Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Application to the Graduate Program

Students who wish to be admitted to the School of Liberal Arts graduate program in Latin American Studies should contact the Graduate Advisor in the Stone Center for more information on the application process. The completed online application is available through the School of Liberal Arts at the following webpage. Applications must be submitted by February 1 for admission for the next academic year.

Tulane’s standards for admission are very high. We seek applicants who have developed the critical capacities for advanced work and are especially interested in attracting new students who will go on to complete doctoral degrees. We also seek students who have already developed the language skills needed for advanced work.

The School of Liberal Arts will not consider any student for admission until all the following documents, plus the application fee, have been received:
  • completed application form
  • three completed recommendation forms
  • official transcripts of all undergraduate records and of any previous graduate work
  • a statement of purpose outlining career objectives and a potential research program not to exceed 2-3 typed, double-spaced pages
  • an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination General Test. All transcripts and other documents and material required for application for admission become the property of the School of Liberal Arts and are not returnable.

In addition to the School of Liberal Arts requirements, the Stone Center recommends the submission of examples of written work, which may be submitted as additional materials as part of the online application. Information about language ability should be included in the applicant’s formal “Statement of Purpose.” A good working knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese is essential. Students are expected to pass a language examination in Spanish or Portuguese during the first year of study. The required level of competence in Spanish and Portuguese corresponds to intermediate-high on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) scale. This competency is considered a minimum requirement. Students are encouraged to develop additional languages as needed by their research fields.

Applications are first received by the Stone Center Graduate Advisor. A Center admissions committee consisting of Tulane Latinamericanists representing various disciplines considers individual credentials. This committee begins reviewing applications in mid-February, and makes recommendations about admission and fellowship/scholarship offers to the School of Liberal Arts Dean. The Stone Center Graduate Advisor will contact applicants informally by email regarding admissions decisions; and the School of Liberal Arts will follow up by notifying applicants formally of such decisions by uploading a letter of acceptance or denial on the online application system. Acceptance letters will explain the financial and academic terms of Tulane’s offer. Applicants are also welcome to contact the Stone Center Graduate Advisor by phone to discuss details of an admission offer.

Admission is on the basis of academic accomplishments and potential, regardless of race, sex, color, religion, national/ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

Financial Aid and Fellowship/Scholarships

Application for Fellowship/Scholarship consideration is accomplished simply by virtue of submitting a completed application for admission by the regular February 1 deadline. Fellowships/Scholarships generally include a tuition waiver and a modest living stipend; and Fellowship/Scholarship decisions are made at the same time as admissions decisions. Applicants will be notified of any Fellowship/Scholarship offers at the same time as they are notified of their offer of admission. Eligible students are also able to apply separately for federal or state-administered student loans and grants programs through the Tulane Financial Aid office. The Stone Center does not manage or oversee such financial aid programs; and accepted students should direct inquiries about such programs to the Tulane Financial Aid office.

GRE

All applicants for admission, including those applying to any of the joint degree programs, must take at their own expense the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The test scores will be used, along with the other application materials, to determine eligibility for admission and to aid in counseling the applicant after admission. Students should write directly to the Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000 to request information on the date of the exam in your city or state. For more information regarding the GRE, potential applicants may also visit the GRE website.

Non-Native English-Speaking Students

An applicant for admission who is not a native speaker of English must present satisfactory evidence of sufficient competence in English in reading comprehension, writing, verbal ability and oral comprehension. Ordinarily, the applicant will demonstrate competence by presenting an acceptable score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), with a composite minimum score of 100 generally acceptable for admission. Applicants who do not meet this score requirement but are otherwise exceptionally qualified may be granted provisional admission with the stipulation that said students take an ESL course for the first semester in residence and then retest in the Winter before being allowed to continue study at Tulane. For information about these exams, write TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, or visit their website.

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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.

See the LAL Facebook page for more details and updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/454592075187553/

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.