Faculty Guide: Add Latin American Content to Courses

If you’re a CSN instructor seeking to add interdisciplinary content to your course that explores the history and cultures of Latin America, our Linking with Latin America: Library Resources for Course Development Guide can help!

  • Link to streaming independent and foreign films, as well as educational and documentary films on Latin American history, politics, economics, artists, indigenous studies, and more.
  • Find background and reference books covering the historical, cultural, and biographical aspects of Latin America.
  • Browse our library catalog by sub-topics of Latin America for print and electronic books pertaining to art, business, culinary, music, race, religion, sports and more.
  • Find journal articles in our database sub-files for Latin American Studies.
  • Search by country for copyright cleared images of art, architecture, fashion, maps and more.
  • Find an extensive collection of materials for teaching Latin American literature including instructor guides, poetry & short story collections, plays, author biographies, critical analysis, historical context, and interviews.

From left: CSN faculty Dr. Barbara Bird, Dr. Valerie Hecht, Christine Shore & Dr. Patricia Vazquez

The guide was created by CSN librarians Christine Shore and Ted Chodock as part of CSN’s National Endowment for the Humanities Linking with Latin America grant. The grant was a two year project which brought together faculty across many CSN disciplines to develop course modules in Latin American and Caribbean studies in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies.

This past summer, Christine and CSN faculty members Dr. Barbara Bird (International Languages Dept), Dr. Valerie Hecht (International Languages Dept) and Dr. Patricia Vazquez (English Dept), traveled to the University of Pittsburgh, where the Center for Latin American Studies hosted a symposium on library acquisition and research. The event brought together faculty and librarians from five community colleges and focused on enhancing knowledge of Latin American studies and promoting internationalization in higher education.