Explore Nicaragua a generation after the Revolution and investigate how today’s youth are creatively advocating for change.
A generation ago, the Nicaraguan Revolution ushered in new conversations about human rights, religion, politics, and gender roles. The National Literacy Campaign, launched in 1980, in particular, empowered underprivileged Nicaraguans to become knowledgeable about their rights and to imagine — and demand — a better world for themselves. Important movements in literature and the arts accompanied these changes, and new voices emerged as protest and hopes were expressed in myriad creative genres.
For today's youth, life is more peaceful, but these conversations — around literacy, rights, access, information, and expression — have only grown in complexity. With the advent of new forms of media, concepts of literacy have even broader implications and impacts.
In this 16-credit program, students will critically examine youth culture, advocacy, social change, and expression, across two generations in Nicaragua. All coursework is delivered in Spanish — see program syllabi.
Key topics of study:
How is Nicaragua — particularly its youth — grappling with issues of access, rights, and difference? How is youth culture considering questions of access (to education, healthcare, and digital media) and issues of difference (ethnic, sexual, class, and religious)?
How are today’s youth rewriting and re-imagining Nicaragua? How are youth expressions and articulations building upon the theme of literacy introduced during the revolution? What forms of new media are being employed?
Through the program’s advanced Spanish seminar — focused on reading and writing — students will immerse themselves in the politically charged poetry and literature of this fascinating country, dialoguing these with popular and political texts. Students will be completely immersed in Spanish throughout the program.
The Research Methods and Ethics Seminar will provide students with qualitative skills and introduce them to arts-based research techniques; the seminar will cover a range of digital media (visual and audio). Through an Independent Study Project, students will explore a specific issue related to youth culture and expression.
Throughout the program, students will engage with a wide range of Nicaraguan academics, historians, advocates, community members, and youth. Review program faculty and staff.