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Spring College Course: Convergences in South American History

November 19th, 2007 · No Comments

College Course
I will be teaching the following course at Burlington College (in Burlington, Vermont) this coming spring semester. If you are in the area, please sign up for the course and/or spread the word. For information on how you can be in the class, visit the Burlington College website or email me at Bendangl(at) It will be an exciting class. I hope some Upside Down World readers participate in it.

The Government Palace and the Street: Convergences in South American History
Instructor: Ben Dangl — Spring Semester, Tuesdays from 11:45-2:45, Undergraduate Level

Course Description: South America has long been a battleground for national governments, foreign corporations, Washington, and protest movements. In this course we will analyze this convergence of political, economic and social power from national independence to recent news headlines. Militarization and state terror will be examined through the lens of dictatorships and the Andean drug wars. We will make connections between the landless farmer movements in Paraguay and Brazil and movements for public control of water in Bolivia and Uruguay. By studying free market policies in Chile and Argentina and socialism in Venezuela we will gain insights into the region’s dominant economic structures. Readings and independent projects will be complemented by documentaries, indigenous hip-hop, feminist graffiti art and South American folk music.

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