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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Newcomb Art Museum Exhibit Features Modern Sculptures Inspired by Mexican Ceramics

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Come celebrate the opening of Newcomb Art Museum’s latest exhibitions Clay in Transit featuring contemporary Mexican ceramics and Clay in Place featuring Newcomb pottery and guild plus other never-before-exhibited pieces from the permanent collection.The exhibit presents the work of seven Mexican-born sculptors who bridge the past and present by creating contemporary pieces using an ancient medium. The exhibit will feature works by Ana Gómez, Saúl Kaminer, Perla Krauze, María José Lavín, María José de la Macorra, Gustavo Pérez, Paloma Torres.

5:30 PM
Private VIP/members reception featuring catering by Araña, a tequila tasting, specialty cocktails, and music.

6:30 PM
Curatorial talk with Nuria Rodriguez Sadurni, Director of Special Projects at the Cultural Cooperation office of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Free and open to the public.

7:30-9:00 PM
Public reception.

Exhibition curator and artist Paloma Torres explains, “In this contemporary moment, clay is a borderline. It is a material that has played a critical role in the development of civilization: early man used clay not only to represent spiritual concerns but also to hold food and construct homes.” While made of a primeval material, the exhibited works nonetheless reflect the artists’ twenty-first-century aesthetics and concerns as well as their fluency in diverse media—from painting and drawing to video, graphic design, and architecture.

The exhibit will run from January 18, 2018, through March 24, 2018. For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit the Newcomb Art Museum’s website.

Clay in Transit is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jennifer Wooster (NC ’91), Lora & Don Peters (A&S ’81), Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, Andrew and Eva Martinez, and the Newcomb Art Museum advisory board



LSU and The Modern History Colloquium and the Ogden Honors College: Lecture Series

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The Modern History Colloquium and the Ogden Honors College invites you to a series of lectures hosted by LSU

Father Perez’s Revolution: Constitutional Catholicism in 20th Century Mexico
Professor Matthew Butler (UT-Austin)
Thursday, January 18th at 6:00 PM
French House, Grand Salon

Dr. Butler is one of the preeminent scholars of the Catholic Church and politics in 20th century Mexico. He is the author of Popular Piety and Political Identity in Mexico’s Cristero Rebellion (Oxford, 2004) and Faith and Impiety in Revolutionary Mexico (Palgrave, 2007). Butler will speak about his forthcoming book, describing religious change and adaptation during and after the Mexican Revolution (1910-1940).

Provincializing 1968 Mexico: A Historiographical Critique
Professor Jaime Pensado (Notre Dame)
Friday, January 19th at 3:30 PM
French House, Feature Classroom

Dr. Pensado is the author of Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties (Stanford, 2013). His new book project takes up a set of research questions that have not been addressed in the historiography of modern Mexico, but which he argues, will complicate our understanding of the turbulent, combative, and at a times contradictory character of the Cold War era: how did conservative and progressive sectors of the Catholic Church—particularly those invested in education, student politics and entertainment—respond to the contentious environment that emerged inside Mexico’s most important universities during the postwar era? How did young Catholic students respond to the rise of leftist militancy that came to characterize their schools in the wake of the Cuban Revolution?

All Events Open to the Public
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Professional Development Opportunity: Latin American Resources for the K-12 Classroom

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S.S. NOLA, in collaboration with the Latin American Resource Center, will be hosting a professional development opportunity for K-12 educators on Saturday, January 20, 2018, to examine the ways in which educators can utilize and share resources on Latin America in the classroom. This is a free workshop for K-12 educators and refreshments will be served. Visit the official event website for more information and to register.

S.S. NOLA was created to support K-12 social studies teachers in the New Orleans area by showcasing student-centered lesson plans, loaning classroom supplies free of charge, and hosting professional development workshops. To learn more about the mission of S.S. NOLA, visit their official website, and don’t forget to follow them on Twitter and Facebook! S.S. NOLA is run by Brooke Grant, a professor of practice in the Tulane Teacher Preparation and Certification program.

Stone Center for Latin American Studies to Host 10th Annual Workshop on Field Research Methods

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies for the 10th Annual Weekend Workshop on Field Research Methods on January 27, 2018. The application deadline is January 20, 2018.

How will you get the data you need for your thesis or dissertation? Do you envision immersing yourself for months in the local culture, or tromping the hills and farms seeking respondents? Sorting through dusty archives? Observing musicians at work in the plaza? Downloading and crunching numbers on a computer? For any of these approaches: How might you get there, from here?

This workshop aims to help you approach your data collection and analysis for your thesis or dissertation topic, and to adapt and refine your topic to be more feasible. You will take your research project ideas to the next stop—whatever that may be, include raising travel grants. Learn to:

  • Plan more efficiently, feasible, and rewarding fieldwork
  • Prepare more compelling and persuasive grant proposals
  • Navigate choices of research methods and course offerings on campus
  • Become a better research and fieldwork team-member

Format
This is an engaged, hands-on, informal workshop. Everyone shares ideas and participates. We will explore and compare research approaches, share experiences and brainstorm alternatives. You will be encouraged to think differently about your topic, questions, and study sites as well as language preparation, budgets, and logistics. The participatory format is intended to spark constructive new thinking, strategies, and student networks to continue learning about (and conducting) field research.

Who is leading this?
Laura Murphy, PhD, faculty in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, and affiliate faculty to the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Who is this for?
This workshop is targeted to Stone Center graduate students as well as graduate students from other programs (GOHB, CCC, humanities, sciences, and others) if space is available. The workshop will be particularly helpful for those who envision research with human subjects.

Sign up
Sign up as soon as you can! Apply by January 20, 2018, at the latest to confirm your stop. Send an email with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Department and Degree program
  • Year at Tulane
  • Prior experience in research, especially field research
  • Academic training in research design and methods
  • Include a 1-paragraphy statement of your current research interests and immediate plans/needs (i.e. organize summer field research)

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Not for credit.

For more information and/or to apply: Contact Laura Murphy at lmurphy2@tulane.edu or Jimmy Huck at jhuck@tulane.edu.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Foreign Language Pedagogy and Research

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Call for Papers: Foreign Language Pedagogy and Research: New Approaches to Old Challenges
The goal of this symposium is to bring the Tulane University foreign language instructor community together by sharing foreign language teaching ideas, methods and practices. The symposium is open to all foreign language instructors and graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal.

Submissions:

  • Deadline for abstract submission: January 31st, 2018
  • Proposal should include a one-page description of the presentation and the name(s) and contact information of the (co)-presenter(s).
  • Presentations will be organized with a general format of 15 minutes for topic presentation/hands-on demonstration and 5 minutes for questions/discussion.
  • Interactive presentations are strongly encouraged. Presentations should be in English, however examples/exercises can be in the target language.
  • All submissions should be sent to rjudd@tulane.edu.
  • Notifications of acceptance will be sent by February, 20th 2018.

For more information about the symposium, guidelines, or requirements, please email:
Ryan Judd at rjudd@tulane.edu:mailto:rjudd@tulane.edu,
Roxanne Davilá at rdavila@tulane.edu:mailto:rdavila@tulane.edu, or
Charles Mignot at cmignot@tulane.edu:mailto:cmignot@tulane.edu.

Global Read Webinar Series: Diverse Social Justice Books for the High School Classroom

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Once a month, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Middle East Outreach Book Award, South Asia Book Award) sponsor a free 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom. The 2018 Spring Webinar Series focuses on social justice. We encourage educators to read the books with your colleagues, students, and community, and then join us to hear more from the author.

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, join us for a 60 minute webinar/chat focused on Margarita Engle’s recent book Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words. In this haunting yet hopeful novel in verse, award-winning author Margarita Engle tells the story of Antonio Chuffat, a young man of African, Chinese, and Cuban descent who became a champion of civil rights. The webinar will be available through Blackboard Collaborate. The book is appropriate for students in grades 8-12.