Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

William Faulker, '09, MA '12

Plan Políticas Públicas, São Paulo

After graduating from Tulane, William began a part-time internship at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) a research non-profit loosely affiliated with Yale and located in New Haven, CT. Leveraging his previous English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching experience, he also took a position at an ESL summer camp, St. Giles International. He returned to Tulane in fall of 2010 to begin studies as part of the Master’s program in Latin American Studies, receiving his degree in 2012. He is currently Junior Evaluator & Social Sciences Researcher at Plan Políticas Públicas, a consulting firm in São Paulo, Brazil.

William discusses his experience at Tulane…

Why did you choose Latin American Studies?
In making my decision, the most important factor was the reputation of the Stone Center as an institution. Once the decision was made, however, I realized a number of other advantages to my choice. The interdisciplinarity of the Stone Center program allowed me much more control over the pathway of my studies than I believe I would have had in most other majors. While at first my flirtations with so many disciplines worried family, gradually I realized that the supreme concern with specialization is a trait of post-WWII science education (the ‘€˜Cold War Sciences,‘€™ as I have heard them called) in which both my parents were active participants. The current, interdisciplinary model exemplified by the Stone Center is not only strong, but increasingly relevant due to the complexity of the challenges which our generation faces (e.g. global climate change, persistent poverty, and social marginalization). Solving these problems requires that the deep-yet-specific learning garnered by following a cannon of celebrity thinkers along the traditional branches of study be overlaid with networked understanding of multiple fields and the ability to translate ideas between these. In my job search I also realized that when employers do not see the sort of run-of-the-mill major and checkbox skills that they may expect, this necessitates that they look deeper into my background to understand why I am applying‘€“just the sort of edge that can make all the difference. I am not a shoe-in anywhere, but at the same time I have the flexibility to re-define myself for each position.

How has your background in LAST helped you since graduation?
It has only been a few months since my graduation from my MA. If we are talking about my graduation from my undergraduate LAST major, well then first and foremost I would have to say that my major helped me to get offers from all five of the LAST MA. programs to which I applied. At Tulane, where I accepted, I received a free and highly productive MA. with a stipend on which to live for four semesters of coursework. There are few better deals in the world, seems to me.

In hindsight, what would you have done differently as a LAST major?
Not much. I would have taken more advantage of the library sooner, I suppose.

Any word of wisdom for LAST undergraduates?
You will get out what you put in…a cliché, but an appropriate one here. Think hard about the future and whether LAST will be a good fit for what you imagine yourself doing and studying. Meet and talk with people in the major to get a better idea of how it might fit with your goals/ideas (I‘€™ve found more and more that the types of people studying something has a greater effect on my happiness than the nature of the subject matter itself). Finally, trust your gut‘€“are you the type of person who excels when given more freedom? Do you enjoy open-endedness more than efficiency? Do you pick up quickly on different disciplinary jargons, and does your mind connect and map diverse concepts naturally? Would you like to live/work in Latin America?

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Community Engagement Information Session

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Join us on Thursday, October 1st for this informal discussion to learn more about the Latin American Resource Center and the long history of community engagement offered through the center. This event is part of a series of information sessions to help orient and update the Tulane community about programming and resources offered through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

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All sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the Stone Center YouTube Channel.

"Brazil in the 21st Century" event with Dr. Idelber Avelar and Sergio Moro

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“O Brasil do Seculo XXI” will include presentations and dialogue between Professor Idelber Avelar and Sergio Mora, Ex-Minister of Justice and Public Security of Brazil. Fernanda Odilla, of the University of Bologna, will be moderating the event.

Thanks to the Brazil Institute at King’s College, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research for making this event possible.

2020 Américas Award Ceremony and Book Talk

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Please join us as we celebrate the 2020 Américas Award books in a virtual award ceremony and an online book talk with award winner, Mitali Perkins.

October 5, 2020 at 6 PM CST
Book Talk with Author Mitali Perkins: Between Us and Abuela
Join the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs and the Library of Congress for a virtual conversation with Mitali Perkins, author of 2020 Américas Award winning children’s book Between Us and Abuela. Mitali will share context for her beautiful book, as well as tips for classroom incorporation. The 60-minute program will also include an open Q&A with attendees moderated by Luciano Marzulli at the University of Utah. Educators and parents alike are highly encouraged to attend, and all are welcome! We encourage you to find Between Us and Abuela at your local library or purchase a copy before the October 5 program, if possible. See you online!
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October 12, 2020 at 6 PM CST
2020 Virtual Award Ceremony
Video streaming hosted by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress. The program is part of the national Hispanic Heritage Month programming. In order to attend, please register here.

Coordinated by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University and sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs and the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.

Online Latinx Speaker Series

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This speaker series was developed by Professor Caballero as part of her class, Introduction to Latinx Studies. It is designed to share the diversity and contributions of the local New Orleans Latinx community. Each speaker shares their perspective on a wide array of important topics relating to community and the city. In order to attend these online events, please REGISTER HERE

  • Thursday, September 17th – Rafael Delgadillo, PhD Candidate at UC-Santa Cruz in Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Thursday, October 1st – Leticia Casilda, Familia Unidas en Acción Familias Unidas en Acción was founded in 2018 with the vision of providing immigrant families in the greater New Orleans area and Louisiana with the resources needed to thrive in a new community without forgetting their own culture and history. We are the only community organization in New Orleans and Louisiana primarily focused on providing shelter and transitional support to recently arrived immigrant families. Our membership is made up of impacted immigrant families who believe that our families and children deserve equal opportunities, respect as human beings, access to their histories and culture, and to be acknowledged as productive members of society.
  • Thursday October 15 – Fermín Ceballos, musician and writer – Fermín Ceballos is a tri-lingual Afro-Dominican songwriter, musician, bandleader, composer, actor, and poet living and creating art in New Orleans, Louisiana. He studied art & music at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and was a professor of music for the Dominican Republic Secretary of State for Culture National School System. His primary musical instruments are the accordion, guitar, piano, and voice. Fermín continually works on several musical projects in the Gulf South and the US; such as Merengue4-FOUR, a musical project focused on Dominican Music (Bachata & Merengue Típico), Fermín‘€™s Latin Fusion Orchestra performing original salsa inspired compositions, and Fermín Acústico a musical concept based on guitar and voice. With all his projects, he performs original compositions based on his fusion of different sounds and musical rhythms. In 2019, he released his first book of poems in Spanish and English entitled Pisando Mi Sombra (Walking My Shadow).
  • Thursday, October 29th – Christopher Louis Romaguera. Romaguera is Cuban-American writer who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was born in Hialeah, Florida and graduated from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Romaguera has been published in The Daily Beast, Curbed National, Peauxdunque Review, New Orleans Review, PANK Magazine and other publications. He is a monthly columnist at The Ploughshares Blog. He has an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans.
  • Thursday, November 12th TBD

For more information, please contact 504.865.5164.

Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

While at Tulane, the institute will explore the historic connections between the United States and Central America focusing on indigenous communities and environment while highlighting topics of social justice and environmental conservation. Join us to explore Central America and teaching strategies to implement into the classroom.

Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164.