Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

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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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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.