The project will consist of planning and making a 12 minute presentation about culture and history or podcast on 3 different texts from Culture and people of Americas that are most interesting to you to talk about an aspect of a topic that you develop. please include powerpoint and script.

All of the aforementioned options should be no more than 15 minutes long (12 minutes minimum) and include visual (pictures or videos) components that illustrate your topic (minimum of 3).

Women Creating Culture

Women Creating Culture

I will upload most of texts below, please choose three of texts or videos to write about.

Some possible (broad) topics to explore in your project include;

a) the genre of testimonio, or eye-witness accounts (Columbus, Las Casas, Manzano, Barnet/Montejo, Arenas, Menchú).

b) religion (Columbus, Las Casas, El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, La última cena)

c) gender (Columbus, Mary Louise Pratt, Anzaldúa, Ferré)

d) sexuality (Barnet/Montejo, Arenas, Juan de los Muertos, Anzaldúa)

e) language (Columbus, El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Nuyorican poetry, Menchú)

f) blackness (Las Casas, Haitian Revolution, texts from Black Fugitivity/Cimarronaje, Dominicanidades)

g) indigeneity (Columbus, Las Casas, El Inca, Anzaldúa, Menchú)

h) Latin America & the U.S. (Martí, Cuban Revolution, Central America)

i) migration/immigration (Harvest of Empire, Anzaldúa, all texts about Central America)

j) art (Mendieta, Basquiat, and others)

The more specific your topic, the better. In other words, instead of examining “Mexican Americans,” perhaps consider discussing specific features from or affecting that community, such as issues of language, belonging, identity, race, gender, music, etc.

Focus on a specific topic, explain why you’re interested in it, what you would like to highlight about it, and draw from our course (and possibly outside materials) to do so.

feel free to talk about what you were surprised to learn and why. How did the course texts prompt you to think about your topic in a different way? What questions do you still have?

The texts are:-

-Encountering & Inventing the Americas


– Indigenous/Amerindian Contestation

2- El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, The Royal Commentaries of the Incas

-The Black Atlantic & the Haitian Revolution

3- Laurent Dubois, “The Haitian Revolution”

4- C.L.R. James, “The Property, The Black Jacobins”

-Black Fugitivity/Cimarronaje

5-“The Last Supper” La Ultima Cena, Tomas Gutierrez Alea, 1976. watch 46:52-50:42. (

6- Juan Francisco Manzano, Autobiography of a Slave

-– Modernity and Pan-American Promises

7- José Martí, “Our America”; & “Coney Island”

-The Cuban Revolution

8- Fidel Castro, “History Will Absolve Me”

9- Ernesto Che Guevara, “Socialism and Man in Cuba”

-Insular Afterlives

10- Alejandro Brugués, Juan de los muertos (Juan of the Dead)

– Chicanx

11- Mary Louise Pratt, “‘Yo Soy La Malinche’: Chicana Writers and the Poetics of Ethnonationalism”


12-Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

– Puerto Rican Coloniality

13- Rosario Ferré, “The Youngest Doll”

14-Selections of Nuyorican Poetics

15- Henry Chalfant, From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale(

-– Dominicanidades

16- Ernesto Sagás, “A Case of Mistaken Identity: Antihaitianismo in Dominican Culture”

17-Silvio Torres-Saillant, “The Tribulations of Blackness: Stages in Dominican Racial Identity”

-– Central American-Americanness

18- Arturo Arias, “Central American-Americans: Invisibility, Power, and Representation in the US Latino World”

19-Ivannia Villalobos Vindas and Carlos Sandoval, Casa en tierra ajena (Home in a Foreign Land) – (

– which ever text you choose please let me know so I can send you the text pdf.

Please let me know if you have any questions

Requirements:   |   .ppt file | OTHER | Discussion | 6 pages, Single spaced


It requires a lot of reading and writing

You are to make only one presentation on three different texts

The power point only requires 3 visual sources, with 12 minute podcast. so there should be a script

Do the script and I will do the recording due to accent difference

But the script has to be long enough for 12 minute and the topic must be chosen from the ones listed.

The topic has to relate to each other and develop a story

Please let me know which topics you will chose so I can send you the text files.