Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

For the Policies and Procedures of the University, please visit Tulane’s Student Resources information page.

Stone Center Policies

Grades

Students must maintain a 2.0 average in the major program to satisfy the degree requirements of Latin American Studies. The grade-point average is determined by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of quality hours (see Undergraduate Catalogue for more information on quality points).

Federal law prohibits the release of grades or other confidential information to third parties, including parents and guardians, unless the student provides written authorization for release of such information to the associate dean. Such as request may be made by the student at any time.

Grievances and Grade Changes

When students have a complaint to register about a particular class, a professor or a grade, they should make an appointment with the Assistant Undergraduate Advisor.

In most cases grievances grow out of courses. It is important to understand that grievances attach to the department in which a course is offered. Thus, if a student in the Latin American Studies interdisciplinary program seeks to resolve a problem arising from a Sociology course, it must be pursued through the Sociology Department. Courses which originate in the Center for Latin American Studies will be handled by the appropriate Center administrators. In every case disputes are handled at the lowest level first (discuss the problem with the professor) and then move up the Center and, finally, college chain.

The university grievance policy is available either in the Center or in the college division office. It is a lengthy document which describes procedures to be followed when the Center procedures have not worked to satisfy all parties.

The Center for Latin American Studies policy is as follows:

  • The Executive Director designates the Undergraduate Advisor to serve as the chair of the grievance committee in the case of an undergraduate level grievance.
  • If the Undergraduate Advisor is the object of the grievance hearing or if some other conflict of interest arises, then the Executive Director of the Center will serve as the chair of the grievance committee.
  • If a complaint cannot be resolved by informal mediation within seven days of its referral to the Undergraduate Advisor, the student will be informed of his or her right to bring the matter before the Center grievance committee. The student will be granted 24 hours from the time of notification of right of grievance hearing to notify the chair of the committee of his or her decision to seek redress through the committee. The chair will schedule the hearings, if requested, within 48 hours of such notification.
  • Requests by parties involved in the grievance process for extensions of the above time limits shall be entertained by the chair and granted only in extreme cases.
  • The Center grievance committee shall consist of three faculty members. At least one will be a Latin americanist faculty member with a departmental affiliation. Members of the grievance committee will be appointed by the Executive Director and will serve for a term of three years.
  • The chair of the committee will advise the committee members of the name of the student and shall notify the student of the composition of the committee at least 24 hours before the hearing.
  • Requests by the student to remove a faculty member from the committee for cause or by committee members to remove themselves for cause shall be entertained by the chair of the committee and granted only in extreme cases.
  • The chair of the committee will not serve as a committee member but shall serve as moderator of all grievance hearings.
  • Both the student and the instructor have the right to submit written statements of their opinions concerning the grievance to the grievance committee and shall be encouraged to do so. Both parties shall also have the right to appear before the committee during the hearing and shall be encouraged to do so. Neither party is obligated to submit a written opinion nor to appear. Choice regarding these options shall not be weighed in committee deliberations.
  • Instructors against whom grievances are filed are obligated to submit to the committee all written materials (test, papers, record of grades, attendance and records, and so forth) which bear directly on the grievance case.
  • Parties giving testimony in a hearing shall be segregated before and during testimony.
  • Testimony, but not committee deliberation during a grievance, shall be tape-recorded and tapes kept on file for six months after the hearing.
  • The committee shall render a decision in the grievance matter within three days of the hearing. Committee records should contain not only the decision but an explanation of the grounds upon which the decision was reached. Summary statements of decisions and their grounds shall be sent by the chair of the committee to the student, the faculty member against whom the grievance was filed, and the dean of the college division.
  • If the Center grievance procedure does not achieve a mutually satisfactory conclusion, the student will have recourse to the university’s appellate procedures.

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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.