Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

UNO Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference

October 16th, 2009 - October 17th, 2009

Location
University of New Orleans

The 2009 Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference explores the past and present of consumer-based activism within the Americas. Since at least the 1940s, activists have developed strategies that attempt to engage with global markets in order to address a range of social justice issues. This political move by activists to privilege the market – and partially bypass the state – as an arena for generating change has become particularly salient under neoliberalism and warrants ongoing investigation and reflection. In different ways, the fair trade movement, as well as campaigns targeting particular products, corporations, or industries, have attempted to engage consumers in campaigns to reduce poverty and inequality, challenge labor and human rights abuses, improve environmental practices, support worker organizing, and stimulate popular organizations in Latin America, as well as educate northern consumers and challenge the global system of “free” trade. Can an inherently exploitative/unequal process – the northern consumption of southern commodities – also be a meaningful arena for international solidarity? How has the decision (or threat) to consume or not consume particular products in the United States been utilized as a form of solidarity with working people in Latin America? How have campaigns been used to pressure companies or industries to respect human and worker rights? What are the limitations, contradictions, successes/failures, and futures of consumption as an arena for solidarity between the North and South?

Open to the Public. Papers will be distributed prior to the conference. For more information, please contact Steve Striffler.

Invited Participants

  • Sandy Brown, doctoral candidate in Geography, University of California-Berkeley, is currently conducting research on Ecuador’s Fair Trade banana industry.
  • Aviva Chomsky, Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies, Salem State College, and author of Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class.
  • Dana Frank, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Labor Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America.
  • Henry Frundt, Professor of Sociology, Ramapo College, and author of Fair Bananas!: Farmers, Workers, and Consumers Strive to Change an Industry.
  • Lesley Gill, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, and author of The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas.
  • Daniel Jaffee, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Washington State University, and author of Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability and Survival.
  • Gay Seidman, Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of Beyond the Boycott: Labor Rights, Human Rights and Transnational Activism.
  • Walter Stern, graduate student in history, Tulane University, is conducting research on the United Fruit Company.
  • Steve Striffler, Professor of Latin American Studies and Anthropology, The University of New Orleans, and author of Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America’s Favorite Food.

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Celebrate Brazilian culture during the 2018 Brazilian Bash

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The third annual Brazilian Bash will take place on Saturday, November 17, from 3 – 9 PM at Second Line Brewing. The event will include scrumptious food, exhilarating music, kids activities, and more! Homemade Brazilian food will be available for purchase from Dona Nola and Miss Farofa. During the event you will have the chance to purchase tee-shirts and donate money to Favela Brass. Favela Brass provides free brass, percussion, and English lessons for children in a small favela in Rio de Janeiro. All money raised will be invested in instruments for the school.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Tulane Anthropology Colloquium Series to host Walter E. Little for talk on Maya clothing consumption

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The 2018-2019 Tulane Anthropology Student Association’s colloquium series An Exploration of Power Through Practice, will continue on Friday, November 30, 3:30 PM. Join us in welcoming Dr. Walter E. Little who will present his research in a talk titled Maya Clothing Consumption and the Problem of Handmade.

Dr. Little is a professor at the University of Albany. His research focuses on the socio-economic and political lives of Latin Americans, primarily indigenous peoples. My multi-sited ethnographic research in Guatemala and Mexico combines political economy and symbolic/interpretive perspectives in order to better understand the politics of identity, international aid and economic development, heritage and tourism in urban places, and handicrafts and marketplaces. In this talk, Dr. Little will explore the contradictory consumption practice of Guatemalan Mayas via ethnographic research in Kaqchikel and K’ichee’ speaking towns to address critiques of what constitutes ‘handmade’ clothing. The new production techniques and shifting economic conditions that challenge notions of what is handmade have resulted in debates that challenge gendered and cultural identity positions.

The colloquium is free and open to the public.

The Tulane Anthropology Student Association is the graduate student organization whose year-long representatives serve as liaisons between the anthropology faculty and student populations. TASA representatives also organize the colloquium series. Colloquia are held in the first floor of Dinwiddie Hall and provide a venue for upper level graduate students, faculty members and outside scholars to present and discuss their anthropologically-themed research. TASA representatives also attend Graduate School Student Association (GSSA) as well as Graduate and Professional School Association (GAPSA) meetings and participate in the decisions made by these overarching Tulane graduate student organizations.

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

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This fall, 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, August 25 until Saturday, December 29. Children and parents are welcome!

Story Hours Dates and Locations

Algiers Regional Branch
Saturday, September 1
10:30 AM

Saturday, October 6
10:30 AM

Saturday, November 3
10:30 AM

Saturday, December 1
10:30 AM

Children’s Resource Center Library
Saturday, August 25
10:30 AM

Saturday, September 22
10:30 AM

Saturday, October 27
10:30 AM

Saturday, November 24
10:30 AM

Saturday, December 29
10:30 AM

2019 Global Read Webinar Series: Diversity in Children's Literature for the classroom

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This spring, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Middle East Book Award, South Asia Book Award, and the Freeman Book Award) will sponsor a free 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom.

The 2019 Global Read Webinar Series will focus on the theme diversity in children’s literature. The webinar will be recorded and archived online and have accompanying curricula to correspond with the book.

Webinar Schedule

January
Middle East Book Award

February
Africana Book Award

March
Américas Book Award

April
Freeman Book Award

May
South Asia Book Award and picture books from all book awards

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-12 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce a two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and hear firsthand about the Cuban national literacy campaign from the teachers themselves.

More information coming soon!

Please email crcrts@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.