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Possibilities for Topics – This list is not at all a complete list of the possible topics. It is intended to give ideas and examples of things you could research. Food -Analyze the food of a specific region and aspects that are unique to that area -Take a historical look at how different cultural contacts have influenced the food of an area -How have export products(coffee, bananas) affected the economy/culture of an area -Tapas -Guinea Pigs, worms on tacos, ants in Colombia, and other things we wouldn’t typically think of as food Dating School Sports -Extreme Sports -Bullfights -Soccer -Jai alai Beauty Pageants Music -Types of music -Pop/Rock stars popular in Spanish-speaking countries -Crossover artists -Differences in instrumentation -Tejano, Nortena, Salsa,… -Who are those women on those Dr. Pepper commercials? Economy -currency and exchange rates -devaluing currency -inflation rates Language/linguistics What languages are spoken besides Spanish in Spanish-speaking countries? What influence has that had on Spanish? Biography -conquistadors -artists -leaders of the independence movements -writers Art -painting/painter -literature/writer – magical realism -demansque -Toledo steel -Folk art – arpilleras, skeletons for Day of the Dead Current Events -Terrorism- comparison of ETA versus Al Qaeda, or Shining Path Technology -The internet in Latin America –percentage of people with access -Location of regional Internet hubs - Cars -low riders -Hispano-Suizia Religion -Missionaries – modern times or catholicism during colonial period -catholic, protestant, eastern, Islamic -Santeria -La Virgen de Guadalupe Holidays -Carnival -Day of the Dead -La Epifinia/3 Kings Day Conquistadors and the Conquest The Colonial Period El Dorado/ the Fountain of Youth Independence for the Colonies Roman or Greek Empire in Spain The Moors in Spain Rainforest/ Environmental Science/ Plants and Animals Immigration- to the U.S./ to Spanish-speaking countries from Europe and Asia Walker’s attempt to take over Nicaragua (What was a man from TN thinking?) Confederate soldiers moving to Mexico Spanish/ Mexican movie industry Drug Trafficking/Gangs Slavery in the Colonies Panama Canal Vanderbilt and Central American Trains – California and the gold rush via Central America? Spanish Civil War and Faulkner Gypsy in Spain Andrés Segovia – Spanish Guitar
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