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Performing Haiti in French

December 18th, 2013

This fall, 11 Kindergarten through third graders worked on their French language skills in a unique after-school class called Haitian Folktales. This class was developed…  read more

Moely Service Learning Teaching Award goes to Casey Love

December 11th, 2013

By Mary Ann Travis (mtravis@tulane.edu) Experiential learning is key to the classes that Casey Love teaches. Casey Love, political science professor Casey Love, political science…  read more

Making the Most of a Glick Fellowship: How One Slave Trade Book Become Three

December 11th, 2013

This story originally appeared on Tulane University’s School of Liberal Arts website. By: Laura Rosanne Adderley, Associate Professor, Department of History More than twenty years…  read more

Rare Mexican Pictorial Manuscript Collection Available Online

December 9th, 2013

By: Mary Sparacello (msparace@tulane.edu) The world-renowned collection of Mesoamerican painted manuscripts, housed at the “Latin American Library:http://lal.tulane.edu/ at Tulane University, is now online. For the…  read more

Federico Rossi publishes article in journal Latin American Perspctives

November 25th, 2013

CIPR post-doctoral Fellow Federico Rossi published an article, “The Movement of Popular and Neighborhood Assemblies in the City of Buenos Aires, 2002‘€“2011,” co-written by Sebastián…  read more

Local Students Tour MARI

November 25th, 2013

By Ryan Rivet (rrivet@tulane.edu) Fifth grade students from Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep look at a scale model of the Mayan Temple of Kulkukan, also…  read more

Former CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellow Paolo Spadoni publishes book on Cuba's Socialist Economy

November 25th, 2013

Former CIPR Post-Doctoral Fellow Paolo Spadoni has published a new book entitled Cuba’s Socialist Economy Today: Navigating Challenges and Change. The book addresses Cuba’s economy…  read more

Nora Lustig awarded Gates Foundation grant

November 22nd, 2013

Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Economics and senior associate research fellow at CIPR, has been awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda…  read more

School Visits Expose Students to Maya Culture and Language

November 13th, 2013

Ixnal Cuma Chávez, a scholar and teacher of the Kaqchikel Maya language from Guatemala, visits Tulane as the native speaker for Kaqchikel language classes. Her…  read more

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Application Announcement

November 11th, 2013

The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at the Boren Awards website. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities…  read more

CIPR/Inter-American Dialogue joint seminar series to feature Julieta Castellanos

November 11th, 2013

The Inter-American Dialogue and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University is pleased to introduce the first of a series of seminars…  read more

Commitment to Equity Conference convenes researchers and multilateral organizations

November 8th, 2013

The Commitment to Equity Conference was held on Tulane‘€™s campus October 17-18, 2013. The conference convened researchers from across the Western Hemisphere, as well as…  read more

LARC Releases New K-12 Curriculum on the Modern Maya

November 7th, 2013

The Latin American Resource Center, the outreach education wing of the Stone Center, has released a new K-12 curriculum focusing on the modern Maya. The…  read more

Radical Caribbeans Conference convenes diverse group of scholars, artists, and activists

November 6th, 2013

From October 3rd through the 5th, researchers from across the US with diverse interests in the Caribbean attended the Radical Caribbeans Conference in downtown New…  read more

Summer Field Research Grant Recipients Present Findings

November 4th, 2013

On Saturday, November 2, Tulane graduate student recipients of previous summer research grants presented their research findings at the annual Summer Field Research Grant Symposium.…  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.

Follow TULASO on Facebook and Instagram (@tulanetulaso) to stay up to date on upcoming events.

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