Ethnicity, Migration, Rights

EMR student council members

Ethnicity, Migration, Rights offer students an opportunity to pursue sustained, interdisciplinary study of ethnicity, migration, indigeneity, and human rights, with particular attention to Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latinx, and Native American topics. Undergraduates may pursue a Secondary Field in Ethnicity, Migration, Rights or Latina/o Studies.

Program Director: Eleanor Craig

Gateway Courses

Spring 2022

EMR 149: Latinx Representation in Media, Films, and Pop Culture
Américo Mendoza-Mori

Latinos have made significant contributions to film and television productions, and now they are avidly creating content for digital platforms. Furthermore, they are important media consumers in U.S. society despite having a limited presence in the industry: in 2019 Latinos/as/es accounted only for 4,6 % of the acting roles in Hollywood while being 23% of the total movie theater audience in the United States. Public debates on diversity have acknowledged that media representation matters due its power on shaping ideas; these media representations can either reinforce or demystify racial and cultural stereotypes.

For this interdisciplinary introductory level course we will examine, from a critical perspective, the production of representations on Latinx cultures in media, film and pop culture. Students will be able to get a general sense of the state of the Latino media landscape in the U.S. and understand the contexts in which these industries were developed, and how different Latinx cultural agents are trying to close the representation gap by generating support and advocacy networks. Students will also be able to assess strengths, weaknesses and future challenges for Latinx media representation.

Readings, cultural products and discussions for this class will include literature, music, media (films, TV shows and digital content), and bibliography on ethnicity, creative economy, cultural policy, bilingualism. This is a broad-based course open and accessible to all students. 

EMR 1020: Topics in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Studies
Eleanor Craig

Topics in AAPI Studies is an interdisciplinary introductory level course. It will focus on converging and diverging aspects of Asian American and Pacific Islander histories and experiences through historical, theoretical, and cultural lenses. Units of study will focus on coloniality and ecology, anticolonial and antiracist solidarities, and formations of desire/ability. In addition to academic texts, course materials will include poetry, music, film, and other media.

EMR 121: Native Americans in the 21st Century: Nation Building II
Eric Henson

This community based research course focuses on some of the major issues Native American Indian tribes and nations face in the 21st century. It provides in-depth, hands-on exposure to native development issues, including: sovereignty, economic development, constitutional reform, leadership, health and social welfare, tribal finances, land and water rights, culture and language, religious freedom, and education. In particular, the course emphasizes problem definition, client relationships, and designing and completing a research project for a tribe, tribal department, or those active in Indian Country. The course is devoted primarily to preparation and presentation of a comprehensive research paper based on work with a tribal community. In addition to faculty presentations on topics such as field research methods and problem definition, students will make presentations on their work in progress and ultimate findings.