Craig Epplin


I think that the point of a humanities education is to work on one's expression, making it more precise, articulate, and capacious. And you only learn to articulate ideas and emotions by articulating them, which is why I try to cultivate a participatory dynamic in the classroom—an atmosphere that centers on the experiences of reading, listening, and viewing, with lots of space for discussion and debate.

Some of the advanced classes I've taught recently include New Media Culture in Latin America, on multimedia experimental art and literature; Poetry of the Latin American Avant-Garde, on the continuity of avant-garde sensibilities from the early twentieth century to the present; Urban Experience and Cinema in Latin America, on the representation of cities from tango films to favela tourism; and Bolaño and Mexico, on the particular Mexican canon that emerges in The Savage Detectives.