Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Centers & Institutes

CIAPA is a private, non-profit, high level academic institution. Its mission is to promote academic knowledge through research in the social sciences while contributing to the public policy debate for the solution of economic, political, and social problems in Latin America and particularly Central America. Its work is driven by the research of permanent, associate, and visiting scholars, and includes publications, exchanges with other national and international academic and research institutions, educational programs, and the organization of symposia, talks, and seminars.

CIAPA is a center for research and thought that seeks to stimulate intellectual endeavors. Its work stems from the need of every society to confront the challenges posed by development, both internally and in relation to international economic and political structures. Such tasks are particularly relevant at the start of a new millennium in which global interdependence magnifies the opportunities, but also the challenges, faced by developing nations. CIAPA seeks to contribute to understanding how states can be streamlined to ensure political democracy and material prosperity in a context of accelerated international change.

CIAPA constitutes a national and international forum for the study, debate, and analysis of the issues impacting the social, economic, and political development of Latin American countries.


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Upcoming Events

Online Summer Book Group for K-12 Educators

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For pre-service, early career and veteran teachers who love reading and learning through literature who want to explore award-winning books for the middle and early high school classrooms. Join us as we read four books that explore stories of coming-of-age from multiple perspectives. Participants will receive a copy of each book and participate in an open discussion with other K-12 educators. We will launch the book group with The Other Half of Happy. The group will meet online and explore the real story behind this award-winning book with the author Rebecca Balrcárcel. Join us this summer as we discover new stories and books for your classroom.

Register here for $15 (includes all 4 books).

All online Zoom meetings are at 7:00 PM CST.


Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and AfterCLASS at Tulane University. For more information, please email

Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

While at Tulane, the institute will explore the historic connections between the United States and Central America focusing on indigenous communities and environment while highlighting topics of social justice and environmental conservation. Join us to explore Central America and teaching strategies to implement into the classroom.

Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email or call 504.865.5164.