San Diego (CA), .- The San Diego State University (SDSU), in Southern California, will offer next year what would be the first course in the United States dedicated to the late singer Selena.
The class, which will be taught by the School of Journalism and Media Studies, is defined as an exploration of “socio-cultural representations through the analysis of Selena’s music, career and influence”, which would have turned 48 on Tuesday.
Nathian Rodríguez, professor of Texan origin who developed this course, pointed out that the singer was a crucial part of her training and that even after her death in 1995 “her music is still alive”.
As part of the program, students will be able to “analyze historical and contemporary situations on the representation of Latinx (Latinos that are defined as neutral gender), as well as training and maintaining identity with an emphasis on digital media.”
The class will begin in the spring of 2020 and those interested can register from next November 1, said Rodriguez, who mentioned that since announcing its opening has received comments ranging from applause to criticism.
“There have been a lot of people, especially Latinos, who are excited,” said Rodriguez, who claims to have knowledge of other similar courses based on artists such as Lady Gaga or Britney Spears, but not focused on Latino icons such as the “Queen of Texts”. Mex. “
“Other people are upset,” he said after referring to comments posted on social networks and other media.
“This class is not about celebrities, it’s about representation and what Selena meant for both Latinos and non-Latinos and its influence in both the media and marketing,” he added.
He acknowledged that he had to convince the authorities of SDSU, which has a large number of Hispanic students, to be able to carry out the subject, which he has called “Selena and the Latinx Media Representation.”
He thinks that perhaps because for the first time in its history this university has a Latina president, as is the case of Adela de la Torre, it could have helped in some way.
“All students, regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, really need to see more representation of minorities and this is one of those classes that can help in this,” said the academic. (EFEUSA)