Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2013

Brazilian Culture and Portuguese Language in the K-12 Classroom
June 10-13, 2013
Athens, GA

The University of Georgia, Tulane University, and Vanderbilt University will collaborate to offer a Summer Institute on Brazilian Culture and Portuguese Language. K-12 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply to attend this 4 day institute at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, GA. The goal of this institute is to encourage and promote the teaching of Portuguese and the culture of Brazil through film, literature, service learning, and technology in any K-12 classroom. Educators will work in teams to develop interdisciplinary units that address applicable state learning standards. Educators may receive a certificate of completion for 40 hours of professional development if desired. For more information please click here or visit the institute website

Summer 2013 CLASP /NRC Events

These events are sponsored by CLASP and NRC member institutions. Funding to attend these events can be obtained through LARC. Please visit the Funding Opportunities section for more information.

Untangling World History
June 11-14, 2013
Austin, TX
Sponsored by the Hemispheres Outreach Consortium and The University of Texas, Austin this institute will focus on questions about the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam in World History. This year’s Summer Teachers’ Institute will focus extensively on the World History TEKS, with the intent of helping instructors gain the background knowledge needed to prepare students for the STAAR exam. The core of the workshop will consist of content presentations from scholars at the University of Texas on a myriad of state- and national standards-accessible topics in World History. Discussion sessions will focus on trends in history, covering key concepts, and “bundling” content and skills standards to help cover topics efficiently in the classroom. Daily wrap-up exercises will involve working with primary source documents concerning the content presented that day to turn them into Document-Based Question (DBQ) activities to use with students. For more information visit the Hemisphere website.

Discovering Ecosystems
June 16-23, 2013
Sponsored by the University of Florida and the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE), this Teacher Institute provides hands-on learning experience in the rain forests of Belize. The institute is designed for and open to teachers and pre-service teachers of all disciplines and grade levels. We will be encouraging interdisciplinary connections in this program. Some scholarships will be available. For more information visit the University of Florida webpage.

Using Children’s Literature to Explore Latin American/Latino Cultural Heritage
June 24 – July 20, 2013
Online Course
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, this online Teacher Institute will focus on integrating Latin American/Latino literature into the classroom. This course will focus primarily on children’s books that have been recommended by the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP). When read and explored as a body, together with supplemental readings/resources, Américas Award titles offer a unique resource with which to explore Latin America, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino cultures in all their diversity. For more information please visit the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee webpage

Indigenous Cultures of the Americas and their Response to European Contact Across Time
July 8-12, 2013
New Haven, CT
Sponsored by Yale University and the Peabody Museum at Yale University, the summer institute will focus on a number of indigenous American cultures in the context of the extensive exchange of goods and ideas that took place with the European settlers. We’ll also explore the contemporary lives of indigenous peoples in the Americas, and consider the relationship of indigenous Americans today to those of the past. Our institute will feature first-hand explorations of Yale Peabody Museum collections, participation in seminars led by world-class scholars, and in-depth exchanges on select indigenous ethnic and tribal peoples, while offering practical tools to assist teachers in developing innovative approaches and resources for effective classroom teaching. For more information visit the program website

Indigenous Movements in Contemporary Latin America
July 10-12, 2013
Milwaukee, WI
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, this institute will look at how Indigenous peoples have been organizing in new and effective ways, in the last three decades, to counter their traditional exclusion in Latin American societies. These movements have sought land rights, protection of natural resources and the environment, cultural recognition, and political rights. Many of the Indigenous peoples’ demands have become part of international human rights agreements and integrated into new constitutions of several Latin American nations. This summer institute will examine a variety of contemporary Indigenous movements with a particular focus on themes and materials about the topic that lend themselves to inclusion in Spanish language and global studies courses. For more information, please visit the program webpage

Spring 2013

Maya Teacher Workshop
February 22, 2012
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

As part of the tenth annual Tulane Maya Symposium Kaanal: The Snake Kingdom of the Classic Maya, to be held February 22-24th, 2013, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies is sponsoring a K-12 Teacher Workshop. The workshop will feature a panel of educators who participated in the Stone Center’s Summer Teacher Institute in Guatemala in 2012 . Panelists include art, spanish, and social studies educators from the K-12 level. They will share their newly designed curriculum and share resources about teaching about the Maya in the K-12 classroom. For more information please visit the event page. To register please visit the MARI website.

Fall 2012

Using Children’s Literature to Explore Latin American/Latino Heritage
October 6, 2012
9:00-11:00 am
Washington, DC

A K-12 teacher workshop presented by Tulane University and Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American Studies in collaboration with Teaching for Change as part of the Américas Award ceremony at the Library of Congress. The workshop will focus on strategies to incorporate Latin American and Latino children’s literature into the K-12 classroom. Workshop facilitators will include 2012 Américas Award winners and committee members. For more information and to register for the workshop please click here

Celebrating the Dead: Teacher Workshop Exploring el Día de los muertos
October 16, 2012
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

Communities throughout Latin America make altars to celebrate All Saint’s Day, November First, and All Souls Day, or Day of the Dead, November Second. Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans are sponsoring a teacher workshop to introduce teachers to the history of Día de los muertos. The workshop will discuss traditions throughout Latin America with a focus on New Orleans traditions. For more information and to register please click here.

Day of the Dead
October 29, 2012
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Altar Building Demonstration
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

Celebrate Day of the Dead at the gallery. Educator and Artist Cynthia Ramirez will build this year’s Day of the Dead Altar in honor of Uncle Lionel Batiste. Teachers are encouraged to bring their classes to observe the building of the altar. School groups are admitted free to the museum. The altar will be on display through mid November. To visit on October 29, please register here. To arrange a visit on another day, please contact the museum directly: 504.539.9608.




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Upcoming Events

Loyola University to host talk by Ward Churchill on Indigenism in North America

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Loyola University is excited to welcome acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the new book Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 and 30 Year Anniversary edition of Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America.

Ward will give an explanation of indigenism, moving from there to the concepts of the Fourth World and the three-legged stool of classic, internal, and settler-state colonialism. He will discuss historical and ongoing genocide of North America’s native peoples and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.

A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Five of his more than 20 books have received human rights awards.

Please contact Nathan Henne ( for additional information.

Sponsored by
The Loyola Latin American Studies Program
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola
The Department of Language and Cultures
The Department of English

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: bolo de aipim

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Bate Papo! Drop by the LBC mezzanine floor for a slice of manioc sponge cake. We will be spread out across the green couches so come by to take a load off and chat for a bit. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: Romeo & Julieta

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Bate Papo! Join us once again in the LBC mezzanine area to sample the most romantic treat in all of Brazil: Romeo & Julieta. Never heard of it? Come give it a try! It is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before… This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Office of Multicultural Affairs: International Food and Music Festival

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The International Food and Music Festival is a tradition for Tulane University and the surrounding New Orleans community. It is not possible without the participation of the international community at Tulane. We need your help to represent your culture, country, or community. Share food, crafts, cultural history, language, performance, and have fun at this beautiful outdoor festival.

This event is FREE for all Tulane faculty, staff and students. You must present your Splash Card. Non-affiliated Tulane attendees can purchase tickets here.

Interested in being a sponsor? Click here for more information and registration.

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Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: pave

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Bate Papo! End your Friday afternoon on the Jones Hall patio with a classic Brazilian layer dessert. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Chantalle Verna to Present Research on U.S. and Haitian Relationships in Post-Occupation Haiti

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming Dr. Chantalle Verna for a talk on her book Haiti and the Uses of America: Post- U.S. Occupation Promises on April 26, 2018, at 6:00 PM.

In her book, Dr. Verna makes evident that there have been key moments of cooperation that contributed to nation-building in both countries. Dr. Verna emphasizes the importance of examining the post-occupation period: the decades that followed the U.S. military occupation of Haiti (1915-34) and considering how Haiti’s public officials and privileged citizens rationalized nurturing ties with the United States at the very moment when the two nations began negotiating the reinstatement of Haitian sovereignty in 1930. Their efforts, Dr. Verna shows, helped favorable ideas about the United States, once held by a small segment of Haitian society, circulate more widely. In this way, Haitians contributed to and capitalized upon the spread of internationalism in the Americas and the larger world.

Dr. Verna received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University and is currently a professor in the History Department in Florida International University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Dr. Verna focuses on the culture of foreign relations, specifically concerning Haiti and the United States during the mid-twentieth century.