Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

LAGO 2010 Graduate Student Conference: "Agents of Change: Resistance and Resilience in Latin America"

October 28th, 2010 - October 30th, 2010

Tulane University
Uptown Campus

2010 LAGO Graduate Student Conference

  • Conference Dates: October 28-30, 2010
  • Contact Email:

Keynote Address: Anderson Sá, Grupo Cultural AfroReggae (Brazil)


Individual and collective acts of resistance and resilience have long characterized the processes of change in Latin America. Social, economic, political, and cultural transformations do not materialize of their own accord; rather, they are the result of a convergence of forces in a specific context. The ways in which individuals and groups shape change, and their responses to such change, are similarly varied, ranging from violence and mobilization to policy-making and cultural production. Those who represent “agents of change”-whether they are known by name or not—have played important roles in shaping the historic trajectory of the Latin American region. In today’s complex world of globalization, mass communication, global health threats, and increasing inequality, change-and the actors behind it-take on different guises and strategies.

View the Final Schedule

Keynote Address: Anderson Sá
28 October
201 Richardson Memorial Building
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – reception to follow

  • The Latin American Graduate Organization is proud to present Anderson Sá as the keynote speaker for our conference. Once a gang member, Anderson Sá now devotes his life through Afro-Reggae, a group he helped start, to aid the youth of Brazil’s impoverished favelas through cultural aspects, mainly through music. His life is told in the awe-inspiring film “Favela Rising” (2005).

Film Screening: Favela Rising
29 October
Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center
3:30 PM – followed by a Q&A with Afro-Reggae co-founder Anderson Sá

  • This powerful film traces the grassroots efforts of Anderson Sá and his group Afro-Reggae in the favelas of Brazil. Once a drug trafficker, Anderson Sá is now a powerful agent of change who is trying re-direct the youth of the favela towards a better future through music and the veneration of African cultural heritage.

29 October
Woodward Walk Breezeway
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
featuring music by DJ Sereia
sponsored by TULASO

Photo by Stone Center Ph.D. Candidate Jordan Shannon




All Events

Upcoming Events

Dennis A. Georges Lecture in Hellenic Culture

View Full Event Description

Join Dr. Emily Greenwood as she will be speaking about Greek language/literature, slavery, and the “politics of the human” when she delivers the Dennis A. Georges Lecture in Hellenic Culture.

Emily Greenwood is Professor and Chair of the Classics Department at Yale University where she also holds a joint appointment in African American Studies. She is one of the pre-eminent thinkers on Greek historiography of her generation as well as the leading figure in re-evaluating the legacy of Graeco-Roman culture in colonial and post-colonial contexts. In addition to her book Afro-Greeks: Dialogues Between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century (Oxford 2010) [Joint winner of the Runciman Prize], she has published over a dozen articles and book chapters that investigate the rich and nuanced reception of ancient Greek literature in the African Diaspora, especially in Caribbean literature.

Newcomb Art Museum to host María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for Gallery Talk

View Full Event Description

Join us at the Newcomb Art Museum in welcoming Mexican artists María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for a noontime gallery talk as they discuss the current exhibition Clay in Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics (which features works by María José de la Macorra) and the focus and process of their work. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Newcomb Art Museum is featuring two ceramic exhibitions entitled Clay in Transit featuring contemporary Mexican ceramics and Clay in Place featuring Newcomb pottery and guild plus other never-before-exhibited pieces from the permanent collection.The exhibit presents the work of seven Mexican-born sculptors who bridge the past and present by creating contemporary pieces using an ancient medium. The exhibit will feature works by Ana Gómez, Saúl Kaminer, Perla Krauze, María José Lavín, María José de la Macorra, Gustavo Pérez, Paloma Torres.

Exhibition curator and artist Paloma Torres explains, “In this contemporary moment, clay is a borderline. It is a material that has played a critical role in the development of civilization: early man used clay not only to represent spiritual concerns but also to hold food and construct homes.” While made of a primeval material, the exhibited works nonetheless reflect the artists’ twenty-first-century aesthetics and concerns as well as their fluency in diverse media—from painting and drawing to video, graphic design, and architecture.

The exhibit will run from January 18, 2018, through March 24, 2018. For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit the Newcomb Art Museum’s website.

Clay in Transit is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jennifer Wooster (NC ’91), Lora & Don Peters (A&S ’81), Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, Andrew and Eva Martinez, and the Newcomb Art Museum advisory board

Why Marronage Still Matters: Lecture with Dr. Neil Roberts

View Full Event Description

What is the opposite of freedom? Dr. Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial to his investigation is the concept ofmarronage—a form of slave escape that was an important aspect of Caribbean and Latin American slave systems. Roberts examines the liminal and transitional space of slave escape to develop a theory of freedom as marronage, which contends that freedom is fundamentally located within this space.In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

This event is sponsored by the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French Studies, Department of French and Italian.
For more information contact Ryan Joyce at or Fayçal Falaky at

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: kibe

View Full Event Description

Bate Papo! Try a bit of Brazil’s Middle Eastern flavor with these kibe treats. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: bolo de aipim

View Full Event Description

Bate Papo! Drop by the LBC mezzanine floor for a slice of manioc sponge cake. We will be spread out across the green couches so come by to take a load off and chat for a bit. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: Romeo & Julieta

View Full Event Description

Bate Papo! Join us once again in the LBC mezzanine area to sample the most romantic treat in all of Brazil: Romeo & Julieta. Never heard of it? Come give it a try! It is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before… This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at