Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Summer K-12 Teacher Institute in Cuba

June 21st, 2014 - July 5th, 2014

Location
Havana, Cuba

Teaching Cuban Culture and Society: A Summer K-12 Teacher Institute in Cuba
Havana, Cuba | June 21 – July 5, 2014

APPLICATIONS FOR THE PROGRAM ARE AVAILABLE NOW!
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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is offering a unique summer study abroad program for K-12 teachers in Havana, Cuba in 2014. This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans, earn academic credit while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and people 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.

Those interested in applying must be a K-12 educator or librarian. There is no Spanish language requirement for this program. Please note: This program is only open to K-12 educators who are currently teaching, are pre-service teachers or are serving in a school or public library.

All participants will be enrolled in LAST 3130 (3 undergraduate credits): Society and Culture of Cuba taught by Professor Annie Gibson. The course enables all participants to explore Cuba with the guidance of an experienced Tulane faculty member while meeting Cuban artists, scholars, visiting local schools, non-profit organizations and more. At the end of the 15 day trip, participants will have classroom resources and activities to bring into their classrooms.

Program Cost:
The cost of the program is $3,900 which includes 3 Tulane credits, shared room and two meals a day at the ANAP, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana from Tampa, FL; OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings. Airfare to/from Tampa, one-night hotel stay in Tampa, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost.

Program Application:
K-12 educators interested in applying must be currently teaching in the classroom. Spanish proficiency is NOT required for this program. Complete applications (application form, statement of purpose, two recommendation letters, copy of front page of passport, and sample lesson plan) and a $150 non-refundable deposit are due by 5:00 PM on March 28, 2014.

You will be notified of your admission to the program by April 7th.

Application can be downloaded here

For more information and an application please visit the institute website.

ITINERARY – 15 DAYS

  • Day 1 – U.S./HAVANA, CUBA
    Depart from Tampa, FL, Upon arrival, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception followed by an informal walk on the Malecón.
  • Day 2 – HAVANA
    Havana Vieja Tour with Afro-Cuban Dance in the evening.
  • Day 3 – HAVANA
    Curriculum development and lecture with Professor Alfredo Prieto on “Cuba Today.”
  • Day 4 – HAVANA
    Walking tour of Calle Obispo in the morning with Professor Rafael Hernández. Visit to after-school arts program in the afternoon.
  • Day 5 – HAVANA
    Presentation by Professor Isabel Rigol on “Current Challenges Facing Havan’s Effort to Preserve its Architecture and Heritage.” Evening walk and visit to the Cañonazo at the Morro.
  • Day 6 – VINALES
    Day excursion to explore geography of Cuba’s tobacco and sugar plantations.
  • Day 7 – ALAMAR
    Day excursion to Organiponico in Alamar to explore sustainable farming in Cuba.
  • Day 8 – HAVANA/JAIMANITAS
    Visit to Cementerio Colón, Plaza de la Revolución. Afternoon visit to workshop of ceramic artist, José Fuster. Curriculum development in the evening.
  • Day 9 – SANTA CLARA, TRINIDAD
    Travel to Trinidad via Santa Clara a town founded by 175 people on July 15, 1689. It is the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in 1958. In Trinidad, we explore Cuba’s best-preserved colonial city.
  • Day 10 – TRINIDAD
    We continue to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site (since 1988). It was founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar and became a central piece of Cuba’s economy with the sugar mills.
  • Day 11 – CIENFUEGOS
    We will head to Cienfuegos, a town known for its architectural beauty which reveals its French colonial roots.
  • Day 12 – HAVANA
    We will hear from Professor Olga Marta about the Children’s Youth Literacy Scene in Cuba today. In the afternoon we will visit the Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA), a school founded in 1976 as Cuba’s national school of the arts.
  • Day 13 – PLAYA GIRON (Site of Bay of Pigs)
    Day excursion to the historic site of the Bay of Pigs, one of the landing sites for the 1961 US-backed invasion.
  • Day 14 – HAVANA
    Wrap-up curriculum workshop followed by a free afternoon ending in a celebratory dinner.
  • Day 15 – HAVANA/U.S.
    Morning departure for the U.S.

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Artist Talk: Tania Bruguera

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Pelican Bomb, in partnership with the Newcomb Art Museum and the Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University, hosts a talk with internationally renowned artist Tania Bruguera at the Freeman Auditorium in Tulane’s Woldenberg Art Center.

For this lecture, Bruguera speaks about her politically motivated practice, including “#YoTambienExijo (I Also Demand),” where she attempted to put a microphone at Revolution Square in Havana in 2014. She had invited people to express their visions for Cuba without censorship, but, before this performance, she was detained and had her passport confiscated by the Cuban government. One of the leading political and performance artists of her generation, Bruguera researches ways in which art can be applied to everyday life. Her long-term projects have been intensive interventions on the institutional structure of collective memory, education, and politics. Continuing her focus on the promise and failure of the Cuban Revolution, Bruguera will open INSTAR, the Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt, in Havana in September 2016. A residency, think tank, and workshop space, INSTAR aims to use performance art as a channel to open avenues for freedom among the general Cuban population.

Recognized as one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by “Foreign Policy” magazine and shortlisted for the 2016 #Index100 Freedom of Expression Award, Bruguera is a 2015 Herb Alpert Award winner, a Hugo Boss Prize finalist, a Yale World Fellow, and the first artist in residence in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. In 2013, she was part of the team creating the first document on artistic freedom and cultural rights with the United Nation’s Human Rights Council. Her work has been exhibited at Documenta, the Venice Biennale, the Tate Modern in London, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, among others. She lives and works between New York and Havana.

Her work “The Francis Effect” is currently on view in New Orleans as part of “False Flags,” a group exhibition curated by Noah Simblist, at Pelican Bomb Gallery X (1612 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard). First presented in 2014 at the Guggenheim, the performance exists in the guise of a political campaign that requests the Pope grant Vatican citizenship to all immigrants and refugees around the world. Visitors can add their voice to Bruguera’s petition before and after the artist talk and at “False Flags,” on view through May 29.

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La Hora del Cuento: Bilingual Story Time at the Pebbles Center Uptown

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Join the Pebbles Center at the Children’s Resource Center branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

Held the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 PM, we will read a book and have a craft based on the book. Past books include Funny Bones, Maria had a Little Llama, and Martín de Porres, the Rose in the Desert.

Story Hour Books

January 11
Counting Ovejas by Sarah Weeks

March 15
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle; Illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Recipient of the 2016 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award

April 12
Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina; Illustrated by Angela Dominguez

April 26
SPECIAL PROGRAM PART OF A SERIES OF EVENTS CELEBRATING DIA
Salsa by Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh AND Guacamole by Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Margarita Sada
Come on out and enjoy some delicious salsa, guacamole and music.

May 10
Maya’s Blanket: La Manta de Maya by Monica Brown; Illustrated by David Diaz

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.

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Empanadas Argentinas (Seasoned beef hand pies)
Noqul (Handmade potato dumplings with Pancetta cream and peas)
Vaclo a la parllla con chlmlchurrl (Grilled flap steak with herb sauce)
Ensalada Rusa (Potato salad “a la russe”)

$45 per person | Register here at http://caribbeanculinary.eventbrite.com
More Information | (504) 810-1020
The Stone Center is a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center on Latin America.

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Art Exhibit "Abrazada a lo efímero"

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is hosting an art exhibit “Abrazada a lo efímero” by Mexican poet and painter Sofía Rodriguez Fernandez.

The exhibit will run from April 14 to May 14 and an opening reception will be held at 6 PM on April 14th.

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2016 New Orleans International Guitar Festival

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Sponsored in part by Tulane’s Department of Music.

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.