Latin American Studies majors and minors at Tulane gain comprehensive knowledge about Latin America through a mixture of academic study, specialized training, and research abroad. Our program embraces research, linguistic fluency, fieldwork, and direct engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean as essential to critical consciousness.
The program encourages comparative studies that provide a more profound understanding of differences among socio-cultural systems developed within Latin America, as well as of differences between Latin American systems and others throughout the hemisphere and globe. While the curriculum is principally intended as a vehicle of liberal education, the program also aims to prepare students contemplating business, commerce, communication, government or teaching/research careers in Latin America or the United States. Flexibility and creative individual initiative are the keynotes of our program.
All majors and minors work very closely with the Undergraduate Advisor to create a course of study that meets personal goals as well as University and Stone Center requirements. All undergraduate Latin American Studies students are automatically subscribed to an electronic mailing list that informs students of University and Stone Center deadlines, and of Latin America-related events both on and off campus.
The major in Latin American Studies is one of the most popular courses of study at Tulane both as a singular major and as a second major. The B.A. in Latin American Studies requires a minimum of 30 hours of Latin American content coursework selected from various departmental and Latin American Studies (LAST) offerings. Students focus on one of eight thematic concentrations and must meet a language proficiency requirement in either Spanish or Portuguese (these standards are described in the Curriculum section). Majors are encouraged to participate in one of the Tulane programs in Latin America and to pursue internships both in New Orleans and Latin America. In order to graduate with departmental honors, qualified majors also write an Honor’s thesis in their final year of study.
The minor in Latin American Studies is a 15-hour program for students majoring in another discipline. Students may also elect to minor in Brazilian Studies. Both minors are excellent for those students who wish to concentrate their work in a specific discipline yet maintain a Latin American focus in their coursework.
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- Connecting Day of the Dead Traditions Across the Americas: Haiti
- New Orleans as Subject
- MARI Brown Bag: Francisco Estrada-Belli "New Revelations on the Holmul Frieze and the Rise of the 'Kingdom of the North'"
- Screening of The Path of Stone Soup
- Tres Vidas: The Core Ensemble
- Alexey Martí & Urban Minds Latin Jazz Concert
- MARI Brown Bag: Robert Hill "Spanish Influences on Highland Maya Men's Traje"
- Day of the Dead and the Arts: A Workshop for K-12 Art Educators
- Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books
- Day of the Dead with the LPO: Pan American Life Fiesta Sinfonica: La Triste Historia
- Noon-Time Talk on Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 with Lucia Abramovic
- Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America
- Guantánamo Public Memory Project
- Performance by Afro-Cuban band Sintesis
- Day of the Dead at the Ogden!
- Celebración Latina
- The Guantánamo Public Memory Project
- 5th Annual South Central Conference on Mesoamerica
- Global Research for Glick Fellows Highlights Latin America
- Guantánamo Exhibit Opens at Tulane
- Lustig presents at UNU-WIDER Conference in Helsinki
- 2014 Américas Award Workshop and Ceremony
- LAGO Graduate Student Conference Call for Abstracts
Noon-Time Talk on Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 with Lucia Abramovic
Join Lucia Abramovich, NOMA’s curatorial fellow for Spanish colonial art for a Noontime Talk on the exhibition Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.
Noontime Talks are brief, informative discussions on exhibitions and installations in NOMA’s galleries. Wednesdays are free admission days for Louisiana residents. Please visit the NOMA website for more information.
Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America
Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America
Jess Bravin: Wall Street Journal, author of Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantánamo Bay
Denny Leboeuf: ACLU, Tulane JD
Chaplain James Yee: Former U.S. Army Chaplain, author of For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire
The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past, present, and future. The guest speakers will be giving a talk on the titled event. All are welcome to attend.
For more information about the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, visit http://gitmomemory.org.
Alexey Martí & Urban Minds Latin Jazz Concert
The CubaNOLA Arts Collective Presents- Alexey Martí & Urban Minds as a part of this month’s Latin Jazz concert series.
Alexey Martí is a powerful percussionist from Havana, Cuba. He is at the forefront of the new Latin music scene in New Orleans, tirelessly exploring new musical terrain and incorporating it back into his own rich musical roots. Alexey founded his group, Urban Minds, a little over a year ago, to explore all of the music that he loves including jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban folklore, salsa, son, rumba, and New Orleans rhythms.
Alexey began performing in Afro-Cuban religious ceremonies at the age of 7. At the age of 16 he joined the world renowned Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble "Diákara", under the leadership of the legendary singer and drummer Oscar Valdés. In Havana, he performed with many great Cuban jazz and Afro-Cuban ensembles. He moved to New Orleans 5 years ago and has adopted New Orleans as his new homeland. Since moving here, Alexey has been studying in the UNO Jazz Studies program and has performed with many New Orleans greats including Los Hombres Calientes, Davell Crawford, Shannon Powell, David Torkanowsky, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Prime Example Jazz Club, on the corner of N. Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue, has been under the proprietorship of Julius Kimbrough Sr. since 2000. In 2007, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Kimbrough decided that live jazz music needed to be presented for Seventh Ward neighborhood residents working hard to rebuild their lives, the neighborhood and the community. In 2011 Mr. Kimbrough partnered with DJ Soul Sister and WWOZ 90.7 FM to start the Thursday Nights Swingin' weekly jazz series. He is now expanding the scope of Thursday Nights Swingin', in partnership with The CubaNOLA Arts Collective, to include Latin jazz on the third Thursday of every month. This new monthly Lazz jazz series is a tribute to historical and present day contributions of Latino musicians and residents to every day life and art in New Orleans, including the birth and evolution of jazz music itself.
Alexey Martí & Urban Minds will surprise you with their seamless blends of New Orleans and Afro-Cuban music. Let Alexey make you feel at home at the Prime Example on Thursday, September 18 while he and the band move you and groove you in new, exciting and familiar ways.
Tres Vidas: The Core Ensemble
Tres Vidas: A chamber music theatre work for singing actress and trio (cello, piano and percussion) based on the lives of three legendary Latin American Women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. The show features a wide stylistic range of music, including popular and folk songs of Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina, vocal and instrumental tangos by Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla and new music written for the Core Ensemble by Osvaldo Golijov, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz and Manuel DeMurga. Featuring Cristina Isabel Lucas as Frida Khalo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Sorni.Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. Administration Auditorium Xavier University of Louisiana Free and open to the public Call (504) 520-5115 or email email@example.com for more info
MARI Brown Bag: Francisco Estrada-Belli "New Revelations on the Holmul Frieze and the Rise of the 'Kingdom of the North'"
Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department, will present new findings about his recent excavations at the Classic Maya site of Holmul, Guatemala in a talk titled “New Revelations on the Holmul Frieze and the Rise of the ‘Kingdom of the North.’”
M.A.R.I.'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 Marcello Canuto (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. For the current speaker list of this talk series, please click here.
Please remember to bring your lunch!
New Orleans as Subject
An international conference bringing together leading scholars to question what lies beyond New Orleans' supposed exceptional history and what lurks beneath its authentic culture. Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has witnessed an outpouring of scholarly interest across the social sciences and humanities. Much of this scholarship has opened up new lines of analysis regarding the city and its place in broader regional, national, and international contexts. At the same time, writing and research about New Orleans continues to romanticize the city as exceptional. In many accounts, New Orleans appears as an autonomous and ahistorical zone populated solely by unique social formations and authentic cultures, isolated from other postindustrial cities. This conference brings together scholars in anthropology, English, history, media studies, and political science to situate studies of New Orleans within larger global patterns and cross-cultural comparisons.
Sponsored by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, with support from Tulane Office of Academic Affairs, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Newcomb College Institute, the Tulane Department of Music, Tulane Department of Political Science and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. For more information please visit the website or contact Matt Sakakeeny, email@example.com.