Nicholas VillanuevaAssistant Professor, Ethnic Studies; Director of Critical Sports Studies
The Athlete as a National Symbol (Lima, Peru)
Did you study abroad as a student? What was your international experience like?
I did not study abroad as a student. I believe that is part of the reason why I am so interested in this program. I want to share my regret that I did not do this as an undergraduate student, and hopefully they will take this opportunity.
Why should CU Boulder students study abroad?
The personal growth that occurs when a student breaks out of their comfort zone and is faced with the challenge of studying a course in a foreign place is remarkable. The experience also demonstrates to future employers that they have international experience. Students can expand their worldview and change previously held beliefs about the people and culture of a foreign place.
Why is Peru such an excellent location for your Global Seminar?
In 2019, this course will occur as the 2019 Pan American Games are playing out. There will be opportunities for students to attend the events and meet some of the athletes.
What is your favorite Peruvian/Latin American food?
Although empanadas are Argentinian, Chile and Peru make delicious versions as well.
What aspect of this program do you look forward to the most?
I think the uniqueness of this program is what I am excited about the most. The course will explore different sports and locations as case studies. It is a comparative ethnic studies course through the world of sport. In 2019, this course will occur as the 2019 Pan American Games are playing out. There will be opportunities for students to attend the events and meet some of the athletes.
Our focus in the Department of Ethnic Studies is intersectionality and comparative ethnic studies. ETHN 3704 Nationhood, Nationalism, Sport examines how sport can take on a national identity and how athletes can become national symbols.