Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

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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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MARI Brown Bag: Laurent Corbeil "Crossing Paths: Mesoamericans on the Mining Borderlands"

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Dr. Laurent Corbeil, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present a talk on his recent research on indigenous peoples involvement in mining in Mexico titled “Crossing Paths: Mesoamericans on the Mining Borderlands.”

For more information and a full list of Brown Bag talks, visit the Brown Bag Website.

"Dámaso Pérez Prado, the king of Mambo: controversies of his life and work" a talk by Ulises Rodríguez Febles

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Given in Spanish.

Rodríguez Febles will talk about the creator of the Mambo and his influences. He will focus on his most important mambos from the 40s and 50s, the musician’s unique rhythms, and contributions to international culture in commemoration of the centenary of Pérez Prado’s birth.

Ulises Rodríguez Febles (Cárdenas, August 30, 1968) is a Cuban playwright, researcher, novelist, and scriptwriter for radio and television. He directs the House of Scenic Memory and Itinerant Theater (Casa de la Memoria Escénica), and is a theatrical adviser of the Provincial Council of the performing arts and other groups and institutions in Matanzas. He is vice-president of the Rolando Ferrer Chair of Drama in Havana and the José Jacinto Milanés Chair in Matanzas. He is also member of the Freddy Artiles Chair of Children’s and Puppet Theater at ISA. (Instituto Superior de Arte).

The Political Struggle Over Gender Violence Law in Nicaragua

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Dr. Pamela Neumann will give a talk at Fridays at Newcomb titled “The Political Struggle Over Gender Violence Law in Nicaragua.”

Dr. Neumann is currently a Zemurray-Stone Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Neumann’s research interests include gender-based violence, social movements, and environmental inequalities in Latin America. Her current book project draws on ethnographic research and in-depth interviews to examine the everyday bureaucratic practices in police stations and prosecutor’s offices that contribute to impunity, while also considering the promise and limitations of legal advocacy for addressing violence against women. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Neumann worked for a non-governmental organization in Nicaragua and as a service-learning coordinator in Texas.

Sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute. Please visit the event webpage for more information.

Teaching Latin America through New Orleans: A K-12 Educator Workshop

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New Orleans is sometimes referred to as the northernmost city in Latin America and the ‘Gateway to the Americas.’ This workshop focuses on the longstanding connections between Latin America and New Orleans focusing on trade, immigration, food, and cultural connections.

Participants will receive lunch, teaching materials and CEUs.

Special offer on registration!:
Bring a friend! Register with a colleague from the same institution and you can receive a 2 for 1 registration. Please register only one time and follow instructions on the registration form to provide your colleague’s information.

Schedule Coming Soon!

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.