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 2015 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 27, 2015

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”)
Undergraduates, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)
Application deadline: February 20, 2015

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 3, 2015

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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Regulators without Borders? Labor Inspectors in Latin America and Beyond

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Please join us for the Lecture & Luncheon, “Regulators without Borders? Labor Inspectors in Latin America and Beyond” by Andrew Shrank, Olive Watson Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

RSVP Required. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact: cipr@tulane.edu

Sponsored by CIPR.

Description:
The substantial body of literature addresses the growth of transnational regulatory networks that purport to foster learning, legitimacy, and coordination among national regulatory agencies. But network membership is neither universal nor well understood. Are regulators more likely to go abroad when they are vulnerable to domestic political pressure, or when their independence and influence are intact?

Rituales de pubertad, relaciones sociales y relaciones con la naturaleza. El caso mbya-guaraní (Argentina)

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Please join us on Friday, April 10 3-4:30pm, LAL Seminar Room for a work-in-progress talk by Dr. Marilyn Cebolla Badie, Universidad Nacional de Misiones and LAL Greenleaf Fellow 2014-2015, entitled “Rituales de pubertad, relaciones sociales y relaciones con la naturaleza. El caso mbya-guaraní (Argentina) (Puberty Rites, Social Relationships and Relations with Nature. The Case of the Mbya-Guaraní (Argentina)).”

The talk will be in Spanish.

Talk Abstract: Actualmente, ante los cambios que enfrentan los pueblos indígenas por el contacto permanente con las sociedades nacionales, los rituales, y entre éstos los ritos de pasaje a la madurez sexual, comienzan a desaparecer o se realizan de forma parcial afectando, según explican los indígenas, la educación tradicional de los niños y la armonía de la vida social. La presente investigación tiene como objetivo conocer y analizar los rituales de pubertad entre los mbya (familia lingüística tupi-guaraní) y su relación con la naturaleza. En estos ritos, niñas y varones aprenden a comportarse según los modelos femenino y masculino de la sociedad mbya, porque los cambios involucran no sólo al cuerpo sino al nuevo status que tendrán de allí en más. La pubertad parece ser una de las etapas más críticas y peligrosas del ciclo vital mbya. El alma de la persona se encuentra en un estado de gran vulnerabilidad y puede ser presa de las alteridades extrahumanas de la selva. Es por esto que deben extremarse los cuidados que incluyen restricciones alimentarias y un fuerte control del comportamiento, aunque muchas de estas precauciones ya no pueden llevarse a cabo debido a la deforestación y los drásticos cambios que afectan su vida cotidiana.

Currently, indigenous social and cultural traditions are facing substantial changes due to permanent contact with national societies. Some rituals, among them initiation rites, are beginning to disappear or are performed in an incomplete way, affecting the traditional education of children and social harmony, according to indigenous sources themselves. My research analyzes puberty rites in the Mbya ethnic group (of the Tupi-Guaraní linguistic family) and their relationship with nature. In these rituals, girls and boys must learn to behave according to feminine and masculine models of Mbya society, respectively, since the changes they are undergoing are thought to involve not only the body but also the new social status they will thereby acquire. Puberty seems to be one of the most critical and dangerous stages of the Mbya life cycle. The soul of the initiate is believed to be vulnerable to possession by extra-human alterities dwelling in the forest. The initiate exercises considerable caution in all behavioral respects, including observance of food restrictions. However, it has become increasingly difficult and, in some cases, not possible to observe these practices anymore due to deforestation and drastic changes the daily life of the Mbya.

Art Exhibit: Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time: The Stephens and Catherwood Project

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, in conjunction with the 2015 Tulane Maya Symposium (TMS), is hosting an art exhibit by Jay Frogel featuring photographs and images of ancient Maya sites. Frogel mixes modern photographs with drawings from the 1800s to show the passage of time at these sites. The opening reception will be held on March 19th.

To register for the K-12 teacher workshop or the reminder of the Maya Symposium please visit the registration page.

Le voyage des mots: Comparaison des lexiques naturalistes des langues tupi-guarani (Amérique du Sud)

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The Center for Scholars, the Department of French and Italian, and the Linguistics Program of Tulane University cordially invite you to attend a lecture in French by a distinguished specialist on the family of Tupi-Guarani languages.

Dr. Françoise Grenand is an anthropologist and Emeritus Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, French National Research Council) of France. She is renowned for her pioneering work on the vocabulary of Wayãpi and other indigenous languages in French Guiana and elsewhere in lowland South America, including Brazil. Dr. Grenand will lecture on Tupi-Guarani languages and vocabularies based on her many years of research among the Wayãpi people of French Guiana. She will present a Powerpoint in English to accompany her lecture, which will be delivered in French.

ABSTRACT:
Au cours de leur histoire, de nombreux peuples ont migré, emportant avec eux leur langue, trésor précieux et fragile. Découvrant des écosystèmes inédits, ils ont dû s'adapter et intégrer dans leur langue des mots nouveaux pour nommer les entités nouvelles. Prenant l'exemple des peuples Tupi-Guarani d'Amérique du Sud, la présente conférence entend expliquer leur démarche dans les lexiques zoologiques et botaniques. Des termes immotivés sont les témoins précieux des migrations anciennes. Des termes motivés descripteurs restent souvent neutres et de moindre portée. Motivés ou non, un certain nombre de termes, porteurs d’une grande charge sociétale, sont intéressants dans la comparaison linguistique et culturelle.

A Talk by Mariano Siskind: "La primera Guerra mundial como evento latinoamericano: Modernismo, cosmopolitismo y distancia afectiva"

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The Department of Spanish & Portuguese graduate students are pleased to invite you to the talk "La primera Guerra mundial como evento latinoamericano: Modernismo, cosmopolitismo y distancia afectiva", by John l Prof. Mariano Siskind, from Harvard University.
The talk will take place Friday, April 17th, 2015, at 16:30 in Newcomb Hall 407. A small reception will follow.
Below you can find an abstract of the talk, which will be held in Spanish.

If you have any questions, please contact Camilo A. Malagón at cmalagon@tulane.edu, or Estefanía Flores at cflores@tulane.edu.

Hope to see you there.

"La primera Guerra mundial como evento latinoamericano: Modernismo, cosmopolitismo y distancia afectiva"

Resumen: ¿Se puede considerar a la primera guerra mundial como un conflicto latinoamericano? Cuando abordamos esta pregunta en apariencia irrisoria desde la perspectiva de la historia literaria y cultural, emerge un archivo latinoamericano de experimentos estéticos sobre la guerra que interroga su mundialidad y el lugar de la cultura latinoamericana en el contexto de la globalización de la cultura moderna, De Darío a Nervo, de Gómez Carrillo a Alejandro Sux, muchos escritores modernistas presenciaron la guerra desde muy cerca y desde muy lejos, pero siempre tratando de achicar la distancia geopolítica que los separaba de la escena bélica a partir de una compleja identificación discursiva con la empresa de los aliados. Esta necesidad de suturar la distancia que los separa de las trincheras del frente occidental pone en evidencia el campo de fuerzas simbólicas y afectivas que se constituye a partir de los intentos de los modernistas por inscribir su proyecto estético en un escenario transcultural que ellos mismos invisten con significantes universales.

Summer K-12 Teacher Institute: Teaching Afro-Brazilian Identity in the K-12 Classroom

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The Latin American Resource Center, the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute and the Portuguese Flagship Program at the University of Georgia are presenting a K-12 teacher workshop on the Portuguese language and Brazilian Culture. The workshop will take place on the Tulane University Uptown Campus.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS APRIL 5, 2015!

K-12 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply to attend this 5 day institute. The focus of the institute is on the language, culture, and performance of Brazil. The workshop will include exposure to the Portuguese language, discussions with scholars of Brazilian culture and performance, viewings of Brazilian films, and performances by Brazilian groups. Throughout the week, educators will work to develop interdisciplinary curricula, which they can bring back to their schools to teach and share with colleagues. There is a specialized track to this institute in order to better support participants. There is a Portuguese Language track which consists of intensive morning language sessions for those interested in receiving a crash course in basic Portuguese. This track is open to participants with Spanish language background and little to no Portuguese training. While this track is meeting every morning, sessions for those interested in cultures of Brazil will take place. Please make sure to identify if you would like to be in the language track in your application form at the bottom of this page.

Registration Information
Participants have the option of registering under three affordable rates:

  • Basic Registration – $50 [includes all materials, parking permit for 5 days, internet access and registration to entire program with no lodging or meals.]
  • Full Registration – $250 [includes all above plus includes lodging (with linens) in a Tulane residence hall 4 nights, with 2 meals a day, and access to Tulane Reilly Fitness Center.]
  • Deluxe Registration – $300 [includes everything above plus guarantees a single room in the residence hall.]

The 2015 Summer K-12 Teacher Institute, Somos Nós: Teaching Afro-Brazilian Identity is a 20-hour program designed for K-12 teachers, librarians, or administrative staff. K-12 educators will benefit from this timely, interactive program on one of the world's strongest and most influential economies in the world, Brazil. The program is sponsored by Tulane University, the University of Georgia, and Vanderbilt University through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS APRIL 5, 2015!

A detailed schedule will be posted shortly. For more information visit the institute webpage

For more information, please contact Denise Woltering Vargas at 504-862-3143 or dwolteri@tulane.edu