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February 22nd, 2013
Jones Hall 100A, Greenleaf Conference Room
As part of the tenth annual Tulane Maya Symposium: Kaanal: The Snake Kingdom of the Classic Maya, to be held February 22-24th, 2013 the Stone Center for Latin American Studies is sponsoring the annual K-12 Teacher Workshop held the Friday before the symposium.
This workshop will feature a panel of educators who participated in Tulane’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies’ Summer Teacher Institute in Guatemala this past summer 2012 (view the google site for more information). Panelists include art, spanish, and english language arts educators from the K-12 level. They will share their newly designed curriculum and highlight best practices learned from their experience integrating content on the Maya into the K-12 classroom. Educators will have a chance to learn about engaging new resources to help update and invigorate the teaching of the Maya in your current teaching. This past summer, exciting new details revealing information on the infamous Maya long count calendar were discovered at the excavation site La Corona Archaeological Project run by Director of the Middle American Research Institute, Dr. Marcello Canuto. A member of La Corona Project archaeological team will introduce to educators the recent findings and future implications of teaching and understanding time among the Maya. This year’s teacher workshop is designed to focus on curriculum development and the teaching of the Maya at the K-12 level. Participants in this workshop will receive teaching materials, a continental breakfast, lunch, tour of the Middle American Research Institute’s Faces of the Maya exhibit, a certificate of completion to obtain professional development CEUs and a discount for registration in the weekend symposium.
Additional information on panelists in this year’s workshop and others from the past summer institute featured in local media:
Denise Tullier-Holly, an art teacher from Hammond, LA, was featured in the Louisiana Arts Education Association (LAEA) Fall 2012 Newsletter. The newsletter described the summer program and the curriculum she developed.
Sarah Donovan, a middle school English teacher in Lombard, IL, was featured in the Lombardian and Villa Park Review Newspaper. Sarah is interested in using literature to teach about genocide and how literature can help students respond to these atrocities. She will share her curriculum in February.
Ellen Cohen, a high school Spanish teacher in New Orleans, LA recently collaborated with the Stone Center for Latin American Studies’ Kaqchikel Maya Language Outreach program this past fall. She developed a curriculum based on her summer experience which incorporates the language and culture of Guatemala. Her high school students were able to learn about Kaqchikel and culture from Kaqchikel language instructor, Ixnal Cuma Chavez who teaches Kaqchikel every fall at Tulane University.
Audra Stablein, a high school Spanish teacher from outside of Pittsburgh, was featured in a Pittsburgh Tribune article. The article focused on Audra's use of her experiences on the Guatemala program in the classroom and her goal of raising money to help sponsor students from the school the educators visited over the summer. Audra and her students are currently in the process of fundraising to help sponsor a student from the primary school in Chimaltenango, Guatemala.
For more information on these educators, and other participants in the 2012 Summer Teacher Institute, please visit the Institutes website.
To register for this year’s teacher workshop please click here
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Racism, Black Consciousness and the Problem of Unintended Dissidence in the Cuban Revolution, 1965-1971
Author and professor Lillian Guerra will be speaking at Tulane. This event is free and open to the public.
Lillian Guerra is a Professor of Cuban and Caribbean history at the University of Florida. She has just published Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption and Resistance, 1959-1971 (UNC Press). This book is one of the first major works to analyze the grand narrative of the Cuban revolution, and in the process, it reveals the internal divisions and resistance to the revolution at the popular level. It received a Special Mention for the 2013 Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Award (Caribbean Studies Association) and was a 2013 Choice Outstanding Academic title.
Guerra is also the author of The Myth of José Martí: Conflicting Nationalisms in Early 20th Century Cuba (UNC Press) and Popular Expression and National Identity in Puerto Rico (University of Florida). Her work has appeared in the Hispanic American Historical Review, Social History, and Cuban Studies. She is currently working on a new project, Making Revolutionary Cuba, on Cuban political culture from 1947-1958.
MARI Brown Bag: Ximena Chávez Balderas "Effigies of the death: ritual decapitation and modification of skulls from Offering 141, Great Temple of Tenochtitlan"
Ximena Chávez Balderas, Doctoral Student in the Department of Anthropology, will present a talk about her dissertation work at the Templo Mayor in Mexico City entitled “Effigies of the death: ritual decapitation and modification of skulls from Offering 141, Great Temple of Tenochtitlan”
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. For the current speaker list of this talk series, please click here.
From Axis Mundi to Mappa Mundi: Great Temples and Sacred Bundles in Mesoamerican Traditions
David Carrasco, the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard University, will present a talk on March 14th at 4 PM entitled: “From Axis Mundi to Mappa Mundi: Great Temples and Sacred Bundles in Mesoamerican Traditions.”
Professor Carrasco will give an illustrated lecture about his journey, discoveries, and changes of mind in the study of Mesoamerican religions. Working as an historian of religions, Carrasco helped decipher the patterns of the axis mundi/sacred centers in the ceremonial world of the Great Aztec Temple and more recently in the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan #2. His lecture will trace this interpretive journey by showing images from the Aztec Templo Mayor and the Cuauhtinchan Codex.
A reception will follow.
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Materials in the Classroom Ecology: A Language Pedagogy Workshop
This hands-on workshop for language teachers demonstrates activities and materials designed to promote language learners' listening and speaking fluency. These activities allow university and high school students to engage in meaningful use of the target language. Materials demonstrated at this workshop can be readily adapted by participating language teachers and implemented in their own classrooms. These innovative pedagogic activities bridge language teaching theory and practice, and recent research on language teaching materials and learning will also be presented. University instructors and high school teachers working with language learners of any proficiency level will benefit from this presentation. The workshop will be conducted in English, and teachers of any language are welcome to attend. Participants may wish to read the article Materials in the Classroom Ecology in advance of the event, although this reading is not required in order to participate in this interactive workshop. All interested language teaching practitioners are encouraged to attend.
The workshop will be led by Anne Marie Guerrataz. She earned a PhD in Second Language Studies at Indiana University and has extensive experience teaching Spanish, French, and English as foreign/second languages at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. She has worked with teachers of many diverse languages, including less-commonly-taught languages such as Arabic, Yucatec Maya, and others. Dr. Guerrettaz has trained language teaching practitioners from across the world, from pedagogy workshops she facilitated for instructors at the Defense Language Institute in California to graduate-level seminars for language teachers in Central America and Maryland. In addition to her publications on language pedagogy, she is also deeply interested in the political dimensions of language and has researched Indigenous language rights in Mexico.
Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
The event is free but prior registration is required.
Engaging the Caribbean Space: A Talk by Earl Lovelace
Earl Lovelace, Trinidadian novelist, playwright, short-story writer, and winner of the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize, will give a talk entitled “Engaging the Caribbean Space.” A reception will follow the talk.
This event is sponsored by Center for Scholars, GSSA, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, African Diaspora Studies, Department of English, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Latin American Graduate Organization (LAGO), Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, the Center for Public Service, and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute.
Please contact Cherif Diatta (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
For the event flyer, click here.
Tulane Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop: On the Maya Trail: Ancient Travelers, Epic Voyages
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Middle American Research Institute, and the Audubon Aquarium are joining together to sponsor a K-12 teacher workshop in conjunction with the 11th annual Tulane Maya Symposium. This year the workshop will be held at the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans, in celebration of the opening of a new exhibit on reefs in the Maya area. The workshop will focus on the symposium theme: traveling and voyages among the Maya. The workshop will integrate information about the geography and environment of the Maya area and the ancient and modern Maya utilization of environmental resources. The resources discussed will provide a great way for teachers working with the Common Core requirements to integrate information about the Maya into discussions of a variety of topics!
This year the teacher workshop will begin on Thursday evening, March 20th, with a special reception and talk at the Aquarium specifically for teachers. The main component of the workshop will take place on Friday, March 21st. For more information and to register, please visit the symposium website.
Thursday (Audubon Aquarium)
6:00 – 8:00 PM
6:00 – 6:30 PM
Introduction and Opening Remarks
6:30 – 7:00 PM
What do we really know about the Ancient Maya? – Marcello Canuto, Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University
Friday (Audubon Aquarium)
9:00 – 9:50 AM
Introduction to the Geography/Environment of the Maya – Kristine Grzenda, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
10:00- 10:50 AM
Historical Perspectives on the Maya – Valerie Feathers, Louisiana State University
11:00- 11:50 AM
Introduction to Maya Sea Traders – Heather McKillop, Louisiana State University
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Conclusion and Evaluation
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Tour of the NOMA Mesoamerican Collection
6:00 – 7:15 PM (NOMA)
Keynote – Karl Taube, University of California Riverside