AfroLatino History & Culture Syllabus
The African presence in Latin America has received a disproportionately low level of popular and scholarly attention. By the end of the Atlantic slave trade, an estimated 5.7 million Africans had arrived in Spanish and Portuguese territories as compared to 560,000 in the United States (Klein1999). Additionally, hundreds of thousands of Afro-Caribbean laborers circulated throughout and settled in Latin American countries during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This course syllabus, by Anthropology Prof. Ryan Mann-Hamilton, adopts an interdisciplinary approach in examining processes of identity formation, cultural transformation, and social activism among Afro-Latin@ Americans across national boundaries.
|Dr. Ryan Mann-Hamilton is Assistant Professor in the Social Science Department and teaches a variety of courses in Anthropology, Music and Latin American studies and is heavily invested in issues of Environmental Justice. Dr. Mann-Hamilton has extensive experience working on land and marine based conservation projects in the Caribbean and social justice activism in the context of the Americas, and supporting and participating in food sovereignty projects He is currently the faculty Co-Leader of the Presidents Society Environment Program working with a cohort of 20 students and various community partners to design and implement green spaces and environmental education at LaGuardia over the next three years. Dr. Mann-Hamilton was also selected as Faculty Lead by the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY to direct a two year public engagement program focusing on the relationship between race, environment and the humanities that will center the experiences and existing networks between communities in New York and those in the Caribbean. He has extensive experience in public programming, project oversight and curriculum development. His most recent publication was a chapter on community centered fisheries conservation and education programs that were developed in the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas and the lessons learned from that endeavor.|