Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

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Mayan Language Institute in Guatemala 2015: K’iche’ and Kaqchikel Maya Language & Culture
Antigua, Guatemala | June – July 2015 (Dates TBA)

The Mayan Language Institute is an intensive six-week language immersion program in K’iche’ Maya and Kaqchikel Maya. Students study with both U.S. faculty and native speakers. In addition to language study, students participate in cultural activities, lectures, discussions, and excursions. Undergraduate students may study one of the languages at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. Graduate students must be prepared to study at the intermediate or advanced level.

With more than 1.5 million K’iche’ and Kaqchikel speakers in Guatemala, the goal of the institute is to help students develop and advance proficiency in their chosen language and to gain a better understanding of the cultural and political contexts that have affected the historical development and preservation of the language. Efforts to protect these languages are playing a pivotal role in the Mayan struggle to regain control over their political and cultural destiny.

Students pursuing K’iche’ Maya will spend three weeks in Antigua and three weeks in Nahualá. Students pursuing Kaqchikel Maya will spend six weeks in Antigua. All students are placed with local families for home-stays. Students should be flexible and prepared for living conditions in Guatemala. Classes take place at UT Austin’s Casa Herrera— a great colonial mansion turned beautifully restored academic facility— which is centrally located one block north of Antigua’s Central Park.

COURSES OFFERED:
Students will take one language course and one culture course.

  • Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya language (3 credits)
  • Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya Culture (3 credits)

PROGRAM COST:
The cost of the six-week program is TBA. It will include six Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), local family home stays and three meals per day (except Sundays), medical insurance, transportation from the airport upon arrival (GUA), and specialized group activities and excursions. Airfare to/from Antigua (GUA), extra meals, and incidental costs, such as laundry, passport/visa fees, vaccinations, et cetera, are not included in the program cost.

Scholarships: This program qualifies as a FLAS-approved program with 140 contact hours of language instruction.
More information on the FLAS Fellowship application will be posted soon; please check back for updates in Fall 2014. Note that the fellowship application and the program application will be separate applications.

PROGRAM APPLICATION:
Complete applications will include:
+ online general application form
+ official copy of transcript
+ supplemental K’iche’ or Kaqchikel application
+ $50 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.

Applications with further details will be available Fall 2014, and will be due Spring 2015. Please check back for updates.

This program is offered in partnership from:
Tulane University Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies
University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Institute
University of Texas Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies

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

View photos from the 2014 program here!

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Day of the Dead at the Ogden!

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Celebrate Día de los muertos at the Ogden! As part of the Ogden's After Hours Ruemba Buena will perform. Specializing in salsa and meringue, this band is made up of musicians who, pre-Katrina, played in groups like Los Babies and Los Sagitarios. It's the brainchild of percussionist Johnny Marcia. Kids craft table will feature Day of the Dead activities and delicious food will be available.

For more information please contact Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org.

Sponsored by Tulane’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans.

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project

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The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past, present, and future.

For more information about the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, visit http://gitmomemory.org.

The exhibit will run from September 2nd to October 30th. All are welcome to stop by and see the exhibit during open hours of Jones Hall, or during one of the special events of the exhibit (to be posted).

Shooting from the Hip: Mexico

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to partner with the satellite program P.3+ of the biennial Prospect New Orleans to present the photographic exhibition of artist Michael Alford "Shooting From The Hip: Mexico" from October 2nd to October 30th, 2014.

An opening reception will be held October 2nd at 6 PM.

Michael Alford is a multidisciplinary Conceptual artist. His work ranges from documentary photography, large scale public sculpture to Land Art. "My work often explores and challenges the conventional ideas of Art and what can be used to create it." Michael spent the first half of his life as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces Special Operations. He earned his B.F.A. from Baylor University while on active duty and recently an M.F.A from Louisiana State University. The artwork of artist Michael Alford has been exhibited and found in several corporate, private, national and international collections.

In his artist statement Michael Alford explains: "On a recent trip to Mexico City, I decided to take a different approach. In a more Conceptual attitude, a plan was formulated and the project began. The images would be captured in a more "street/gorilla" fashion. My camera was concealed in a shoulder bag and images were taken using a remote control. The images would not be manipulated post process and presented as such. I did however; use different lenses and filters according to lighting or weather conditions. What you see is what I got. I did not attempt to take or make a perfect photograph. For this project, I worked intuitively with the camera yet allowed the camera to find its own composition. These images represent a real, raw and non-manipulated moment in time. It is a unique flash of life that can't and won't ever be replicated. More than 200 images were captured but these are some of my favorites."

Guantánamo: Cuban and Haitian Refugee Stories

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Guantánamo: Cuban and Haitian Refugee Stories

Guest speakers:
Holly Ackerman, Duke University, author of The Cuban Balseros: Voyage of Uncertainty
Aurora de Armendi, Artist, Parsons School of Design, Cuban Refugee at GTMO 1994-1995
Carlos Smith Fontaine, Haitian Sea Migrant, US Naval Base Guantánamo Bay, 1991
Sht. Terrence Mitchell, US Marines Corps, US Naval Base Guantánamo Bay, 1995-1997
Carlos Porto Saez, Cuban Balsero, US Naval Base Guantánamo Bay, 1994-1995

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past, present, and future. The guest speakers will be giving a talk on the titled event. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, visit http://gitmomemory.org.

The CubaNOLA Arts Collective presents - The Jorge Luis Pacheco Jazz Trio direct from Cuba

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The CubaNOLA Arts Collective presents:
The Jorge Luis Pacheco Jazz Trio
Direct from Cuba

Tuesday, October 28 – sets at 8pm and 10pm
Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St

Thursday, October 30 – sets at 8pm and 10pm
The Prime Example, 1909 N. Broad St. (corner of St. Bernard Ave)

Cuban jazz piano player, Jorge Luis Pacheco is making waves in the Havana jazz scene. His trio will be returning to New Orleans for performances on Tuesday October 28 and Thursday October 30. The trio features Havana-based Jorge Luis Pacheco, with New York-based Ivan Llanes Montejo on drums and percussion, and Carlos Mena on bass. Jorge Luis combines his classical training with his passion for jazz and playful touches of popular Cuban and American music. With his parents being prominent opera and choir directors, it's only fitting that Jorge Luis will sing a few songs as part of these performances. Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience first hand the next generation of contemporary Cuban music.

For more information please email info@cubanola.org

Day of the Dead with the LPO: Pan American Life Fiesta Sinfonica: La Triste Historia

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The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), in association with Pan American Life, will celebrate Day of the Dead through a multimedia concert experience entitled “La Triste Historia.” Renowned Mexican composer Juan Trigos, director Ben Young Mason, and executive producer Duncan Copp have paired Juan Trigos' evocative Symphony No. 3 with an artistic and fantastical animated film. Follow the tragic, dream-like tale of two young lovers, set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, culminating in the celebration of The Day of the Dead.

Featured Musical Pieces:
Juan Trigos: Symphony No. 3
Carlos Chavez: Symphony No. 2 “Sinfonia India”
Alberto Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia
Jose Pablo Moncayo: Huapango

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the LPO Website.