Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University


Podcast  Regionalismo of Brazil

May 2013 When you hear the word “Brazil,” what comes to mind? Tropical beaches? Carnaval? Probably sexy sun-tanned women and chiseled soccer stars — and…  read more

Podcast  Radio in Brazil

May 2013 Photo courtesy of Hannah Malaschock. With 49.5 million listeners in Brazil today, radio is an institution as Brazilian as samba itself. Brazil was…  read more

Podcast  Roots of Racism in Brazilian Education

May 2013. Photo courtesy of Alex Castro. For many young adults, the long process of applying to universities is all too familiar. While students in…  read more

Podcast  Carmelo Mesa Lago: The Return of the State to Privatized Pension Systems

This is a podcast of a lecture by Carmelo Mesa Lago, current professor on economics and Latin American Studies at University of Pittsburgh and 2009…  read more

Podcast  Carmelo Mesa Lago: Raul Castro's Economic and Social Reforms in Cuba

This is a podcast of a lecture by Carmelo Mesa Lago, current professor on economics and Latin American Studies at University of Pittsburgh and 2009…  read more

Podcast  Edésio Fernandes: Informal Urban Land Development

This is the podcast for a lecture by Edésio Fernandes, one of the leading scholars of urban informality, that took place on February 25th at…  read more

Podcast  Paulo Affonso Leme Machado: A Reforma da legislaçao florestal no Brasil

Please note that the podcast is in Portuguese. Paulo Affonso Leme Machado nasceu em 1939 numa pequena cidade do Estado de São Paulo, que é…  read more

Podcast  Post-Katrina Law Enforcement and the Latino Community

When the waters receded after the federal flood of 2005, two main groups occupied the city of New Orleans. The first, law enforcement officials charged…  read more

Podcast  From Latin America to New Orleans: Stories of Crossing Borders

With the current debate surrounding immigration reform, and the sad reality many face trying to migrate north, many ask why. Why do many men, women,…  read more

Podcast  Timothy Power discusses Brazilian Democracy and Presidents

Timothy Power, professor at Oxford University, spoke at Tulane University on December 5th, 2012 about Brazilian Democracy and it’s most recent presidents: Lula da Silva…  read more

Podcast  Irse Hacia el Norte

Discover the absurdist theater of Artzénico the theater troupe originating from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala which explores themes of migration and national identity in the recent performance…  read more

Podcast  Fabrice Lehoucq, "The Politics of Modern Central America: Civil War, Democratization, and Underdevelopment

On November 8, 2012, the Center for Inter-American Policy welcomed Fabrice Lehoucq to discuss his latest work, The Politics of Modern Central America: Civil War,…  read more

Podcast  Day of the Dead and St. Joseph's Day: A Little Lagniappe for New Orleans' Holidays

Mexicans and Italians comprise the largest immigration populations in New Orleans. Despite being “new” to the city, they have become major actors in the city’s…  read more

Podcast  Institutions and Community-Building in New Orleans

In their piece, D.J. Piazza and Charlotte Goudeau explore the role that institutions play in shaping the Latino community in New Orleans. The local Latino…  read more

Podcast  New Immigrants and Esperanza Charter School

The New Orleans community is successfully adaptingWat to the growth of the Hispanic population. The school is no exception. Tulane students Saisha Chandrasekaran and Beth…  read more




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Upcoming Events

Africana Studies Brown Bag Lecture with Prof. Dan Sharp

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Naná Vasconcelos: Afro-Brazilian Percussion in Paris and New York City

Dan Sharp is currently conducting research for a book that revolves around the 1980 album Saudades by Afro-Brazilian Naná Vasconcelos. The book will situate Naná‘s reimagining of percussion and voice in the context of his itinerant life in New York, Europe and Brazil in the 1970s and 1980s. Snacks provided!

New Worlds, Indigenous Technologies and European Cabinets of Curiosities

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“New Worlds, Indigenous Technologies and European Cabinets of Curiosities”
Lecture by Dr. Surekha Davies

In the early modern period, European perceptions of distant peoples shifted from curiosity and admiration to a growing conviction that Europe resided at the top of a cultural, technological, and racial hierarchy. Making knowledge about both humans and the natural world became increasingly visual pursuits. This paper explores descriptive methods and classificatory schemes for overseas artifacts through the close reading of inventories and catalogs of early modern curiosity cabinets. It argues that these texts were material and discursive objects that helped to constitute cultural hierarchy through typologies of objects. The processes of inventorying human variety also shaped European identities in relation to both classical antiquity and to the material antiquities of new worlds.

Dr. Surekha Davies is Assistant Professor of History at Western Connecticut State University. She writes on cultural encounters, visual and material culture, cartography, monster theory, collecting, and the history of mentalities. Her first book, Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (Cambridge University Press, 2016), won the 2016 Roland H. Bainton Prize in History from the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, and the 2016 Morris D. Forkosch Prize from the Journal for the History of Ideas. Dr. Davies is currently working on a new book project, Collecting Artifacts in the Age of Empire, and is a Mellon longterm fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library for 2017-18.

Why Marronage Still Matters: Lecture with Dr. Neil Roberts

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What is the opposite of freedom? Dr. Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial to his investigation is the concept ofmarronage—a form of slave escape that was an important aspect of Caribbean and Latin American slave systems. Roberts examines the liminal and transitional space of slave escape to develop a theory of freedom as marronage, which contends that freedom is fundamentally located within this space.In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

This event is sponsored by the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French Studies, Department of French and Italian.
For more information contact Ryan Joyce at or Fayçal Falaky at

Newcomb Art Museum to host María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for Gallery Talk

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Join us at the Newcomb Art Museum in welcoming Mexican artists María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for a noontime gallery talk as they discuss the current exhibition Clay in Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics (which features works by María José de la Macorra) and the focus and process of their work. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Newcomb Art Museum is featuring two ceramic exhibitions entitled Clay in Transit featuring contemporary Mexican ceramics and Clay in Place featuring Newcomb pottery and guild plus other never-before-exhibited pieces from the permanent collection.The exhibit presents the work of seven Mexican-born sculptors who bridge the past and present by creating contemporary pieces using an ancient medium. The exhibit will feature works by Ana Gómez, Saúl Kaminer, Perla Krauze, María José Lavín, María José de la Macorra, Gustavo Pérez, Paloma Torres.

Exhibition curator and artist Paloma Torres explains, “In this contemporary moment, clay is a borderline. It is a material that has played a critical role in the development of civilization: early man used clay not only to represent spiritual concerns but also to hold food and construct homes.” While made of a primeval material, the exhibited works nonetheless reflect the artists’ twenty-first-century aesthetics and concerns as well as their fluency in diverse media—from painting and drawing to video, graphic design, and architecture.

The exhibit will run from January 18, 2018, through March 24, 2018. For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit the Newcomb Art Museum’s website.

Clay in Transit is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jennifer Wooster (NC ’91), Lora & Don Peters (A&S ’81), Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, Andrew and Eva Martinez, and the Newcomb Art Museum advisory board

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: kibe

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Bate Papo! Try a bit of Brazil’s Middle Eastern flavor with these kibe treats. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Loyola University to host talk by Ward Churchill on Indigenism in North America

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Loyola University is excited to welcome acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the new book Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 and 30 Year Anniversary edition of Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America.

Ward will give an explanation of indigenism, moving from there to the concepts of the Fourth World and the three-legged stool of classic, internal, and settler-state colonialism. He will discuss historical and ongoing genocide of North America’s native peoples and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.

A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Five of his more than 20 books have received human rights awards.

Please contact Nathan Henne ( for additional information.

Sponsored by
The Loyola Latin American Studies Program
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola
The Department of Language and Cultures
The Department of English