Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

International Programs

Summer in Brazil 2015: Portuguese Language & Culture
São Paulo | June 13 – July 25, 2015

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW! See below for details

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies invites undergraduates and graduate students interested in Portuguese language and Brazilian studies to apply to its highly popular Summer in Brazil program in 2015. São Paulo, the largest metropolis in South America, is an exciting center for fine arts, theater, music and cultural life. This city is a medley of Brazilians from the country’s 26 states and from multiple ethnic groups, which makes for an exciting mix of traditions and fabulous food on every street.

This six-week intensive academic program is organized by Tulane and Vanderbilt universities, as well as with CET Academic Programs, and is hosted at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). Students will have the opportunity to earn 6-7 credits and will take one Portuguese language course (beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels now offered in 2015) and a Brazilian culture course taught by Tulane or CET faculty. Students will stay with host families or in apartments with Brazilian roommates in São Paulo for a total Portuguese immersion experience. Excursions and activities in and around São Paulo will introduce students to all sides of Brazilian society.

COURSES OFFERED:
Students will be required to take one language course and either LAST 3130 or PORT 6130.

  • PORT 6130 (3 credits): Brazilian Cultural Imaginaries will focus on history, cultural practices, and social formations of metropolitan São Paulo, and will introduce students to key political and economic developments that have influenced contemporary society. Taught in Portuguese by Tulane faculty. *Enrollment in PORT 6130 for non-FLAS fellows is subject to instructor approval.
  • LAST 6950 (3 credits): Introduction to Brazilian Studies is an interdisciplinary exploration of culture, history, social structure, and institutions of Brazilian society. Emphasis is placed on tracing relationships among government, religion, economy, and politics, as well as cultural forms such as literature, performance, arts, music, and film. Taught in English by CET faculty.
  • PORT 1120 (4 credits): Intensive Portuguese is an intensive introduction to Portuguese language with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills designed to quickly prepare students for more advanced study of language, literature, and culture. Taught by CET faculty.
  • PORT 2030 (4 credits): Intensive Intermediate Portuguese reviews fundamental skills of the Portuguese language and introduces Brazilian literature and culture through plays, short stories, and film. Taught by PUC-SP faculty.
  • PORT 3040 (3 credits): Grammar and Writing in Portuguese will involve analysis and practice in the written language. Taught by PUC-SP faculty.

PROGRAM COST:
The 2015 cost of the six-week program is $7,000:

  • $5,000 for tuition
  • $2,000 for housing, meals, and activities

The program costs includes 6-7 Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), Brazilian family home stays (undergraduates) or apartment housing with Brazilian roommates (graduates) with internet access, one meal per day, transportation from the airport (GRU), medical insurance, and specialized group tours and activities. Airfare to/from São Paulo (GRU), incidental costs, registration fee with Federal Police of Brazil (approximately $120.00), and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost.

Scholarships:
FLAS Summer Fellowships
This program qualifies as a FLAS-approved program with 140 contact hours of language instruction. For more information on application procedures, eligible students interested in applying should visit the following:
Graduate students, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)
Tulane Undergraduates, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)
The FLAS Fellowship application deadline is February 20, 2015. Note that the fellowship application and the program application are separate applications.

CET Scholarships
Students applying to this program, a collaborative program among Tulane, Vanderbilt, and CET Programs, are eligible to apply for a CET Scholarship. CET offers students on its programs over $100,00 in scholarship awards each year. Contact Laura Wise for information about applying.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:
Student applicants must be in good academic standing and have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Non-Tulane students are required to have completed one outside-institution Portuguese language course if they are seeking credit for PORT 2030. The pre-requisite for Tulane students to take PORT 2030 is PORT 1120. Non-Tulane students are welcome to apply, but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer. Students may be interviewed to determine their Portuguese language skill level during the application process. Non-Tulane students are welcome to apply, but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer. Course syllabi from previous years are available upon request.

PROGRAM APPLICATIONS:
Complete applications will include:
+ online application form
+ official copy of transcript
+ two letters of recommendation
+ $300 non-refundable deposit* (check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Laura Wise, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118)

*Students may waive application deposit if they are applying for FLAS-Fellowship. More details in application. In the event a student is not accepted into the program due to program cap, application fee will be refunded.

TO APPLY:
Click here to access the online application through Tulane’s Office of Study Abroad, and click “Apply Now.” Non-Tulane students must create an account to apply.
Applications will be due February 27, 2015.

Download a printable flyer for this program here.

For questions, contact Laura Wise at 504.862.8629, or at sclassum_at_tulane.edu.

View photos from the 2014 program here!

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Summer Bilingual Reading Series at the Pebbles Center

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La hora del Cuento: 'Twas Nochebuena

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Join the Pebbles Center at the Children’s Resource Center branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time. We will be reading ‘Twas Nochebuena and celebrating Christmas in the summer! _’Twas Nochebuena’ is a 2015 Americas Book Award Commended Title.

Mexico in New Orleans: A Tale of Two Americas Exhibit

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MEXICO IN NEW ORLEANS: A Tale of Two Americas
May 5 through August 30, 2015
Opening reception on Cinco de Mayo (Tuesday, May 5)

From May 5 through August 30, 2015, the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge, LA will present Mexico in New Orleans: A Tale of Two Americas. The exhibition explores the artistic exchange between Louisiana and Mexico from the 1920s through 1950s, a period of vibrant cultural and artistic connections between the two regions. The exhibition tells the story of a decades-long dialogue between Mexican and Louisianan artists that critically shaped the art of both countries, resulting in artistic affinities that continue to connect Louisiana and Mexico today.

During the 1920s and 1930s, a series of celebrated Mexican art exhibitions brought the art and culture of modern Mexico to Louisiana. By 1928, the New Orleans Times-Picayune had proclaimed Mexican artist Diego Rivera "the greatest painter on the North American continent," and encouraged Louisiana artists to take counsel from modern Mexican art. In 1930, a critic for the Times-Picayune urged Louisiana artists to turn their gaze from the art of Europe and towards the art of Mexico, writing that Mexican art was "more nearly related to us emotionally" than European art.

By the late 1920s, Louisianan artists like William Spratling, Caroline Durieux, Alberta Kinsey, and Conrad A. Albrizio began travelling to Mexico to learn from Mexican artists like Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Ruffino Tamayo, and Carlos Orozco Romero. These artists became friends, colleagues, and frequent collaborators, organizing exhibitions in both Mexico City and New Orleans that celebrated their artistic alliance. Diego Rivera's portrait of Louisiana printmaker Caroline Durieux, for example, was shown at least three times in exhibitions at the Belles Arts in Mexico City, and also appeared at the New Orleans Arts and Crafts Club, paired with the work of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. By the early 1930s, the strength of this artistic interaction
between Mexico and Louisiana caused a writer for The New Orleanian to characterize Louisianan art as having a "distinct Mexican tinge." By 1933, the Times-Picayune cited an undeniably "strong Mexican trend" in Louisiana art.

Mexico in New Orleans: A Tale of Two Americas is the first major museum exhibition to explore this captivating international cultural exchange. features more than 80 works by both Mexican and Louisianan artists who were part of this captivating international cultural exchange and will be accompanied by a richly illustrated bilingual exhibition catalogue designed by the LSU School of Art. The exhibition features artwork drawn from the LSU Museum of Art's collection of works by Diego Rivera and Caroline Durieux, as well as artworks by other prominent artists like David Alfaro Siqueiros, Boyd Cruise, and Elizabeth Catlett borrowed from public and private collections including the Historic New Orleans Collection and the Latin American Library at Tulane University. In the exhibition, paintings, watercolors, drawings and prints by these artists will be supplemented with sculpture, furniture, decorative arts, and ephemera such as pamphlets and postcards which help tell the story of Mexico in New Orleans-and New Orleans in Mexico.

Mexico in New Orleans: A Tale of Two Americas is curated by Dr. Katie A. Pfohl, and organized by the LSU Museum of Art.

Call for Papers: Tropical Exposures Conference

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Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame
March 10-12, 2016
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

The 2016 Tropical Exposures conference is now accepting abstracts through September 15, 2015. Click here to view or download the official Call for Papers.

Tropical Exposures welcomes proposals for papers that address any facet of Caribbean visual representation in photography, film, art, popular culture, and other media, as well as the interaction of word and image more generally. Scholars are also encouraged to present proposals that consider social and cultural shifts toward the increasing intermediality of representation in the Caribbean frame.

Papers may focus on one terrain, image-maker, or form of media, or employ comparative strategies. Papers may be in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese, though English is preferred. We anticipate creating an edited volume of expanded essays around the notion of Tropical Exposures, co-edited by Ana López and Marilyn Miller. We encourage participants to prepare abstracts and presentations with an eye to inclusion in a print publication. Papers might address some of the following tropics or questions in their myriad Caribbean contexts:

-Conditions of image production in the torrid zones
-Documentary film and the aims of full exposure
-Still life and the notion of static representation
-Visual literacy and lens-based scholarship
-Image and intellectual property
-Snapshots, clips, collages and other image fragments
-Icons of visual culture from Korda’s Che to Cabrera Infante’s Códac
-Ruins as sites of deterioration and inspiration
-Visual representation, race and post-race
-Caribbean images as ephemera
-Realisms, surrealisms, hyperrealisms
-Museums, biennales, and other sites of collective visual consumption
-Code-switching between media
-Virtual and interactive visual systems
-Word and Image studies in and on the Caribbean
-Facades
-Censorship and the Image
-Moving pictures and sentiment
-Patronage, connoisseurship, and institutional support
-Captions
-Image saturation and contamination
-Interiority and exteriority
-Fair use of the Caribbean image
-Tourism and other circuitous systems
-New languages and theories of visual technique and critique

Please send a proposal and 250-word abstract by September 15, 2015 to <ccsi@tulane.edu>, including the abstract as an attachment to the email. Please include the title of your paper, your name (and the names of any co-presenters), institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address. We welcome pre-constituted panels. If submitting a panel for consideration, please include a top sheet with panel title, participant names and a brief abstract of the panel topic in addition to the individual paper proposals.

Notification of acceptance to the conference will be made by October 1, 2015.

For updated information on the conference, location and arrangements, visit the Tropical Exposures page on the Cuban & Caribbean Studies website.

Area Studies & Outreach in the Social Studies Classroom

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Area Studies & Outreach in the Social Studies Classroom
November 10-11, 2015

A working meeting sponsored by Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. This meeting will highlight important themes of outreach across area studies while producing valuable insight into best strategies for engaging with the K-12 Social Studies community. The meeting will explore best practices and strategies for assessment, resource access, and travel and collaboration.

Call for Papers
Read the Call for Papers for more information on submitting abstracts. Presentation abstracts due June 19, 2015

Papers should address one of the following themes:

Evaluation and Assessment

  • Assessment of Learning
  • Project Evaluation

Innovative Resource Design and Access
  • Distance Learning
  • New Technology

Telling the Story
  • Promotional Strategies
  • Outreach to K-16 Communities

Travel & Outreach
  • Collaborative Partnerships Abroad
  • Effective Professional Development Abroad

Strategic Partnerships
  • MSIs/Community Colleges
  • Teacher Education Programs

The meeting will take place before the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference in New Orleans, LA November 13-15, 2015. Participants are encouraged to attend the working meeting and stay for the conference afterwards.

This meeting is funded through a Title VI U.S. Department of Education grant, the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, and Tulane University's Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Sponsors also include The University of Maine Canadian-American Center, The University of Texas at Austin Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for South Asia, and the Boston University Africa Studies Center.

Travel Funding Opportunity
Funding for travel may be provided to those whose presentations are accepted. Applications for funding can be made by filling out this form and returning it to LARC by email (crcrts@tulane.edu), fax (504.865.6719) or mail (Stone Center for Latin American Studies 100 Jones Hall New Orleans, LA 70118).

For more information, please contact Denise Woltering at 504-862-3143 or dwolteri@tulane.edu

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Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame

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Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame
March 10-12, 2016
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

We offer our conference as a forum in which to peruse and absorb the visual turn in contemporary inquiry from the unique vantage points of the Caribbean, circum-Caribbean and Caribbean diasporas. We conceive the tropical exposure as a frame for representing the region’s strengths and vulnerabilities and for questioning the interaction of Antillean sensibilities with a plethora of images and mediascapes. Our invited keynote speakers include photographer Virginia Beahan and artist Francisco Crespo, whose work appears on this page.

Tropical Exposures welcomes proposals for papers that address any facet of Caribbean visual representation in photography, film, art, popular culture, and other media, as well as the interaction of word and image more generally. Scholars are also encouraged to present proposals that consider social and cultural shifts toward the increasing intermediality of representation in the Caribbean frame.

Conference Updates:
Tropical Exposures is now accepting proposals. Please see the Call for Papers page for more information. Proposals are due by September 15, 2015.