Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

The concentration system serves to focus the coursework of Latin American Studies majors and minors in one of the interdisciplinary themes that are the foundation of the Latin American Studies programs at Tulane. Working with the Stone Center’s Director of Undergraduate Affairs students assign the most appropriate concentration to their individual course of study. Seniors submit a formal description of their major including their concentration and core coursework in the Latin American Studies capstone class LAST 4000. The eight concentrations are:

  • Creativity
  • Encounter
  • Exchange
  • Identity
  • Land
  • Nation
  • People
  • Welfare

Sample Courses

Note that these lists are not comprehensive and do not account for all of the courses offered in each department nor those that might be offered as special topics in the departments or Latin American Studies. Courses taken abroad and on Tulane summer programs can also count toward the concentrations.

Creativity:
  • SPAN 4110: Latin American Literature
  • ARHS 3860: Arts of the African Diaspora
  • LAST 6960: Ind. & Peasant Movements
  • MUSC 3300: Music Cult of the World
  • DANC 1920: Brazilian Dance: Samba
  • COMM 4190: Latin American Film
Encounter:
  • ARHS 3860: Arts of the African Diaspora
  • SOCI 6950: Sociology of Migration
  • EEOB 3180: Plants and Human Affairs
  • ANTH 3700: Ecological Anthropology
  • INDV 4100: Info Tech and International Devt
  • ARHS 6730: Seminar in Maya Manuscripts
Exchange:
  • MKTG 4650: Global Marketing
  • ECON 3590: Economic Devt of Latin America
  • HISL 6850: US-Latin American Relations
  • SOCI 6950: Sociology of Migration
  • SPAN 6220: Colonial Latin American Literature
  • EEOB 3180: Plants and Human Affairs
Identity:
  • ARHS 3860: Arts of the African Diaspora
  • LAST 3950: Performing the Caribbean
  • COMM 4810: Media and Democracy in Latin America
  • LAST 6950: Natational Sentiment and the Performing Arts
  • MUSC 3300: Music Cultures of the World
  • ANTH 6060: South American Indians
Land:
  • ANTH 3700: Ecological Anthropology
  • EEOB 3180: Plants and Human Affairs
  • INDV 6100: Environment and Development
  • SPAN 4510: Hispanic Cities
  • HISE 6330: Imperial Spain: 1469-1659
  • HTEL 4250: Cult in the Public Sphere
Nation:
  • POLC 3350: Central American Governments
  • LAST 6950: Nattional Sentiment and the Perf. Arts
  • HISL 3960: Andean Rebellions
  • HISL 3950: Inventing Argentina
  • POLC 3410: Politics and Nationalism
  • PORT 6160: Afro-Brazil
Peoples:
  • SPAN 6850: Women Authors of Latin America
  • SOCI 2490: Latin American Social Structures
  • ECON3580: Labor and Pop of Latin America
  • POLC 3350: Central American Governments
  • ANTH 6830: Aztec and Maya Literature
  • MUSC 3300: Music Cultures of the World
Welfare:
  • SOCI 2490: Latin Am Social Structures
  • ECON3580: Labor and Pop of Latin America
  • INHL 6830: Intl Health Policy
  • HISL 3780: Women in Latin Am History
  • POLS 3010: Poverty and Development
  • EEOB 3180: Plants and Human Affairs

*non LAS course; see the college SPC restrictions

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Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.

Pan-American Life in New Orleans: Exhibition Opening and Reception

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Pan-American Life Insurance Group and The Latin American Library at Tulane University cordially invite you to an exhibit opening and reception to unveil the Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) Collection. The PALIG Collection, generously donated to The Latin American Library, documents the company’s 109 years connecting New Orleans with Latin America. The exhibit will feature photographs, manuscripts, and other materials from the PALIG archives as well as other holdings from the LAL that shed light on the long history of commercial and cultural ties between New Orleans and Latin America.

See the LAL Facebook page for more details and updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/454592075187553/

Bate papo!: Portuguese Conversation Hour

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Bala de maracujá.

Latin American Writers Series Fall 2019 Book Display

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The Latin American Library has put together a display of books written by authors participating in the Fall 2019 Latin American Writers Series: Luis Negrón, Power Paola, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, and Gabriela Weiner. All books on display are available for check out. When you visit, be sure to grab a free bookmark commemorating the series!

Café con Alberto Barrera

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The Stone Center invites you to Café con Alberto Barrera. This intimate meet and greet will be an opportunity to connect with Barrera, an influential writer and thinker from Venezuela. In addition to his creative work as a poet and novelist, he has co-authored, with journalist Cristina Marcano, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal, the first biography written on this controversial figure. He has also penned Alta Traición and Un país a la semana, two texts that chronicle the tumultuous political landscape in the Venezuela of recent years. Barrera will be answering questions about his non-fiction work during this casual conversation with faculty and students.