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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MARI Brown Bag: Elena Daniele "Italian Explorers of the New World, 1492-1522"

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Elena Daniele, Visiting Assistant Professor in French and Italian at Tulane University, will present a talk entitled “Italian Explorers of the New World, 1492-1522.”

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!

Día Events at the Pebbles Center

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The Latin American Resource Center, the Children’s Resource Center, and the Pebbles Center (Algiers Regional and Children’s Resource Center Branches) of the New Orleans Public Library are hosting events to celebrate día del niño with events about Latin America. These story-times introduce children to new cultures and hope to instill a love of reading!

Learn about Cuba
Saturday April 25th
Noon
Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Dr.
Featured book: Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale/Marina una cucarachita muy linda: un cuento cubano, by Carmen Agra Deedy

Learn about Brazil
Monday April 27th
4:30 PM
Children’s Resource Center
913 Napoleon Ave.
Featured book: Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art!, by George Ancona

Check out the full list of día events from the New Orleans Public Library.

Memory and Migration in Karen Tei Yamashita's Brazil-maru

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Ana Paulina Lee, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Tulane University, will present a paper entitled “Memory and Migration in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Brazil-maru” on Monday, April 27th at 5 PM.

Please contact Jean Dangler (jdangler@tulane.edu) for more information

Art Exhibit "Personal Comments on Organic Abstraction"

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to present the Art exhibition "Personal Comments on Organic Abstraction " by Mexican artist Flor Pandal from April 24th to May 17th, 2015. An opening reception will be held May 1st, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

For more information please visit the exhibit website.

Explore Brazil in the K-12 Classroom: Summer 2015 Teacher Institute

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The Latin American Resource Center, the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute and the Portuguese Flagship Program at the University of Georgia are presenting a K-12 teacher workshop exploring Brazil in the classroom. The workshop will take place on the Tulane University Uptown Campus.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MAY 1, 2015!

K-12 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply to attend this 5 day institute. The focus of the institute is on the language, culture, and performance of Brazil. The workshop will include exposure to the Portuguese language, discussions with scholars of Brazilian culture and performance, viewings of Brazilian films, and performances by Brazilian groups. Throughout the week, educators will work to develop interdisciplinary curricula, which they can bring back to their schools to teach and share with colleagues. There is a specialized track to this institute in order to better support participants. There is a Portuguese Language track which consists of intensive morning language sessions for those interested in receiving a crash course in basic Portuguese. This track is open to participants with Spanish language background and little to no Portuguese training. While this track is meeting every morning, sessions for those interested in cultures of Brazil will take place. Please make sure to identify if you would like to be in the language track in your application form at the bottom of this page.

Registration Information
Participants have the option of registering under three affordable rates:

  • Basic Registration – $50 [includes all materials, parking permit for 5 days, internet access and registration to entire program with no lodging or meals.]
  • Full Registration – $250 [includes all above plus includes lodging (with linens) in a Tulane residence hall 4 nights, with 2 meals a day, and access to Tulane Reilly Fitness Center.]
  • Deluxe Registration – $300 [includes everything above plus guarantees a single room in the residence hall.]

The 2015 Summer K-12 Teacher Institute, Somos Nós: Teaching Afro-Brazilian Identity is a 20-hour program designed for K-12 teachers, librarians, or administrative staff. K-12 educators will benefit from this timely, interactive program on one of the world's strongest and most influential economies in the world, Brazil. The program is sponsored by Tulane University, the University of Georgia, and Vanderbilt University through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MAY 1, 2015!

A detailed schedule will be posted shortly. For more information visit the institute webpage

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

Summer K-12 Teacher Institute in Cuba

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Teaching Cuban Culture and Society: A Summer K-12 Teacher Institute in Cuba
Havana, Cuba | June 20 – July 4, 2015

The Application Deadline has passed.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is offering a unique summer study abroad program for K-12 teachers in Havana, Cuba in 2015. This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and people that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don't miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

PLEASE VIEW THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY.

ITINERARY – 15 DAYS

  • Day 1 – U.S./HAVANA, CUBA
    Depart from Tampa, FL, Upon arrival, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception followed by an informal walk and people watching on the Malecón.
  • Day 2 – HAVANA
    Havana Vieja Tour with local preservation experts to discuss in depth the history of local landmarks, historical preservation efforts, and future plans. Visit "Arte Corte" – a barber shop and hair-dressing school in the Santo Angel neighborhood developed to promote skills in the community and support the local economy – and meet with local community leaders., students and elderly folks at the community center Visit the Callejón de Hamel for rumba music and meet with Centro Habana residents. Presentation on AfroCuban dance with musical expert Cari Diez; opportunity to interact with the musicians and staff.
  • Day 3 – HAVANA
    Lecture with Professor Alfredo Prieto on "Cuba Since the Special Period." Curriculum development workshop. Visit the Cuba Council of Churches to meet local people and participate in a seminar about the organization's work in the areas of youth, agriculture, social welfare, and international communications.
  • Day 4 – HAVANA
    Walking tour of Calle Obispo in the morning with Professor Rafael Hernández. Meet the instructors and students of La Colmenita, an after-school program that uses song and dance performance as a social development tool.
  • Day 5 – HAVANA
    Presentation by Professor Isabel Rigol on "Current Challenges Facing Havana's Effort to Preserve its Architecture and Heritage." Visit to the Escuelas Nacional de Arte and meet with students and faculty. Evening walk and visit to the Cañonazo at the Morro.
  • Day 6 – VINALES
    Day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Viñales for landscape and village exploration. Explore the mountainous magotes and visit and meet local tobacco farmers working in their fields and storehouses. At the Casa del Veguero we'll have an introduction to tobacco farming and tobacco production. Visit with locals in the town of Viñales; lunch will be a community event shared with local families, followed by a visit to a children's art center.
  • Day 7 – ALAMAR
    Visit to an Organipónico (urban agrarian farm) in Alamar to explore sustainable farming in Cuba and learn about Cuban cuisine from local gardeners and Noel Pina, the manager of the garden. After lunch explore the community project Muraleando, where local artists have been changing a downtrodden neighborhood into a living work of art.
  • Day 8 – HAVANA/JAIMANITAS
    Visit to Cementerio Colón and interact with the dozens of pilgrims who line up daily at the tomb of Amelia Goyri, said to grant miracles. Continue on to the Plaza de la Revolución. Lunch and afternoon visit to workshop of ceramic artist, José Fuster, who has turned his neighborhood into a unique, whimsical work of public art. Curriculum development in the evening.
  • Day 9 – SANTA CLARA, TRINIDAD
    Travel to Trinidad via Santa Clara, a town founded by 175 people on July 15, 1689. It is the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Visit to the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara. Also visit the historic sugar plantation of Manaca Iznaga before arriving in Trinidad.
  • Day 10 – TRINIDAD
    Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar. Trinidad was a central piece of Cuba's sugar-based economy. Guided city tour with the city historian. Visit the Trinidad library to learn about the importance of libraries and debate questions of intellectual freedom with the staff. Meet with local entrepreneur David Alamar, owner of a private paladar (Davimart) to discuss cuentaproprismo in Cuba.
  • Day 11 – CIENFUEGOS
    We will head to Cienfuegos, a town known for its architectural beauty which reveals its French colonial roots. Visit the Beny More School of Art that trains students in the visual and musical arts and is one of the top ten middle-level art schools in Cuba.
  • Day 12 – HAVANA
    We will hear from children's book author Olga Marta Pérez about the children's/ youth Literacy Scene in Cuba today. In the afternoon, we will visit the Cuban Collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes accompanied by a curator.
  • Day 13 – PLAYA GIRON (Site of Bay of Pigs), Ciénega de Zapata, Playa Larga
    Day excursion to the historic site of the Bay of Pigs, one of the landing sites for the 1961 US-backed invasion. Visit the Finca Fiesta Campesina farm, the Playa Girón museum, the Parque Ciénaga de Zapata, the Laguna del Tesoro, and the Taino Indian village.
  • Day 14 – HAVANA
    Wrap-up curriculum workshop followed by a free afternoon ending in a celebratory dinner.
  • Day 15 – HAVANA/U.S.
    Morning departure for the U.S.

For questions, contact Denise Woltering Vargas at 504.862.3143, or at crcrts@tulane.edu. Visit the Summer 2015 Institute webpage.