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S17C14 Icons of 20th Century Latin America

This course looks at themes of Latin American history through the lens of the region's most iconic figures. Through Emiliano Zapata we will review the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920. The art of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera will give us insight into how the revolution was defined in the 1930s through 1950s. We will then turn to Argentine and Cuban history and examine how an Argentine middle class medical student (Ernesto "Che" Guevara) and a law student from Cuba (Fidel Castro) led a revolution to oust a US-supported dictator in 1959. Finally, we will examine the rise of Juan Domingo Peron and Eva Duarte Peron to see how Argentina created populist leaders who co-opted revolutionary language to integrate the working classes into the political system. We will also examine the polarizing nature of these icons to show how they reflect tensions within their own societies about social change.

Instructor: Kristen McCleary is an Associate Professor of history at James Madison University. She is currently finishing her book manuscript, Life is a Cabaret?: Theater and the Staging of the Modern Argentine Nation, 1880-1930. She has published a number of articles about popular culture in Argentina. Her courses on Latin America focus on visual and popular culture, gender, and social change.


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Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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