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The Library of Congress Hosts Annual Américas Award Ceremony

September 26th, 2016

On September 23, 2016 the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs awarded the 2016 Américas Award to Ashley Hope Pérez for her work Out of…  read more

Día de los Muertos is Approaching...

September 21st, 2016

Join LARC in learning about and celebrating Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. We are hosting two educator workshops for people to learn about…  read more

LAGO Conference 2017: Call for Abstracts

September 19th, 2016

From the LAGO website. Tulane University‘€™s Latin American Graduate Organization (LAGO) invites paper and panel proposals for our 2017 Graduate Conference: ‘€œKnowledge and Power‘€, to…  read more

Ana M. Ochoa Gautier Joins the Stone Center as a Greenleaf Distinguished Visitor for Fall 2016

September 14th, 2016

Written by Ana M. Ochoa Gautier In Latin America and the Caribbean, different moments and processes of aural perception and sonic recontextualization have been accompanied…  read more

Pamela Neumann Joins the Stone Center as a Zemurray-Stone Postdoctoral Fellow for AY2016-2017

September 7th, 2016

Pamela Neumann earned her M.A. in Latin American Studies in 2011 and a Ph.D. in sociology in 2016 from the University of Texas at Austin.…  read more

Dr. Arachu Castro to be Keynote Speaker at LAC2016

September 2nd, 2016

Dr. Arachu Castro, a faculty fellow at CIPR, will be the keynote speaker at the first Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health Inequity Reduction for…  read more

Summer Field Research in Peru featured in New Wave

August 31st, 2016

The New Wave published a story “Anthropology students excavate ancient site in Peru” about Professor of Anthropology and Stone Center affiliate John Verano’s research in…  read more

U.S. Teachers Explore Cuba this Summer

August 24th, 2016

This June, seventeen K-12 educators from across the United States traveled to Cuba where they participated in a two week institute exploring and learning about…  read more

LARC Master Teacher awarded Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship

August 24th, 2016

Aaron Forbes, a LARC Master Teacher, and a Spanish Teacher at Morris Jeff Community School has been chosen as a member of the 2016-2017 cohort…  read more

Former CIPR Visiting Scholar Quoted on Marketplace

August 16th, 2016

Steve Ellner, Professor at the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela, and former CIPR Visiting Scholar was quoted on Marketplace Morning Edition about the current crisis…  read more

Marcello Canuto and Francisco Estrada-Belli Featured in National Geographic Story

August 15th, 2016

A story about governance among the ancient Maya, In Search of the Lost Empire of the Maya, published in the most recent National Geographic magazine…  read more

John Verano Publishes Book on Trepanation in the Ancient Americas

August 3rd, 2016

Story from the New Wave New textbook explores ancient cranial procedure By Barri Bronston “For a textbook, Tulane University anthropology professor John Verano‘€™s Holes in…  read more

John Verano's Book on Trepanation Featured in National News Media

August 3rd, 2016

John Verano, Professor of Anthropology and affiliate of the Stone Center, was featured in two recent national news articles about his new book on trepanation…  read more

From the New Wave "US joins Cuba in public health research"

August 1st, 2016

By Madeline Vann “The thawing of relations with Cuba makes it possible for Tulane University public health researchers to build collaborations with public health experts…  read more

From the New Wave "Professor wins prestigious book award"

August 1st, 2016

Professor wins prestigious book award Story by: Nicole Westerfiel “Signs Preceding the End of the World, Yuri Herrera-Gutiérrez‘€™s transformative novel about a young woman‘€™s journey…  read more

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The Liberace of Lucha Libre: An Evening with American-born Mexican luchador Cassandro

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Join the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, the Newcomb Art Museum, Amigos de los Amigos, and krewedelusion in welcoming American-born Mexican luchador Saúl Armendáriz, or Cassandro, on Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 PM, in the Freeman Auditorium. Cassandro will speak about his personal story of growing up and training as a lucha libre in México. He became one of the first openly gay exóticos (a wrestler who dresses in a flamboyant style), and later he had the honor of being the first exótico to win a championship title.

Cassandro will speak about how he negotiated his gay identity and overcame adversity in the world of professional Mexican wrestling. He will also share his experiences outside of wrestling, as an LGBTQ activist, circuit speaker, and most recently as the subject of a feature documentary, Cassandro, The Exótico which received critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2018.

This event is free and open to the public. Parader and performer Antonio Garza will moderate.

For more information contact: New Orleans Center for the Gulf South via email dfrazier@tulane.edu, by phone (504-314-2889), or visit the event website.

Sponsored by: Newcomb Art Museum, Amigos de los Amigos, krewedelusion, and The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South.

Life without Lead: Contamination, Crisis, and Hope in Uruguay

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Join the Environmental Studies Program and the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University in welcoming Daniel Renfrew, West Virginia University, who will giving a talk titled Life without Lead: Contamination, Crisis, and Hope in Uruguay on Thursday, February 21 at 5:00 PM in the Stone Auditorium as part of the EVST Focus on the Environment (FOTE) Speaker Series.

Life without Lead examines the social, political and environmental dimensions of a devastating lead poisoning epidemic. Drawing from a political ecology of health perspective, Daniel Renfrew situates the Uruguayan lead contamination crisis in relation to neoliberal reform, globalization, and the resurgence of the political Left in Latin America. He traces the rise of an environmental social justice movement and the local and transnational circulation of environmental ideologies and contested science. Through fine-grained ethnographic analysis, this book shows how combating contamination intersected with class politics, explores the relationship of lead poisoning to poverty, and debates the best way to identify and manage an unprecedented local environmental health problem.

Daniel Renfrew is an associate professor of Anthropology. He received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Binghamton University, State University of New York in 2007. Dr. Renfrew joined the WVU faculty in Fall 2008 after a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Towson University. Dr. Renfrew’s research interests span the environmental, urban, critical medical and political anthropology sub-fields, and his research draws from and contributes to interdisciplinary scholarship on political ecology, social movements, science and technology studies, and Latin American studies. His research has focused in particular on anthropological and political ecological analyses of environmental conflicts.

In Celebration of Black History Month and Carnaval: African and indigenous presence in Boricua culture

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In celebration of Black History Month, the New Orleans Jazz Museum is proud to kick off Mardi Gras Mambo with a lecture by curatorial assistant Ilyanette M. Bernabel entitled Carnaval: The African and Indigenous Presence in Boricua Culture on Friday, February 22, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 PM. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bernabel will be presenting the research of her exhibition Carnival in Puerto Rico: Connections to the Homeland. The exhibition explores carnival traditions in Puerto Rico and its connection to Africa. This lecture will focus on the Carnival masked characters called Vejigantes, their unique cultural history from Spain to the Caribbean island, and the infamous musical and dance styles of bomba y plena. The goal of the lecture is to bring awareness to the similarities of two cultures as they relate to the spiritual aspect of masking.

The lecture will be followed by a performance from The Bombazo Dance Company.

Photo: Vejigante mask (made out of coconut and branches) worn for Carnival in Loiza, Puerto Rico.

David Smilde to join TULASO and debate team to discuss U.S. involvment in Venezuela

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Tulane Undergraduate Latin American Studies Organization (TULASO) and the Tulane Debate Team are proud to present a debate on the recent political crisis in Venezuela on Tuesday, February 26th at 8:00 PM in Jones 102. Professor David Smilde, the Charles A. And Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations and a Senior Fellow for the Washington Office on Latin America, will be participating in the event. Professor Smilde will be providing his expertise to give a background on Venezuelan internal politics while the debate will focus on U.S. involvement in Venezuela.

All are welcome to come view and learn from the debate as well as enjoy some delicious Latin American food.

Email Sofia Zemser at szemser@tulane.edu for additional information.

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Critical Issues in Democratic Governance: Spring 2019 CIPR Series

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Latin America faces major threats to democratic governance, but there are also new opportunities for grassroots mobilization and social policy expansion. In Critical Issues in Democratic Governance the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research will host speakers to discuss emerging issues that have surfaced in democratic governance in the region. In Brazil, the AIDS movement constructed a powerful new advocacy coalition, with coordination between bureaucrats and activities. In Argentina and Brazil, there are sharp contrasts in the social welfare policies that governors and mayors have implemented, with profound consequences for livelihood of the poor and marginalized. Finally, the outbreak of violence across Latin America, under democratic regimes raises questions about how criminal organizations compete for influence over transnational illicit networks and infiltrate the state.

Spring 2019 Schedule

February 8, 2019
State-Sponsored Activism: Bureaucrats and Social Movements in Democratic Brazil
Jessica Rich, Marquette University

February 22, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room in Jones 100A
Uneven Social Policies: The Politics of Subnational Variation in Latin America
Sara Niedzwiecki, University of California, Santa Cruz

April 5, 2019
Homicidal Ecologies: Illicit Economies and Complicit States in Latin America
Deborah Yashar, Princeton University

Please RSVP to cipr@tulane.edu.

Master class and panel discussion of Azul at the Southern Rep Theatre

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The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University, in collaboration with the Southern Rep Theatre, are proud to announce two events in celebration of the reopening of the Southern Rep Theatre and the spring premiere of the play Azul written by Christina Quintana, a New York-based writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots, and Estefanía Fadul, a Colombian-born, New Hampshire-raised, New York City-based director and producer. In this evocative new play, lifelong New Yorker Zelia struggles to center herself after the loss of her Cuban-born mother. As Zelia digs into her mother’s legacy, she learns of her tía-abuela, the great-aunt who remained in Cuba for the love of another woman. Echoes of the past inform Zelia’s own relationship with her wife and her struggle to place herself between worlds. A Master Class with Christina Quintana will take place on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 3:30 PM. There will also be a Panel Discussion before the play at the Southern Rep Theatre on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

The 13,000-square-foot former St. Rose de Lima Church on Bayou Road has given Southern Rep Theatre a permanent home, something it had lost since leaving Canal Place. The history of the project and more information about the theatre space may be found in the New Orleans Advocate article Southern Rep finds new home in former church.

Southern Rep Theatre will be showing Azul beginning March 27 continuing through April 14, 2019. Group tickets will be available for classes or student organizations. Tickets will be available at a reduced price for students, educators and young professionals at the following prices:
  • All student rush tickets are $10 at the door with ID, plus box office fees = $13 (subject to availability)
  • All teacher tickets are available in advance or at the door (subject to availability) for $25 plus fees
  • All under-35 tickets (“young professionals”) are available in advance or at the door (subject to availability) for $25 plus fees

For more information about tickets, please contact Kaylene Torregrossa, Patron Services Coordinator at boxoffice@southernrep.com.

Presented in partnership with the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, a project of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival