Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Democracy in Latin America in the Age of Revolution, 1776-1848

February 10th, 2012 - February 11th, 2012
FRIDAY: 9:00 AM - 4:00PM; SATURDAY: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Tulane University
Jones Hall 100a, Greenleaf Conference Room

A two-day international conference hosted by the Department of History and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Occasioned by innovative research of the Haitian Revolution, the Peninsular War, the U.S. and Latin American independence movements, and the Revolutions of 1848, we have seen a flourishing scholarship on the nature of politics in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century Latin America. These have been further nourished by historiographies of the Atlantic World, subaltern studies, and the African Diaspora. This conference brings together scholars working on these issues in an effort bridge between the the late-colonial and early-national periods and across the varied geography of Latin America.

The entire conference will be held in the Greenleaf Conference Room of Jones Hall (room 100A) and is free and open to the public. A campus map showing Jones Hall is available here. For more information, contact Justin Wolfe at

Conference Program

Friday, February 10, 2012

9:00am-9:30am Welcome and Coffee Service

9:30am-11:30am Panel 1 (Ideas)

Alvaro Caso Bello (Universidad Montevideo, Uruguay), “Uses, Disuses, and Shifts of the Term ‘Democracy’ during ‘Revolution’ in the River Plate Regino: The Case of Uruguay, 1808-1848”

Karen Racine (University of Guelph, Canada), “Aristocratic Democracy: British Historical and Political References in Spanish American Independence Movements”

Jordana Dym (Skidmore College), “The Idea of Democracy in Independence-Era Central America, 1759-1848”

1:30pm-2:00pm Coffee Service

2:00pm-4:00pm Panel 2 (Institutions)

Emily Engel (Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University) “Represented Legitimacy in the Cabildo and Real Consulado de Lima”

Hélène Rompré (Université de Montréal, Canada), “Overcoming Ignorance and Backwardness: The Discourse of Public Education in Colonial Quito and Republican Ecuador (1776-1845)”

Jose Antonio Serrano Ortega (Colegio de Michoacán, Mexico), “Guerra y política: negociaciones militares y derechos políticos en Guanajuato, Mexico, 1790-1820”

Saturday, February 11, 2012

9:00am-9:30am Coffee Service

9:30am-12:00pm Panel 3 (Practices)

S. Elizabeth Penry (Fordham University), “Popular Politics in Late Colonial Viceroyalty of Peru”

Luis Alberto Arrioja (Colegio de Michoacán, Mexico), ““Pueblos dividos y nobles empobrecidos en una región indígena de México, 1742-1825”

David Sartorius (University of Maryland) , “Race and the Ever-Faithful Isle: Civil Society and Popular Loyalty in Nineteenth-Century Cuba”

James Sanders (Utah State University), “Europe is the Past. America the Future: Changing Visions of Modernity and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Spanish America”

2:00pm-2:30pm Coffee Service

2:30pm-4:30pm Panel 4 (Debates and Critique)

Fernando Lopez-Alves (UC Santa Barbara)

Anthony Pereira (King’s College London)

Hilda Sabato (Universidad de Buenos Aires)





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Apply for the Summer 2018 Teaching Brazil Teacher Institute

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Teaching Brazil: Expanding Perspectives on Colonial History
K-12 Educator Summer Institute

Salvador, Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo, Brazil | July 7 – July 17, 2018


The centers for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, with support from the University of Georgia will take K-16 educators in various disciplines to Brazil. The institute will approach Brazilian culture from a multidisciplinary perspective focused on colonialization. The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks of overseas travel. The institute will explore the cities of Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo to focus on their respective role in colonial history.

Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past five years by the three institutes provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of each institution’s strength, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for deploying that approach themselves in their K-12 classrooms, creating a model that is generative of innovative approaches to K-12 education more broadly.


  • Advance and disseminate knowledge of Brazil by providing opportunities fro K-12 educators to experience first-hand the history, politics, language, and culture of Brazil;
  • Provide introductory Portuguese language training that emphasizes regional linguistic variations;
  • Contribute to the development of internationalizing curriculum that accurately and effectively brings Brazil into the classroom through standards-based approaches.


Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant, this program is able to provide a special opportunity for educators to participate as Curriculum Writers at a reduced program cost. There are limited spots to participate as a curriculum writer so please get your applications submitted early! Please note that curriculum writers are responsible for submitting a curriculum by August 1, 2018. See the Curriculum Writer Guidelines for more information and check below on how to apply.

Curriculum Writer program cost: $1373 + internal airfare estimated at $300
Deadline to Register as a Curriculum Writer EXTENDED: MARCH 9, 2018

Regular Program Cost: $2,744 + internal airfare (approximately $300)
Deadline to Register: MARCH 15, 2018


  • 10 nights lodging;
  • 2 meals a day;
  • gratuities;
  • in-country transportation;
  • internet;
  • liability insurance;
  • medical evacuation insurance


  • International round-trip airfare TO Brazil (we meet in Salvador and leave from Sao Paulo)
  • Hotel extras;
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional activities covered by individuals;
  • Individual travel insurance;
  • Visa fees

Cards will be charged 50% on March 19, 2018 and the remainder April 19, 2018.

In order to register, please:

1) Complete the registration form
2) Apply to be a Curriculum Writer (see instructions below).


  • February 26, 2018: Deadline to apply for Curriculum Writer Scholarship
  • February 28, 2018: Winners of Curriculum Writer Scholarships will be notified
  • March 5, 2018: Deadline to accept conditions of Curriculum Writer Scholarship and return letter of commitment to Denise Woltering Vargas [] and Colleen McCoy []
  • March 15, 2018: Final Deadline to Register for Brazil Institute 2018

Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, and The University of Georgia are able to provide funding for K-16 teachers interested in developing a curriculum as part of their participation in this 2018 summer teacher institute to Brazil. Curriculum writers will be charged a discounted in-country program fee of $1373 + internal airfare (apx. $300) and international airfare. You must commit to writing a curriculum project – check out the Curriculum Writer Guidelines here. There are limited spots for this opportunity, please apply early. If you would like to apply to be a curriculum writer for this summer’s teacher institute in Brazil, please:

1) fill out the contact form HERE
2) submit the CURRICULUM WRITER APPLICATION by FEBRUARY 26, 2018 to or mail to Denise Woltering Vargas at Tulane University, 100 Jones Hall, 6801 Freret Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118.
Please call 504-862-3143 with any questions.

La Hora del Cuento: Summer Bilingual Story Hour at the Pebbles Center

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This summer, join us for La hora del cuenta bilingual readings series at the Pebbles Centers of the New Orleans Public Libraries!

On the first and last Saturday of every month, we will read a bilingual book at the Algiers Regional Library and the Children’s Resource Center Library beginning on Saturday April 28 until Saturday, August 25. Children and parents welcome!

Story Hours Dates and Locations

Algiers Regional Branch
Saturday, May 5
2:30 PM

Saturday, June 2
2:30 PM

Saturday, July 7
2:30 PM

Saturday, August 4
2:30 PM

Children’s Resource Center Library
Saturday, April 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, May 26
12:00 PM

Saturday, June 30
12:00 PM

Saturday, July 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, August 25
12:00 PM