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Podcast  From Amazon to Bayer Pharmaceuticals: A New Perspective on Costa Rica's Foreign Direct Investment

Produced by Andrew Landseidel and Katherine Fisher in San Jose, Costa Rica, this broadcast explore how Costa Rica encourages foreign direct investment (fdi) particularly from…  read more

Podcast  Measuring the Impact of Microfinance in Costa Rica

Amanda Verdi, Caroline Blatt, and Adrian Arnold report from San Jose, Costa Rica on a microfinance campaign in Costa Rica. Acorde, a NGO, provides low-interest…  read more

Podcast  Looking at Sustainable Development in Costa Rica's Fishing Cooperative in Tarcoles

Anna Strnisha, Rachel Lewis, and Robert Bond report from San Jose, Costa Rica on sustainable fishing practices on the Costa Rican coast. They report on…  read more

Podcast  Costa Rica's Migration Problem

Franny Hocking and Gabby Lysko report from San Jose, Costa Rica on the Costa Rican migration process. Costa Rica sees high numbers of migrants from…  read more

Video  Mayan Language Institute 2015 Students Collaborate on K'iche' Blues song

On the 2015 Mayan Language Institute program in Guatemala, students and teachers collaborated in writing and performing a K’iche’ song for fun. It was sung…  read more

Video  Los Muñequitos de Matanzas Demonstration

On June 27, 2015 the Stone Center’s Summer Teacher Institute in Cuba participated in an interactive demonstration/performance on the roots of Afro Cuban rhythm and…  read more

Podcast  The Inter-American Court of Human Rights

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is based in San Jose, Costa Rica. Molly Noonan and Sara Scott explore the history of this court, its…  read more

Podcast  The Effect of CAFTA on Costa Rica

The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) has had lasting effects on both large international corporations and small business in Central America. Bobby Mannis and…  read more

Podcast  Costa Rican Culture in the Face of Globalization

William Copeland and John McGuire report from San Jose, Costa Rica on the promotion of Costa Rican culture in the face of globalization, particularly the…  read more

Video  Exciting Buenos Aires

Check out this exciting tourism video put together by the under secretariat of tourism, ministry of production, by the government of the city of Buenos…  read more

Podcast  Brazilian Truth Commission: Rebecca Atencio's Interview on BBC Live 5

Rebecca Atencio discussed the release of the Brazilian Truth Commission report in December 2014. This interview, on the BBC show Live 5, discusses the report…  read more

Podcast  Mexican Nationals Caught in the Louisiana Justice System

Ella Bartlett and Ceciilia Santini discuss the role of the Mexican Consulate in interacting with Mexican nationals involved in the US justice system. The Department…  read more

Podcast  Mexico's Voting Program is a Potential Game Changer for Voters outside Mexico

Alex Hopper talks about new electoral programs in Mexico that makes it easier for Mexicans living outside the country to vote. Now Mexicans can get…  read more

Podcast  Mexico's Oil Market and US Relations

Noah Israel and Shyam Deolalikar discuss recent energy reforms in Mexico and the effects these reforms will have on US-Mexico economic relations. In 2014, Mexico…  read more

Podcast  Historical Perspective on the Consulate of Mexico and Culture Promotion

Justin Taffet and Zach Lipschutz explore the presence of the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, historical connections between New Orleans and Mexico, and the…  read more

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Repression and Street Protests: Behavioral Underpinnings of Backlash Movements

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The Tulane University Political Science department presents a talk entitled “Repression and Street Protests: Behavioral Underpinnings of Backlash Movements” by Susan Stokes, the John S. Saden Professor of Political Science at Yale University and Director of the Yale Program on Democracy.

Dr. Stokes research interests include democratic theory and how democracy functions in developing societies; distributive politics; and comparative political behavior. Her co-authored book, Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism (Cambridge, 2013) won best-book prizes from the Comparative Politics (Luebbert Prize) and Comparative Democratization sections of APSA. Among her earlier books, Mandates and Democracy: Neoliberalism by Surprise in Latin America (Cambridge, 2001), received prizes from the APSA Comparative Democratization section and from the Society for Comparative Research. Her articles have appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, World Politics, and the Latin American Research Review.

Sponsored by the Political Science department and the CIPR (Center for Inter-American Policy and Research.

For more information please contact Virginia Oliveros (

MARI Brown Bag: Evan Parker "The Middle Preclassic of the Puuc Maya: Preliminary Excavations at Paso del Macho, Yucatan, Mexico"

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MARI is pleased to present the fifth brown bag of the 2015-2016 year. Evan Parker, a Graduate Student in the Department of Anthropology, will present a talk about his recent research on the Preclassic Maya of Yucatan, Mexico entitled “The Middle Preclassic of the Puuc Maya: Preliminary Excavations at Paso del Macho, Yucatan, Mexico.”

M.A.R.I.‘s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Marcello Canuto ( for more information. For the current speaker list of this talk series, please click here.

Workshop: Applying for Grants and Fellowships

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This workshop targets SLA graduate students who are new to grant writing and submission. The workshop will provide tips on searching for funding opportunities and writing an award winning proposal. Grant writing is a significant intellectual activity that is in high demand in many academic fields, economic sectors, and firms and organizations. For academics, grant writing not only raises one’s research visibility but can increase opportunities for writing and national and international presentations. For non-academics, grant writing can open doors to consulting, collaborative research, and entrepreneurial opportunities in the private sector and nonprofit world.

Kevin Gotham will discuss the basic elements and strategies of submitting proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and other federal agencies. He will describe the process and criteria by which federal funders like the NSF and the NEH review proposals, proposal development strategies for individual investigators, the qualities and merits of an award-winning proposal, and federal funding opportunities for researchers. Kevin is a former NSF program director, occasional NSF panelist and reviewer, and a current NSF awardee.

Chris Rodning will discuss why applying for grants is important for graduate students and how grant writing can enhance student career prospects. He will describe the strategies students can use to develop proposals, the importance of working with faculty mentors in preparing proposals, and various skills students can develop to score funding for their research. He will also provide recommendations for how students can seek out and apply for diverse sources of funding, including internal and external sources. Chris has experience reviewing grant proposals for National Geographic Society (NGS), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the American Philosophical Society. He has also been a co-P.I. on NSF and NGS grants; and a P.I. for a Board of Regents Grant.

The workshop will also include short presentations from Katherine Johnston and Patrick Rafail, assistant professors in sociology. Katie and Patrick are past winners of NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) awards. Patrick is a current NSF awardee. They both have much experience as grant writers and will speak about the grant review and evaluation process for graduate student proposals and offer advice and suggestions for developing an award-winning proposal.

The workshop is targeted toward all graduate students in SLA interested in pursuing external funding to complete their dissertations and enhance their professional skills. The format will be interactive, allowing for audience questions and participation. Please RSVP to Kevin Gotham Please also submit a few sentences describing your research interests or an abstract of your dissertation.

Bate Papo! Practice Your Portuguese

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Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian Treats.

Que Pasa Fest 2015

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Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte (Cervantes Hispanic-American Arts Foundation) and Hispanic Flavor Productions are proud to announce the fifth annual Que Pasa Fest 2015. With the support of sponsors and businesses, this festival is an extension of the Latin cultural TV show, “¿Que Pasa New Orleans? (What’s Up New Orleans?) and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month highlighting exciting Latin music and Hispanic heritage and culture.

Que Pasa Fest 2015 is scheduled to be a six-day festival filled with music and dance and will be held at various locations throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Festivities will begin Monday, October 5 at the New Orleans Mexican Consulate and culminate with its FREE outdoor festival for the whole family on Saturday, October 10, at the Al Copeland Meadow Concert area in Lafreniere Park, in Metairie, Louisiana. All of the other events during the week will also be FREE for the community.

The artist line-up for this year includes local Cuban artists, Piky Mendizabal (visual arts), Alexey Marti (Latin Jazz), Javier Olondo (classical guitar), AsheSon (Cuban traditional music), William Sabourin (filmmaker) and Tomas Montoya (ethnologist and curator). Other local artists include New Orleans’ KARMA, AsheSon, Aurelio Gonzalez & Dance Group Raices, Dile Que NOLA, Lisbeth Pedroso, Jee Yeoun Ko, Michael Pellera, Hector Gallardo, Pupi Menes, Jose “Pepe” Coloma, Tony Dizant, Johnny Marcia, and Jorge Perez. International artists include Jorge Luis Prats, Descemer Bueno and Timbalive.

For more information and a detailed schedule, visit the festival website.

Celebración Latina 2015

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Join us for our annual family festival as we celebrate 11 years of the festival! Please join us at the zoo to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina at the Zoo’s Capital One Stage and Field will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand made crafts, and local social service, health and education organizations will offer wellness, education and social service information.

Check out these pictures of past celebraciones latinas!

Celebración Latina is presented by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Contributing sponsors include Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Marathon Petroleum Co., and Jefferson Financial Credit Union. Children’s artwork on display provided by 1st Grade students in the ReNew Cultural Arts Academy Expanded Day Program.

Celebración Latina is free with Zoo admission. No outside food or beverages please!

For more information please visit the Audubon website.