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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Upcoming Events

The Latin American Library's Annual Open House

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The Latin American Library will be hosting its annual open house event on Friday, September 21. This annual event will welcome back faculty, students, staff, and friends from the New Orleans community. The event will include a talk by Colombian visual artist Erika Diettes, an exhibit of recent acquisitions, a book sale, and as always much more!

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Madeline White via email (mwhite7@tulane.edu) or by phone at (504) 865-5681.

MARI Brown Bag Series to host PhD candidate Evan Parker for talk on jade offerings in Maya plaza

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The Middle American Research Institute is happy to announce the first talk of the 2018-2019 Brown Bag talk series. Evan Parker, Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Anthropology, will present his research in a talk titled The Tzimin Jades of Paso del Macho: Description and Analysis of a Middle Preclassic Maya Plaza Offering.

MARI’s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Jessica Melancon (jmelanc1@tulane.edu) for more information.

For the current speaker list of this talk series, visit the MARI Brown Bag website.

Film Screening: El Súper with filmmaker Iván Acosta

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The 1979 film version of Cuban filmmaker Ivan Acosta’s award-winning play El Súper, which gained critical and international success for its depiction of exiled Cubans in New York City, will be screened. Mr. Acosta will be in attendance and a discussion in English will follow. Iván Acosta is a playwright, filmmaker, and creative director originally from Santiago de Cuba, now in New York City. His creative endeavors include documentaries, plays, films, and books, and he’s served as writer, director, and producer, among other roles.

A small reception will follow the screening. Seating may be limited. Admission is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/1979/04/29/archives/the-screen-el-super-a-cubanamerican-tale-the-cast.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

Equity speaker series to host panel on navigating immigrant relations in the current political climate

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The Center for Academic Equity at Tulane University is proud to present Border Li(n)es: Excluding, Extracting, and Expelling Immigrants in the Southern U.S. on September 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM as part of the Equity Speaker Series.

Following a summer of turbulent immigration relations in the United States, the Fall 2018 Equity Speaker Panel will focus on immigration on our Southern border and will feature specialists whose experiences vary from grassroots to professorial work. Panelists will include Josiah Heyman, Director of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies, Ronald Martinez, New Orleans immigrant activist and spokesperson for the Congress of Day Laborers, Hiroko Kusuda, Clinical Professor and Director of Immigration Law at the Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at Loyola, and Laila Hlass, Clinical Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

These four distinguished speakers will share the stage of Freeman Auditorium to discuss the drastic variation in immigrant relations across the national, regional, and local spaces and ways that members of American society may become engaged in or change the now toxic and polarized political climate. This inaugural discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.




Cover photo from CNN story What the US-Mexico border looks like before Trump’s wall.

Mexican Cultural Institute's new exhibition features Hispanic women artists' empowerment and identity

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The Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans in collaboration with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the groundbreaking exhibition Hispanic Women Making Art: Creative Empowerment and Identity. The exhibition will feature artists Verónica Bapé, Belinda Flores-Shinshillas, Ana Hernandez, Josephine Sacabo, Laura Velez and Luba Zygarewicz and is curated by Marcela Correa, MFA.

The opening reception will be held on September 26 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The exhibition will be open beginning September 26 and continue through November 24, 2018. For more information, please visit the Mexican Cultural Institute website.

Cover photo is a work by Verónica Bapé from the series ABUNDANTE COSA 1 MES 1 ARTISTA.

In 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico established the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans. The primary objective of the Mexican Cultural Institute is to promote the image of Mexico by supporting cultural expressions in its broadest and fullest sense, including multidisciplinary forms like visual arts, music, performing arts, film, literature and gastronomy. The mission of the Cultural Institutes is to be protagonists of the cultural scene in their different host cities.


Iván Acosta book presentation: With A Cuban Song in the Heart / Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón

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Iván Acosta will present his memoir, With a Cuban Song in the Heart/ Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón, published by Un-Gyve Press, 2017. At this event, Mr. Acosta will incorporate his favorite Cuban songs in a musical and historical journey. His book features artwork from 280 album covers in his private collection and weaves a rich narrative combining real life experiences from his childhood in Santiago, Cuba along with tidbits of local lore and historical references. His favorite songs will be performed by local performers during the presentation.
This fascinating presentation, starting at 6:00PM, will be held at Tulane University in the Freeman Auditorium of the Newcomb Art Building (in Newcomb Circle) New Orleans, LA, 70118. A book signing and reception will follow on Woodward Way, right outside the Freeman Auditorium and in the Newcomb Art Museum. The book will be available for purchase for $60.00.

This event is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/16/nyregion/public-lives-cuba-on-his-mind-the-dual-life-of-an-artist-exile.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.