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POLS 5381

Professor Dale Story

Summer 2012

449 University Hall


Summer 2012 Office Hours (by appointment):  before and after class





  • No class, June 26

  • It is the responsibility of every student to confirm that they are registered for this class.


Readings, Etc.

  • June 5, Evita Peron

  • June 12, Frida Kahlo

    • The two Latin American women that Madonna has most famously admired and appreciated are Evita Peron (whom she played in the movie Evita) and Frida Kahlo (whose art she has avidly collected).  Not that Madonna has anything to do with our choice, we will next examine the life and times of Frida Kahlo--and consider similarities and contrasts between the two women (Eva Peron and Frida Kahlo).

    • Listed below are a few articles and several web sites on Frida Kahlo (and one on Diego Rivera).  "The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo" is actually the PBS website on the video that we will watch.  Read, peruse, and generally become familiar with enough of this information so that you can construct your time-line (and email that to me by 6pm, June 12--remember, "your last name, 5318, and Kahlo Time-Line in the subject) and can discuss the following questions (among others that will arise):

      • Unlike Evita Peron (First Lady, Eva Peron Foundation, National Icon. etc.), Frida Kahlo was never at the center of Mexican politics.  Was she apolitical (art for the sake of art)?  Did her art express a political statement for her? Did she play a role in Mexican politics?  If so, what was her ideology?  What were her affiliations? 

      • How does the relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera compare to that of Evita Peron and Juan Peron?

      • What events in Mexico were occurring during the life of Frida Kahlo that may have influenced and/or that she might have influenced?  What has been her legacy even after her death?

    • Frida Kahlo

    • Diego Rivera

  • June 19, Jean-Betrand Aristide

  • June 26, No Class

  • July 3, Ernesto "Che" Guevara

    • Your time-line on Che is due by 6pm Tuesday, July 3

    • See the hyper-link above for discussion questions and readings

  • July 10, "Take-home" Mid-Term is due.  For any one of the following individuals, discuss their life and times in the context of the political/economic/cultural development of their nation.  What role did they play in the progress of their country?  What factors contributed to their assuming a key role (socialization process)?  The key is to not only survey the facts of their life, but to analyze their personal contributions (positive or negative) in their particular country.  You may discuss either Evita Peron, Frida Kahlo, Jean-Betrand Aristide, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, or Pablo Escobar.  HOWEVER, you may not use an individual who will also be the subject of your research paper.  Email your test as an attachment.  I must receive it by 6pm, July 10.  Do not exceed 10 double-spaced pages.  Use the typical subject line:  Your Last Name, 5381, Mid-Term.

  • July 10, Pablo Escobar

    • Your time-line on Escobar is due by 6pm Tuesday, July 10.

    • See the hyper-link above for discussion questions and readings.

  • July 17, Evo Morales

    • Your time-line on Morales is due by 6pm Tuesday, July 17.

    • See the  hyper-link above for discussion questions and readings.

  • July 24, Hugo Chavez

  • July 31, Salvador Allende--no time-line

  • August 7, Bob Marley--no time-line

  • August 14, No Class

    • Final Exam due, emailed to me in a separate email by 6pm.  Same directions as for the Mid-Term; however you can only write about Pablo Escobar (if you did not write about him for the Mid-Term), Evo Morales, Hugo Chavez, Salvador Allende, or Bob Marley.  And you may not write about the same individual that is the focus of your Research Paper.

    • Research Paper due, emailed to me in a separate email by 6pm.  You may cover any individual above (except you may not examine anyone that was the focus of your Mid-Term or Final).  You may even write about someone other than those we discussed in class--however, you might send me a brief explanation.











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