Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Stone Center Awards and Prizes

Each year since 2001, the Stone Center hosts an annual Awards Ceremony at the end of the Spring Semester. At this Awards Ceremony, the Stone Center acknowledges the achievements, accomplishments, and service of its faculty and students over the preceding academic year. Included in the Awards Program are a series of Best Paper Prizes.

The following is a listing of award winners since the inauguration of this recognition program in 2001.

2017 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (May 4, 2017)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: Rebecca Atencio, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: Marky Jean-Pierre, Department of French & Italian
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Staff Member Service Award: Daniela Alvarez
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Sarah Fouts & Vanessa Castañeda
  • Stephen P. Jacobs Prize for Best Graduate Paper Presented at the LAGO Annual Conference: Emma Dunn (Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver), “The New Wave of Colonialism: Privatization of Indigenous Q’eqchi’ Lands in Northern Guatemala (nominated by Dr. William Balée, Anthropology, Tulane University, who chaired the LAGO Conference panel session at which the paper was presented)
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Vanessa Castañeda
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Hannah Dean
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Hannah Dean, “A Lasting Peace? Indigenous Exclusion in the 2016 Colombian Peace Accords” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Hayley Woodward, “Marking Place, Making History: the Shifting Narrative Structures of the Codex Xolotl” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Elizabeth Boone, Art History)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Katalina Euraque, “Garifuna Lives Matter: Intercultural Indigenous Solidarity in Post-Coup Honduras” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Edith Wolfe, Latin American Studies)
  • Harvey and Victoria Bricker Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Luisa Venegoni, “Justice for Invaders? Urbanization-Conservation Conflict in Lima, Peru’s Lomas Ecosystem” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Edith Wolfe, Latin American Studies)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Fabiola Ramírez-Gutiérrez, “Una historia olvidada: ‘indios’ en exhibición y la representación autocomplaciente del colonialismo y la blancura” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Marilyn, Spanish & Portuguese)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Joseph Hiller, “Against the Carceral Worldview: Death, Life, and Violence in Colombian Prisons” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)

2016 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (April 28, 2016)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: Annie Gibson, Center for Global Education
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: Megwen Loveless, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Staff Member Service Award: James D. Huck, Jr.
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Sarah Bruni
  • Stephen P. Jacobs Prize for Best Graduate Paper Presented at the LAGO Annual Conference: Amy Medvick (Tulane University), “From Queens to Batuqueiras “: Race, Gender, Maracatu, and the Persistence of the Myth of Racial Democracy (PDF) (nominated by Dr. Steve Butterman, Latin American Studies, Tulane University, who chaired the LAGO Conference panel session at which the paper was presented)
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Jesús Ruíz
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Currin Wallis
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: James Ferrare, “Innovative Energy Solutions in Paraguay” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Colin Crawford, Law School & Payson Center)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Bobbie Simova, “Integrating Maya Market Women in Archaeology” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Tatsuya Murakami, Latin American Studies)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Currin Wallis, “Re-Typing Tradition: New Black Press and the Afro-Argentine Struggle for Cultural Citizenship” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Edith Wolfe, Latin American Studies)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Lydia Norby-Adams, “Makelawen Medicine?: The Pharmaceutical Commercialization of the Traditional Mapuche Practice” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Patricia Alexander, “The Power of Restricted Access and Hidden Images: Shedding New Light on the Lanzón and the Spread of Chavín de Huántar’s Influence” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Elizabeth Boone, Art History)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Jesús Ruíz, “Emancipatory Royalism, Rayanos, and Imagined Unknowns: African Descendants in the Borderlands of La Española” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Kris Lane, History)

2015 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (April 30, 2015)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: Annie Gibson, Center for Global Education
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: Guadalupe Garcia, Department of History
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Staff Member Service Award: Denise Woltering-Vargas
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Mira Kohl and Jennifer Triplett
  • Stephen P. Jacobs Prize for Best Graduate Paper Presented at the LAGO Annual Conference: Maile Speakman (Tulane University), “Gender in the City: Reading Judith Butler in Havana” (PDF) (nominated by Dr. Elizabeth Steeby, Department of English, University of New Orleans, who chaired the LAGO Conference panel session at which the paper was presented)
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Allison Caplan
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: David Roberts, “Towards a Sweet Reunion? The Sugarcane Agroindustry and Brazil’s Impact on U.S.-Cuban Trade Normalization” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Jennifer Triplett, “Feminism and Fertility: Discourse and Policy Disconnect in Fujimori’s Family Planning Program” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Susan Bridle-Fitzpatrick, Latin American Studies)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Lilah Shepard, “Si No Vista La Paisana Jacinta No Tuviste Infancia: Humor and Nostalgia in the Acceptance of Peru’s Anti-Indian Media Portrayals” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Edith Wolfe, Latin American Studies)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Dylan Barnes, “Divided We Fall: Oil Exploitation, Conservation and Indigenous Organizing in the Amazon Basin” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Sarah Bruni, “A Space of One’s Own: Secondary Characters and the Politics of Personal Memory in the Southern Cone Post-dictatorship Generation Novel” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Alexander Standen, “Rhetoric and Reality: Local Agency in the Maya Biosphere Reserve” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)

2014 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (May 1, 2014)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: I. Carolina Caballero, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: Rosanne Adderley, Department of History
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Staff Member Service Award: Sue Inglés
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Laura Mellem
  • Stephen P. Jacobs Prize for Best Graduate Paper Presented at the LAGO Annual Conference: Edward Brudney (Indiana University), “Remaking Argentina: Labor and Citizenship during the Proceso de Reorganización Nacional” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Steve Striffler of the University of New Orleans, who chaired the LAGO Conference panel session at which the paper was presented)
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Sarah Fouts
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Robin Goode
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Riley Russell, “Frame Consistency in the Esculachos Movement in Brazil: A Call for Categorization” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. David Ortiz, Department of Sociology)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Laura Mellem, “The (Nation) State of the Family: Remembering the Links Between Collective Rape and the Cult of Virginity in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Supriya Nair, English)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Laura Sibert, “Who’s the Top Banana? Corporate Institutionalization of Race and Mobility in Central American Banana Enclaves of the Twentieth Century” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Alana Neuman, “The Rebounding Populations of Brazilian Indians: An Epidemiological Study of Population Growth in the Amazon” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Bill Balée, Anthropology)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Sonya Wohletz, “Through a Glass Darkly: A Study of Mirrors in Aztec Art” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Elizabeth Boone, Art History)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Miranda Stramel, “University-Community Partnerships for Social Justice: Dialogic Knowledge Production through Participatory Research in Baixo Jaguaribe, Brazil” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)

2013 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (May 2, 2013)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: I. Carolina Caballero, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: Jennifer Ashley, Department of Communication
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Staff Member Service Award: Barbara Carter
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Diana Soto
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Jorge Valenzuela
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Ailene Orr
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Jennifer Triplett, “Pots, Potatoes, and Progress for Women: Rethinking Feminism in Post-Crisis Latin America” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Edith Wolfe, Latin American Studies)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Allison Caplan, “Colonial Eyes: Reading Folios 29v and 30r of the Codex Telleriano-Remensis” (nominated by Prof. Marc Zender, Anthropology)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: David H. Roberts, “El razonamiento económico dentro del Internacionalismo cubano” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Marilyn Miller, Spanish & Portuguese)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: William H. Donaldson, “Gangbangers and Politicians: The Effects of Mano Dura” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Emily Floyd, “Fray Bernardino de Sahagn and the Construction of the Aztec Pantheon” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Elizabeth Boone, Art History)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Baird Campbell, “Social Media as a Tool for Linguistic Maintenance and Preservation among the Mapuche” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)

2012 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (May 3, 2012)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: Casey Kane Love, Department of Political Science
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: James D. Huck, Jr., Stone Center for Latin American Studies
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Ngaire Honey
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Samantha Greenspun
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Robert Dean
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Lacey Gutierrez, “‘The Pictures in Our Heads’”: Portrayal of Paco in the Argentine Media and Political Narrative” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Andrew Whitaker, “The Landscape Imagination: Incorporating Amerindian Perspectivism into an Historical Ecology of Knowledge” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. William Balée, Anthropology)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Kiley Laemmli, “Culture as Commodity: Dancehall Queens and the Sale of Female Empowerment” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Edith Wolfe, Latin American Studies)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Jeffrey Ellis, “Equity in Health Care and Public Health Policy: the Search for Social Justice in Chile’s Plan AUGE (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Lucia Abramovich, “A Currency of Culture: Considering the Value of Silver in Colonial Potosí” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Farren Yero, “Ethnogenesis, Pueblo Status, and Corporate Identity: Nahua & Afro-Mexican Relations in Central New Spain’s Indigenous Communities” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)

2011 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (May 2, 2011)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: Raúl Sánchez Urribarrí, Department of Political Science
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: Daniel Sharp, Department of Music and Laura Murphy, Global Health Systems & Development, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (co-winners)
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Seth Magden
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Gwendolyn Murray
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Carlos Grover
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Philip Marx, “Perceived Citizen Insecurity in Honduras and the Human Capital Investment Decision” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. John Edwards, Economics)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Will Buckingham, “Oscar Stagnaro’s Jazz-Festejo Bass Style” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Daniel Sharp, Music)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Emily Gatehouse, “Me gustaría saber más. Me gustaría saber todo: The Duality of Memorializing Argentine State Terrorism“ (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Edith Wolfe, Latin American Studies)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Kayla Andrews, “Utopia and Its Ruses: Post-Colonial Utopia in the Thinking of Edouard Glissant” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Jean-Godefroy Bidima, French & Italian)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Keri Libby, “Argentina’s Twentieth Century Historiography” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Gertrude Yeager, History)

2010 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (May 3, 2010)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: Nora Lustig, Department of Economics
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: David Ortiz, Department of Sociology
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Bradley Hentschel
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Eric Mackintosh
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Phillippa Chadd
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Sean Higgins, “Discrepancies in the Data: What can we conclude about poverty and inequality in Brazil?” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Nora Lustig, Economics)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Bradley Hentschel, “International Intervention and the Monopoly on the Legitimate Use of Force: The Case of Colombia” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. David Ortiz, Sociology)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Ashley Coleman, “Puff Daddy les ofrece un millón y le dijen que no: Reggaeton as Resistance to U.S. Political and Cultural Hegemony“ (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Edith Wolfe, Latin American Studies)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Allison Bakamjian, “Chile’s Penguin Revolution: Student Response to Incomplete Democratization” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Edith Wolfe, Latin American Studies)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Katharina Kniess, “Touristic Discourse and U.S.-Nicaraguan Relations: 1936-1964” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Justin Wolfe, History)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: John Ben Soileau, “Participatory Development and the Decentralization of Environmental Authority for a Sustainable Future of the Brazilian Amazon” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Martín Mendoza-Botelho, Latin American Studies)

2009 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (May 4, 2009)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: Supriya Nair, Department of English
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: Martín Mendoza-Botelho, Stone Center for Latin American Studies
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Derek Burdette
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Hilary Smith
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Jonathan Kim
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Jonathan Kim, “A Reform for the Reformer? The MST’s Decline During Lula’s First Administration” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Anthony Pereira, Political Science)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Marcelle Beaulieu, “First and Third World Borders: Shared Characteristics and Strategies” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Aaron Schneider, Political Science)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Lilith Reed, “Campo against Ciudad? The Resonance of Old Dichotomies in the 2008 Argentine Grower’s Conflict” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Edith Wolfe, Latin American Studies)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Adriana Hernandez, “Public Health as a Battleground: Imperialism, Health and State Legitimacy in Cuba (1868-1934)” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Elise Dietrich, “A Turma do Pererê: Blackness-As-Other in a Brazilian Children’s Comic” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Martha Huggins, Sociology)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Amanda Magdalena, “Baseball/Softball in Shaping Female Identity in Southern California and the Midwest, 1930-1970” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Gertrude Yeager, History)

2008 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (May 5, 2008)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: Katie Sampeck, Stone Center for Latin American Studies
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: Christopher Dunn, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Anne Gibson
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Anne Gibson
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Shivani Gupta, “The United States’ War on Terror: A Perpetuation of Cold War Tactics Employed in Latin America” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Casey Kane-Love, Political Science)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Jordan Shannon, “When the Proletariat Becomes the People: Socialism, Populism, and the Politics of Hugo Chávez” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Ludovico Feoli, Political Science)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Ilan Roth, “Virility and Violence: The Masculine Identity of Argentina’s Barrabravas” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Edith Wolfe, Latin American Studies)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Rosa Mathai, “Rethinking the U.S.-Cuban Embargo: U.S. Minorities at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Hilary Smith, “Acercando una Representación Híbrida: Opresión e Identidad en Entre la piedra y la cruz de Mario Montefort Toledo” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Arturo Arias, Latin American Studies)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Amelia Steadman,Democracy’s Vanguard: The Mexican Supreme Court Post-Presidencialismo” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Casey Kane-Love, Political Science)

2007 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (May 7, 2007)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: Edith Wolfe, Stone Center for Latin American Studies
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: Stephen Selka, Department of Anthropology
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Aaron Lorenz
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Aaron Lorenz
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Emily Ratner
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Todd Springer, “Jamaican Independence and the Inception of Ska” (nominated by Prof. Rosanne Adderley, History)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Lisa Crossman, “Macy’s Taste in Latino Art: Selling the Latin American Fair’s Aesthetics” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Florencia Bazzano-Nelson, Art History)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Paul Moreno, “The Hermeneutics of Irresolution: Mapping of Mexico City’s Urban Imaginary” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Carol McMichael Reese, Architecture)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: (2007 Winner) Kristin Ardani, “Endangered Potatoes: The Benefits of Traditional Farming Practices in Chiloé” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Edith Wolfe, Latin American Studies); (2006 Winner) Wesley Hedden, “Latinos in New Orleans Post-Katrina: A Case Study in Social Network Development in a Lutheran Church” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Elizabeth Fussell, Sociology)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Anne Gibson, “Brazuca in NOLA: A Cultural Analysis of Brazilian Immigration to New Orleans Post-Katrina” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Christopher Dunn, Spanish & Portuguese)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Xelaju Korda, “Aesthetics of (In)Security: Mentally Mapping Danger in Morumbi” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Martha Huggins, Sociology)

2006 — DUE TO THE DISRUPTION OF HURRICANE KATRINA, NO AWARDS WERE MADE AND NO AWARDS CEREMONY WAS HELD.

2005 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (May 2, 2005)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: James D. Huck, Jr., Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Elizabeth Van Sant, Stone Center for Latin American Studies (co-winners)
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: Anthony Pereira, Department of Political Science
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Amisha Sharma and Nomi Weiss-Laxer (co-winners)
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Xela Korda
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Eliza Wethey
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Meghan Greeley, “Developing a Carbon Reforestation Project that Succeeds Locally and Globally: A Case Study of the Pancas Reforestation Project” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Richard Conway, “Measuring Cultural Interaction and Exchange: Counting and Concepts of Space in Cadastral Registers and Maps in Early Colonial Mexico, Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Elizabeth Boone, Art History)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Anne Ferris, “It Takes Two to Tango: The Dissemination of the Argentine Tango and the Promotion of a National Culture under Juan Peron” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Ruthie Meadows, “Chile: Institutional Constraints, Party Transformation, and Political Exclusion” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Elizabeth Van Sant, Latin American Studies)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Erika Hosselkus, “Corporeal Almanacs, Fate, and Medicine: Nahua and European Traditions” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Elizabeth Boone, Art History)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Amisha Sharma, “Transitional Justice and Truth Commissions: A Survey, A Critique, and Some Directions for Future Research” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Anthony Pereira, Political Science)

2004 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (May 3, 2004)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: Sandy Johnson, Stone Center for Latin American Studies
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: Martha Huggins, Department of Sociology
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Blaz Gutierrez
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Cynthia Garza
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Kimberlyn Owens-Hughes and Matthew Tavares (co-winners)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Julie Ford, “Catholicism and Latino Communities in Los Angeles: A Congregation Divided?” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Carol McMichael Reese, Architecture)
  • Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic: Ludovico Feoli, “Complementing Market Liberalization in Latin America: What Role for the State?” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Anthony Pereira, Political Science)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Jennifer Scarbrough, “Imag(in)ing Jamaica: Visual Imagery of Jamaican Postcards” (PDF / Images) (nominated by Prof. James D. Huck, Jr., Latin American Studies)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Kat Rito, “Changing Patterns of Gang Behavior in Brazil: An Analysis of a Potential New Social Movement” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Elizabeth Van Sant, Latin American Studies)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Rosana Cruz, “No comas como come the Consumer, que Está Raining Backwards” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Marilyn Miller, Spanish & Portuguese)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Krystin Krause, “Péron Returns: Democratic Transition in Argentina, 1969-1976” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Anthony Pereira, Political Science)

2003 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (April 30, 2003)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: Robert McKee Irwin, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: Victoria Bricker, Department of Anthropology and Laura Murphy, International Health & Development – School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (co-winners)
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Carlos Pérez-Brito
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Special Recognition Award: Guillermo Náñez-Falcón, Latin American Library
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Amy George-Hirons
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Lexi Kiel-Wornson and Jennifer Telfeyan (co-winners)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Amanda Weldon, “Subcomandante Marcos y el arquetipo del bandido-héroe en el México posmoderno” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Robert McKee Irwin, Spanish & Portuguese)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Emily McIlvene, “Hispanic Immigration to the Southeastern United States” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Elizabeth Fussell, Sociology)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Virginie Vanneph, “Emiliano Zapata en la literatura mexicana” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Robert McKee Irwin, Spanish & Portuguese)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Dylan Clark, “Fiery Cakchiquels and Untrained Otomí: Representations of Outsiders in Aztec and Maya Literature” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Victoria Bricker, Anthropology)

2002 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (April 30, 2002)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: James D. Huck, Jr., Stone Center for Latin American Studies
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: Justin Wolfe, Department of History
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Patrick Scallen
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: James Córdova
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Rudi Sinykin
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Heather Bulcroft, “Un crimen de pasión” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Robert McKee Irwin, Spanish & Portuguese)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Roneka Matheny, “What is the Association Between Ethnicity and Income Equality in Developed and Developing Countries?” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Salvatore Pitruzzello, Political Science)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Margarita Vargas Betancourt, “Analysis of the Representation of Spaniards in the Mexican Manuscript Paintings: The Spaniards as a Distinct Other?” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Elizabeth Boone, Art History)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Ludovico Feoli, “Political Structure and Economic Policy in Chile Under the Concertación” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Paul Lewis, Political Science)

2001 SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY (May 3, 2001)

  • Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher: Maureen Shea, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award: J. Timmons Roberts, Department of Sociology
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award: Matthew D’Agostino
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies: Roger Reynolds and Julee Tate (co-winners)
  • Undergraduate Senior Scholar in Latin American Studies: Christopher Strouse and Stephanie Seek (co-winners)
  • Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Christina Esterás Ortiz, “Mambo: The Rhythm of Cuban-Americanness” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Ana López, Communication)
  • M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor: Kristin Traicoff, “Environmentalism by Mandate: The Politics of Urban Planning in Curitiba, Brazil” (nominated by Prof. Brian Potter, Political Science)
  • Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: James Córdova, “Debauchery and Devotion: Contrasting Images of Alcohol and Drunkenness in New Spain” (PDF) (nominated by Prof. Susan Schroeder, History)
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences by a Latin American Studies Graduate Student: Elizabeth Luth, “Forest Management in Central America: A Case Study Comparison of Costa Rica and Honduras” (nominated by Prof. J. Timmons Roberts, Sociology)

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Talk with Noah Bullock: What is a Human Rights Approach?

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Noah Bullock, the Executive Director at Cristosal, will be giving a talk entitled: What is a Human Rights Approach? This talk is part of Tulane University’s celebration of International Education Week which highlights the benefits of international exchange on campus. IEW at Tulane runs from October 16th- October 20th. More information about the Tulane IEW and the events on campus can be found here.

Olancho Screening-New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following screenings for the New Orleans Film Festival, which will run from October 11th-19th. Screenings are held at various locations in New Orleans. The box office is located at the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130).

OLANCHO

28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival to Feature Latinx Programming

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The 28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival will be held from October 11th to October 19th at participating theaters in the New Orleans area. Born in a city known for its eclectic and artistic vibrancy, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) has sought out bold and passionate storytellers since 1989. It is the longest-running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest film festivals in the South. Now in its 28th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has grown into an internationally respected annual event that attracts 20-25k people, 400+ filmmakers, and 240 films.

This year’s film festival will feature a number of films relating to the Latin American community, either in subject matter and/or made by Latin American filmmakers. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute will be sponsoring several films, including Olancho and Cuban Short Stories.

A full list of film selections and synopses may be found here.

For more information on tickets, passes, and film packages, visit the NOFF website.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following films:

Olancho
Manuel, a farmer from Olancho, Honduras, seeks fame by making music for the region’s drug cartels. When some of his song lyrics get him in trouble, he must make the most difficult decision of his life: continue the quest for fame, or flee. For information on times and locations, visit the Olancho event page.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano
These Cuban short stories are a series of short films highlight cultural and social subject manner relating to the Cuban community. For more information on show times and locations, visit the event page.

Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban
A short documentary about female boxing in Cuba, where the Cuban government forbade women from competing in the 2016 summer olympics.

Manuel
A short documentary about an 87-year-old Cuban man who brews and sells potions said to be aphrodisiacs.

Parade
Jazz students from New Orleans travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange and collaborate on a parade, celebrating open borders.

Connection (Conectifai)
A portrait of a park in Havana where, thanks to public Wi-Fi, a new kind of meeting place has arisen.

Charlie
Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son.

Forever, Comandante (Hasta Siempre, Comandante)
Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation’s unrelenting Cuban ideals, Ernesto, a 14-year-old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father’s adamant objection.

Prince of Smoke
Cuban tobacco farmer and artisanal cigar maker Hirochi Robaina follows in his legendary grandfather’s footsteps as he fights to preserve a 171-year-old family legacy.

Additional titles relating to the Latin American community include:

The Thunder Feast (Truenos de San Juan)
A documentary about the ancient festival of San Juanito in Guanajuato where homemade explosives are part of the revelry, but not everyone in the community is sure this tradition should continue.

Sambá
A documentary about Cisco, a Dominican-born man who returns to the Dominican Republic after doing time in a United State prison. Cisco soon finds that the only way he can make money is getting involved in loosely organized street fighting.

Days of Wholesome Joy
A Cuban narrative short about a woman taking care of her grandmother who has dementia.

Holy Hill
A narrative short story about a nun who works at a school for young boys in the Dominican Republic. Both she and the boys have parallel sexual awakenings.

Camp of the Innocents
A Louisiana-made short documentary about the U.S. interment of Latin American “enemy aliens” during World War II in New Orleans. The entire synopsis, as well as show times and location may be found here.

Dead Horses
A Catalan animated short film about a child fleeing his home during wartime.

Bells in the Mountains
A Spanish short documentary about a group of cows who migrate seasonally from the town of Ullé through the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains.

Elegy
A short narrative film about a girl who cannot process her complicated feelings about the death of her two classmates.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano-New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following screenings for the New Orleans Film Festival, which will run from October 11th-19th. Screenings are held at various locations in New Orleans. The box office is located at the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130).

CUBAN SHORTS: CINE CUBANO

  • Saturday, October 14th 1:00PM | Member $10 General $13
  • Thursday, October 19th 11:30AM | Members $7 General $10

Tulane to host MET Curator Dr. Joanne Pillsbury for talk on Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas

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Dr. Joanne Pillsbury, the Andrall E. Pearson Curator of the Art of the Ancient Americas at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will give a presentation titled From the Heart of the Andes: On Creating Golden Kingdoms, as part of the 2017 Wladis Seminar on Curatorial Careers at the Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Pillsbury will give a behind-the-scenes view of the exhibition Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas (Getty Research Institute and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fall 2017-Spring 2018), and the international research project that inspired it. Drawing upon significant recent archaeological findings and new investigations into the roles of artists, their patrons, and their workshops, the lecture focuses on luxury arts in the lands between the two great imperial capitals of the ancient Americas: Cusco, the seat of the Inca state, and Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital. It probes a fundamental question: How can we discern and interpret indigenous ideas of value?

Dr. Pillsbury is a specialist in the art and archaeology of the Precolumbian Americas. Pillsbury earned her PhD from Columbia University. She was previously associate director of the Getty Research Institute and director of Precolumbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. She is the author, editor, or co-editor of numerous publications, including the three-volume Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530–1900 (2008), the Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award recipient Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks (2012), and Past Presented: Archaeological Illustration and the Ancient Americas (2012), which was awarded the Association for Latin American Art Book Award.

The lecture is sponsored by the Newcomb Art Department, supported by a gift from Mark and Diane Wladis.

For more information contact Dr. Elizabeth Boone via email to eboone@tulane.edu.

For more information, view the official flyer here.

Tulane to host Dr. Andrew Paxman for a talk on William Jenkins and the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming historian and biographer Dr. Andrew Paxman, who will present his research and recent book in a talk titled William Jenkins: Profiteer of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema on October 19th.

In his talk, Dr. Paxman will focus on the life and film industry activities of William Jenkins, an American from humble beginnings who became the richest man in Mexico. Using biographical information and excerpts from his recent book Jenkins of Mexico: How a Southern Farm Boy Became a Mexican Magnate, Dr. Paxman will highlight how the American entrepreneur built up the Mexican film industry.

Currently, Dr. Paxman is a research professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico, where he teaches history and journalism. Earlier in his career, Dr. Paxman was a journalist in Mexico and co-authored El Tigre: Emilio Azcárraga y su imperio Televisa (2000). He earned a Masters in Latin American Studies from University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in History from the University of Texas, Austin.