Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Advancement to Candidacy for the Ph.D.

After the successful completion of all required coursework, language examinations, the General Preliminary Examination, and the Dissertation Prospectus, doctoral students officially apply for Admission to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The Graduate School and the Graduate Advisor have copies of the official form.

After this formality is complete, the Graduate Advisor secures the signed approval of the Dissertation Chair and submits a recommendation for Admission to Candidacy to the Dean of the Graduate School certifying that all requirements for the degree have been met. Once the Graduate Dean has certified that all requirements for the degree have been met, he or she will advance the student to Candidacy for the Degree of Ph.D. in Latin American Studies

The recommendation for Admission to Candidacy must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than September 15 for those expecting to receive the degree in December, December 15 for those expecting to receive the degree in May, or March 15 for those expecting to receive the degree at the end of the Summer Session.

The Submission of the Dissertation

The Dissertation is not only an essential part of the candidate’s degree work but is also the appropriate culmination of the Ph.D. degree. It should demonstrate not only student mastery of the literature of the subject, but also ability to carry on independent research that results in a genuine contribution to knowledge, or an original interpretation of existing knowledge in a literate and lucid fashion.

Working with the Dissertation Committee

Students’ experiences with their committees will be different depending on the groups’ particular dynamics and the needs of the student. Students will best utilize the collective wisdom that resides in committees, when they circulate early versions and completed drafts of chapters to committee members with expediency so that they have ample time to read, comment and suggest revisions.

Dissertation Style and Format

Information regarding proper dissertation formatting, style guidelines, and submission deadlines can be found at the website of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts Graduate Programs.

Dissertation Publication

All Tulane dissertations must be prepared for microfilm duplication and storage at UMI, the largest publisher of microfilm dissertations in an on-line searchable format. For this reason, all illustrations, photographs, diagrams, and tables in your manuscript must be in black and white. Final approved dissertations are sent to UMI, where they make a microfilm copy, and then they are returned to Tulane University’s Library for binding, cataloging, and shelving. This procedure is mandatory and must be paid for by the student before graduation. The cost varies from year to year but is usually less than $100 total. Current prices are available at the School of Liberal Arts. Once published, you can order copies of your dissertation from UMI for a small fee.

Copyright

The decision to copyright the dissertation must be made at the time the student submits the material to the Graduate School office. Copyright may be obtained through UMI for a small fee. Two positive film copies of the dissertation are then deposited in the Copyright Office.

Dissertation Defense/ Final Examination

Well before the deadline for submission of the Dissertation to the Graduate School, candidates must successfully complete a final examination for the Ph.D. degree. The examination, also called the Dissertation Defense, consists primarily of an oral defense of the Dissertation, but can be extended at the discretion of the Dissertation Committee to include course material or any other relevant material. The Defense is a thorough and critical discussion of the Dissertation and its conclusions. Frequently the committee requests final revisions to the Dissertation during the course of the Defense. It is risky to schedule a defense immediately before the deadline to submit the Dissertation in final form to the School of Liberal Arts for a particular graduation date.

The defense is attended by all members of the Dissertation Committee, but the Dissertation Director may also invite other interested and appropriate faculty to be present.

The final examination will not be waived, unless the candidate, in consultation with the Dissertation Director and with the approval of the Graduate Advisor for Latin American Studies, can establish a case of hardship in extremis which is subject to review and approval of the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

To find all necessary materials regarding procedures and deadlines, dissertation application forms, formatting guidelines and applications for degree, visit the website of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts Graduate Programs.

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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.