This course examines U.S. media (particularly film and television) constructions of “Hispanics” and Latinos/as’ counter-hegemonic responses to mainstream representations. Throughout the academic term we will explore the complex relationship between mainstream media portrayals of Hispanics and Latin American and Spanish Caribbean communities in the U.S. Thus, a key element in our discussions will be the ethnic “transformations” of Hispanic representations in Hollywood media products in relation to migration and population growth. We will also pay special attention to the English language and Spanish language media homogenization of Latino/a experiences and the ways in which specific Latino communities (i.e., Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, Dominican Americans, Colombian Americans, etc.) have created cultural artifacts (such as films, television shows, theatre, and music) to represent the multiple and diverse identities and cultural elements that are part of U.S. Latino groups.