Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Doctoral Fellowships and Teaching

As a condition of their fellowships, doctoral students serve as Teaching Assistants or work an equivalent amount of hours as a Research and Project Associate (RPA) each semester during which they receive funding (see section on Center Service and Teaching). Teaching Assistants offer one course per semester: Latin American Studies 1010 in the Fall Semester and Latin American Studies 1020 in the Spring Semester. Both courses, though stand-alone courses in their own rights, represent a year-long introductory survey approach to the region based on an 8-thematic unit curriculum (4 units per semester). The Stone Center offers multiple sections of each of these introductory courses as lecture courses. The sections are taught during the weekday within the 8:00am – 5:00pm time period. Approximately half of the sections are offered according to the University’s standard 50 minute M-W-F lecture course structure and the other half according to its 75 minute T-TH lecture course structure. Most students find teaching these courses an important part of their professional preparation. For more information on teaching eligibility guidelines, please refer to the “Center Service and Teaching” section below, particularly the subsection on Teaching Assistantships.

The Stone Center has limits on the number of years doctoral students are eligible for financial aid. A student may not receive financial aid for more than four years. This means that the effective limit is two years for students entering the doctoral program with an M.A. degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane, two to three years for transfers from other Tulane departments, and four years for transfers from other universities. The only exception to this is the joint Ph.D. program in Latin American Studies and Art History where, because of the additional demands required to fulfill the requirements for both the Stone Center and the Department of Art, students may be eligible for up to five years of financial aid, depending on their individual circumstances.

Program Mission

Teaching in the Stone Center is considered a vital part of doctoral student’s preparation and often provides a crucial credential for securing later employment. The Center’s Assistant Director for Undergraduate Affairs serves as Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator and assists instructors in the preparation and teaching of courses. In addition to this training, Teaching Assistants are required to attend sessions on college teaching offered by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Terms of Service

Ph.D. students with University Fellowships teach one class per semester or participate for 6 hours a week in the Research and Project Associates (RPA) program.

Teaching Eligibility

In general, assignment to teach is made according to the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Students who have earned a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies at Tulane are eligible to teach in their first year as a Doctoral Candidate. All current Latin American Studies MA students intending to apply to the Ph.D. program must enroll in the Pedagogy and Professional Development seminar during the final Spring semester of their MA program.
  • Students who have earned a Master’s Degree in another discipline at Tulane, but whose disciplinary program had a predominant Latin American concentration, are not eligible to teach in their first year as a Doctoral Candidate unless they have taken the Pedagogy and Professional Development seminar in the Spring semester before beginning the Latin American Studies Ph.D. program. Students who are enrolled in a non-Latin American Studies M.A. program at Tulane, but who are considering applying to the Latin American Studies Ph.D. program, should consult with the Graduate Advisor at the Stone Center about enrolling in the Pedagogy and Professional Development seminar in the spring semester before they are hoping to begin the doctoral program.
  • Students who have earn a Master’s Degree at another university are eligible to teach only after completing two semesters in the Latin American Studies Doctoral Program and completing the Pedagogy and Professional Development seminar.

Please note that teaching for the Center is neither an obligation nor a right of admission to the program. Doctoral Students may not actually be given a teaching assignment immediately upon becoming eligible. Teaching assignments may vary in timing from one student to the next depending on a number of factors. Such factors include the student’s familiarity and comfort with the University environment and with the Latin American Studies program, section availability compared to the total pool of TA-eligible doctoral students, and the Graduate Advisor’s evaluation of a doctoral student’s readiness to teach at a particular moment in the student’s professional development. While the Center hopes and expects that its doctoral students will teach, we recognize that for certain students teaching may be neither appropriate nor advisable for a variety of reasons. Such determinations will be made through consultation with such students and with the best interests of the student and the overall Latin American Studies program in mind. Although every effort will be made to assign course sections with consideration for the TA’s own scheduling preferences and his or her own academic course schedule, TA’s are expected to be able to teach any section offered by the Stone Center.

Syllabus

The Stone Center’s Undergraduate Advisor maintains a file of syllabi used for the introductory Latin American Studies courses and works with our instructors to develop a syllabus adapted to their strengths and teaching styles. The syllabus is discussed in detail at regular TA meetings and training sessions, and is a central part of the Pedagogy and Professional Development seminar that all Ph.D. students are required to take.

Exams

Instructors are required to give mid-term and final examinations, but more frequent evaluation is extremely useful both for the instructor and the student. The university requires that a final examination be given at the time and in the place prescribed in the class schedule. Medical excuses must be presented within 24 hours after a final examination. At the end of classes for the semester the Registrar will send each instructor a notice of the final date to submit grades for classes.

Evaluations

Every Tulane course enrolling over five students must be evaluated by students at the end of the semester. This is an official University evaluation, which is coordinated by the Registrar’s Office and is administered online. Teaching Assistants should set aside a class period at the end of each semester of teaching, encourage students to bring their laptops to class, and have them complete the evaluation online in the classroom. The Undergraduate Advisor will review the evaluations and may use them as a basis for meeting with the Teaching Assistant and discussing areas of improvement.

Student Violations of Honor Code

The honor code is administered by Honor Boards and the Student Academic Judiciary Committee, both composed of students and faculty. The Honor Boards convene to hear cases when a violation of the Honor Code is alleged. The board considers the evidence, determines guilt or innocence, and recommends penalties.

The Honor Code states that in all work submitted for academic credit students are expected to represent themselves honestly. The presence of a student’s name on any work submitted in completion of an academic assignment is considered to be an assurance that the work and ideas are the result of the student’s own intellectual effort, stated in her or his own words and produced independently, unless clear and explicit acknowledgement of the sources for the work and ideas is included. This principle applies to papers, tests, homework assignments, artistic productions, laboratory reports, computer programs and other assignments. Students are expected to report to the instructor or associate dean any observed violations of the Honor Code. A copy of the complete Honor Code is available online or may be obtained form the office of the Dean of Liberal Arts.

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The Broad Theater to host Educator Night with viewing of the film ROMA

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On Friday, December 14 at 6:45 PM, please join your local New Orleans educators for a New Orleans Educator Night where educators may enjoy a special discounted viewing of the film ROMA at the Broad Theater.

The most personal project to date from Academy Award-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También), ROMA follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.

Educators will be able to purchase a $15 package, which includes a ticket, draft wine or beer or well cocktail, and a small popcorn. Educators must present their IDs. As the film screening is open to the public, educators must say they are attending Educator Night with the Stone Center for Latin American Studies to receive the discount. Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

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

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This fall, 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, August 25 until Saturday, December 29. Children and parents are welcome!

Story Hours Dates and Locations

Algiers Regional Branch
Saturday, September 1
10:30 AM

Saturday, October 6
10:30 AM

Saturday, November 3
10:30 AM

Saturday, December 1
10:30 AM

Children’s Resource Center Library
Saturday, August 25
10:30 AM

Saturday, September 22
10:30 AM

Saturday, October 27
10:30 AM

Saturday, November 24
10:30 AM

Saturday, December 29
10:30 AM

Stone Center for Latin American Studies to host 11th annual Workshop on Field Research Methods

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies for the 11th Annual Weekend Workshop on Field Research Methods on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The deadline to apply for the workshop is January 15, 2019.

How will you get the data you need for your thesis or dissertation? Do you envision immersing yourself for months in the local culture, or tromping the hills and farms seeking respondents? Sorting through dusty archives? Observing musicians at work in the plaza? Downloading and crunching numbers on a computer? For any of these approaches: How might you get there, from here?

This workshop aims to help you approach your data collection and analysis for your thesis or dissertation topic, and to adapt and refine your topic to be more feasible. You will take your research project ideas to the next stop—whatever that may be, include raising travel grants. Learn to:

  • Plan more efficiently, feasible, and rewarding fieldwork
  • Prepare more compelling and persuasive grant proposals
  • Navigate choices of research methods and course offerings on campus
  • Become a better research and fieldwork team-member

Format
This is an engaged, hands-on, informal workshop. Everyone shares ideas and participates. We will explore and compare research approaches, share experiences and brainstorm alternatives. You will be encouraged to think differently about your topic, questions, and study sites as well as language preparation, budgets, and logistics. The participatory format is intended to spark constructive new thinking, strategies, and student networks to continue learning about (and conducting) field research.

Who is leading this?
Laura Murphy, PhD, faculty in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, and affiliate faculty to the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Who is this for?
This workshop is targeted to Stone Center graduate students as well as graduate students from other programs (GOHB, CCC, humanities, sciences, and others) if space is available. The workshop will be particularly helpful for those who envision research with human subjects.

Sign up
Sign up as soon as you can! Apply by January 15, 2019, at the latest to confirm your stop. Send an email with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Department and Degree program
  • Year at Tulane
  • Prior experience in research, especially field research
  • Academic training in research design and methods
  • Include a 1-paragraphy statement of your current research interests and immediate plans/needs (i.e. organize summer field research)

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Not for credit.

For more information and/or to apply: Contact Laura Murphy or Jimmy Huck.

Mexican Cultural Institute's new exhibition features photographs showcasing Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

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The Mexican Cultural Institute in conjunction with PhotoNOLA 2018 will be showcasing a photographic exhibition titled Diego and Frida: A Halfway Smile from December 7, 2018 through February 15, 2019.

The opening reception will be held on December 7, 2018 from 6:00 PM through 9:00 PM.

The exhibition Diego and Frida, A Halfway Smile consists of personal photographs through which the wonderful world shared by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo is revealed. One of the most controversial couples in the history of art in Mexico, united for almost 25 years, their relationship is marked by an infinity of encounters and disagreements. This axis of love witnessed innumerable contacts, closeness, complicity and deep friendships with great personalities of the time. It is through the images captured by friends like Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Nicolas Murray and Edward Weston that different stages of the relationship, life, pain and death of Frida and Diego are presented.

In 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico established the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans. The primary objective of the Mexican Cultural Institute is to promote the image of Mexico by supporting cultural expressions in its broadest and fullest sense, including multidisciplinary forms like visual arts, music, performing arts, film, literature and gastronomy. The mission of the Cultural Institutes is to be protagonists of the cultural scene in their different host cities.

16th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium: The Ancient Maya and Collapse

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The Middle American Research Institute, in collaboration with Tulane’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Mexican Consulate in New Orleans, is proud to announce the 16th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium beginning on Thursday, February 14, and concluding on Sunday, February 17, 2019. This year’s conference The Center Could Not Hold: The Ancient Maya and Collapse will explore recent developments in Maya studies as they relate to the broader topic of collapse. Speakers and workshops will address the issue of political decline over the span of ancient Maya prehistory. These researchers will help us address the collapse in a multi-disciplinary fashion and bring attention to recent research in the region.

On Friday, February 15, at 6:00 PM, the keynote address will be given by Jeremy A. Sabloff, External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, of the University of Pennsylvania. In his talk Is “Collapse” a Useful Term in Understanding Pre-Columbian Maya History?, Dr. Sabloff considers how the term “collapse” has, in recent years, become quite controversial, and argues that there is good reason to question the utility of this loaded word going forward. This keynote talk will focus on understandings of the late 8th and early 9th centuries CE cultural processes and environmental events in the Maya Lowlands that culminated in what has often been seen as a political collapse. Moreover, the talk will examine whether such understanding can help illuminate comparable trends at other times in Maya history and in other complex societies in general.

Since 2002, the Middle American Research Institute of Tulane University has hosted a weekend of talks and workshops dedicated to the study of the Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America. This yearly meeting has called upon scholars from a wide spectrum of specialties including archaeology, art history, cultural anthropology, epigraphy, history, and linguistics to elucidate the many facets of this fascinating Mesoamerican culture. In developing a broad approach to the subject matter, the conference aims to draw the interest of a wide ranging group of participants from the expert to the beginner.

To view the schedule, registration, and additional information, please visit the Tulane Maya Symposium website.

2019 Global Read Webinar Series: Diversity in children's literature for the classroom

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This spring, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Middle East Book Award, South Asia Book Award, and the Freeman Book Award) will sponsor a free 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom.

The 2019 Global Read Webinar Series will focus on the theme diversity in children’s literature. The webinar will be recorded and archived online and have accompanying curricula to correspond with the book.

To register and learn more information about the Spring 2019 series, please visit:
internationalizingsocialstudies.blog

Webinar Schedule

January
Middle East Book Award

February
Africana Book Award

March
Américas Book Award

April
Freeman Book Award

May
South Asia Book Award and picture books from all book awards