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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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