Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2010

The History, Tradition, and Economics of Carnival
June 30th, 2010 – July 2nd, 2010
Tulane University

The Latin American Resource Center presents a Summer Teacher Institute on Carnival. This institute will introduce participants to the tradition of carnival as celebrated throughout the Americas. Carnival is a festival traditionally held in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox societies. The Brazilian Carnaval is one of the best-known celebrations today, but many cities and regions worldwide celebrate with large, popular, and days-long events. This institute will explore a few key celebrations throughout the Americas such as in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Barranquilla, Colombia; the Carnaval in Montevideo, Uruguay and finally the famous Mardi Gras celebration dated back to French and Spanish colonial times here in New Orleans, LA. Aspects of carnival discussed in this institute will highlight the history, the different traditions across countries as well as the economic impact of this celebration on the country. Teaching resources will be provided.

Annual Professional Development Competition for Gulf South K-12 teachers
Participating National Resource Centers
The national Latin American Studies Teacher Training Network is a collaborative effort of six Title VI national resource centers hoping to encourage the study of Latin America through our network of resource centers. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies will support the study of Latin America at any one of our six participating national resource centers. Click here for all participating National Resource Centers institute offerings this summer.

Spring 2010

¡Sí­ Cuba! Teachers Open House
Thursday, January 14, 2010
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host this open house for teachers at the opening of the Ogden Museum’s three exhibitions: “Fragment of Journeys by Jose Bedia,” “Mario Petrirena: Soul House,” and “Jorge Otero: Unrestored Miami.” The open house provides all teachers with an opportunity to learn about the citywide celebration/presentation of Cuban art and culture taking place in New Orleans from January – April 2010. ¡Sí­ Cuba!_ will feature a presentation on Cuba and its art with particular attention on the expatriate community. Resources will be provided to accompany the exhibits. This workshop gives all participants the opportunity to meet the artists as well as learn about art and culture of Cuba. Please stay and enjoy Ogden After Hours with musical guest, Pepe Coloma & Friends. For more information on ¡Sí­ Cuba!­ Cuba!_ please visit the website>

Teaching the Maya
Friday, February 26, 2010
Tulane Uptown Campus
Greenleaf Conference Room
100 Jones Hall

Teacher workshop in association with the Seventh Annual Tulane Maya Symposium featuring an Introducing the Ancient Maya to the Classroom by Diane Davies, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology and Rivers and Water in the Classic Maya World by Scott Johnson, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. These sessions will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to the ancient Maya. Aspects of the Maya civilization will be discussed with particular reference to rivers and the location of Maya cities. Topics will range from physiological and practical issues related to water, such as farming, to the role of water in the Maya’s view of the world and universe. Information and examples will be drawn from archaeological research, ethnographic accounts, art history interpretation, and Maya hieroglyphic writing.The workshop will address ways in which to involve the ancient Maya in the classroom, both at primary and secondary level. Teaching resources will also be provided. Teaching the Maya Curriculum Packet By PhD Candidates in Anthropology, Diane Davies and Scott Johnson.

Fall 2009

A Celebration of Day of the Dead
November 1, 2009

Traditional Day of the Dead altar by artist Cynthia Ramirez and photography exhibit of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mexico will be on display. This exhibit and celebration is open to all teachers and classrooms as a way to introduce Day of the Dead in the K-12 classroom. To arrange a classroom visit of the exhibit, please contact the Louisiana State Museum. The exhibit will be on display until the end of November, 2009. The exhibit is located on the ground floor gallery, October 27 through November 7, 10 AM to 4:30 PM, closed Mondays.




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Upcoming Events

Why Marronage Still Matters: Lecture with Dr. Neil Roberts

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What is the opposite of freedom? Dr. Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial to his investigation is the concept ofmarronage—a form of slave escape that was an important aspect of Caribbean and Latin American slave systems. Roberts examines the liminal and transitional space of slave escape to develop a theory of freedom as marronage, which contends that freedom is fundamentally located within this space.In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

This event is sponsored by the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French Studies, Department of French and Italian.
For more information contact Ryan Joyce at or Fayçal Falaky at

Newcomb Art Museum to host María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for Gallery Talk

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Join us at the Newcomb Art Museum in welcoming Mexican artists María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for a noontime gallery talk as they discuss the current exhibition Clay in Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics (which features works by María José de la Macorra) and the focus and process of their work. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Newcomb Art Museum is featuring two ceramic exhibitions entitled Clay in Transit featuring contemporary Mexican ceramics and Clay in Place featuring Newcomb pottery and guild plus other never-before-exhibited pieces from the permanent collection.The exhibit presents the work of seven Mexican-born sculptors who bridge the past and present by creating contemporary pieces using an ancient medium. The exhibit will feature works by Ana Gómez, Saúl Kaminer, Perla Krauze, María José Lavín, María José de la Macorra, Gustavo Pérez, Paloma Torres.

Exhibition curator and artist Paloma Torres explains, “In this contemporary moment, clay is a borderline. It is a material that has played a critical role in the development of civilization: early man used clay not only to represent spiritual concerns but also to hold food and construct homes.” While made of a primeval material, the exhibited works nonetheless reflect the artists’ twenty-first-century aesthetics and concerns as well as their fluency in diverse media—from painting and drawing to video, graphic design, and architecture.

The exhibit will run from January 18, 2018, through March 24, 2018. For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit the Newcomb Art Museum’s website.

Clay in Transit is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jennifer Wooster (NC ’91), Lora & Don Peters (A&S ’81), Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, Andrew and Eva Martinez, and the Newcomb Art Museum advisory board

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: kibe

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Bate Papo! Try a bit of Brazil’s Middle Eastern flavor with these kibe treats. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Loyola University to host talk by Ward Churchill on Indigenism in North America

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Loyola University is excited to welcome acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the new book Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 and 30 Year Anniversary edition of Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America.

Ward will give an explanation of indigenism, moving from there to the concepts of the Fourth World and the three-legged stool of classic, internal, and settler-state colonialism. He will discuss historical and ongoing genocide of North America’s native peoples and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.

A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Five of his more than 20 books have received human rights awards.

Please contact Nathan Henne ( for additional information.

Sponsored by
The Loyola Latin American Studies Program
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola
The Department of Language and Cultures
The Department of English

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: bolo de aipim

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Bate Papo! Drop by the LBC mezzanine floor for a slice of manioc sponge cake. We will be spread out across the green couches so come by to take a load off and chat for a bit. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: Romeo & Julieta

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Bate Papo! Join us once again in the LBC mezzanine area to sample the most romantic treat in all of Brazil: Romeo & Julieta. Never heard of it? Come give it a try! It is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before… This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at