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.

  • African Diaspora – A guide to resources in the LARC collections about the African Diaspora, particularly in the Americas. Created July 2009.
  • Américas Award – A book guide of previous Américas Award Winners and Honorable Mentions available for check-out from the Lending Library. 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.
  • 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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Newcomb Art Museum Exhibit Features Modern Sculptures Inspired by Mexican Ceramics

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Come celebrate the opening of Newcomb Art Museum’s latest exhibitions 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.

5:30 PM
Private VIP/members reception featuring catering by Araña, a tequila tasting, specialty cocktails, and music.

6:30 PM
Curatorial talk with Nuria Rodriguez Sadurni, Director of Special Projects at the Cultural Cooperation office of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Free and open to the public.

7:30-9:00 PM
Public reception.

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



LSU and The Modern History Colloquium and the Ogden Honors College: Lecture Series

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The Modern History Colloquium and the Ogden Honors College invites you to a series of lectures hosted by LSU

Father Perez’s Revolution: Constitutional Catholicism in 20th Century Mexico
Professor Matthew Butler (UT-Austin)
Thursday, January 18th at 6:00 PM
French House, Grand Salon

Dr. Butler is one of the preeminent scholars of the Catholic Church and politics in 20th century Mexico. He is the author of Popular Piety and Political Identity in Mexico’s Cristero Rebellion (Oxford, 2004) and Faith and Impiety in Revolutionary Mexico (Palgrave, 2007). Butler will speak about his forthcoming book, describing religious change and adaptation during and after the Mexican Revolution (1910-1940).

Provincializing 1968 Mexico: A Historiographical Critique
Professor Jaime Pensado (Notre Dame)
Friday, January 19th at 3:30 PM
French House, Feature Classroom

Dr. Pensado is the author of Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties (Stanford, 2013). His new book project takes up a set of research questions that have not been addressed in the historiography of modern Mexico, but which he argues, will complicate our understanding of the turbulent, combative, and at a times contradictory character of the Cold War era: how did conservative and progressive sectors of the Catholic Church—particularly those invested in education, student politics and entertainment—respond to the contentious environment that emerged inside Mexico’s most important universities during the postwar era? How did young Catholic students respond to the rise of leftist militancy that came to characterize their schools in the wake of the Cuban Revolution?

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Professional Development Opportunity: Latin American Resources for the K-12 Classroom

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S.S. NOLA, in collaboration with the Latin American Resource Center, will be hosting a professional development opportunity for K-12 educators on Saturday, January 20, 2018, to examine the ways in which educators can utilize and share resources on Latin America in the classroom. This is a free workshop for K-12 educators and refreshments will be served. Visit the official event website for more information and to register.

S.S. NOLA was created to support K-12 social studies teachers in the New Orleans area by showcasing student-centered lesson plans, loaning classroom supplies free of charge, and hosting professional development workshops. To learn more about the mission of S.S. NOLA, visit their official website, and don’t forget to follow them on Twitter and Facebook! S.S. NOLA is run by Brooke Grant, a professor of practice in the Tulane Teacher Preparation and Certification program.

Stone Center for Latin American Studies to Host 10th Annual Workshop on Field Research Methods

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies for the 10th Annual Weekend Workshop on Field Research Methods on January 27, 2018. The application deadline is January 20, 2018.

How will you get the data you need for your thesis or dissertation? Do you envision immersing yourself for months in the local culture, or tromping the hills and farms seeking respondents? Sorting through dusty archives? Observing musicians at work in the plaza? Downloading and crunching numbers on a computer? For any of these approaches: How might you get there, from here?

This workshop aims to help you approach your data collection and analysis for your thesis or dissertation topic, and to adapt and refine your topic to be more feasible. You will take your research project ideas to the next stop—whatever that may be, include raising travel grants. Learn to:

  • Plan more efficiently, feasible, and rewarding fieldwork
  • Prepare more compelling and persuasive grant proposals
  • Navigate choices of research methods and course offerings on campus
  • Become a better research and fieldwork team-member

Format
This is an engaged, hands-on, informal workshop. Everyone shares ideas and participates. We will explore and compare research approaches, share experiences and brainstorm alternatives. You will be encouraged to think differently about your topic, questions, and study sites as well as language preparation, budgets, and logistics. The participatory format is intended to spark constructive new thinking, strategies, and student networks to continue learning about (and conducting) field research.

Who is leading this?
Laura Murphy, PhD, faculty in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, and affiliate faculty to the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Who is this for?
This workshop is targeted to Stone Center graduate students as well as graduate students from other programs (GOHB, CCC, humanities, sciences, and others) if space is available. The workshop will be particularly helpful for those who envision research with human subjects.

Sign up
Sign up as soon as you can! Apply by January 20, 2018, at the latest to confirm your stop. Send an email with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Department and Degree program
  • Year at Tulane
  • Prior experience in research, especially field research
  • Academic training in research design and methods
  • Include a 1-paragraphy statement of your current research interests and immediate plans/needs (i.e. organize summer field research)

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Not for credit.

For more information and/or to apply: Contact Laura Murphy at lmurphy2@tulane.edu or Jimmy Huck at jhuck@tulane.edu.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Foreign Language Pedagogy and Research

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Call for Papers: Foreign Language Pedagogy and Research: New Approaches to Old Challenges
The goal of this symposium is to bring the Tulane University foreign language instructor community together by sharing foreign language teaching ideas, methods and practices. The symposium is open to all foreign language instructors and graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal.

Submissions:

  • Deadline for abstract submission: January 31st, 2018
  • Proposal should include a one-page description of the presentation and the name(s) and contact information of the (co)-presenter(s).
  • Presentations will be organized with a general format of 15 minutes for topic presentation/hands-on demonstration and 5 minutes for questions/discussion.
  • Interactive presentations are strongly encouraged. Presentations should be in English, however examples/exercises can be in the target language.
  • All submissions should be sent to rjudd@tulane.edu.
  • Notifications of acceptance will be sent by February, 20th 2018.

For more information about the symposium, guidelines, or requirements, please email:
Ryan Judd at rjudd@tulane.edu:mailto:rjudd@tulane.edu,
Roxanne Davilá at rdavila@tulane.edu:mailto:rdavila@tulane.edu, or
Charles Mignot at cmignot@tulane.edu:mailto:cmignot@tulane.edu.

Global Read Webinar Series: Diverse Social Justice Books for the High School Classroom

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Once a month, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Middle East Outreach Book Award, South Asia Book Award) sponsor a free 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom. The 2018 Spring Webinar Series focuses on social justice. We encourage educators to read the books with your colleagues, students, and community, and then join us to hear more from the author.

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, join us for a 60 minute webinar/chat focused on Margarita Engle’s recent book Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words. In this haunting yet hopeful novel in verse, award-winning author Margarita Engle tells the story of Antonio Chuffat, a young man of African, Chinese, and Cuban descent who became a champion of civil rights. The webinar will be available through Blackboard Collaborate. The book is appropriate for students in grades 8-12.