Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Media Packets

The following media packets have been developed by the LARC to remedy the lack of commercially-available resources in specific subject-matter area. Each packet contains a teacher’s guide, suggested readings, and classroom activities as well as the specified number of images or audio files.

All media packets are now freely available for download. LARC will still sell slide packets if you desire.

ARGENTINA

  • Contemporary artists: Images of works by ten internationally known contemporary artists. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Pre-Columbian Art: Ceramics from Precolumbian peoples in Argentina. Ceramics pictured here are from the Condorhuasi Culture in the Catamarca region. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Teatro Colon: The Teatro Colon, of Colon Theater was commissioned by the National Congress of Argentina in 1887 and completed by 1908. The building was built in the French Renaissance style. 10 images. Image descriptions.

BARBADOS

BOLIVIA

  • Agriculture: Images of agriculture in Bolivia, particularly showing terracing which helps grow cops on slopes. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • The Christian Base Communities of La Paz, Bolivia: Poor people in Latin America are creating a new kind of socio-religious system called a Christian Base Community, or CEB. Members of the CEB group together to discuss the relationship of Christian teachings to their social reality. The packet emphasizes the situations the poor face and the ways in which CEB try to meet these challenges. 30 images.
  • Cities in the Altiplano: Images of cities in the highland areas of Bolivia and Peru. 40 images. Image descriptions.
  • Life around Lake Titicaca: Images of the altiplano region of Bolivia and Peru showing what life is like. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • People from the Altiplano: Images of people living in the Altiplano, or high plain, of Bolivia. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Rubber in the Amazon Basin: Rubber is an item from which clothing, household goods, medical and industrial supplies, and other items are produced. These images show examples of rubber plantations in the Bolivian Amazon. 10 Images. Image descriptions.
  • Tiwanaku: Images of the important Middle Horizon site of Tiwanaku, Bolivia. 10 images. Image descriptions.

BRAZIL

  • Brasilia, Modern Architecture: Brasilia was built and planned to be the capital of Brazil. The city was laid out and built to accommodate up to half a million people. The images in this packet show some of the modern architecture from the city. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Brazilian Amazon: Images of the Amazon and people living in the Amazon in Brazil. 12 images. Image descriptions.
  • Contemporary Artists: Works by ten internationally known contemporary Brazilian artists. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Favelas of Rio de Janeiro: Favelas, or squatters settlements, are a housing alternative for the poor of Brazil. This packet emphasizes who the inhabitants are, misconceptions concerning the residents, their jobs, favela construction, and the social support networks within the settlements. 28 images. Image Packet
    Curriculum Guide
  • Brazilian Baroque: Religious Objects of the 17th and 18th Centuries: Baroque art is well known in Europe but not as well known in its Latin American manifestations. These images show Baroque religious art from Brazil. 30 images. In three parts. Part I Part II Part III
  • Japanese-Brazilian Painters: The Japanese popultation of Brazil is second only to that of Japan itself. This group of Japanese-Brazilian artistis is known as SEIBI and had their first exhibition in 1938. This packet shows the works of various artists. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • O Aleijadinho: Images of sculptures by this famous Brazilian artist from the Colonial Period. Focuses on his religious art, particularly sculptures of Prophets. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Rubber and Sugar: Images of agriculture in Brazil with a focus on the large farms of sugar and rubber. 10 Images. Image descriptions.

CHILE

  • Roberto “Matta” Echaurreu: Roberto Matta Echaurreu was born in Santiago, Chile in 1912. He is a well known artist who was part of the Surrealist movement and the development of American abstract expressionism. These images include some of his surrealist paintings. 10 images. Image descriptions.

COLOMBIA

  • Barichara: This small Colombian village is characterized by Spanish Mediterranean style architecture. Images show the city’s architectural charm. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Cartagena, A Historic Fortress City: A series of images of the historic port city of Cartagena. Images show the city and surrounding fort area. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Colombia: Colonial Paintings: A mixture of colonial art from Colombia from both the Santa Fe School and other areas around Colombia. 20 images Image descriptions.
  • Contemporary Artists: Works by 10 internationally known, contemporary, Colombian artists. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Flowers of Colombia: Images of some of the wide variety of flowers and plants which grow in Colombia. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Popayán, Colombia: These images of Popayán show typical Spanish Colonial architecture in Colombia. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Pre-Columbian Art: Images of ceramics and figures created by the Chibcha, or Muisca, culture, the Tumaco culture, and the Quimbaya culture. 30 images. Image descriptions.
  • San Agustin: Pre-Columbian sculptures from the site of San Agustin. Little is known about the San Agustin culture but the site features earthen mounds, large temples, tombs, and large sculptures. These images feature some of the site’s sculptures. 30 images. Image descriptions.
  • The Ticunas, Native Artists of the Amazon: These images are of the Ticunas, an indigenous group of peoples who live in small communities along the Amazon River and live from fishing and agriculture. The images include examples of daily life among the Ticunas and their indigenous crafts. 10 images. Image descriptions.

COSTA RICA

  • Huetar Culture: The Huetar culture is a Pre-Columbian culture found in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama. This slide packet contains images of items produced by the Huetar culture, focusing mostly on large objects made of limestone. 10 images. Image descriptions.

CUBA

  • Art of Amelia Pelaez: Amelia Pelaez was one of Cuba’s most beloved painters and one of the most important woman artists of Latin America. An early member of the modern movement, Pelaez brought together the new lessons of Cubism and the traditions of the past in her powerful work. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Contemporary Cuban Paintings: Images of works by 24 different Cuban artists. 24 images. Image descriptions.
  • Life in Contemporary Cuba (1990): In 1959, Fidel Castro and his fellow revolutionaries triumphantly paraded through downtown Havana, thereby dramatically changing the Latin American political climate. This image packet discusses Cuban history and contemporary life under the revolutionary government. 32 images. Image Packet
    Curriculum Guide
  • Wilredo Lam, Artist from Cuba: Wilredo Lam is a Cuban artist of mixed African, Indian, and European origin. He was greatly influenced by the Surrealist movement and visits to Europe, including during the Spanish Civil War. 20 images. Image descriptions.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

  • Contemporary Artists: Images from ten contemporary artists from the Dominican Republic. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Museo de las casas reales: Description of the museo de las casas reales in Santo Domingo. Images of architecture and historical interest. 10 images. Image descriptions.

ECUADOR

  • Caspicara: The Great Sculptor from Quito, Ecuador: Images of the works of Caspicara, an Ecuadorean sculptor focused on religious works. 30 images. Image descriptions.
  • Handicrafts: Images of handicrafts made in Ecuador. Shows the combination of Colonial and Pre-Columbian influences. 12 images. Image descriptions.
  • Pre-Columbian Art: Pre-Columbian art from Ecuador. These images span all periods of the Pre-Columbian Ecuadorian past from early hunter-gatherers to the Inca. 70 images. Image descriptions.
  • Pre-Columbian Art from the Museum of the Central Bank: Various images of Pre-Columbian art from Ecuador. These items are found in the Museum of the Central Bank. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Shrunken Heads: The Jivaros, an indigenous Amazonian group, are known for making shrunken heads. These are trophy heads made with the heads of defeated enemies. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Quito: Images of Quito, Ecuador. Quito is the third oldest city in the western hemisphere after Mexico City and Cusco. Images include colonial architecture and the surrounding environment. 10 images. Image descriptions.

EL SALVADOR

  • Julio Sequeira: Images of the work of Julio Sequeira. Sequeira was a self taught artist who was influenced by the life and art of El Salvador. 10 Images. Image descriptions.

GUATEMALA

  • Colonial Architecture of Antigua, Guatemala: Antigua is the original capital of Guatemala. This legacy is preserved in the colonial architecture in the city. 20 Images. Image descriptions
  • Scenes of Guatemala: Images of Guatemala focusing on indigenous peoples residing in the highlands. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Lake Atitlan: Views of Lake Atitlan, in highland Guatemala. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • The Republic of Guatemala: Images of different areas of Guatemala including Guatemala city, the highland areas, and prominent archaeological sites. 40 images. Image descriptions.

HAITI

  • Folk Art: Haitian folk art is a mix of many influences. It has many African roots as well as European and Latin American influences. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Haiti: Mardi Gras: Images of Mardi Gras Celebrations in Haiti. From the Art Museum of the Americas. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Haitian Murals: Murals from the Cathedral in Port-au-Prince. 10 Images. Image descriptions.

HONDURAS

  • Jose Antonio Velasquez: Jose Antonio Velasquez was a folk artist from Honduras. While he had no classical artistic training, Velasquez was passionate about his painting career. 20 images. Image descriptions.

Jamaica

  • Joseph Bartholomew Kid: Images of the work of Jamaican artist Joseph Bartholomew Kid. 10 images. Image descriptions.

MEXICO

  • Colonial Art of the 16th Centuries: Images of early Mexican Colonial architecture. The art shows a fusion of Spanish and Indigenous characteristics. 40 images. Image descriptions.
  • Colonial Art of the 17th and 18th Centuries: Images of the Baroque and Churrigueresque styles in the 18th and 18th centuries of Mexico. These images show the changes from European architectural styles to adapt to the Mexican climate and threat of earthquakes. 40 images. Image descriptions.
  • Colonial Housing: In Latin America, people live in may different types of houses depending on the available building materails, climate, outside influences, and economic prosperity of the region. View some examples of Mexican Colonial architecture. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Colonial Mexican Society: Life in Mexico’s colonial period (1519-1824) was diversified, complex, and in a constant state of evolution. This packet places particular emphasis on socio-economic issues such as silver mining, the trans-Atlantic trade, the rise of large landed estates, labor systems, etc. 27 images. Image Packet
    Curriculum Guide
  • Colonial Paintings: A series of 20 slides depicting colonial paintings from Mexico. 20 images. Image descriptions
  • Day of the Dead: The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday which takes place on November 2 and commemorates the death of relatives and friends while serving as a fascinating and lively celebration for the living. This packet discusses both the European and indigenous influences in the festival rituals. 20 images. Image Packet
    Curriculum Guide
  • Diego Rivera: Images of frescos by Diego Rivera. These frescoes are from the Ministry of Education, the Chapel of the National Agricultural School at Chapingo, and the National Palace in Mexico City. 40 images. Image descriptions
  • Etchings by Jose Luis Cuevas: Jose Luis Cuevas is a prestigious Mexican artist. He is most famous for his etchings. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Frida Kahlo: Images from Frida Kahlo, a prominent early 20th century Mexican artist. 9 images. Image descriptions.
  • Jose Clemente Orozco: Jose Clemente Orozco is a prominent Mexican muralist. His subjects included his experience with the Mexican Revolution. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Jose Clemente Orozco, Paintings and Frescoes: A series of murals and paintings by Jose Clemente Orozco. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Mesoamerican Survey: This set of images contains images of the artifacts and major sites of the non-Maya peoples of pre-Columbian Mexico. 100 images. Image descriptions.
  • Mexican Muralists: A collection of images of murals by Mexican muralists from the 20th Century. Includes works by Camarena, Castellanos, Helguera, Herran, Morado, Murillo, Nishizawa, O’Gorman, Orozco, Rivera, Siquieros, and Tamayo. 50 images. Image descriptions.
  • Mexican Indigenous and Colonial Houses: These images provide information about housing in Mexico. The focus is on indigenous houses and the influence of European style architecture from the Colonial period on these houses. 10 images. In two parts. Part I Part II
  • Modern Architecture in Mexico City: Images of modern buildings throughout Mexico City. 40 Images. Image descriptions.
  • Modern Architecture in University City, Mexico City: Images of the University area in Mexico City, home of UNAM, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. 40 images. Image descriptions.
  • Monte Alban: These images show the architecture and artifacts from Monte Alban, a Zapotec site in Oaxaca. The occupation of Monte Alban spans from the Preclassic to the Postclassic. 69 images. Image descriptions
  • The Olmec: These images show sculptures and other artifacts created by the Olmec peoples of the Gulf Coast area of Mexico. 75 Images. Accompanying guide to the images explains each image and provides background surrounding the Olmec.
  • Popular Paintings: Images of popular tourist themes from Mexico. Includes the Virgen de Guadalupe and a discussion of how she came into being. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Rufino Tamayo: Rufino Tamayo, a painter from Oaxaca, Mexico, is of Zapotec heritage. He trained as a painter in the Bellas Artes in Mexico City and taught and worked in both Mexico City and New York City. 30 images. Image descriptions.
  • Tarascan Sculpture: These images show sculpture created by the Tarascan peoples of western Mexico. Includes images of Tarascan ceramics and clay figurines. Organization of American States. 10 images. In two parts. Part I Part II
  • Teotihuacan: Images of the site of Teotihuacan. Teotihuacan was a major settlement during the Classic period in Central Mexico, near modern day Mexico City. 90 images. Image descriptions.
  • Teotihuacan Murals: These images show examples of the mural art from Teotihuacan. Teotihuacan was a major settlement during the Classic period in Central Mexico, near modern day Mexico City. Mural art is abundant throughout Teotihuacan and these images show some of the best examples. Organization of American States. 14 images. Three parts. Part I Part II Part III
  • Teotihuacan and Tenochtitlan:A series of images from Teotihuacan and Aztec period sites including Tenochtitlan. These images provide an excellent overview of sites and architecture in Central Mexico during the Classic and Post-Classic periods. 40 slides. In 6 parts. Part I Part II Part III Part IV Part V Part VI
  • Totonac Civilization: These images come from Veracruz, Mexico, the home of the Totonac civilization. The Totonac are known for their clay figurines and ceremonial ballgame attire, which are depicted in these images. Produced by the Organization of American States. 20 images. In three parts. Part I Part II Part III
  • Tula: These images are from Tula, Hidalgo, Mexico. Tula is a large Postclassic site known for its architecture and sculptural traditions. 60 Images. Image descriptions.
  • Carnival in Veracruz: The Mexican port city of Veracruz is famous for its tropical ambience, marimba rhythms, and unique cuisine. The city is also the site of Mexico’s largest and most spectacular celebration of carnival. This packet highlights the history and traditions of the renowned festival. 20 images. Image Packet
    Curriculum Guide
  • Zapotec and Mixtec Art in the Valley of Oaxaca: Monte Alban and Mitla: Images of the sites of Monte Alban and Mitla in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. 41 images. Image descriptions.

NICARAGUA

  • Primitive Artists of Nicaragua: Images of the primitive art movement in Nicaragua. 20 images. Image descriptions.

PARAGUAY

  • Paraguay: Quiet Beauty of South Americas Heartland: Paraguay, a landlocked nation in the center of South America, has a unique history. It is particularly interesting for its ethnic make-up- a large portion of which is descended from the indigenous Guaraní and continues to speak their native language. This packet highlights Paraguayan history, geography, and contemporary urban and rural life. 32 images. Image Packet
    Curriculum Guide

PERU

  • Camelid Weavings: Domesticated llamas and alpacas, both camelids, were excellent sources of wool in highland Peru. Pre-columbian peoples made weavings of these wools. Images of modern and ancient weavings. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Colonial Art of Peru: Images of Colonial Art throughout Peru. The combination of indigenous and Spanish artistic traditions is seen in these Colonial era images. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Cuzco: Colonial Art: Images of Colonial Art in Cuzco. Shows the combination of Spanish, Inca, and Mestizo influence on Colonial Art in Peru. 10 images. Image descriptions
  • Fernando de Szyszlo: Fernando de Szyszlo was an abstract artist from Peru. He was the first abstract painter in Peru when abstract painting was not well regarded. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Peru: Museum of Anthropology of Lima: Images from the Museum of Anthropology in Lima, Peru. Focuses on pre-Columbian ceramic vessels in the collection. Organization of American States. 10 images. Uploaded in 2 parts due to the size of the file. Part I Part II
  • Early Peruvian Textiles: Images illustrating the textile culture in pre-Columbian Peru. The textiles are examples of those made of cotton, maguey, and camelid-fiber wool. Organization of the American States. 10 images. Uploaded in 2 parts. Part I Part II
  • Piedra de Huamanga Figures: Colonial period religious objects made from Alabaster in the Ayacucho region of Peru. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Weavings: Images of indigenous peoples weaving and the types of textiles they wove. 10 images. Image descriptions.

PUERTO RICO

  • Colonial Architecture: The Arsenal and Convent of Saint Thomas Aquinas: Images of the Arsenal and the Convent of St. Thomas Aquinas, both Colonial Era constructions from San Juan. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Colors in the Street: Images of the Colonial houses in Old San Juan. Shows the vibrant colors and Colonial heritage of the city. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Francisco Oller: Images of paintings by Francisco Oller, a Puerto Rican artist. He is one of the greatest Puerto Rican painters of the 19th century. 80 images. Image descriptions.
  • Luis Hernandez Cruz: Luis Hernandez Cruz is a Puerto Rican abstract artist. He was influenced by his studies in New York City and the environment and life of Puerto Rico. 10 images. Image descriptions.

Uruguay

  • Joaquin Torres Garcia: Joaquin Torres Garcia, an Uruguayan painter, was a pioneer of Constructivism. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Pedro Figari: Images of paintings by Pedro Figari, Uruguayan painter. 10 images. Image descriptions.

VENEZUELA

  • Carracas, Venezuela: Modern art within Carracas, Venezuela. The images here show examples of kinetic art throughout Carracas. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Contemporary Venezuelan Sculptors: Images from 10 contemporary Venezuelan sculptors. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Delta Solar: Delta Solar is a monumental sculpture by Venezuelan artist Alejandro Otero. The sculpture is outside the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Guajiro Indians: The Guajiro Indians inhabit the arid Guajira Peninsula in Northwest Venezuela. These images show scenes of daily life among the Guajiro. 9 images. Image descriptions.
  • Guajiro Tapestries: Images of tapestries created by the indigenous Guajiros. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Hector Poleo: Hector Poleo is a Venezuelan artist. Poleo studied at the School of Fine ARts in Caracas and was also influenced by visits to Mexico and the United States. He was influenced by the surrealist movement. 20 Images. Image descriptions.
  • Jesus Soto: Jesus Soto is a Venezuelan artist. He was one of the forerunners of the kinetic movement and influenced by Cubism. He studied in Venezuela and Paris. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Reveron: Venezuelan Painter: Armando Reveron is a well-known Venezuelan painter. He studied art in New York City, Caracas, and Valencia. These images span different periods of Reveron’s painting career. 30 images. Image descriptions.
  • Venezuelan Journey: Venezuela, one of the longest continuing democracies in Latin America, is a nation rich in geographic and cultural diversity. This slide packet follows the author on a trip through Venezuela and includes information regarding the nation’s history, geography, and socio-economic status in Latin America today. 20 images plus map transparency. Image Packet. Curriculum Guide.
  • Venezuelan Pre-Columbian Art A guide to pre-Columbian art from Venezuela. Images from the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America. Packet assembled by the Organization of American States. 10 images. Guide

GENERAL LATIN AMERICA

  • African Heritage of Latin America: View images from around Latin America showing the African influence on Latin American culture. 10 Images. Image descriptions.
  • Contemporary Artists: Images from ten internationally known Latin American artists from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • More Contemporary Artists: Images from internationally known Latin American artists from Colombia, Chile, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Developing World: Images of development around the world. 18 Images. Image descriptions.
  • Economic Issues: Images of economic issues from around the world. 24 images Image descriptions.
  • Education: Images of children’s education from around the world. 18 images. Image descriptions.
  • Farming: Images from subsistence farmers around the world. 24 images Image descriptions.
  • Francisco Zuniga: Works of Francisco Zuniga, an artist from Costa Rica who lived for many years in Mexico City. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Images from the Museum of the Americas, Madrid, Spain: Images and accompanying descriptions of artifacts from around Latin America. Images span from the Pre-Columbian to the Colonial Period. 100 images. Image descriptions.
  • Latin American Art: Art from 20th Century Latin American Artists. Art from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. 25 images. Image descriptions.
  • Latin American Engravers: Images from a series of artists who specialized in engravings. Includes artists from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. 10 images. Image descriptions.
  • Latin American Visual Arts Today: Images and an accompanying description and lesson plans to inform students about modern Latin American Art. Images Information
  • Latin American Women Artists: Works of art by a series of women artists from Argentina, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. 20 images. Image descriptions.
  • Towns and Cities: Images of towns and cities around the world. 24 images Image descriptions.
  • Transportation and Communication: Images of transportation around the world. 12 images. Image descriptions

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Apply for the Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba
Havana, Cuba | June 23 – July 7, 2018
Program Application
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University join forces with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies to take K-16 educators to Cuba. This is our fourth year running the Cuban Culture & Society K-16 Educator Institute and we are excited about this year’s itinerary. The institute will approach Cuban society and culture form a multidisciplinary perspective focused on the arts, the geography, and history of the country. Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past three years provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of Tulane’s relationship with the University of Havana and Cuba’s National Union of Writers and Artists, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for developing that approach in their K-16 classrooms. Conducted in English by Professor Carolina Caballero, the institute will explore current trends and issues in Cuban culture and society through readings, films, and lectures. The program includes a series of talks by prominent Cuban intellectuals and local field trips to important political and cultural sights throughout Havana.

This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks in Cuba. The institute incorporates visits to local museums and exposes participants to arts organizations, schools, and teachers from the country’s national literacy campaign. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and many cultural venues. There will be group excursions to the historic Che Guevara monument, a visit to the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion, and a special visit to the town of Hershey, the town developed by Milton Hershey to begin his chocolate enterprise with the sugar from Cuba’s plantations. There will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, Playa Girón, and Viñales, focusing on their role in the development of the economy and culture of the country

PROGRAM COST: $3,500
The cost will include a shared room and two meals a day, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana from Tampa, Florida*, airport transportation in Havana to/from residence, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings.

*Airfare to/from Tampa, Florida, a one-night hotel stay in Tampa, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost. You are responsible for your own air flight to/from Tampa, FL.

PROGRAM APPLICATION
Those interested in applying must be a K-16 educator or librarian. There is no Spanish language requirement for this program. The application deadline is March 2, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

Please note: This program is only open to K-16 educators who are currently teaching, are pre-service teachers or are serving in a school or public library.

PROPOSED ITINERARY – 15 DAYS
Please be advised that this itinerary is subject to change based on availability in Cuba. The itinerary below is the schedule from the 2017 institute.

  • Day 1 – U.S./HAVANA, CUBA
    Depart from Tampa, FL, Upon arrival, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception followed by an informal walk and people watching on the Malecón.
  • Day 2 – HAVANA
    Habana Vieja (Old Havana) Tour with local preservation experts to discuss in depth the history of local landmarks, historical preservation efforts, and future plans. Visit Muraleando Lawton, a community art project in the Lawton neighborhood of Havana. Hear from the founders of this project on how the neighborhood developed to promote skills in the community and support the local economy and meet with local community leaders, students and elderly folks at the community center.
  • Day 3 – HAVANA
    Lecture with Professor Carlos Alzugaray on Cuba Since the Special Period. Visit the elementary school Sergio Luis Ferriol in Habana Vieja. Connect with teachers and administrators about their experiences in the classroom.
  • Day 4 – HAVANA
    Visit the Museo Nacional de la Alfabetización (National Museum of the Literacy Campaign) and connect with members of the literacy brigade, teachers from the literacy campaign.
  • Day 5 – HAVANA
    Visit and explore Ernest Hemingway’s house. Have lunch in the infamous fishing village of Cojimar. In the afternoon, explore art by taking a tour of the Cuban Collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes accompanied by a curator then visit with artists at the Taller de Gráfica.
  • Day 6 – HERSHEY
    Day trip to the Hershey, Cuba and nature park. The site where famous chocolatier Milton Hershey developed his chocolate business by setting up sugar mills in the early 1900’s. Explore the natural side of Cuba in this country town.
  • Day 7 – HAVANA
    Learn about children’s literature and the book publishing business in Cuba by visiting Cuba’s national publisher UNEAC and hear first hand from children’s book authors. We will hear from children’s book author Olga Marta Pérez about the children’s/ youth Literacy Scene in Cuba today.
  • Day 8 – HAVANA/REGLA
    Take the ferry across the bay in Havana to the town of Regla to learn about Afro-Cuban dance and music from musicologist Cari Diez and an Afro-Cuban dance performance group.
  • Day 9 – SANTA CLARA, TRINIDAD
    Travel to Trinidad via Santa Clara, a town founded by 175 people on July 15, 1689. It is the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Visit to the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara. Also visit the historic sugar plantation of Manaca Iznaga before arriving in Trinidad.
  • Day 10 – TRINIDAD
    Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuellar. Trinidad was a central piece of Cuba’s sugar-based economy. Guided city tour with the city historian. Visit the Trinidad library to learn about the importance of libraries and debate questions of intellectual freedom with the staff.
  • Day 11 – PLAYA GIRON (SITE OF BAY OF PIGS) Ciénega de Zapata, Playa Larga
    Day excursion to the historic site of the Bay of Pigs, one of the landing sites for the 1961 US-backed invasion. Visit the Finca Fiesta Campesina farm, the Playa Girón museum, the Parque Ciénaga de Zapata, the Laguna del Tesoro, and the Taino Indian village. Snorkel in the Bay of Pigs!
  • Day 12 – HAVANA
    Visit the U.S. Embassy and hear first-hand about the state of current relations between the U.S. and Cuba. In the afternoon, we head over to meet up with the famous hip-hop group, Obsesión to hear about their music and experience as hip-hop artists in Cuba.
  • Day 13 – MATANZAS/VARADERO
    Take a day trip to Matanzas, the capital of the Cuban province of Matanzas. Known for its poets, culture, and Afro-Cuban folklore, we will explore the Triunvirato Plantation and the Castillo San Severino where we will hear about the history of slavery in Cuba. The rest of the afternoon we relax and explore the beautiful beaches of Varadero, a popular resort town covering Cuba’s narrow Hicacos Peninsula.
  • Day 14 – HAVANA
    Wrap-up curriculum workshop followed by a free afternoon ending in a celebratory dinner.
  • Day 15 – HAVANA/U.S.
    Morning departure for the U.S.

Explore our past trips through these photos and curricula:

Program Application

For more information, please contact Denise Woltering-Vargas at dwolteri@tulane.edu or call the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at 504-862-3143.

Apply for the Summer 2018 Teaching Brazil Teacher Institute

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Teaching Brazil: Expanding Perspectives on Colonial History
K-12 Educator Summer Institute

Salvador, Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo, Brazil | July 7 – July 17, 2018

DEADLINE TO APPLY AS A CURRICULUM WRITER EXTENDED: MARCH 9, 2018

The centers for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, with support from the University of Georgia will take K-16 educators in various disciplines to Brazil. The institute will approach Brazilian culture from a multidisciplinary perspective focused on colonialization. The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks of overseas travel. The institute will explore the cities of Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo to focus on their respective role in colonial history.

Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past five years by the three institutes provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of each institution’s strength, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for deploying that approach themselves in their K-12 classrooms, creating a model that is generative of innovative approaches to K-12 education more broadly.

Objectives:

  • Advance and disseminate knowledge of Brazil by providing opportunities fro K-12 educators to experience first-hand the history, politics, language, and culture of Brazil;
  • Provide introductory Portuguese language training that emphasizes regional linguistic variations;
  • Contribute to the development of internationalizing curriculum that accurately and effectively brings Brazil into the classroom through standards-based approaches.

REGISTRATION

Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant, this program is able to provide a special opportunity for educators to participate as Curriculum Writers at a reduced program cost. There are limited spots to participate as a curriculum writer so please get your applications submitted early! Please note that curriculum writers are responsible for submitting a curriculum by August 1, 2018. See the Curriculum Writer Guidelines for more information and check below on how to apply.

Curriculum Writer program cost: $1373 + internal airfare estimated at $300
Deadline to Register as a Curriculum Writer EXTENDED: MARCH 9, 2018

Regular Program Cost: $2,744 + internal airfare (approximately $300)
Deadline to Register: MARCH 15, 2018

PROGRAM COST INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights lodging;
  • 2 meals a day;
  • gratuities;
  • in-country transportation;
  • internet;
  • liability insurance;
  • medical evacuation insurance

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International round-trip airfare TO Brazil (we meet in Salvador and leave from Sao Paulo)
  • Hotel extras;
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional activities covered by individuals;
  • Individual travel insurance;
  • Visa fees

Cards will be charged 50% on March 19, 2018 and the remainder April 19, 2018.

In order to register, please:

1) Complete the registration form
2) Apply to be a Curriculum Writer (see instructions below).

Deadlines:

  • February 26, 2018: Deadline to apply for Curriculum Writer Scholarship
  • February 28, 2018: Winners of Curriculum Writer Scholarships will be notified
  • March 5, 2018: Deadline to accept conditions of Curriculum Writer Scholarship and return letter of commitment to Denise Woltering Vargas [dwolteri@tulane.edu] and Colleen McCoy [colleen.e.mccoy@vanderbilt.edu]
  • March 15, 2018: Final Deadline to Register for Brazil Institute 2018

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY FOR THE CURRICULUM WRITER SCHOLARSHIP
Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, and The University of Georgia are able to provide funding for K-16 teachers interested in developing a curriculum as part of their participation in this 2018 summer teacher institute to Brazil. Curriculum writers will be charged a discounted in-country program fee of $1373 + internal airfare (apx. $300) and international airfare. You must commit to writing a curriculum project – check out the Curriculum Writer Guidelines here. There are limited spots for this opportunity, please apply early. If you would like to apply to be a curriculum writer for this summer’s teacher institute in Brazil, please:

1) fill out the contact form HERE
2) submit the CURRICULUM WRITER APPLICATION by FEBRUARY 26, 2018 to crcrts@tulane.edu or mail to Denise Woltering Vargas at Tulane University, 100 Jones Hall, 6801 Freret Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118.
Please call 504-862-3143 with any questions.

La Hora del Cuento: Summer Bilingual Story Hour at the Pebbles Center

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This summer, join us for La hora del cuenta bilingual readings series at the Pebbles Centers of the New Orleans Public Libraries!

On the first and last Saturday of every month, we will read a bilingual book at the Algiers Regional Library and the Children’s Resource Center Library beginning on Saturday April 28 until Saturday, August 25. Children and parents welcome!

Story Hours Dates and Locations

Algiers Regional Branch
Saturday, May 5
2:30 PM

Saturday, June 2
2:30 PM

Saturday, July 7
2:30 PM

Saturday, August 4
2:30 PM

Children’s Resource Center Library
Saturday, April 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, May 26
12:00 PM

Saturday, June 30
12:00 PM

Saturday, July 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, August 25
12:00 PM