Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

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Summer 2009

Performance in Latin America: Exploring African Diaspora in the Americas
July 8-11, 2009
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
100 Jones Hall, Tulane University

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is proud to offer a summer workshop on performance in Latin America which will coincide with Tulane University’s New Orleans Dance Festival. This workshop will explore the African Diaspora in Latin America through performance as a means of cultural understanding and interpretation. The objective of the institute is for participants to increase their knowledge of the diversity of Latin America by exploring African Diaspora in Latin America. Teachers will act as participants and participant-observers as they learn about African culture in Latin America. Presenters will help teachers develop the skills necessary to work with their own local musicians and performers as cultural ambassadors in the classroom. They will also gain a greater understanding for the history, geography, and culture of Latin America. Teachers will develop lesson plans to be used in their classroom as well as collect and learn about additional resources from Title VI National Resource Centers. Dance from Latin America will be at the center of our discussion as we explore methods of integrating the arts into all disciplines. Click here to register.

Teachers of all disciplines will find this workshop particularly beneficial as a way to incorporate the richness of their local community into the classroom. Participation in this institute is free. In addition participants will receive a $500.00 stipend. Space is limited to 12 teachers. Deadline to apply is May 22.

For more information on our institute please read the Final Report.

Annual Professional Development Competition for Gulf South K-12 teachers
Summer 2009
Participating National Resource Centers

The national Latin American Studies Teacher Training Network is a collaborative effort of six Title VI national resource centers hoping to encourage the study of Latin America through our network of resource centers. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies will support the study of Latin America at any one of our six participating national resource centers. Click here for all participating National Resource Centers institute offerings this summer. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2009

Spring 2009

Counting Time the Maya Way
February 6, 2009
Tulane University

Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies is holding a series of workshops associated with the Sixth Annual Maya Symposium. Become a “Maya Master Teacher” and receive ongoing training about Mayan culture and society. In addition to bringing a broadened perspective to the classroom, you will serve as a consultant on Mayan curriculum for the Latin American Resource Center and other area educators. No background in subject matter is required. For the registration form and more information please click here.

Fall 2008

Lagniappe Learning: Teacher Expo
Saturday September 20, 2008
10 am – 3 pm
Louisiana State Museum’s, Cabildo
701 Chartres St

The Latin American Resource Center is a member of “Informal Educators,” a group of New Orleans area organizations, museums, libraries, and institutes that provide educational outreach and professional development opportunities for K12 educators. “Informal Educators” is hosting a teacher expo designed to bring all New Orleans area education resources to one place so teachers can learn about bringing outside resources into the classroom. Come on out and visit us or stop by The WWII D-Day Museum, the Audubon Zoo, or the New Orleans Public Library and many more! For more information, please visit the Lagniappe Learning Site.

Day of the Dead in the Classroom
November, 2008
Louisiana State Museum

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies’ Latin American Resource Center, Tulane University and The Louisiana State Museum collaborate to celebrate Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) or as it is known in New Orleans, “All Souls Day.” This annual celebration and workshop will introduce teachers, families and the public to the history and tradition behind this Mexican holiday. Local artists will explain how to build an altar in the classroom and scholars will trace the importance of this tradition through time and culture. There will be a resource table showcasing teaching resources and arts & crafts activities to help teachers bring Day of the Dead into the classroom as well as presenting families and children how to make the different crafts popular to this tradition. To view video of our 2008 celebration please click here and here.

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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.