Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Timetables for Doctoral Study

Actual timetables are often different from that suggested below, which are given strictly for purposes of example. Presented below are two possible scenarios-one for a student graduating with an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane and another for a student transferring with an M.A. degree from another department or university. The first scenario assumes that the student is eligible for and receives thirty hours of transfer credit; the second that the student is eligible for and receives twelve hours of transfer credit. Both scenarios also assume that these students take only the minimum course requirement of two per semester, when most students take three, and that the dissertation is completed and defended in one year.

Upon beginning the doctoral program, all students should consult with the Stone Center Graduate Advisor, their Dissertation Directors, and, once appointed, their Examination Committees to develop their own timetables. These projected plans of study and research will then be updated and adapted at each successive advising meeting with the Graduate Advisor to insure the timely completion of doctoral requirements.

[PLEASE NOTE: Tenure for a student in the Ph.D. program in 7 years, with the possible extension of this tenure for up to an additional 3 years under extraordinary circumstances. Please consult the section on “Additional Policies and Procedures” for more details on the subject of program tenure.]

Scenario 1: Students with an M.A. degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane

Year 1

Fall/ Spring/ Summer

  • take two courses per semester
  • teach one course per semester or serve as Project Associate
  • form Examination Committee and begin preparations for the General Preliminary Examinations
  • meet requirements for proficiency in second of two required languages
  • petition for transfer up to 30 hours of M.A. credit to your doctoral coursework

Year 2

Fall

  • take two courses
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • apply for dissertation grants

Spring

  • complete course requirements
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate

Year 3

Fall

  • take General Preliminary Examinations in OCTOBER
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • determine those of your examiners who will constitute your dissertation committee, submit Dissertation Prospectus, and apply for Admission to Candidacy.

Spring/ Summer

  • Teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • Dissertation research and writing

Year 4

Fall Semester

  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • defend dissertation and receive degree

Scenario 2: Students with M.A. degree from other Tulane Departments or other Universities (assuming 12 hours of transfer credit)

Year 1

Fall

  • take three courses, one of which must be the CLAS Core Seminar (LAST 7000)
  • serve as Project Associate
  • meet requirements for proficiency in first of two required languages
  • petition for transfer up to 12 hours of M.A. credit to your doctoral coursework

Spring (For students with an MA from another Tulane Department)

  • take two courses
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate

(For students from other universities)

  • take three courses
  • serve as Project Associate

Year 2

Fall

  • take two courses
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate

Spring

  • take two courses
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • meet requirements for proficiency in last of two required languages
  • form Examination Committee and begin preparations for the General Preliminary Examinations

Year 3

Fall

  • take two courses
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • continue preparations for General Preliminary Exam

Spring

  • complete coursework
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate

Year 4

Fall

  • take General Preliminary Examinations in OCTOBER
  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate
  • determine those of your examiners who will constitute your dissertation committee, submit Dissertation Prospectus, and apply for Admission to Candidacy
  • apply for dissertation research grants

Spring

  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate (if funding permits)
  • begin dissertation research and writing

Year 5

Fall

  • Dissertation research and writing

Spring

  • teach one course or serve as Project Associate (if funding permits)
  • defend dissertation and receive degree

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La Hora del Cuento: Summer Bilingual Story Hour at the Pebbles Center

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This summer, join us for La hora del cuenta bilingual readings series at the Pebbles Centers of the New Orleans Public Libraries!

On the first and last Saturday of every month, we will read a bilingual book at the Algiers Regional Library and the Children’s Resource Center Library beginning on Saturday April 28 until Saturday, August 25. Children and parents welcome!

Story Hours Dates and Locations

Algiers Regional Branch
Saturday, May 5
2:30 PM

Saturday, June 2
2:30 PM

Saturday, July 7
2:30 PM

Saturday, August 4
2:30 PM

Children’s Resource Center Library
Saturday, April 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, May 26
12:00 PM

Saturday, June 30
12:00 PM

Saturday, July 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, August 25
12:00 PM

The Latin American Library's Annual Open House

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The Latin American Library will be hosting its annual open house event on Friday, September 21. This annual event will welcome back faculty, students, staff, and friends from the New Orleans community. The event includes an exhibit, informal presentations by invited guests, and a book sale.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Madeline White via email (mwhite7@tulane.edu) or by phone at (504) 865-5681.

K-12 Educator Workshop Celebrating 25 Years of the Américas Award with 2018 winners Ibi Zoboi and Duncan Tonatiuh

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This year marks the 25th year that the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs CLASP will honor the work of the many authors, illustrators, publishers, educators, and readers of the award with 2018 award winners Ibi Zoboi and Duncan Tonatiuh.

Zoboi’s book, American Street is a complex and multi-layered story anchored around relationships and questions of loyalty. She will share her experiences writing this book and provide context for teaching this book in a high school classroom.

The second 2018 award winner by Duncan Tonatiuh, Danza is a magnificent celebration of Amalia Hernández, the dancer and choreographer who founded the famed Mexican dance company, el Ballet Folklórico de México. Tonatiuh will share with educators his unique illustrative style and engage participants in an exploration of Amalia Hernández and her impact in the world of dance. This picture book is the perfect book for every library.

The workshop will explore this year’s winners, providing guidance and resources that span the 25 years of the award. This special 25th anniversary workshop will focus on diversity and the role of community.

Co-sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), Howard University, and Teaching for Change. Organized by the Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

Celebración Latina at the Audubon Zoo

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, please join us at the Audubon Zoo for the 2018 Celebración Latina family festival to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina, presented by Pan-American Life Insurance Group, will be held at the Zoo’s Capital One Stage and Field. It will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities, and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand crafts, and local social service, health, and education organizations will offer wellness, education, and social service information.

Celebración Latina is included with Zoo admission or Audubon membership. No outside food, beverages, or tents allowed. Portable chairs and blankets are welcomed.

Don’t forget to check out photos from past celebrations!

For more information, please visit the Audubon Zoo website.

Celebración Latina is sponsored in part by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Ron Austin & Associates.

Carnaval Latino and Parade of the Americas

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Join us for the 19th annual Carnaval Latino festival in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from October 13 – 15, 2018.

The Hispanic culture has thrived in New Orleans for almost 300 years, and Spanish influence can be seen all over the city. To celebrate the best of Latin culture, the 19th annual Carnaval Latino returns to the downtown area.

The Hispanic American Musicians and Artists Cultural Association hosts the festival to celebrate the music, food, art and culture of Latin America. Numerous musicians, both locally and from overseas, perform to honor the rich Spanish heritage in New Orleans.

In addition to live music and fantastic food, the Krewe of Quetzal will kick off the celebration with a New Orleans style parade, Desfile de Las Americas, or Parade of the Americas, on Saturday, October 13th. See the Hispanic community ride in elaborate costumes, throwing souvenirs to the crowds. After the parade, festival goers will then enjoy Latin music, art, food and drink, during Carnaval Latino’s festival at Generations Hall in the Warehouse District.

For more information on the festival and parade, visit Carnaval Latino’s official website.