Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Opportunities for Graduate Students

Funded by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies

Sitela Alvarez
Project: The Religious and Nationalist Transformation of Cuba, 1790-1860
Research Site: Cuba

Lucas Desmond
Project: Exposing la Hampa: Crime and Modern Guatemala’s Bars and Taverns
Research Site: Guatemala

Maille Faughnan
Payson Center for International Development
Project: Women, Microfranchise, and Renewable Energy in Poor Communities: A Case Study of Nicaraguan Micro-entrepreneurs
Research Site: Nicaragua

Layla Freeborn
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Project: Comparative phylogeography of Bocas del Toro, Panama
Research Site: Panama

Beau Gaitors
Project: Afro-Mexicans in the Constructions of National Identity in Post-Independence Urban Mexico
Research Site: Mexico

Susanne Hackett
Latin American Studies
Project: The Performance of Race and Gender in Afro-Cuban Folklore
Research Site: Cuba

Bryan Haley
Project: Investigating Cerro Colorado, Peru, Using Ground Penetrating Radar
Research Site: Peru

Jenny Hazlehurst
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Project: Sexual dimorphism and niche divergence in a South American hummingbird
Research Site: Ecuador

María Catalina Rincón Chavarro
Spanish & Portuguese
Project: Politics and the comic strip: a formula to overcome the agricultural crisis in Argentina. 2008-2010
Research Site: Argentina

Jennifer Saracino
Art History
Project: The Zocalo as a Site of Contestation and Negotiation of Sacred Meaning in Colonial Mexico City
Research Site: Mexico

Katherine Sawyer
Spanish & Portuguese
Project: The Escrache Movement: Reading the Use of Public Space in Buenos Aires
Research Site: Argentina

Giancarlo Stagnaro
Spanish & Portuguese
Project: The utopian and science fiction serial novel in Peruvian Independence aftermath
Research Site: Peru

Jorge Valenzuela
Latin American Studies
Project: Education and Social Mobility. A Case Study of Perceptions Among Brazilian Favela Youth
Research Site: Brazil

Jessica Wheeler
Project: Designing a Collaborative Archaeology Project in Yucatan,Mexico
Research Site: Mexico

Adam Whitley-Sebti
School of Law
Project: The Changing Landscape of Housing Property Rights in Cuba
Research Site: Cuba





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Apply for the Summer 2018 Teaching Brazil Teacher Institute

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Teaching Brazil: Expanding Perspectives on Colonial History
K-12 Educator Summer Institute

Salvador, Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo, Brazil | July 7 – July 17, 2018


The centers for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, with support from the University of Georgia will take K-16 educators in various disciplines to Brazil. The institute will approach Brazilian culture from a multidisciplinary perspective focused on colonialization. The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks of overseas travel. The institute will explore the cities of Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo to focus on their respective role in colonial history.

Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past five years by the three institutes provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of each institution’s strength, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for deploying that approach themselves in their K-12 classrooms, creating a model that is generative of innovative approaches to K-12 education more broadly.


  • Advance and disseminate knowledge of Brazil by providing opportunities fro K-12 educators to experience first-hand the history, politics, language, and culture of Brazil;
  • Provide introductory Portuguese language training that emphasizes regional linguistic variations;
  • Contribute to the development of internationalizing curriculum that accurately and effectively brings Brazil into the classroom through standards-based approaches.


Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant, this program is able to provide a special opportunity for educators to participate as Curriculum Writers at a reduced program cost. There are limited spots to participate as a curriculum writer so please get your applications submitted early! Please note that curriculum writers are responsible for submitting a curriculum by August 1, 2018. See the Curriculum Writer Guidelines for more information and check below on how to apply.

Curriculum Writer program cost: $1373 + internal airfare estimated at $300
Deadline to Register as a Curriculum Writer EXTENDED: MARCH 9, 2018

Regular Program Cost: $2,744 + internal airfare (approximately $300)
Deadline to Register: MARCH 15, 2018


  • 10 nights lodging;
  • 2 meals a day;
  • gratuities;
  • in-country transportation;
  • internet;
  • liability insurance;
  • medical evacuation insurance


  • International round-trip airfare TO Brazil (we meet in Salvador and leave from Sao Paulo)
  • Hotel extras;
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional activities covered by individuals;
  • Individual travel insurance;
  • Visa fees

Cards will be charged 50% on March 19, 2018 and the remainder April 19, 2018.

In order to register, please:

1) Complete the registration form
2) Apply to be a Curriculum Writer (see instructions below).


  • February 26, 2018: Deadline to apply for Curriculum Writer Scholarship
  • February 28, 2018: Winners of Curriculum Writer Scholarships will be notified
  • March 5, 2018: Deadline to accept conditions of Curriculum Writer Scholarship and return letter of commitment to Denise Woltering Vargas [] and Colleen McCoy []
  • March 15, 2018: Final Deadline to Register for Brazil Institute 2018

Thanks to a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant, Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, and The University of Georgia are able to provide funding for K-16 teachers interested in developing a curriculum as part of their participation in this 2018 summer teacher institute to Brazil. Curriculum writers will be charged a discounted in-country program fee of $1373 + internal airfare (apx. $300) and international airfare. You must commit to writing a curriculum project – check out the Curriculum Writer Guidelines here. There are limited spots for this opportunity, please apply early. If you would like to apply to be a curriculum writer for this summer’s teacher institute in Brazil, please:

1) fill out the contact form HERE
2) submit the CURRICULUM WRITER APPLICATION by FEBRUARY 26, 2018 to or mail to Denise Woltering Vargas at Tulane University, 100 Jones Hall, 6801 Freret Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118.
Please call 504-862-3143 with any questions.

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