LATIN AMERICA: AN INTRODUCTION TO OUR SOUTHERN NEIGHBORS
Instructor: Mr. Jose Gregory
Inhabited by advanced civilizations at the time of its discovery, enriched by European and African cultures, welcome to the kaleidoscope that is known as Latin America! In this course, you will obtain a concise overview of the region, its people, and relationship with the United States. Join us in exploring beyond colorful stereotypes, Pre-Columbian pyramids, or pristine beaches. Come discover the authentic Latin America with its dynamic cultures and rich history.
Session 1: Modern Latin America and Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. Our evening series will conclude with the main current issues confronted by Latin Americans and the role of Hispanics/Latinos in our country who now comprise the largest minority group. We will also examine the Immigration Act of 1965, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and current immigration issues. Suggested readings and homework.
Session 2: The Complex Relationship with the United States since 1898. This class will focus on the Spanish-American War, American interventions throughout the 20th century, the Good Neighbor Policy, Alliance for Progress, Cuban Embargo, and NAFTA. Suggested readings and homework.
Session 3: Introduction to Latin America: A Story of Conquest, Colonization, and Independence. We will discuss the main pre-Columbian civilizations, how conquistadors were able to topple these empires, and the fight for independence after a period of colonization. Suggested readings and homework.
Mr. Gregory is in his fourth-year teaching at Marist School in the Social Studies Department. He also coaches the Varsity Girls’ Tennis Team, moderates the 9th grade Campus Ministry Genesis Retreat, and volunteers at El Centro Hispano Marista teaching GED students. Mr. Gregory also works as a College Board consultant for AP U.S. History. Prior to Marist, he taught at a magnet school for the performing arts in Atlanta, DeKalb School of the Arts, and at a traditional public school in Miami, Palmetto High School, after practicing corporate law.
Marist School’s Alumni Engagement program, which is a key part of the Office for Institutional Advancement, focuses on building, maintaining, and strengthening relationships with the school’s 10,000 alumni as well as with the growing body of parents of alumni. Various alumni initiatives, events, awards, and publications are aimed at fostering relationships that bind the school and alumni in a sense of common purpose and advance the school’s mission and goals.