Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2012

Signs of Change: A Glimpse of Past & Present Cultural Landscapes of Guatemala
July 25 – August 3
Guatemala

Explore and learn about the diversity of Guatemala through the Tulane Summer Teacher Institute on the Maya. Tulane University invites you to travel to Guatemala to meet with artisan cooperatives and affiliated grassroots NGOs. Participants will travel to the colonial town of Antigua. In learning about Guatemalan culture, language, and history, teachers will visit a traditional highland market in Chichicastenango, explore the coffee farms of Finca La Azotea, hike around ancient Maya ruins of Tikal and relax around Lake Atitlán. Participants will experience a Kaqchikel Maya language class with Tulane’s annual summer intensive language course. They will also make a visit to a local school to meet with students and their teachers to learn more about identity in the indigenous community. Participants will gain the experience and learning necessary to teach about the Maya in their own classroom. This institute is designed to engage educators in the culture, language, and geography of the Maya through travel and curriculum development. All participants will bring home valuable resources to incorporate into their own curriculum project at the end of the trip. For more information visit the institute webpage, view the trip itenerary, or investigate the curricula created from the trip.

Spring 2012

Jewish Latin America
January 14
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
100 Jones Hall, Tulane University

This workshop explored the diversity of the Latin American experience by looking at the impact of Jewish immigrants on the social, economic, political, and especially, the intellectual and cultural life of Latin America. Participants in this workshop will receive resources and lesson ideas for working into their classroom to address the following issues: (1) Understand the role of Jews in the formation of Latin American countries, acknowledging their presence and participation in the very enterprise of colonization; (2) Recognize the connections established by Latin American Jewish authors between a Jewish past of expulsion and Inquisition and a Latin American present of immigration and military dictatorships; and (3) Understand how Jewish cultural production is woven into the fabric of national culture in Latin America. Click here to register.

In the Time of the Maya
Friday February 24, 2012
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

A K-12 teacher workshop workshop featuring Marc Zender, Tulane University, and Stanley Guenter, Idaho State University. Maya hieroglyphs are the best understood writing system from the prehispanic Americas. It flourished during the Classic period (A.D. 250-950) on monumental inscriptions and portable artifacts like ceramic vessels in the southern Maya lowlands (parts of modern Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and Mexico). As a logosyllabic writing system with approximately 1000 different signs, it is in structure and content different from writing systems developed in the old world. The workshop introduces participants to Maya inscriptions and focuses on the ways in which the ancient Maya counted time. To register and for more information visit the event webpage.

Global Teachers for Global Classrooms
April 19 – 20, 2012
Pontchartrain Center, Kenner, LA

Tulane University’s Teacher Certification Program is working with the Stone Center to develop a special opportunity for local educators to internationalize the classroom. Funded by the Longview Foundation, this two day conference will share the latest methods, resources, and curricula available for K-12 teachers to teach global competence. Specialized educators and consultants will work with participants on how to incorporate international issues across the curriculum.

A special screening of Justicia Now! (Directed by Robbie Proctor and Martin O’Brien) will highlight the work of the Stone Center’s Latin American Resource Center. The Latin American Resource Center is pleased to screen the film which won “Best of the Fest” award during the Stone Center’s 2009 Latin American Environmental Media Festival. Two local teachers creates curriculum aligned to national standards to accompany the film. The film screening will be followed by a presentation from both teachers on the lessons they developed and their work internationalizing the classroom. Learn more by reading the curricula. For more information and to register, please visit the Teacher Preparation and Certification Program or call 504.865.5342.

Fall 2011

Day of the Dead
November 1, 2011
Celebrate Day of the Dead at the Stella Jones Gallery
Stella Jones Gallery 201 Place St. Charles Ave.
6:00 PM

Celebrate Day of the Dead at the gallery. Educator and Artist Cynthia Ramirez will discuss her altar on exhibit at the gallery which is on display through November. Musical performance by Mariachi Jalisco is sponsored by the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans. For more information about scheduling class visits, please visit: or call 504.568.9050

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Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.

Pan-American Life in New Orleans: Exhibition Opening and Reception

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Pan-American Life Insurance Group and The Latin American Library at Tulane University cordially invite you to an exhibit opening and reception to unveil the Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) Collection. The PALIG Collection, generously donated to The Latin American Library, documents the company’s 109 years connecting New Orleans with Latin America. The exhibit will feature photographs, manuscripts, and other materials from the PALIG archives as well as other holdings from the LAL that shed light on the long history of commercial and cultural ties between New Orleans and Latin America.

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Bate papo!: Portuguese Conversation Hour

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Bala de maracujá.

Latin American Writers Series Fall 2019 Book Display

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The Latin American Library has put together a display of books written by authors participating in the Fall 2019 Latin American Writers Series: Luis Negrón, Power Paola, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, and Gabriela Weiner. All books on display are available for check out. When you visit, be sure to grab a free bookmark commemorating the series!

Café con Alberto Barrera

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The Stone Center invites you to Café con Alberto Barrera. This intimate meet and greet will be an opportunity to connect with Barrera, an influential writer and thinker from Venezuela. In addition to his creative work as a poet and novelist, he has co-authored, with journalist Cristina Marcano, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal, the first biography written on this controversial figure. He has also penned Alta Traición and Un país a la semana, two texts that chronicle the tumultuous political landscape in the Venezuela of recent years. Barrera will be answering questions about his non-fiction work during this casual conversation with faculty and students.