Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

To go directly to the online application system for the Latin American Studies MA and Ph.D. prorams, click here.

The Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies is one of the largest and most prestigious interdisciplinary units at Tulane University. It functions in many capacities to provide programming and degree plans to a broad range of educational constituencies. Currently, these include a Bachelor of Arts major and minor in Latin American Studies, a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Latin American Studies.

The design of both the M.A. and Ph.D. curriculum in Latin American Studies is dependent upon the student’s particular research interests. The Graduate Advisor and the student will discuss these research interests before the start of the student’s first semester of coursework and will map out a comprehensive program of study with the goal of developing an interdisciplinary research project. Students accumulate the research skills and tools by undertaking coursework in multiple disciplines or fields. Students should expect to narrow their coursework to one primary and two secondary concentration areas. Of course, there is also the opportunity to extend one’s coursework beyond these three concentration areas when the research project will be enhanced by doing so.

The Stone Center also collaborates with other units across the University to offer specialized graduate degree programs. Such programs include joint professional degree programs with the Law School (MA/JD) and the Business School (MA/MBA), and a dual Doctor of Philosophy degrees (a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies and Art History). For further information on these specialized degree programs, please consult the relevant sections that appear later in this guide.

In addition, the Stone Center offers an intensive, ten-month M.A. Program in Latin American Studies focused on Central America and policy challenges. The M.A. in Costa Rica program takes place at the CIAPA campus in San José, Costa Rica.

The standard Tulane University graduate program application form allows applicants to identify whether their application should be considered for admission either as an M.A. student or as a Ph.D. student. The admissions policy of the Stone Center, however, is to consider for admission directly to the Ph.D. program only individuals who have an earned Master’s Degree or relevant professional degree (i.e. M.D., J.D., etc.)

Applicants interested in the Ph.D. Program in Latin American Studies, but who do not have an earned Master’s Degree or a relevant professional degree, will be considered for admission only to the M.A. program in Latin American Studies. Upon completion of the M.A. Program in Latin American Studies, such students are then able to reapply to the Ph.D. program. Admission to the M.A. program does not guarantee continuation in the Ph.D. program.

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Global Café: A Gathering of Internationally- Minded Tulanians

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Hosted by the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of International Students and Scholars, and the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life

Come hang out with international students, returned study abroad students, perspective study abroad students, and internationally minded Tulane faculty and staff members. Every Monday from 3:00-5:00 PM. Coffee and cookies provided!

La Hora del Cuento: Bilingual Story Time at the Pebbles Center Uptown

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Join the Pebbles Center at the Children’s Resource Center branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

Held the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30 PM, we will read a book and have a craft based on the book. Past books include Counting Ovejas, Drum Dream Girl, and Mango, Abuela, and Me.

Story Hour Themes

September 12
Familia Fun (Mixed Age/Family)

October 10
Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead (Mixed Age/Family)

November 14
Food/La Comida (Preschoolers/Family)

December 12
Animalitos/Little Critters (Mixed Age/Family)

La Hora del Cuento: Bilingual Story Time at the Pebbles Center Algiers

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Join the Pebbles Center at the Algiers Regional branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

Held the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 AM, we will read a book and have a craft based on the book. Past books include Counting Ovejas, Drum Dream Girl, and Mango, Abuela, and Me.

Story Hour Themes

October 10
Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead (Mixed Age/Family)

November 14
Food/La Comida (Preschoolers/Family)

December 12
Animalitos/Little Critters (Mixed Age/Family)

Identity: Art Exhibition

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Identity: Art Exhibition by Gustavo Duque, Lisa Restrepo and Belinda Shinshillas. Showing from October 4th to December 30th.
Opening Reception: October 4th, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

“Identity” is an exhibition thought to examine how three Hispanic-Latino visual artist can create bodies of work so different and diverse when they have the same heritage. How gender, age and personal experiences can shape the way they perceive and express their vision based on internal observation.

The works presented here represent two countries that share rich heritage. Colombia and Mexico have a long history of cultural exchange. Traditionally, artist have created master pieces back and forth in both countries however, in this occasion their encounter is not in Latin America, but in New Orleans.

Luisa Restrepo and Gustavo Duque were born in the city of Medellin in different decades. Restrepo is a graphic artist working with a contemporary visual vocabulary deconstructing and reconstructing symbols and icons, creating stories through cut silhouettes influenced by the deep history of her native Colombia. Duque depicts the richness and strength of the soul exploring the fear and freedom of the human condition. He captures with a sublime force the voice that in the silence of solitude nobody wants to scream. Belinda Shinshillas is a native of the Capital City of Mexico. She works with abstraction as a way to move through space where all elements become a metaphoric voice. Her paintings are an extension of her identity and culture, using color as an idea, an attitude and interpretation between intimacy and distance seeking spiritual transformation.

Ancient Maya Landscapes: K-16 Educator Workshop

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In conjunction with the Middle American Research Institute’s 14th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium “Monumental Landscapes: How the Maya Shaped Their World” and the New Orleans Museum of Art LARC is presenting a K-16 educator workshop on Ancient Maya Landscapes. The workshop will address how the Maya viewed the world around them as well as resources for teaching about the Maya and interactive activities for the classroom.

Participants will receive lunch, teaching materials and CEUs.

An updated schedule is coming soon.

Register through the TMS website.

14th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium Monumental Landscapes: How the Maya Shaped Their World

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The Middle American Research Institute, the Alphawood Foundation, and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies are proud to present the Fourteenth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop. This year’s symposium, titled “Monumental Landscapes: How the Maya Shaped Their World”, will examine how the ancient Maya built up and transformed their landscapes to create monumental cities and lasting communities. The invited scholars have explored this topic across the Maya area, from the lowlands of Belize and Guatemala to the Guatemalan highlands.

Visit the Tulane Maya Symposium homepage for more information and updated schedules. Registration is now open.