Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Donna DeCesare


Associate ProfessorM.Phil., Essex University

Associate Professor, School of Journalism
Donna DeCesare

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Latin American film and visual documentary; photography and human rights; visual media ethics; justice, violence, and trauma

Courses


LAS 381 • Documentary Trad In Lat Am

39920 • Fall 2018
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM CMA 4.146
(also listed as J 340J, J 395, LAS 322)

We see Latin America through the eyes of newsmagazine reportage and Television coverage of crises, but we in North America seldom see the magical diversity or complex sufferings of our southern neighbors through the eyes of local journalists, artists, witnesses or protagonists. Visual reportage and documentary video have a long tradition in Latin America, yet we remain ignorant of the complex and multi-faceted ways that Latin Americans view themselves and their reality.

This course will begin an exploration across that divide. We will look at still images and video documentaries about Latin America made by North Americans for North American media, look at works by independent North American photographers or videographers who spend committed time documenting war or other social issues in Latin America, and most 2 importantly will view still and video works about Latin American reality by Latin Americans themselves. There will be a significant writing and reading component in this course. Weekly reaction papers to the still and video imagery we view in class will be required. We will read essays and reporting by Latin Americans-- Alma Guillermoprieto’s NEW YORKER and New York Review of Books coverage of the region and the journalism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez among others. We will also do some short visual reporting assignments on Latin American culture/issues effecting diaspora communities in the United States.

LAS 381 • Documentary Trad In Lat Am

40555 • Fall 2017
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM CMA 4.146
(also listed as J 340J, J 395, LAS 322)

Contemporary social, professional, and intellectual concerns with the practice of journalism. Study of still photographic and video documentary work by Latin Americans about Latin America. Production of photographic essays on Latin American culture. 

LAS 381 • Documentary Trad In Lat Am

39855 • Spring 2016
Meets TH 9:30AM-12:30PM CMA 4.144
(also listed as J 340J, J 395, LAS 322)

Study of still photographic and video documentary work by Latin Americans about Latin America. Production of photographic essays on Latin American culture. Three lecture hours and four laboratory hours a week for one semester.

LAS 322 • Documentary Trad In Lat Am

40323 • Spring 2013
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM CMA 6.146

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    University of Texas at Austin
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