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.

UNITS

LATEST SITE UPDATES

EVENTS

NEWS

More

Upcoming Events

Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books

View Full Event Description

Américas Award K-12 Workshop

In celebration of the 2014 Américas Award, CLASP and Teaching for Change are hosting a K-12 teacher workshop “Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books.”

This hands-on workshop will explore issues of immigration and identity using children's literature. The workshop will feature the work of this year's Honorable Mention book, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh and Commended Title Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass by Meg Medina. Both authors will be in attendance to work with teachers on activities and strategies to best engage young readers with the complexity of immigration as it relates to family, education, and identity. Teaching for Change will highlight additional resources to incorporate teaching Social Justice and Human Rights.

All participants will receive breakfast, teaching resources, and a book (a choice of one of the two featured titles, please indicate whether you’d prefer the picture book Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote or the Young Adult title, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass). Participants are also invited to attend the Américas Award Ceremony to be held at the Library of Congress from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Also, a month-long exhibit of the original artwork from Parrots Over Puerto Rico will be on display at the Young Readers Center in The Library of Congress.

For a workshop schedule and to access resources from the workshop, please visit the workshop website.

The Américas Award is sponsored by CLASP and coordinated by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Additional funding is provided by Florida International University, Stanford University, The Ohio State University, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Vanderbilt University.

For more information contact Denise Woltering (dwolteri@tulane.edu) (504.865.5164)

Download the printable Flyer.

Geometry, gigantism, and lacquerware, or, the origins of social hierarchy

View Full Event Description

The Tulane Anthropology Student Association (TASA) presents a talk by Dr. William Balée, Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University. The talk is entitled: “Geometry, gigantism, and lacquerware, or, the origins of social hierarchy.”

A reception will follow.

For more information contact TASA (tulaneasa@gmail.com)

MARI Brown Bag: Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown "Maya Boomtown Archaeology? Recent and Future Investigations at Alabama, Belize"

View Full Event Description

Dr. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown, a visiting scholar at MARI, will present new information about her research at the site of Alabama in southern Belize in a talk entitled “Maya Boomtown Archaeology? Recent and Future Investigations at Alabama, Belize”

M.A.R.I.‘s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Marcello Canuto (mcanuto@tulane.edu) for more information. For the current speaker list of this talk series, please click here.

Please remember to bring your lunch!

Day of the Dead and the Arts: A Workshop for K-12 Art Educators

View Full Event Description

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art are sponsoring a K-12 teacher workshop to celebrate Day of the Dead!

The workshop will focus on how to provide students with information about Day of the Dead, Day of the Dead traditions, and celebrating Day of the Dead in the classroom. The workshop will involve hands-on activities, including activities which will translate into the classroom!

All participants will receive light refreshments and teaching materials. One teacher will have the opportunity to use a Day of the Dead altar kit, provided by the Latin American Resource Center. The kit has everything you need to celebrate Day of the Dead in your classroom!

Tentative Schedule:
5:30 – 5:45 PM
Introductory Remarks (Denise Woltering-Vargas, Tulane University; Ellen Balkin, Ogden Museum)

5:45 – 6: 30 PM
Altar Viewing and Discussion (Cynthia Ramirez, Southern University of New Orleans)

6:30 – 7:15 PM
Day of the Dead in the Artist’s Classroom (Denise Tullier-Holly, Southeastern University Lab School)

7:15 – 7:30 PM
Day of the Dead at the Ogden – Activities (Ellen Balkin, Ogden Museum)

Chep Morrison: Reconnecting New Orleans and Latin America

View Full Event Description

In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month the 2nd Thursday Lecture Series at the Louisiana State Museum will present a talk entitled “Chep Morrison: Reconnecting New Orleans and Latin America” by Robert Gray Freeland

Four times mayor of New Orleans, Morrison was probably the best-known US citizen in Latin America in his day. As a Mayor interested in expanding international trade, he created a distinct Latin flavor in his efforts. As Ambassador of the Organization of American States (OAS), Morrison played an important part in the Kennedy Administration implementation of a Good Neighbor policy and the Alliance for Progress.

Celebración Latina

View Full Event Description

Join us for our annual family festival as we celebrate 10 years of the festival! Please join us at the zoo to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina at the Zoo's Capital One Stage and Field will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand made crafts, and local social service, health and education organizations will offer wellness, education and social service information.

Check out pictures from the 2012 and 2013 festivals!

Celebración Latina is presented by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Contributing sponsors include Pan-American Life Insurance Group and Jefferson Financial Credit Union.

Celebración Latina is free with Zoo admission. No outside food or beverages please!

For more information please visit the Audubon website.