Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Departmental Awards
Each year the Center selects one or two Senior Scholars from among those graduating with Honors in Latin American Studies to be recognized as the top performing students of the department. Senior Scholars candidates are evaluated on depth and breadth of study (as demonstrated by coursework within and beyond LAST major), GPA (overall and in the major), level of academic engagement (participation in conferences and extracurricular academic events), community service (with local Latino community and abroad), performance in LAST 4000, quality and coherence of major/concentration (written in LAST 4000), and originality, significance and over-all quality of thesis. Students must defend their thesis at least two weeks before the final class day to be eligible for Senior Scholar distinction. The award is recognized at the Graduation Ceremony and the closing Honors Banquet.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies has competitions annually for the best academic paper in the Social Sciences (The M. Karen Bracken Award) and in the Humanities (The Alberto Vázquez Award) by an undergraduate major or minor. The competition is decided in late spring by a standing committee which judges submissions forwarded by the faculty. The Prize Committee considers work produced in either semester of an academic year. A full listing of all Stone Center Academic Awards, including links to most of the prize winning papers, can be accessed on our Stone Center Awards and Prizes Webpage

Funding for Research, Travel and Internships
The Stone Center offers guidance and mentoring for applying for a wide variety of University fellowships to further pursue research, participate in conferences and to conduct national and/or international internships. Fellowships are available through the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Office and the Newcomb College Institute to conduct research abroad or in the US in preparation for the LAST 4000 research project (the summer before senior year), to continue your research after the course as an independent study or senior thesis, or to present research at conferences. Funding sources from the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Office include The Georges Lurcy Grant Program for term-time research or special projects under the direction of a faculty member to fund travel and access to special collections or libraries and to defray other expenses directly incurred by project research and The Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Grant Program for cocurricular activities and projects such as conference participation. For female Newcomb-Tulane College students, Newcomb College Institute Fellowships fund independent research in the US and abroad and conference presentation and attendance. In addition, the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Office offers funding for undergraduate students with summer internships with alumni or in fields related to the liberal arts through the Katherine and Robert M. Devlin ’64 Internship Program. See websites for deadlines and application cycles. Latin American Studies strongly encourages students to seek our fellowships and pursue independent research as these activities represent valuable pedagogical and pre-professional experience.

Funding for Study in Latin America
For year and semester programs, the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Office offers the Corasaniti Study Abroad Grant, providing $2500 toward the cost of a Newcomb-Tulane Study Abroad Program for a student majoring in political science, economics, political economy, or a modern foreign language. Grants are awarded on the basis of both merit and financial need. For Stone Center Summer Programs, the Tulane Undergraduate Latin American Studies Organization (TULASO) offers TULASO Summer Scholarships, peer-juried awards for students accepted to summer abroad programs. See the website for more information. For more information on study abroad funding check with the Center for Global Education.

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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: Martín Fernández (Casa Editorial HUM/Estuario Editora)

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Martín Fernández, editorial director of Casa Editorial HUM and Estuario Editora in Montevideo, Uruguay, presents the houses’ histories, missions, and ongoing projects. His presentation sheds light on the changing landscape of literature in the Americas today. It will be followed by an informal reception. Note: 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 Speaker

Martin Fernández is the Editorial director of the publishing houses Casa Editorial HUM and Estuario Editora in Montevideo, Uruguay. He founded HUM in 2007 after leaving his previous project, the underground publishing house ArteFato, which he co-directed between 2004 and 2007. HUM and Estuario publish contemporary Uruguayan literature in high-quality, aesthetically distinct editions. They have collectively released more than 400 titles.

Without a Name and Under the Tongue: Sexual Violence, Brazilian Slavery, and the Archive

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Join the Spanish & Portuguese Department, Africana Studies, the SLA Center for Scholars, and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies for a presentation by Lamonte Aidoo, entitled “Without a Name and Under the Tongue: Sexual Violence, Brazilian Slavery, and the Archive.” Aidoo is the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Romance Languages at Duke University and the author of Slavery Unseen: Sex, Power, and Violence in Brazilian History.

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: Arroz doce de maracujá.

CIPR Fall Speaker Series

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Please join us Mondays at noon for our Fall speaker Series
Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America
October 14, October 21, November 11, and November 18.

In the 2019 fall series, Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America, speakers will discuss emerging issues that have surfaced as the result of the opportunities and challenges to democratic governance that markets have brought to the region. Latin America experienced a major influx of investment, particularly in the resource sector, over the past several decades. While this foreign investment helped hasten economic development, it also brought a backlash of resource nationalism and increased calls for redistribution. Moreover, Latin America is now a model in its own right, with other countries in the Global South adopting its state-sponsored development strategies in the resource sector. These presentations will also explore how Latin America is navigating a sea change in geopolitics, with China emerging as a challenger to the United States as the region’s main trade partner and ally.

For more information, check out our Fall Series Poster

Refugee Crises Now: A closer look at the Americas, Syria, and the Rohingya

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The Tulane History department, Jewish Studies program, CELT, and the Altman Program are sponsoring a talk by Jana Mason from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Mason will be addressing the refugee crises from various parts of the globe, including Venezuela and Central America.