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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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.