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LATEST SITE UPDATES
- Sonia Nazario to Speak in New Orleans in November
- Nora Lustig will serve on the World's Bank Commission on Global Poverty
- K-12 Educators Learn about Afro-Brazilian Identity and Teaching about Brazil
- Pebbles Center Capoeira Demo featured in the Times Picayune
- New Webzine "Cuban Counterpoints" Launches
- Steve Ellner, CIPR Visiting Researcher
- Meet Riitta-Ilona Koivumaeki, our new CIPR Post-Doc fellow
- Meet our new CIPR Post-Doc fellow, Santiago Anria
- Congratulations to Latin American Studies Graduating Seniors
- David Smilde publishes two articles on Venezuela
- Stone Center Awards Ceremony Held May 1, 2015
- The Inter-American Court of Human Rights
- The Effect of CAFTA on Costa Rica
- Costa Rican Culture in the Face of Globalization
- CEQ Working Paper No 26 (Spanish): El Impacto de los Impuestos y el Gasto Social en la Desigualdad y la Pobreza en El Salvador
- Photography Exhibit: El Viajero
- Tradewinds: Mexico Film Series
- Call for Papers: Tropical Exposures Conference
- Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame
- La hora del Cuento: 'Twas Nochebuena
- La hora del cuento: Call Me Tree/Llámame Arbol
- Summer Bilingual Reading Series at the Pebbles Center
- Art Exhibit "Dualities"
- Film Screening of "Betty y Poncho"
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Summer K-12 Teacher Institute in Cuba
Teaching Cuban Culture and Society: A Summer K-12 Teacher Institute in Cuba
Havana, Cuba | June 20 – July 4, 2015
The Application Deadline has passed. Visit the Institute Website to learn more about the program.
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is offering a unique summer study abroad program for K-12 teachers in Havana, Cuba in 2015. This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and people that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don't miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.
PLEASE VIEW THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY.
ITINERARY – 15 DAYS
- Day 1 – U.S./HAVANA, CUBA
Depart from Tampa, FL, Upon arrival, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception followed by an informal walk and people watching on the Malecón.
- Day 2 – HAVANA
Havana Vieja Tour with local preservation experts to discuss in depth the history of local landmarks, historical preservation efforts, and future plans. Visit "Arte Corte" – a barber shop and hair-dressing school in the Santo Angel neighborhood developed to promote skills in the community and support the local economy – and meet with local community leaders., students and elderly folks at the community center Visit the Callejón de Hamel for rumba music and meet with Centro Habana residents. Presentation on AfroCuban dance with musical expert Cari Diez; opportunity to interact with the musicians and staff.
- Day 3 – HAVANA
Lecture with Professor Alfredo Prieto on "Cuba Since the Special Period." Curriculum development workshop. Visit the Cuba Council of Churches to meet local people and participate in a seminar about the organization's work in the areas of youth, agriculture, social welfare, and international communications.
- Day 4 – HAVANA
Walking tour of Calle Obispo in the morning with Professor Rafael Hernández. Meet the instructors and students of La Colmenita, an after-school program that uses song and dance performance as a social development tool.
- Day 5 – HAVANA
Presentation by Professor Isabel Rigol on "Current Challenges Facing Havana's Effort to Preserve its Architecture and Heritage." Visit to the Escuelas Nacional de Arte and meet with students and faculty. Evening walk and visit to the Cañonazo at the Morro.
- Day 6 – VINALES
Day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Viñales for landscape and village exploration. Explore the mountainous magotes and visit and meet local tobacco farmers working in their fields and storehouses. At the Casa del Veguero we'll have an introduction to tobacco farming and tobacco production. Visit with locals in the town of Viñales; lunch will be a community event shared with local families, followed by a visit to a children's art center.
- Day 7 – ALAMAR
Visit to an Organipónico (urban agrarian farm) in Alamar to explore sustainable farming in Cuba and learn about Cuban cuisine from local gardeners and Noel Pina, the manager of the garden. After lunch explore the community project Muraleando, where local artists have been changing a downtrodden neighborhood into a living work of art.
- Day 8 – HAVANA/JAIMANITAS
Visit to Cementerio Colón and interact with the dozens of pilgrims who line up daily at the tomb of Amelia Goyri, said to grant miracles. Continue on to the Plaza de la Revolución. Lunch and afternoon visit to workshop of ceramic artist, José Fuster, who has turned his neighborhood into a unique, whimsical work of public art. Curriculum development in the evening.
- Day 9 – SANTA CLARA, TRINIDAD
Travel to Trinidad via Santa Clara, a town founded by 175 people on July 15, 1689. It is the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Visit to the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara. Also visit the historic sugar plantation of Manaca Iznaga before arriving in Trinidad.
- Day 10 – TRINIDAD
Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar. Trinidad was a central piece of Cuba's sugar-based economy. Guided city tour with the city historian. Visit the Trinidad library to learn about the importance of libraries and debate questions of intellectual freedom with the staff. Meet with local entrepreneur David Alamar, owner of a private paladar (Davimart) to discuss cuentaproprismo in Cuba.
- Day 11 – CIENFUEGOS
We will head to Cienfuegos, a town known for its architectural beauty which reveals its French colonial roots. Visit the Beny More School of Art that trains students in the visual and musical arts and is one of the top ten middle-level art schools in Cuba.
- Day 12 – HAVANA
We will hear from children's book author Olga Marta Pérez about the children's/ youth Literacy Scene in Cuba today. In the afternoon, we will visit the Cuban Collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes accompanied by a curator.
- Day 13 – PLAYA GIRON (Site of Bay of Pigs), Ciénega de Zapata, Playa Larga
Day excursion to the historic site of the Bay of Pigs, one of the landing sites for the 1961 US-backed invasion. Visit the Finca Fiesta Campesina farm, the Playa Girón museum, the Parque Ciénaga de Zapata, the Laguna del Tesoro, and the Taino Indian village.
- Day 14 – HAVANA
Wrap-up curriculum workshop followed by a free afternoon ending in a celebratory dinner.
- Day 15 – HAVANA/U.S.
Morning departure for the U.S.
For questions, contact Denise Woltering Vargas at 504.862.3143, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Summer 2015 Institute webpage.
REPAL Second Annual Conference
The second annual meeting of REPAL (Red para el Estudio de la Economía Política de América Latina) will be held July 7-8, 2015 in Montevideo, Uruguay, hosted by the The Department of Social and Political Sciences at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay (UCU, Montevideo).
The conference discusses important puzzles and problems, both theoretical and practical, in the political economy of Latin America. Papers, and presentations are presented in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.
Photography Exhibit: El Viajero
The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to present, in collaboration with the Photo Alliance of New Orleans, the photographic exhibition "El Viajero " by Owen Murphy from June 18th to July 11th, 2015 at the Art Gallery of the Consulate of Mexico. An opening reception will be held June 18th, 2015 at 6:00 PM.
For more information, visit the cultural agenda of the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans.
La hora del Cuento: 'Twas Nochebuena
Join the Pebbles Center at the Children’s Resource Center branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time. We will be reading ‘Twas Nochebuena and celebrating Christmas in the summer! _’Twas Nochebuena’ is a 2015 Americas Book Award Commended Title.