fall 2005
214 Cina Hall UMD
MWF 9:00 to 9:50 a.m.

Instructor: Linda S. Belote, Ph.D.
Office hours: MW noon - 2
Phone 726-6340
LA Cultures webpage:

by Joe Kane
Magical Writing in Salasaca by Peter Wogan
At Home in the Street by
Tobias Hecht

Course objectives:

Tests, exams and grades

best 3 out of 4 take home tests 10 % each = 300 points
3 regular exams 15 % each = 450 points
1 class presentation 20 % = 200 points
Class participation 5 % = 050 points
    1000 points total

The take home tests (THT) are graded assignments and as such must be completed by each of you on your own without assistance or collaboration of others (except for THT2, which is a group assignment). All take home tests MUST BE COMPLETED AND TURNED IN DURING CLASS ON THE DUE DATE indicated on this syllabus. If you miss one, that will be your "bankrupt" one. If verifiable extenuating circumstances cause you to miss two, you will be permitted to make up the second one. Always notify me in advance whenever possible if you will be missing a take-home test or an exam.

The regular exams will be mainly short paragraph answers (identify, define or explain) and essay combination. Prior to the first exam you will have an opportunity to do a dry run in class so that you can see the kind of answer I regard to be "good ones."

The class presentation will be a "small group" project. Each of you will be a member of a 2 person team, but you will each have a specific assignment, and will be graded individually for your effort. Your assignment will be to read and analyze a work of fiction about Latin American life with each team member making a class presentation of 7 minutes duration. Both team members must read the book and collaborate on doing the background research of your book. One of you will give a summary of the plot and discuss the verisimilitude of setting and "facts", and the other person will address in depth some specific topic particular to your book. The team will be given 3 minutes to answer questions from the class. The skill with which the presenters answer questions will also be taken into account in the grade awarded. Each team must set up an appointment to meet with me at least one week prior to their class presentation. Class presentations will be graded on content, clarity of presentation, evidence of research and organization of the presentation. A good visual aid will also be credited.

This class will be as successful as we as a group make it. Class discussion based on participation of all members is essential to the stimulation of thought and learning of everyone (including the instructor--I want to learn some new things too!). In order to encourage those who are so often insightful but might be reticent in speaking up in class, 5% of the grade is based on this participation.

Final grades will be on a straight 1000 point scale as follows:

934 - 1000 A   800 - 833 B-   666 - 699 D+
900 - 933 A-   766 - 799 C+   600 - 665 D
866 - 899 B+   734 - 765 C   0 - 599 F
834 - 865 B   700 - 733 C-    

A violation of UMD's Academic Honesty Policy (behavior which is also referred to as Scholastic Misconduct) such as cheating, plagiarizing or any other "act which violates the rights of another student in academic work or that involves misrepresentation of your own work" will result in penalties up to and including an F for the course.

Extra Credit There are a number of movies (videos) which you may view outside of class about which you can write a paper for extra credit. These will be on reserve in the library for this class. Other opportunities might arise, if guest lecturers are on campus or in the area, about which extra credit papers could be written. Always ask BEFORE you write a paper on a lecture. Extra credit lectures and films must be written up in a two to three page paper, (more than 600 words) summarizing the talk or the film and placing it in an anthropological context. A maximum of 2 extra credit papers can be written for up to 25 points each. The deadline for all extra credit papers based on a public lecture is one week after the event, during class time. The last date to turn in one from a video is December 6.

The films listed below, some of which are my personal copies, will be on reserve in the library for this class. Treat them well!

At Play in the Fields of the Lord Missing
Romero Quilombo
Mi Familia The Official Story

The Burning Season


Other videos might be possible, check with me first. Other extra credit opportunities might arise. All must be approved in advance of attendance. The last day to turn in an extra credit report on an unscheduled film is Monday Dec. 6 in class.

Other extra credit opportunities

Professor David Hodell, Department of Geological Sciences, University of
Florida - Gainesville will present a seminar on Friday, September 9,
2005, MWAH 191 - 4:00 p.m.

Hispanic/Latino/Chicana Heritage Celebration
Fall 2005

Tuesday, September 20, UMD Kirby Ballroom 7:00 p.m.
Speakers: Gerardo Cajamarca and Elizabeth Nadeau
"The War Against Working People in Colombia: Guns, Greed and the School of Assassins."
Elizabeth Nadeau is an anthropology student at the University of Minnesota who spent three months in prison for last year's SOA protest; Gerardo Cajamarca is a union organizer from Colombia who is currently living in exile in Minneapolis and working with the Steelworkers' "Global Justice" campaign.

Tuesday, September 27, Rafters 4:00 p.m.
Brimming with energetic corridos (story-songs) and more than a little humor, MINNECANOS is a buoyant celebration of the accomplishments, character, and aspirations of LATINOS in Minnesota and across the country. Its delightful story joyfully embraces four generations and the entire Twentieth Century in its spirited look at contemporary CHICANO history.
Sponsored by the UMD Diversity Commission with the Hispanic/Latino/Chicana Learning Resource Center.

Tuesday, October 4, KSC 268 4:00 p.m.
Workshop: "Immigration Myths and Realities"
Immigrants come to Minnesota for a variety of reasons, and experience an equally wide variety of reactions. This workshop offers a basic outline of reasons for immigration, laws limiting and defining immigration, and the rights and duties of documented and undocumented immigrants. For registration information contact Susana Pelayo-Woodward at 726-8444.

Thursday, October 20, Rafters, 12 Noon
Speaker: Diana Milena Murcía

Diana Milena Murcía is a Colombian lawyer practicing law since 2001 with the Lawyers Collective "José Alvear Restrepo". Although she graduated from Colombia's National University, she is hardly a stuffy legal expert, spending much of her time in the field trudging through regions such as Putumayo in southern Colombia, gathering direct testimony from farmers about the destruction and human rights violations caused by Plan Colombia. Despite her youth, she is considered among Colombia's leading legal minds focused on Plan Colombia.

She has also traveled outside of Colombia, looking at the regional impacts of Plan Colombia. In an ever changing region, many would say that the $2 million a day (by far the most US military aid in the hemisphere) that flows through Plan Colombia serves as a US "aircraft carrier" in an ever changing region, securing US influence as country after country challenge policies from Washington.

Working with one of the more respected human-rights focused legal collectives, Diana is considered by many a key player in Colombia's vibrant social movement. As she puts it: "Really the truth is, I became a lawyer by accident - but now I keep practicing law because of my convictions."

Tuesday, October 18, Kirby 333, 12 Noon
Film:" Maid in America
They clean other people's homes and raise other families' children-often leaving their own families behind. "Maid in America" takes an intimate look into the lives of three Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles. "Maid in America" offers insight into the immigrant experience, labor issues and contemporary Latino culture.
Directed by Anayansi Prado, 58 minutes

Tuesday, November 8, K333, 12 Noon
Speaker: Susana Pelayo-Woodward, "Latinos in Minnesota"

Saturday, November 19, UMD Kirby Ballroom 8:00 p.m.
Annual Salsa Dance!
Contact Susana Pelayo-Woodward 726-8444 for more information.

Special Arrangements Individuals who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to perform in this class are encouraged to let me know at the start of the semester. Adaptations of methods, materials, or testing may be made as required to provide for equitable participation.

My Expectations I expect students to attend every class and to come to class prepared, having read the assignment for the day as indicated on the syllabus. I expect students to treat all members of the class with respect, which includes no private talking or whispering during class, so that all may hear the person who is speaking to the group. This extends to the end of the period. Please do not begin to "pack up" before the class period ends.

Snow days Whatever is scheduled for a day which becomes a snow day will occur on the following class day, including exams and due dates for take home tests.






Introduction; Adopt a country; hand out country write-ups & Take Home Test 1 due Sept. 13 Country write-ups source: Latin America: Global Studies 11th ed. Duskin Pub.



Latin America: Myth and Reality read: write up of your adopted country + 2 web pages related to your country. Try for the US State department profile, + 1 written by the government officials of your country. The State Department pages are found at Try using for one from the government of your country. If that doesn't work, you'll have to use a search engine. Print the country profiles and bring to class. You will be comparing these to see differences in "facts" and information selected to be reported for public viewing.




THT1 due Geography, Ethnicity and Interculturality read: Savages prologue + Chpt 1.(pp.3-25)


Ethnicity in L.A. read: Savages Chpt. 2-4 (pp. 26-56)+ choose novels
The Settling of the Americas read: Savages Chpt. 5-6 (pp. 57-78)
video: Prehistory of Meso-America read: Savages Chpt. 7-8 (pp. 81-109)
video: The Mission; distribute THT2, due Oct. 4 read: Savages Chpt 9-10 pp. 110-133
video: Tairona and Incas read: Savages Chpt. 11-12 pp.134-161
Subsistence systems: Amazonian hunter/gatherers and horticulturalists; read: Chpt. 13-14
Video: Through Gates of Splendor; Read Savages, Chpt. 15-16
Huaorani, Demonstrate Take Home Test 2 results in class (and turn in print-outs) Read Savages Chpt. 17-18
Video: Dreams of Amazonia; Read Savages Chpt 19 to the end.
Video: Trinkets and Beads
discuss Huaorani and tropical forest indigenous peoples
Exam 1 THT3 distributed. Due Oct 28
Intensive Agriculture and Peasant Life in globalized L.A. Read Wogan pp. 1-26
Video: When Mountains Tremble; Read Wogan pp. 27-48
Identity Politics in L.A. Read Wogan pp. 49-74 + Macas, Belote & Belote handout
Religion in L.A. Read Wogan pp. 75-96
Video: Return to the Sacred Ice Read Wogan pp. 97-116
Video: Bahia Read Wogan pp. 117 to end
THT3 due discuss Wogan's book; make bread dolls
The Administration of Justice at the local level--the Saraguro case
Peasant Revolutions Review history of your country: any revolutions?
The Zapatista Revolution, Susana Pelayo-Woodward, guest presenter.
Go over exams
Student presentations
Video: The Gene Hunters
Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous People
Human Rights in L.A.
No class--Thanksgiving break
Latin American Families; Read At Home in the Street Appendix + Chapters 1 thru 3 THT 4 distributed. Due Dec. 7
Urbanization Read At Home in the Street Chapters 4 and 5
Video: Childhood. Among Equals Read At Home in the Street Chapters 6 and 7. Last day to turn in extra credit
Take Home Test 4 due. The Formal and the Informal Economies
The Drug War---Find drug information for your country
video: Cocaine Valley
Latin America in the globalized world
Review for final