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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Interpretation and Literary Agency - A talk by Héctor Hoyos

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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese presents a talk by Dr. Héctor Hoyos, Assistant Professor of Latin American literature and culture at Stanford University, entitled “Interpretation and Literary Agency” on January 12th at 4:30 PM. Dr. Hoyos’s research areas include visual culture and critical theory, as well as comparative and philosophical approaches to literature. His teaching covers various periods and subregions, with an emphasis on contemporary fiction and literary theory.

Talk Abstract:
Taking César Aira’s El té de Dios (2010) as a starting point, in this talk Héctor Hoyos makes a materialist defense of close reading. Less than methodology and more than unreflective praxis, non-instrumental engagement with literariness can repair fractures between nature and culture, human and nonhuman. Hoyos builds on Aira’s estrangement of tales of origin –creation, evolution, the Big Bang– to demonstrate how certain interpretative practices extend the eventfulness of literature and allow us to re-think the role of fiction within the new materialist turn.

For more information, please contact Camilo Malagon (cmalagon@tulane.edu).

Hegemony Versus Globalization: Protest, Human Rights and the Struggle for Power in Post-Chávez Venezuela

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The Sociology Department is pleased to present a talk by Dr. David Smilde, the Charles E and Leo M Favrot Professor of Sociology at Tulane University, and Jennifer Triplett, who holds a MA from the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. The talk ““Hegemony vs. Globalization: Protest, Human Rights and the Struggle for Power in Post-Chávez Venezuela,” will be held on Friday, February 12th, at 3:30 PM.

"Origins" Art Exhibit

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to present the art exhibit, “Origins” by Mexican artist Ganthaus. There will be an opening reception on February 18th beginning at 6 PM.

For more information please visit the exhibit website.

Ancient Maya Women: K-16 Educator Workshop

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LARC, in conjunction with the Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and the New Orleans Museum of Art, is hosting a teacher workshop on the ancient Maya. The workshop will introduce information on women in the ancient Maya world as well as providing activities to introduce into the classroom.

REGISTER HERE.

FRIDAY MARCH 4, 2016

8:30 – 8:45 am
Welcome
Tracy Kennan, New Orleans Museum of Art; Denise Woltering Vargas, Tulane University; Marcello Canuto, Tulane University

8:45 – 9:30 am
Introduction to the Maya
Evan Parker, Tulane University

9:30 – 10:30 am
Introductory Glyph Workshop
David Chatelain, Tulane University; Mary Kate Kelly, Tulane University; Luke Auld-Thomas, Tulane University

10:30 – 11:15 am
Teaching the Maya in the Classroom
Sarah Donovan, DePaul University

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Tour of the Art of the Americas Exhibit & Other K-12 Resources
Marc Zender, Tulane University; Paul Tarver, New Orleans Museum of Art; Tracy Kennan, New Orleans Museum of Art

LUNCH
Lunch is included in registration.

1:15 – 2:15 pm
Maya Women and Food Preparation: from ancient to modern times
Traci Ardren, University of Miami

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Curriculum Breakout
Sarah Donovan, DePaul University; Denise Woltering Vargas, Tulane University; Tracy Kennan, New Orleans Museum of Art; Rachel Horowitz, Tulane University

2:45 – 3:00 pm
Evaluation

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13th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium "Ixiktaak: Ancient Maya Women"

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The Middle American Research Institute, in conjunction with Far Horizons, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, and the New Orleans Museum of Art, is proud to present the Thirteenth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop. This year’s symposium, titled “Ixiktaak: Ancient Maya Women,” will focus on the significance of women in ancient Maya society. The invited scholars will explore this topic from different disciplinary perspectives, including archaeology, iconography, physical anthropology, and epigraphy to illuminate the names, roles, lives, accomplishments, and practices of women in ancient Maya society. Recent research in the Maya area has dramatically enhanced our understanding of gender roles in ancient Maya society particularly women’s daily lives, their role in power relations and regional politics, their relevance to and symbolic meaning within religion and ritual, and the economics of gender. New texts, new analytical techniques, and new discoveries discussed in these presentations will help us appreciate how complex and dynamic Classic Maya notions of gender were.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Mary Miller of Yale University who will speak about her recent research on Jaina figurines.

To register for Friday – Sunday’s program, please REGISTER HERE.

For more information, visit the symposium homepage.

THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016
Consulate of Mexico 901 Convention Center Blvd.

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Free and open to the public.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016
New Orleans Museum of Art 1 Diboll Circle, City Park

8:30 – 3:00 PM
Professional Development Workshop for K-16 Educators

9:15 – 3:00 PM
Introductory Glyph Workshop

6:00 – 7:15 PM
KeynoteThe Women of Maya Figurines: A Mystery Within and Without
Mary Miller

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SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016
Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University

8:00 – 5:00 PM
Symposium

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SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016
Tulane University, Dinwiddie Hall

9:00 – 12:00 PM
Hieroglyphic Forum: New Texts from La Corona
Marc Zender, David Stuart, Simon Martin

10:30 – 12:00 PM
Representations of Women in the Books of Chilam Balam
Amy George-Hirons

2:00 – 5:00 pm
Afternoon Workshops

For more information or to register, visit the symposium homepage.

Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame

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Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame
March 10-12, 2016
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

We offer our conference as a forum in which to peruse and absorb the visual turn in contemporary inquiry from the unique vantage points of the Caribbean, circum-Caribbean and Caribbean diasporas. We conceive the tropical exposure as a frame for representing the region’s strengths and vulnerabilities and for questioning the interaction of Antillean sensibilities with a plethora of images and mediascapes. Our invited keynote speakers include photographer Virginia Beahan and artist Francisco Crespo, whose work appears on this page.

Tropical Exposures welcomes proposals for papers that address any facet of Caribbean visual representation in photography, film, art, popular culture, and other media, as well as the interaction of word and image more generally. Scholars are also encouraged to present proposals that consider social and cultural shifts toward the increasing intermediality of representation in the Caribbean frame.

Conference Updates:
January 14, 2016: To view the panel lineups and conference schedule, please click here.

Registration Information
Regular Registration (begins Jan. 20):

  • $175 Faculty
  • $115 Graduate Students and Independent Scholars

Please click here to access the conference registration form, or click the “Register Online” button on the bottom or top of this page.

Conference Hotel Information
The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute has arranged a group block and discounted rate at the Hampton Inn New Orleans Garden District. We have reserved a block of rooms for March 9 – March 12, 2016. The special room rate of $169.00/night will be available until February 8, 2016 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. The Hampton Inn Garden District hotel offers a free hot breakfast, free high speed internet in every room, and free on-site parking.

To make your reservations online, please click here to access the hotel reservation page and book your stay by February 8th.
You may also book your room by phone by calling 504-899-9990. The group code for the special rate is “CSI”; please mention this when making reservations by phone.
For hotel address and other information, please visit the Hampton Inn hotel’s website

Conference events will take place on Tulane’s uptown campus at the Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC), 201 Boggs, New Orleans, LA 70118. Transportation from the conference hotel to Tulane’s uptown campus will be provided. We will be putting together a brief guide to the city of New Orleans for quick reference about local transportation, restaurants, etc. for your convenience.