10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW
Lecture Hall 2
Section Information for Spring 2020
This course examines the religious contributions (if not also roots) of socialist and communist revolutions in Latin America beginning in the 1960s. Specifically, this course will study the emergence of an activist religious movement called liberation theology through a wide variety of its scholarly and “popular” genres—such as sermons, comics, poetry, folk music, murals, catechism lessons, testimonios, human rights reports, etc.—that have been employed over the decades to reflect upon, generate, and disseminate or introduce liberation theology by Catholic and Protestant intellectuals. This course will serve as a basic introduction to some of the initial major Latin American liberation theologians (as well as their critics, such as the U.S. Reagan administration, the Vatican, and indigenous peoples), their tenants, sources, context, and methods. Furthermore, it will do so by focusing on some of the key “popular” documents that were written at the time for both Latin American and global audiences. In this way, this course will serve as not only an introduction to modern Latin American religion but also as an introduction to such liberationist introductions.