Latinx Studies

What is "Latinx"?

"Latinx" is a gender-neutral term that means "Latino/Latina, Latin@". To learn more, consult the Huffington Post article, "Why People Are Using The Term Latinx"

 

 

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U.S. Latinx History for Young Learners

Ages 6+

This course for young learners focuses on Latinx history in the U.S. The course will highlight significant moments in Latinx history through a fun but educational approach. We will cover the history of various ethnic groups over the centuries. 

 
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Highlights in U.S. Latinx Literature

Ages 12+

The story of Latinxs in the U.S. is not a new phenomenon. As evidenced in the literature, there are narratives that go back more than 100 years chronicling the lives of Latinxs in the US. In this course, we will focus on some highlights within the Latinx literature canon. We will learn how the distinct ethnic groups that fall under the umbrella term Latinx have vastly different histories, racial make-ups, and relationships with the U.S., and this changes the story that each group tells.  

 
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The Education of Margot Sanchez 

Ages 12+

For decades, young readers of color did not find themselves in the literature they read. But now, representation of Latinxs in Young Adult literature is on the rise. One of the recent books to fill this niche is Lilliam Rivera’s The Education of Margot Sanchez, which tells the story of Margot who is caught between her Puerto Rican world and the world of her prep school. Through the examination of this novel, we will discuss the concerns and representation of contemporary Latinx teens. 

 
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The Poet X

Ages 13+

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo tells the story of Xiomara, a Dominican teen from Harlem who charters a path toward poetry. Through the examination of this novel, we will discuss the concerns and representation of contemporary Latinx teens.