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LASC348Z: Artist Perspectives: Social Issues in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic

Virtual, Virtual
Terms offered: 
Winterterm
Program Type: 
Maryland Virtual
Credit Type: 
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
No
Graduate Students Eligible to Apply: 
No
EA Advisor: 
Maria Barra

GCThis course explores how artists of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican republic comment on social issues in their respective communities. With a special focus on music and visual art, this class will provide a finer understanding of important contemporary issues such as the recent Cuban protests, the Puerto Rico sovereignty-statehood debate, anti-Haitianism in the Dominican Republic, and activism responding to gender-based violence in these regions. 

UMD undergraduates are eligible. Register in Testudo for the following three credit course:

  • LASC348Z: Artist Perspectives: Social Issues in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic (Registration Link Will Be Available Soon)

This course will include a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning (check Testudo for more details). This course will be offered from January 3-21, 2022.

Víctor Hernández-Sang is a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology. He completed his master’s degree at UMD with a thesis focused on the performance of palos music in fiestas de misterios in the Dominican Republic and holds a B.A. in music from Luther College, Decorah, IA. His doctoral project examines the performance of gagá (Haitian Dominican music and dance) and racial discrimination in the Dominican Republic through ethnographic and archival research. In the summer of 2018, he received the Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship to start conducting field research for his dissertation. He was recently a fellow of the Latino Center at the Smithsonian Institution of the Latino Museum Studies Program. Hernández-Sang is the graduate assistant for the Latin American Studies Center’s 2020-21 academic year. Prior to UMD, he taught flute, ear training and English in his hometown of Santiago, Dominican Republic. In his free time, he enjoys film and digital photography.

Gabrielle Tillenburg is a graduate assistant with the Arts Scholars program and an MA/Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Maryland (UMD). She has more than five years of experience in arts administration as the exhibitions coordinator at Strathmore, a multidisciplinary arts nonprofit in Maryland. Tillenburg's independent curatorial projects include "Soft Serve" at Willow Street Gallery and a public art installation at Torpedo Factory. She worked with Adah Rose Gallery at Pulse Miami, juried the 5th Annual Rehoboth Art League Photography Exhibition and served as a volunteer critic at various local art critiques and portfolio reviews. As a 2019–2020 Faith Flanagan Fellow with Art Table DC, she co-authored "In Defense of Art," a zine documenting visual arts in the Washington, DC, area. Tillenburg holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from the University of Central Florida. Her film, Fantasy Land, exhibited at film festivals throughout the United States and abroad, and her production work was awarded competitive grants from Kodak and the Coup de Coeur at Cannes Film Festival.

If you are interested in this course but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to either faculty member to discuss your interest. For general questions, please contact the Global Classrooms team.

*Please note this program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship

Tuition: Undergraduate, per credit rate MD-in State Resident $374
Out-of-State Resident $1,529
Tuition: Graduate, per credit rate MD-in State Resident  $768
Out-of-State Resident  $1,706
Winter Distance Learning Fee   $90

Costs listed above are calculated based on the university’s standard tuition and fee rates for Winter 2022. Additional student fees assessed by the university may be charged, please see the Office of Extended Studies for more information.