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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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.