Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

XI Annual Tulane Undergraduate Conference on Latin America

November 23rd, 2013
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Greenleaf Conference Room
100A Jones Hall

The Stone Center’s annual TUCLA conference is an interdisciplinary undergraduate symposium in which seniors from the Latin American Studies core seminar present their individual research projects. The conference is designed to enlist all of Tulane’s Latin American Studies seniors in a shared discussion of the region, its society and its cultures. This event is free and open to the public.

Conference Schedule:

Session I 9:00am – 10:30am
Panel 1: Welfare (Jones 100A – GCR)
Body Control: Women, Power, and Politics in Latin America

  • Margaret Horton, “From the Atacama to the Araucanía: fertile ground for feminist policymaking in Chile”
  • Olivia Heil, "The Brothel of the Caribbean?: Rethinking the Notion of Prostitution in Contemporary Cuba"
  • Finley Baba, "Quechua Contraception: Abortion and Reproductive Health Policy in Andean Ecuador"

Session II 10:45am – 12:15pm – (2 simultaneous)
Panel 3: Identity (Jones 100A – GCR)
Mobility in the Margins: Positioning for Power and Prestige across Spatial, Racial, and Occupational Hierarchies in Latin America

  • Anthony Taillie, "The Neoliberal Backlash: The Chilean Student Movement and the Dawn of a New Political Era"
  • Laura Sibert, "Who's the Top Banana?: Corporate Institutionalization of Race and Mobility in Central American Banana Enclaves of the Twentieth Century"
  • Sophie-Ann Kivett, "Hands in the Trash, Heads out of the Trash: The Cartoneros of Buenos Aires and State Policies of Inclusion"
  • Max Pattsner, "With Soccer We Will Pave the Jungle: How the 2014 World Cup Will Disproportionately Benefit Brazil's Hyper-Remote Host Cities"

Panel 4: Encounter (Jones 204)
The Best Laid Plans: the Elusive(?) Quest for Justice and Development in Argentina, Chile, and Brazil

  • Zachary Hoyt, "From Tweets to the Street: Social Media, Democracy, and Crisis Politics in Brazil"
  • John Feffer, "'No más lucro!': Will the student movement finally be successful in bringing about meaningful education reform in Chile?"
  • Angela Filardo, "'Ni olvido ni perdón': Measuring Success in Argentina's Human Rights Trials"
  • Robin Imogene Goode, "For Honor and Country (Maybe): Questioning the Agenda of Rio's 2016 Olympic Bid"

TUCLA is sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. For more information please contact James Huck, or call 504-865-5164.








Upcoming Events

The Right to Memory: The Making of São Paulo's Resistance Memorial

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Kátia Felipini, Coordinator, São Paulo Resistance Memorial, will give a talk entitled “The Right to Memory: The Making of São Paulo's Resistance Memorial.” The talk will be in Portuguese.

The Resistance Memorial is Brazil's first national memorial dedicated to preserving memories of the political resistance and repression that occurred during the civil-military dictatorship that governed the country from 1964 to 1985. Kátia Felipini, who participated as a museologist in developing the memorial and now serves as its coordinator, will discuss the complex process of the memorial's creation and the lessons it offers for other sites in Brazil and around the world. This lecture will be given in Portuguese.

Sponsored by the Center for Scholars, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Newcomb-Tulane College, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For more information please contact Rebecca Atencio (

The Traveler and the Ethnographic Ethos in the work of Juan José Saer and Bernardo Carvalho

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Anderson da Mata, an Assistant Professor of literary theory at Universidade de Brasília, will give a talk entitled “The Traveler and the Ethnographic Ethos in the work of Juan José Saer and Bernardo Carvalho.” The talk will be given in Portuguese.

Anderson da Mata is an Assistant Professor of literary theory at the Universidade de Brasília and author of O silêncio das crianças: representações da infância na narrativa brasileira contemporânea (Londrina: EDUEL, 2010).

Sponsored by Newcomb-Tulane College and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For more information please contact Rebecca Atencio (

Bruno Bosteels speaks at Loyola University

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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola University presents: “Politics and Violence in Latin America: Democracy in the Criticism of Arms,” a talk by Bruno Bosteels, Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University. Bosteels is the author of Badiou and Politics, Marx and Freud in Latin America, and The Actuality of Communism, among other works.

For more information on this event, please contact Josefa Salmon at

This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Caribbean, The Languages & Cultures Department at Loyola University, Rev. Scott Youree Watson, Gregory F. Curtin & Rev. Guy Lemieux SJ SAK Distinguished Professorships.

For the event flyer, click here.

The Pebbles Center turns 10!

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The Pebbles Center is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! The 10th anniversary falls on Dia, a celebration of children and reading. To celebrate, the Pebbles Center is hosting renowned children’s book author Jorge Argueta. Mr. Argueta was a guest at the inauguration of the Pebbles Center 10 years ago. See photographs from Mr. Argueta’s previous visit here. He will present an interactive presentation based on some of his most recent books.

Jorge Tetl Argueta is a celebrated Salvadoran poet and writer whose bi-lingual children’s books have received numerous awards. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge spent much of his childhood in rural El Salvador. He feels that everybody is capable of writing, especially young children who are natural poets! Argueta has written a series of delicious cooking poems perfect for reading while cooking or incorporating food into the classroom. Come out and celebrate with us!

Children and parents will be able to enjoy a wonderful reading and a workshop highlighting the delicious foods found in his books. We will be of course providing snacks as well as be able to distribute a handful of bilingual books donated by the New Orleans Public Library.

El 30 de abril es una fecha muy significativa para los niños. Se celebra el día de los niños y de los libros. Esta celebración se conoce como El día de los niños/ El día de los libros, y celebra la alegría y las maravillas de la infancia y la importancia de los libros en nuestra vida. Ven a celebrar con nosotros el día con autor salvadoreño Jorge Argueta.

Para una lista con la dirreción de todas las bibliotecas, por favor visite la página de web de la biblioteca pública de la Nueva Orleáns.

For more information or if you have questions please contact the Latin American Resource Center at or check our Facebook page.

Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the New Orleans Public Library.

Photo by Nina Menconi.

Art Syncopation

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival are pleased to present an art exhibit of renowned artist Angel Gonzalez de la Tijera entitled “Art Syncopation.” An opening reception will be held on April 22nd at 6 PM. The exhibit will be on display through May 20th.

Angel Gonzalez de la Tijera is an important Mexican Painter and one of the most significant contributors to contemporary figurative Mexican art. His work primarily focuses on figures and portraits in conjunction with music. His art reveals form and substance in a realistic manner.

Gonzalez de la Tijera was born in Mexico City in 1958. He developed his painting style, figurative realism, as a student of master painter Santiago Carbonell.