Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

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Dr. Shefa Siegal - Grams per Ton: Value Conflicts in Gold Mining and Sustainable Development

December 4th, 2012
12:00-1:30pm

Location
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall

Dr. Shefa Siegal of the Earth Institute, headed by Jefferey Sachs, presents a Lunchtime Talk of interest to anyone pondering the ethics and environmental politics of gold mining today, from Colombia to Tanzania. Dr. Siegal has been involved in several large open-pit projects in Colombia, Ghana, and Tanzania in recent years, and he will report on corporate, local, and academic trends in this hotly contested business. Shefa Siegel is Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University's Earth Institute. He is an academic and journalist who studies, writes, and teaches about the intersections of global environmental and economic development issues, specializing in the impacts of resource extraction. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with degrees in religion, political theory, and resource policy, a policy practitioner with a decade of experience in more than a dozen countries working for the UN, World Bank, the Government of Canada, and NGOs, and a contributor of reviews, essays, commentaries, and reportage to Haaretz, Environment 360, and Sojourners. This event is sponsored by the Department of History and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Kris Lane, klane1@tulane.edu or 862-8622.

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Regulators without Borders? Labor Inspectors in Latin America and Beyond

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Please join us for the Lecture & Luncheon, “Regulators without Borders? Labor Inspectors in Latin America and Beyond” by Andrew Shrank, Olive Watson Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

RSVP Required. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact: cipr@tulane.edu

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The substantial body of literature addresses the growth of transnational regulatory networks that purport to foster learning, legitimacy, and coordination among national regulatory agencies. But network membership is neither universal nor well understood. Are regulators more likely to go abroad when they are vulnerable to domestic political pressure, or when their independence and influence are intact?

Rituales de pubertad, relaciones sociales y relaciones con la naturaleza. El caso mbya-guaraní (Argentina)

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Please join us on Friday, April 10 3-4:30pm, LAL Seminar Room for a work-in-progress talk by Dr. Marilyn Cebolla Badie, Universidad Nacional de Misiones and LAL Greenleaf Fellow 2014-2015, entitled “Rituales de pubertad, relaciones sociales y relaciones con la naturaleza. El caso mbya-guaraní (Argentina) (Puberty Rites, Social Relationships and Relations with Nature. The Case of the Mbya-Guaraní (Argentina)).”

The talk will be in Spanish.

Talk Abstract: Actualmente, ante los cambios que enfrentan los pueblos indígenas por el contacto permanente con las sociedades nacionales, los rituales, y entre éstos los ritos de pasaje a la madurez sexual, comienzan a desaparecer o se realizan de forma parcial afectando, según explican los indígenas, la educación tradicional de los niños y la armonía de la vida social. La presente investigación tiene como objetivo conocer y analizar los rituales de pubertad entre los mbya (familia lingüística tupi-guaraní) y su relación con la naturaleza. En estos ritos, niñas y varones aprenden a comportarse según los modelos femenino y masculino de la sociedad mbya, porque los cambios involucran no sólo al cuerpo sino al nuevo status que tendrán de allí en más. La pubertad parece ser una de las etapas más críticas y peligrosas del ciclo vital mbya. El alma de la persona se encuentra en un estado de gran vulnerabilidad y puede ser presa de las alteridades extrahumanas de la selva. Es por esto que deben extremarse los cuidados que incluyen restricciones alimentarias y un fuerte control del comportamiento, aunque muchas de estas precauciones ya no pueden llevarse a cabo debido a la deforestación y los drásticos cambios que afectan su vida cotidiana.

Currently, indigenous social and cultural traditions are facing substantial changes due to permanent contact with national societies. Some rituals, among them initiation rites, are beginning to disappear or are performed in an incomplete way, affecting the traditional education of children and social harmony, according to indigenous sources themselves. My research analyzes puberty rites in the Mbya ethnic group (of the Tupi-Guaraní linguistic family) and their relationship with nature. In these rituals, girls and boys must learn to behave according to feminine and masculine models of Mbya society, respectively, since the changes they are undergoing are thought to involve not only the body but also the new social status they will thereby acquire. Puberty seems to be one of the most critical and dangerous stages of the Mbya life cycle. The soul of the initiate is believed to be vulnerable to possession by extra-human alterities dwelling in the forest. The initiate exercises considerable caution in all behavioral respects, including observance of food restrictions. However, it has become increasingly difficult and, in some cases, not possible to observe these practices anymore due to deforestation and drastic changes the daily life of the Mbya.

Art Exhibit: Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time: The Stephens and Catherwood Project

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, in conjunction with the 2015 Tulane Maya Symposium (TMS), is hosting an art exhibit by Jay Frogel featuring photographs and images of ancient Maya sites. Frogel mixes modern photographs with drawings from the 1800s to show the passage of time at these sites. The opening reception will be held on March 19th.

To register for the K-12 teacher workshop or the reminder of the Maya Symposium please visit the registration page.

Le voyage des mots: Comparaison des lexiques naturalistes des langues tupi-guarani (Amérique du Sud)

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The Center for Scholars, the Department of French and Italian, and the Linguistics Program of Tulane University cordially invite you to attend a lecture in French by a distinguished specialist on the family of Tupi-Guarani languages.

Dr. Françoise Grenand is an anthropologist and Emeritus Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, French National Research Council) of France. She is renowned for her pioneering work on the vocabulary of Wayãpi and other indigenous languages in French Guiana and elsewhere in lowland South America, including Brazil. Dr. Grenand will lecture on Tupi-Guarani languages and vocabularies based on her many years of research among the Wayãpi people of French Guiana. She will present a Powerpoint in English to accompany her lecture, which will be delivered in French.

ABSTRACT:
Au cours de leur histoire, de nombreux peuples ont migré, emportant avec eux leur langue, trésor précieux et fragile. Découvrant des écosystèmes inédits, ils ont dû s'adapter et intégrer dans leur langue des mots nouveaux pour nommer les entités nouvelles. Prenant l'exemple des peuples Tupi-Guarani d'Amérique du Sud, la présente conférence entend expliquer leur démarche dans les lexiques zoologiques et botaniques. Des termes immotivés sont les témoins précieux des migrations anciennes. Des termes motivés descripteurs restent souvent neutres et de moindre portée. Motivés ou non, un certain nombre de termes, porteurs d’une grande charge sociétale, sont intéressants dans la comparaison linguistique et culturelle.

A Talk by Mariano Siskind: "La primera Guerra mundial como evento latinoamericano: Modernismo, cosmopolitismo y distancia afectiva"

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The Department of Spanish & Portuguese graduate students are pleased to invite you to the talk "La primera Guerra mundial como evento latinoamericano: Modernismo, cosmopolitismo y distancia afectiva", by John l Prof. Mariano Siskind, from Harvard University.
The talk will take place Friday, April 17th, 2015, at 16:30 in Newcomb Hall 407. A small reception will follow.
Below you can find an abstract of the talk, which will be held in Spanish.

If you have any questions, please contact Camilo A. Malagón at cmalagon@tulane.edu, or Estefanía Flores at cflores@tulane.edu.

Hope to see you there.

"La primera Guerra mundial como evento latinoamericano: Modernismo, cosmopolitismo y distancia afectiva"

Resumen: ¿Se puede considerar a la primera guerra mundial como un conflicto latinoamericano? Cuando abordamos esta pregunta en apariencia irrisoria desde la perspectiva de la historia literaria y cultural, emerge un archivo latinoamericano de experimentos estéticos sobre la guerra que interroga su mundialidad y el lugar de la cultura latinoamericana en el contexto de la globalización de la cultura moderna, De Darío a Nervo, de Gómez Carrillo a Alejandro Sux, muchos escritores modernistas presenciaron la guerra desde muy cerca y desde muy lejos, pero siempre tratando de achicar la distancia geopolítica que los separaba de la escena bélica a partir de una compleja identificación discursiva con la empresa de los aliados. Esta necesidad de suturar la distancia que los separa de las trincheras del frente occidental pone en evidencia el campo de fuerzas simbólicas y afectivas que se constituye a partir de los intentos de los modernistas por inscribir su proyecto estético en un escenario transcultural que ellos mismos invisten con significantes universales.

Summer K-12 Teacher Institute: Teaching Afro-Brazilian Identity in the K-12 Classroom

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The Latin American Resource Center, the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute and the Portuguese Flagship Program at the University of Georgia are presenting a K-12 teacher workshop on the Portuguese language and Brazilian Culture. The workshop will take place on the Tulane University Uptown Campus.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS APRIL 5, 2015!

K-12 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply to attend this 5 day institute. The focus of the institute is on the language, culture, and performance of Brazil. The workshop will include exposure to the Portuguese language, discussions with scholars of Brazilian culture and performance, viewings of Brazilian films, and performances by Brazilian groups. Throughout the week, educators will work to develop interdisciplinary curricula, which they can bring back to their schools to teach and share with colleagues. There is a specialized track to this institute in order to better support participants. There is a Portuguese Language track which consists of intensive morning language sessions for those interested in receiving a crash course in basic Portuguese. This track is open to participants with Spanish language background and little to no Portuguese training. While this track is meeting every morning, sessions for those interested in cultures of Brazil will take place. Please make sure to identify if you would like to be in the language track in your application form at the bottom of this page.

Registration Information
Participants have the option of registering under three affordable rates:

  • Basic Registration – $50 [includes all materials, parking permit for 5 days, internet access and registration to entire program with no lodging or meals.]
  • Full Registration – $250 [includes all above plus includes lodging (with linens) in a Tulane residence hall 4 nights, with 2 meals a day, and access to Tulane Reilly Fitness Center.]
  • Deluxe Registration – $300 [includes everything above plus guarantees a single room in the residence hall.]

The 2015 Summer K-12 Teacher Institute, Somos Nós: Teaching Afro-Brazilian Identity is a 20-hour program designed for K-12 teachers, librarians, or administrative staff. K-12 educators will benefit from this timely, interactive program on one of the world's strongest and most influential economies in the world, Brazil. The program is sponsored by Tulane University, the University of Georgia, and Vanderbilt University through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS APRIL 5, 2015!

A detailed schedule will be posted shortly. For more information visit the institute webpage

For more information, please contact Denise Woltering Vargas at 504-862-3143 or dwolteri@tulane.edu