphemusArt historian to participate in symposium at the University of Cambridge

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - Florencia Bazzano-Nelson, Assistant Professor of Latin American Art History will present the paper "Marta Traba: In Defense of Art Criticism" at the international symposium "The Conundra of Vision: Reflexivity in Latin American Visual Culture," organized by the Centre of Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as the Centre of Latin American Studies of the University of Cambridge, England (February 18-19, 2005). 

For more information see:


Student Roberto Arévalo teaches teens to reflect

Wednesday, March 03, 2004  - Hand a camera to a kid from the hardscrabble city streets, and watch his or her vision transform. It might start with a simple shot: the face of a friend or scenes from everyday life. But the picture quickly grows complex as the photographer captures scenes of poverty and violence -- images that are universally interpreted and understood. Documentary filmmaker Roberto Arévalo observes this phenomenon time after time with teenagers who participate in his Mirror Project. By teaching them to create social documentaries, Arévalo is giving a voice to young people who often feel dismissed or disenfranchised by society.

Photo: CubaGeorgia State University offers three programs traveling to Latin America throughout the summer:

Cuba Today, Spanish Studies in Guadalajara, Mexico (pdf), and Argentina & Brazil: Management in Different World Regions, The Case in South America, through the Institute of International Business, Robinson College of Business.

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