Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

2015 13th Annual Tulane Undergraduate Conference on Latin America (TUCLA)

November 21st, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location
Jones Hall 102 and 108

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. TUCLA was formally launched in Fall of 2003 as a means to provide Latin American Studies undergraduates with an opportunity to present papers in the style and atmosphere of an academic conference. 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.

Please join us for the thirteenth annual conference. This event is free and open to the public.
TUCLA is sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Session I 9:00-10:45
PANEL 1 IDENTITY (JONES 102)
Patriarchy and Power: Sex, Vulnerability and Social Control
Sean Cashman, Separate but Equal: How the Cuban Medical Journal Sexología y Sociedad Reinforces Gender Polarity
Lucy Lloyd, Taís Araújo’s Black Protagonists and the Contradictions of Race in Contemporary Brazil
Alana Neuman, As Novas Meninas no Bairro: Brazil‘€™s Grafiteiras and Gender-Based Social Movements
Kade Kistner, The Human Trafficking Epidemic in Costa Rica
Discussant: Beth Manley, Department of History, Xavier University

PANEL 2 CREATIVITY (JONES 108)
Peripheral Vision: Representation, Visibility and the Cultures of Citizenship
Ariel Bernstein, Dancing with el Diablo: The Commercialization of Afro-Peruvian Cultural Expression
Henry Green, ‘€œGozando en La Habana:‘€ Reggaetòn as Cuban Patrimony
Caleb Gardner, Funk Carioca and Paulista: Commodification of Peripheral Identity and Culture
Jonah Mantell, Interpretations of Pixação: The Street Art Everyone Sees and No One Understands
Discussant: Chris Dunn, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Session II 11:00-12:15
PANEL 3 NATION (JONES 102)
Por la razón o la fuerza: Conflict and Contradiction in Contemporary Chile
Carlin O‘€™Brien, Praise Pinochet: Chile‘€™s Enduring Devotion to its Dictator
Jacob McGuire, An ‘€œEducation Earthquake‘€? The Evolution and Effectiveness of Mass StudentProtests in Chile
Nikki Stouman, Indigenous Policy and the Contradictory Language of Human Rights in Chile
Discussant: Melanie Huska, Department of History

PANEL 4 ENCOUNTER (JONES 108)
Bold Type: Identity Politics and the Power of the Press
Lucy Leonard,,Dios, patria… y libertad? Debating Democracy and the Press under Ecuador‘€™s CorreaAdministration
Currin Wallis, Re-Typing Tradition: New Black Press and the Afro-Argentine Struggle for CulturalCitizenship
Molly McConnell, Redressing ‘Pelé in a Skirt’: Futebol Feminino in Brazilian Social Media
Discussant: Mauro Porto, Department of Communication

Lunch 12:15-1:00

Session III 1:15 ‘€” 3:00
PANEL 5 LAND (JONES 102)
Unmapped Territory: Land and Indigeneity in the Age of Globalization
Michael Hammer, San Blas Albatross: Questioning Sustainability in the Tourism Practices of Panama‘€™s Kuna Yala
Jackie Siegmund, To Find Fun in an Urban Place: Manaus‘€™ Tourist Infrastructure and its Implications for Urban Tourism
Julie Gamze, “This land for us is sacred”: Guarani Indigeneity and Land Demarcation on São Paulo’s Urban Periphery
Brian Lipson, Indigenous Autonomy in the Commodification of Bolivian Quinoa
Discussant: Amalia Leguizamón, Department of Sociology

PANEL 6 WELFARE (JONES 108)
Public Health and the Public Sphere: Medicine, Politics and Communication
Erin Brock, ‘€œGod Willing, Guatemala Will Improve‘€: Cultural Competency and Chronic Malnutrition in Rural Guatemala
Lydia Norby-Adams, Makelawen Medicine? The Pharmaceutical Commercialization of Traditional Mapuche Practice
Diane Kowalski, Political Diagnosis: Brazil‘€™s Cuban Doctors Controversy and the Failure of the State
Discussant: Hannah Kaufman, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

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CIPR Fall Speaker Series

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Please join us Mondays at noon for our Fall speaker Series
Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America
October 14, October 21, November 11, and November 18.

In the 2019 fall series, Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America, speakers will discuss emerging issues that have surfaced as the result of the opportunities and challenges to democratic governance that markets have brought to the region. Latin America experienced a major influx of investment, particularly in the resource sector, over the past several decades. While this foreign investment helped hasten economic development, it also brought a backlash of resource nationalism and increased calls for redistribution. Moreover, Latin America is now a model in its own right, with other countries in the Global South adopting its state-sponsored development strategies in the resource sector. These presentations will also explore how Latin America is navigating a sea change in geopolitics, with China emerging as a challenger to the United States as the region’s main trade partner and ally.

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The Tulane History department, Jewish Studies program, CELT, and the Altman Program are sponsoring a talk by Jana Mason from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Mason will be addressing the refugee crises from various parts of the globe, including Venezuela and Central America.

Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for 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.

Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.

Pan-American Life in New Orleans: Exhibition Opening and Reception

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Pan-American Life Insurance Group and The Latin American Library at Tulane University cordially invite you to an exhibit opening and reception to unveil the Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) Collection. The PALIG Collection, generously donated to The Latin American Library, documents the company’s 109 years connecting New Orleans with Latin America. The exhibit will feature photographs, manuscripts, and other materials from the PALIG archives as well as other holdings from the LAL that shed light on the long history of commercial and cultural ties between New Orleans and Latin America.

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Bala de maracujá.