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International Programs

Cuba (Havana) Cuban Culture and Society

Since 1997, Tulane’s Summer in Cuba program has offered undergraduate students a unique opportunity for an in-depth learning experience in our closest Caribbean neighbor. Based in Havana, Cuba’s vibrant capital and the cultural and economic center of the island, the program provides participants with accommodations in the heart of the city – offering many opportunities for language and cultural immersion outside the classroom. Classes are hosted by the University of Havana, an internationally prestigious Cuban academic institution. Course offerings include: Afro-Cuban Heritage: History and Culture, Cuban Culture and Society, Urban Landscape: Imagining Havana, Spanish, and Cuban Literature. With the exception of Spanish language studies and the Cuban Literature course, all classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted and are complemented by readings and field trips. This program is sponsored by the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. This program has been discontinued as of June 30, 2004. For information on current programs in Cuba, visit the Cuban and Caribbean Studies website.

Cuba (Havana) International Public Health

This summer program is open to graduate students seeking on-site experience with public health issues in developing countries. The course will expose students to multiple aspects of the Cuban health system. It will take place in the unique social and political environment of Havana, and involve daily lectures by various health authorities in the country, and several visits to important sites relevant to the health system. It will challenge students to critically evaluate current issues in Cuban development that affect its population’s health status. In addition, students will gain an applied understanding of the current methods used to measure social change within Cuba. This program has been discontinued as of June 30, 2004. For information on the current Public Health in Cuba program, visit the web page.

Dominican Republic

The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies are pleased to offer students the opportunity to study in the Dominican Republic during a three-week summer program. Participating students will have a unique opportunity to observe and study the history, culture, social structures, institutions, and landscape (built and natural) of the Dominican Republic in the context of the Caribbean. Guest lectures by local specialists in conjunction with extensive field trips throughout the country will enhance the two courses offered, Dominican Culture and Society in a Caribbean Context and Urban Forms and Vernacular Landscapes in the Caribbean. Classes will be held in different locations throughout the Dominican Republic and students will be housed in hotels throughout the island. Associate Provost Ana López, who is also the director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, will lead the program. A faculty member of the LAS Communication department, Prof. López’s research focuses on Latin American and Caribbean film and popular culture. The co-director of the program is Prof. Mark Thomas, who teaches historical preservation and landscape architecture in the Tulane School of Architecture. This program has been discontinued as of 2008. For current opportunities in the Dominican Republic, please visit the Academic/Semester Year Programs page.

Peru (Norte Chico Region) Archaeology and Cultural History
Through Tulane’s Archaeological Program in Peru, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies offers students the opportunity to study in the Norte Chico region of Peru, an area that has gained recent fame for its prehistoric complexity and late Chimu occupation. The recent discovery of early evidence of social complexity in the region, dating to approximately 2900 years ago, makes this an ideal time for students to explore this prehistoric culture . El Norte Chico region is located 200 kilometers north of Lima, the nation’s capital, and is famous not only for its early monumental architecture, but also for its impressive Chimu occupation that includes large walled fortresses. As part of this archaeological field school, students will be exposed to the prehistoric Peruvian cultures that once occupied this area and will be taught archaeological field survey methods and analysis techniques. Kit Nelson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University and a specialist in the late Pre-ceramic and Early Initial Period of Peru, leads the program. This program has been discontinued as of 2008. For current opportunities in Peru, please visit the Academic/Semester Year Programs page.

Summer in Chile
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies invites students interested in issues on Latin American development, economy, and society to participate in this exciting opportunity in the Southern Cone. The program is based out of Valparaíso, Chile, the country’s most important port city, located in the Fifth Region on the coast due west of the capital city of Santiago. Valparaíso is linked by rail, road, and seawall to the city of Viña del Mar, an important tourist and residential area. With course topics offered in Latin American Economic Development, Spanish language, Latin American Film, Chilean Culture, Chilean Literature, and Latin American Social Structure, classes are taught at the prestigious Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV). Students will have the unique opportunity to live with Chilean families for a total Spanish immersion experience. This program has been discontinued as of 2013.

Summer in Argentina
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is offering this exciting five week program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, through the Universidad de San Andrés. Explore the second-largest metropolis in South America while earning credit for courses on Spanish language, Hispanic Cities: Buenos Aires, Argentine history, literature, and popular culture. Stay with Argentine families in a homestay and improve your conversational skills in Spanish. Participate in a tango dance class, attend a folkloric dance show, go on a graffiti tour, and experience other exciting cultural activities within and around the city. This program has been discontinued as of 2016.

Summer in Costa Rica
This six-week program is based at Tulane University’s own beautiful campus of CIAPA, a prestigious academic research institution in the midst of the capital city of San José, since 2009. The CIAPA campus houses multiple lecture and seminar rooms where students will be housed in modern dormitories, and take course offerings in Spanish language, Latin American Culture, Social Justice Service Learning, Central American Politics, Environmental Biology, or Tropical Ecology. Constant exposure to Spanish will help students develop stronger language communication skills at any level. Students will embark on adventures to tropical rainforests, volcanoes, and beautiful beaches, with excursions to Manuel Antonio, Irazú, Cahuita, and Monteverde. This program has been discontinued as of 2018.

Ecuador: Tropical Field Biology and Conversation
This short-term summer abroad program offered by Tulane’s Center for Public Service in the Chocó Rainforest invites all majors to spend two weeks in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. Students have the opportunity to apply the theory and knowledge they have acquired in the classroom to the real world. Students will experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of conducting field research and implementing conservation activities in tropical environments. These activities will take place within a context of community engagement based on active collaboration and interaction with Ecuadorian local residents in a variety of contexts. Students will design and implement a “hands-on” research project related to tropical ecology with instructor supervision. This research will be conducted at two different sites in Ecuador, one on the western (Amazonian) slope of the Andes and one of the eastern (Pacific) slope. In addition, the program will visit a number of other natural areas more briefly, to provide students with some perspective on the diverse array of habitats found in the Tropics. Students will also be exposed to a number of conservation efforts, which includes visits to sustainable coffee and cacao production; environmental education initiatives; small-scale agricultural projects designed to improve the nutrition of local residents; and eco-tourism ventures. This program was offered in August 2013.

Law and Sustainable Development: Comparative and International Perspectives in Rio de Janeiro
This short-term summer abroad program offered by Tulane’s Law School and Payson Center for International Development focuses on Comparative Perspectives of Law and International Development, and partners with the Fundação Getulio Vargas Faculty of Law (“FGV Direito-Rio”), one of the best law faculties in Brazil. We offer students the widest possible exposure to Brazil, Brazilian society and legal institutions, and to diverse learning environments, including classes supplemented by role-playing and presentations from local lawyers and government. Students to take one or two sessions, each of two and a half weeks duration. With its two-session format, the program offers students with work or other family commitments the option to come for two weeks and benefit from the richness of the foreign study experience. For students who can come for an entire month (and, ideally, students are encouraged to come for the whole time), the program offers the opportunity to both profit from the intense study format and also have brief breaks to explore Rio and its metropolitan area as they wish.
The program will include a mixture of learning experiences. Traditional lecture and class discussions will be supplemented by role-playing exercises and on-site demonstrations from local researchers and practitioners. All lectures will be in English or accompanied by English translation. Consistent with American Bar Association accreditation standards for foreign programs, where there is translation, extra class time will be added since translation time may not count as class time.
This program has been designed to offer students the widest possible exposure to Brazil and, above all, to the richness of its most famous city, Rio de Janeiro. The program is demanding intellectually and professionally. However, Brazilians are famous for their ability to weave work and pleasure together. Students can also be assured that they will have time to enjoy themselves apart from their studies and return home invigorated by their time in (as Cariocas say) a cidade maravilhosa the marvelous city. This program was offered summer 2013.

Migration, Race, and Identity in the Dominican Republic
Join Tulane faculty Dr. Annie Gibson and Carolyn Barber-Pierre on a 15-day cultural immersion program to explore the intersections of race, culture and immigration in the Dominican Republic. Students will explore the Dominican-Haitian relationship from colonial times to present and together we will travel from Santiago to Dajabón on the border with Haiti, highlighting the ways that the DR and Haiti are interconnected and ways in which they have developed differently. We will explore the development of plantation economies during the colonial period, the control of caudillos in their respective national politics and societies, the role of U.S Imperialism and international development initiatives, the rise and fall of dictatorial regimes, and the importance of the island’s diaspora. Students will be exposed to how centuries of racism and fear shaped the people of two nations and are echoed today in a modern-day immigration crisis in which the Dominican Republic threatened to deport over a hundred thousand Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent.
Through participation in this program students will be enrolled in a sequence of three 1-credit courses: 1-credit prior to departure (online), 1-credit while abroad, and 1-credit upon return to the Tulane campus (online). Students will be enrolled and are expected to complete all 3-credits. Courses are designed to give students the skill set to capitalize from the outset on the experiences, network connections, and academic environment that this experience offers and then translate those experiences into an internationally-focused undergraduate career upon return to campus. Students will combine classroom learning with hands-on application of the material through assignments designed to explore their overseas experiences and apply them to their chosen course of study. This program was offered in June 2018.

Suriname Summer Program
Through Tulane University’s unique partnerships with Suriname’s Anton de Kom University, Ministry of Public Health and The Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (CCREOH), students will explore key issues affecting the heath of Suriname’s population and ecosystem: Science, practice, and policy approaches to address public health issues affecting environmental and human health; Important aspects of disaster management; Medicinal characteristics of plants; Risks of environmental contamination; Role of the ecosystem as a vital component to community health; Field Trips – overnight trip to the rainforest; see brown nose dolphins; orchids and bird sanctuary.
The Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (CCREOH) is designed to address high-priority environmental and occupational health risks in Suriname and those common to the increasingly vulnerable Caribbean region: EOH risks associated with gold mining–related mercury contamination; Pesticide use in agriculture; Indigenous nutraceutical contamination. This program was offered July 2018.

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9th Annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica

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The 9th annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica will be hosted by the University of Texas San Antonio and the San Antonio Museum of Art on October 19 through October 21, 2018. The South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica is a regional conference that provides a venue to bring together scholars in the fields of archaeology, ethnography, art history, and others, as well as the general public, to share information and interpretations on current research focused on the cultures of the Mesoamerican region.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Vera Tiesler, who has been a research professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico for nearly 20 years. Her academic interest lies in illuminating the human conditions of the Maya and of past society, by correlating data gleaned from human skeletal remains from archaeological contexts with information from other material and documentation. In her keynote address Ancient Maya Life, Death, and Identities: A View from Yaxuná, Yucatan, Mexico, Dr. Tiesler will discuss perceptions of life and death of the Yucatecan Maya prior to and during the rise of the ancient city of Chichén Itzá. This northern cultural arena is poorly understood compared to other regions of the Maya kingdoms. Tiesler anchors her explorations of ancient Northern Maya Lowlanders through examinations of the burial population at Yaxuná, another ancient urban center located in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula and connected to Chichén Itzá by a causeway. The human remains unearthed during excavations provide valuable insight into everyday life, evolving social roles, collective identities, and manners of death experienced by Yucatec Maya. To reveal these mysteries, Tiesler combines several approaches, including bioarchaeology, mortuary archaeology, and artifact-based iconography. Her discussion will address the fate of individuals and neighborhoods, the regional trajectory that resulted in Yaxuná‘s rise, and then, ultimately, the city’s abandonment. She will conclude with thoughts on the advent of Chichén Itzá‘s political networks and what was perceived as a new cosmic era for the Maya.

During her career, Dr. Tiesler has conducted work on some 250 Maya burials. Her publications discuss living conditions and lifestyle among Maya social classes, social aspects of age and gender, physical appearance and body enhancement, violence, sacrifice, and ancestor veneration. Dr. Tiesler recently published her findings from Yaxuná in the book Before Kukulkán: Bioarchaeology of Maya Life, Death, and Identity at Classic Period Yaxuná (University of Arizona Press).

All conference events will be held at the San Antonio Museum of Art. The conference is free and open to the public.

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Registration for the 9th Annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica is now open. To register please fill out the registration form.

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 19
Keynote Address
Ancient Maya Life, Death, and Identities: A View from Yaxuná, Yucatan, Mexico
Dr. Vera Tiesler

Saturday, October 21
Screening of Out of the Maya Tombs
Panel Discussion lead by David Lebrun, Michelle Rich, and Jason Yaeger

Saturday October 20 – Sunday, October 21
Paper Presentations

CIPR talk series Critical Issues in Democratic Governance to host political scienctist Victor Menaldo

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Join the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming Dr. Victor Menaldo as part of the fall speaker series Critical Issues in Democratic Governance, on Friday, October 26, in 110A Jones Hall. Dr. Victor Menaldo will give a talk titled Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy.

Victor Menaldo (Ph.D., Stanford University, 2009) is an associate professor of Political Science at University of Washington and an affiliated faculty of the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS), Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Center for Environmental Politics. Dr. Menaldo specializes in comparative politics and political economy. Menaldo’s research focuses on the political economy of taxation and redistribution, the political economy of regulation, the political economy of regime change, and the political economy of natural resources.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to cipr@tulane.edu.

Outgoing authoritarian rulers sometimes design democratic institutions in ways that preserve their political and economic advantages. For example, over two-thirds of countries that have transitioned to democracy since World War II have done so under constitutions written by the outgoing authoritarian regime. This lecture will examine the reasons behind this phenomenon, as well as how different types of political power and economic resources in a society following democratization. Not only do these disparate origins determines polities’ basic architecture, the rights of citizens, and how representative and inclusive the political system becomes, but also has a big impact on the size of future governments and their commitments to social justice and egalitarianism. Statistical analysis and case studies of Chile, Sweden, and several other countries show why some democratic transitions yield unequal political representation and rights for citizens.

Celebrate Caribbean culture and heritage during Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans

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Bayou Bacchanal, the original Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans, is back for its 16th annual celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage. Presented by Friends of Culture, Bayou Bacchanal will include two days of Caribbean cuisine, dance, music and celebration.

World Wide Dance
Beginning Friday, November 2 stop by the newly-opened, Algiers based, Haitian restaurant Rendezvous, for World Wide Dance. This late-night dance party begins at 10:00 p.m. and doesn’t end until the final dancer clears the floor. Enjoy live sets by locally and regionally based, Trinidadian DJ Phil and DJ Spice. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door and includes access to the World Wide Dance celebration. A cash bar and bites from Rendezvous will be available for purchase.

Bayou Bacchanal Parade and Party
After an evening of dancing and celebrating, rest up for the annual Bayou Bacchanal Parade on Saturday, November 3. Assembly begins at 11:00 a.m. and the parade takes off at noon from Harrah’s. Parade-goers are welcome to come dressed in traditional carnival attire while engaging, marching and dancing to the beats of Soca music along with Casa Samba throughout the French Quarter. The parade’s final destination will be at North Peters & Mandeville Street where the party will then transition to Crescent Park.

From 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. several Dancehall, Soca and Reggae performers will grace the Bayou Bacchanal stage for this daylong festival. Guests can expect live performances by local, national and international artists such as: Soca Artist Preacher, Pan Vibrations, Tigress of Trinidad & Tobago, and Mystic of Trinidad & Tobago.

Beats will be provided by DJ Spice and hosted by Lady Pepper. Authentic Caribbean foods, drinks and special merchandise will be available for purchase. Trini Lisa and Boswell’s will be among the official vendors for Bayou Bacchanal 2018. Fest-goers can expect Caribbean staples such as salt fish, curry goat and roti. Tropical drinks including ginger beer, passionfruit juice and Sorrel will also be available. Guests are also encouraged to dress in tradition Carnival attire for a chance to win a grand prize of $2000.

Admission to the Bayou Bacchanal fest is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information on Bayou Bacchanal or Friend of Culture, visit their onsite information booth during the festival or click here.

Bayou Bacchanal Post Party
Closeout Bayou Bacchanal at Island Flavor Bar and Grill and enjoy tasty Caribbean bites, music and dancing. DJ Ray will be spinning beginning at 11:00 p.m. Celebrate the closing of Bayou Bacchanal with a bang!

Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821

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On Wednesday, November 14, the Latin American Library at Tulane University will host Dr. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library, for a talk titled, Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821.

This presentation is part of the Tulane University Women’s Association’s Jane and Herbert Longenecker Lecture Series. The event is dedicated to María García Daly.

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

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This fall, 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, August 25 until Saturday, December 29. Children and parents are welcome!

Story Hours Dates and Locations

Algiers Regional Branch
Saturday, September 1
10:30 AM

Saturday, October 6
10:30 AM

Saturday, November 3
10:30 AM

Saturday, December 1
10:30 AM

Children’s Resource Center Library
Saturday, August 25
10:30 AM

Saturday, September 22
10:30 AM

Saturday, October 27
10:30 AM

Saturday, November 24
10:30 AM

Saturday, December 29
10:30 AM

2019 Global Read Webinar Series: Diversity in Children's Literature for the classroom

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This spring, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Middle East Book Award, South Asia Book Award, and the Freeman Book Award) will sponsor a free 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom.

The 2019 Global Read Webinar Series will focus on the theme diversity in children’s literature. The webinar will be recorded and archived online and have accompanying curricula to correspond with the book.

Webinar Schedule

January
Middle East Book Award

February
Africana Book Award

March
Américas Book Award

April
Freeman Book Award

May
South Asia Book Award and picture books from all book awards