Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba
Havana, Cuba | June 17 – July 1, 2017

Application Deadline: MARCH 6, 2017

  • 14 days exploring the country and developing lesson plans for your classroom!

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE

This two-week program 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.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, is partnering with Primary Source to offer a unique summer study abroad program for K-12 teachers in Havana, Cuba in 2017. This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a country that remains 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.

Conducted in English by Professor Carolina Caballero, Society and Culture of Cuba will explore current trends and issues in Cuban culture and society through readings, films, and lectures. The program includes a series of talks by prominent Cuban intellectuals and local field trips to important political and cultural sights throughout Havana.

PROGRAM COST: $3,900
The cost will include a shared room and two meals a day, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana from Tampa, Florida*, airport transportation in Havana to/from residence, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings.

*Airfare to/from Tampa, Florida, one-night hotel stay in Tampa, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost. You are responsible for your own air flight to/from Tampa, FL.

PROGRAM APPLICATION:
Those interested in applying must be a K-12 educator or librarian. There is no Spanish language requirement for this program.

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE

Please note: This program is only open to K-14 educators who are currently teaching, are pre-service teachers or are serving in a school or public library.

Complete applications (application form, copy of a sample lesson plan, copy of front page of passport, and two letters of recommendation) and a $500 non-refundable deposit are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2017. The $500 deposit is deposited upon acceptance into the program and the remaining program fee of $3400 will be due one month before departure (May 17, 2017).

The $500 deposit must be collected by check payable to “Tulane University” and the remaining program fee may be paid by credit card or check.

You will be notified of your admission to the program by April 15th.

PROPOSED ITINERARY – 15 DAYS

  • Day 1 – U.S./HAVANA, CUBA
    Depart from Tampa, FL, Upon arrival, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception followed by an informal walk and people watching on the Malecón.
  • Day 2 – HAVANA
    Havana Vieja Tour with local preservation experts to discuss in depth the history of local landmarks, historical preservation efforts, and future plans. Visit arte corte a barber shop and hair-dressing school in the Santo Angel neighborhood developed to promote skills in the community and support the local economy and meet with local community leaders, students and elderly folks at the community center. Presentation on AfroCuban dance with musical expert Cari Diez; opportunity to interact with the musicians and staff.
  • Day 3 – HAVANA
    Lecture with Professor Alfredo Prieto on Cuba Since the Special Period. Curriculum development workshop. Visit the Cuba Council of Churches to meet local people and participate in a seminar about the organization’s work in the areas of youth, agriculture, social welfare, and international communications.
  • Day 4 – HAVANA
    Walking tour of Calle Obispo in the morning with Professor Rafael Hernández. Meet the instructors and students of La Colmenita, an after-school program that uses song and dance performance as a social development tool.
  • Day 5 – HAVANA
    Presentation by Professor Isabel Rigol on current challenges facing Havana’s effort to preserve its architecture and heritage. Visit to the Escuelas Nacional de Arte and meet with students and faculty. Evening walk and visit to the Cañonazo at the Morro.
  • Day 6 – VINALES
    Day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Viñales for landscape and village exploration. Explore the mountainous magotes and visit and meet local tobacco farmers working in their fields and storehouses. At the Casa del Veguero we’ll have an introduction to tobacco farming and tobacco production. Visit with locals in the town of Viñales; lunch will be a community event shared with local families, followed by a visit to a children’s art center.
  • Day 7 – ALAMAR
    Visit to an Organipónico (urban agrarian farm) in Alamar to explore sustainable farming in Cuba and learn about Cuban cuisine from local gardeners and Noel Pina, the manager of the garden. After lunch explore the community project Muraleando, where local artists have been changing a downtrodden neighborhood into a living work of art.
  • Day 8 – HAVANA/JAIMANITAS
    Visit to Cementerio Colón and interact with the dozens of pilgrims who line up daily at the tomb of Amelia Goyri, said to grant miracles. Continue on to the Plaza de la Revolución. Lunch and afternoon visit to workshop of ceramic artist, José Fuster, who has turned his neighborhood into a unique, whimsical work of public art. Curriculum development in the evening.
  • Day 9 – SANTA CLARA, TRINIDAD
    Travel to Trinidad via Santa Clara, a town founded by 175 people on July 15, 1689. It is the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Visit to the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara. Also visit the historic sugar plantation of Manaca Iznaga before arriving in Trinidad.
  • Day 10 – TRINIDAD
    Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuellar. Trinidad was a central piece of Cuba’s sugar-based economy. Guided city tour with the city historian. Visit the Trinidad library to learn about the importance of libraries and debate questions of intellectual freedom with the staff. Meet with local entrepreneur David Alamar, owner of a private paladar (Davimart) to discuss cuentaproprismo in Cuba.
  • Day 11 – CIENFUEGOS
    We will head to Cienfuegos, a town known for its architectural beauty which reveals its French colonial roots. Visit the Beny More School of Art that trains students in the visual and musical arts and is one of the top ten middle-level art schools in Cuba.
  • Day 12 – HAVANA
    We will hear from children’s book author Olga Marta Pérez about the children’s/ youth Literacy Scene in Cuba today. In the afternoon, we will visit the Cuban Collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes accompanied by a curator.
  • Day 13 – PLAYA GIRON (Site of Bay of Pigs), Ciénega de Zapata, Playa Larga
    Day excursion to the historic site of the Bay of Pigs, one of the landing sites for the 1961 US-backed invasion. Visit the Finca Fiesta Campesina farm, the Playa Girón museum, the Parque Ciénaga de Zapata, the Laguna del Tesoro, and the Taino Indian village.
  • Day 14 – HAVANA
    Wrap-up curriculum workshop followed by a free afternoon ending in a celebratory dinner.
  • Day 15 – HAVANA/U.S.
    Morning departure for the U.S.

View photos of the Summer 2015 and 2016 institute.

Check out the curricula developed by previous workshop participants.

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The Legacies of Colonialism: Pathways of (In)dependence in Puerto Rico and the Philippines

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The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research presents a lecture by Dr. Julian Go, Professor of Sociology at Boston University, titled “The Legacies of Colonialism: Pathways of (In)dependence in Puerto Rico and the Philippines.” The talk will compare and explore the different trajectories of Puerto Rico and the Philippines. They were both subject to U.S. and Spanish Colonialism, but they had different trajectories of elite-led revolutionary nationalism; today the Philippines is an independent nation-state while Puerto Rico is remains a colonial dependency.

This is a Brown Bag lecture – please feel free to bring your own lunch.

Contact CIPR (cipr@tulane.edu) for more information.

Poética y política del milagro: Jorge Luis Borges y Carl Schmitt

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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies present a talk by Jorge Brioso, Professor of Spanish at Carleton College, titled “Poética y política del milagro: Jorge Luis Borges y Carl Schmitt.” The talk will be held at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, February 22 in the Latin American Library Seminar Room

Professor Jorge Brioso researches the relationship between literature and philosophy and has published on the work of Hispanic writers and philosophers. His essays on Jorge Luis Borges, Rubén Darío, José Ortega y Gasset, and María Zambrano are particularly revealing. He is currently a professor at Carleton College, where he teaches Latin American literature, Spanish cinema and the history of human rights. He is a member of the important research group La escuela de Madrid (The Madrid School), which studies the philosophy in the Spanish language and includes scholars from Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the United States.

"Ixtz'unun: Making Stories from Maya History" Opening Reception

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Join the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans and the Middle American Research Institute for an opening reception for the exhibit Ixtz’unun: Making Stories from Maya History by Mélanie Forné held in conjunction with the 14th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium.

Ixtz’unun (“little hummingbird”) is a little Maya girl, and like so many other little girls, she, with her sisters, makes childish jokes and sometimes puts herself into trouble. The only difference with her is that – she lives in A.D. 760!

The comic Ixtz’unun, published in Guatemala by Prensa Libre, tells the stories of this little girl and her friends and family and presents the daily life of the Ancient Maya. The exhibition Ixtz’unun, Making Stories from Maya History, presents original pieces and preparatory drawings from this comic series.

Preview images from the comics here.

This event is free and open to the public.

Ancient Maya Landscapes: K-16 Educator Workshop

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In conjunction with the Middle American Research Institute’s 14th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium “Monumental Landscapes: How the Maya Shaped Their World” and the New Orleans Museum of Art LARC is presenting a K-16 educator workshop on Ancient Maya Landscapes. The workshop will address how the Maya viewed the world around them as well as resources for teaching about the Maya and interactive activities for the classroom.

Participants will receive a boxed lunch, teaching materials and CEUs.

Register through the TMS website.

Tentative Schedule:

9:00-9:30 AM
Introduction
Denise Woltering Vargas, Tulane University
Marcello Canuto, Tulane University
Tracy Kennan, New Orleans Museum of Art

9:30-10:30 AM
Introduction to the Maya
Evan Parker, Tulane University

10:30-11:00 AM
Tour of the NOMA Collection
Rachel Horowitz, Tulane University
Tracy Kennan, New Orleans Museum of Art

11:00-12:00 AM
Engaging K-12 Classrooms with Resources on the Maya
Melanie Forne

12:00-1:30 PM
Lunch

1:30-2:30 PM
Crafting Lessons on the Maya
Brooke Grant, Tulane University

2:30-3:00 PM
Discussion and Evaluation

14th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium Monumental Landscapes: How the Maya Shaped Their World

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The Middle American Research Institute, the Alphawood Foundation, and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies are proud to present the Fourteenth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop. This year’s symposium, titled “Monumental Landscapes: How the Maya Shaped Their World”, will examine how the ancient Maya built up and transformed their landscapes to create monumental cities and lasting communities. The invited scholars have explored this topic across the Maya area, from the lowlands of Belize and Guatemala to the Guatemalan highlands.

Visit the Tulane Maya Symposium homepage for more information and updated schedules. Registration is now open.

Teaching Haiti: K-12 Educator Workshop

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This educator workshop will explore the culture of Haiti, focusing on music and dance. This unique workshop focuses on an important, but often understudied area of the Caribbean, and will provide K-12 educators with exciting opportunities to diversify the classroom.

Participants will receive lunch, teaching materials and CEUs.

Check out LARC’s curriculum on Haitian Folktales or the Haiti part of the Day of the Dead Across the Americas to get ready for the workshop.

Special offer on registration!:
Bring a friend! Register with a colleague from the same institution and you can receive a 2 for 1 registration. Please register only one time and follow instructions on the registration form to provide your colleague’s information.

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