Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

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Wall Street Journal Publishes Stories on New Orleans Immigrant Population

September 19th, 2014

The Wall Street Journal has published two stories focusing on the New Orleans immigrant population, focusing on the recent increase of immigrants coming from Central…  read more

Global Research for Glick Fellows Highlights Latin America

September 16th, 2014

Originally appeared in the Tulane New Wave 9/16/2014 Four Tulane faculty members will be traveling to Asia, Latin America, Europe and Africa to complete cutting-edge…  read more

Guantánamo Exhibit Opens at Tulane

September 15th, 2014

Story originally published by Tulane University’s “New Wave” on September 12, 2014 and can be found here. By: Barri Bronston Phone: 504-314-7444 The Guantánamo…  read more

Lustig presents at UNU-WIDER Conference in Helsinki

September 8th, 2014

Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and Senior Research Fellow at CIPR, presented at the UNU-WIDER Conference in Helsinki on September…  read more

2014 Américas Award Workshop and Ceremony

September 5th, 2014

CLASP is pleased to present a series of events to celebrate the 2014 Américas Award winner, Parrots over Puerto Rico. The events feature a K-12…  read more

LAGO Graduate Student Conference Call for Abstracts

September 3rd, 2014

“Mobilizing at the Margins: Citizenship, Identity, and Democracy” LAGO Graduate Student Conference February 5-7th, 2015 New Orleans, LA Deadline for Submissions: October 24th, 2014 Length…  read more

Recent PhD Graduate Publishes Book on Lessons Learned by Media during Katrina and the BP Oil Spill

August 26th, 2014

Story originally published by Tulane University’s “New Wave” on August 18, 2014 and can be found here. Shearon Roberts received her Ph.D. in Latin American…  read more

Film on Chinanteco Tradition Raises Awareness of Environmental Concerns

August 19th, 2014

This past summer, filmmaker Sarah Borealis, alum of Tulane’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Department of History Ph.D, returned to San Felipe Usila,…  read more

Manuel Alcántara appointed director of FLACSO-Spain

July 25th, 2014

Manuel Alcántara Sáez, former Greenleaf Chair for Latin American Studies (2010), has been appointed as director of FLACSO-Spain. FLACSO is an international, intergovernmental organization consisting…  read more

Cuban National School of Public Health celebrates Tulane's Summer Program

July 15th, 2014

Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s Public Health in Cuba two-week graduate summer program was recently recognized by the Cuban National School…  read more

America's Society Publishes New Immigration Fact Sheet

June 30th, 2014

Immigrants & the Essential Economy 1. Immigrants play a critical role in supporting the food service and hospitality industries by meeting labor market demand and…  read more

Nadia von Jacobi publishes in United Nations University Wider Working Paper Series

June 17th, 2014

Nadia von Jacobi, visiting researcher at CIPR in 2013, has published her work in the United Nations University Wider Working Paper Series. The paper, titled…  read more

Edie Wolfe Presents with Prospect New Orleans' P.3 Reads Program

June 12th, 2014

Edith Wolfe, Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs at the Stone Center, presented with the Prospect New Orleans’ P.3 Reads Program on May 20th. Wolfe, an…  read more

CIPR/Inter-American Dialogue joint seminar series to feature Ebrahim Asvat and Marco Gandásegui

June 4th, 2014

The Inter-American Dialogue and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University is pleased to introduce another round table discussion on critical political…  read more

Lustig presents at CEPAL/OECD Economic Forum

May 23rd, 2014

On May 21, 2014, Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and Senior Research Fellow at CIPR, delivered a presentation on “Declining…  read more





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Upcoming Events

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.