Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Introduction to Latin American Studies I (LAST1010)

Majors and minors in Latin American Studies must take LAST 1010, a wide-ranging interdisciplinary discussion of Latin America with an emphasis on the 20th century. The course probes the social and cultural institutions and production of modern Latin America through the concepts of Encounter, Identity, Nation, and Welfare. Readings, lectures, discussions, and media presentations are integral components of the course.

The objective of the course is to introduce students to the region, institutions, and cultural production of Latin America. Students will become familiar with the physical, political, and cultural boundaries of the region and then examine modern Latin America through the use of case studies, primary source materials, discussion and current research.

Several sections of this course are offered each fall semester and one section is offered in the first summer session. During the regular semester, LAST 1010 is designated a service learning course and all sections fulfill the University’s Comparative Cultures and International Perspectives and Perspectives Outside the European Tradition distribution requirements.

Introduction to Latin American Studies II (LAST1020)

Majors and minors in Latin American Studies must take LAST 1020, a wide-ranging interdisciplinary discussion of Latin America with an emphasis on the 20th century. The course probes the social and cultural institutions and production of modern Latin America through the concepts of Creativity, Exchange, Land, and Peoples. Readings, lectures, discussions, and media presentations are integral components of the course.

The objective of the course is to introduce students to the region, institutions, and cultural production of Latin America. Students will become familiar with the physical, political, and cultural boundaries of the region and then examine modern Latin America through the use of case studies, primary source materials, discussion and current research.

Several sections of this course are offered each spring semester and one section is offered in the second summer session. During the regular semester LAST 1020 is designated a service learning course and all sections fulfill the University’s Comparative Cultures and International Perspectives and Perspectives Outside the European Tradition distribution requirements.

Undergraduate Core Seminar in Latin American Studies (LAST 4000)

This course is the Latin American Studies cap-stone class and is required of all senior students majoring in Latin American Studies. The Core Seminar develops students’ capacity for interdisciplinary problem solving and understanding of Latin American social and cultural institutions and production. The course has two main components: (1) in effort to prepare students for advanced graduate study, students research and write a major research paper, which they present in a professional style conference held at the end of the semester; and (2) students participate in career exploration and development, working on tailoring and presenting their education in terms relevant to professional occupations, and writing resumes and cover letters. The course culminates in TUCLA, the Tulane Undergraduate Conference on Latin America, a public presentation of students’ research and scholarship. Download the schedule, abstracts and participant biographies for last year’s TUCLA conference.

The objectives of the course are:
  • to create a climate of advanced interdisciplinary research and intellectual exchange whereby students develop an ability to perform professionally in an advanced academic setting through seminar discussion and research paper presentation
  • to expose students to interdisciplinary methodologies and thus develop critical thinking skills that will enable them to synthesize multiple disciplines and some of their corresponding theories/methodologies effectively around common themes
  • to explore and test the viability and applicability of Latin American Studies training to a variety of post-graduate career possibilities.

The Core Seminar is offered only in the fall semester and fulfills the University’s Writing Intensive Course distribution requirement.

Independent Studies (LAST4910, LAST4920)

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies also offers students the opportunity for independent study under the direction of a faculty member. The work may take the form of directed readings, library research, or original composition. Instead of traditional class attendance, the student substitutes conferences, as needed, with the faculty director of the independent study course.

Students are permitted to design two independent studies in the course of the undergraduate studies at Tulane; however, they may not occur in the same semester.

Students interested in designing an independent study for credit in Latin American Studies should use the following process:
  • The student selects a faculty member appropriate for the topic of the proposed study and secures his/her willingness to direct the independent study
  • The student then devises a maximum 13 character title (including spaces) for the proposed independent study, which will subsequently appear on the student’s transcript
  • The student and faculty director decide on the format, workload, and method of evaluation for the independent study and put this in writing, accompanied by the faculty director’s signature
  • Finally, the student submits all materials, including a completed proposal form, which is obtained from the Center for Latin American Studies, to the Undergraduate Advisor in the Center for Latin American Studies, who will then approve the independent study and formally register the student for the independent study.

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Screening of De Lo Mio at the New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is proud to sponsor two screenings of De Lo Mio at the New Orleans Film Festival.

SAT OCT 19 | 3:45PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE)
MON OCT 21 | 11:00AM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE)

Director Diana Peralta will be in attendance at both screenings.

Film Description

After a years-long absence, sisters Rita and Carolina finally return to their birthplace in the Dominican Republic to prepare their dead father’s childhood home for sale. There, they rejoin their brother Dante, their main link to the family back home. As they excavate the house’s literal and emotional junk, they discover that there’s more than years and miles separating them. In this affecting chamber piece, first-time director Diana Peralta zooms in past the postcard prettiness of the island setting, framing intimate scenes that raise big questions: whether a patriarch’s death severs a sibling bond or starts it anew, and how to square the longing for a home that’s an ocean away with the reality that you’ve forever left it behind.

The Stone Center will be offering a limited number of free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Please stay tuned for announcements on how to redeem these tickets.

Screening of Havana, From on High at the New Orleans Film Festival

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The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is proud to sponsor two screenings of Havana, From on High at the New Orleans Film Festival.

THURS OCT 17 | 12:30PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC
TUES OCT 22 | 3:45PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC

Film Description

The sun rises over Havana, Cuba, and awakens not just a city, but the people who live on its rooftops. Amidst poverty and dilapidated buildings left by the Special Period‘€“the worst economic crisis the country has ever seen‘€“lie people with a deep love for the city and their towering views. Through sun-soaked visuals and interviews with rooftop dwellers, we get a sense of their hopes, history, and the reality of living in Cuba post‘€“Special Period. What begins as a portrait of everyday life becomes an exploration of the effects of socio-economic disarray and increased foreign influence on a fiercely independent nation. Despite their adversity and separation from the world, the rooftop dwellers of Havana, like all others, search for happiness.

The Stone Center will be offering a limited number of free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Please stay tuned for announcements on how to redeem these tickets.

Queerness within Latinx Dance & Food

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In honor of LGBTQ+ Hxstory Month, Latinx Heritage month, and OGSD LGBTQ+ Hxstroy & Celebration Days programs we invite you to Queerness within Latinx Dance & Food on Tuesday, October 22nd from 7-9:30 pm in LBC Rathskeller Lounge.

Join OGSD, TU Genté, Gender Sexuality Advisory Council (GSAC), The Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and Newcomb Institute for gourmet tacos from Chef Melissa Araujo a Honduran Chef who is based in New Orleans and performances and workshop by Jose Richard Aviles.

Jose is a multi-media artist who draws from their identities as a Queer, Brown body, Angeleno native, and Scholar. Aviles’ work puts theory and practice in dialogue and their art is a result of their scholarly explorations and lived experience. Callejera is the embodiment of theories of Spatial Production and Aviles’ lived experience as a Pasajera (Bus Rider).

RSVP and learn more at the official FB event page.

Latin American Writers Series: Andrea Palet (Editorial Laurel)

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Editorial Director Andrea Palet presents the history, philosophy, and ongoing projects of Editorial Laurel, a publishing house founded in Santiago, Chile in 2014. Her presentation sheds light on the changing landscape of literature in the Americas today. It will be followed by a 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 Speaker

Andrea Palet is the founding editorial director of Editorial Laurel, established in 2014 in Santiago, Chile. Under her leadership, the house has released the works of more than 20 novelists, essayists, and chroniclers. Paleta also oversees the Master of Editing program at the Universidad de Diego Portales. A collection of her columns, Leo y olvido, was released in 2018 by Ediciones Bastante.

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: Biscoito de maracujá.

K-12 Educator S.T.E.A.M Workshop: Teaching Central America at the Zoo

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Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies in collaboration with the Audubon Nature Institute will be hosting a K-12 educator workshop on Saturday, October 26, 2019. This workshop will focus on conservation efforts and environment of Central American rainforests. This workshop is a great way to learn how to bring real world science into your classroom. We will explore the zoo with Professor Kathy Jack, a primate behavioral ecologist who works on conservation efforts in Dry Forests of Costa Rica. Activities will incorporate a variety of sciences and other subjects including: art, environmental science, cultural components, anthropology, computer science and technology. While it is geared for middle and high school teachers, this workshop is open to all educators formal and informal.

Register here.