Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

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M.A. In Latin American Studies – Costa Rica: INTRODUCTION

Expand your cultural horizons, immerse yourself in Central American education, and prepare for a wealth of career paths with the Stone Center for Latin American Studies’ new Master of Arts Graduate Program in Costa Rica. This M.A. in Latin American Studies is an immersive 10-month program taught entirely on Tulane’s CIAPA (Centro de Investigación y Adiestramiento Político Administrativo) campus—just a 20-minute drive from San José. Discover the many advantages of this unique program!

  • Investigate key global issues, from immigration and climate justice to violence prevention, from an issue-oriented, Central American perspective.
  • Build on past volunteer projects or undergraduate studies while working toward careers in government, non-profit foundations, journalism, academia, and more.
  • Enjoy Costa Rica’s magnificent biodiversity and rich culture, while examining Central American issues like political fragility, organized crime, and climate change.
  • Study at a top-ranked research university, dedicated to the Central American region for almost 100 years.

The Pura Vida Approach to Policy Initiatives

Tulane’s M.A. in Latin American Studies is a one-of-a kind opportunity to live abroad while critically examining 21st century issues in the Global South. This intensive and immersive 10-month overseas program will provide students with institutional and grassroots perspectives on key global issues such as migration, health, environment, inequality, security, violence prevention, and sustainable human development in democratic societies through a Central American lens.

This program is unique because it allows students to earn a Master of Arts—usually a two-year degree—in just 10 months. It offers a novel approach to learning abroad because rather than enrolling in another nation’s university, students take classes on Tulane University’s own CIAPA campus. It’s the perfect combination of graduate interdisciplinary seminars and practical applications, including in-country field experience. The issue-oriented curriculum is designed to facilitate direct contact with Central American academics, policy makers, and civic actors who are engaged in the formation and critique of policy initiatives.

Immerse Yourself in Invaluable Experience and Education

The M.A. in Latin American Studies in Costa Rica is the perfect stepping stone for careers in journalism, non-profit foundations, NGOs, multilateral organizations, academia, and government, corporate, or humanitarian service. Ideal candidates include students who have worked or volunteered either in Latin America, or in policy organizations in the United States—or anyone with a bright mind and a serious interest in deepening their regional knowledge and developing expertise in policy studies. The program is also ideal for recent college graduates who are anxious for new knowledge and experience, but are still determining their professional or advanced academic plans.

Globalize Your Policy Studies with 10 Months in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has almost six percent of the world’s biodiversity, gets roughly 98% of its energy from renewable sources, and is the most politically stable country in Central America. It’s the perfect home base for students developing expertise in a region distinguished by the complexity of its challenges and the resiliency of its civil society and grassroots responses. Among the most pressing policy issues covered by the program are low economic growth, deep inequalities, social exclusion, political and social fragility, prevalence of organized crime, and vulnerability to climate change.

Students will study at CIAPA’s beautiful two-and-a-half-acre campus in the suburb of Curridabat, about 20 minutes by car from the eastern edge of San José. Program activities will be facilitated through Tulane’s exchange agreements with the University of Costa Rica and other regional institutions, and the program also includes intensive workshops in Guatemala and El Salvador. With regard to housing, students will be able to participate in a homestay program or will secure their own independent housing.

Tulane Prestige and Pura Vida Are Yours in Costa Rica

Tulane University is a top-ranked school with a commitment to the study of Central America dating back to the founding of the Middle American Research Institute in 1924. In 1975, Tulane co-founded CIAPA, a research institute in San José, Costa Rica, dedicated to analyzing Central American politics and economics. Over the last decade, Tulane’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) have sponsored vigorous new research initiatives, public forums, and student programs at Tulane-at-CIAPA.

For more information about Tulane’s M.A. in Latin American Studies, check out the following links.

Graduate M.A. Program in Costa Rica Main Page
Application, Language Requirement, Costs of Attending, Financial Aid
Program Oversight, MA in Costa Rica
2018 Program Schedule, MA in Costa Rica

To apply visit Tulane’s Applying to a School of Liberal Arts Graduate Program. Once on this site, scroll down to the APPLY HERE: School of Liberal Arts MFA, MA, 4+1 MA or PhD Application Form section and click on the “Application Form” link. This will lead you through the process of setting up an application account. You must apply to the Costa Rica M.A. Program through the regular Latin American Studies graduate program. When you are asked to indicate the Term in which you wish to enroll, please select “Fall 2018.” (Please note that selecting “Fall 2018” is just an application system formality. The M.A. Program in Costa Rica does not actually start in Fall 2018, but in May 2018.) For the Degree selection, choose “MA-Masters of Art.” For the Program selection, choose “Latin American Studies.” And under the MA program selection field, select “Costa Rica.” From there, proceed to completion of all other parts of the online application. If you have any additional questions or would like more information, please call 504-865-5164 or email the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at rtsclas@tulane.edu.

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Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Please contact lago.tulane@gmail.com with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.

Lecture: Congresses of Black Culture of the Americas (1977, 1980, 1982)

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Please join us for a work-in-progress talk titled “Congresos de la Cultura Negra de las Américas (1977, 1980, 1982): Contradicciones y resignificaciones en el campo conceptual de las negritudes y su impacto en la creación y la crítica literaria y artística,” by Silvia Valero, 2017-2018 Richard E. Greenleaf Fellow at the Latin American Library. The talk will be in Spanish and all will be invited for refreshments afterwards. Abstracts for the lecture in both Spanish and English below.

Congresos de la Cultura Negra de las Américas (1977, 1980, 1982): contradicciones y resignificaciones en el campo conceptual de las negritudes y su impacto en la creación y la crítica literaria y artística

Los Congresos de la Cultura Negra de las Américas, realizados en 1977 (Colombia), 1980 (Panamá) y 1982 (Brasil), fueron los primeros grandes intentos internacionales en América Latina por reunir académicos, intelectuales y escritores de diferentes lugares del mundo, con el objetivo de reflexionar y debatir acerca del aporte realizado por los pueblos de ascendencia africana a la historia y la cultura. Considerando que los organizadores fueron todos hombres de letras negros, me pregunto si, en el período de influencia de los Congresos, es posible establecer una retórica hegemónica en las letras en torno a conceptos claves como negritud, estéticas negras, afrodiáspora y panafricanismos similar a lo que ocurrió en los últimos 20 años con el movimiento afrodescendiente en América Latina.

Congresses of Black Culture of the Americas (1977, 1980, 1982): Contradictions and Resignifications in the Conceptual Field of Blackness and Its Impact on Creation and Literary and Artistic Criticism

The Congresses of Black Culture of the Americas, held in 1977 (Colombia), 1980 (Panama) and 1982 (Brazil), were the first major international attempts in Latin America to bring together academics, intellectuals and writers from different parts of the world, with the objective of reflecting and debating about the contribution made by people of African descent to history and culture. Considering that the organizers were all Black men of letters, I aim to explore if, in the period of influence of the Congresses, a hegemonic rhetoric was developed around key concepts such as Negritude, Black aesthetics, Pan-Africanisms, and Afro-Diaspora, similar to what occurred in the last 20 years with the Afro-descendant movement in Latin America.

Tulane Culture Workshop with Pamela Neumann: "The Social Construction of Women's Ambivalence in Nicaragua"

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Join Pamela Neumann as she hosts a workshop on her paper, “The Social Construction of Women’s Ambivalence in Nicaragua.”

A workshop is different from a lecture series, where the audience passively listens to an oral presentation. In a workshop discussion, participants have read the article and the presenter gives only a brief introduction. Participants and presenter then “workshop” the piece, providing critical feedback with the goal of helping the author rethink, rework, and polish their research. E-mail dlagomar@tulane.edu for a copy of this paper. This workgroup is funded by a Lavin-Bernick grant.

Professor Fridman to present research from his recently published book, Freedom from Work

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Daniel Fridman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Texas, Austin. Professor Fridman will present research from his recently published Freedom from Work: Embracing Financial Self-Help in the United States and Argentina (Stanford University Press, 2016). Freedom from Work analyzes how people in the US and Argentina are taught to think about themselves as economic actors today. The author follows groups of fans of financial success best-sellers and associated practices, like seminars, and even a board game. Fridman uses ethnographic methods and in-depth interviews to unpack the core ideas and practices of financial self-help, which exhorts readers to endure a tough self-exploration and self-transformation in order to achieve “financial freedom.”

This talk is in partnership with the Tulane Altman Program, and the Tulane Department of Sociology. For more information please contact Professor Camilo Leslie at cleslie1@tulane.edu or check out the flyer for the event here.

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

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Bate Papo! Stop by PJs on Willow to try a classic Brazilian treat (cajuzinho) and to take a quick break before getting back into your routine. 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 mloveles@tulane.edu.

Lecture by Kent Eaton: Territory and Ideology in Latin America

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Join Dr. Kent Eaton from the Political Science Department at University of California at Santa Cruz as he gives a lecture titled: “Territory and Ideology in Latin America.” This talk will examine territorial conflicts in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru over economic policy during the commodity boom in the early 21st century. Please RSVP to cipr@tulane.edu.

For more information, please check out the flyer here.