Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

In this sectionAdvocacy Organizations, Arts Organizations, Business, Economic Development and Professional Organizations, Consulates, Community Organizations, Cultural Organizations and Local Government.

Advocacy Organizations

  • Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores
    820 Jordan St., Suite 310
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    318/221-7611
    ANPPM was founded to inform policymakers and the general public about the status and needs of elderly Hispanics and other low-income elderly persons. The organization provides direct social services, such as employment, housing, health and education, SSI outreach and counseling, marketing ideas, and provides training and technical assistance to community groups and professionals in the field of aging.
  • Casa Angelina
    3324 First St.
    New Orleans, LA 70125.
    504/201-7673
    E-mail: dguerra0531@gmail.com
    Angelina’s House helps exonerees, the homeless and immigrant workers. The organization provides temporary living arrangements for inmates who have completed their sentences and fulfilled their obligations to society but are not being released for technical reasons; temporary living arrangements for the homeless, along with rehabilitation assistance for those willing to accept the services afforded by A.A. and N.A. meetings; legal assistance with immigration issues; access to free, confidential H.I.V. testing; free translation services in Spanish, English, and Portuguese; and food baskets to needy families as available.
  • Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans, Inc.
    Italia Castillo, Bilingual Prevention Coordinator
    3520 General de Gaulle Drive, Suite 5010
    New Orleans, LA 70114
    504/362-4272
    This organization provides educational programs for primary and secondary school students, parents, civic, business and church groups, and the general community. Seminars and retreats on such topics as alcohol, tobacco, drugs, domestic and social violence, family dynamics, self-esteem, depression and suicide are available.
  • Hispanic Apostolate Community Services & Immigration and Refugee Services
    2505 Maine Avenue
    Metairie, LA 70003
    504/457-3462
    FAX: 504/523-6962
    or
    1000 Howard Ave.
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    504/464-5478
    FAX: 504/486-3985
    E-mail: hispanicapostolate@ccano.org
    A division of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Hispanic Apostolate is dedicated to helping immigrants in the New Orleans metropolitan area integrate into the U.S. and lead productive and independent lives. They provide emergency assistance, job services, tax preparation services, workers’ rights information, immigration services, health care information, counseling, educational programs and refugee resettlement services. Their events include seminars and talks on diverse topics of importance to the community, health fairs, fundraising dinners, dances, auctions, and English classes.
  • Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana
    Kathia Duran, Executive Director
    4640 South Carrollton Ave, Suite 200
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    504/322-3341
    FAX: 815/333-3613
    E-mail: kathia@latinofarmerscoop.org
    The LFCL is a demand-driven, grassroots nonprofit organization planned and incorporated under the Louisiana Agriculture Cooperative Law. LFCL serves emerging farmers, enthusiastic gardeners and conscientious consumers by working together to provide access to farmland, resources, education and training so members can grow healthy food in urban sustainable farms, foster entrepreneurship and address the socioeconomic issues of the Latino community.
  • Latino Forum
    504/310-6880 (English and Spanish)
    E-mail: latino.forum.nola@gmail.com
    The Hispanic Forum began towards the end of 2006 when several leaders in groups serving the Hispanic community saw the need for increased communication among those doing similar work. The Forum has since evolved into a loose network of groups and individuals that share information, discuss issues in the community, and work towards increased collaboration amongst organizations to avoid duplication and fill in gaps.
  • New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice/Congress of Day Laborers
    217 N. Prieur St.
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    504/309-5165
    FAX: 504/309-5205
    E-mail: jacinta jgonzalez@nowcrj.org
    The Congress of Day Laborers brings together Day Laborers and reconstruction workers from corners across the Greater New Orleans area. Day Laborers formed the organization to defend themselves against exploitation at the hands of contractors, the police and immigration authorities.
  • Puentes New Orleans Inc.
    1050 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, Suite 316
    New Orleans, LA 70125
    504/821-7228
    FAX: 504/821-7213
    E-mail: info@puentesno.org
    The mission of Puentes New Orleans, Inc. is to build assets and create access for the Latino community of the Greater New Orleans area. The organization works to create a highly active, non-partisan, public leadership Latino voice to advocate for access to good jobs, quality education, safe streets, affordable housing and economic opportunities.

Arts Organizations

  • The Arts Council of New Orleans
    935 Gravier St, Suite 850
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    504/523-1465
    FAX: 504/529-2430
    E-mail: gmeneray@artscouncilofneworleans.org
    The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, nonprofit organization providing programs and services to artists, arts organizations, the business community, and city government. Established in 1975, the Arts Council encourages, educates, and cultivates the environment necessary to create art by providing resources, services, and programs to over 1,000 artists and 50 arts.
  • Louisiana Humanities Center
    At Turner’s Hall
    938 Lafayette Street, Suite 300
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    800/909-7990 within LA
    504/523-4352 outside LA
    FAX: 504/529-2358
    E-mail: lahum@leh.org
    The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities celebrates the culture of Louisiana by helping people tell their stories every day. An independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the LEH receives over half of its funding from local sources.

Business, Economic Development and Professional Organizations

  • Club Cubano de Profesionales
    901 E Lexington Ave.
    Gretna, LA 70056
    This group of Cuban professionals hosts dinners, luncheons, ballroom dancing, and field trips to preserve Cuban customs and community.
  • Greater New Orleans, INC.
    Mark C. Drennen, CEO
    365 Canal St., Suite 2300
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    GNO, INC. is a dynamic regional partnership of public and private leaders driving the economic resurgence of the Greater New Orleans area. In pursuit of tightly defined goals, GNO, INC. will act as a catalyst, advocate and resource broker—a nonpartisan organization focused on retaining jobs, creating new jobs, developing the workforce and fostering a pro-business public policy.
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana
    Cynthia Ceballos , President
    1515 Poydras St., Suite 1010
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    504/885-4262
    FAX: 504/887-5422
    E-mail: info@hccl.biz
    HCCL seeks to create, promote and enhance economic opportunity and prosperity for the Hispanic business and professional communities.. They provide networking meetings , luncheons, and the annual Gala dance and silent auction.
  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of New Orleans
    124 S. Telamachus St.
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    504/488-3722
    FAX: 504/482-8525
  • Louisiana Technology Council
    1215 Prytania St., Suite 301
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504/304-2910
    FAX: 504/304-2905
    The Technology Council is a network between business, government, education, venture capital and a wide range of other organizations and its goal is to transform Louisiana’s technology industry into a strong, visible, and respected competitor in the global marketplace.
  • World Trade Center New Orleans
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2900
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504/529-1601
    FAX: 504/529-1691
    The mission of this private non-profit is to add wealth and jobs in Louisiana through international trade, port development and allied activities. Throughout the year, WTC offers a wide range of programs related to Latin America including foreign language classes, international conferences and trade shows and seminars on doing business in Latin America. In addition, numerous dignitaries from throughout Latin America visit the WTC as speakers and honorees. University Graduate Student memberships are $75/year and membership applications can be obtained online or by telephone.
  • World Affairs Council of New Orleans
    2 Canal Street
    World Trade Center Suite 2323
    New Orleans, LA 70130-1507
    Tel: 504.523.2201
    Email: wacno@bellsouth.net
    The World Affairs Council of New Orleans (WAC/N.O.) is a a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that provides community leadership to promote and foster productive and enlightened international relations through educational and cultural/social forums with a commitment to cultural diversity and inclusive fellowship. WAC/N.O. offers its members and their guests monthly programs and activities featuring prominent speakers from both the U.S. and abroad. Membership in WAC/N.O. provides access to a diverse arena of local presentations and special events, as well as benefits and discounts available through the WACA.

Consulates

  • Belize
    Honorary Consul of Belize
    Ms. Jean Benard
    39 Burleigh Court North
    Marrero, LA 70072
    504/347-6230
    FAX: 504/392-3809
  • Brazil
    Honorary Consul of Brazil
    Mr. David Schulingkamp
    1 Canal St., Suite 1600
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504/561-6206
    FAX: 504/529-2611
  • Chile
    Honorary Consul of Chile
    Mr. Ángel Pelayo Carreras
    Post Office Box 60046
    New Orleans, LA 70160
    504/528-3364
    FAX: 504/528-3487
  • Dominican Republic
    Consul General of the Dominican Republic
    Mr. Joaquin Balaguar
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2100
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504/522-1843
    FAX: 504/522-1007
  • Ecuador
    365 Canal St.
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504/523-6060
  • El Salvador
    Honorary Consul
    Dr. Patricia Elena Molina
    504/568-6187
    FAX: 504/831-7404
  • Honduras
    Consul General of Honduras
    Ms. Ena Liliana Casto Rice
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2340
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504/522-3118
    FAX: 504/523-0544
  • Mexico
    Consul General of Mexico
    Adrian Garcia Guerra
    901 Convention Ctr. Blvd
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    (504) 272-2198
  • Nicaragua
    Honorary Consul
    Mr. Carols Sampson
    9449 Briar Forest Dr., Unit 5701
    Houston, TX 77063
    713/875-2289
    FAX: 713/315-2445
  • Panama
    Consul General of Panama
    Mr. Eric A. Rodriguez
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2424
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504/525-3459
    FAX: 504/524-8960
  • Peru
    Honorary Consul of Peru
    Ms. María O’Byrne Stephenson
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2308
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504/523-6496
    FAX: 504/525-2846
  • Uruguay
    Honorary Consul of Uruguay
    Mr. Julio E. Rios
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2002
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504/525-8354
    FAX: 504/524-8924
  • Venezuela
    Consul General of Venezuela
    Ms. Lourdes Madriz
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2300
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504/522-3284
    FAX: 504/522-7092

Community Organizations

  • Asociación de Guatemala en Luisiana
    Miriam Aguilera, President
    3612 Harvard Ave.
    Metarie, LA 70006
    504/888-6573
    Founded to maintain the culture, tradition and customs of Guatemala, to encourage youth to speak Spanish, and to carry out charitable works in Latin America, this organization crowns a Miss Guatemala, participates in the Miss Hispanic American Unity pageant, and holds special celebrations on Father’s Day, Guatemalan Independence day and Christmas.
  • Asociación Hondureña Unificada de Luisiana
    Rosemary Hernandez, President
    7124 Wilty St.
    Metarie, LA 70003
    504/455-2810
    This organization promotes unity, education and social development among Hondurans, forges friendly ties with the U.S. community, and seeks a closer relationship with other Hispanic organizations by organizing aid projects in New Orleans and Honduras. In addition to fundraising parities, raffles and barbeques, they also have a special commemoration of Soldier’s Day (October 3) in honor of General Francisco Morazán, a promoter of Central American unity.
  • Asociación Nicaragüense de Luisiana
    629 Carmenere Dr.
    Kenner, LA 70065
    504/464-4619
    The Association was formed to preserve the culture, traditions and folklore of Nicaragua, foster unity among Nicaraguans, promote education, support social service projects, and select and train candidates for the title of Miss Nicaragua to represent the community at social events. They hold special celebrations on Mother’s Day, to commemorate Central American independence (September 15), and in December for a Christmas toy drive for Nicaraguan children. They also publish a monthly newsletter, Nuevo ANDELA.
  • Asociación Únete
    801 N Broad St.
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    504/482-5400
    Unete promotes basic education and career training for low-income students in Central America and has fundraisers to give scholarships to Louisiana technical schools.
  • Brazilian-American Cultural Institute of New Orleans (BACI)
    PO Box 51707
    New Orleans, LA 70151
    E-mail: beijo28254@aol.com
    The Brazilian-American Cultural Institute (BACI) works to preserve the language and culture of Brazil by uniting like-minded Brazilians and non-Brazilians in New Orleans through food, art, music, lectures and Portuguese. BACI’s local chapter has occasional feijoada, bate papo and an annual Christmas party.
  • Casa Argentina
    Juan Jorge Gershanik, President
    PO Box 13562
    New Orleans, LA 70185
    504/891-0910
    E-mail:casaargentinanola@gmail.com
    Since 1983, the nonprofit organization Casa Argentina has worked to promote the culture and heritage of Argentineans in New Orleans through various events featuring a dazzling consortium of writers, musicians and artists. A highlight on Casa Argentina’s calendar is the annual tango show, a fundraiser in the form of a traditional dinner-show-dance-auction gala, held each year in late May to commemorate Argentina’s revolution for independence in 1810.
  • Club de Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Louisiana
    E-mail: puertoricoclub@yahoo.com
    Created to maintain the customs, traditions and culture of Puerto Rico and faithfully represent Puerto Rican identity. Special celebrations include a Christmas party, poetry readings, storytelling, musical events, and cultural festivals featuring Puerto Rican artists.
  • The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation
    P.O. Box 2764
    New Orleans, LA 70176
    504/739-4106
    FAX: 504/891-8753
    The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a social and cultural organization committed to preserving Hispanic culture and heritage that annually awards twenty-five private high school scholarships to area students of Hispanic descent. The annual fund drive, the Azúcar Ball, is held in August.
  • Nicaraguan Independent Committee for Assistance (NICA)
    P.O. Box 212
    Metairie, La. 70004
    504/834-2020
    Serves to help the poor in Nicaragua obtain social, medical, educational and housing aid. They arrange transportation, lodging, medical diagnosis and treatment free of charge for Nicaraguans brought to Louisiana for medical care and assist Latin America in times of emergency.
  • Salvadoreños Unidos de Luisiana
    P O Box 70011
    Metairie La 70011
    504/457-0332
    This group promotes economic, social and cultural development in El Salvador by providing for the victims of natural disasters. Regular concerts and dinners are among fundraising events.
  • United Dominicans of Louisiana
    This organization maintains a united Domincican community through recreational, cultural, and educational activities and promotes the history, music and culture of the Domican Republic, especially to Dominicans in the States. They hold celebrations to mark Independence Day and other Dominican holidays, masses in honor of Our Lady of Altagracia, the patron saint of the DR, and the selection and crowning of Miss Dominican Republic for the Miss Hispanic American Unity pageant.
  • Unidad Hispanoamericana
    Metairie, LA 70001
    504/834-2020
    This organization has as its mission to preserve Hispanic American culture. They host an annual art and beauty pageant.

Local Government

  • Port of New Orleans
    P.O. Box 60046
    New Orleans, LA 70160
    Phone: 504/522-2551
    FAX: 504/524-4156
    Located at the mouth of Mississippi River, the Port of New Orleans has been a center for international trade since its foundation in 1718. Today, it continues to be America’s gateway to the global market. The Port’s facilities include 22 million square feet of cargo handling area and more than 6 million square feet of covered storage area. Each year, the Port accommodates an average of 2,400 vessel calls.
  • Vieux Carré Commission
    334 Royal Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    504/528-3950
    FAX: 504/528-3945
    The Vieux Carre Commission (VCC) is the agency of the City of New Orleans whose charge is the preservation of the quaint and distinctive character of the historic French Quarter district of the city, also known as the Vieux Carré (Old Square.)

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Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America

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Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America

Guest speakers:
Jess Bravin: Wall Street Journal, author of Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantánamo Bay
Denny Leboeuf: ACLU, Tulane JD
Chaplain James Yee: Former U.S. Army Chaplain, author of For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past, present, and future. The guest speakers will be giving a talk on the titled event. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, visit http://gitmomemory.org.

Alexey Martí & Urban Minds Latin Jazz Concert

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The CubaNOLA Arts Collective Presents- Alexey Martí & Urban Minds as a part of this month’s Latin Jazz concert series.

Alexey Martí is a powerful percussionist from Havana, Cuba. He is at the forefront of the new Latin music scene in New Orleans, tirelessly exploring new musical terrain and incorporating it back into his own rich musical roots. Alexey founded his group, Urban Minds, a little over a year ago, to explore all of the music that he loves including jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban folklore, salsa, son, rumba, and New Orleans rhythms.

Alexey began performing in Afro-Cuban religious ceremonies at the age of 7. At the age of 16 he joined the world renowned Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble "Diákara", under the leadership of the legendary singer and drummer Oscar Valdés. In Havana, he performed with many great Cuban jazz and Afro-Cuban ensembles. He moved to New Orleans 5 years ago and has adopted New Orleans as his new homeland. Since moving here, Alexey has been studying in the UNO Jazz Studies program and has performed with many New Orleans greats including Los Hombres Calientes, Davell Crawford, Shannon Powell, David Torkanowsky, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Prime Example Jazz Club, on the corner of N. Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue, has been under the proprietorship of Julius Kimbrough Sr. since 2000. In 2007, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Kimbrough decided that live jazz music needed to be presented for Seventh Ward neighborhood residents working hard to rebuild their lives, the neighborhood and the community. In 2011 Mr. Kimbrough partnered with DJ Soul Sister and WWOZ 90.7 FM to start the Thursday Nights Swingin' weekly jazz series. He is now expanding the scope of Thursday Nights Swingin', in partnership with The CubaNOLA Arts Collective, to include Latin jazz on the third Thursday of every month. This new monthly Lazz jazz series is a tribute to historical and present day contributions of Latino musicians and residents to every day life and art in New Orleans, including the birth and evolution of jazz music itself.

Alexey Martí & Urban Minds will surprise you with their seamless blends of New Orleans and Afro-Cuban music. Let Alexey make you feel at home at the Prime Example on Thursday, September 18 while he and the band move you and groove you in new, exciting and familiar ways.

Tres Vidas: The Core Ensemble

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Tres Vidas: A chamber music theatre work for singing actress and trio (cello, piano and percussion) based on the lives of three legendary Latin American Women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. The show features a wide stylistic range of music, including popular and folk songs of Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina, vocal and instrumental tangos by Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla and new music written for the Core Ensemble by Osvaldo Golijov, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz and Manuel DeMurga. Featuring Cristina Isabel Lucas as Frida Khalo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Sorni.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. Administration Auditorium Xavier University of Louisiana Free and open to the public Call (504) 520-5115 or email esrousse@xula.edu for more info

MARI Brown Bag: Francisco Estrada-Belli "New Revelations on the Holmul Frieze and the Rise of the 'Kingdom of the North'"

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Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department, will present new findings about his recent excavations at the Classic Maya site of Holmul, Guatemala in a talk titled “New Revelations on the Holmul Frieze and the Rise of the ‘Kingdom of the North.’”

M.A.R.I.'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 Marcello Canuto (mcanuto@tulane.edu) for more information. For the current speaker list of this talk series, please click here.

Please remember to bring your lunch!

New Orleans as Subject

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An international conference bringing together leading scholars to question what lies beyond New Orleans' supposed exceptional history and what lurks beneath its authentic culture. Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has witnessed an outpouring of scholarly interest across the social sciences and humanities. Much of this scholarship has opened up new lines of analysis regarding the city and its place in broader regional, national, and international contexts. At the same time, writing and research about New Orleans continues to romanticize the city as exceptional. In many accounts, New Orleans appears as an autonomous and ahistorical zone populated solely by unique social formations and authentic cultures, isolated from other postindustrial cities. This conference brings together scholars in anthropology, English, history, media studies, and political science to situate studies of New Orleans within larger global patterns and cross-cultural comparisons.

Sponsored by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, with support from Tulane Office of Academic Affairs, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Newcomb College Institute, the Tulane Department of Music, Tulane Department of Political Science and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. For more information please visit the website or contact Matt Sakakeeny, mattsak@tulane.edu.

Footprints in Time. 5 Generations of Mexican Artists at the Parota

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to invite you to the Art Exhibition of Mexican Masters entitled “Footprints in Time. 5 Generations of Mexican Artists at the Parota.” The exhibit will feature works by Mexican artists Jose Luis Cuevas, Leonora Carrington, Alberto Castro Leñero, Manuel Felguerez, Gilberto Aceves Navarro, Francisco Toledo, and Roger Von Gunten among other.

The exhibit will run from August 29th to September 26th at the Art Gallery of the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans. An opening reception will be held on August 29th at 6 pm.

Information on La Parota:

The Fine Art Center “La Parota” was created in 1996, by the combined efforts of the Government of the State of Colima's Ministry of Culture and the National Council for Culture and the Arts. “The Parota” celebrates a long continuing artistic history, full of achievements and great national and international recognition. The participation of the most important Mexican Masters teaching production of printmaking workshops and Fine Arts have been carried out at this Centre with great success since its beginning.

“The Parota” has been an Institution for established masters and young talented artists. The exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences given in the workshops have driven new etching techniques, while developing a new generation of Fine Art Printmakers.

With the passing of the years, the Fine Art Center of Colima “La Parota” has generated a wealth of artistic production with the most important artists of Mexico, while simultaneously producing some of the nation's most outstanding young artists.