Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Lending Library Guides – The LARC staff has compiled a continuing series of in-depth guides to selecting audio-visual materials from the lending library collection on specific topics. These are especially helpful to instructors who are interested in covering a specific area/topic regarding Latin America. The suggeted materials are fully reproducible for classroom use and are available for free loan through LARC’s lending library.

  • Américas Award – A book guide of previous Américas Award Winners and Honorable Mentions available for check-out from the Lending Library. Created January 2018.
  • Archaeology of South America – A guide to the films, print materials, units, and slides available on Pre-Columbian art and archaeology in South America. Created January 2018.
  • Brazil – A guide to resources in the LARC collection about Brazil. Includes a selection of books and films from the collection. Created May 2013.
  • The Brazilian Paradox – A guide to introductory materials on Brazil in the LARC collection. Specifically examines the contradiction between the large geographical size of Brazil and the state of debt of the country. Helpful for high school or college instructors. Created March 1989, Revised October 1991.
  • Carnival – A guide to resources in the LARC collection concerning the celebration of Carnival in the Americas. Created June 2010.
  • Central America – A survey of LARC materials on Central American topics from pre-Columbian times to present. Includes background information on Central America as well as suggested resources for a variety of topics. Created January 1993, Updated November 2012.
  • Civil Rights – A selection of resources from the LARC lending library which deal with civil rights around Latin America. Includes information on dictatorship, human rights concerns, the rights of indigenous peoples, and much more. Created Fall 2015.
  • Coffee – A guide to resources in the LARC collection about the consumption and production of coffee. Created March 2011.
  • Cultural Connections – A guide to resources in the LARC collection about connections between Latin America and other regions. Created October 2013.
  • Day of the Dead. – A guide to resources in the LARC collection about Day of the Dead. Includes videos, kits, and books. These resources include information on Day of the Dead traditions throughout Latin America. Updated September 2014.
  • Games from the LARC Collection – A guide for instructors of all subjects on the use of games with Latin American content. Games in the LARC collection can be used at the junior high/middle school, high school or college level. Created 1989, updated October 2012.
  • Guatemala – A guide to resources in the LARC collection about Guatemala. Includes information on the Maya heritage of Guatemala and more recent political events. Created September 2015.
  • Haiti – A guide to resources in the LARC collection on Haiti. Focuses mostly on films and a few print resources. Created September 2014.
  • Immigration – A guide to resources in the LARC collection about immigration. The focus of these materials is on immigration from Latin America to the United States and the immigrant experience within the U.S. Also contains some resources concerning immigration to Latin America. Updated Fall 2012.
  • Indigenous Languages and Peoples of the Andes – A guide to resources in the LARC collection concerning indigenous languages and peoples living in the Andes Mountains, coast, and tropical forests of South America. Created January 2018.
  • Labor Organizations and Worker Movements – A guide the labor organizations and worker movements in Latin America and the United States. Includes films, print resources, and curriculum. Created January 2018.
  • Latin American Cinema – A guide to cinema in Latin America. A selection of films from the LARC collection including recent releases and early films from Latin America. Includes film from around Latin America. Films are listed by theme. Created September 1993, Updated Fall 2012.
  • Latin America and the Environment – A guide to films from the biennial Latin American Environmental Film Festival held from 2005-2009 at Tulane University. This guide describes the films shown during the festivals and highlights the winning entries. Several of these films have associated currciula which are available for free download from LARC’s website. Created January 2013.
  • Literacy and Cuba – A guide to information about literacy in Latin America, focusing on literacy campaigns, and to Cuba. Includes films (both fictional and nonfiction) about Cuba and Cuban History. Created March 2014.
  • The Maya – A guide to resource in the LARC collection and external sources of information concerning the Maya. Created February 2012; updated January 2017.
  • The Media and Latin America – This guide examines a selection of videos about Latin America and directs the reader’s attention to the ways in which the producers of these texts have exerted, and sometimes hidden, their points of view. Created September 1994, Updated December 2012.
  • Mexico – This guide organizes our resources on Mexico into various subject areas. Appropriate for high school/college level Spanish, social studies, humanities courses. Created November 1994.
  • Mexican Muralists – Guide to resources on Mexican muralists – particularly los tres grandes: Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros. These resources illustrate the effect of Mexican politics and heritage on the mural movement. Created Spring 2015.
  • Panama – A list of some of the important resources on Panama in the LARC collection. Created September 2015.
  • Peru – A list of some of the resources on Peru in the LARC collection. Created September 2016.
  • Race and Ethnicity in Latin America – This guide lists and discusses some of the best resources from our collection for talking about issues of race and ethnicity. Includes films which can be used to start a discussion on a sensitive, and at times difficult to comprehend, topic. Created April 1993.
  • Women in Latin America – This guide organizes our resources on women in Latin America into subject areas. Excellent for women’s studies classes and appropriate for high school teachers who want to introduce women’s studies and Latin America into their curriculum. Created October 1994, Updated November 2012.




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Africana Studies Brown Bag Lecture with Prof. Dan Sharp

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Naná Vasconcelos: Afro-Brazilian Percussion in Paris and New York City

Dan Sharp is currently conducting research for a book that revolves around the 1980 album Saudades by Afro-Brazilian Naná Vasconcelos. The book will situate Naná‘s reimagining of percussion and voice in the context of his itinerant life in New York, Europe and Brazil in the 1970s and 1980s. Snacks provided!

New Worlds, Indigenous Technologies and European Cabinets of Curiosities

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“New Worlds, Indigenous Technologies and European Cabinets of Curiosities”
Lecture by Dr. Surekha Davies

In the early modern period, European perceptions of distant peoples shifted from curiosity and admiration to a growing conviction that Europe resided at the top of a cultural, technological, and racial hierarchy. Making knowledge about both humans and the natural world became increasingly visual pursuits. This paper explores descriptive methods and classificatory schemes for overseas artifacts through the close reading of inventories and catalogs of early modern curiosity cabinets. It argues that these texts were material and discursive objects that helped to constitute cultural hierarchy through typologies of objects. The processes of inventorying human variety also shaped European identities in relation to both classical antiquity and to the material antiquities of new worlds.

Dr. Surekha Davies is Assistant Professor of History at Western Connecticut State University. She writes on cultural encounters, visual and material culture, cartography, monster theory, collecting, and the history of mentalities. Her first book, Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (Cambridge University Press, 2016), won the 2016 Roland H. Bainton Prize in History from the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, and the 2016 Morris D. Forkosch Prize from the Journal for the History of Ideas. Dr. Davies is currently working on a new book project, Collecting Artifacts in the Age of Empire, and is a Mellon longterm fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library for 2017-18.

Why Marronage Still Matters: Lecture with Dr. Neil Roberts

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What is the opposite of freedom? Dr. Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial to his investigation is the concept ofmarronage—a form of slave escape that was an important aspect of Caribbean and Latin American slave systems. Roberts examines the liminal and transitional space of slave escape to develop a theory of freedom as marronage, which contends that freedom is fundamentally located within this space.In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

This event is sponsored by the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French Studies, Department of French and Italian.
For more information contact Ryan Joyce at or Fayçal Falaky at

Newcomb Art Museum to host María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for Gallery Talk

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Join us at the Newcomb Art Museum in welcoming Mexican artists María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for a noontime gallery talk as they discuss the current exhibition Clay in Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics (which features works by María José de la Macorra) and the focus and process of their work. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Newcomb Art Museum is featuring two ceramic exhibitions entitled 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.

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

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

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Bate Papo! Try a bit of Brazil’s Middle Eastern flavor with these kibe treats. 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

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