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California university announces plans for a Selena media course




San Diego State University is planning a class all about the Queen of Tejano Selena Quintanilla.

Tuesday, on what would have been the late singer's 48th birthday, the California school announced it will offer a new course dedicated to her.

"Selena and Latinx Media Representation" will begin spring 2020 and will explore the culture and influence of the Grammy-winning pop star, said Nathian Shae Rodriguez, an assistant professor of digital media studies.

"The course explores and deconstructs the socio-cultural mediated representations of intersectional Latinx identities by analyzing the music, career and influence of Selena," Rodriguez said in a Facebook post. "The course also accentuates her influence on Latinx media, media personalities, audience reception and niche marketing."
The course is a collaboration between the university's School of Journalism and Media Studies and the university's Digital Humanities Initiative. Students can register starting Nov. 1, Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the course was personal to him and important to offer at San Diego State University.

“Selena was such an inspiration to so many Latinx individuals around the world, and continues to be today,” he said. “I grew up listening to Selena and wanted to create a course that highlighted her impact on not just Latinx culture, but pop culture in an international scope.”

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