Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

International Programs

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies offers Tulane undergraduate and graduate students, and their colleagues from other universities, the exciting opportunity to spend part of summer vacation exploring the beauty and richness of Latin America. Currently our 2016 programs invite students to Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Guatemala, and offer 6-10 Tulane credit hours. All of the Stone Center’s summer programs are designed to bring the participants closer to the region’s politics, society, history, and culture through intensive class work and stimulating explorations outside of the classroom.

See our SCHOLARSHIP resources below.

Non-Tulane students are welcome to apply to our programs. Some programs do not require a language prerequisite. Grades and credits are transferable according to each school’s policies.

TULANE SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FOR SUMMER STUDY ABROAD:
Students are responsible for researching the requirements and deadlines for each scholarship listed below.

TULASO Scholarship Program: Available to Tulane undergraduates applying for a Stone Center Summer Abroad program
The TULASO Scholarship, initiated in 2005, was designed to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to travel to Latin America and the Caribbean on Stone Center summer programs. The scholarship is sponsored by the Tulane Undergraduate Latin American Studies Organization (TULASO) and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. This is a unique program in which Latin American Studies students, members of TULASO, administer the competition, evaluate the applications and decide on award recipients. All full-time, continuing Tulane undergraduate students applying for a Stone Center Summer Program are eligible for the TULASO Scholarship.
Application deadline: March 18, 2016

FLAS Fellowships: Available to students studying Portuguese, Haitian Creole, or an indigenous Latin American language
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 February 19, 2016. Note that the fellowship application and the program application are separate applications.

Grants from Newcomb-Tulane College: For full-time undergraduates enrolled in Newcomb-Tulane College

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NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Available to undergraduate students
The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program awards up to $5,000 each to United States students receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad. The goal of this program is to provide aid to students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad programs.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

Boren Scholarships for International Study: Available to undergraduates studying critical U.S. National Security countries and fields
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students studying abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Latin American countries, and to students studying less-commonly taught languages like Portuguese.

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ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES

LIVFund: Available to students studying abroad in Latin America

Global Studies Foundation Grant

International Financial Aid Scholarship Search (IEFA) is search engine for study abroad scholarships. Although many of the applications are for specific schools or programs, there are plenty open for any student to apply. The scholarships are arranged by country.

Study Abroad Scholarships at studyabroad.com

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Stone Center Flickr Photos:
View photos from the Stone Center’s Summer Abroad programs here!

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Upcoming Events

Finding Diverse Voices through the Américas Award

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This K-12 educator workshop will focus on the diversity of literature recognized as part of the Américas Book Award. The workshop will feature the work of Alma Flor Ada who will discuss the use of her books for teaching about Cuba, as well as presentations by the 2016 Américas Award winners.

A $25 registration fee includes dinner and a book.

Schedule Coming Soon!

The workshop is sponsored by the Consortium for Latin American Studies Programs and Teaching for Change. The award is coordinated by Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Generous support is also provided by Florida International University, Stanford University, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Utah.

Stay in touch with the Americas Award on facebook or join the conversation at #AmericasAward16.

Day of the Dead Teacher Workshop at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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In collaboration with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Stone Center presents the annual K-12 teacher workshop exploring the cultural and artistic elements of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. All participants will receive light refreshments, 2 free tickets to Ogden After Hours, teaching materials and CEUs. The workshop will focus on the Ogden Museum’s altar exhibition, celebrating the life of a New Orleans artist on view from Oct. 4 – Nov. 8.

Check out the event website for resources and other information about teaching Day of the Dead.

Celebración Latina 2016

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Join us for our annual family festival as we celebrate 12 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 these pictures of past celebrations!

Celebración Latina is presented by the Audubon Zoo and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Contributing sponsors include Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Marathon Petroleum Co., 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.

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Exploring the 2016 US Elections

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The US’s November elections are especially critical. The world’s power structures are undergoing dramatic changes, and so the internal political process of this world leader has even greater global consequences.

Looking beyond just the US’s foreign policy is key to understanding its actions. Over the next few months, the teaching programs at several Costa Rican institutions will focus on the following:

  • An analysis of succession of power within institutional structures.
  • The role of political parties (polarization).
  • The influence of changing demographics.
  • The geographic expression of social change.
  • The effect of the democratic process in the formulation and implementation of the US’s foreign policy towards Latin American in particular.

The University of Costa Rica, through its School of Political Science, and the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos (CIEP), has joined forces with the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones y su Instituto de Formación y Estudios en Democracia (IFED), as well as with the University of Tulane, through its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), for a series of outreach activities during the second half of 2016. These activities will utilize the resources at these educational and research institutions to promote a better understanding of the electoral process in the US.

The results of this upcoming election will have repercussions for the world, particularly in Latin American and Costa Rica. A broader, deeper understanding of the current situation will be useful for both universities and public policy decision-makers.

Participating institutions are confident that a proper analysis of this political process will lead to improved understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

Schedule of Activities

August

  • Thursday, 8/18: Talk on the United States’ electoral system by Diego Brenes, IFED.

September
  • Thursday, 9/1: Discussion on demographics and electoral geography in the US with Constantino Urcuyo and Jesús Guzmán.
  • Thursday, 9/22: Talk on Politics and Elections: Celeste Lay, Phd. Tulane University.

October
  • Thursday, 10/13: Discussion on elections and external politics: Carlos Murillo, Phd. in government and public policy.
  • Thursday, 10/27: Talk by Jenny Lincoln Fullbright from the US Embassy.

November
  • Monday, 11/10: Round table. Analysis of election results with Constantino Urcuyo, Felipe Alpízar, Nuria Marín, and Fernando Zeledón as moderator.