Latin America on Screen: Film as a Complement to Teaching Regional Geography

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In an honorary presidential address he called “The Education of a Geographer,” Carl Sauer (1956, 294) summed up the challenges of teaching a course in regional geography thus. “A good regional course is largely an individual creation out of long application, nursed on much meditation. To me it is a study in historical geography.” Ever since I began teaching at Queen’s University, regional courses on Latin America have figured in the curriculum. Despite the disappearance of such offerings from geography programs elsewhere, two courses in particular, one on Middle America and another on South America, have proven perennially popular. A Sauer penchant for historical geography forms the foundation of what I teach, deploying film as means of instruction a key complement as to how I teach.