Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Area Studies & Outreach in Social Studies

November 10th, 2015 - November 11th, 2015

Tulane University

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Area Studies & Outreach in the Social Studies Classroom
November 10-11, 2015

A working meeting sponsored by Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, The University of Maine Canadian-American Center, The University of Texas at Austin Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for South Asia, and the Boston University Africa Studies Center. This meeting will highlight important themes of outreach across area studies while producing valuable insight into best strategies for engaging with the K-12 Social Studies community. The meeting will explore best practices and strategies for assessment, resource access, and travel and collaboration.

The meeting will take place at Tulane University’s uptown campus before the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference in New Orleans, LA November 13-15, 2015. Participants are encouraged to attend the working meeting and stay for the conference afterwards. If you plan to attend NCSS, you must register directly on their website here.



Tulane University, Lavin-Bernick Center, Room 203


9:00 am ‘€” 9:45
Tom Reese, Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Valerie McGinley, Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Denise Woltering Vargas, Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies

Strategic Partnerships

9:45 ‘€” 10:30
From an Initiative to a Partnership ‘€” Internationalizing K-14 Curricula
Elizabeth Saenz-Ackerman, Stanford University, Center for Latin American Studies
Molly Aufdermauer, Stanford University, Center for Latin American Studies

10:30 ‘€” 11:15
Forum on International Education and Leadership Development
Kathy Ayers, University of Pittsburgh, European Studies Center
Veronica Dristas, University of Pittsburgh, Global Studies Center

11:15 ‘€” 11:30

11:30 ‘€” 12:15
Reading Across Cultures: Selecting the Best from Africa, the Middle East & Latin America
Denise Woltering Vargas, Tulane University, Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Barbara Brown, Boston University, African Studies Center
Chris Rose, University of Texas at Austin, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

12:15 ‘€” 12:30

12:30 ‘€” 1:45

Telling the Story

1:45 ‘€” 2:30
Telling the Story Using External Grants that Extend Title VI Outreach to K-16 Communities
Betsy Arntzen, University of Maine, Canada/America Center
Amy Sotherden, SUNY Plattsburg, Center for the Study of Canada
Tina Storer, Western Washington University, Center for Canadian American Studies

2:30 ‘€” 3:15
High School to College to Career: Considering Area Studies & Language as Your Major
Sarah Ripp, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies
Nancy Heingartner, UW -Madison, Center for Russia, Eastern Europe, & Central Asia

3:15 ‘€” 3:30

3:30 ‘€” 4:15
Bridging Invisible Gaps by “Telling Stories” Teaching Cuba in Miami in the Secondary Social Studies Classroom
Liesl Picard, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, Florida International University
Koree Hood, Palmer Trinity School
Gayle Lasater Pagnoni and Aldo Regalado, Palmer Trinity School
Laura Massa, Palmer Trinity School

4:15 ‘€” 4:30
Responding to Breaking News for K-12 Educational Outreach
Barbara Brown, Boston University, African Studies Center

4:30 ‘€” 4:45


Evaluation and Assessment

9:00 am ‘€” 9:15
Evaluating the Impact of Title VI Programs at The University of Minnesota with Ripple Effect Mapping
Deborah Jane, University of Minnesota, European Studies Consortium

9:15 ‘€” 10:00
Innovative Strategies for Infusing Evaluation into K-16 Global Outreach Programs
Alexandra Holmgren, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Center for European Studies
Emma Harver, Duke-University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Consortium for Middle East Studies
Elizabeth Bucrek, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Center for Global Initiatives

10:00 ‘€” 10:15

10:15 ‘€” 10:30

Innovative Resource Design and Access

10:30 ‘€” 10:45
Transatlantic Educators Dialogue
Sebnem Ayse Ozkan, University of Illinois, European Union Center
Jeremie Smith, University of Illinois, Center for Global Studies

10:45 ‘€” 11:30
Innovative Uses of Technology for K12 Outreach
Karen Goldman, University of Pittsburgh, Center for Latin American Studies
Diana Shemenski, University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies

11:30 – 11:45

11:45 ‘€” 12:00
Twitter Applications for Outreach Specialists: A Practical Overview
Jamie Lee Marks, Vanderbilt University, Center for Latin American Studies

12:00 – 12:15
Digital Delivery of K-12 Professional Development by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia
Roberta Martin, Columbia University, Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Travel & Outreach

12:15 ‘€” 12:30
The Bridging Cultures Initiative
Jeremie Smith, University of Illinois, Center for Global Studies

12:30 – 1:00

1:00 PM

This meeting is funded through a Title VI U.S. Department of Education grant and Tulane University‘€™s Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Sponsors also include the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, The University of Maine Canadian-American Center, The University of Texas at Austin Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for South Asia, and the Boston University Africa Studies Center.

For more information, please contact Denise Woltering Vargas at 504-862-3143 or

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Upcoming Events

This Bridge Called our Backs: Judith F. Baca, Muralism, and Community Engagement

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A Lecture by Dr. Anna Indych-Lopez
The City University of New York

Monday, February 3, 2020
6:00 PM

Woldenberg Art Center
Room 210

FLAS Summer Fellowship Application Deadline: February 14th, 2020

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. FLAS fellowships administered by the Stone Center are available to undergraduate and graduate students for the intensive study over the summer of Kaqchikel Maya, Portuguese, or another less-commonly taught Latin American language. Graduate students wishing to engage in intensive study of such a language are encouraged to apply for one of these fellowships. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply; and only intensive summer language programs that meet the FLAS guidelines will be considered. A listing of some of the approved programs is prepared by CLASP and available on-line. Program information and application packets for Tulane sponsored summer language programs can be found here.

The following FAQs offer further information on the application process and program guidelines for undergraduates and graduates respectively:

Summer FLAS FAQ for Undergraduates
Summer FLAS FAQ for Graduate Students

The Stone Center staff held an on-line information session on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. You can access the video and PowerPoint presentation here: FLAS SUMMER APPLICATION MATERIALS for 2020 All materials are PDF files, forms are in fillable PDF format.

All application materials, including the faculty recommendation form, proposal narrative, and financial need statement or FAFSA EFC, should be submitted electronically by email according to the application guidelines. Please review these guidelines carefully.

For questions regarding the FLAS Fellowship, please contact Dr. Jimmy Huck by email at OR Valerie McGinley at

Bate Papo! Primavera 2020

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome! Meetings take place on Fridays at different hours and locations. See the full schedule below:

January 17th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de maracuja

January 24th, 3 PM, Boot
Treat: Suco de caju

January 31st, 4PM, Cafe Carmo (527 Julia St.)
Treat: Suco de caja

February 7th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Agua de coco

February 14th, 11 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Guarana

February 21st, 12PM, PJs Willow
Treat: Cha de maracuja

February 28th, 2PM, Sharp Residence Hall
Treat: Cafe brasiliero

March 6th, 10 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Cha matte

March 13th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de goiaba

March 20th, 3 PM, Greenbaum House
Treat: Limonada a brasiliera

March 27th, 12 PM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Batido de abacate

April 3rd, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de acai

April 17th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Caldo de cana

April 24th, 2 PM, Boot
Treat: Groselha

Graduate Student Writing Group

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The Graduate Student Writing Group convenes on Fridays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. These structured writing sessions are open to Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

Ancient Civilizations K-16 Series for Social Studies Educators

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Ancient Civilizations
K-16 Educator Workshop Series
Spring 2020

For educators of grade levels: K-12

Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS), S.S. NOLA, and AfterCLASS will host a professional development workshop series open to all K-16 school professionals. These workshops will challenge educators to learn about the unexpected impact and connections of Ancient civilizations from Central America to the Gulf South. In particular, the workshops will foster a deeper comprehension of how to incorporate art, language and food across the disciplines. Participants will learn unique ways to incorporate the Tunica, Maya and Aztec cultures into the classroom in a variety of subjects. Registration for each workshop is $5 and includes light snacks, teaching resources, and a certificate of completion.

The workshop series will prepare teachers:

  • To utilize digital humanities resources in the classroom;
  • To design culturally appropriate primary and secondary research projects;
  • To teach about Pre-Columbian and ancient civilizations, language, geography and foods;
  • To encourage student self-determination through meaningful and relevant cultural projects.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Tunica of the Lower Mississippi River Valley
Middle American Research Institute – Seminar Room
6823 St. Charles Avenue
This workshop will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to ancient Tunica history, art, and language, with special focus on the role of food and native foods of this region. Participants will explore the physical, cultural and linguistic characteristics of the region. Representatives of the Tunica community will introduce their language and culture and the work they do to preserve their language.

Friday, March 6, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Understanding Maya Fare: Beyond Tamales and Cacao
AfterCLASS – Taylor Education Center
612 Andrew Higgins Blvd. #4003
In collaboration with the Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, this workshop focuses on foods of the Maya. Participants will explore the foods of the Maya focusing on the role of food over time. Join us as we hear from chocolate specialists and our Kaqchikel language scholar will discuss the importance of corn. REGISTER HERE.

Thursday, May 2020
Aztec Mexican Art and Culture
Participants in this workshop will explore the art and culture of the Aztec community. Date TBD

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-16 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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Cost: $3580

Now, in its fifth year, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce the return of our annual two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and the Cuban national literacy campaign.

Fill out the online APPLICATION here, due March 15, 2020.

Additional materials needed:
  • Two letters of recommendation (please make sure to have at least one recommendation letter from a colleague at your school) Please email your recommenders the PDF above. They submit via email the complete recommendation letter.
  • Copy of Passport
  • $200 program deposit


  • Lodging at Casa Vera (double occupancy)
  • At least 1 meal a day (at Casa Vera and on excursions)
  • Transportation to/from airport to residence (if you arrive on time)
  • Medical insurance: Each participant will be covered for the entire program length by a travel health insurance policy.
  • Group tours and excursions, with associated transportation


  • Airfare to/from the U.S.: approx. $300-$600
  • Visa: $50-$100 depending on airline
  • Checked luggage ($25) + Overweight baggage: This constitutes anything in excess of maximum allowed luggage weight (50lbs), both going and returning from Cuba.
  • Communication: Internet and long distance/international calls
  • Additional meals (1 a day, snacks)
  • Taxi/ground transportation: Participants are responsible for expenses incurred getting around town during free time.
  • Admission to museums, events, etc.: Participants will be responsible for these expenses unless they are part of itinerary.
  • All materials and personal expenditures
  • Loss/Theft Travel Insurance: Please note only travel medical insurance is included in program. If you would like additional coverage (including insurance for loss of baggage, emergency cash transfers, etc.), it is recommended that you purchase additional insurance.


Please email or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.

Preview the Itinerary here