Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Internships (LAST4560, LAST4570)

Field experience, in the form of local and international community service and internships is an integral part of the Latin American Studies curriculum. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies works closely with the Center for Public Service to offer internships with local, national and international agencies for academic credit, combining a relevant academic component with experiential learning. These internships are open to senior majors in good academic standing. Students interested in pursuing an internship should contact the Center for Public Service prior to the start of the semester in which the internship will take place.

Service Learning (LAST3890)

LAST 1010 and LAST 1020 are designated service learning courses. Students enrolled in these classes complete a 40-hour community service activity that is tied closely to the academic content of the course and complete a reflection component, such as a weekly journal or regular discussions of their experiences. Community sites include city schools and organizations with a focus on Latin America-related activities or Latin American immigrants. General information is available through the Center for Public Service.

Honors Thesis (LAST4990, LAST5000)
The senior thesis is a major undertaking and an invaluable opportunity for graduating Latin American Studies majors. All students enrolled in the Honors Program are required to write a thesis to graduate with honors, but all seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 and a GPA of 3.5 in the Latin American Studies major are eligible to write a senior thesis and to graduate cum laude. Although the primary research and writing of the thesis takes place over your senior year, you should begin planning and reading background materials, talking with potential advisors, and searching for sources in the Spring of your junior year.

The thesis provides an opportunity to bring together your interests and experiences in Latin America and the interdisciplinary skills and methods you have acquired during your years as a Latin American Studies major. Writing a thesis allows students to engage in debates with other scholars, to transform scattered and undigested information into a meaningful narrative and a compelling interpretation, and to begin to focus your interests and abilities in anticipation of graduation. While this is the essential work of graduate school and professional in the field, it is also the pinnacle of the kinds of research and communication skills that the Latin American Studies aims to instill in all of its students.

Thesis writers enroll in LAST 4990 for 3 credits in fall semester and LAST 5000 for 4 credits in spring semester. Students pursuing a double major who wish to write their thesis in two departments may enroll in thesis hours in Latin American Studies for one semester and in the second department for the other semester. In addition to successful completion and defense of the thesis, Latin American Studies requires that departmental honors students achieve an A- or better in the Core Seminar. All students, whether enrolled in the Honors Program or not must register their thesis with the Honors Program Office and meet all Honors Program deadlines and requirements for thesis writers.

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

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This summer, 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 April 28 until Saturday, August 25. Children and parents welcome!

Story Hours Dates and Locations

Algiers Regional Branch
Saturday, May 5
2:30 PM

Saturday, June 2
2:30 PM

Saturday, July 7
2:30 PM

Saturday, August 4
2:30 PM

Children’s Resource Center Library
Saturday, April 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, May 26
12:00 PM

Saturday, June 30
12:00 PM

Saturday, July 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, August 25
12:00 PM

The Latin American Library's Annual Open House

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The Latin American Library will be hosting its annual open house event on Friday, September 21. This annual event will welcome back faculty, students, staff, and friends from the New Orleans community. The event includes an exhibit, informal presentations by invited guests, and a book sale.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Madeline White via email (mwhite7@tulane.edu) or by phone at (504) 865-5681.

K-12 Educator Workshop Celebrating 25 Years of the Américas Award with 2018 winners Ibi Zoboi and Duncan Tonatiuh

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This year marks the 25th year that the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs CLASP will honor the work of the many authors, illustrators, publishers, educators, and readers of the award with 2018 award winners Ibi Zoboi and Duncan Tonatiuh.

Zoboi’s book, American Street is a complex and multi-layered story anchored around relationships and questions of loyalty. She will share her experiences writing this book and provide context for teaching this book in a high school classroom.

The second 2018 award winner by Duncan Tonatiuh, Danza is a magnificent celebration of Amalia Hernández, the dancer and choreographer who founded the famed Mexican dance company, el Ballet Folklórico de México. Tonatiuh will share with educators his unique illustrative style and engage participants in an exploration of Amalia Hernández and her impact in the world of dance. This picture book is the perfect book for every library.

The workshop will explore this year’s winners, providing guidance and resources that span the 25 years of the award. This special 25th anniversary workshop will focus on diversity and the role of community.

Co-sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), Howard University, and Teaching for Change. Organized by the Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

Celebración Latina at the Audubon Zoo

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, please join us at the Audubon Zoo for the 2018 Celebración Latina family festival to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina, presented by Pan-American Life Insurance Group, will be held at the Zoo’s Capital One Stage and Field. It 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 crafts, and local social service, health, and education organizations will offer wellness, education, and social service information.

Celebración Latina is included with Zoo admission or Audubon membership. No outside food, beverages, or tents allowed. Portable chairs and blankets are welcomed.

Don’t forget to check out photos from past celebrations!

For more information, please visit the Audubon Zoo website.

Celebración Latina is sponsored in part by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Ron Austin & Associates.

Carnaval Latino and Parade of the Americas

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Join us for the 19th annual Carnaval Latino festival in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from October 13 – 15, 2018.

The Hispanic culture has thrived in New Orleans for almost 300 years, and Spanish influence can be seen all over the city. To celebrate the best of Latin culture, the 19th annual Carnaval Latino returns to the downtown area.

The Hispanic American Musicians and Artists Cultural Association hosts the festival to celebrate the music, food, art and culture of Latin America. Numerous musicians, both locally and from overseas, perform to honor the rich Spanish heritage in New Orleans.

In addition to live music and fantastic food, the Krewe of Quetzal will kick off the celebration with a New Orleans style parade, Desfile de Las Americas, or Parade of the Americas, on Saturday, October 13th. See the Hispanic community ride in elaborate costumes, throwing souvenirs to the crowds. After the parade, festival goers will then enjoy Latin music, art, food and drink, during Carnaval Latino’s festival at Generations Hall in the Warehouse District.

For more information on the festival and parade, visit Carnaval Latino’s official website.