Hispanic Summer Program 2021


Where: Online-only
Date: June 13 – 25, 2021

Due to the worldwide situation with COVID-19, in consultation with the Executive Committee of the HSP Board, we have decided not to have an in-person program for the Hispanic Summer Program 2021.

Instead the HSP will go online! It is very exciting that the HSP will move in this direction because this means students will still have the opportunity to take these unique classes with some of the best Latinx faculty in the country!

The application period for HSP and THE 2021 has passed. Many thanks to our applicants as we look forward to another great year of programming!

Course Descriptions

Liturgical Studies

Sacraments, Hospitality, Climate Collapse and Pachamama

Sacraments are deep markers and guiding lights of the Christian faith. Some Christians call it ordinances. The very ways Christians understand the sacraments of the church reveal not only the theology, ecclesiology and the mission of the church but also its cosmology, its understandings of the sacred and what life is all about. This class will delve into the ways Christians have created the notion of the sacraments/ordinances and what sacraments today have to do with COVID, colonialism, patriarchalism, race, class, economics, sexuality and nature. Fundamental to this class will be the relation of the sacra/mentality and the ways of Pachamama. In this class we will ask: what is sacred and how we create a sacra/mentality to live in our world today? What does our faith have to do with the earth and our demise? How should we understand hospitality when we consider the vegetable, animal and mineral world?


Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes
Associate Professor of Worship
Union Theological Seminary – New York City



Environmental Racism and the Struggle for Ecological Justice

This course will investigate the recent calamities related to climate change, particularly how environmental crises impact upon and converge with racial and socio-economic injustices. We will critically engage Catholic, Protestant and multi-faith responses (including Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’) as well as the wisdom of grassroots communities struggling for justice, to understand, articulate, and practice theological visions for just ecologies. The course will pay particular attention to the disproportionate impact of climate change and environmental destruction on poor and vulnerable communities, using recent case studies as examples, such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Hurricanes Irma and María in Puerto Rico. The goal of this course is to formulate ethical responses that both utilize and challenge dominant faith traditions toward full flourishing of the planet.


Dr. Teresa Delgado
Director, Peace and Justice Studies
Professor and Chair, Religious Studies Department
Iona College



Latina and Mujerista Biblical Hermeneutics as Decolonial Projects

This course explores the central theological and methodological tenets of these two perspectives (Ada María Isasi-Diaz’s Mujerista Theology, and María Pilar Aquino’s Latina Feminist Theology), and those of decolonial thought related to interpretive textual theories, focusing especially on the epistemologies from the Global South. Then, it advances an epistemic platform for developing a Mujerista Biblical Hermeneutics and a Latina Biblical Hermeneutics as decolonial projects that start with the life in lo cotidiano of the Latinx communities.


Dr. Ahida Calderón Pilarski
Professor and Theology Department Chair
Saint Anselm College



Latina/o/x Experiences of Race, Religion, and the Law in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

The fraught history of the U.S.-Mexican border is informed by historical constructions of race, religion, and ethnicity. Contemporary legal and popular discourse echoes the historical discourses surrounding Latina/o/x communities, those that pre-date American occupation and immigrant communities. Beginning with the Mexican-American War and moving into the contemporary moment, this course will explore how different Latinx religious communities have shaped and been shaped by American law through interdisciplinary methods and frameworks. Students will explore the ways theologically informed praxis creates spaces of resistance, community, and belonging, as well as interrogate the ways Latina/o/x religious practices intersect with U.S. legal structures in the construction of race, ethnicity, and citizenship.


Dr. Daisy Vargas
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
University of Arizona



Liberating Faith in the Américas

What does liberation mean in the context of the Américas today? How have people of Latin American descent—both in Latin America and the United States—connected conceptions of liberation to prophetic forms of religious faith? And how is this related to other prominent liberation movements in the Americas? This course examines these questions through a variety of lenses that take seriously the role of liberating forms of faith, including liberation theology, Latin American and Latina feminist theology, LGBTQ theologies, liberation philosophy, pragmatism, critical pedagogy, and decolonial thought. This seminar-style course utilizes a community-of-inquiry approach, wherein all members of the class actively contribute to and facilitate each other’s learning.


Dr. Christopher Tirres
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
DePaul University

Program Fees

  • Master’s-level students from Sponsoring Institutions attending for the 1st or 2nd time: $275
  • Master’s-level students from Sponsoring Institutions attending for the 3rd time: $325
  • D.Min. and Ph.D. from Sponsoring Institutions: $325
  • Students from Non-Sponsoring Institutions: $325

NOTE: If you apply and are admitted to the HSP, you will have 15 days in which to pay your fee and secure your spot. Failure to do so will result in your spot being given to someone else.