Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Spring 2014

Materials in the Classroom Ecology: A Language Pedagogy Workshop
March 19, 2014
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall, Tulane University

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese are sponsoring this workshop on language education.This hands-on workshop for language teachers demonstrates activities and materials designed to promote language learners’ listening and speaking fluency. These activities allow university and high school students to engage in meaningful use of the target language. Materials demonstrated at this workshop can be readily adapted by participating language teachers and implemented in their own classrooms. These innovative pedagogic activities bridge language teaching theory and practice, and recent research on language teaching materials and learning will also be presented. University instructors and high school teachers working with language learners of any proficiency level will benefit from this presentation. The workshop will be conducted in English, and teachers of any language are welcome to attend. The workshop is free but prior registration is required. Please visit the event page to register and for more details.

Tulane Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop: On the Maya Trail: Ancient Travelers, Epic Voyages
March 20-21, 2014
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans, LA

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Middle American Research Institute, and the Audubon Aquarium are joining together to sponsor a K-12 teacher workshop in the conjunction with the 11th annual Tulane Maya Symposium. This year the workshop will be held at the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans, in celebration of the opening of a new exhibit on reefs in the Maya area. The workshop will focus on the symposium theme: traveling and voyages among the Maya. The workshop will integrate information about the geography and environment of the Maya area and the ancient and modern Maya utilization of environmental resources. The resources discussed will provide a great way for teachers working with the Common Core requirements to integrate information about the Maya into discussions of a variety of topics!

This year the teacher workshop will begin on Thursday evening, March 20th, with a special reception and talk at the Aquarium specifically for teachers. The main component of the workshop will take place on Friday, March 21st. For more information and to register, please visit the symposium website.

Cuban Literacy Campaign: A K-12 Teacher Workshop
March 29th, 2014
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100 Jones Hall
Tulane University

This workshop will explore the history of the Cuban Literacy Campaign through the new film, Maestra, written and directed by Catherine Murphy. Murphy will be leading discussions with participants and facilitate a workshop with Norma Guillard, (former brigadista with the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign). Maestra is a powerful documentary about the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign which raised literacy in Cuba to 95%. The film celebrates this amazing story through original film footage of the period, photographs and personal interviews of the teachers who are now in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. As they tell their stories, the Cuban women reflect on the transformation of their own lives and the whole of Cuban society as a result of the literacy campaign. For most, it was the first time they experienced independence and realized their power. Maestra will be introduced by Norma Guillard of Cuba, one of the original teachers from the Campaign featured in the film who was 15 years old when she and her sister joined the Literacy Campaign. Sponsored by Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute, and Xavier University’s Division of Education and Counseling. To register and for more information please visit the event webpage.

Fall 2013

Américas Award Teacher Workshop
September 23, 2013
9:30 – 12:30 PM
Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Georgetown, the Stone Center and Vanderbilt Universities’ Center for Latin American Studies are collaborating to offer an exciting K-12 teacher workshop 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. Featured presenter at the workshop will be Sonia Manzano, 2013 Américas Award Winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (Scholastic, 2012). For more information please visit the event page. To register please click here.

Cultures in Connection: Louisiana, Latin America, and the Middle East
October 12, 2013
9 AM – 4 PM
100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

The Middle East Outreach Council and the Stone Center will host a K-12 teacher workshop on the diverse Middle Eastern, North African, European, Latin American, and Caribbean origins of cultural traits that permeate everyday life right here in Louisiana and the southern United States. You’ll leave with ideas on how to infuse your curriculum with a global approach, gather lists of resources to use in your classroom, as well as learn about two outstanding children’s book awards the Américas Award and MEOC’s book award. For more information and to register please visit the event website.

Día de los Muertos Teacher Workshop
October 15, 2013
5:00-8:30 PM
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

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 this year’s teacher workshop to introduce teachers to the history of Día de los muertos. The workshop will explore the tradition throughout Latin America starting with an introduction to the tradition which highlights special local resources and ending with a more intensive presentation on the tradition as it is celebrated today in Mexico. All participants will receive a light snack, teaching materials, CEUs, and free entry into the Ogden After Hours Day of the Dead celebration (value of $10) Thursday, October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. To register and for more information please visit the event website. For information on other Day of the Dead activities click here.




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Fridays at Newcomb to host Ryan Joyce for a talk on Gender and Diversity in the Archives

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Ryan Joyce is a 5th-year PhD candidate in the Department of French and Italian and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Tulane University. In addition to receiving his Masters in French and Francophone Studies from Tulane University, he also completed a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2016. His dissertation examines the figure of the maroon in 19th- and 20th-century francophone Circum-Caribbean literature. His work has appeared in Small Axe, a journal that focuses on Caribbean studies and literary criticism, and Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, where he contributed an article for a special issue on queer Haitian performance and affiliation. He was a recipient of the 2017 Gender & Diversity in the Archives Research Grant from the Newcomb College Institute. It is thanks to that grant that he was able to research former Newcomb College professor Marie Augustin and her role in the Francophone Renaissance of Louisiana at the turn of the 20th century.

The lecture includes a free lunch and is open to the public.

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

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Special Edition Bate Papo! Join our celebrity chef Danny Finley (‘18) as he shows us the tapioca skills he picked up while abroad in Rio. We’ll meet in the demo kitchen of McWilliams Hall to learn how to make a legit tapioca; students all get to give it a try! You pick the topping: cheese, doce de leite, Nutella… 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

Latin America at the Crossroads: Colombia

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Latin America at the Crossroads: Spring Seminar Series with the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research

Dr. Mónica Pachón is dean of the school of political science, government, and international relations at Universidad del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia. Professor Pachón received a PhD in political science at UC San Diego and an MA in Latin American Studies at Oxford. An expert on Colombia, she has published numerous books and articles on elections, legislative institutions, constitutions, and parties and party systems

Colombia’s two-year old peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) faces a new test on May 27, when the country holds a general election. This election is critical, since it is the first in which the FARC will participate as a legal political party. Yet, former FARC guerrillas face harsh critics on the right, death threats, and energetic protests at campaign events. Meanwhile, in splintered field of presidential candidates, Gustavo Petro, the leftist former mayor of Bogota, has emerged with a small, albeit steady lead in the polls. Who will be the likely winners and losers in this election? What is at stake for peace and development in Colombia?

RSVP is required. Email to reserve a spot. Event is free and open to the public.

Foreign Language Pedagogy and Research: New Approaches to Old Challenges Symposium

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The Language Learning Center: Spring Symposium

Tulane’s Language Learning Center is pleased to announce our first annual symposium on foreign language pedagogy. This year’s symposium, Foreign Language Pedagogy and Research: New Approaches to Old Challenges, will be held on Saturday, March 17th, 2018.

We are inviting Tulane foreign language instructors as well as graduate students to participate in the symposium. K-12 instructors from the area will also be invited to attend and to participate. All Tulane faculty and students are welcome to attend.

Miguel Zenon at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans

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Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón studied classical saxophone at the Escuela Libre de Música in Puerto Rico before receiving a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from Berklee College of Music, and a master’s degree in Jazz Performance at Manhattan School of Music. Zenón’s more formal studies, however, are supplemented and enhanced by his vast and diverse experience as a sideman and collaborator. Throughout his career he has divided his time equally between working with older jazz masters and working with the music’s younger innovators –irrespective of styles and genres.

This program is supported in part by the CAC’s JazzNet Endowment Fund and made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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Dennis A. Georges Lecture in Hellenic Culture

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Join Dr. Emily Greenwood as she will be speaking about Greek language/literature, slavery, and the “politics of the human” when she delivers the Dennis A. Georges Lecture in Hellenic Culture.

Emily Greenwood is Professor and Chair of the Classics Department at Yale University where she also holds a joint appointment in African American Studies. She is one of the pre-eminent thinkers on Greek historiography of her generation as well as the leading figure in re-evaluating the legacy of Graeco-Roman culture in colonial and post-colonial contexts. In addition to her book Afro-Greeks: Dialogues Between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century (Oxford 2010) [Joint winner of the Runciman Prize], she has published over a dozen articles and book chapters that investigate the rich and nuanced reception of ancient Greek literature in the African Diaspora, especially in Caribbean literature.