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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The Latin American Library's Annual Open House

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The Latin American Library will be hosting its annual open house event on Friday, September 21. This annual event will welcome back faculty, students, staff, and friends from the New Orleans community. The event will include a talk by Colombian visual artist Erika Diettes, an exhibit of recent acquisitions, a book sale, and as always much more!

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Madeline White via email (mwhite7@tulane.edu) or by phone at (504) 865-5681.

MARI Brown Bag Series to host PhD candidate Evan Parker for talk on jade offerings in Maya plaza

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The Middle American Research Institute is happy to announce the first talk of the 2018-2019 Brown Bag talk series. Evan Parker, Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Anthropology, will present his research in a talk titled The Tzimin Jades of Paso del Macho: Description and Analysis of a Middle Preclassic Maya Plaza Offering.

MARI’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 Jessica Melancon (jmelanc1@tulane.edu) for more information.

For the current speaker list of this talk series, visit the MARI Brown Bag website.

Film Screening: El Súper with filmmaker Iván Acosta

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The 1979 film version of Cuban filmmaker Ivan Acosta’s award-winning play El Súper, which gained critical and international success for its depiction of exiled Cubans in New York City, will be screened. Mr. Acosta will be in attendance and a discussion in English will follow. Iván Acosta is a playwright, filmmaker, and creative director originally from Santiago de Cuba, now in New York City. His creative endeavors include documentaries, plays, films, and books, and he’s served as writer, director, and producer, among other roles.

A small reception will follow the screening. Seating may be limited. Admission is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/1979/04/29/archives/the-screen-el-super-a-cubanamerican-tale-the-cast.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

Equity speaker series to host panel on navigating immigrant relations in the current political climate

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The Center for Academic Equity at Tulane University is proud to present Border Li(n)es: Excluding, Extracting, and Expelling Immigrants in the Southern U.S. on September 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM as part of the Equity Speaker Series.

Following a summer of turbulent immigration relations in the United States, the Fall 2018 Equity Speaker Panel will focus on immigration on our Southern border and will feature specialists whose experiences vary from grassroots to professorial work. Panelists will include Josiah Heyman, Director of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies, Ronald Martinez, New Orleans immigrant activist and spokesperson for the Congress of Day Laborers, Hiroko Kusuda, Clinical Professor and Director of Immigration Law at the Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at Loyola, and Laila Hlass, Clinical Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

These four distinguished speakers will share the stage of Freeman Auditorium to discuss the drastic variation in immigrant relations across the national, regional, and local spaces and ways that members of American society may become engaged in or change the now toxic and polarized political climate. This inaugural discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.

See also Tulane New Wave for more information and a description of the event.




Cover photo from CNN story What the US-Mexico border looks like before Trump’s wall.

Mexican Cultural Institute's new exhibition features Hispanic women artists' empowerment and identity

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The Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans in collaboration with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the groundbreaking exhibition Hispanic Women Making Art: Creative Empowerment and Identity. The exhibition will feature artists Verónica Bapé, Belinda Flores-Shinshillas, Ana Hernandez, Josephine Sacabo, Laura Velez and Luba Zygarewicz and is curated by Marcela Correa, MFA.

The opening reception will be held on September 26 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The exhibition will be open beginning September 26 and continue through November 24, 2018. For more information, please visit the Mexican Cultural Institute website.

Cover photo is a work by Verónica Bapé from the series ABUNDANTE COSA 1 MES 1 ARTISTA.

In 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico established the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans. The primary objective of the Mexican Cultural Institute is to promote the image of Mexico by supporting cultural expressions in its broadest and fullest sense, including multidisciplinary forms like visual arts, music, performing arts, film, literature and gastronomy. The mission of the Cultural Institutes is to be protagonists of the cultural scene in their different host cities.


Iván Acosta book presentation: With A Cuban Song in the Heart / Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón

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Iván Acosta will present his memoir, With a Cuban Song in the Heart/ Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón, published by Un-Gyve Press, 2017. At this event, Mr. Acosta will incorporate his favorite Cuban songs in a musical and historical journey. His book features artwork from 280 album covers in his private collection and weaves a rich narrative combining real life experiences from his childhood in Santiago, Cuba along with tidbits of local lore and historical references. His favorite songs will be performed by local performers during the presentation.
This fascinating presentation, starting at 6:00PM, will be held at Tulane University in the Freeman Auditorium of the Newcomb Art Building (in Newcomb Circle) New Orleans, LA, 70118. A book signing and reception will follow on Woodward Way, right outside the Freeman Auditorium and in the Newcomb Art Museum. The book will be available for purchase for $60.00.

This event is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/16/nyregion/public-lives-cuba-on-his-mind-the-dual-life-of-an-artist-exile.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.