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.
  • Colombia – Guide to resources in the LARC collection about the culture, history, and politics of Colombia. Created April 2018.
  • 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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Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.

Pan-American Life in New Orleans: Exhibition Opening and Reception

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Pan-American Life Insurance Group and The Latin American Library at Tulane University cordially invite you to an exhibit opening and reception to unveil the Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) Collection. The PALIG Collection, generously donated to The Latin American Library, documents the company’s 109 years connecting New Orleans with Latin America. The exhibit will feature photographs, manuscripts, and other materials from the PALIG archives as well as other holdings from the LAL that shed light on the long history of commercial and cultural ties between New Orleans and Latin America.

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Bate papo!: Portuguese Conversation Hour

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Bala de maracujá.

Latin American Writers Series Fall 2019 Book Display

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The Latin American Library has put together a display of books written by authors participating in the Fall 2019 Latin American Writers Series: Luis Negrón, Power Paola, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, and Gabriela Weiner. All books on display are available for check out. When you visit, be sure to grab a free bookmark commemorating the series!

Café con Alberto Barrera

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The Stone Center invites you to Café con Alberto Barrera. This intimate meet and greet will be an opportunity to connect with Barrera, an influential writer and thinker from Venezuela. In addition to his creative work as a poet and novelist, he has co-authored, with journalist Cristina Marcano, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal, the first biography written on this controversial figure. He has also penned Alta Traición and Un país a la semana, two texts that chronicle the tumultuous political landscape in the Venezuela of recent years. Barrera will be answering questions about his non-fiction work during this casual conversation with faculty and students.