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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K-14 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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Havana, Cuba | June 17 – July 1, 2017

The Application Deadline has Passed
$3,500.00 for 15 days

This two-week program through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Cuban and Caribbean Studies, and in collaboration with Primary Source provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

Tulane’s summer program is locally sponsored and supported by the National Union of Writers and Artists. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and several cultural venues. In addition to field trips in Havana, there will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara, Playa Girón, and Viñales.

For more information and for the institute application, please visit the institute webpage.

Summer Reading at the Pebbles Center Algiers

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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 of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

Our summer story hour will take place in June, July, and August on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 AM. 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, and Mango, Abuela, and Me. Readings are free and open to the public. Recommended ages 0 – 5 and parents!

Story Hour Dates/Themes

June 13
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July 11
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August 8
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