Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

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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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Call For Papers- Haiti: Paradoxes, Contraditions, Intersections in the Making of a People

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Haitian Studies Association’s 29th Annual Conference

The Haitian Studies Association will hold its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, a site that offers scholars a look at how the “making of the people” occurs outside of the geopolitical spaces associated with a nation-state. Indeed, the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 forced not only the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, but also the migration of slaves, slave owners, and free blacks and mulattos between the two former French territories. These movements of people led to the creation of new spaces where migrants linked to an emergent Haiti would become part of a new North American dynamic also characterized by inequalities and exclusion.

The Haitian Studies Association seeks a diverse set of scholarly interrogations of these themes from disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. We are especially interested in fully constituted panels, and will prioritize panels that speak directly to our themes and attempt an interdisciplinary dialogue.

Panel and roundtable proposals are to be no longer than 500 words, clearly listing the individual paper titles and authors. Individual paper abstracts should be around 250 words. Presenters are expected to register for the conference in advance to ensure their names are in the program.

Proposals with be accepted until June 1st, 2017. Fore information regarding the conference and guidelines for proposals, click here.

Somos Nós: Brazil on the Move K-12 Educator Workshop

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LARC, along with Vanderbilt and the University of Georgia, is sponsoring a workshop on Brazilian culture and teaching Portuguese. K-16 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply to attend this 5 day institute. Throughout the week, educators will work to develop interdisciplinary curricula, which they can bring back to their schools to teach and share with colleagues. The focus of the workshop will be the environment.

Register today!

Check out these photos from the 2015 workshop held in New Orleans.

Check out LARC’s curriculum on Brazil and Portuguese to get ready for the workshop!

Please visit the workshop webpage for more information.

K-14 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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Havana, Cuba | June 17 – July 1, 2017

The Application Deadline has Passed
$3,500.00 for 15 days

This two-week program through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Cuban and Caribbean Studies, and in collaboration with Primary Source provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

Tulane’s summer program is locally sponsored and supported by the National Union of Writers and Artists. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and several cultural venues. In addition to field trips in Havana, there will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara, Playa Girón, and Viñales.

For more information and for the institute application, please visit the institute webpage.

Summer Reading at the Pebbles Center Algiers

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Celebrate and learn about Latin America with your kids through the Stone Center’s Pebble Center at the Algiers Regional branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

Our summer story hour will take place in June, July, and August on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 AM. All books are read in English and Spanish and readings are followed by an activity based on the book. Past books include Counting Ovejas, Drum Dream Girl, and Mango, Abuela, and Me. Readings are free and open to the public. Recommended ages 0 – 5 and parents!

Story Hour Dates/Themes

June 13
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July 11
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August 8
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