Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2007

Border Crossing: A Look at Migration in Latin America through Music and Film
July 12 – 15, 2007
Tulane University

This year’s summer institute offers a glimpse into the migration of people within Latin America through music and film. Musicians, scholars, and filmmakers will lead hands-on workshops which will explore the many issues behind migration. K-12 teachers from any discipline will follow the migration of communities and their music throughout Latin America tracing it through Africa, Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and eventually to New Orleans. Participants will also learn the importance of using film in a classroom discussion on immigration and migration movements. Resources, cultural packets, and curriculum packets are supplied as part of the institute. Designed to fit National and State standards. For more information, visit the institute webpage.

Spring 2007

Celebraciónn Latina 2007!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Pebbles Center – 913 Napoleon Avenue
Children’s Resource Center

The Third Annual Latin American Children’s Festival took place on April 21st, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in front of the Pebbles Center and the Children’s Resource Center on the corner of Napoleon and Magazine in Laurence Square. The festival provided children and families of New Orleans with a fun introduction to the many cultures of Latin America through interactive music and dance performances, arts and crafts, food and local representatives of Latin American countries. This year’s festival’s goal was to build a stronger understanding and appreciation for our community. We had taco truck, “Taqueria Chaperal” serving up some of the best tacos and quesadillas around town as well as some of the hottest local latin bands kicking everyone into dance mode. Tulane students as well as the Children’s Resource Center’s librarians taught and showcased their art projects from around Latin America to educate local families and children about latin culture.

Indigenous Identity and Environment
Friday, April 20, 2007
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100 Jones Hall
Tulane University

This workshop will allow educators to learn about indigenous identity and the complexity of globalization through the Nahua community of Tepoztlán, in the valley of Morelos, just south of Mexico City. The film A Defender of His People by Bruce Lane is used to explore these issues. The filmmaker, along with two anthropologists will conduct the workshop introducing classroom materials. The workshop will delve into the culture of the Nahua and explore the land and resources of Mesoamerica. The workshop will teach useful tools and resources for curriculum planning and techniques on bringing issues of indigenous rights, globalization, and the environment into the classroom. Please fill out a registration form. Space limited to 25. Registration due April 13.

Latin American Environmental Media Festival Curriculum Writing Project
March 30 – April 1, 2007
Lavin-Bernick Center, Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Tulane University

The media festival is a weekend-long event which will bring to audiences films, videos, and innovative works in digital media whose subjects call critical attention to major environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information about the festival check the website.

Introduction to the Maya – 4th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, “Murals and Painted Texts by Maya Ah Tz’ibob”
February 1, 2007
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
100 Jones Hall, Tulane University

This workshop introduces participants to the mythical and spiritual world of the Maya. It explores the land and resources of Mesoamerica, as well as reviews the art and artifacts of this culture. After the workshop, join us for a tour of the Middle American Research Institute (MARI) and discussion at 4:00 pm. This teacher workshop is intended to prepare educators for the weekend Maya Symposium starting the following day Friday, Feb. 2. In order to sign up for this pre-conference workshop, click here.

FALL 2006

Bringing Latin American Literature into the Classroom – Faulkner Society Words & Music Conference
November 2-6, 2006
Hotel Monteleone

This five-day workshop focuses on the contributions of Spain and Latin America to US life and literature. This conference brings many renown Latin American authors to the city for a stimulating journey into the culture and literature of Latin America in the US. As a K-12 educator, you gain access to this wonderful event for free and learn more about the influence of these cultures on US literature. In this conference, educators learn to lead dialogues on multiculturalism and build a curriculum based on cultural heritage.

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Talk with Noah Bullock: What is a Human Rights Approach?

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Noah Bullock, the Executive Director at Cristosal, will be giving a talk entitled: What is a Human Rights Approach? This talk is part of Tulane University’s celebration of International Education Week which highlights the benefits of international exchange on campus. IEW at Tulane runs from October 16th- October 20th. More information about the Tulane IEW and the events on campus can be found here.

Olancho Screening-New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following screenings for the New Orleans Film Festival, which will run from October 11th-19th. Screenings are held at various locations in New Orleans. The box office is located at the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130).

OLANCHO

28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival to Feature Latinx Programming

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The 28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival will be held from October 11th to October 19th at participating theaters in the New Orleans area. Born in a city known for its eclectic and artistic vibrancy, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) has sought out bold and passionate storytellers since 1989. It is the longest-running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest film festivals in the South. Now in its 28th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has grown into an internationally respected annual event that attracts 20-25k people, 400+ filmmakers, and 240 films.

This year’s film festival will feature a number of films relating to the Latin American community, either in subject matter and/or made by Latin American filmmakers. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute will be sponsoring several films, including Olancho and Cuban Short Stories.

A full list of film selections and synopses may be found here.

For more information on tickets, passes, and film packages, visit the NOFF website.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following films:

Olancho
Manuel, a farmer from Olancho, Honduras, seeks fame by making music for the region’s drug cartels. When some of his song lyrics get him in trouble, he must make the most difficult decision of his life: continue the quest for fame, or flee. For information on times and locations, visit the Olancho event page.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano
These Cuban short stories are a series of short films highlight cultural and social subject manner relating to the Cuban community. For more information on show times and locations, visit the event page.

Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban
A short documentary about female boxing in Cuba, where the Cuban government forbade women from competing in the 2016 summer olympics.

Manuel
A short documentary about an 87-year-old Cuban man who brews and sells potions said to be aphrodisiacs.

Parade
Jazz students from New Orleans travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange and collaborate on a parade, celebrating open borders.

Connection (Conectifai)
A portrait of a park in Havana where, thanks to public Wi-Fi, a new kind of meeting place has arisen.

Charlie
Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son.

Forever, Comandante (Hasta Siempre, Comandante)
Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation’s unrelenting Cuban ideals, Ernesto, a 14-year-old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father’s adamant objection.

Prince of Smoke
Cuban tobacco farmer and artisanal cigar maker Hirochi Robaina follows in his legendary grandfather’s footsteps as he fights to preserve a 171-year-old family legacy.

Additional titles relating to the Latin American community include:

The Thunder Feast (Truenos de San Juan)
A documentary about the ancient festival of San Juanito in Guanajuato where homemade explosives are part of the revelry, but not everyone in the community is sure this tradition should continue.

Sambá
A documentary about Cisco, a Dominican-born man who returns to the Dominican Republic after doing time in a United State prison. Cisco soon finds that the only way he can make money is getting involved in loosely organized street fighting.

Days of Wholesome Joy
A Cuban narrative short about a woman taking care of her grandmother who has dementia.

Holy Hill
A narrative short story about a nun who works at a school for young boys in the Dominican Republic. Both she and the boys have parallel sexual awakenings.

Camp of the Innocents
A Louisiana-made short documentary about the U.S. interment of Latin American “enemy aliens” during World War II in New Orleans. The entire synopsis, as well as show times and location may be found here.

Dead Horses
A Catalan animated short film about a child fleeing his home during wartime.

Bells in the Mountains
A Spanish short documentary about a group of cows who migrate seasonally from the town of Ullé through the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains.

Elegy
A short narrative film about a girl who cannot process her complicated feelings about the death of her two classmates.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano-New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following screenings for the New Orleans Film Festival, which will run from October 11th-19th. Screenings are held at various locations in New Orleans. The box office is located at the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130).

CUBAN SHORTS: CINE CUBANO

  • Saturday, October 14th 1:00PM | Member $10 General $13
  • Thursday, October 19th 11:30AM | Members $7 General $10

Tulane to host MET Curator Dr. Joanne Pillsbury for talk on Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas

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Dr. Joanne Pillsbury, the Andrall E. Pearson Curator of the Art of the Ancient Americas at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will give a presentation titled From the Heart of the Andes: On Creating Golden Kingdoms, as part of the 2017 Wladis Seminar on Curatorial Careers at the Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Pillsbury will give a behind-the-scenes view of the exhibition Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas (Getty Research Institute and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fall 2017-Spring 2018), and the international research project that inspired it. Drawing upon significant recent archaeological findings and new investigations into the roles of artists, their patrons, and their workshops, the lecture focuses on luxury arts in the lands between the two great imperial capitals of the ancient Americas: Cusco, the seat of the Inca state, and Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital. It probes a fundamental question: How can we discern and interpret indigenous ideas of value?

Dr. Pillsbury is a specialist in the art and archaeology of the Precolumbian Americas. Pillsbury earned her PhD from Columbia University. She was previously associate director of the Getty Research Institute and director of Precolumbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. She is the author, editor, or co-editor of numerous publications, including the three-volume Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530–1900 (2008), the Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award recipient Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks (2012), and Past Presented: Archaeological Illustration and the Ancient Americas (2012), which was awarded the Association for Latin American Art Book Award.

The lecture is sponsored by the Newcomb Art Department, supported by a gift from Mark and Diane Wladis.

For more information contact Dr. Elizabeth Boone via email to eboone@tulane.edu.

For more information, view the official flyer here.

Tulane to host Dr. Andrew Paxman for a talk on William Jenkins and the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming historian and biographer Dr. Andrew Paxman, who will present his research and recent book in a talk titled William Jenkins: Profiteer of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema on October 19th.

In his talk, Dr. Paxman will focus on the life and film industry activities of William Jenkins, an American from humble beginnings who became the richest man in Mexico. Using biographical information and excerpts from his recent book Jenkins of Mexico: How a Southern Farm Boy Became a Mexican Magnate, Dr. Paxman will highlight how the American entrepreneur built up the Mexican film industry.

Currently, Dr. Paxman is a research professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico, where he teaches history and journalism. Earlier in his career, Dr. Paxman was a journalist in Mexico and co-authored El Tigre: Emilio Azcárraga y su imperio Televisa (2000). He earned a Masters in Latin American Studies from University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in History from the University of Texas, Austin.