Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Master of Business Administration/ Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

The joint degree program in Business Administration and Latin American Studies is predicated on the integration of the Latin American concepts taught within the Graduate Program in Latin American Studies with the policy and general management approaches and techniques taught at the A.B. Freeman School of Business. The program is specially designed to prepare the student (1) to manage effectively; (2) to cope with the uncertainties of interdependent, though usually conflicting, economic environments; and (3) to integrate private and public sector perspectives and criteria into a single framework.

As with our other joint degree programs, applicants to the joint M.B.A./M.A. degree program must be admitted separately by each of the participating programs. Thus a potential joint degree student must be admitted to the Business School through its normal admissions process, and also to the Latin American Studies program in the School of Liberal Artsl via its own separate admissions process. Admission to one school does not guarantee admission to the other; nor does the failure to be admitted into the joint degree program preclude admission into either one or the other school independently. Students admitted to the joint degree program do not matriculate in both schools concurrently. Students receiving a fellowship through the Stone Center start the joint degree program as a full-time student of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in the School of Liberal Arts and defer enrolling in the Freeman School of Business for one year.

The joint course of study integrates the M.B.A. core curriculum, the M.A. curriculum in Latin American Studies, and a set of electives. The M.B.A. core courses provide the student with a general background of all the functional fields of management. Latin American Studies courses provide the student with critical understanding of the cultural, political, economic and social context in which business is practiced in Latin America. This understanding is achieved through coursework in the Social Science and Humanities and in a core seminar (LAST 7000) that seeks to integrate this knowledge.

Students must take 24 semester hours from the Latin American Studies curriculum and 51 hours from the Freeman School of Business. Demonstrated competence in either Spanish or Portuguese by oral examination is required for graduation. Finally, students are encouraged to spend one summer in an internship experience with a firm operating in Latin America, which is usually arranged independently or through the Business School.

Once accepted into the program a student already resident in the Freeman School of Business must complete and submit an inter-school transfer request form. These forms are required to register in the School of Liberal Arts, and must be signed both by the student’s academic advisor in the Business School and the Graduate Advisor in the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

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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.