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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Screening of De Lo Mio at the New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is proud to sponsor two screenings of De Lo Mio at the New Orleans Film Festival.

SAT OCT 19 | 3:45PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE)
MON OCT 21 | 11:00AM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE)

Director Diana Peralta will be in attendance at both screenings.

Film Description

After a years-long absence, sisters Rita and Carolina finally return to their birthplace in the Dominican Republic to prepare their dead father’s childhood home for sale. There, they rejoin their brother Dante, their main link to the family back home. As they excavate the house’s literal and emotional junk, they discover that there’s more than years and miles separating them. In this affecting chamber piece, first-time director Diana Peralta zooms in past the postcard prettiness of the island setting, framing intimate scenes that raise big questions: whether a patriarch’s death severs a sibling bond or starts it anew, and how to square the longing for a home that’s an ocean away with the reality that you’ve forever left it behind.

The Stone Center will be offering a limited number of free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Please stay tuned for announcements on how to redeem these tickets.

Screening of Havana, From on High at the New Orleans Film Festival

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The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is proud to sponsor two screenings of Havana, From on High at the New Orleans Film Festival.

THURS OCT 17 | 12:30PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC
TUES OCT 22 | 3:45PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC

Film Description

The sun rises over Havana, Cuba, and awakens not just a city, but the people who live on its rooftops. Amidst poverty and dilapidated buildings left by the Special Period‘€“the worst economic crisis the country has ever seen‘€“lie people with a deep love for the city and their towering views. Through sun-soaked visuals and interviews with rooftop dwellers, we get a sense of their hopes, history, and the reality of living in Cuba post‘€“Special Period. What begins as a portrait of everyday life becomes an exploration of the effects of socio-economic disarray and increased foreign influence on a fiercely independent nation. Despite their adversity and separation from the world, the rooftop dwellers of Havana, like all others, search for happiness.

The Stone Center will be offering a limited number of free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Please stay tuned for announcements on how to redeem these tickets.

Queerness within Latinx Dance & Food

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In honor of LGBTQ+ Hxstory Month, Latinx Heritage month, and OGSD LGBTQ+ Hxstroy & Celebration Days programs we invite you to Queerness within Latinx Dance & Food on Tuesday, October 22nd from 7-9:30 pm in LBC Rathskeller Lounge.

Join OGSD, TU Genté, Gender Sexuality Advisory Council (GSAC), The Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and Newcomb Institute for gourmet tacos from Chef Melissa Araujo a Honduran Chef who is based in New Orleans and performances and workshop by Jose Richard Aviles.

Jose is a multi-media artist who draws from their identities as a Queer, Brown body, Angeleno native, and Scholar. Aviles’ work puts theory and practice in dialogue and their art is a result of their scholarly explorations and lived experience. Callejera is the embodiment of theories of Spatial Production and Aviles’ lived experience as a Pasajera (Bus Rider).

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Latin American Writers Series: Andrea Palet (Editorial Laurel)

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Editorial Director Andrea Palet presents the history, philosophy, and ongoing projects of Editorial Laurel, a publishing house founded in Santiago, Chile in 2014. Her presentation sheds light on the changing landscape of literature in the Americas today. It will be followed by a reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Speaker

Andrea Palet is the founding editorial director of Editorial Laurel, established in 2014 in Santiago, Chile. Under her leadership, the house has released the works of more than 20 novelists, essayists, and chroniclers. Paleta also oversees the Master of Editing program at the Universidad de Diego Portales. A collection of her columns, Leo y olvido, was released in 2018 by Ediciones Bastante.

Bate papo!: Portuguese Conversation Hour

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Biscoito de maracujá.

K-12 Educator S.T.E.A.M Workshop: Teaching Central America at the Zoo

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Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies in collaboration with the Audubon Nature Institute will be hosting a K-12 educator workshop on Saturday, October 26, 2019. This workshop will focus on conservation efforts and environment of Central American rainforests. This workshop is a great way to learn how to bring real world science into your classroom. We will explore the zoo with Professor Kathy Jack, a primate behavioral ecologist who works on conservation efforts in Dry Forests of Costa Rica. Activities will incorporate a variety of sciences and other subjects including: art, environmental science, cultural components, anthropology, computer science and technology. While it is geared for middle and high school teachers, this workshop is open to all educators formal and informal.

Register here.