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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Upcoming Events

Film Screening: El Súper with filmmaker Iván Acosta

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The 1979 film version of Cuban filmmaker Ivan Acosta’s award-winning play El Súper, which gained critical and international success for its depiction of exiled Cubans in New York City, will be screened. Mr. Acosta will be in attendance and a discussion in English will follow. Iván Acosta is a playwright, filmmaker, and creative director originally from Santiago de Cuba, now in New York City. His creative endeavors include documentaries, plays, films, and books, and he’s served as writer, director, and producer, among other roles.

A small reception will follow the screening. Seating may be limited. Admission is free and open to the public. For questions email

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Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

Equity speaker series to host panel on navigating immigrant relations in the current political climate

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The Center for Academic Equity at Tulane University is proud to present Border Li(n)es: Excluding, Extracting, and Expelling Immigrants in the Southern U.S. on September 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM as part of the Equity Speaker Series.

Following a summer of turbulent immigration relations in the United States, the Fall 2018 Equity Speaker Panel will focus on immigration on our Southern border and will feature specialists whose experiences vary from grassroots to professorial work. Panelists will include Josiah Heyman, Director of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies, Ronald Martinez, New Orleans immigrant activist and spokesperson for the Congress of Day Laborers, Hiroko Kusuda, Clinical Professor and Director of Immigration Law at the Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at Loyola, and Laila Hlass, Clinical Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

These four distinguished speakers will share the stage of Freeman Auditorium to discuss the drastic variation in immigrant relations across the national, regional, and local spaces and ways that members of American society may become engaged in or change the now toxic and polarized political climate. This inaugural discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.

See also Tulane New Wave for more information and a description of the event.

Cover photo from CNN story What the US-Mexico border looks like before Trump’s wall.

Mexican Cultural Institute's new exhibition features Hispanic women artists' empowerment and identity

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The Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans in collaboration with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the groundbreaking exhibition Hispanic Women Making Art: Creative Empowerment and Identity. The exhibition will feature artists Verónica Bapé, Belinda Flores-Shinshillas, Ana Hernandez, Josephine Sacabo, Laura Velez and Luba Zygarewicz and is curated by Marcela Correa, MFA.

The opening reception will be held on September 26 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The exhibition will be open beginning September 26 and continue through November 24, 2018. For more information, please visit the Mexican Cultural Institute website.

Cover photo is a work by Verónica Bapé from the series ABUNDANTE COSA 1 MES 1 ARTISTA.

In 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico established the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans. The primary objective of the Mexican Cultural Institute is to promote the image of Mexico by supporting cultural expressions in its broadest and fullest sense, including multidisciplinary forms like visual arts, music, performing arts, film, literature and gastronomy. The mission of the Cultural Institutes is to be protagonists of the cultural scene in their different host cities.

Louisiana Archaeological Society to host talk by Francisco Estrada-Belli on the use of LiDAR in Maya archaelology

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The Louisiana Archaeological Society/Delta Chapter guest speaker series will be hosting Francisco Estrada-Belli, Research Assistant Professor in the Tulane University Department of Anthropology and the Middle American Research Institute for a talk titled The Scaling Factor: How Lidar Technology is Changing our views on Maya Agriculture and Settlement.

A new quantitative analysis of LiDAR data on agricultural features and settlement carried out since 2016 by a consortium of scholars working in Guatemala has generated a series of baseline facts on how much land was available for cultivation and how much land was developed by diverting water, terracing and other geoengineering methods. These data are coupled to more accurate population estimates on a scale that had never been attained before. The results of the study, co-led by Marcello Canuto, Thomas Garrison, and myself are now being published in “Science*: Francisco Estrada-Belli will present an overview of the results with particular attention to his area of study, the Holmul region, where we made many unexpected finds.

Parking can be found along St. Charles Avenue, Walnut Street, Calhoun Street, and Loyola Avenue.

For additional questions, please visit the Louisiana Archaeological Society’s Delta Chapter event page.

Iván Acosta book presentation: With A Cuban Song in the Heart / Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón

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Iván Acosta will present his memoir, With a Cuban Song in the Heart/ Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón, published by Un-Gyve Press, 2017. At this event, Mr. Acosta will incorporate his favorite Cuban songs in a musical and historical journey. His book features artwork from 280 album covers in his private collection and weaves a rich narrative combining real life experiences from his childhood in Santiago, Cuba along with tidbits of local lore and historical references. His favorite songs will be performed by local performers during the presentation.
This fascinating presentation, starting at 6:00PM, will be held at Tulane University in the Freeman Auditorium of the Newcomb Art Building (in Newcomb Circle) New Orleans, LA, 70118. A book signing and reception will follow on Woodward Way, right outside the Freeman Auditorium and in the Newcomb Art Museum. The book will be available for purchase for $60.00.

This event is free and open to the public. For questions email

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Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

K-12 Educator Workshop Celebrating 25 Years of the Américas Award with 2018 winners Ibi Zoboi and Duncan Tonatiuh

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This year marks the 25th year that the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs and CLASP will honor the work of the many authors, illustrators, publishers, educators, and readers of the award with 2018 award winners Ibi Zoboi and Duncan Tonatiuh.

Zoboi’s book, American Street is a complex and multi-layered story anchored around relationships and questions of loyalty. She will share her experiences writing this book and provide context for teaching this book in a high school classroom.

The second 2018 award winner by Duncan Tonatiuh, Danza is a magnificent celebration of Amalia Hernández, the dancer and choreographer who founded the famed Mexican dance company, el Ballet Folklórico de México. Tonatiuh will share with educators his unique illustrative style and engage participants in an exploration of Amalia Hernández and her impact in the world of dance. This picture book is the perfect book for every library.

The workshop will explore this year’s winners, providing guidance and resources that span the 25 years of the award. This special 25th anniversary workshop will focus on diversity and the role of community.

Co-sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), Howard University, and Teaching for Change. Organized by the Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.