Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

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TULASO

Tulane’s Undergraduate Latin American Studies Organization (TULASO) was founded to bring together undergraduates who share an interest in Latin America, ranging from career opportunities to cultural experiences to academic study. It is an independent student organization that collaborates with the Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Graduate Organization (LAGO), faculty members and other entities to sponsor academic, service and social activities related to Latin America. All Tulane students interested in Latin American affairs are invited to join TULASO, but the organization draws heavily on student majors and minors in Latin American Studies. Officers for the organization are elected in the Spring semester and working committees are formed in the Fall semester.

TULASO sponsors two live music events each semester, often in collaboration with other undergraduate student groups. These Pachangas en el Patio feature local and international musicians who perform a variety of music from Latin America and the Caribbean. The entire Tulane community is invited to attend. Check the Stone Center’s Events page for upcoming activities.

TULASO activities are decided by the organization’s members. Past activities range from salsa dancing at local clubs, to excursions to Latino restaurants and bakeries, to volunteer work and charity fundraisers, to world-cup football viewing, to workshops geared toward preparing students for future career and academic work, to a weekend trip to the School of the Americas protest and teach-in at Ft. Benning, GA.

For information or suggestions regarding TULASO, contact the 2012-2013 Student Executive Committee:

  • Chair of Administration: Alexa Schwartz aschwar@tulane.edu
  • Chair of Finance: Abigail Sebton asebton@tulane.edu
  • Chair of Community Service: Haley Ade hade@tulane.edu

Model Organization of American States, Washington D.C.
Each spring the Stone Center sends a Tulane delegation to the Washington Model of the Organization of American States, a five-day simulation of the OAS General Assembly held annually in Washington D.C., designed to introduce participants to the structures and processes of the OAS itself, to familiarize students with topical issues facing the hemisphere and a Member State of the OAS, and to teach the art of international diplomacy. Universities from throughout the United States and Latin America participate at the Model each year. Tulane’s WMOAS is run as a club in fall and as a class (LAST 4960) in spring. Students must participate in the club to be eligible to apply to be a delegate and participate in class.

This unique collaboration allows students unprecedented access to the OAS and its member state missions. The opening and closing ceremonies are held at the Hall of the Americas at OAS Headquarters; these sessions are attended by ambassadors and the OAS Secretary General. Committee sessions are held at the Fairmont Hotel near Georgetown. The WMOAS faculty works closely with the OAS Department of External Relations to offer a realistic, academically challenging, and unique opportunity for students to learn about the OAS and its mission, its member states, and the important issues that face the Hemisphere.

Latin American Studies Student Conferences
The Stone Center’s annual TUCLA conference is an interdisciplinary undergraduate symposium in which seniors from the Latin American Studies core seminar present their individual research projects. TUCLA was formally launched in Fall of 2003 as a means to provide Latin American Studies undergraduates with an opportunity to present papers in the style and atmosphere of an academic conference. The conference is designed to enlist all of Tulane’s LAST seniors in a shared discussion of the region, its society and its cultures. Although participation is restricted to seniors in the core seminar, Tulane students in other majors, Latin American Studies students at all levels, professors and friends and family are encouraged to attend to support the presenters and get a feel for character and quality of our undergraduate program and students.

In addition, the Stone Center provides workshops and advice on writing abstracts, grant proposals and on presenting research at other conferences. Our undergraduate students have presented their core seminar research at The University of Texas at Austin’s Annual ILASSA Student Conference, generally held in February. This student run conference on Latin America is the oldest of its kind. Undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and Latin America present their research on a wide range of critical topics, including immigration, human rights, social movements, indigenous rights, and social policy. It provides an opportunity to present research activities, develop presentation skills, exchange ideas and information, and meet other scholars from around the world. The call for papers is circulated in early fall, which we forward to all of our undergraduate list-serve. Research conducted for any class on Latin America (not just LAST 4000) can be submitted for the conference.

Each year as a group organized through the Stone Center in coordination with TULASO, Latin American Studies Students attend the Birmingham-Southern College Annual Latin American Studies Symposium, generally held in mid-April. The largest undergraduate conference on Latin America in the country, this inter- and multi-disciplinary event offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students get to present their research, get to know other Tulane LAST majors and begin to accrue scholarly experience. The call for papers is circulated at the end of the fall semester. Research conducted for any class on Latin America (not just LAST 4000) can be submitted for the conference

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Diverse Roots of Migration in Latin America & the Caribbean: A K-12 Educator Workshop in Washington DC

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Join us to explore the roots of migration and its effects on the family in Latin America and the Caribbean. Highlighting the 2017 Américas Award titles, this workshop will prepare K-12 educators and librarians to engage students with topics of migration, family, and the socioeconomic barriers within Central America and the Caribbean today. The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs presents the 2017 Américas Award teacher workshop hosted by American University’s International Training & Education Program. Speakers will include 2017 Américas Award winning author of The Only Road Alexandra Díaz, as well as Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us, an honor book, and Nadia L. Hohn, author of Malaika’s Costume, another honor book. These authors, along with a curriculum specialist, will engage participants with teaching strategies to accompany the books.

To learn about this year’s 2017 Américas Award winners, please view the video announcement here.

Participants will receive dinner, a book, and a certificate of completion with registration.

Register BEFORE SEPTEMBER 7 at a special rate of $25. AFTER SEPTEMBER 7 registration increases to $35.

AU ITEP students may register for $10 BEFORE SEPTEMBER 7.

For more information, please visit claspprograms.org/americasaward

The program is sponsored by CLASP and American University. It is coordinated by Tulane University and Vanderbilt University with generous support provided by Florida International University, Stanford University, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, and the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee.

Celebración Latina at Audubon Zoo

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Join us for our annual family festival as we celebrate 13 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 is set for Sunday, October 15, 2017 and 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 please!

Check out these pictures from past celebrations!

For more information, please visit the Audubon Zoo website.

Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or lwise1_at_tulane.edu.

La Hora del Cuento: Pebbles Center Bilingual Fall Reading Series

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Celebrate and learn about Latin America with your kids through the Stone Center’s Pebble Center at the Algiers Regional branch and New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

All books are read in English and Spanish and readings are followed by an activity based on the book. Past books include Counting Ovejas, Drum Dream Girl, Mango, Abuela, and Me, and Arroz con Leche. Readings are free and open to the public. Recommended ages 0 – 5 and parents!

Story Hour Dates/Themes TBA

Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, in collaboration with the Middle American Research Institute, will present a teacher workshop in conjunction with the 15th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium on March 9, 2018.

Since 2002, Tulane University has hosted a weekend of talks and workshops dedicated to the study of the Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America. This yearly meeting has called upon scholars from a wide spectrum of specialties—archaeology, art history, cultural anthropology, epigraphy, history, and linguistics—to elucidate the many facets of this fascinating Mesoamerican culture. In developing a broad approach to the subject matter, the conference aims to draw the interest of a wide ranging group of people—from the expert to the beginner.

For more information, visit the Middle American Research Institute website.