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Our online J-Term intensive expands the curricular offerings of our Sponsoring Schools by hosting a full accredited online course in Latinx theology, history, sociology, and/or ministry. Taught by a different HSP faculty member each year, this J-Term intensive offers a unique opportunity for students who are not able to attend the HSP Summer Session or who prefer an online learning environment.

Amidst the great advances in diversity, equity, and inclusion there remains a chasm of opportunity to teach from a distinctly Latinx perspective in our ATS institutions and graduate programs of religion. The HSP J-Term intensive seeks to meet that need directly by providing yet another opportunity for Latinx pedagogy and scholarship to be centered in addition to our Summer Session.

J-Term 2022

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Jorge Juan Rodríguez V, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Strategic Programming

The Hispanic Summer Program

Latinx Religious Activism in the 20th Century

Our first J-Term course will be taught by Dr. Jorge Juan Rodriguez V who holds a Ph.D. in History from Union Theological Seminary and currently serves as Associate Director for Strategic Programming at the HSP.

This J-Term intensive will explore Latinx Religious Activism in the 20th Century with a focus on the 1950s through 1980s. Students will explore how religion shaped various social movements in the period including the Farm Workers Movement led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, the Land Rights Movement led by Reies López Tijerina, various church occupations in the period including actions by Católicos Por La Raza and the Young Lords Organization, the Sanctuary Movement of the 1970s and 1980s, and more. In each, students will use historical methods to contextualize these movements within a broader history, making note of how shifting contexts forced shifting tactics and analyses from Latinx activists. At the conclusion of the course students will be asked to draw lessons from this history for a modern audience.

Location: Online only

Dates: January 5 — January 19, 2022 (no class January 17) 

Times: Classes held Monday through Friday from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (EST)

Language: The primary language for this course will be English. 

$325 for Masters Level Students from Sponsoring Schools.
$400 for students from Non-Sponsoring Schools and/or Doctoral students.

Three (3) Graduate Level Credits will be granted through our host institution, Union Theological Seminary.

Applications: Applications are live from November 1 — December 1, 2021.


Admissions decisions will be offered by December 6, 2021.

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