Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2008

Performance in Latin America: Retracing African Culture
July 10-12, 2008
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
100 Jones Hall, Tulane University

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is proud to offer a summer workshop on performance in Latin America which will coincide with Tulane University’s New Orleans Dance Festival. This workshop will explore the African Diaspora in Latin America through performance as a means of cultural understanding and interpretation. Teachers will act as participants and participant-observers as they learn about African culture in Latin America. Presenters will help teachers develop the skills necessary to work with their own local musicians and performers as cultural ambassadors in the classroom. Teachers of Music, dance, Spanish and history will find this workshop particularly beneficial as a way to incorporate the richness of their local community into the classroom. Read about this year’s institute.

Annual Professional Development Competition for Gulf South K-12 teachers

The national Latin American Studies Teacher Training Network is a collaborative effort of six Title VI national resource centers hoping to encourage the study of Latin America through our network of resource centers. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies will support the study of Latin America at any one of our six participating national resource centers. The deadline to apply for this summer institute competition is March 31, 2008. Please click here for more information. Click here for all participating National Resource Centers institute offerings this summer.

Spring 2008

Teaching the Maya: An Exploration through Geography
February 15, 2008
Tulane University and the Audubon Zoo

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies’ Latin American Resource Center, Tulane University and Audubon Zoo are holding a series of workshops associated with the Fifth Annual Maya Symposium. Become a “Maya Master Teacher” and receive ongoing training about Mayan culture and society. In addition to bringing a broadened perspective to the classroom, you will serve as a consultant on Mayan curriculum for the Latin American Resource Center and other area educators. No background in subject matter is required. For the registration form and more information please click here.

Exploring Brazil through Performance Art
March 29, 2008
Tulane University and The University of Texas at Austin

Tulane University is proud to host the Brazilian Studies Association IX international conference in New Orleans Louisiana this year. To coincide with this conference, the Latin American Resource Center and UT Austin’s outreach department teamed up to invite a Brazilian cultural group from Salvador da Bahia to the United States in order to conduct a series of workshops on Afro-Brazilian culture, history and arts education in Brazil. For details on this workshop, please download the schedule here.

Fall 2007

Curriculum Writing Project

The winning film from this year’s Latin American Environmental Media Festival, “Iaurete/Waterfall of the Jaguars” will now be used in a curriculum writing project. Those selected to participate will earn an honorarium and be supported to create an exemplary curriculum to be used in the K-12 classroom in coordination with the film. The curriculum will be available as one of our online resources accessible to educators nationally. If you are interested in participating on the curriculum writing project, please contact Denise Woltering at crcrts@tulane.edu. You can download the registration form here.

Bringing Day of the Dead into the Classroom: A Celebration of Culture
October 27, 2007 1 pm
Louisiana State Museum’s Cabildo, Jackson Square

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies’ Latin American Resource Center, Tulane University and The Louisiana State Museum collaborate to celebrate Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) or as it is known in New Orleans, “All Souls Day.“ This celebration and workshop will introduce teachers, families and the public to the history and tradition behind this Mexican holiday. Local artists will explain how to build an altar in the classroom and scholars will trace the importance of this tradition through time and culture. There will be a resource table showcasing teaching resources and arts & crafts activities to help teachers bring Day of the Dead into the classroom as well as presenting families and kids how to make the different crafts popular to this tradition.

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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.

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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.