Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

[CANCELLED] Family Day at the New Orleans Book Festival

November 30th, 1899

The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University has canceled its inaugural event for 2020, citing concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and adherence to university protocol. Please visit the Tulane News website for more information.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies presents resources for all readers with the Pebbles Collection, including a traditional Mexican bookmark crafting session, and una hora del cuento featuring Andrea Olatunji at 10:30 AM. We will also share resources from our latest Latin American Writers Series.

Andrea Olatunji developed a passion for languages and cultures early on in her career. For over twenty years, she has taught ESL and Spanish in her native Uruguay and here in the United States. She holds a master’s degree in teaching with a Spanish concentration. Andrea has developed valuable expertise firsthand with diversity and multicultural environments. Examples of her teaching experience in diverse settings include: a Spanish-French immersion charter school in New Orleans, Louisiana, a Spanish-French-Arabic immersion private school in Washington, DC, and a dual language public school in Alexandria, Virginia. She also chaired the Modern and Classical Languages department at an independent school in Virginia. As a teacher, in the New Orleans area Andrea always found it difficult to find the right resources. She usually ended up creating them herself which was exciting but extremely time consuming. Two years ago, she decided to put her passion for books, art, and teaching together and start writing her own stories. Her mission is to validate children and instill an appreciation for diversity in them through her stories. She also aims to help educators create Spanish lessons that are effective, engaging and relevant.


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Online Summer Book Group for K-12 Educators

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For pre-service, early career and veteran teachers who love reading and learning through literature who want to explore award-winning books for the middle and early high school classrooms. Join us as we read four books that explore stories of coming-of-age from multiple perspectives. Participants will receive a copy of each book and participate in an open discussion with other K-12 educators. We will launch the book group with The Other Half of Happy. The group will meet online and explore the real story behind this award-winning book with the author Rebecca Balrcárcel. Join us this summer as we discover new stories and books for your classroom.

Register here for $15 (includes all 4 books).

All online Zoom meetings are at 7:00 PM CST.


Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and AfterCLASS at Tulane University. For more information, please email

Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

While at Tulane, the institute will explore the historic connections between the United States and Central America focusing on indigenous communities and environment while highlighting topics of social justice and environmental conservation. Join us to explore Central America and teaching strategies to implement into the classroom.

Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email or call 504.865.5164.