The Sandinista Revolution (SOC 479) will cover the Revolution in Nicaragua from the 1979 overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship, Contra War, and demise of Sandinista power to the re-election of President Daniel Ortega and the current political platform of Christian Socialism.
The course will situate the Sandinista Revolution in social history, specifically as a dramatic culmination of the Nicaraguan people’s defense of sovereignty and dignity, and as an exemplary case of the latter for Latin Americans more generally.
The course will probe the cultural dimensions of the Revolution through a study of its songs (particularly of the brothers Mejia Godoy), poetry (especially that of Ruben Dario, Nicaragua’s Poet Laureate), and religious inspiration (namely liberation theologies).
Furthermore, the class will study two major Revolutionary heroes/icons: Augusto Sandino and Carlos Fonseca. The course will culminate in travel to Managua, Nicaragua, where the class will join with students and faculty from the Universidad Catolica de Nicaragua (UNICA) for seminars, service to the poor, and day travels to Managua, Masaya, Niquinohomo, San Juan del Oriente, Catarina, and Granada.