Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

International Programs

Summer in Brazil: Portuguese Language & Culture
São Paulo | June 12 – July 28, 2017

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. 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 in partnership by Tulane University and CET Academic Programs 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 (intermediate and advanced levels) taught by CET faculty, and a course on current social issues in Brazil taught by PUC-SP faculty. Students will stay with Brazilian 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:

  • PORT 6910 (3 credits): Special Topics: Current Social Issues in Brazil. Taught in Portuguese by PUC-SP 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 CET faculty.
  • PORT 3040 (3 credits): Grammar and Writing in Portuguese will involve analysis and practice in the written language. Taught by CET faculty.

PROGRAM COST:
The 2017 cost of the six-week program will be announced Fall 2016.

The program costs will include 6-7 Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), Brazilian family home stays or apartment housing with Brazilian roommates, one meal per day or a breakfast stipend, transportation from the airport (GRU), medical insurance, and specialized group tours and activities. Airfare to/from São Paulo (GRU), incidental costs, 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. It is available to students seeking credit in intermediate and advanced Portuguese levels only. 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 will be in February 2017. Note that the fellowship application and the program application are separate applications.

CET Scholarships
Students applying to this program are eligible to apply for a CET Scholarship. CET offers students on its programs over $100,000 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. 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 through the online application portal will include:
+ Student’s general and academic information
+ Personal statement of intent
+ Official copy of transcript
+ Copy of front page of valid passport
+ Two recommendations (one from a Portuguese instructor)
+ $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; OR by credit card online). The deposit will be credited toward the final costs of the program if student is accepted and committed to the program.

TO APPLY:
The application period for this program will open in Fall 2016 (October). Please check back for updates. Applications will be due in February 2017.

Download a printable flyer for the 2016 program here.

View photos from past programs here!

LATEST SITE UPDATES

NEWS

EVENTS

All Events

Upcoming Events

Ixcanul Screening and Educator Reception

View Full Event Description

The Latin American Resource Center and the Broad Theater are hosting a screening of Ixcanul, an educator reception, and discussion about the film. Ixcanul follows the life of a young Kaqchikel Maya woman as she grapples with problems in the modern world. The film was Guatemala’s entry in the 2016 Best Foreign Language Film Category at the Oscars. The discussion following the film will be led by Professor Judith Maxwell and Kaqchikel Maya language scholar, Ixnal Cuma Chávez.

The educator’s reception is sold out! But, anyone can join us for the film screening and discussion. The public may purchase tickets to attend the screening and discussion online here.

Event Schedule:

4:30 Educator Reception
5:00 Film
6:30 Discussion

Latin American Cinema Series

View Full Event Description

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies is collaborating with The Broad Theater to present the 1st Annual Latin America Cinema Series. The series will showcase a wide variety of shorts and features from Haiti, Cuba, Argentina, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico and Colombia. Titles include such film festival standouts such as THE APOSTATE, Martin Sheen’s latest film THE VESSEL, and IXCANUL, the first Guatemalan film shot in the Kaqchikel Maya language. The series will take place over two days, October 1st and 2nd, at The Broad Theater, 636 North Broad, New Orleans.

This film series is presented in partnership with WWNO and the Cine Institute in Jacmel, Haiti. All proceeds from the Haitian series will go to Cine Institute.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

  • 12:30 pm – Haitian Shorts (100 mins.) A selection of Haitian narrative shorts will be screened as part of a partnership with the Cine Institute in Jacmel, Haiti.
  • 2:45 pm – Tierra y Sombra (97 mins.) Colombia. Alfonso is an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his son, who is gravely ill. He rediscovers his old house, where the woman who was once his wife still lives, with his daughter-in-law and grandson. The landscape that awaits him resembles a wasteland. Vast sugar cane plantations surround the house, producing perpetual clouds of ash. 17 years after abandoning them, Alfonso tries to fit back in and save his family.
  • 5:00 pm – Ixcanul (100 mins.) Guatemala. On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for 17-year-old Maria by her Kaqchikel parents. “Ixcanul” provides a window into a culture that we rarely see. Film will be presented with a special introduction by Professor Judith Maxwell and Kaqchikel Maya language Scholar, Ixnal Cuma Chávez. The Latin American Resource Center- welcomes K-16 educators to a special reception preceding the screening. Reception is SOLD OUT but you may join us for the screening and discussion. The public may purchase tickets to attend the screening and discussion online here.
  • 7:10 pm – The Vessel (110 mins.) United States. Ten years after a tidal wave destroys a small-town elementary school with all the children inside, a young man builds a mysterious structure out of the school’s remains, setting the town aflame with passions long forgotten.
  • 9:15 pm – Embrace of the Serpent (133 mins.) Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina. The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016

  • 12:00 pm Ixcanul (100 mins.) Guatemala.
  • 4:30 pm Unfinished Spaces (86 mins.) Cuba. Cuba’s ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro’s Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece. In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school’s first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream. Unfinished Spaces features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art, and it also documents the struggle and passion of three revolutionary artists.
  • 9:00 pm The Apostate (80 mins.) Uruguay/Spain. A man at a crossroads in his life (Alvaro Ogalla) wishes to fully excommunicate himself from the Catholic Church, but is faced with baffling bureaucracy from his decision in this absurd comedy-drama from director Federico Veiroj.

More information can be found at thebroadtheater.com, in the Events section. Tickets for the series will go on sale Friday, September 23rd. Tickets for each screening will be $10 with a two-day pass available for $40. For more information please contact the theater at mgmt@thebroadtheater.com or 504-218-1008.

Day of the Dead Teacher Workshop at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

View Full Event Description

In collaboration with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Stone Center presents the annual K-12 teacher workshop exploring the cultural and artistic elements of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. All participants will receive light refreshments, 2 free tickets to Ogden After Hours, teaching materials and CEUs. The workshop will focus on the Ogden Museum’s altar exhibition, celebrating the life Allen Toussaint, on view from Oct. 4 – Nov. 8. The event will discuss altar traditions and how to integrate altars into the classroom.

Check out the event website for resources and other information about teaching Day of the Dead.

Workshop Schedule

5:30 – 5:45
Welcome and Introduction
Denise Woltering Vargas, Tulane University
Suzanna Ritz, Ogden Museum of Southern Art

5:45-6:00
Day of the Dead Altars: Allen Toussaint
Cynthia Ramirez, Southern University of New Orleans

6:00 – 6:15
Day of the Dead Altars in the Classroom: the ISL Altar to Benny Andrews
Suzanna Ritz, Ogden Museum of Southern Art

6:15 – 7:00
Hands on Activities for the Classroom: Building Altars and Retablos
Suzanna Ritz, Ogden Museum of Southern Art

7:00 – 7:30
Discussion and Evaluation

Celebrating the Dead in Peru: A Teacher Workshop

View Full Event Description

This workshop examines traditions of Dia de los Difuntos, as Day of the Dead is called in Peru, and the ways in which this pan-American tradition is celebrated in Peru. This workshop will highlight the pre-Columbian roots of the tradition and the music which accompanies the celebrations. This workshop is the third installment in LARC’s series on Day of the Dead Across the Americas. View resources from the previous workshops here.

Participants will receive lunch, teaching materials and CEUs.

Tentative Schedule (Subject to Change)

10:00 – 10:30
Introduction to LARC’s Day of the Dead Across the Americas
Denise Woltering Vargas and Rachel Horowitz

10:30 – 11:30
Celebrating the Dead in Peru
Jason Nesbitt and Bebel Chavin

11:30 – 12:30
Andean Musical Traditions
Javier León

12:30 – 1:00
Discussion and Lunch

See Photographs from the 2015 workshop on Barriletes and Day of the Dead in Guatemala.

Immigration & the 2016 Election

View Full Event Description

What effect will campaign rhetoric have on Latino and immigrant voter turnout in the 2016 US Presidential elections? Can policy proposals on the campaign trail affect US relationships with immigrant sending countries? What effects could the campaigns have on future immigration, border, and refugee policies?  Join us for a discussion of these issues and more at the Center for Inter-American Policy & Research’s symposium on Immigration and the 2016 election.

Louis DeSipio (Professor, Political Science and Chicano/Latino Studies, Director Center for the Study of Democracy, UC Irvine) has studied Latino participation in elections from 1988 onwards, with other work focusing on immigration, incorporation and Latino and ethnic politics. 

Jennifer Merolla (Professor, Political Science, UC Riverside) specializes in the study of Political Behavior. Her recent work has focused on immigration, framing, and how the information environment and contexts of threats shape political attitudes.

Tom Wong (Assistant Professor, Political Science, UCSD) studies the politics of immigration, citizenship and migrant “illegality”. He is also currently an advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

This event is open to the faculty and graduate students of Tulane University and invited guests.
For more information and to RSVP, contact: cipr@tulane.edu

Celebración Latina 2016

View Full Event Description

Join us for our annual family festival as we celebrate 12 years of the festival! Please join us at the zoo to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina at the Zoo’s Capital One Stage and Field will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand made crafts, and local social service, health and education organizations will offer wellness, education and social service information.

Check out these pictures of past celebrations!

Celebración Latina is presented by the Audubon Zoo and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Contributing sponsors include Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Marathon Petroleum Co., and Jefferson Financial Credit Union.

Celebración Latina is free with Zoo admission. No outside food or beverages please!

For more information please visit the Audubon website.

Entertainment Lineup TBA.