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Mayan Language Institute in Guatemala
Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel
Antigua, Guatemala | June 24 – August 3

The Mayan Language Institute is an intensive six-week language immersion program in K’iche’ Maya and Kaqchikel Maya. Students study with both U.S. faculty and native speakers. In addition to language study, students participate in cultural activities, lectures, discussions, and excursions. Undergraduate students may study one of the languages at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. Graduate students must be prepared to study at the intermediate or advanced level.

With more than 1.5 million K’iche’ and Kaqchikel speakers in Guatemala, the goal of the institute is to help students develop and advance proficiency in their chosen language and to gain a better understanding of the cultural and political contexts that have affected the historical development and preservation of the language. Efforts to protect these languages are playing a pivotal role in the Mayan struggle to regain control over their political and cultural destiny.

Students pursuing K’iche’ Maya will spend one week in Antigua and five weeks in Nahualá. Students pursuing Kaqchikel Maya will spend six weeks in Antigua. K’iche’ students are placed with local families for home-stays in Nahualá. Kaqchikel students are responsible for finding their own housing arrangements in Antigua for six weeks. Students should be flexible and prepared for living conditions in Guatemala. Classes in Antigua will take place at UT Austin’s Casa Herrera— a great colonial mansion turned beautifully restored academic facility— which is centrally located one block north of Antigua’s Central Park.

COURSES OFFERED:
Students will take one language course and one culture course.

  • Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya language (3 credits – ANTH 6000-7000)
  • Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya Culture (3 credits – ANTH 6000-7000)

PROGRAM COST:
The cost of the six-week program for K’iche’ Maya is $6,350 total:

  • $5,000 Tuition and Fees
  • $1,350 Housing & Logistics
    The $5,000 Tuition and Fees includes six Tulane credits (tuition for two courses, transferable to other universities). The Housings & Logistics fees include local family home-stays (one week in Antigua; five weeks in Nahualá) and three meals per day (except Sundays), medical insurance, transportation to/from the airport (GUA), and specialized group activities and excursions. Airfare to/from Antigua (GUA), extra meals, and incidental costs, such as laundry, passport/visa fees, vaccinations, etc., are not included in the program cost.

The cost of the six-week program for Kaqchikel Maya is $5,500 total:

  • $5,000 Tuition and Fees
  • $500.00 Logistics-Only Fee
    The $5,000 Tuition and Fees includes six Tulane credits (tuition for two courses, transferable to other universities). The $500 Logistics-Only fee includes medical insurance, transportation to/from the airport (GUA), and specialized group activities and excursions. Airfare to/from Antigua (GUA), housing and meals, and incidental costs, such as laundry, passport/visa fees, vaccinations, etc., are not included in the program cost. Students will be responsible for finding their own housing for six weeks in Antigua. If you need assistance finding housing in Antigua, please contact the Kaqchikel Program Director, Professor Judie Maxwell (maxwell_at_tulane.edu).

FLAS Summer Fellowships
This program qualifies as a FLAS-eligible program with 140 contact hours of language instruction. For more information on application procedures, eligible students interested in applying should visit the following:
Graduate students, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)
Tulane Undergraduates, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)
The FLAS Fellowship application deadline will be in February 16, 2018.
Note that the fellowship application and the program application are separate applications.

PROGRAM APPLICATIONS:
Click here to visit the online application via the Office of Study Abroad. Non-Tulane students will be required to create a login.
Application Deadline: March 23, 2018

This program is offered in partnership between:
Tulane University Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies
With cooperation from:
University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Institute and University of Texas Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

For questions on this program, please call Laura Wise Person at 504.862.8629, or email to sclassum_at_tulane.edu.

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Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Please contact lago.tulane@gmail.com with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.

Lecture: Congresses of Black Culture of the Americas (1977, 1980, 1982)

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Please join us for a work-in-progress talk titled “Congresos de la Cultura Negra de las Américas (1977, 1980, 1982): Contradicciones y resignificaciones en el campo conceptual de las negritudes y su impacto en la creación y la crítica literaria y artística,” by Silvia Valero, 2017-2018 Richard E. Greenleaf Fellow at the Latin American Library. The talk will be in Spanish and all will be invited for refreshments afterwards. Abstracts for the lecture in both Spanish and English below.

Congresos de la Cultura Negra de las Américas (1977, 1980, 1982): contradicciones y resignificaciones en el campo conceptual de las negritudes y su impacto en la creación y la crítica literaria y artística

Los Congresos de la Cultura Negra de las Américas, realizados en 1977 (Colombia), 1980 (Panamá) y 1982 (Brasil), fueron los primeros grandes intentos internacionales en América Latina por reunir académicos, intelectuales y escritores de diferentes lugares del mundo, con el objetivo de reflexionar y debatir acerca del aporte realizado por los pueblos de ascendencia africana a la historia y la cultura. Considerando que los organizadores fueron todos hombres de letras negros, me pregunto si, en el período de influencia de los Congresos, es posible establecer una retórica hegemónica en las letras en torno a conceptos claves como negritud, estéticas negras, afrodiáspora y panafricanismos similar a lo que ocurrió en los últimos 20 años con el movimiento afrodescendiente en América Latina.

Congresses of Black Culture of the Americas (1977, 1980, 1982): Contradictions and Resignifications in the Conceptual Field of Blackness and Its Impact on Creation and Literary and Artistic Criticism

The Congresses of Black Culture of the Americas, held in 1977 (Colombia), 1980 (Panama) and 1982 (Brazil), were the first major international attempts in Latin America to bring together academics, intellectuals and writers from different parts of the world, with the objective of reflecting and debating about the contribution made by people of African descent to history and culture. Considering that the organizers were all Black men of letters, I aim to explore if, in the period of influence of the Congresses, a hegemonic rhetoric was developed around key concepts such as Negritude, Black aesthetics, Pan-Africanisms, and Afro-Diaspora, similar to what occurred in the last 20 years with the Afro-descendant movement in Latin America.

Tulane Culture Workshop with Pamela Neumann: "The Social Construction of Women's Ambivalence in Nicaragua"

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Join Pamela Neumann as she hosts a workshop on her paper, “The Social Construction of Women’s Ambivalence in Nicaragua.”

A workshop is different from a lecture series, where the audience passively listens to an oral presentation. In a workshop discussion, participants have read the article and the presenter gives only a brief introduction. Participants and presenter then “workshop” the piece, providing critical feedback with the goal of helping the author rethink, rework, and polish their research. E-mail dlagomar@tulane.edu for a copy of this paper. This workgroup is funded by a Lavin-Bernick grant.

Professor Fridman to present research from his recently published book, Freedom from Work

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Daniel Fridman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Texas, Austin. Professor Fridman will present research from his recently published Freedom from Work: Embracing Financial Self-Help in the United States and Argentina (Stanford University Press, 2016). Freedom from Work analyzes how people in the US and Argentina are taught to think about themselves as economic actors today. The author follows groups of fans of financial success best-sellers and associated practices, like seminars, and even a board game. Fridman uses ethnographic methods and in-depth interviews to unpack the core ideas and practices of financial self-help, which exhorts readers to endure a tough self-exploration and self-transformation in order to achieve “financial freedom.”

This talk is in partnership with the Tulane Altman Program, and the Tulane Department of Sociology. For more information please contact Professor Camilo Leslie at cleslie1@tulane.edu or check out the flyer for the event here.

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: cajuzinho

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Bate Papo! Stop by PJs on Willow to try a classic Brazilian treat (cajuzinho) and to take a quick break before getting back into your routine. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at mloveles@tulane.edu.

Lecture by Kent Eaton: Territory and Ideology in Latin America

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Join Dr. Kent Eaton from the Political Science Department at University of California at Santa Cruz as he gives a lecture titled: “Territory and Ideology in Latin America.” This talk will examine territorial conflicts in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru over economic policy during the commodity boom in the early 21st century. Please RSVP to cipr@tulane.edu.

For more information, please check out the flyer here.