Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

The M.A. Thesis

The M.A. thesis is intended to be a full explication of a significant problem using original sources, interviews, or analogous materials. Its length depends upon the expectations of the Thesis Committee. Before submitting the application for the thesis, students should discuss their plans with the Stone Center Graduate Advisor in order to insure that projects are designed with feasible scope, appropriately interdisciplinary content, and proper support and supervision.

Students should be advised that credit for thesis is awarded for one semester, but theses are rarely defined, researched, written and successfully defended in one semester. Ideally, a potential thesis topic should be developed as early as the first semester of coursework and a thesis director and committee structure planned by the end of the second semester. Preliminary field explorations and research should be conducted in the summer after the end of the second semester. The thesis topic should be advanced in concept during the third semester; a final thesis prospectus should be approved by both the thesis director and the full thesis committee by October 15 of the third semester; and the actual thesis should be written and defended by the appropriate deadlines in the fourth semester. Students should also be warned that the deadline for submission is in the middle, not at the end, of this fourth semester. The Graduate Advisor will work closely with the degree candidate to insure that the thesis is advanced and completed in the recommended time frame.

Application to Write Thesis

By March 1 of the second semester of residence, M.A. students must formally decide whether they will pursue the thesis or the non-thesis option. For those who commit to write a thesis, a thesis commitment form and 4-6 page prospectus (see Appendix) should be submitted to the Center Graduate Advisor no later than October 15 of the third semester of residence.

The Graduate Advisor, after reading and discussing the prospectus with the student, will facilitate meetings of students with recommended faculty directors for their theses, where students have not already chosen their director. Then, these faculty will help students restructure their prospectuses, give critical advice, affirm the viability of the research project, and agree formally to serve as either director or as a reader.

The Thesis Committee

The thesis committee consists of a director, ordinarily representing the field of the student’s primary concentration, and two other faculty members whose interests are germane to the project. The director must be tenure or tenure track rather than adjunct or visiting faculty. Consult with the Graduate Advisor for initial advice about committee selection and again before finalizing your committee.

The Thesis Style and Format

Information regarding proper thesis formatting, style guidelines, and submission deadlines can be found at the website of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts Graduate School.

Registration and Credit for Thesis

Students who commit to write the thesis must register for LAST 8990 in the fourth semester in the LAST Center under the title of the thesis project (See the Graduate Advisor) and with the consent and approval of the thesis director. Thesis writers will earn 3 credits upon successful completion and defense of the thesis. Completion of the thesis is required for graduation. Students must also register for LAST 9980 (Master’s Research) in the fourth semester to maintain full-time student status.

The Defense

There is an oral defense of the M.A. thesis. The Graduate Advisor, the Thesis Committee and the degree candidate will work together to schedule the thesis defense. The actual defense date should be scheduled as early in the thesis semester as possible so as to avoid scheduling complications at the last minute. Since the defense must take place before the thesis is submitted and because the dates for submission are midway through the semester, the examination ordinarily occurs in early/mid March (or early/mid November for those rare instances when a thesis is completed in the Fall semester). All three committee members interview the candidate. Students usually find the defense a positive learning experience. The committee generally helps the author place the work in context and often offers advice on additional directions to take if the same topic is developed into a dissertation or for publication.

To find all necessary materials regarding procedures and deadlines, thesis application forms, formatting guidelines and applications for degree, visit the website of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts Graduate School.

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Michael Skinkus and Moyuba at the Delgado Music Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane presents Michael Skinkus with Moyuba at the first annual Delgado Music Festival on Saturday, April 1 at 5:30 pm. The performance is part of a two day inaugural festival that is the culminating event of a week of educational music activities and will include master classes and a songwriting contest. Moyuba is a group that performs “Modern Jazz compositions based upon the Yoruba sacred songs and Bata drum rhythms that form the ceremonial music of Santería or Regla de Ocha in Cuba. The band uses the sacred songs and rhythms as a basis for it’s original compositions that are in fact suites of songs dedicated to orishas such as Eleguá, Ogún, and Ochósi.” (from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival website where they will perform on Friday, April 28). The performance is supported with funds from the Stone Center for Latin American Studies’ US Department of Education’s Title VI National Resource Center grant.

For more information on Delgado Community College’s first annual music festival, visit the website here.

Hermes Mallea presenting Great Houses of Havana

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Hermes Mallea presenting Great Houses of Havana: A Century of Cuban Style
An insider’s tour of Havana’s exceptional houses built between 1860 and 1960 and their fascinating personal histories, alongside Havana’s architectural patrimony.

Lecture at 6:00 PM and book signing at 7:30 PM.
For more information visit www.nohhf.org

This presentation is sponsored by the NOHHF in collaboration with the New Orleans Museum of Art, Beatriz Ball, JW Marriott, Jahncke & Burns Architects, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, Ileana and José Suquet, Tulane School of Architecture-Master of Preservation Studies and Tulane University-Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

The Battle of New Orleans: Political Economy of Post-Katrina Development

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CIPR presents a talk by Dr. Aaron Schneider, Associate Professor at the School of International Studies of University of Denver, titled “The Battle of New Orleans: Political Economy of Post-Katrina Development”.

The talk, based on in part fieldwork performed by Dr. Schneider while he was on the Tulane faculty, will explore how politics and the local economy have reformed since Hurricane Katrina.

Please RSVP to CIPR at cipr@tulane.edu or 504.862.3141.

Teaching Haiti: K-12 Educator Workshop

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This educator workshop will explore the culture of Haiti, focusing on music and dance. This unique workshop focuses on an important, but often understudied area of the Caribbean, and will provide K-12 educators with exciting opportunities to diversify the classroom.

Participants will receive lunch, teaching materials and CEUs.

Check out LARC’s curriculum on Haitian Folktales or the Haiti part of the Day of the Dead Across the Americas to get ready for the workshop.

Special offer on registration!:
Bring a friend! Register with a colleague from the same institution and you can receive a 2 for 1 registration. Please register only one time and follow instructions on the registration form to provide your colleague’s information.

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La Hora del Cuento: Bilingual Story Hour at the Children's Resource Center

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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.

On April 10th at 4:30 PM we will be featuring the book Ada’s Violin, about an orchestra made of recycled instruments, and doing a craft.

Alumni & Friends of the Band Dinner

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Please join Barry Spanier, Director of Bands, Tulane University for the Alumni & Friends of the Band Dinner. The Tulane Concert Band 7th Annual Spring Concert will immediately follow at 7:30 pm in the Dixon Hall Theater. Explore the musical cultures of the Latin world. Feel the passionate rhythms and be transported by the sweeping melodies that have made this music beloved by audiences around the globe. Enjoy the repertoire of Latin composers and others: Malegueña, Amparito Roca, La Virgen de la Macarena, Libertango, Mambo, Danzon No. 2, Puebla de Los Angeles, El Camino Real and Bolero.

For more information, please contact Patricia McWhorter-Broussard 504.314.BAND or patmcwbr@tulane.edu
www.tulaneband.org