Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2004

Brazilian Music and Dance Summer Institute
May 16-22, 2004
University of Florida

This summer, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, University of Texas-Austin and the University of Florida, will offer a Brazilian Music Institute, May 17-22, 2004. The institute will provide unique opportunities for student and community artists, as well as choral teachers to learn about Brazilian music and culture through a series of performance classes, lectures and workshops with experts in the field of Brazilian music. The week long institute features informative lectures on Brazilian music and its history, workshops focusing on vocal and guitar repertoire/technique, rehearsals, and performance showcases exploring the rich and diverse cultural/artistic traditions of Brazil. Additionally, on Saturday May 22, we will offer a workshop in Brazilian vocal and choral literature designed for choral instructors (appropriate for middle school, high school and community college). University of Florida CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be available. For more information, visit the institute website.

Language, Culture, and Content Connections: Mexico and the Zapotec Culture
July 12-22, 2004
Iowa State University

In collaboration with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) and National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center (Iowa State University) this institute will provide PK-12 Spanish teachers with experience developing content-related and culturally-rich thematic units, and will help them develop skills in teaching strategies, curriculum design, technology, and use of information sources on Mexico and the Zapotec culture. This institute will offer daily Spanish immersion sessions on aspects of Mexican history and culture such as pre-Colombian origins, religion, astronomy, literature, and arts, geography and archeological sites, and the view of the environment, the conquest and colonization, and Magical Realism in works by contemporary Oaxacan authors and artists that allude to the pre-Colombian roots. Participants will experience Spanish model lessons from existing thematic units that exemplify teaching strategies and learning activities appropriate for language lessons, including pair and small group work, stimulation of higher order cognitive skills, and integration of cultural information. Participants will apply the knowledge and understandings gained by forming pairs or small groups to develop curriculum units that address language, content, and culture, and incorporate national student standards and aspects of the history and culture of Mexico. Teachers will be invited to complete and field-test their units in their own classrooms and to create action research projects to examine more closely the impact of the new materials and strategies on student learning. Informed by the field-testing and action research, teachers will be encouraged to revise and finalize their units for sharing at professional conferences or publication on their school or district’s website. For more information please visit the institute website.

Summer Programs For Children:

World Language & Culture Camps for Children
University of New Orleans
Summer 2004

Teaching children about the world, raising them as global citizens, embedding an understanding of new cultures, and planting the seeds for learning a foreign language is more important now than ever. The UNO s new language and culture camps for children ages 10-14 strive to assist in these endeavors, building on its 30-year experience in international education as well as its successful Mini College series, arranged by Metropolitan College for local children each summer.

In addition to Mini College, UNO now offers two new World Language & Culture Camps in the summer of 2004, focusing on the countries, cultures, and languages of Brazil and France. The participants will learn the basics of Portuguese and/or French while being introduced to the cultures and people of these countries as well. The primary design of the language lessons is immersion-style instruction with a native speaker as well as a certified teacher. Music, visual arts, games, and skits will complement the learning experience, targeting all learning styles. Each camp lasts 5 days, 8:30 am-3:30 pm each day, and costs $160.00 per student. The dates for the Brazil Camp are June 14-18, while the France camp takes place July 12-16.

For more information and to sign up please contact Mary Hicks at the UNO Critical Languages Program at 280-6388 or

Spring 2004

Latin America in the Elementary Classroom
Saturday, March 6
9:00 AM -3:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall

How much do young students know about Latin America? Is it possible to introduce Latin America in a way that young students will understand and appreciate? This workshop will feature representatives from KidSMART, WYES’s Ready to Learn program, and the International School of Louisiana. Elementary resources from the Latin American Resource Center will also be highlighted. By weaving history, culture, and language into arts, activities and literacy, Latin America can be integrated into the elementary curriculum.

Topics will include:

  • Story telling
  • Art in the classroom
  • Literacy and Television
  • Elementary materials from LARC
  • Focus on games for students

Sports in Latin America
Saturday, March 27
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall

What better way for your students to learn about other cultures then through sports! In this workshop presenters will discuss the Maya ballgame in Mesoamerica, soccer in Brazil, baseball in Venezuela, and more. Students will view sports as more than just games by learning how to analyze the context in which they have evolved. This workshop will help teachers utilize sports as a vehicle for teaching about Latin America.

Topics will include:

  • Maya Ballgame
  • The spread of soccer in Brazil and other Latin American countries
  • Baseball in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic
  • A look at the film “Solo: Law of the Favela”
  • Physical Education and Culture
  • Capoeira by one of Brazil’s greatest Mestre’s
  • Resources for Sports in Latin America

Caribbean Soundscapes: A Conference on Caribbean Musics and Culture*
March 12-14, 2004
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Popular music has often been singled out as a central defining characteristic of the Caribbean imaginary. This conference responds to the need to expand our scholarly paradigms in this area, recognizing intense regional transnationalization and change in the region in recent years. Speakers and participants will address several key questions: what is the significance of the Caribbean as a specific locale for the production and circulation of popular music? What role does popular music play in the creation and continued performance of national identities throughout the circum-Caribbean and other zones, such as continental Latin America, northern North America, and Europe? The conference will feature several plenary speakers, among them Prof. Gerard Béhague (University of Texas at Austin) and Prof. Juan Flores (Hunter College, CUNY). Further details about the conference will be available on line at

This event is open to the public. For more information, call or e-mail Ana M. López at 504.862.8629 or respectively. The event is being hosted by Latin American Studies, and is sponsored by Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute and the Department of Music.

Fall 2003

Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, October 11, 2003,
9:00 AM -12:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall

One of the most commonly taught cultural activities in the Spanish classroom, can also be a great art lesson and introduction to Mexican culture. This professional development opportunity will present slides and films that show Dia de los Muertos events throughout Mexico and feature materials available through the Lending Library.Participants of this workshop will also be treated to a hands-one activity that demonstrates how to build Dia de los Muertos artifacts in their classroom. Please join us for this fun filled morning. Space is limited and registration is required.

Maya Teacher Luncheon and Workshop
November 1-2, 2003
Tulane University

As part of the Second Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop, LARC will offer a special luncheon and workshop registration price to teachers. The $25 registration fee for this event will include a luncheon on Saturday, November 1, 12:30-2:00PM with two presenters; registration for Sunday’s workshops; and curriculum materials to supplement Sunday’s sessions. Presentation topics include An Introduction to the Maya and Astronomy of Maya Monuments. Space is limited for this special event, so register soon. Registrations are now being excepted. Please make checks payable to Tulane University.

International Education Week
November 17-21, 2003
Tulane University and University of New Orleans

The Latin American Resource Center, in partnership with the Division of International Studies at the University of New Orleans, will present a weeks worth of cultural activities to celebrate International Education Week. These events, designed for educators and students, will include film screenings, guest lectures, musical and dance performances and much more. All events are free and open to the public and K12 student participation is highly encouraged. Check back here up-to-date information. For more information visit the event webpage

Environmental Justice and Human Rights in Latin America Film Series
September 20, 2003
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room 100 Jones Hall
Tulane University

Latin American Film Series
Most Thursday Night’s, 7pm
102 Jones Hall

No registration is required for the Latin American Studies Film Series.




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Upcoming Events

Loyola University to host talk by Ward Churchill on Indigenism in North America

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Loyola University is excited to welcome acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the new book Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 and 30 Year Anniversary edition of Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America.

Ward will give an explanation of indigenism, moving from there to the concepts of the Fourth World and the three-legged stool of classic, internal, and settler-state colonialism. He will discuss historical and ongoing genocide of North America’s native peoples and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.

A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Five of his more than 20 books have received human rights awards.

Please contact Nathan Henne ( for additional information.

Sponsored by
The Loyola Latin American Studies Program
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola
The Department of Language and Cultures
The Department of English

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: bolo de aipim

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Bate Papo! Drop by the LBC mezzanine floor for a slice of manioc sponge cake. We will be spread out across the green couches so come by to take a load off and chat for a bit. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: Romeo & Julieta

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Bate Papo! Join us once again in the LBC mezzanine area to sample the most romantic treat in all of Brazil: Romeo & Julieta. Never heard of it? Come give it a try! It is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before… This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Office of Multicultural Affairs: International Food and Music Festival

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The International Food and Music Festival is a tradition for Tulane University and the surrounding New Orleans community. It is not possible without the participation of the international community at Tulane. We need your help to represent your culture, country, or community. Share food, crafts, cultural history, language, performance, and have fun at this beautiful outdoor festival.

This event is FREE for all Tulane faculty, staff and students. You must present your Splash Card. Non-affiliated Tulane attendees can purchase tickets here.

Interested in being a sponsor? Click here for more information and registration.

If you have questions, email or

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: pave

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Bate Papo! End your Friday afternoon on the Jones Hall patio with a classic Brazilian layer dessert. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Chantalle Verna to Present Research on U.S. and Haitian Relationships in Post-Occupation Haiti

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming Dr. Chantalle Verna for a talk on her book Haiti and the Uses of America: Post- U.S. Occupation Promises on April 26, 2018, at 6:00 PM.

In her book, Dr. Verna makes evident that there have been key moments of cooperation that contributed to nation-building in both countries. Dr. Verna emphasizes the importance of examining the post-occupation period: the decades that followed the U.S. military occupation of Haiti (1915-34) and considering how Haiti’s public officials and privileged citizens rationalized nurturing ties with the United States at the very moment when the two nations began negotiating the reinstatement of Haitian sovereignty in 1930. Their efforts, Dr. Verna shows, helped favorable ideas about the United States, once held by a small segment of Haitian society, circulate more widely. In this way, Haitians contributed to and capitalized upon the spread of internationalism in the Americas and the larger world.

Dr. Verna received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University and is currently a professor in the History Department in Florida International University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Dr. Verna focuses on the culture of foreign relations, specifically concerning Haiti and the United States during the mid-twentieth century.