Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Exploration of the African Diaspora in the Americas

Introduction
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies' Latin American Resource Center is funded by Title VI of the federal Higher Education Act as a National Resource Center on Latin America. The Latin American Resource Center (LARC) produces K-12 educational resources year round. LARC promotes the study of all subject matter relating to Latin America at the K-12, community and university levels. The Center is one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind and is dedicated to continuing and improving educational outreach programs in Latin American Studies by providing the following programs and services: Lending Library, Visitor Speaker Bureau, Professional Development Opportunities, Film Series, Publications, Consulting, and Annual Events

Editor’s Note
Each summer, the Latin American Resource Center hosts a K-12 Teacher Institute. The objective of this institute is to help teachers increase their knowledge about Latin America and to develop lesson plans to use in the classroom. The institute corresponds with Tulane University's New Orleans Dance Festival organized by Associate Professor of Dance, Beverly Trask. This partnership between the LARC and the New Orleans Dance Festival promotes the importance of interdisciplinary teaching of world regions. Teachers of every discipline take part in movement classes, field trips, lectures, and dynamic presentations by artists in order to teach the diversity of Latin America. The curricula and resources in this publication were created by participants in the summer 2009 institute, Exploration of the African Diaspora in the Americas.

How to Use This Packet
Nine lesson plans included in this packet were developed by local and nationally based K-12 educators and artists to be used in the K-12 classroom. Many of the resources, presenters, and artists mentioned in this packet may be available for use in your own classroom. The three day institute exposed participants in general to the resources available at Tulane and in particular through the Latin American Resource Center. These curricula were created to help guide others in teaching about the diversity of Latin America. They cover grades K-12 and can be used in many different disciplines. Each curriculum can be used in different capacities in your own classroom even if it is not meant for your specific grade level. Please visit the Latin American Resource Center's website for additional resources on this topic and any other help developing a curriculum on Latin America.

Social Studies/History/Geography
Latin America Map Labs: The Geography of Latin America
Kirby Gordon, Prairieville, LA
Exploring the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Melissa Stucky, Lawrence, KS
Connecting Movements & Rhythms of the African Diaspora and the Caribbean
Arnèe Love Williams, District 161 Flossmoor, IL

To find out how the units in the Social Studies/History/Geography section fulfill National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, click here

Language
Sí, hay muchos negros en América Latina
Warren Jones, Marrero, LA.
Other People Speak Spanish too? An Introduction to "El Mundo Hispanohablante"
Tresa Northington, New Orleans, LA
Afro-Hispanic Influences in Latin/Hispanic America
Rose Pichon, Slidell, LA

To find out how the units in the Language section fulfill Standards for Foreign Language Learning from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, click here.

The Arts
Dance, Fight, Sing: Capoeira from Africa to Brazil
Rachel Carrico, New Orleans, LA
Music of Brazil through an Exploration of Key Instruments
Alma Gaddi, Prairieville, LA
Dance and Culture of the African Diaspora: Cuba and Haiti
Tiffany Madera, Miami, FL

To find out how these curricula fulfill the National Standards for Arts Education, click here.

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Screening of The Path of Stone Soup

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Movie night at Vaughan’s
Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 Pm. 4229 Daughine. $10 admission.

Noon-Time Talk on Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 with Lucia Abramovic

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Join Lucia Abramovich, NOMA’s curatorial fellow for Spanish colonial art for a Noontime Talk on the exhibition Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.

Noontime Talks are brief, informative discussions on exhibitions and installations in NOMA’s galleries. Wednesdays are free admission days for Louisiana residents. Please visit the NOMA website for more information.

Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America

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Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America

Guest speakers:
Jess Bravin: Wall Street Journal, author of Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantánamo Bay
Denny Leboeuf: ACLU, Tulane JD
Chaplain James Yee: Former U.S. Army Chaplain, author of For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past, present, and future. The guest speakers will be giving a talk on the titled event. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, visit http://gitmomemory.org.

Alexey Martí & Urban Minds Latin Jazz Concert

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The CubaNOLA Arts Collective Presents- Alexey Martí & Urban Minds as a part of this month’s Latin Jazz concert series.

Alexey Martí is a powerful percussionist from Havana, Cuba. He is at the forefront of the new Latin music scene in New Orleans, tirelessly exploring new musical terrain and incorporating it back into his own rich musical roots. Alexey founded his group, Urban Minds, a little over a year ago, to explore all of the music that he loves including jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban folklore, salsa, son, rumba, and New Orleans rhythms.

Alexey began performing in Afro-Cuban religious ceremonies at the age of 7. At the age of 16 he joined the world renowned Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble "Diákara", under the leadership of the legendary singer and drummer Oscar Valdés. In Havana, he performed with many great Cuban jazz and Afro-Cuban ensembles. He moved to New Orleans 5 years ago and has adopted New Orleans as his new homeland. Since moving here, Alexey has been studying in the UNO Jazz Studies program and has performed with many New Orleans greats including Los Hombres Calientes, Davell Crawford, Shannon Powell, David Torkanowsky, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Prime Example Jazz Club, on the corner of N. Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue, has been under the proprietorship of Julius Kimbrough Sr. since 2000. In 2007, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Kimbrough decided that live jazz music needed to be presented for Seventh Ward neighborhood residents working hard to rebuild their lives, the neighborhood and the community. In 2011 Mr. Kimbrough partnered with DJ Soul Sister and WWOZ 90.7 FM to start the Thursday Nights Swingin' weekly jazz series. He is now expanding the scope of Thursday Nights Swingin', in partnership with The CubaNOLA Arts Collective, to include Latin jazz on the third Thursday of every month. This new monthly Lazz jazz series is a tribute to historical and present day contributions of Latino musicians and residents to every day life and art in New Orleans, including the birth and evolution of jazz music itself.

Alexey Martí & Urban Minds will surprise you with their seamless blends of New Orleans and Afro-Cuban music. Let Alexey make you feel at home at the Prime Example on Thursday, September 18 while he and the band move you and groove you in new, exciting and familiar ways.

Tres Vidas: The Core Ensemble

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Tres Vidas: A chamber music theatre work for singing actress and trio (cello, piano and percussion) based on the lives of three legendary Latin American Women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. The show features a wide stylistic range of music, including popular and folk songs of Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina, vocal and instrumental tangos by Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla and new music written for the Core Ensemble by Osvaldo Golijov, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz and Manuel DeMurga. Featuring Cristina Isabel Lucas as Frida Khalo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Sorni.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. Administration Auditorium Xavier University of Louisiana Free and open to the public Call (504) 520-5115 or email esrousse@xula.edu for more info

Footprints in Time. 5 Generations of Mexican Artists at the Parota

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to invite you to the Art Exhibition of Mexican Masters entitled “Footprints in Time. 5 Generations of Mexican Artists at the Parota.” The exhibit will feature works by Mexican artists Jose Luis Cuevas, Leonora Carrington, Alberto Castro Leñero, Manuel Felguerez, Gilberto Aceves Navarro, Francisco Toledo, and Roger Von Gunten among other.

The exhibit will run from August 29th to September 26th at the Art Gallery of the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans. An opening reception will be held on August 29th at 6 pm.

Information on La Parota:

The Fine Art Center “La Parota” was created in 1996, by the combined efforts of the Government of the State of Colima's Ministry of Culture and the National Council for Culture and the Arts. “The Parota” celebrates a long continuing artistic history, full of achievements and great national and international recognition. The participation of the most important Mexican Masters teaching production of printmaking workshops and Fine Arts have been carried out at this Centre with great success since its beginning.

“The Parota” has been an Institution for established masters and young talented artists. The exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences given in the workshops have driven new etching techniques, while developing a new generation of Fine Art Printmakers.

With the passing of the years, the Fine Art Center of Colima “La Parota” has generated a wealth of artistic production with the most important artists of Mexico, while simultaneously producing some of the nation's most outstanding young artists.