Popular Music and Identity in the Caribbean and Mexico
Presented by Gema Guevara, PhD
Professor Gema Guevara will teach a two-day workshop on popular music and identity in the Caribbean and Mexico. The workshop will center on the ways that national and transnational identities construct our sense of popular culture. We will discuss methods of teaching static elements of folklore, musical genres, and continually changing popular traditions to permit a broader understanding of “culture” that goes beyond stereotypes. We will read various articles, analyze lyrics, discuss the historical travels of rhythms, and visually experience the bodily performance of various musical genres: salsa, cumbia, son, plena and rancheras.
Linguistics for the High School class
Presented by Tanya L. Flores, PhD
The workshop on Wednesday and Thursday will give you short practical lesson plans/ideas for how to introduce basic linguistic concepts into any level of high school Spanish. Topics will include sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and phonetics (aka "fun-etics"). There will be demos for teaching acoustics and pronunciation. Please bring your laptops (not tablets/phones) for free software downloads.