Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Fall 2004

Gaze at the Moon, Stars and Southern Art
Thursday, October 28, 2004, 5:30-8:30 PM
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Latin American Resource Center is partnering with the Ogden Museum of Southern to offer teachers the chance to explore the world of the stars and southern art at Ogden After Hours. Teachers will be treated to an evening music, food and fun, while touring the Ogden gathering sample lesson plans, making a Dia de los muertos altar and more. Activities will include Gallery Activity Sheets and Lesson Plans Relating to Science and Art, featuring lesson plans for Keith Sonnier’s Sculptures That Glow: Making Art Out of Neon Light and “Revisiting the World’s Fair: Art and Science of Yesteryear,” learning to make a Dia de los muertos altar featuring calaveras, papel picado, small figurines for the altar, lesson plans and recipies, and a video about Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca. Teachers will also get to hear a talk entitled Ahau ti Diose: Maya Interpretations of Christianity which will explore religion in Yucatan from the pre-colonial to the modern day and how Christian concepts make sense to the Maya. Presented by Amy George Hirons, Ph.D. Teachers will also have the opportunity to use telescopes to gave at the stars and moon from the terrace of the Ogden.

Ogden Teacher Members Pre-Registration is free. Non-Ogden Members Pre-Registration $5.00 at the door. Music, Food, Drinks, and Friends! Join in the Celebration! To register online or look for more details, please visit http://www.ogdenmuseum.org or email Debbie Randolph at . View photos from this event at the Stone Center’s Flickr site.

Third Annual Maya Symposium and Workshop: Fifteen Centuries of Maya Literature from the Northern Lowlands
Tulane University
October 29 – October 31, 2004

The Yucatán Peninsula is unique in the Maya world in having a continuous literary tradition dating from the prehispanic to the contemporary period. We invite you to join us for an exploration of hieroglyphic, Colonial, and contemporary texts written by the Yucatán Maya. This year’s program features a series of lectures, discussions, and workshops led by specialists in the fields of epigraphy, linguistics, anthropology, and Colonial history. For more information, please contact Brian Knighten.

The teacher workshop on Friday afternoon will feature a talk on the northern Maya lowlands, and MARI’s role in studying this area, by David R. Hixon and David S. Anderson, of Tulane University. Their presentation is entitled A Photographic Tour of the Northern Maya Lowlands through the Lens of the Middle American Research Institute. Teachers are encouraged to attend Friday’s keynote lecture “The Sky in Mayan Literature” by Anthony Haven. The talk provides an overview of what we have learned about Maya astronomy and its relationship to social and religious practices from a study of the hieroglyphic Maya codices over the past three decades. On Sunday, all teachers will participate in the afternoon workshop What’s Your Sign?: Maya Interpretations of the Zodiac. This hands-on workshop will explore the book of Chilam Balam Kaua allowing teachers to read their birthdate chart from this Maya book. Lunch will be provided on this day. Attendance at the Sunday morning glyph workshops and the Saturday symposium talks is optional.

Workshop at the Louisiana Council for the Social Studies
November 12-13, 2004
Lafayette, Louisiana

LARC will offer a three-hour workshop at the 38th Annual Louisiana Council for the Social Studies on November 12, 2004. This workshop will introduce teachers to the many resources available through National Resources Centers, as well as on the web. This session will also: discuss implications of Free Trade; provide examples of how to use case studies to enrich concepts such as globalization, human rights, and environmental justice; make with a strong connection between content standards and diversified content; and offer “best strategies“ to introduce Latin America content into the curriculum. Visit the LCSS website for more information.

Including Latin America in the K12 Curriculum
Pre-NCSS workshop
November 18, 2004
Baltimore, Maryland

LARC and the Teresa Lonazo Long Institute for Latin American STudies at the University of Texas at Austin are co-sponsoring a day long pre-conference clinic at NCSS. The clinic is entitled “Including Latin America in the K-12 Curriculum” and will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2014, prior to the start of the NCSS Conference. The 84th Annual NCSS conference themed “Democracy and Diversity: Social Studies in Action,” takes place the following three days, November 19-21, 2004. This Annual Conference will include hundreds of exhibit booths, 300 professional development sessions, dozens of clinics and tours, and two Pulitzer Prize Winners. The intent of this three-day event is to explore the meaning of democratic foundations and the diversity that has always characterized the global community. For more information visit NCSS.

SPRING 2005

Learning from Everyday People: Teaching Your Students to do Cultural Research with the GarÃfuna of Central America and New Orleans
Thursday, March 10, 2005
4:00 – 8:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall, Tulane University

The Garífuna culture was born in 1635 when Africans headed for slavery in the New World escaped from a Spanish shipwreck and began to mix with the Carib-Arawak inhabitants of the island of Saint Vincent. After a series of conflicts with the British they were exiled and landed on the shores of present day Honduras in 1797. The Garífuna language is primarily of Carib and Arawak origin, and they have distinct cultural practices. Today the Garífuna primarily live along the Caribbean coast of Central America, with the majority (an estimated 200,000) living in Honduras. It is believed that the fourth largest stateside contingent of this Afro Carib group reside in New Orleans. The goal of this symposium on the Garífuna is twofold, sponsored by Xavier University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, one objective is to provide information on a fascinating culture which has a strong presence in our local community, as well as a unique place in the world at large. The second intent is to offer some insight into the study of groups of human beings, including some basic resources and curricula for teachers. Though the Garífuna are the focus and case study for this symposium, the insights and resources presented will be useful for a variety of investigations individuals or teachers and students may want to undertake. Participants will receive a list of basic resources related to the Garífuna and ethnographic research, as well as a curriculum for ethnographic work which tough best suited to secondary students, can be modified for elementary students also.

Topics and Presenters:

  • “The Garífuna of Honduras”: Marco Bicchieri, doctoral candidate in Latin American Studies (History and Anthropology), Tulane University, Peace Corps volunteer and teacher in Honduras, high school teacher for seventeen years
  • “Learning from Everyday People: My Experience Working With Garifuna People and Bringing Ethnographic Research into the Classroom”: Donna Bonner, Ph.D., Assistant Director of African Diaspora Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, Tulane University, Anthropologist with 10 years experience working with and learning from the Garifuna people of Belize
  • “Cultural Pride: The Experience of First and Second Generation Garinagu in New Orleans“: Carmen Villegas Rogers, Associate Professor of Spanish and French, Xavier University, researcher in a project at Xavier, “The Garífuna of New Orleans: A Vibrant Culture Speaks,” that has been interviewing local Garífuna and presenting research results for the last two years
  • “Personal Accounts“: A panel of Garífuna community members from New Orleans will tell their stories and answer questions from participants.

View photos from this event at the Stone Center Flickr Site

Cuba Connections
March – April 2005
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley, New Orleans, LA

Cuba Connections is a series of public lectures, teacher workshops and concerts about Cuban music and its connections to New Orleans. Cuba and New Orleans are two undeniable focal points in the history of Latin Jazz. Five Cuban music experts will speak about different aspects of Cuban music and how it relates to New Orleans. Every event will end with a 30-minute teacher session on integration strategies and lesson plan development. A handout of benchmarks and GLEs covered during each session will be made available. This event is co-presented with CubaNOLA. For a further description of the lectures, please visit the LARC website.

The schedule and speakers are as follows:

Wednesday, March 16 6:00 – 8:30 PM

  • Bill Summers – “Afro-Cuban Yoruba Sacred Music and Dance”: Grammy award nominated percussionist of Los Hombres Caliente. Mr. Summers is a New Orleans resident and has traveled extensively to Cuba over the last 30 years to study Afro-Cuban drumming. He will talk about Afro-Cuban sacred music and dance.

  • Ned Sublette – “Other Afro-Cuban Religions”: Author of Cuba and It’s Music: From the first drums to the mambo, an in-depth history of Cuban music, and a professional musician. Mr. Sublette was born in Louisiana and he’s currently a Rockefeller Fellow at Tulane. He will present on the European and African roots of Cuban music as well as Cuban influences on American popular music.

Wednesday, March 30 6:00 – 8:30 PM

  • Arturo O’Farrill – “Jazz and Latin jazz”: The director for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz Orchestra, the son of Chico O’Farrill (the father of Afro-Cuban jazz in New York City during the 1950’s and 60’s), and an accomplished jazz musician in his own right. Mr. O’Farrill will be traveling to New Orleans from New York City, and he will look at the complex relationship between jazz and Latin jazz.

  • Tomás Montoya – “Street Parades: Second Lines and Congas”: A resident of Santiago de Cuba, Mr. Montoya will add a distinctly Cuban perspective to the series by looking at “Conga“ street parades in Santiago de Cuba and Second Lines in New Orleans. Mr. Montoya’s participation is a unique opportunity since he is one of only a handful of scholars from Cuba to have received visas to enter the United States in the last year. He is in New Orleans to do comparative research on Congas and Second Lines.

Wednesday, April 6
6:00 -8:30 PM

  • Ned Sublette – “African and European Roots of Cuban Music”: Author of Cuba and It’s Music: From the first drums to the mambo, an in-depth history of Cuban music, and a professional musician. Mr. Sublette was born in Louisiana and he’s currently a Rockefeller Fellow at Tulane. He will present on the European and African roots of Cuban music as well as Cuban influences on American popular music.
  • Michael Skinkus – “Transmission of musical traditions in Cuba and in New Orleans”: A local musician and scholar, Mr. Skinkus performs with many popular local ensembles and holds a Master’s degree from Tulane Latin American Studies. He has traveled to Cuba many times to study Cuban percussion and he will present on the transmission of musical traditions in Cuba and in New Orleans.

View photos from this event at the Stone Center Flickr Site

SUMMER 2005

Summer Institute on Performance in Latin America
June 16-18, 2005
Tulane University

This workshop will use performance and participant-observation as a means of fostering multicultural understanding, appreciation and interpretation in the classroom. Teachers will work with artist and scholars of understudied and underrepresented traditions in order to learn how active engagement with live performance can serve as an entry point to discussions on language, race, and cultural heritage. Our special guest will be the Afroperuvian music and dance troupe Teatro del Milenio whose performance we will use as a case study for modeling these integration strategies. At the same time, presenters will work with teacher practitioners on how to develop partnerships with local musicians and other performing artists so that the performative richness of one’s own community can be brought into the classroom. This workshop will be beneficial to dance, history, language, music and social studies teachers as well as teachers in other disciplines who are interested in incorporating an arts in education component to their curricula.

Co-sponsored by University of Florida, Florida International University, and University of Texas at Austin.

For more information, please visit the Summer Institute Webpage.

Teaching Through Art: Exploring Latino Culture through Art
July 25-29, 2005
Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, Washington

Explore the art and history of Latino culture in this week-long course featuring lectures, study of original artwork in the galleries, and hands-on sessions. Special emphasis will be given to the development of teaching strategies that integrate art into the classroom. Guest speakers and artists will participate throughout the week. The exhibition: People, Places and Perceptions: A Look at Contemporary Northwest Latino Art, will be the focal point for activities and discussions. Credit pending through Graduate School of Education/Continuing Education, Portland State University. For more information visit or call 509-773-3733.

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Apply for the Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba
Havana, Cuba | June 23 – July 7, 2018
Program Application
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University join forces with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies to take K-16 educators to Cuba. This is our fourth year running the Cuban Culture & Society K-16 Educator Institute and we are excited about this year’s itinerary. The institute will approach Cuban society and culture form a multidisciplinary perspective focused on the arts, the geography, and history of the country. Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past three years provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of Tulane’s relationship with the University of Havana and Cuba’s National Union of Writers and Artists, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for developing that approach in their K-16 classrooms. Conducted in English by Professor Carolina Caballero, the institute will explore current trends and issues in Cuban culture and society through readings, films, and lectures. The program includes a series of talks by prominent Cuban intellectuals and local field trips to important political and cultural sights throughout Havana.

This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks in Cuba. The institute incorporates visits to local museums and exposes participants to arts organizations, schools, and teachers from the country’s national literacy campaign. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and many cultural venues. There will be group excursions to the historic Che Guevara monument, a visit to the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion, and a special visit to the town of Hershey, the town developed by Milton Hershey to begin his chocolate enterprise with the sugar from Cuba’s plantations. There will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, Playa Girón, and Viñales, focusing on their role in the development of the economy and culture of the country

PROGRAM COST: $3,500
The cost will include a shared room and two meals a day, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana from Tampa, Florida*, airport transportation in Havana to/from residence, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings.

*Airfare to/from Tampa, Florida, a one-night hotel stay in Tampa, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost. You are responsible for your own air flight to/from Tampa, FL.

PROGRAM APPLICATION
Those interested in applying must be a K-16 educator or librarian. There is no Spanish language requirement for this program. The application deadline is March 2, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

Please note: This program is only open to K-16 educators who are currently teaching, are pre-service teachers or are serving in a school or public library.

PROPOSED ITINERARY – 15 DAYS
Please be advised that this itinerary is subject to change based on availability in Cuba. The itinerary below is the schedule from the 2017 institute.

  • Day 1 – U.S./HAVANA, CUBA
    Depart from Tampa, FL, Upon arrival, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception followed by an informal walk and people watching on the Malecón.
  • Day 2 – HAVANA
    Habana Vieja (Old Havana) Tour with local preservation experts to discuss in depth the history of local landmarks, historical preservation efforts, and future plans. Visit Muraleando Lawton, a community art project in the Lawton neighborhood of Havana. Hear from the founders of this project on how the neighborhood developed to promote skills in the community and support the local economy and meet with local community leaders, students and elderly folks at the community center.
  • Day 3 – HAVANA
    Lecture with Professor Carlos Alzugaray on Cuba Since the Special Period. Visit the elementary school Sergio Luis Ferriol in Habana Vieja. Connect with teachers and administrators about their experiences in the classroom.
  • Day 4 – HAVANA
    Visit the Museo Nacional de la Alfabetización (National Museum of the Literacy Campaign) and connect with members of the literacy brigade, teachers from the literacy campaign.
  • Day 5 – HAVANA
    Visit and explore Ernest Hemingway’s house. Have lunch in the infamous fishing village of Cojimar. In the afternoon, explore art by taking a tour of the Cuban Collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes accompanied by a curator then visit with artists at the Taller de Gráfica.
  • Day 6 – HERSHEY
    Day trip to the Hershey, Cuba and nature park. The site where famous chocolatier Milton Hershey developed his chocolate business by setting up sugar mills in the early 1900’s. Explore the natural side of Cuba in this country town.
  • Day 7 – HAVANA
    Learn about children’s literature and the book publishing business in Cuba by visiting Cuba’s national publisher UNEAC and hear first hand from children’s book authors. We will hear from children’s book author Olga Marta Pérez about the children’s/ youth Literacy Scene in Cuba today.
  • Day 8 – HAVANA/REGLA
    Take the ferry across the bay in Havana to the town of Regla to learn about Afro-Cuban dance and music from musicologist Cari Diez and an Afro-Cuban dance performance group.
  • Day 9 – SANTA CLARA, TRINIDAD
    Travel to Trinidad via Santa Clara, a town founded by 175 people on July 15, 1689. It is the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Visit to the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara. Also visit the historic sugar plantation of Manaca Iznaga before arriving in Trinidad.
  • Day 10 – TRINIDAD
    Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuellar. Trinidad was a central piece of Cuba’s sugar-based economy. Guided city tour with the city historian. Visit the Trinidad library to learn about the importance of libraries and debate questions of intellectual freedom with the staff.
  • Day 11 – PLAYA GIRON (SITE OF BAY OF PIGS) Ciénega de Zapata, Playa Larga
    Day excursion to the historic site of the Bay of Pigs, one of the landing sites for the 1961 US-backed invasion. Visit the Finca Fiesta Campesina farm, the Playa Girón museum, the Parque Ciénaga de Zapata, the Laguna del Tesoro, and the Taino Indian village. Snorkel in the Bay of Pigs!
  • Day 12 – HAVANA
    Visit the U.S. Embassy and hear first-hand about the state of current relations between the U.S. and Cuba. In the afternoon, we head over to meet up with the famous hip-hop group, Obsesión to hear about their music and experience as hip-hop artists in Cuba.
  • Day 13 – MATANZAS/VARADERO
    Take a day trip to Matanzas, the capital of the Cuban province of Matanzas. Known for its poets, culture, and Afro-Cuban folklore, we will explore the Triunvirato Plantation and the Castillo San Severino where we will hear about the history of slavery in Cuba. The rest of the afternoon we relax and explore the beautiful beaches of Varadero, a popular resort town covering Cuba’s narrow Hicacos Peninsula.
  • Day 14 – HAVANA
    Wrap-up curriculum workshop followed by a free afternoon ending in a celebratory dinner.
  • Day 15 – HAVANA/U.S.
    Morning departure for the U.S.

Explore our past trips through these photos and curricula:

Program Application

For more information, please contact Denise Woltering-Vargas at dwolteri@tulane.edu or call the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at 504-862-3143.

Apply for the Summer 2018 Teaching Brazil Teacher Institute

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Teaching Brazil: Expanding Perspectives on Colonial History
K-12 Educator Summer Institute

Salvador, Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo, Brazil | July 7 – July 17, 2018

DEADLINE TO APPLY AS A CURRICULUM WRITER EXTENDED: MARCH 9, 2018

The centers for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, with support from the University of Georgia will take K-16 educators in various disciplines to Brazil. The institute will approach Brazilian culture from a multidisciplinary perspective focused on colonialization. The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks of overseas travel. The institute will explore the cities of Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo to focus on their respective role in colonial history.

Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past five years by the three institutes provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of each institution’s strength, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for deploying that approach themselves in their K-12 classrooms, creating a model that is generative of innovative approaches to K-12 education more broadly.

Objectives:

  • Advance and disseminate knowledge of Brazil by providing opportunities fro K-12 educators to experience first-hand the history, politics, language, and culture of Brazil;
  • Provide introductory Portuguese language training that emphasizes regional linguistic variations;
  • Contribute to the development of internationalizing curriculum that accurately and effectively brings Brazil into the classroom through standards-based approaches.

REGISTRATION

Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant, this program is able to provide a special opportunity for educators to participate as Curriculum Writers at a reduced program cost. There are limited spots to participate as a curriculum writer so please get your applications submitted early! Please note that curriculum writers are responsible for submitting a curriculum by August 1, 2018. See the Curriculum Writer Guidelines for more information and check below on how to apply.

Curriculum Writer program cost: $1373 + internal airfare estimated at $300
Deadline to Register as a Curriculum Writer EXTENDED: MARCH 9, 2018

Regular Program Cost: $2,744 + internal airfare (approximately $300)
Deadline to Register: MARCH 15, 2018

PROGRAM COST INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights lodging;
  • 2 meals a day;
  • gratuities;
  • in-country transportation;
  • internet;
  • liability insurance;
  • medical evacuation insurance

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International round-trip airfare TO Brazil (we meet in Salvador and leave from Sao Paulo)
  • Hotel extras;
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional activities covered by individuals;
  • Individual travel insurance;
  • Visa fees

Cards will be charged 50% on March 19, 2018 and the remainder April 19, 2018.

In order to register, please:

1) Complete the registration form
2) Apply to be a Curriculum Writer (see instructions below).

Deadlines:

  • February 26, 2018: Deadline to apply for Curriculum Writer Scholarship
  • February 28, 2018: Winners of Curriculum Writer Scholarships will be notified
  • March 5, 2018: Deadline to accept conditions of Curriculum Writer Scholarship and return letter of commitment to Denise Woltering Vargas [dwolteri@tulane.edu] and Colleen McCoy [colleen.e.mccoy@vanderbilt.edu]
  • March 15, 2018: Final Deadline to Register for Brazil Institute 2018

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY FOR THE CURRICULUM WRITER SCHOLARSHIP
Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, and The University of Georgia are able to provide funding for K-16 teachers interested in developing a curriculum as part of their participation in this 2018 summer teacher institute to Brazil. Curriculum writers will be charged a discounted in-country program fee of $1373 + internal airfare (apx. $300) and international airfare. You must commit to writing a curriculum project – check out the Curriculum Writer Guidelines here. There are limited spots for this opportunity, please apply early. If you would like to apply to be a curriculum writer for this summer’s teacher institute in Brazil, please:

1) fill out the contact form HERE
2) submit the CURRICULUM WRITER APPLICATION by FEBRUARY 26, 2018 to crcrts@tulane.edu or mail to Denise Woltering Vargas at Tulane University, 100 Jones Hall, 6801 Freret Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118.
Please call 504-862-3143 with any questions.

La Hora del Cuento: Summer Bilingual Story Hour at the Pebbles Center

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This summer, join us for La hora del cuenta bilingual readings series at the Pebbles Centers of the New Orleans Public Libraries!

On the first and last Saturday of every month, we will read a bilingual book at the Algiers Regional Library and the Children’s Resource Center Library beginning on Saturday April 28 until Saturday, August 25. Children and parents welcome!

Story Hours Dates and Locations

Algiers Regional Branch
Saturday, May 5
2:30 PM

Saturday, June 2
2:30 PM

Saturday, July 7
2:30 PM

Saturday, August 4
2:30 PM

Children’s Resource Center Library
Saturday, April 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, May 26
12:00 PM

Saturday, June 30
12:00 PM

Saturday, July 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, August 25
12:00 PM