Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

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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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Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal 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 Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.

Pan-American Life in New Orleans: Exhibition Opening and Reception

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Pan-American Life Insurance Group and The Latin American Library at Tulane University cordially invite you to an exhibit opening and reception to unveil the Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) Collection. The PALIG Collection, generously donated to The Latin American Library, documents the company’s 109 years connecting New Orleans with Latin America. The exhibit will feature photographs, manuscripts, and other materials from the PALIG archives as well as other holdings from the LAL that shed light on the long history of commercial and cultural ties between New Orleans and Latin America.

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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: Bala de maracujá.

Latin American Writers Series Fall 2019 Book Display

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The Latin American Library has put together a display of books written by authors participating in the Fall 2019 Latin American Writers Series: Luis Negrón, Power Paola, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, and Gabriela Weiner. All books on display are available for check out. When you visit, be sure to grab a free bookmark commemorating the series!

Café con Alberto Barrera

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The Stone Center invites you to Café con Alberto Barrera. This intimate meet and greet will be an opportunity to connect with Barrera, an influential writer and thinker from Venezuela. In addition to his creative work as a poet and novelist, he has co-authored, with journalist Cristina Marcano, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal, the first biography written on this controversial figure. He has also penned Alta Traición and Un país a la semana, two texts that chronicle the tumultuous political landscape in the Venezuela of recent years. Barrera will be answering questions about his non-fiction work during this casual conversation with faculty and students.