Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Marcus V. Freitas - "Dois viajantes brasileiros em New Orleans: Dom Pedro II e Adolfo Caminha"

April 22nd, 2013
5 pm

Jones 100a, Greenleaf Conference Room

The Spanish and Portuguese Department presents a talk by Marcus V. Freitas entitled “Dois viajantes brasileiros em New Orleans: Dom Pedro II e Adolfo Caminha.”

Marcus V. Freitas is Professor of Literary Theory at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He is currently serving as the first Fulbright Chair in Brazilian Studies at UMass-Amherst. He holds a Ph.D in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University (2000). He is author of eight books, fifteen book chapters, and three dozen articles published in journals over Brazil, Portugal, and the USA. Among his academic books, the most important are Hartt: expeditions in Brazil, 1865-1878 (2001); Charles Frederick Hartt: um naturalista no Império de Pedro II (2002); and Contradições da Modernidade: o jornal Aurora Brasileira (2012). Marcus Freitas is also a poet and an awarded novelist. His crime novel Peixe morto (2008) won the Petrobras Cultural Prize and was finalist for the Sao Paulo Literary Award. For more information, please contact Christopher Dunn (


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Work in Progress Talk: Manolo Estuardo Vela Castañeda

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The Latin American Library presents a Works in Progress talk by Manolo Estuardo Vela Castañeda entitled “Hacerse guerrilla o seguir siendo partido: el dilema de los comunistas guatemaltecos.” Manolo Estuardo Vela Castañeda received his doctorate in 2009 from El Colegio de México (Mexico City). He is the author of Los pelotones de la muerte: La construcción de los perpetradores del genocidio guatemalteco (El Colegio de México, 2014) and editor of Guatemala: La infinita historia de las resistencias (Magna Terra, 2011). Within the field of historical and comparative sociology, his research interests have centered on revolutions, Indian and peasant rebellions, social movements and other forms of struggle. He is also interested in everyday and grassroots resistance, and the living conditions of workers and marginalized peoples. He is working on a larger project titled Los años del trueno: La guerra fría en Centroamérica on the Cold War in Central America. In 2011-2012 he taught at the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame (U.S.A.) and is currently a Research Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. The talk will be in Spanish.

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En su exposición, Vela Castañeda contará las vicisitudes por las que atravesaron los comunistas guatemaltecos en la implementación de la actividad armada, guerrillera, en contra de los gobiernos autoritarios. El Partido Guatemalteco del Trabajo, como muchos otros partidos comunistas en América Latina, fue reacio a seguir al pie de la letra el ejemplo de la revolución cubana. A pesar de desarrollarse una actividad guerrillera desde 1962, no fue sino hasta 1981 cuando, desde dentro del partido comunista, se preparó un “viraje”, como entonces se le llamó. Con ello se buscaba involucrar al partido al accionar militar, lo que nunca iba a terminar de darse. Haciendo uso de la colección de Héctor Alirio Interiano Ortíz, militante comunista y líder estudiantil desaparecido en mayo de 1984 por las fuerzas del Estado, aquí se contará esta historia.

John Edward Heaton's Guatemala: A Photographic Exhibit

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John Edward Heaton’s Guatemala, a photographic exhibit will be on display at The Latin American Library, Tulane University, March 17-May 27.
We are honored to be the first venue in North America to show this exhibit, which debuted in the fall of 2015 in Paris at the Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris’ main museum for photography.
John Edward Heaton’s work documents the fascinating worlds of Guatemala. He has spent 35 years immersed as aphotographer, environmentalist, visual anthropologist, cultural entrepreneur, and curious witness to this Central American nation, among the most historically rich and complex nations of Latin America. Occupying the space between historical documentary and fine art, Heaton’s stunning photographs capture the ironies and poignancy of Guatemala and its people with a penetrating gaze that is nonetheless thoroughly engaged, sympathetic and not without a good dose of humor. The Latin American Library was one of the first to collect Heaton’s published work in 2011. Recognizing and acquiring historically important publications in a timely way allows us to bring to the Tulane campus exhibitions like Heaton’s that usually tour only at large museums.

A night of Argentinian food and culture with Chef Adolfo Garcia

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Delgado Community College Culinary Arts and Tulane Stone Center for Latin American Studies invite you to a night of Argentinian food and culture with Chef Adolfo Garcia. Cooking Demonstration and Tasting.

Empanadas Argentinas (Seasoned beef hand pies)
Ñoqui (Handmade potato dumplings with Pancetta cream and peas)
Vacio a la parilla con chimichurri (Grilled flap steak with herb sauce)
Ensalada Rusa (Potato salad “a la russe”)

$45 per person | Register here at the Eventbrite page.
More Information | (504) 810-1020
See the event flyer here.
The Stone Center is a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center on Latin America.

Somos Nós: Diverse Brazil, Brazilian Culture and Language for the K-16 Classroom

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Photo taken by Megan Oleson, 2014.

LARC, along with Vanderbilt and the University of Georgia, is sponsoring a workshop on Brazilian culture and teaching Portuguese. K-16 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply to attend this 5 day institute. Throughout the week, educators will work to develop interdisciplinary curricula, which they can bring back to their schools to teach and share with colleagues. This program is sponsored by Vanderbilt University, Tulane University and the University of Georgia through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource grant.

Please visit the registration page to register and for more information. Also, check out these photos from last year’s workshop held in New Orleans.

Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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Havana, Cuba | June 18 – July 2, 2016

The Application Deadline has now passed

This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

Tulane’s summer program is locally sponsored and supported by the National Union of Writers and Artists. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and several cultural venues. In addition to field trips in Havana, there will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara, Playa Girón, and Viñales.

For more information and for the institute application, please visit the Institute webpage.