Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Using Children's Literature to Explore Latin American/Latino Cultural Heritage

October 6th, 2012
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Busboys & Poets
Langston Room
2021 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

Américas Award K-12 Teacher Workshop

Tulane University and Vanderbilt University’s Centers for Latin American Studies are collaborating with Teaching for Change to offer an exciting K-12 teacher workshop as part of the Américas Award ceremony at the Library of Congress. The workshop will focus on strategies to incorporate Latin American and Latino children’s literature into the K-12 classroom. Facilitators of the workshop include 2012 Americas Award Winners Monica Brown, author and Julie Paschkis, illustrator of Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People. Facilitators will engage participants in the motivation behind their writing and artwork. Founder of the Américas award, Julie Kline and Chairperson of the 2012 committee, Ruth Quiroa will share strategies for incorporating Latin American and Latino cultural content into the curriculum. Teaching for Change Parent Organizer, América Calderón and Executive Director Deborah Menkart will share additional resources for educators to engage critically with texts in the classroom.

All participants will receive breakfast, curriculum materials, and signed copies of Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People one of this year’s 2012 award winning books. Participants are also invited to the Americas Award Library of Congress ceremony on Friday, October 5, at 3:00pm.

This workshop is sponsored in part by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), Teaching for Change, Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American Studies. For more information about the Américas Award please visit the Consortium for Latin American Studies Programs website:>

For more information, please contact Denise Woltering 504.865.5164 or Claire Gonzalez at Download the Agenda here

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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, 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.

MARI Brown Bag: Timothy Beach "The Re-Enchantment of Maya Wetland Fields from Earth and Sky"

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Dr. Timothy Beach, the Centennial Professor of Geography and Environment at the University of Texas at Austin, will present a talk on his recent research about Maya agricultural practices in a talk titled “The Re-Enchantment of Maya Wetland Fields from Earth and Sky.”

For more information and a full list of Brown Bag talks, visit the Brown Bag Website.

Sugar Skulls at the Pebbles Center

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The Pebbles Center at the Children’s Resource Center is hosting a sugar skull making workshop for kids of all ages. Join us to make a sugar skull in celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

A collaboration of the New Orleans Public Library and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Pebbles Center provides books and resources on Latin America.

Free and Open to the Public!