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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Mesa Redonda/Round Table Discussion: U.S.-Cuba Relations

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¡Viva Cuba! Now what?

The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute presents a round table discussion on the restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and what it may mean for life on the island. Panelists include Tulane students and faculty.

PANELISTS:

  • Dr. Ana M. López, Associate Provost, Director of CCSI, Professor of Communication
  • Dr. Martin Dimitrov, Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Dr. Annie Gibson, Professor of Practice, CGS
  • Jimena Codina, M.A. Candidate, Latin American Studies
  • Boris Martin, Ph.D Candidate, History
  • Dr. Carolina Caballero (moderator), Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese

All are welcome to attend. Q & A session to follow.
Friday, January 30th
4:30pm
100A Jones Hall
Greenleaf Conference Room

Mobilizing at the Margins: Citizenship, Identity, and Democracy

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Tulane University's Latin American Graduate Organization invites your attendance at the 2015 Graduate Conference where you can meet graduate scholars, faculty, and community leaders interested in Latin America, explore the city, and experience the unique Mardi Gras season in New Orleans!

This year's conference encourages participants to engage with historical and emerging confrontations and reconfigurations of national identification, expressions of individual or communal identity, performances of citizenship, and re-imaginings of democracy within the context of Latin America. Latin America and the Caribbean encompass vast cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity, making the region a subject of prolific scholarly study across disciplines. Within this complexity, conceptualizations of citizenship, identity, and democracy are constantly being negotiated, contested, and reframed in a multitude of contexts. These various encounters highlight the ways in which individuals interact with their communities, how communities define themselves within and/or beyond the framework of national borders, and how power and politics play out in an increasingly interconnected and decentralized global community.

Our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Lara Putnam. Lara Putnam is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research has explored labor migration; state racism; and the ways kinship, gender, and sexuality both shape and are shaped by large-scale political and economic shifts. Publications include Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age (UNC Press, 2013), The Company They Kept: Migrants and the Politics of Gender in Caribbean Costa Rica, 1870-1960 (UNC Press, 2002), and recent articles in Modernism/Modernities, International Labor and Working-Class History, the Journal of British Studies, and Small Axe. Work in progress uses examples from the history of Venezuela, Trinidad, and Grenada to explore methodological and theoretical dilemmas within history's transnational and digital "turns."

Photographic Exhibit: "Mexico, World Heritage Cities"

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to present the photographic exhibit “Mexico, World Heritage Cities” from January 22 to February 15, 2015. An opening reception will be held on January 22nd at 6 PM.

To date 721 sites worldwide have been listed as World Heritage sites including 167 cities. Of these cities, 10 of them are located in Mexico. The cities were chosen due to their historic, architectural, and urban importance. They include Campeche, Guanajuato, Morelia, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, San Miguel, Zacatecas, and Mexico City.

Congreso internacional de literatura y cultura centroamericanas (CILCA XXIII)

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Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, y Purdue University Calumet tienen el gusto de invitar al CONGRESO DE LITERATURA y CULTURA CENTROAMERICANAS (CILCA XXIII) que se llevará a cabo en la ciudad de New Orleans, Louisiana, del 11 al 13 de marzo del 2015 en el campus de Tulane University y Loyola University New Orleans.

Desde el primer congreso realizado en Nicaragua 1993, CILCA se ha caracterizado por ser un espacio de intercambio intelectual y de amistad para académicas/os, escritoras/es y lectoras/es. El congreso se ha efectuado en todos los países centroamericanos y por primera vez en su historia, CILCA se realizará en los Estados Unidos. La ciudad escogida es Nueva Orleáns, puerta de entrada hacia el Caribe y los países de América Central. El intercambio cultural entre Nueva Orleáns y América Central ha sido intenso por muchísimos años, y la ciudad alberga una de las comunidades de origen hondureño más grandes de los Estados Unidos. Tulane University tiene estrechos lazos con la región a través del Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Library, y the Middle American Research Institute. Loyola University New Orleans se ha distinguido por el trabajo con las comunidades hispanas que realizan varias de sus unidades académicas, incluyendo the Law School y el Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

La organización de CILCA XXIII la realizan la Dra. Maureen Shea y el Dr. Uriel Quesada, expertos en literatura y cultura centroamericanas, con el apoyo del Dr. Jorge Román Lagunas, creador y promotor de CILCA.

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Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, and Purdue University Calumet invite you to the Congress on Literature and Culture of Central America (CILCA XXIII) which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana March 11-13 2015 on the campuses of Tulane and Loyola New Orleans.

From the first conference, held in Nicaragua in 1993, CILCA has been a space for intellectual exchange and friendship for academics and writers. The conference has been held in all of the Central American countries and for the first time in its history will be held in the United States. New Orleans, the gateway to the Caribbean and Central America, has been chosen as the location. New Orleans and Central America have a longstanding cultural exchange and New Orleans has one of the largest Honduran communities in the United States. Tulane has long connections with the region through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Library, and the Middle American Research Institute. Loyola New Orleans works closely with hispanic communities particularly through the Law school and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

CILCA XXIII is organized by Drs. Maureen Shea and Uriel Quesada, experts on the literature and culture of Central America, with the support of Dr. Jorge Román Lagunas, creator of CILCA.

  • CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 15, 2015. Call for papers is available here
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Registration prices are listed below:

Early Registration (BEFORE January 15, 2015):

  • $150.00 U.S. academics
  • $125.00 U.S. Latin American academics traveling from Latin America; graduate students in the U.S.
  • $100.00 Latin American graduate students traveling from Latin America

Late registration (AFTER January 15, 2015):

  • $165.00 U.S. academics
  • $140.00 Latin American academics traveling from Latin America; graduate students in the U.S.
  • $115.00 Latin American graduate students traveling from Latin America

2015 Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, in collaboration with the Middle American Research Institute, and the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, will present a teacher workshop in conjunction with the 12th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, Royal Chambers Unsealed: Tombs of the Classic Maya.

This year the workshop will be held at the Consulate of Mexico, in conjunction with an exhibit of the works of Jay A. Frogel entitled “Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time: The Stephens and Catherwood Project.” Frogel mixes Frederick Catherwood drawings of ancient Maya sites with contemporary photographs to show the passage of time in these sites. The workshop will discuss basic information about the Maya, early explorers of the Maya area, and tips for teaching about the Maya in a global classroom.

The workshop will be held on Friday, March 20th, with a reception and viewing of the exhibit “Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time: The Stephens and Catherwood Project” on Thursday evening.

Thursday Evening Reception
Free and Open to the Public
Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans
6 – 8 PM

Friday Teacher Workshop
Pre-registration Required
Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans
9 AM – 2 PM

More details on the workshop schedule will follow shortly.

To register for the workshop, please visit the symposium page

12th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium: Royal Chambers Unsealed: Tombs of the Classic Maya

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The Middle American Research Institute and Far Horizons are proud to present the Twelfth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop. This year's symposium, titled "Royal Chambers Unsealed: Tombs of the Classic Maya", will explore the significance the ancient Classic Maya placed on the death of their divine rulers, as well as the meaning they invested in their funerary architecture, building decoration, grave goods, burial texts, and mortuary rituals.

This year’s Keynote, hosted at the New Orleans Museum of Art, will be given by Dr. William Fash of Harvard University who will guide us through the rich and impenetrable funerary world of the Classic Maya. The talks, to be held on Saturday March 21st, will discuss tombs and funerary texts from across the Maya area, including examples from Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. The speakers are an equally diverse group, with speakers from Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Spain, and the United States.

To learn more about the program, visit the symposim website.

To register please visit the registration page.

For more information, contact MARI