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2003-2004 Events Archive II

August 1st, 2003 - August 1st, 2004

Distinguished Visitors & Special Events

Jorge Argueta: Storytellings and Musings on Becoming a Poet
Saturday, April 17, 2004, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Children’s Resource Center, 913 Napoleon, New Orleans
Jorge Argueta is a prize-winning poet and teacher. Born in El Salvador, he immigrated to San Francisco in 1980 and has been active in the cultural life of the city ever since. His book, A Movie in My Pillow/Una película en mi almohada, received the 2001 Américas Award for Children and Young Adult Literature, the IPPY Award for Multicultural Fiction-Juvenile/Young Adults, and the Skipping Stones Honor Award for Multicultural & International Books. Through poetry, lectures, and activism, Mr. Argueta has eased the transition for many Central American immigrants and has worked to promote literacy and cultural understanding in homeless shelters and public schools for over 10 years. This event is sponsored by the the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and is part of the dedication of the Pebbles Center at the New Orleans Public Library Children’s Resource Center. For more information, please contact Brian Knighten at crcrts@tulane.edu or 504-862-3143.

Afro-Caribbean Dance: Workshops with Richard Gonzalez
April 10 & 11, 2004, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
McWilliams Hall, Room 330
Richard Gonzalez will lead an Afro-Cuban Orisha dance workshop with live percussiuon by Barry Duke, Miachael Skinkus and Shaka, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Richard Gonzalez is a world-renowned choreagrapher and has performed internationally with much success. His work combines Afro-Cuban and Afro- Haitian religious and folkloric dance, Dunham technique, and modern dance. While Gonzalez’s classes are not religious events, his students often describe them as moving spiritual experiences. Students will learn songs and choreography sequences over the weekend. Richard Gonzalez currently lives in New York City. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, e-mail Aaron Lorenz at alorenz@tulane.edu. This event is sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Latin American Resource Center, GSSA, LAGO, CUBANOLA, the Cuban Studies Institute, the Department of Dance, and the Dance Festival Project.

Music at Midday
Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rogers Memorial Chapel
Pavel Meza and Trey Brabham.
Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, call or e-mail Diane Banfell at 504.862.3214 or dbanfel@tulane.edu respectively. The event is being hosted by Latin American Studies and is sponsored by Department of Music.

Mestre Cobra Mansa
Sunday, March 28, 2004, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
McWilliams Hall, Room 105 (corner of Zimple and Audobon St.)
Mestre Cobra Mansa, a world reknown capoerista, is also the founder of the International Capoeira Angola Foundation. His workshops will teach the music, songs, and movement of the Afro-Brazilian dance, game, profession, culture and martial art, capoeira angola. He will be giving lectures and presentations, along with beginning classes from 1:00-2:30pm and advanced classes from 2:30-4:00pm in capoeira angola. The event will conclude with a roda from 5:00-8:00pm. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, contact (504) 309-7945. The event is hosted by Latin American Studies.

Pachanga en el Patio
Friday, March 19, 2004, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Jones Hall Patio
Come join us for the return of the original Los Vecinos Quartet to a Spring Pachanga en el Patio. The band features Andy Wolf on Bass and Vocals, John Bagnato on Tres and Vocals, Hart McNee on Flute and Vocals, and Tulane Latin American Studies grad Michael Skinkus Percussion and Vocals. Los Vecinos will be playing JazzFest again this year but we get to hear their music (Son from Cuba, Puerto Rican Bombas and Plenas, and maybe a Bolero two) right here on campus with no cover! Refreshments and food provided by TULASO and the Spanish and Portuguese Student Association. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, e-mail Samara Freimark at samaraf@aol.com. The event is sponsored by TULASO.

Penny Morrill Opening Presentation
Friday, March 5, 2004 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Latin American Library, 4th Floor, Howard Tilton Memorial Library
Dr. Penny Morrill will present “William Spratling: A Pragmatic Visionary” as the opening presentation for the on-going exhibition entitled “William Spratling: Sketches from Mexico at Tulane” on display at the Latin American Library from March 4 – 26, 2004. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, call or e-mail Krystin Krause at 865-5186 or croaker29@yahoo.com respectively. The event is sponsored by: Newcomb Art Gallery, Latin American Library.

Summer in Cuba 2004 Open House
Tuesday, February 10, 2004 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Cuba and Caribbean Studies Institute, Caroline Richardson Hall
The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute invites you to attend our Summer in Cuba Open House on Tuesday, February 10th from 3:30 – 5:30 pm at the Institute’s office in the Caroline Richardson Building. Come meet with the program’s professors and previous participants; look at slides and photos, and have a taste of some special Cuban treats. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, call or e-mail Debbie Ramil at 865-8629 or dramil@tulane.edu respectively. The event is hosted by: Cuba and Caribbean Studies Institute.

Pachanga en el Patio
Friday, January 23, 2004, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Jones Hall Patio
Otra celebrate with the Afro-Cuban fusion of Otra. Otra played JazzFest for the first time in 2003 and plays frequently in New Orleans. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, call or e-mail Elizabeth Van Sant at 504.865.5164 or evansa@tulane.edu respectively.

Curriculum Review Workshop
Saturday, December 06, 2003 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall
Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more
information, call or e-mail James Huck at 504.865.5164 or jhuck@tulane.edu
respectively. The event is being hosted by: Latin American Studies.

International Education Week
November 17-21, 2003
Tulane University and UNO
Celebrate International Education Week at Tulane! The Latin American Resource Center, along the Center for International Students and Scholars and the University of New Orleans, will be co-sponsoring a number of events on campus in recognition of International Education Week, November 17-21. For more International Education Week events, visit http://stonecenter.tulane.edu/html/IEW.htm Admission is free of charge. All events are open to the public. For more information, call or e-mail Brian Knighten at 504.862.3143 or crcrts@tulane.edu respectively. The event is being hosted by: Latin American Studies, and is co-sponsored by: Center for International Students and Scholars and UNO.

Capoeira Performance and Lecture
Tueday, November 18, 2003, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Dixon Recital Hall
Local Capoeira expert Curtis Pierre will present a slide show and lecture on the Brazilian art form known as Capoeira Angola. Following his presentation, audience members will be treated to a performance of this martial arts/dance that is characterized by such dynamic movements as cartwheels, handstands, spinning kicks and spontaneous acrobatics. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, call or e-mail Brian Knighten at 504.862.3143 or crcrts@tulane.edu respectively. The event is being hosted by: Latin American Studies, and is sponsored by: University of New Orleans.

Abstract Writing Workshop
Undergraduate Conference Session
Wednesday , October 15 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall
As a follow-up to the Conferences and Effective Writing session, this will be
an opportunity for students to bring in their abstracts for review and
feedback by faculty and graduate students. Even if you aren’t ready to
submit to the UT Austin conference (on Friday, October 17, Midnight), this is
a great opportunity to get ready for future conferences! If you would like to receive the information covered at the Friday meeting
(upcoming conferences, sample abstracts), or need more information, please
email Katie Reagan at kreagan@tulane.edu

Ethnobotany Lunch Series
Wednesdays during the fall semester, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
University Center, Chastant Room
Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, e-mail Samantha Gerlach at sgerlach@tulane.edu. The event is being hosted by Latin American Studies and is sponsored by
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Presentations

Latin American Library Reception
Saturday, November 08, 2003, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Latin American Library
Admission is free of charge and by invitation only. For more
information, call or e-mail Hortensia Calvo at 504.865.5691 or
hcalvo@tulane.edu respectively. The event is being hosted by: Latin
American Studies

Rockefeller Fellow Reception
Monday, November 03, 2003, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Greenleaf Conferenc e Room, 100A Jones Hall
Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For
more information, call or e-mail Valerie McGinley Marshall at 504.865.5164
or vmcgmar@tulane.edu respectively. The event is being hosted by: Latin
American Studies.

Pachanga en el Patio
Friday, October 03, 2003, 5:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Jones Hall Patio

“Caribbean Night” of African Heritage Week DJ playing the latest in Caribbean music; food by Garces Cuban Restaurant and Boswell’s Jamaican Restaurant Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, e-mail Zari Watkins at zwatkins@tulane.edu. The event is being hosted by: Latin American Studies, and is sponsored by: African Congress of Tulane, Latin and American Student Association.
Funding and Conducting Field Research:
Brown Bag Luncheon with Desmond Arias
Friday, October 3 at 12:00
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall
Dr. Arias spent two years conducting participant observation research and interviews in Rio’s favelas, where he exposed intricate relationships among drug traffickers, community leaders, the police, and other state actors. Dr. Arias’ experiences are significant for graduate students undertaking field research in Latin America as well as those conducting research on communities, crime, or micro-level institutions.

Come and speak to him informally about how he managed this terrain and converted his field experiences into a rich intra-disciplinary analysis of the relationship between crime and democracy. Hear about how he immediately applied this research by working with an NGO to evaluate community policing efforts and police-training programs. Finally, as a former Fulbright Scholar he can also share tips on crafting successful grant proposals and the effective use of time in the field.

“The Infrastructure of Criminal Governance: Illegal Networks and Public Order in Rio de Janeiro”
Thursday, October 2 at 6 PM
100A Jones Hall, Greenleaf Conference Room
Desmond Arias, an assistant professor of government at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, shows that drugs and violence thrive in Rio’s favelas because drug traffickers often broker informal linkages between the state and local communities. These illegal networks provide communities with protection as well as material and social resources. Paradoxically, these rewards and networks that link favelados to the “outside” also contribute to abuses of civil and human rights at the hands of police and drug traffickers. Dr. Arias will lecture about how illegal networks impede both the state’s ability to protect the rights of residents as well as the political order. He will also offer a concrete analysis of how micro-level institutions in favelas and policies toward violence can obstruct or promote democracy and human rights.

Breakfast with Dr. Desmond Arias
Thursday, October 2, 9:00 AM
100A Jones Hall, Greenleaf Conference Room
Students in Jocelyn Viterna’s “Political Sociology” seminar and students in Amy Hite’s “Cities, Citizenship and Urbanism in Latin America” seminar will jointly discuss crime, social violence and democracy. Anyone who is not enrolled in these seminars but would like to participate in the discussion is welcome to join us. Please contact Jocelyn Viterna at jviterna@tulane.edu or Amy Hite at abellon@tulane.edu so we can include you in our plans. Sponsored by the Stone Center, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology.

Gran Fiesta
Friday, September 19, 2003, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tulane School of Architecture, Thomson Hall
RSVP by September 17, 2003 Admission is free of charge. Attendance is by invitation only. For more information, call or e-mail Sue Inglés at 504/865-5164 or rtsclas@tulane.edu respectively.

Newman High School Student Tour of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Tuesday, September 16, 2003, 11:45 AM – 3:30 PM
Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Isidore Newman student’s, along with students and chaperones from Valencia, Spain, will visit the Stone Center, the Latin American Library and the Middle American Research Institute on Tuesday, September 16. For more information, please contact Brian Knighten at crcrts@tulane.edu.

Pachanga en el Patio*
Friday, September 12, 2003, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Jones Hall Patio
“Executive Steel Band” This is the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and
TULASO “Welcome Back” event for the Tulane undergraduate community interested in Latin America. Executive Steel Band has played at JazzFest and across the nation and will bring to Tulane exceptional Caribbean rhythm and a chance to dance. All are welcome. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, e-mail Samara Freimark at SAMARAF@aol.com. The event is being hosted by: Latin American Studies, and is sponsored by: TULASO.

Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, September 10, 2003, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
University Center, Kendall Cram Room
Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more
information, call Gail Bier at 504.865.5339. The event is being hosted by:
Latin American Studies, and is sponsored by: Center for International Studies.

LAIP Sojourn Celebration!
Saturday, September 6, 2003, 6: 00 – 8:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall
LAIP (Latin American Immersion Project) will host a celebration featuring the students who traveled to Peru with the Latin American Immersion Project last year. This event will also feature the new students for the LAIP who will be studying Brazil. This project is sponsored by the Orleans Parish Public School’s Africana and Multicultural Studies Department and the Latin American Resource Center.

Latin American Book Club
2003-2004
Hosted by Prof. James Huck, the Latin American Book Club, meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall, from 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM, and is open to all interested persons. Join this informal discussion on topics ranging from Frida Kahlo, Mexican Counter-Culture, Latin America in the Cold War, and a host of others. Schedule
Professional Development

Sports in Latin America
Saturday, March 27, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100 Jones Hall
What better way to get your students learning about other cultures, then through sports. All of the sudden, learning becomes fun! Join us in March for a look at the way sports have formed the backbone on many countries in Latin America. This workshop will help you utilize sports and activities as way vechile for learning, in a way your students will appreciate. This workshop is sure to fill up quick, so register early!

International Education Week
November 17-21, 2003
Tulane University and University of New Orleans
The Latin American Resource Center, in partnership with the Division of International Studies at the University of New Orleans, will present a week of cultural activities to celebrate International Education Week. These events, designed for educators and students, will include film screenings, guest lectures, musical and dance performances and much more. All events are free and open to the public and K12 student participation is highly encouraged.

Maya Teacher Luncheon and Workshop
November 1 & 2, 2003
Tulane University
As part of the Second Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop, LARC will offer a special luncheon and workshop registration price to teachers. The $25 registration fee for this event will include a luncheon on Saturday, November 1, 12:30-2:00PM with two presenters; registration for Sunday’s workshops; and curriculum materials to supplement Sunday’s sessions. Presentation topics will include: An Introduction to the Maya and Astronomony of Maya Monuments. Space is limited for this special event, so register soon. Registrations are now being excepted. Please make checks payable to Tulane Univesity.

Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, October 11, 2003, 9-12pm
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall
One of the most commonly taught cultural activities in the Spanish classroom, can also be a great art lesson and introduction to Mexican culture. This professional development opportunity will present slides and films that show Dia de los Muertos events throughout Mexico and feature materials available through the Lending Library.Participants of this workshop will also be treated to a hands-one activity that demonstratedes how to build Dia de los Muertos artifacts in their classroom. Please join us for this fun filled morning. Space is limited and registration is required.
For more Professional Development opportunities or information about the above events, visit the Latin American Resource Center.

Performances & Exhibits

Spanish Court Concert
Sunday, April 17, 2004, 1:00 PM
Longue Vue House and Gardens
The New Orleans Longue Vue House and Gardens and The Stone Center for Latin American Studies invite you to an afternoon of beautiful music and scenery with Pavel Meza, internationally known guitarist, in the gardens of Longue Vue. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket to enjoy this fabulous concert at Longue Vue House and Gardens.

Originally from Mexico, Pavel Meza has studied under renowned guitarists such as Manuel Barrueco, Pepe Romero, Eduardo Fernández and Denis Azabagic. As a soloist, he has performed with the University of Michoacan Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Sinaloa Arts Festival Philharmonic Orchestra. Latin Sounds is part of Latin American Infusion – The Richard Greenleaf Series – A new program of collaborations with New Orleans institutions. This event is open to the public. For information, please call Lauren Lucey 488-5488, ext. 912 or email

Exhibition – Maestros de Plata: William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance
March 4 – May 23, 2004
Newcomb Art Gallery
The exhibition continues daily from March 4 to May 23, 2004 and includes an opening lecture by Dr. Penny Morrill on March 4 and a lecture by Dr. John W. Scott on March 25. Concurrent exhibitions related to William Spratling are open to the public at the Latin American Library on the 4th Floor of the Howard Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University, the Special Collections Library in 201 Jones Hall at Tulane University, and at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, call Newcomb Art Gallery at 865-5328. The event is sponsored by: Newcomb Art Gallery, Woldenberg Art Center, Latin American Library.

William Spratling: Sketches of Mexico at Tulane Exhibition
March 4 – March 26, 2004
Latin American Library, 4th Floor, Howard Tilton Memorial Library
The Latin American Library is hosting an exhibition featuring William Spratling’s sketches from Mexico. The exhibition will run daily from March 4 – March 26, 2004 and may be viewed at any time according to the daily schedule of the Howard Tilton Memorial Library. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, call or e-mail Krystin Krause at 865-5681 or croaker29@yahoo.com respectively. The event is sponsored by: Latin American Library.

Images of Salvador da Bahia: a Preview to Summer in Brazil 2004
Wednesday, February 11, 2004, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Richardson Memorial Building, Room 204
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies invites you to attend a slide presentation by Gregory Osborn of the New Orleans Public Library. Mr. Osborn, a New Orleans cultural tour guide, is a long-time collaborator with the Preservation Studies Program of Tulane’s School of Architecture who has extensively explored the culture and architecture of Brazil. The presentation will feature stunning images of the architecture and landscape of Brazil, primarily in the area of Salvador de Bahia. The images in the presentation will include monuments, landmarks, beaches, and other natural landscapes which will be visited and studied by students participating in the upcoming Summer in Brazil program operated by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. The Directors of the Summer in Brazil Program will be on hand for commentary on the presentation. For more information on the summer program itself, please visit the “International Programs” section of the Stone Center’s website at: http://stonecenter.tulane.edu or contact dramil@tulane.edu. Light refreshments will be served. The event is being hosted by the School of Architecture. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, call or e-mail Debbie Ramil at 865-8629 or dramil@tulane.edu respectively.

Reinventing Carnival in the Americas Exhibit
February 6-26, 2004, 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
The Latin American Library, 4th Floor, Howard Tilton Memorial Library
“Reinventing Carnival in the Americas” is an exhibit curated by Fred Góes and Graça C. Góes dealing with the similarities and singularities of carnival celebrations in different cities of the Americas. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, call or e-mail Krystin Krause at 865-5681 or croaker29@yahoo.com respectively.

Capoeira Angola with Curtis Pierre
Every Sunday night from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Reilly Center
Capoeira Angola:One of many cultural weapons used to break the chains of enslavement in Brazil. Music was played during Capoeira sessions to teach the rhythmic heart of the art and to mask its power. In front of the enslavers it looked like playfulness, acrobatic dancing and joking around. Eventually the enslavers realized its power and outlawed Capoeira Angola. Students will learn the movements, music and songs of capoeira angola at these weekly classes. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, call or e-mail Aaron Lorenz at 504.309.7945 or alorenz@tulane.edu respectively. The event is being hosted by: Latin American Studies, and is sponsored by: Capoeira Angola Club of Tulane University.

Children’s Choir of Getsemani from Chinandega, Nicaragua
Tuesday, October 14, 2003, 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
Pocket Park
Sponsored by Amigos for Christ Admission is free of charge. This event is
open to the public. For more information, call Tulane Center for
International Students and Scholars at 504.865.5208. The event is being
hosted by: Latin American Studies, and is sponsored by: Tulane Center for International Students and Scholars.

Tres Vidas
Tuesday, October 7, 2003, 8:00 PM
Dixon Annex
This event is free and open to the public
The Core Ensemble, Tahirah Whittington, cello, Hugh Hinton, piano, Michael Parola, percussion and actress Georgina Corbo, will perform a new music theatre piece, Tres Vidas (Three Lives). The work celebrates the lives of three powerful Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant-activist Rufina Amaya, and Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni.

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) had a life marked by physical suffering. Beginning with the polio which she contracted at the age of five, her condition was worsened by an event, which dominated much of her existence: a bus accident in which she was pierced by a pole through the pelvis. Her great love was the painter Diego Rivera who she married twice and to whom she dedicated a passionate diary. Her paintings, especially her self-portraits, are noted for their immediacy, frankness and strength.

Rufina Amaya (b. 1943) was a 38-year old housewife in 1981 when the Salvadoran army swept through the region of Morazon in a campaign to root our guerillas and their sympathizers. In a shocking turn of events nearly 1000 peasants were slaughtered, mostly anti-Communist evangelical Christians. Rufina Amaya, whose husband and four children were killed, is the only known survivor of the massacre.

Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938) was Argentina’s first feminist poet. Born in 1892, she was years ahead of her time in advocating for women’s rights. Over her lifetime she produced collections of poetry, novels, journalism and plays. Alfonsina Storni lived at a time when women in Argentina were in total subjugation to husbands, fathers, and social convention. She stood alone in her time in seeing through the hypocrisy of social convention. It is a tribute to the passion with which Storni expressed herself, that so many men and women in Latin America today revere her work.

Tres Vidas was conceived by the Core Ensemble and features a script by award-winning Chilean writer Marjorie Agosin. Actress Georgina Corbo will portray all three protagonists with the Core Ensemble onstage. The trio will perform popular and folkloric music from a variety of Latin cultures including the tangos of Astor Piazolla, Mexican rancheras and popular songs from Latin America. Also featured in the musical score are new works by Latin American composers: Orlando Garcia, Alberto Ginastera, Osvaldo Golijov, Alice Gomez, Tania Leon, Michael deMurga, Gabriela Ortiz, Pablo Ortiz, and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez.

The Core Ensemble has garnered national recognition for its efforts to commission new chamber and multi-genre works. Concertizing and residency programming has taken the Core to every region of the U.S., the Caribbean, Russia and Ukraine. The Core Ensemble is the 2000 recipient of the Edward McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Boston Globe hailed the Core as “often formidable, always intelligent, ultimately compelling.”

Georgina Corbo studied Acting and Latin American Studies at the State University of New York. She has performed on television in Law and Order, New York Undercover and movie of the week, It’s Always Something.” She has performed on Broadway, at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and in Russia’s International Theatre Festival at St. Petersburg.

Tres Vidas was created with the support of the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.
Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, Casa Argentina, and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

Latino Comedy Project
Monday, September 15, 2003, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Dixon Annex
This event is free and open to the public
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 free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, call Nicole Learson at 504.314.2624. The event is being hosted by: Latin American Studies, and is sponsored by: TIDES/Lagniappe.

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The Latin American Library's Annual Open House

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The Latin American Library will be hosting its annual open house event on Friday, September 21. This annual event will welcome back faculty, students, staff, and friends from the New Orleans community. The event will include a talk by Colombian visual artist Erika Diettes, an exhibit of recent acquisitions, a book sale, and as always much more!

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Madeline White via email (mwhite7@tulane.edu) or by phone at (504) 865-5681.

MARI Brown Bag Series to host PhD candidate Evan Parker for talk on jade offerings in Maya plaza

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The Middle American Research Institute is happy to announce the first talk of the 2018-2019 Brown Bag talk series. Evan Parker, Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Anthropology, will present his research in a talk titled The Tzimin Jades of Paso del Macho: Description and Analysis of a Middle Preclassic Maya Plaza Offering.

MARI’s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Jessica Melancon (jmelanc1@tulane.edu) for more information.

For the current speaker list of this talk series, visit the MARI Brown Bag website.

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 ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/1979/04/29/archives/the-screen-el-super-a-cubanamerican-tale-the-cast.html


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.


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 ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/16/nyregion/public-lives-cuba-on-his-mind-the-dual-life-of-an-artist-exile.html


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.