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General Resources on Latin America

Dumbarton and Oaks Research Library and Collection
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies. The institute disseminates knowledge through its own publications and online resources.

Google Arts and Culture: Latino Cultures in the US
Latino Cultures in the US is one of the largest digital collections of Latino art, culture, and history featuring more than 2,500 pieces of art through 90 exhibits. Users are able to take virtual tours of museums and historic sites, and access collections that showcase Latino art, influential figures, and defining moments in Latino history.

International Education Week
International Education Week (IEW), November 12-16, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

The Latin American Library – Tulane University
The Latin American Library has an impressive collection of rare printed materials, manuscripts, Latin American government publications, one of the few Latin American image archives in the country, and over 2,000 rubbings of Maya relief sculpture. Among many other unique holdings, the collection includes over 4,500 maps and broadsides, a large number of historic newspapers, original drawings by William Spratling and other silver designers from Taxco, Mexico, and substantial collections of printed ephemera. Most holdings are in English, Spanish or Portuguese although many other languages are also represented.

The Latin American Library Primary Sources – Tulane University There are a plethora of resources on the web to find digitized printed books, manuscripts, newspapers, images, archival documents, music, film, and video with Latin American & Caribbean content. This website contains links to digitalized content organized by content, geographic area, and theme. For additional help, contact Rachel Stein, the LAL Research & Instruction Librarian.

Latin & Spanish New Orleans – Tulane University
The Latin & Spanish New Orleans is a collection of resources to help educators locate sources on present and past connections between the Crescent City and Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain. For additional help, contact Rachel Stein, the LAL Research & Instruction Librarian.

Sources and General Resources on Latin America
Oberlin College’s website compiles many resources on Latin America into one place accessible for all teachers and students.

Smithsonian Latino Center
The Smithsonian Latino Center provides interactive and innovative opportunities to enhance life-long learning and increase access and awareness to the Smithsonian’s Latino collections and resources in the arts, sciences, and humanities. The SLC offers youth and professional development programs, K-12 school programs and workshops, family programming, online resources, and downloadable bilingual teacher and student materials. These programs and resources teach the public about the untold stories of Latinos in America.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Hispanic Heritage Month
Through EDSITEment and NEH-funded resources, students can explore the history of Hispanic culture in America by accessing ongoing projects, web series, curriculum units, and featured lessons and websites.

The Maya Hieroglyphic Codices
This site features a searchable translation and analysis of four codices (screenfold books) painted by Maya scribes before the Spanish conquest in the early 16th century. The codices contain information about Maya beliefs and rituals, as well as everyday activities, all framed within an astronomical and calendrical context.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database: Voyages
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The actual number is estimated to have been as high as 12.5 million. The database and the separate estimates interface offer researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.

Resources for Teaching about the Americas/Latin American Database – University of New Mexico
The Latin America Data Base (LADB)is the longest running, premier, exclusively on-line, English language news service about Latin America. LADB produces three weekly electronic publications (Sourcemex, NotiCen and NotiSur) and maintains an on-line searchable data base of over 24,000 articles as well as Latin American journals.

Handbook of Latin American Studies
This database contains bibliographic records found in the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) from the 1970s to the present. HLAS includes annotated citations for books, journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, maps and atlases, and e-resources.

Art Resources

Latin American Visual Online Repository is American University’s image repository on Latin America. For educational use only.

ArtsEdge
The Kennedy Center’s free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through and about the arts. This link highlights lesson ideas on Latin America but includes many more ideas on the site.

New York Public Library digital collections is an excellent collection of documents, images, and more on a wide variety of topics.

Library of Congress digital collections contains images of historic events, historic documents, and more about a variety of topics.

Language Resources

Language Resource Centers
The website of all National Language Resource Centers. Provides links to a wide variety of resource centers with curricula and information about languages. Some teaching resources also available on the website.

National Heritage Language Resource Center
The National Heritage Language Resource Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, is a joint project of the UCLA Center for World Languages and the University of California Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching. Its mission is to develop effective pedagogical approaches for teaching heritage language learners, first by creating a research base, and then by pursuing curriculum design, materials development, and teacher education.

Zambombazo
Spanish teacher Zachary Jones has created a new website that features a wide range of activities based on authentic cultural products, including music, comic strips, humor, film, news, TV, and radio.

Science Resources

Bureau of Land Managment
The BLM presents a set of resources for teachers and students which involve environmental, paleontological, and archaeological scenarios. Includes lesson plans, opportunities for professional development with the BLM, and classroom resources.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
A bilingual (Spanish/English) set of resources about tropical ecology and the environment.

The Globe Program
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program that promotes and supports students, teachers, and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment. Partners in the project include NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation.

Rainforest Alliance
Includes virtual visits to Latin American rainforests; online simulated games; stories about the rainforest in Spanish, Portuguese and English; printable activities, and fact books about rainforest species.

Social Studies Resources

Asia Society
Great website for schools and teachers trying to develop global competence among students and internationalize the curriculum.

Maya Lords of Time Educators Guide
A guide to the Maya from the University of Pennsylvania.

National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian, a branch of the Smithsonian Museum, has resources for the classroom based on items in their collection. Particularly useful resources include their curriculum and interactive games about the Maya and an interactive online display of items from the Museum Collection from around the world, Infinity of Nations.

New Populations, Louisiana Folklife
The New Populations branch of the Louisiana Folklife Program examines cultural communities and traditions within Louisiana. Their focus is on documenting traditions of peoples from other countries/cultures who reside in Louisiana. Resources concerning traditions of peoples from around the world, including Latin America are available on their website. Information concerning Latin America includes pages on Cuban music and festivals ; Garifuna culture ; Guatemalan food and music ; Honduran identity ; Latino/Hispanic food, traditions, music, and experiences ; Mexican celebrations ; Nicaraguan traditions ; and a variety of other topics.

Patolli
Patolli is a board game played by Maya and Aztec peoples in archaeological times. Various resources for downloading on line versions of Patolli games are available. These include an Iphone ap which also provides a description of the game with details on how to play. A fun way to introduce your students to important aspects of Aztec world views and religious beliefs!

Smithsonian Olmec Resources
A great resource for learning about the Olmec, an early Pre-Columbian people in the Gulf Area of Mexico, with excellent images.

TakingITGlobal
An interactive website engaging the online community with global issues. Play the interactive, online game, “Ayiti, The Cost of Life” developed to learn more about Haiti

Multiple Subject Areas

Archaeology Institute of America’s Interactive Dig
The Archaeology Institute of America has a variety of interactive on-line activities about archaeology and archaeological digs both in Latin America and around the world. An excellent resource for those wishing to integrate science, math, and social studies in teaching about Latin American content.

Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs
CLASP features select curricula about Latin America from member institutions on this page. A good place to start looking for curricula on a variety of Latin American topics.

Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

EDSITEment
The National Endowment for the Humanities houses a wealth of diverse resources featuring Latin America on this site.

Latin American Visual Repository
A resource of images from throughout Latin America for use by scholars and educators.

National Geographic Education
Mapping and other resources from all areas of the world and for all grade levels and subjects.

Smithsonian Anthropology Teaching Activities
The Anthropology wing of the Smithsonian has a variety of teaching resources, including lesson plans, on subject areas as diverse as archaeology, ethnography, evolution, and primates. They also have information on the Maya and Mali. An excellent and diverse group of resources.

Global Competency in Education

Global Competency in the K-12 Classroom. A resource introducing global competency and how to introduce it into the K-12 classroom.

Engaging the World A website devoted to providing information about global competency and resources for achieving it in the classroom.

If you would like to make a recommendation for a website to be added to the LARC featured sites listing, please send a link and a description to crcrts@tulane.edu.

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The Latin American Library's Annual Open House

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The Latin American Library will be hosting its annual open house event on Friday, September 21. This annual event will welcome back faculty, students, staff, and friends from the New Orleans community. The event will include a talk by Colombian visual artist Erika Diettes, an exhibit of recent acquisitions, a book sale, and as always much more!

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Madeline White via email (mwhite7@tulane.edu) or by phone at (504) 865-5681.

MARI Brown Bag Series to host PhD candidate Evan Parker for talk on jade offerings in Maya plaza

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The Middle American Research Institute is happy to announce the first talk of the 2018-2019 Brown Bag talk series. Evan Parker, Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Anthropology, will present his research in a talk titled The Tzimin Jades of Paso del Macho: Description and Analysis of a Middle Preclassic Maya Plaza Offering.

MARI’s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Jessica Melancon (jmelanc1@tulane.edu) for more information.

For the current speaker list of this talk series, visit the MARI Brown Bag website.

Film Screening: El Súper with filmmaker Iván Acosta

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The 1979 film version of Cuban filmmaker Ivan Acosta’s award-winning play El Súper, which gained critical and international success for its depiction of exiled Cubans in New York City, will be screened. Mr. Acosta will be in attendance and a discussion in English will follow. Iván Acosta is a playwright, filmmaker, and creative director originally from Santiago de Cuba, now in New York City. His creative endeavors include documentaries, plays, films, and books, and he’s served as writer, director, and producer, among other roles.

A small reception will follow the screening. Seating may be limited. Admission is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/1979/04/29/archives/the-screen-el-super-a-cubanamerican-tale-the-cast.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

Equity speaker series to host panel on navigating immigrant relations in the current political climate

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The Center for Academic Equity at Tulane University is proud to present Border Li(n)es: Excluding, Extracting, and Expelling Immigrants in the Southern U.S. on September 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM as part of the Equity Speaker Series.

Following a summer of turbulent immigration relations in the United States, the Fall 2018 Equity Speaker Panel will focus on immigration on our Southern border and will feature specialists whose experiences vary from grassroots to professorial work. Panelists will include Josiah Heyman, Director of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies, Ronald Martinez, New Orleans immigrant activist and spokesperson for the Congress of Day Laborers, Hiroko Kusuda, Clinical Professor and Director of Immigration Law at the Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at Loyola, and Laila Hlass, Clinical Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

These four distinguished speakers will share the stage of Freeman Auditorium to discuss the drastic variation in immigrant relations across the national, regional, and local spaces and ways that members of American society may become engaged in or change the now toxic and polarized political climate. This inaugural discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.

See also Tulane New Wave for more information and a description of the event.




Cover photo from CNN story What the US-Mexico border looks like before Trump’s wall.

Mexican Cultural Institute's new exhibition features Hispanic women artists' empowerment and identity

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The Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans in collaboration with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the groundbreaking exhibition Hispanic Women Making Art: Creative Empowerment and Identity. The exhibition will feature artists Verónica Bapé, Belinda Flores-Shinshillas, Ana Hernandez, Josephine Sacabo, Laura Velez and Luba Zygarewicz and is curated by Marcela Correa, MFA.

The opening reception will be held on September 26 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The exhibition will be open beginning September 26 and continue through November 24, 2018. For more information, please visit the Mexican Cultural Institute website.

Cover photo is a work by Verónica Bapé from the series ABUNDANTE COSA 1 MES 1 ARTISTA.

In 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico established the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans. The primary objective of the Mexican Cultural Institute is to promote the image of Mexico by supporting cultural expressions in its broadest and fullest sense, including multidisciplinary forms like visual arts, music, performing arts, film, literature and gastronomy. The mission of the Cultural Institutes is to be protagonists of the cultural scene in their different host cities.


Iván Acosta book presentation: With A Cuban Song in the Heart / Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón

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Iván Acosta will present his memoir, With a Cuban Song in the Heart/ Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón, published by Un-Gyve Press, 2017. At this event, Mr. Acosta will incorporate his favorite Cuban songs in a musical and historical journey. His book features artwork from 280 album covers in his private collection and weaves a rich narrative combining real life experiences from his childhood in Santiago, Cuba along with tidbits of local lore and historical references. His favorite songs will be performed by local performers during the presentation.
This fascinating presentation, starting at 6:00PM, will be held at Tulane University in the Freeman Auditorium of the Newcomb Art Building (in Newcomb Circle) New Orleans, LA, 70118. A book signing and reception will follow on Woodward Way, right outside the Freeman Auditorium and in the Newcomb Art Museum. The book will be available for purchase for $60.00.

This event is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/16/nyregion/public-lives-cuba-on-his-mind-the-dual-life-of-an-artist-exile.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.