Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

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Residents of the United States who trace their ancestry to countries in the western hemisphere where the Spanish language is spoken have lived in what is now the United States since the 17th century. In 2000 the U.S. census counted 34.3 million Hispanic or Latino Americans. Most experts think that an additional 2 to 3 million illegal Hispanic immigrants live in the United States. In 2006 the Census Bureau released updated figures that estimated the Hispanic population had increased to 42.7 million as of 2005, about 14.4 percent of the total U.S. population. Hispanic Americans are the fastest-growing minority group in the United States. Experts predict that Hispanic Americans will number more than 50 million by the year 2025 and could reach 102.6 million by the year 2050.

The Hispanic American community is a mix of subgroups with roots in various countries of Latin America, such as Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama. Official U.S. government documents and the English-speaking media typically use the term Hispanic when referring to the larger community comprised of these varied national groups. Spanish-language radio and television stations generally use the terms Hispano or Latino. Many Hispanic Americans are uncomfortable with all of these broad categories and prefer more specific designations, such as Cuban American or Mexican American.

In the 2000 U.S. census 21.5 million people identified themselves as Mexican Americans, or Chicanos. An additional 2 to 3 million illegal immigrants from Mexico are estimated to live in the United States. Mexican Americans constitute the largest group of Hispanic Americans. About 90 percent of the Mexican American population today can be traced to emigration from impoverished rural regions of northern Mexico during the 20th century. The rest trace their roots to 17th- and 18th-century colonists who settled in Mexican territories that are now part of the southwestern United States, including California, Texas, and parts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona. Mexican Americans still live primarily in these southwestern states. Large Mexican American communities have also been established outside the Southwest in a number of big cities, including Chicago and New York City.

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Oliver Houck
Professor - Law
M. Casey Kane Love
Senior Professor of Practice - Political Science
Dave Davis
Professor Emeritus - Director, Institutional Research

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Hip Hop and Brazil's X-Ray: 30 years of Racionais MC's

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Language: introduction in Portuguese Questions and comments welcome in Portuguese, English, or Spanish

Conversation with:
Sílvia Lorenso, Associate Professor and Director, Middlebury School in Brazil Jaqueline Santos, PhD, Anthropology. Universidade de Campinas

Watch the music video Negro Drama and Entrevista Mano Brown before the discussion.

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Citizens and Politics: The Changing Nature of Parties, Participation, and Linkages

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Please join us at 2pm on Friday, October 23 for the second lecture in our Fall series Citizens and Politics. Dr. Ernesto Calvo (University of Maryland) will speak on Trust, Partisanship and Perceptions of COVID-19 Risk in Latin America.

The "Alt-Ac" Option: Workshop on Professional Alternative

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Isis Sadek works as a copyeditor, translator, and writing coach with scholars active in Latin American Studies from various perspectives, ranging from cultural studies to the history of economics and much in between. She is Managing Editor at the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and copyeditor at the journal Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina.

She will be giving this workshop to discuss alternative careers outside the academy for M.A. and Ph.D. graduates.

Aftershocks of Disaster with Yarimar Bonilla

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Yarimar Bonilla is Professor in the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Hunter College and in the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Both an accomplished scholar and a prominent public intellectual, Bonilla is a leading voice on questions of Caribbean and Latinx politics. A monthly columnist in the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día and a regular contributor to publications such as the Washington Post, The Nation, and the New Yorker, Bonilla also is the author of Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and the co-editor of Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm (Haymarket Books, 2019).

The event will begin with a screening of her new film, Aftershocks of Disaster (approximately 30 minutes), and then Professor Bonilla will be in conversation with Professor Guadalupe García and the students in HISU 6270: American Disasters.

Professor Bonilla‘€™s visit is sponsored by the generous support of the Mellon Graduate Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, and the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching.

The Materiality of Insurgency in the Colonial Andes

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The Stone Center recently agreed to co-sponsor Dr. Ananda Cohen-Aponte’s upcoming talk, “The Materiality of Insurgency in the Colonial Andres” which is scheduled for Thursday, October 29 at 5:00 PM via Zoom. The talk is part of the year-long “Representation and Resistance: Scholarship Centering Race in Western Art” lecture series organized by the Newcomb Art Department and co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and is also the 2020 Terry K. Simmons Lecture in Art History for this year.

Details can also be found here on the lecture series website:
https://liberalarts.tulane.edu/departments/newcomb-art/representation-and-resistance-scholarship-centering-race-western-art

Film discussion: "O Pai, O" - Carnaval and the intersectionality of oppressions in Salvador/Bahia

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Language: introduction in Portuguese Questions and comments welcome in Portuguese, English, or Spanish

Facilitators: Sílvia Lorenso, Associate Professor and Director, Middlebury School in Brazil Guimário Nascimento, History Teacher, Colégio Nossa Senhora Soledad, Salvador Tatiane Cerqueira, Mestre and PhD student at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, UFSC

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*Warning: Some scenes in the film contain graphic violence and sex.

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