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América and Its People, A Survey

Program(s): Immersion

Canceled for Summer 2020

From Native songs to the beats of dub and mambo, from poems by Emily Dickinson to the films of Spike Lee, this course offers an introduction to the varied cultures that inhabit the American continent and the social, political, and historical currents that have shaped them. It is not structured regionally or chronologically, but through topics such as storytelling, rhythm, magic, and eating, using diverse approaches drawn from anthropology, history, and the study of art and literature. We will reflect on these themes through both academic papers and creative writing exercises, culminating in a final project where each student will choose a specific object or work, research it, and present their findings to the class. Throughout this course, students will develop their abilities to read, write, and think both critically and creatively about art, culture, and history.

Course Considerations

Reading Intensive
Discussion Intensive

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Start Date

July 14

End Date

July 30

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Geronimo Sarmiento Cruz

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)
Examining Culture and Society
Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)

Class Specifics

Course Code

ENGL 17990 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration


3:00 PM


Session II

Course Length

3 weeks