Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

2004-2005 Events Archive II

August 1st, 2004 - August 1st, 2005

Distinguished Visitors & Special Events

Super Pachanga
UC Quad
Thursday, April 21, 2005, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

This final pachanga of the 04-05 year will be held on the UC Quad and will feature 3 bands from around the world. Chieke Dambala from Mali will be playing, as well as an opening band from Brazil. Palo Viejo from Baton Rouge will also be there- this truly Panamaerican band features members from the Dominican Republic, Chile, Honduras, and New Orleans. They play original latin rock reminiscent of Los Fabulosos Cadillac with undertones of Soda Stereo. Check them out and listen to them via their website: This event is free and open to the public – students, friends, families…all are welcome. Several international programs and orgnizations from Tulane and New Orleans will be on hand. Sponsored by TULASO, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Center for International Students, and Africa and African Diaspora Studies with additional support from Student Programs, CIS, CACTUS, and other organizations.

FINDING MAÑANA: Booksigning & Reading with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Mirta Ojito
Octavia Books – 513 Octavia Street
Wednesday, April 20, 2005, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Please join us for a booksinging and reading with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Mirta Ojito featuring her just released book, FINDING MAÑANA: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus. Over five months in 1980 some 125,000 Cubans made the trip from Mariel Harbor to South Florida, some transported from the embassy courtyard, some from the jails, and many escorted by police from their homes, none with more than they could carry. Their chaotic and widely publicized exodus dominated American politics for most of the year and forever changed the Cuban émigré community. Today Mariel remains a reference point in immigration policy and a flashpoint for Cuban-Americans, who continue to debate its merits. Now, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Mariel boatlift, Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporter Mirta Ojito’s new memoir, FINDING MAÑANA: A Memoir of Cuban Exodus (April 2005; The Penguin Press) illuminates this historical event through the story of her own family’s life in Cuba and their wrenching departure.

Growing up, Mirta Ojito was eager to excel and fit in, but her parents’-and eventually her own-partial devotion to the revolution held her back. As a schoolgirl, she yearned to join Castro’s Young Pioneers, but as a teenager, having understood the darker side of the revolution, she questioned whether she and her family would be happier elsewhere. When Castro announced that he was opening Cuba’s borders, she was ready to go; her parents were more than ready: they had been waiting for this opportunity since they were married, having planned leaving shortly after the wedding, only to watch the Cuban Missile Crisis unfold on their honeymoon.

FINDING MAÑANA gives us Ojito’s own story, with all of the determination and intelligence that carried her through the boatlift and made her a prizewinning journalist. The recipient of the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ award for best foreign reporting and having shared the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for her contribution to the series “How Race is Lived in America,” Ojito puts her reporting skills to work on the events closest to her heart, finding the boatlift’s key players twenty-five years later-from the exiles who negotiated with Castro to the Vietnam vet on whose boat, Mañana, she finally crossed the treacherous Florida Straits. FINDING MAÑANA is the engrossing and enduring story of a family caught in the midst of the tumultuous politics of the twentieth century.

Latino Entrepreneurship
Earl K. Long Library, Room 407; at Univ. of New Orleans
Tuesday, April 5, 2005, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
This session will feature a highly distinguished panel of speakers with extensive local, national, and international experience in business, politics, and law:

Fernando Arriola (Advisory Council for English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education), Angel Callazo (Founder and Principal of New Orleans’ TwiRoPa Mills), Edward Hayes (International Trade and Business Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane University School of Law), Darlene Kattan (Vice President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana), Hon. Vinicio E. Madrigal (MD Commissioner, Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission; founder and past president Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana), Karla San Martin-Hernandez (Publisher, N.O.sotros Magazine/CEO SMH design, Inc).

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Who is the “new latino,” what is his/her role in the professional environment?
  • How do new Latinos adapt to American culture?
  • What are some of the unique advantages and disadvantages Latinos confront in the business world?
  • How have recent changes in US trade policy (and the foreign policy environment more generally) affected Latino (and other) business interests in New Orleans and in general?
  • What are they key issues related to U.S. immigration policy, and (how) has post 9/11 policy environment affected local/national businesses?
  • What is the future of the CAFTA, and how will CAFTA affect the countries of Central America and Latinos within the United States?

Pebbles Children’s Festival
913 Napoleon Ave
Saturday, April 2, 2005, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

In April of 2004 Tulane University and the New Orleans Public Library created the Pebbles Center to enhance the learning and lives of the children of our city by offering them resources and opportunities to experience the rich diversity of Latin America and its peoples. The Pebbles Center is housed at the Children’s Resource Center at 913 Napoleon Avenue. Since its inauguration, the Pebbles Center has acquired over two hundred bilingual, English and Spanish language children’s books, tapes and videos on Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Pebbles Center is hosting a Latin American Children’s Festival on April 2nd, 2005 (Rain date: April 9th) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Children’s Resource Center on the corner of Napoleon and Magazine. The festival’s goal is to provide children and families of New Orleans with a fun introduction to the cultures of Latin America through interactive music and dance performances, arts and crafts, and local representatives of Latin American countries.

Times and exact location (inside or outside) are listed below for each event:
10:00-11:00-Inside: Journey of the Drum -1 hour
11:00-11:30-Outside: Samba w/ Carolyn B-P; Inside: film or slide show
11:30-12:00-Outside: ISL-Children’s Choir
12:00-12:30-Outside: Tango w/Alberto Paz
1:00-1:30-Outside: Nicaraguan folkdancers; Inside: 1 hour book reading
1:30-2:00-Outside: (continued) Nicaraguan folkdancers
2:00-3:00-Outside: Andean Folkmusic w/ Javier Leon

Also, there will be ongoing consulate booths, arts vendors, the Latina Artist Association, and with photos by George Ancona. This event is free and open to the public.

Presidential Symposium on Politics and Government in Latin America: Democracy Interrupted: Public (Mis)Trust in the Modern Latin American State
Freeman Auditorium in Woldenburg Art Center
Thursday, March 31, 2005, 3:00 PM

The 1990s were years of intense economic and political reform in Latin America. Neoliberal economic restructuring, coupled with a growing process of democratization, resulted in an interesting realignment of state-society relations in the region. The process of market liberalization, with its painful economic and social side effects, strained society’s credibility in the state’s ability to satisfy its basic needs. Yet, the concurrent process of democratic consolidation also emboldened Latin American citizens both to express their discontent with their governments and to challenge their legitimacy more forcefully and vocally in the public space. The result has been a growing sense among Latin American citizens that the leaders managing the political and economic liberalization of their countries, ostensibly in their interest, have betrayed their trust. This sense of betrayal of the public trust has led Latin American citizens to by-pass traditional channels by using newly-appropriated democratic powers, mobilizing to demand accountability from the state for its perceived failures. The most extreme of these social movements have interrupted not merely the process of economic liberalization but also the course of constitutional presidencies. Disenchanted electorates, having lost faith in their representatives, have mobilized to revoke their mandates. But, is the effective governance the region requires possible under these conditions? What are the implications to be drawn for the region’s process of economic and political reform?

The Presidential Symposium will bring together leading analysts and observers of Latin America to address the relationship between the decline in public trust of the state with the dual processes of political liberalization (democratization) and neoliberal economic reform. The panelists are: Nancy Bridsall, President of the Center for Global Development, former Senior Associate and Director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Executive Vice-President of the Inter-American Development Bank; Arturo Valenzuela, Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council during William Jefferson Clinton’s second term; E. Raul Zaffaroni, Minister of the Supreme Court of Argentina and Director of the Department of Penal and Criminal Law at the Law School of the University of Buenos Aires, former Criminal Court Judge in the Capital District of Buenos Aires and Director General of ILANUD, the UN Latin American Insitute of Crime Prevention.

The Stone Center Steering Committee includes Ludovico Feoli (Political Science), James Huck (Latin American Studies), Martha Huggins (Sociology), Gray Miles (Latin American Studies), Jeffrey Stacey (Political Science), Raymond Taras (Political Science), Donna Lee Van Cott (Political Science), and Justin Wolfe (History) and is being led by Tom Reese (Executive Director, Stone Center for Latin American Studies).

The American Dilemma in Colombia
Plimsoll Club, WTC, Galvez Room
Friday, March 18, 2005, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The World Affairs Council of New Orleans presents this discussion by Ambassador Curtis Kamman, formerly U.S. Ambassador to Colombia (1998-2000), Bolivia (1994-1997), & Chile (1992-1994). Lunch will begin at noon in the Galvez Room of the Plimsoll Club of the World Trade Center. The program is being co-sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, Fowler Rodriguez & Chalos LLC, LA Dept. of Economic Development, the World Trade Center, & the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of LA. The cost for pre-paying WAC/N.O. members and members of co-sponsoring organizations is $35, pre-paying non-members $40, and those at the door $45. Reserve by prepayment to WAC/N.O., 2 Canal Street, WTC Suite 2323, New Orleans 70130-1507 by March 15.

Photography Exhibit – The Maya Village of San Miguel: Traditional Life in a Changing World
Living Room, Monroe Library, Loyola University
Thursday, March 10, 2005, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Photographs by Leslie Parr and Robert A. Thomas, Department of Communications, Loyola University New Orleans Sponsored by the Department of Communications, Center for Environmental Communications, Environmental Studies Minor and Center for International Education as a part of International Week. For more information, call 864-7550 or check the website

Pachanga en el Patio
Jones Hall Patio
Thursday, March 3, 2005 4:00-5:30 PM

Grab a friend and come hang out at this Pachanga en el Patio with the OTRA Afro-Cuban grooves band. Afternoon coffee and Latin American pastries served. Open to the public. Sponsored by SCLAS, TULASO, and the Tate House for international students.
Here’s what the Times-Picayune, December 2004 says about OTRA:
The Best Sounds Around – Top 15 Louisiana Albums of 2004
“On “Todo Pa’La Gente,” Otra orchestrates Afro-Cuban jazz and grooves that seem timeless, but are of recent vintage. A mutually beneficial alliance of modern jazz musicians and veteran Cuban percussionists Humberto “Pupi” Menes on congas and Cristobal “El Canyon” Cruzado on timbales, Otra is not content to recycle standards and the usual cha cha cha, mambo, rumba, and boogaloo rhythms. Instead, those rhythms are jumping off points for jazzier excursions written and/or arranged by pianist Rob Block and bassist Sam Price, brought to melodic and harmonic fruition by trumpeter Eric Lucero and saxophonist Brent Rose. In their capable hands, the jazz standard “Nature Boy” is reimagined south of the border, and the harmonies and hand-claps of the traditional “Ebioso” clear the way for the horns and percussion to bore deeper. Even in such refined contexts, the traditional rhythms are very much intact and very conductive to dancing. Bravo.”

Carlos Consalvi and Radio Venceremos
102 Jones Hall
Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 7:00 PM

Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, better known in El Salvador as Comandante Santiago, founded Radio Venceremos in 1980. The founding of Radio Venceremos corresponded with the beginning of a civil war in El Salvador that pitted a group of militant rebels, the FMLN, against a brutal military dictatorship. For the next 11 years, Santiago served as the voice of the clandestine FMLN radio, broadcasting his reports with a 40-yr-old transmitter that had seen service in World War II while constantly evading capture by the military in the northeastern hills of the nation. Radio Venceremos was one of the few sources of oppositional press in El Salvador during the reign of the repressive military regime. As such, Santiago and his team were among the first to report on the infamous massacre at El Mozote and other atrocities commited by government troops, played a major role in recruiting campesino support for the rebel cause, and provided popular education about socialist ideals and Salvadoran history. Radio Venceremos was also used to assist in military operations. After the war ended in a negotiated peace settlement in 1992, Consalvi turned his attention to documenting the history of El Salvador, because he felt that so much of the historical record had been lost during the war. He founded a museum, El Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen, has collected an impressive collection of archival information, and has produced several documentary films. His visit will be of interest to scholars of communication, social movements, democratization, war, and history. For more information, contact Brian Knighten .

Caribbean Studies Reading Group
For location see details below
Thursday, February 3, 2005, 7:00 PM

The first Caribbean Studies Reading Group meeting of 2005! Participants will be reading and discussing the work of Donna Bonner, the current Assistant Director of African and African Diaspora Studies at Tulane. Prof. Bonner is an anthropologist who did her fieldwork in Belize and deals with issues of Belizean identity in the face of cultural pressures from the U.S. The group will also be discussing upcoming events and a schedule of future readings. There is also an essay by Prof. Bonner that should be read for discussion during the meeting. For information regarding the meeting’s location, please contact Marilyn Miller at or call 865-7265.

LAL Holiday Gathering
Latin American Library, Howard-Tilton Library 4th Floor
Friday, December 10, 2004, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Come join us for desserts and drinks to celebrate the holidays with our student assistants and friends of LAL.

Pachanga en el Patio
Jones Hall Patio
Friday, October 22, 2004, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Music and fun on the patio. Performers TBA. Admission is free of charge. This event is open only to members of the Tulane Community. For more information, e-mail Katherine Reagan at The event is sponsored by TULASO.

Take It To the Streets
ASHÈ Cultural Arts Center
Saturday, October 16, 2004, 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Street Parades in Cuba and New Orleans. Guest speaker, Tomás Montoya, who is visiting from Santiago de Cuba will be joined by local scholars Helen Regis and Felipe Smith to look at:
Street parades in Santiago de Cuba (called Congas santiagueras),
How these Cuban street parades compare to second lines in New Orleans, and
The Rebirth Brass Band’s 2002 trip to Carnival in Santiago de Cuba.

CubaNola Collective and ASHÉ Cultural Arts Center are pleased to host Mr. Tomás Montoya as part of our ongoing partnership to explore connections between New Orleans and other hubs of African culture in the Americas, like Cuba. Tomás Montoya is a poet, scholar, educator and arts organizer, who lives in Santiago de Cuba. He is CubaNola Collective’s 2004-2005 scholar/artist-in-residence.

CubaNola Collective brings together artists, tradition bearers, scholars, educators, youth, community activists, media professionals, and everyday people to identify, understand, enrich, and expand ties between the cultural and musical traditions of Cuba and New Orleans. CubaNola Collective is about people and community, with performance, festivity, and tradition guiding the way to deeper insights into common human experiences.

ASHÉ Cultural Arts Center is New Orleans Clearing House on all that is African in New Orleans. Our name ASHÉ – a Yoruban word that translates closely to AMEN/So let it be done/The ability to make things happen – bears testimony to our commitment and intention to revive and reclaim a historically significant corridor of New Orleans’ Central City community, Oretha Castle-Haley Boulevard, formerly known as Dryades Street. Storytelling, poetry, music, dance, photography, and visual art all are a part of the work we do to revive the possibility and the vision of a true “ renaissance On the Boulevard”.

This program is made possible by the support of: The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, The Arts Council of New Orleans, and The Louisiana Division of the Arts.

We would also like to thank the following organizations for support of past programs that directly helped make this program possible:
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University, Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, Arts International, Bay Package Productions, Black Light Productions, Casa del Caribe, Festival Beny Moré, Asociación Hermanos Saíz, El Instituto Cubano de la Música, E-Music Management and Individual Donors.

Pachanga en el Patio
Jones Hall Patio
Tuesday, September 21, 2004 4:00-6:00 PM
Back by popular demand to welcome back the undergraduates is OTRA, the Afro-Cuban jazz band. Everyone is invited to this event where we’ll have good music and good food provided by TULASO and LASA. Bring your favorite dance partner and be the first one on the dance floor. This event is free and open to the public.

Here is what “The Gambit Weekly” has to say about OTRA:
One of the nicest surprises on the New Orleans music scene the last two years has been the emergence of the Afro-Cuban jazz band OTRA. Founded by the eclectic bassist Sam Price (a force behind the bluegrass band Uptown Okra as well), OTRA serves the primal function of a Latin band: playing music for dancing your butt off. Two rhythm section veterans, the Cuban conguero Pupi Menes and the Columbian timbalero Cristobal Cruzado, guarantee that.

Latin American Library Open House
Howard Tilton Memorial Library – Fourth Floor
Friday, September 10, 2004, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

First Annual Open House at The Latin American Library. Come meet our new staff, welcome new faculty and students, and say hello to old friends on campus as we launch the 2004-2005 academic year. Receive an informational packet explaining all the ways in which The LAL collections and services can help in your classes and research. An exhibit featuring some of the highlights of our collections will be on display. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there! Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, call The LAL office at 504.865.5681 or send an email to The event is being is sponsored by The Latin American Library.

Professional Development

Learning from Everyday People: Teaching Your Students to do Cultural Research with the Garífuna of Central America and New Orleans
Thursday, March 10, 2004, 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall, Tulane University

The Garífuna culture was born in 1635 when Africans headed for slavery in the New World escaped from a Spanish shipwreck and began to mix with the Carib-Arawak inhabitants of the island of Saint Vincent. After a series of conflicts with the British they were exiled and landed on the shores of present day Honduras in 1797. This workshop will explore present day Garífuna in Central America and the large population of Garífuna in New Orleans. During this workshop, Prof. Donna Bonner will present strategies and techniques for teachers to increase their knowledge and understanding of ethnographies for use in the classroom. Prof. Carmen Rogers, Xavier University, will also present her research and findings of present Garífuna in New Orleans. The workshop will close with a panel of local Garífuna who will discuss their unique place in New Orleans and the World. For a further description of the lectures or to register, please visit the LARC website.

Cuba Connections
March 2005
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley, New Orleans, LA

Cuba Connections is a series of public lectures, teacher workshops and concerts about Cuban music and its connections to New Orleans. Cuba and New Orleans are two undeniable focal points in the history of Latin Jazz. Five Cuban music experts will speak about different aspects of Cuban music and how it relates to New Orleans. Every event will end with a 30-minute teacher session on integration strategies and lesson plan development. A handout of benchmarks and GLEs covered during each session will be made available. This event is co-presented with CubaNOLA. For a further description of the lectures or to register, please visit the LARC website.

The schedule and speakers are as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 16, 6:00-8:30 PM
    Bill Summers – “Afro-Cuban Yoruba Sacred Music and Dance”: Grammy award nominated percussionist of Los Hombres Caliente. Mr. Summers is a New Orleans resident and has traveled extensively to Cuba over the last 30 years to study Afro-Cuban drumming. He will talk about Afro-Cuban sacred music and dance.

Ned Sublette – Other Afro-Cuban Religions of Cuba and It’s Music: From the first drums to the mambo, an in-depth history of Cuban music, and a professional musician. Mr. Sublette was born in Louisiana and he’s currently a Rockefeller Fellow at Tulane. He will present on the European and African roots of Cuban music as well as Cuban influences on American popular music.

  • Wednesday, March 30, 6:00-8:30 PM

Arturo O’Farrill – “Jazz and Latin jazz”: The director for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz Orchestra, the son of Chico O’Farrill (the father of Afro-Cuban jazz in New York City during the 1950’s and 60’s), and an accomplished jazz musician in his own right. Mr. O’Farrill will be traveling to New Orleans from New York City, and he will look at the complex relationship between jazz and Latin jazz.

Tomás Montoya – “Street Parades: Second Lines and Congas”: A resident of Santiago de Cuba, Mr. Montoya will add a distinctly Cuban perspective to the series by looking at “Conga” street parades in Santiago de Cuba and Second Lines in New Orleans. Mr. Montoya’s participation is a unique opportunity since he is one of only a handful of scholars from Cuba to have received visas to enter the United States in the last year. He is in New Orleans to do comparative research on Congas and Second Lines.

  • Wednesday, April 6, 6:00-8:30 PM

Ned Sublette – “African and European Roots of Cuban Music”: Author of Cuba and It’s Music: From the first drums to the mambo, an in-depth history of Cuban music, and a professional musician. Mr. Sublette was born in Louisiana and he’s currently a Rockefeller Fellow at Tulane. He will present on the European and African roots of Cuban music as well as Cuban influences on American popular music.

Michael Skinkus – “Transmission of musical traditions in Cuba and in New Orleans”: A local musician and scholar, Mr. Skinkus performs with many popular local ensembles and holds a Master’s degree from Tulane Latin American Studies. He has traveled to Cuba many times to study Cuban percussion and he will present on the transmission of musical traditions in Cuba and in New Orleans.

Ogden After Hours for Teachers “Gaze at the Moon, Stars and Southern Art”
Thursday, October 28, 2004, 5:30-8:30 PM
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Latin American Resource Center is partnering with the Ogden Museum of Southern to offer teachers the chance to explore the world of the stars and southern art at Ogden After Hours. Teachers will be treated to an evening music, food and fun, while touring the Ogden gathering sample lesson plans, making a Dia de los muertos altar and more.

Third Annual Maya Symposium and Workshop: Fifteen Centuries of Maya Literature from the Northern Lowlands
Tulane University
October 29 – October 31, 2004

The Yucatán Peninsula is unique in the Maya world in having a continuous literary tradition dating from the prehispanic to the contemporary period. We invite you to join us for an exploration of hieroglyphic, Colonial, and contemporary texts written by the Yucatec Maya. This year’s program features a series of lectures, discussions, and workshops led by specialists in the fields of epigraphy, linguistics, anthropology, and Colonial history. For more information or to register, please contact Brian Knighten.

For more Professional Development opportunities or information about the above events, visit the Latin American Resource Center.

Performances & Exhibits

De Las Americas String Quartet
Trinity Episcopal Church
Sunday, November 21, 2004, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
The Consulate General of Honduras proudly presents De Las Americas String Quartet, featuring “Classical” Tango, Opera, Jazz adn Folklore music with guest Bandoneonist Gerardo Perez, Tenor Elder Sanchez and maestro Albinas Prizgintas. Performance will launch “OCHNO” project.

La Conquista: An Aztec Clown Drama
Newcomb Quad
Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 8:00 PM
This play is about the Aztecs, Cortez and La Malinche. This play is about violence-Spanish, Aztec, ours, yours. This is a play about hope in a hopeless situation; about the history we’re making and the history we’ve made; about the meetings of modernity and mythology; nature and economy; and the very old conflict between the Gods of Life and the Gods of Death. This event is free and open to the public. There will be limited seating outside; blankets for ground seating are encouraged. RAIN Location: McWilliams 200. For more information, contact Brian Knighten at

Diary of Souls
McWilliams Hall
Friday, November 5, 2004, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Department of Theater & Dance hosts, “Diary of Souls”—a one act play about the struggles of Haitian migrants within the Caribbean and beyond. “Diary of Souls” is authored by Ian Gregory Strachan. For more information, contact Rosanne Adderley at x8631.

Latino Comedy Project
Dixon Annex
Monday, September 27, 2004, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
They’re bad. They’re brown. They’re the Latino Comedy Project! The Latino Comedy Project (LCP) is a popular, award- winning sketch comedy ensemble sponsored by Texas’ premier bilingual theatre company TEATRO HUMANIDAD. Debuting in February 1998, the LCP’s unique brand of satire immediately struck a chord, garnering rave audience response and critical acclaim. Admission is $1 with Tulane ID; $5 for the general public. For more information, call Elizabeth Van Sant at (504) 865-5164. The event is being hosted by Latin American Studies, and is sponsored by TUCP.




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Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba
Havana, Cuba | June 23 – July 7, 2018
Program Application
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University join forces with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies to take K-16 educators to Cuba. This is our fourth year running the Cuban Culture & Society K-16 Educator Institute and we are excited about this year’s itinerary. The institute will approach Cuban society and culture form a multidisciplinary perspective focused on the arts, the geography, and history of the country. Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past three years provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of Tulane’s relationship with the University of Havana and Cuba’s National Union of Writers and Artists, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for developing that approach in their K-16 classrooms. Conducted in English by Professor Carolina Caballero, the institute will explore current trends and issues in Cuban culture and society through readings, films, and lectures. The program includes a series of talks by prominent Cuban intellectuals and local field trips to important political and cultural sights throughout Havana.

This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country 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.

The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks in Cuba. The institute incorporates visits to local museums and exposes participants to arts organizations, schools, and teachers from the country’s national literacy campaign. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and many cultural venues. There will be group excursions to the historic Che Guevara monument, a visit to the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion, and a special visit to the town of Hershey, the town developed by Milton Hershey to begin his chocolate enterprise with the sugar from Cuba’s plantations. There will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, Playa Girón, and Viñales, focusing on their role in the development of the economy and culture of the country

The cost will include a shared room and two meals a day, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana from Tampa, Florida*, airport transportation in Havana to/from residence, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings.

*Airfare to/from Tampa, Florida, a one-night hotel stay in Tampa, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost. You are responsible for your own air flight to/from Tampa, FL.

Those interested in applying must be a K-16 educator or librarian. There is no Spanish language requirement for this program. The application deadline is March 2, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

Please note: This program is only open to K-16 educators who are currently teaching, are pre-service teachers or are serving in a school or public library.

Please be advised that this itinerary is subject to change based on availability in Cuba. The itinerary below is the schedule from the 2017 institute.

  • Day 1 – U.S./HAVANA, CUBA
    Depart from Tampa, FL, Upon arrival, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception followed by an informal walk and people watching on the Malecón.
  • Day 2 – HAVANA
    Habana Vieja (Old Havana) Tour with local preservation experts to discuss in depth the history of local landmarks, historical preservation efforts, and future plans. Visit Muraleando Lawton, a community art project in the Lawton neighborhood of Havana. Hear from the founders of this project on how the neighborhood developed to promote skills in the community and support the local economy and meet with local community leaders, students and elderly folks at the community center.
  • Day 3 – HAVANA
    Lecture with Professor Carlos Alzugaray on Cuba Since the Special Period. Visit the elementary school Sergio Luis Ferriol in Habana Vieja. Connect with teachers and administrators about their experiences in the classroom.
  • Day 4 – HAVANA
    Visit the Museo Nacional de la Alfabetización (National Museum of the Literacy Campaign) and connect with members of the literacy brigade, teachers from the literacy campaign.
  • Day 5 – HAVANA
    Visit and explore Ernest Hemingway’s house. Have lunch in the infamous fishing village of Cojimar. In the afternoon, explore art by taking a tour of the Cuban Collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes accompanied by a curator then visit with artists at the Taller de Gráfica.
  • Day 6 – HERSHEY
    Day trip to the Hershey, Cuba and nature park. The site where famous chocolatier Milton Hershey developed his chocolate business by setting up sugar mills in the early 1900’s. Explore the natural side of Cuba in this country town.
  • Day 7 – HAVANA
    Learn about children’s literature and the book publishing business in Cuba by visiting Cuba’s national publisher UNEAC and hear first hand from children’s book authors. We will hear from children’s book author Olga Marta Pérez about the children’s/ youth Literacy Scene in Cuba today.
  • Day 8 – HAVANA/REGLA
    Take the ferry across the bay in Havana to the town of Regla to learn about Afro-Cuban dance and music from musicologist Cari Diez and an Afro-Cuban dance performance group.
    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. Visit to the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara. Also visit the historic sugar plantation of Manaca Iznaga before arriving in Trinidad.
  • Day 10 – TRINIDAD
    Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuellar. Trinidad was a central piece of Cuba’s sugar-based economy. Guided city tour with the city historian. Visit the Trinidad library to learn about the importance of libraries and debate questions of intellectual freedom with the staff.
  • Day 11 – PLAYA GIRON (SITE OF BAY OF PIGS) Ciénega de Zapata, Playa Larga
    Day excursion to the historic site of the Bay of Pigs, one of the landing sites for the 1961 US-backed invasion. Visit the Finca Fiesta Campesina farm, the Playa Girón museum, the Parque Ciénaga de Zapata, the Laguna del Tesoro, and the Taino Indian village. Snorkel in the Bay of Pigs!
  • Day 12 – HAVANA
    Visit the U.S. Embassy and hear first-hand about the state of current relations between the U.S. and Cuba. In the afternoon, we head over to meet up with the famous hip-hop group, Obsesión to hear about their music and experience as hip-hop artists in Cuba.
    Take a day trip to Matanzas, the capital of the Cuban province of Matanzas. Known for its poets, culture, and Afro-Cuban folklore, we will explore the Triunvirato Plantation and the Castillo San Severino where we will hear about the history of slavery in Cuba. The rest of the afternoon we relax and explore the beautiful beaches of Varadero, a popular resort town covering Cuba’s narrow Hicacos Peninsula.
  • 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.

Explore our past trips through these photos and curricula:

Program Application

For more information, please contact Denise Woltering-Vargas at or call the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at 504-862-3143.

Apply for the Summer 2018 Teaching Brazil Teacher Institute

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Teaching Brazil: Expanding Perspectives on Colonial History
K-12 Educator Summer Institute

Salvador, Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo, Brazil | July 7 – July 17, 2018


The centers for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, with support from the University of Georgia will take K-16 educators in various disciplines to Brazil. The institute will approach Brazilian culture from a multidisciplinary perspective focused on colonialization. The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks of overseas travel. The institute will explore the cities of Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo to focus on their respective role in colonial history.

Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past five years by the three institutes provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of each institution’s strength, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for deploying that approach themselves in their K-12 classrooms, creating a model that is generative of innovative approaches to K-12 education more broadly.


  • Advance and disseminate knowledge of Brazil by providing opportunities fro K-12 educators to experience first-hand the history, politics, language, and culture of Brazil;
  • Provide introductory Portuguese language training that emphasizes regional linguistic variations;
  • Contribute to the development of internationalizing curriculum that accurately and effectively brings Brazil into the classroom through standards-based approaches.


Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant, this program is able to provide a special opportunity for educators to participate as Curriculum Writers at a reduced program cost. There are limited spots to participate as a curriculum writer so please get your applications submitted early! Please note that curriculum writers are responsible for submitting a curriculum by August 1, 2018. See the Curriculum Writer Guidelines for more information and check below on how to apply.

Curriculum Writer program cost: $1373 + internal airfare estimated at $300
Deadline to Register as a Curriculum Writer EXTENDED: MARCH 9, 2018

Regular Program Cost: $2,744 + internal airfare (approximately $300)
Deadline to Register: MARCH 15, 2018


  • 10 nights lodging;
  • 2 meals a day;
  • gratuities;
  • in-country transportation;
  • internet;
  • liability insurance;
  • medical evacuation insurance


  • International round-trip airfare TO Brazil (we meet in Salvador and leave from Sao Paulo)
  • Hotel extras;
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional activities covered by individuals;
  • Individual travel insurance;
  • Visa fees

Cards will be charged 50% on March 19, 2018 and the remainder April 19, 2018.

In order to register, please:

1) Complete the registration form
2) Apply to be a Curriculum Writer (see instructions below).


  • February 26, 2018: Deadline to apply for Curriculum Writer Scholarship
  • February 28, 2018: Winners of Curriculum Writer Scholarships will be notified
  • March 5, 2018: Deadline to accept conditions of Curriculum Writer Scholarship and return letter of commitment to Denise Woltering Vargas [] and Colleen McCoy []
  • March 15, 2018: Final Deadline to Register for Brazil Institute 2018

Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, and The University of Georgia are able to provide funding for K-16 teachers interested in developing a curriculum as part of their participation in this 2018 summer teacher institute to Brazil. Curriculum writers will be charged a discounted in-country program fee of $1373 + internal airfare (apx. $300) and international airfare. You must commit to writing a curriculum project – check out the Curriculum Writer Guidelines here. There are limited spots for this opportunity, please apply early. If you would like to apply to be a curriculum writer for this summer’s teacher institute in Brazil, please:

1) fill out the contact form HERE
2) submit the CURRICULUM WRITER APPLICATION by FEBRUARY 26, 2018 to or mail to Denise Woltering Vargas at Tulane University, 100 Jones Hall, 6801 Freret Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118.
Please call 504-862-3143 with any questions.

La Hora del Cuento: Summer Bilingual Story Hour at the Pebbles Center

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This summer, join us for La hora del cuenta bilingual readings series at the Pebbles Centers of the New Orleans Public Libraries!

On the first and last Saturday of every month, we will read a bilingual book at the Algiers Regional Library and the Children’s Resource Center Library beginning on Saturday April 28 until Saturday, August 25. Children and parents welcome!

Story Hours Dates and Locations

Algiers Regional Branch
Saturday, May 5
2:30 PM

Saturday, June 2
2:30 PM

Saturday, July 7
2:30 PM

Saturday, August 4
2:30 PM

Children’s Resource Center Library
Saturday, April 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, May 26
12:00 PM

Saturday, June 30
12:00 PM

Saturday, July 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, August 25
12:00 PM