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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Screening of De Lo Mio at the New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is proud to sponsor two screenings of De Lo Mio at the New Orleans Film Festival.

SAT OCT 19 | 3:45PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE)
MON OCT 21 | 11:00AM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE)

Director Diana Peralta will be in attendance at both screenings.

Film Description

After a years-long absence, sisters Rita and Carolina finally return to their birthplace in the Dominican Republic to prepare their dead father’s childhood home for sale. There, they rejoin their brother Dante, their main link to the family back home. As they excavate the house’s literal and emotional junk, they discover that there’s more than years and miles separating them. In this affecting chamber piece, first-time director Diana Peralta zooms in past the postcard prettiness of the island setting, framing intimate scenes that raise big questions: whether a patriarch’s death severs a sibling bond or starts it anew, and how to square the longing for a home that’s an ocean away with the reality that you’ve forever left it behind.

The Stone Center will be offering a limited number of free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Please stay tuned for announcements on how to redeem these tickets.

Screening of Havana, From on High at the New Orleans Film Festival

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The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is proud to sponsor two screenings of Havana, From on High at the New Orleans Film Festival.

THURS OCT 17 | 12:30PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC
TUES OCT 22 | 3:45PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC

Film Description

The sun rises over Havana, Cuba, and awakens not just a city, but the people who live on its rooftops. Amidst poverty and dilapidated buildings left by the Special Period‘€“the worst economic crisis the country has ever seen‘€“lie people with a deep love for the city and their towering views. Through sun-soaked visuals and interviews with rooftop dwellers, we get a sense of their hopes, history, and the reality of living in Cuba post‘€“Special Period. What begins as a portrait of everyday life becomes an exploration of the effects of socio-economic disarray and increased foreign influence on a fiercely independent nation. Despite their adversity and separation from the world, the rooftop dwellers of Havana, like all others, search for happiness.

The Stone Center will be offering a limited number of free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Please stay tuned for announcements on how to redeem these tickets.

Queerness within Latinx Dance & Food

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In honor of LGBTQ+ Hxstory Month, Latinx Heritage month, and OGSD LGBTQ+ Hxstroy & Celebration Days programs we invite you to Queerness within Latinx Dance & Food on Tuesday, October 22nd from 7-9:30 pm in LBC Rathskeller Lounge.

Join OGSD, TU Genté, Gender Sexuality Advisory Council (GSAC), The Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and Newcomb Institute for gourmet tacos from Chef Melissa Araujo a Honduran Chef who is based in New Orleans and performances and workshop by Jose Richard Aviles.

Jose is a multi-media artist who draws from their identities as a Queer, Brown body, Angeleno native, and Scholar. Aviles’ work puts theory and practice in dialogue and their art is a result of their scholarly explorations and lived experience. Callejera is the embodiment of theories of Spatial Production and Aviles’ lived experience as a Pasajera (Bus Rider).

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Latin American Writers Series: Andrea Palet (Editorial Laurel)

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Editorial Director Andrea Palet presents the history, philosophy, and ongoing projects of Editorial Laurel, a publishing house founded in Santiago, Chile in 2014. Her presentation sheds light on the changing landscape of literature in the Americas today. It will be followed by a 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 Speaker

Andrea Palet is the founding editorial director of Editorial Laurel, established in 2014 in Santiago, Chile. Under her leadership, the house has released the works of more than 20 novelists, essayists, and chroniclers. Paleta also oversees the Master of Editing program at the Universidad de Diego Portales. A collection of her columns, Leo y olvido, was released in 2018 by Ediciones Bastante.

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: Biscoito de maracujá.

K-12 Educator S.T.E.A.M Workshop: Teaching Central America at the Zoo

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Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies in collaboration with the Audubon Nature Institute will be hosting a K-12 educator workshop on Saturday, October 26, 2019. This workshop will focus on conservation efforts and environment of Central American rainforests. This workshop is a great way to learn how to bring real world science into your classroom. We will explore the zoo with Professor Kathy Jack, a primate behavioral ecologist who works on conservation efforts in Dry Forests of Costa Rica. Activities will incorporate a variety of sciences and other subjects including: art, environmental science, cultural components, anthropology, computer science and technology. While it is geared for middle and high school teachers, this workshop is open to all educators formal and informal.

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