Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University


MARI Brown Bag: Jason Nesbitt "Sourcing Obsidian at Campanayuq Rumi: New Perspectives for Understanding Chavín Interaction (1100-500 BC)"

January 23rd, 2015
12:30 PM

Jason Nesbitt, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, will present a talk concerning his recent investigations at the Chavín site of Campanayuq Rumi, Peru.…  read more

Photographic Exhibit: "Mexico, World Heritage Cities"

January 22nd, 2015 - February 15th, 2015

The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to present the photographic exhibit “Mexico, World Heritage Cities” from January 22 to February 15, 2015.…  read more

Death in Paradise: Archaeology and the Atlantic Slave Trade on St. Helena Island

January 16th, 2015
4:30 PM

Dr. Andy Pearson, a contract archaeologist in the U.K. with an academic affiliation with the University of Bristol, in England, is presenting a talk entitled…  read more

MARI Brown Bag: Rachel Horowitz "Production at the Source: Lithic Extraction and Production at Callar Creek Quarry, Belize"

January 16th, 2015
1 PM

Rachel Horowitz, a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology, will present a talk entitled “Production at the Source: Lithic Extraction and Production at Callar…  read more

MARI Brown Bag: Chloé Andrieu "The Organization of Lithic Production in the Maya Lowlands: Implications for Centralized vs. Decentralized Economic Power"

December 12th, 2014
12:00 PM

Chloé Andrieu, a researcher at the Chargée de Recherche, CRNS – Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, will present on her recent research on lithic technology…  read more

The Role of Privateers in Independence Movements in the Americas

December 11th, 2014
6 PM

Robert Gray Freeland and Thais Solano will present a lecture entitled “The Role of Privateers in Independence Movements in the Americas.” Though the War of…  read more

The Barking Mouse: A Cuban Folktale on Learning Languages

December 9th, 2014
4 PM

The Pebbles Center at the Algiers Regional Public Library, and the Latin American Resource Center- at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies present “The…  read more

Friday Nights at NOMA: Edith Wolfe on Tarsila do Amaral

December 5th, 2014
6:00 PM

Prospect.3 and the New Orleans Museum of Art invite you to a lecture with Edith Wolfe, “Tarsila do Amaral, Brazilian Cannibalism and the Problem of…  read more

"Where the River Bends" Photographic Exhibit

December 3rd, 2014 - December 30th, 2014

The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to partner with the PhotoNOLA Festival 2014 presenting the photographic exhibition by artist Scott Dalton “Where…  read more

Tulane Undergraduate Conference on Latin America

November 22nd, 2014
8:30 AM - 3 PM

The Stone Center’s annual TUCLA conference is an interdisciplinary undergraduate symposium in which seniors from the Latin American Studies core seminar present their individual research…  read more


November 21st, 2014
6 PM

The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to present an exhibition of wrought silver jewelry by Mexican Designer Flora Maria entitled “JEWELS FROM…  read more

MARI Brown Bag Talk Series: Dr. Dora Sierra Carrillo "Plantas sagradas en el Códice Magliabechi: Iconografía y Simbolismo"

November 21st, 2014
12:00 PM

Dr. Dora Sierra Carillo will present a lecture entitled: “Plantas sagradas en el Códice Magliabechi: Iconografía y Simbolismo.” Dr. Dora Sierra Carrillo is former Director…  read more

The Once and Future Brazilian Presidency: Social Policy and Electoral Alignments in the 2014 Election

November 21st, 2014
2:00 PM

Alfred Montero, Chair of Political Science, Director of Political Economy, and the Frank B. Kellogg Professor of Political Science at Carleton College, will present a…  read more

MARI Brown Bag: Maxime Lamoureux-St. Hilaire "An Architectural Approach to the Economic and Political Organization of Ancient Maya Regal Courts"

November 14th, 2014
12:00 PM

Maxime Lamoureux-St. Hilaire, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology, will present a talk about his on-going dissertation research at the site of La…  read more

Stone Center Undergraduate Showcase/Open House

November 14th, 2014
1:00 - 3:00 PM

Stone Center Open House is held in conjunction with Tulane’s Reunion and Family Weekend November 14 – 16, 2014. Explore the programs and activities offered…  read more





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Honduran Environmental Rights Activist Speaks on Behalf of Her Mother Berta Cáceres

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Environmental Studies program, Tulane’s Office of Multicultural Affairs the Newcomb College Institute and the local organization, Amigos de Nuestra América are pleased to present a lecture by Olivia Marcela Zúñiga Cáceres, the daughter of Berta Cáceres the Honduran environmental activist assassinated in 2014. Zúñiga Cáceres will discuss her mother’s legacy and plans to continue work on environmental issues in Honduras particularly among indigenous people.

In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Cáceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam. Cáceres grew up during the violence that swept through Central America in the 1980s. In 1993 she confounded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) to address the growing threats posed to Lenca communities by illegal logging, fight for their territorial rights and improve their livelihoods. Death threats to Cáceres continued until March 3, 2016 when she was killed by gunmen in her home. Her death sparked international outrage. Dutch development bank FMO and FinnFund have since suspended their involvement in the Agua Zarca project.

Free and open to the public. Presentation will be in Spanish with interpretation in English provided. For more information, please visit or call 504.865.5164.

Tulane Art History Works-in-Progress Colloquium

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Presenting an art history works-in-progress colloquium where two of the department’s Ph.D. students will be giving dry runs of upcoming conference talks.

  • Julia O’Keefe, Ph.D candidate in Art History and Latin American Studies will be outlining her talk- Manifesting the Sacred: Aztec Stone Boxes as Landscapes of Exchange
  • Jennifer Saracino, Ph.D candidate in Art History and Latin American studies will be outlining her talk- The Glyphic Landscape: Place Glyphs as Indicators of Changing Environmental Perceptions in the Mapu Uppsala.

Bate Papo! Speak Portuguese

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Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats. It’s Happy Hour em português! Start off your weekend conversando! This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Jessica Glass at

Stone Center Undergraduate Showcase/Open House

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As a part of Tulane Homecoming and family weekend 2016. Explore the programs and activities offered through Tulane’s renowned Stone Center for Latin American Studies, including international and local service-learning, summer and semester abroad programs at Tulane’s Costa Rica campus and beyond and students’ post-Tulane careers. This event is sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.
For more information, please contact Edie Wolfe, or call 504.865.5164.

Trends in Latin American Literature: A Conversation with Jorge F. Hernandez & Yuri Herrera

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A Conversation with Jorge F. Hernandez & Yuri Herrera

Wednesday, November 9th from 6:00 pm-9:30 pm. Together, writers Jorge F. Hernandez and Yuri Herrera will explore past and present trends in Latin American literature. Their dialogue will take place at the Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center from 6:00 pm-7:15 pm. Please join us at the Latin American Library afterwards for a reception and an exhibit, from 7:30pm-9:30pm. This talk is part of a Big Read program for Sun, Stone, and Shadows, edited by Hernandez.

The Latin American Library of Tulane University is partnering this year with the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society in presenting a community-wide BIG READ, funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts. The BIG READ program provides support for community groups to read and discuss one book together. This year’s focus book, Sun, Stone, and Shadows, is a collection of the best Mexican short fiction curated, edited, and translated by Mexican author Jorge F. Hernandez. One of Mexico’s leading journalists and author of both non-fiction and fiction, Hernandez currently lives in Madrid, where he writes for the leading newspaper in Spain, El Pais. Recent events have brought to the fore the importance of understanding our neighbors to the south and there is no better way to familiarize oneself with a nation’s people than through their literature. Sun, Stone, and Shadows serves as a window on the soul of the Mexican people, containing prized jewels of short fiction, work by such Mexican masters as the late Carlos Fuentes.

The evening will begin with a conversation between Hernandez and the young Mexican fiction writer Yuri Herrera, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Herrera and his translator recently were awarded the highly prestigious Best Translated Book Award for Fiction. Herrera’s work explores ongoing societal issues surrounding Border culture and employs incredibly inventive language for his characters. His latest novels, both translated into English, are Signs Preceding the End of the World and The Transmigration of Bodies. Their dialogue will explore past and present trends in Latin American literature. The discussion will be followed by a reception at the library unveiling a new exhibition of rare treasures from the the Latin American Library’s collections of Mexican literature, art, and cultural artifacts. The reception will feature Mexican culinary treats and music.

This event is sponsored by the Latin American Library, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the National Endowment of the Arts BIG READ program.

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Exploring the 2016 US Elections

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The US’s November elections are especially critical. The world’s power structures are undergoing dramatic changes, and so the internal political process of this world leader has even greater global consequences.

Looking beyond just the US’s foreign policy is key to understanding its actions. Over the next few months, the teaching programs at several Costa Rican institutions will focus on the following:

  • An analysis of succession of power within institutional structures.
  • The role of political parties (polarization).
  • The influence of changing demographics.
  • The geographic expression of social change.
  • The effect of the democratic process in the formulation and implementation of the US’s foreign policy towards Latin American in particular.

The University of Costa Rica, through its School of Political Science, and the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos (CIEP), has joined forces with the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones y su Instituto de Formación y Estudios en Democracia (IFED), as well as with the University of Tulane, through its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), for a series of outreach activities during the second half of 2016. These activities will utilize the resources at these educational and research institutions to promote a better understanding of the electoral process in the US.

The results of this upcoming election will have repercussions for the world, particularly in Latin American and Costa Rica. A broader, deeper understanding of the current situation will be useful for both universities and public policy decision-makers.

Participating institutions are confident that a proper analysis of this political process will lead to improved understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

Schedule of Activities


  • Thursday, 8/18: Talk on the United States’ electoral system by Diego Brenes, IFED.

  • Thursday, 9/1: Discussion on demographics and electoral geography in the US with Constantino Urcuyo and Jesús Guzmán.
  • Thursday, 9/22: Talk on Politics and Elections: Celeste Lay, Phd. Tulane University.

  • Thursday, 10/13: Discussion on elections and external politics: Carlos Murillo, Phd. in government and public policy.
  • Thursday, 10/27: Talk by Jenny Lincoln Fullbright from the US Embassy.

  • Monday, 11/10: Round table. Analysis of election results with Constantino Urcuyo, Felipe Alpízar, Nuria Marín, and Fernando Zeledón as moderator.